I’ve been doing my share of sharing opinions about sugar and fat and our unhealthy food habits lately.
So what do I propose we do about it and our sweet tooths? I don’t rant about these things because I’ve got it all figured out or am perfect and healthy and don’t have cravings. I’ve actually had to take a box of gluten-free cookies and put them in the freezer to keep from eating the whole box in one sitting. The cookies have xanthan gum, which is derived on corn– a very tiny amount. And if I could eat just one cookie, Ada’s corn allergy wouldn’t react. But once I get a box home I eat the whole thing and regret it.
And sometimes I crave soda. Sometimes I just want a Coke after dinner. Usually when I’m done cleaning up the kitchen and I’m tired from the day and digesting a big meal, I just want a soda. What do I do? Even if I was cool with the extra sugar and preservatives, most sodas have corn syrup, and I don’t want anything bad enough to cause a full-on reaction in Ada.
Well, if you haven’t had an R. K. Knudsen’s soda, you are missing out! They are just carbonated water and juice, so no corn or cane syrup. There is also Zevia, a newish soda made from stevia. It tastes a heckuva lot like coke. A whole lot better than diet soda too.
Now… these options are not as cheap as most sodas. They are a treat that you pay for, although not in ill health like regular sodas. But, if you are trying to kick a habit, that’s not a bad thing.
Actually, to address the cost issue, I’ve simply started buying my own carbonated water and mixing it with lemon juice. I can’t tell you why, but it does it for me. It just fulfills that craving. Carbonated water and the juice of half a lemon in a frozen mug. I’m not suggesting that everyone will love this. But be creative.
What is it about what you are trying to give up that you want? The energy boost? The nostalgia or habit? The mouth feel? Something about the carbonated water, I guess you for me it’s “mouth-feel”, I just need a little drink and the craving goes away. For me, it wasn’t the Coke flavor, persay, it was the carbonated-ness.
Anyway, links to the aforementioned ‘healthier’ sodas: