Homemade Soda Benefits + Recipe

We’ve all heard it before, the sodas we’ve loved since childhood can cause numerous negative health effects. But did you know it’s super easy to make a healthier soda at home? 

Sodas are typically full of added refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and empty calories. They’re just liquid sugar!

At Nature’s Flavors, we specialize in crafting natural and organic flavoring. So, we’re going to show you how to make a healthier version of this nostalgic beverage. Let’s go over the 3 perks to making your own homemade soda! 

Our Homemade Strawberry Soda is a sweet and refreshing summer treat.

All the Taste, None of the Artificial

When you craft some delicious homemade soda, you get to decide what kind of sugar goes in and how much. Organic cane sugar is unrefined, obtained from sugar cane, and it may be a better option for you than table sugar.

Flavor to Your Liking

Typically when you buy a pack of soda, it’s just one flavor. But when you make your own soda, the flavor can depend on your imagination! But if you want a classic cola, Nature’s Flavors Organic Cola Syrup is made with organic cane sugar and nothing artificial! 

How about a strawberry lime-carbonated drink? Simply combine a strawberry and lime syrup into carbonated water! The only limit is how many flavored syrups you have! And at Nature’s Flavors, we have nearly 100 Flavored Organic Syrups

Or, add a shot of your choice of vodka, for a fizzy cocktail! 

Environmental Friendly

Every time you decide to make your own beverages and food, you are making a sustainable choice! Fast food restaurants require so many disposable products that aren’t necessary if you were eating at home or bring your own lunch. 

Also, homemade sodas require significantly less water to produce compared to mass production. Plus, without the need for aluminum cans, there will be less waste in our landfills. 

Research shows, “Beverage containers typically comprise 40% to 60% of roadside litter in non-deposit states”

So, homemade soda isn’t just a better alternative for your health, but the health of our planet too!

Sum it All Up

Choosing to make your own flavorful fizzy drink is beneficial for you and your family’s health. You get to decide the flavors and the ingredients to use. Plus, it’s better for the environment! 

If you liked this read, check out our blog 6 Ways to Use Nature’s Flavors Natural & Organic Snow Cone Syrups!

Nature’s Flavors Homemade Strawberry Soda

Our Homemade Strawberry Soda is a sweet and refreshing treat without artificial ingredients. Luckily, the measurements for this recipe works for any other Organic Flavored Syrup you may want to use! Here's a tasty tip; mash the berries in the glass before pouring syrup for a mouth-watering berry flavor.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Glass or Sealable Glass Bottle
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Mixing spoon 

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Pour 1 tbsp of Nature's Flavors Organic Strawberry Soda into a glass. (You can add more or less based on your taste preferences.)
  • Pour 1 cup of carbonated water into the glass with syrup.
  • Stir the mixture until combined.
  • Garnish with berries
Keyword all natural, carbonated water, diy, homemade, soda
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Turn It Off: How To Conserve The Planet’s Energy

As Earth Day gets closer, the team here at Nature’s Flavors wants to keep sharing tips on how to love our planet! While recycling might be the first thing to come to mind, saving electricity is super important.

What Does Saving Electricity Do?

Surprisingly, when we make an effort to conserve electricity, it has a huge domino effect. It affects the air we breathe, our water, and the environment around us. Basically, by saving energy, we reduce both water and air resources which in turn, reduces our use of natural resources. Keep in mind, natural resources are not unlimited.

Energy + Pollution = ?

Air pollution is an overwhelming problem for our planet. In order to meet the global demand for energy, we burn what are called “fossil fuels”. For instance, we burn gas, coal, and oil in order to produce energy. In effect, this energy fuels everyday things such as cars, heating systems, and kitchens. As well as resourceful places such as power plants and factories.

By the same token, these fossil fuels are detrimental to human health and development. Constant inhalation of this air pollution can lead to asthma, lung cancer, heart attacks, and even poor brain development.

How Can I Help?

There are sooooo many ways to conserve energy, but we thought we’d give you the top 5 easiest ways to do this!

First, switch out all of your regular lightbulbs for LED ones! Standard lightbulbs waste 95% of the energy they use just to produce heat, which is SUCH a waste.

Second, set all of your computers and as many electronic devices as you can to hibernate or fall asleep. That way, if you walk away from the computer for a long period of time, it will reduce the amount of energy it’s using in idle.

Third, wash your clothes in cold water! Washing machines and laundry detergents work best with cold water, therefore saving you some money.

Fourth, regularly clean your appliances. Most washers, dryers, dishwashers, etc., have some sort of filter or drain that needs to be cleaned regularly. Leaving these parts of the appliances dirty overtime will just make them work harder which makes them use more energy.

Fifth, unplug everything you can when you aren’t using it! Idle energy usage is a real thing and can totally be avoided. Not to mention doing a combination of everything can significantly lower your electricity bill! I mean, who doesn’t love saving money?

Bottom Line

There’s a lot we can do to help save energy, and it doesn’t have to be too difficult. If you’re interested in what else you can do to show our planet some love, check out Everyday Sustainability: Tips To Help Our Planet.

Everyday Sustainability: Tips To Help Our Planet

With Earth Day approaching, the team at Nature’s Flavors wanted to give you some tips on living a more sustainable life. Sustainability is something we all could be better at. Loving our planet is loving ourselves!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

The most common rule of thumb out there. This is an easy first step! We can easily reduce a lot of things we use. As a matter of fact, you can start with simple things. So, you can make sure to turn the light off when you leave a room. Or, turn of the water while you brush your teeth. You can even make sure to not use your thermostat when you aren’t home and switch your light bulbs to LEDs so they use less energy!

Practicing the habit of reusing is also a great method of sustainability. Although plastic is generally frowned upon, your day-to-day tupperware helps reduce waste! Comparatively, it’s also a great idea to invest in reusable water bottles and shopping bags. Undeniably, all three of these small changes will make a positive impact.

Despite the fact that we should usually avoid the use of plastic, sometimes it’s inevitable. For this reason, you should try to recycle all plastics. This includes bottles, straws, cups, containers, all of them! With this in mind, you can do this by dedicating a certain trash can or bin to recyclables. Undoubtedly, doing this will eventually pile up, so from that point forward, you can take your plastics to a local recycling center or even look into local recycling events in your area.

What Else Can I Do?

A very common and well liked practice is going paperless. Provided that we unavoidably get mail on a daily basis, there are certain ways you can reduce your mail. Enrolling in “paperless” statements with your credit cards and banks is great for sustainability. You can also start buying your produce from a local farmer’s market or farm. Doing this helps reduce “wasteful transportation emissions”. In addition, shopping local farmer’s markets not only help you get the freshest produce, but also helps farm families keep doing what they love.

As mentioned earlier, reducing plastic is important! When out at restaurants or out for your favorite coffee, simply say no to a straw. If you absolutely have to have a straw with your drink (like me), you can explore reusable stainless steel straws that are environmentally friendly! They come in all sorts of fun colors, sizes, and lengths, so you’ll never have to be without a straw.

The Bottom Line

We all have to do our part in loving our planet, and baby steps are the way to go! If you would like to read more about doing your part, check out Why You Should Start A Compost Today or Smells Like Clean Spirit: Using Essential Oils To Fight Bacteria.