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!

Manage your stress with aromatherapy

Stress may come and go, but it seems that it’ll always be a part of life. Uniquely, we all have different ways of managing our stress. However, using aromatherapy to cope with stress gives us the ability to treat it naturally. Luckily, aromatherapy is very accessible making it easy to choose what is best for you. You can use candles, diffusers, and even lotions or bath salts.

What Essential Oils Help Stress Relief?

One essential oil that we all know and adore is lavender. Not only is lavender pleasant to smell, but it calms your stress and quiets your anxiety. It has actually been proven that inhaling lavender is extremely helpful in managing daily stress. On par with lavender is bergamot essential oil. Similarly, sometimes stressful days can make us have negative thoughts, and feel overall overwhelmed. This is where bergamot oil saves the day! Studies show that filling your space with this delightful essential oil leads to more positive thoughts and feelings. Basically, it’s a mood booster. As a matter of fact, some other essential oils that you can easily mix with lavender and bergamot to make a stress-relief cocktail are:

  • Lemongrass
  • Neroli
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Frankincense

Just Remember

It’s important to remember that essential oils are just little helpful oils to promote our health and wellbeing, and should not be looked at as a solution to any serious medical problems. Of course, always be sure to consult your doctor if you have any health concerns that are beyond your knowledge. However, they are so wonderful and can help us cope with a variety of things! Stay tuned for more aromatherapy tips and tricks on the blog. In the meantime, shop our essential oils here!

Vanilla Pretzel Cupcakes

Happy Thursday friends! We’re thrilled to be sharing @anotherfoodpic Vanilla Pretzel Cupcake recipe! Andrea and Ray, the awesome couple behind @anotherfoodpic, are total foodies. Despite having very busy schedules, Andrea and Ray still find time to bake! They shared their delicious recipe with us so here we are. Let’s begin!

vanilla pretzel cupcakes

Tools

  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Large mixing bowl (2 bowls)
  • Mixing spoons
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Cupcake trays
  • Cupcake liners
  • Icing pipe

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • All-purpose flour (1 ½ cups)
  • Baking powder (1 teaspoon)
  • Salt (½ teaspoon)
  • Softened butter (½ cup)
  • Granulated sugar (1 cup)
  • Eggs (2 large eggs)
  • Nature’s Flavors Natural Horchata Extract (1 teaspoon)
  • Nature’s Flavors Natural Vanilla Extract (1 teaspoon)
  • Whole milk (½ cup, or preferred milk)
vanilla pretzel cupcakes

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Softened unsalted butter (½ cup)
  • Softened cream cheese (8 ounces)
  • Nature’s Flavors Natural Vanilla Extract (1 teaspoon)
  • Powdered sugar (4 cups)

To garnish

  • Nature’s Flavors Natural Chocolate Syrup
  • Pretzels
vanilla pretzel cupcakes

The Breakdown

Cupcakes

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°.
  2. Prep your cupcake trays with cupcake liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift the flour and the baking powder together and mix. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the softened butter, sugar, and salt until all the ingredients are well combined.
  5. Slowly, add one egg at a time and mix.
  6. Add Nature’s Flavors Natural Vanilla Extract and Nature’s Flavors Natural Horchata Extract.
  7. Add half of the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and mix until everything is well combined.
  8. Slowly add in the milk and mix.
  9. Now, add the other half of the dry ingredients into the mixture and mix, mix, mix!
  10. Evenly distribute the batter into each cupcake liner (½ full). 
  11. Bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool on a baking tray for 15 minutes before icing.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and the softened butter. Mix until smooth.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar and mix for 2 minutes. 
  3. Add in Nature’s Flavors Natural Vanilla Extract and Nature’s Flavors Natural Horchata Extract.

Prep

  1. Once your cupcakes have cooled, ice each cupcake using an icing pipe.
  2. Drizzle some of Nature’s Flavors Natural Chocolate Syrup and top it off with a pretzel!
  3. Enjoy these Vanilla Pretzel Cupcakes!

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