Guest Blogger: Jenny Flake from the Picky Palate

| January 26th, 2012 |

Orange Flavored Ginger Ale

My family and I have been having so much fun experimenting with our new Soda Stream.  We have tried dozens of different concoctions but one of our favorites is what we call Orange Flavored Ginger Ale. It is sparkly and perfect according to my boys.

My boys love hopping on the counter and helping measure out the soda.  Their favorite part has to be watching the bubbles and hearing the funny noise the Soda Stream makes when the soda is ready.

Here’s a look at our family’s favorite drink.

 

Here is our Ginger Ale and Orange Flavor used to flavor water

Orange Flavored Ginger Ale

1 capful of Ginger Ale

1 teaspoon Orange Flavoring (my water)

Fill  your SodaStream bottle with water up to the line.  Attach bottle to Soda Steam and pull lever…

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9 Ways to Get Healthier in 2012

| January 24th, 2012 |

Every year on January 1st we make resolutions that are usually broken a few weeks later. So in honor of the Chinese New Year (January 23rd!) and to inspire a return to those forgotten promises, here are a few tips from our nutritionist Roni Enten!

1. Get moving: We all know how important exercise and now a lack of time is no excuse not to get yours – even several bursts of 10 minutes of activity can make a huge impact on your health just as one longer session does.

2. Increase your intake of greens and colored fruits and veggies: Leafy green vegetables are a particularly great way to get much needed vitamins, minerals, fiber, and consuming a full rainbow of colors when it comes to your other fruits and vegetables means you’re getting a full array of disease-fighting antioxidants, too.

3. Drink

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New You!

| January 20th, 2012 |

Have you heard?  SodaStream has a new nutritionist, Roni Enten! Visit our New You Facebook tab to ask your nutrition questions and start living a healthier life! Here are a couple of her most recent fun facts and tips:

According to a recent study, people who drink less than a few glasses daily of water may be more likely to develop high blood sugar. Check out the hydration calculator on the SodaStream website to assess your personal fluid needs and then drink up to stay hydrated and help keep blood sugar stable. http://www.sodastream.com/thenewyou/hydration/hydrationcalculator

Fun soda fact: Bubbly water first became popular as a cure-all for a variety of ailments since pharmacists used to mix “medicines” with soda water and flavorings to help them go down easier. Even today, in many parts of the world, sparkling water is infused with herbs and…

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Know Your Sweetner

| January 18th, 2012 |

Sweetness is a universally pleasurable experience and plays a key role for many people when choosing food and drinks. One’s personal preferences for the sweet taste can be satisfied with a number of caloric or low- and no-calorie sweeteners. Caloric sweeteners include simple sugars like fructose and glucose, as well as foods that naturally contain these sugars, such as honey and cane sugar. For most people, foods and drinks which contain these sweeteners can fit into a balanced lifestyle when consumed in healthy moderation.

Low- and no-calorie sweeteners are typically a few hundred times sweeter than table sugar, so very small portions of these need to be used to add sweetness to food and drinks. The sweet taste of such sweeteners provides few, if any, calories, making the foods and drinks that sweetened with them a good choice for those looking to reduce caloric…

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Fizzy Facts and Myths about Hydration

| January 13th, 2012 |

There is a lot of information out there about what it takes to stay hydrated and it’s often tough to distinguish facts from myths. Here are some of the most common myths about hydration and the facts you should to know to stay happy and hydrated.

Everyone should drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Although it’s a nice reminder that most of us should aim to drink more, the truth is that not everyone requires 8 glasses of water a day to maintain adequate hydration. The amount of fluids that each person needs varies based on activity level, gender and body size. Other sources of fluids that contribute to hydration include carbonated drinks, juice, milk, coffee, tea, fruits, vegetables and other foods with higher water content.

Only water really hydrates you.
Not true. Many beverages with high water content contribute to the body’s…

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