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
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6 Ways to Use Nature’s Flavors NAtural & Organic Snow Cone Syrups

Nature’s Flavors Organic and Natural Snow Cone Syrups are multi-versatile! While you may buy them just to be used in the summer time for your kids, they can be used in so many other recipes. They can even go beyond beverages. Keep reading to see how!

By the way, most of the flavors we recommend are included in our Natural and Organic Snow Cone Bundles.

Coffee & Syrup

Although you may have purchased our Snow Cone Bundle originally for your kids, below are some ways adults can enjoy them beyond shaved ice! 

Let’s start with coffee, our personal favorite. 

We recommend starting with ½ oz of Flavor Syrup per 1 cup of coffee. Of course, everyone’s taste preferences are different. Some of us like our coffee bold, others like it on the sweeter side. So, feel free to add more flavoring to your liking! 

These are the flavors we recommend for your morning brew, 

Cocktails

So, you find yourself on Friday evening longing for a delicious cocktail to wash down the week. You don’t have any bar syrups but you do have our Snow Cone Bundle! This means you have the flavors Watermelon and Lemon Lime! Woo-hoo

Start off with ½ oz of Flavor Syrup per 1 ½ oz of either tequila, vodka, or rum. As mentioned before, you can always add more to your liking. It’s easy when you’re your own bartender. 

Here’s the flavors we recommend for cocktails:

We can’t just recommend our products without a delicious summer cocktail recipe! So, here’s our take on a Watermelon Chile Margarita:

  • 1 ½ oz of preferred tequila
  • ½ oz of Nature’s Flavors Organic Watermelon Snow Cone Syrup
  • A squeeze of lime
  • 1 tsp sea salt, lemon, chili powder
  • Rim with sea, salt, lemon, chili powder
  • Give it a good shake with some ice. 

Snow Cones, Lemonades, & Carbonated Water

We starting with 1tbsp of syrup per 8oz of lemonade.

If you’d like, you can bring the kids back for these two! We even have a video posted on our Instagram demonstrating how to flavor your lemonades with us!

You can use the same measurements for the lemonades as the cocktail ratio. And remember, you can always add more to your liking. 

By using our Snow Cone Syrup and carbonated water, you can make your own healthier version of a soda! They’re made with Organic Cane Sugar and never contain any artificial colors or ingredients! Read this blog post to learn about eliminating food dyes and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) for your lifestyle.

To flavor your carbonated water, use about 1 tbsp per 8oz of carbonated water. Give it a good stir but don’t go too crazy.

Below are some of our recommended flavors for lemonades and carbonated water:

With our various Cola Flavored products, you can still get the same rich sweet cola taste without the HFCS. It’s a win-win!

Ice Cream & Milkshakes

Drizzle this syrup over strawberry ice cream to elevate your dessert.

Now, is it really summer if you didn’t enjoy some ice cream? Of course it isn’t! 

To use our snow cone flavorings, we recommend using a vanilla ice cream for a neutral base. You can either pour 1 tablespoon over your ice cream, or swirl it into your milkshakes! Easily make a strawberry and vanilla milkshake by using our Natural or Organic Strawberry Snow Cone Syrup. Or, make a delicious root beer float milkshake with our Natural or Organic Root Beer Snow Cone Syrup!

Here’s some more flavors we recommend:

Wrap it Up

If you’ve already purchased our Snow Cone Kit, then you have a lot of flavors to play with. And if you haven’t, then what are you waiting for a sale? Well, then subscribe to our newsletter to hear about exclusive deals and content! Just head to the bottom of our Home Page and to the right you’ll find where to enter your email. Happy Flavoring.

pumpkin pie chia pudding in a white bowl

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

We know Fall hasn’t technically started yet but the team at Nature’s Flavors is ready! We’re kicking off our fall recipes with this fiber rich Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding! Chia seeds are amazing for your body and they make a delicious pudding. We used our Pumpkin Pie Flavor Concentrate to give it that autumn feel. Let’s begin!

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Recipe Breakdown

We’ll begin with 2 ½ cups of of milk. We used almond milk but feel free to use any milk or milk alternative you’d like. Soy, rice, hemp, oat, banana, the possibilities are endless! We found that using 2 ½ cups of almond milk gave us the best consistency in the end.

milk being poured into a mixing bowl

We then added ½ cup of chia seeds into the almond milk. Remember to stir using a whisk! You want to make sure that the chia seeds are fully incorporated into the milk.

chia seeds being poured into a mixing bowl

After you’ve mixed the milk and chia seeds together, add in ½ teaspoon of Nature’s Flavors Pumpkin Pie concentrate. A little goes a VERY long way! We recommend starting with smaller quantities because you can always add more.

a hand showcasing nature's flavors  organic pumpkin pie flavor concentrate

Resist the urge to add more!

Pumpkin pie concentrate being poured into a mixing bowl

We also added ½ teaspoon of Nature’s Flavors Vanilla Extract to our chia pudding. The same rule applies here, a little goes a long way!

a hand showcasing Nature's Flavors Organic Vanilla Extract

We offer many types of vanilla extracts, oils, and concentrates! You can find more of them here!

nature's flavors vanilla extract being poured into a mixing bowl

Mix, mix, mix!

a hand whisking

Once you’ve mixed all of your ingredients together, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to set. Allow the chia seeds to soak for 4-5 hours. It’s crucial you use a sweetener with this recipe because the sweetener is what will tie all of these delicious flavors together. We used agave but you can use any sweetener you’d like!

agave being poured onto a mixing bowl

We added cinnamon to our pumpkin pie chia pudding because we love the flavors of autumn. You can use as much as you’d like, it’s really about preference.

cinnamon being sprinkled onto a bowl

Mix it all together!

a hand whisking chia pudding and cinnamon together

We hope you enjoyed this pumpkin pie chia pudding!

a hand showcasing chia pudding with a spoon

That’s a wrap!

We hope you enjoyed our first fall recipe of 2020! We cannot wait to bring you more fall inspired recipes. If there’s something you’d like us to make, feel free to reach out to us. We hope to hear from you!

pumpkin pie chia pudding in a white bowl

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

The perfect fall breakfast, Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding! It’s not only delicious but healthy and easy to make too!
Prep Time 15 mins
Chill Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 3

Equipment

  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • Refrigerator
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, add 2 ½ cups of almond milk. You can use any milk you’d like. 
  • Next, add in ½ cup of chia seeds and mix. 
  • Add ½ teaspoon of Nature’s Flavors Organic Pumpkin Pie Extract and ½ teaspoon of Nature’s Flavors Organic Vanilla Extract. Mix well. 
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the chia pudding to set for 4-5 hours. 
  • Add in 3-5 tablespoons of your preferred sweetener. 
  • Top it off with cinnamon if you’d like! Enjoy!

Notes

  • You don’t have to use almond milk, you can use any type of milk you’d like.
  • Don’t go over ½ teaspoon of flavoring!
  • Cinnamon is not required but it sure makes a difference and gives you those fall feels.
Keyword all natural, autumn, breakfast, chia, easy, fall, pie, pudding, pumpkin, vanilla
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