7 Sparkling (Carbonated) Water Recipes for Weight Loss

Sparkling water is one of my favorite weight loss secrets. When people come to me asking for help losing weight, they’re usually willing will drop every bad habit, except for one: They can’t seem to get rid of their beloved sugary sodas or diet sodas.

It is an epidemic, this obsession with sodas. Believe me, I know. I was a disciple for many years. However, the week I finally gave up my diet sodas for water, I lost 10 lbs!

In the end, I found that it was not the soda flavors I missed or craved — it was the bubbles.

So, here’s my collection of homemade sparkling water sodas. These drinks will help curb your sweet tooth and encourage you to drink more water. Like detox water, this is not a sweet drink: Expect just a hint of flavor.

Special Tip: I own a SodaStream, so I can make my own sparkling water at home.

For those who don’t have a SodaStream, simply pick up some sparkling water at the store.

What Is Sparkling Water?

Sparkling water, also called carbonated water, is water that has had pressurized carbon dioxide gas added to it to give it bubbles.

Sparkling water is the term often used for club soda, soda water, seltzer water and fizzy water. It also includes naturally carbonated sparkling mineral water like Perrier and Pellegrino.

Tonic water is a bitter form of carbonated water that contains a compound called quinine, along with some type of sweetener. Steer clear of tonic water and stick to carbonated water if you’re looking to lose weight.

Benefits of Sparkling Water

  • SodaStreamLike plain water, the health benefits of sparkling water are numerous:
  • It helps boost your metabolism for faster weight loss.
  • Helps relieve constipation.
  • Improves your mood.
  • Helps your liver detox your system.
  • Fills you up so you don’t eat as much junk.
  • Naturally helps your body release fat cells for water weight loss.
  • Keeps food moving through your system.
  • Keeps your organs healthy while you’re sweating.
  • Reduces muscle fatigue while working out.
  • Helps you recuperate faster from a workout.
  • Keeps you from feeling groggy in the afternoon.

Is Carbonated Water Bad For You?

Drinking more water is generally a good way to improve your health and weight loss efforts, but some concerns about whether it affects your teeth and bone health.

This concern comes from the fact that when you combine carbon dioxide and water, carbonic acid is produced, which is considered a weak acid. It creates a slight burning or prickly sensation in your mouth, similar to mustard. (1)

There is not a lot of research on this topic, but one study showed that carbonated water is not bad for your teeth. The study showed that water carbonation damaged tooth enamel only slightly more than plain water (2).

It also showed that sparkling water was 100 times less damaging than sugar soft drinks.

Regarding bone health concerns, a study showed that sugary sodas were the only drink responsible for significantly lower bone density. Sparkling water appeared to not affect bone health (3).

Key Point: While drinking sugary sodas has been shown to be bad for tooth enamel, carbonated water has been shown to be good for your health and doesn’t harm teeth.

Sparkling Water Recipes

Here are some of the most popular sparkling water recipes. Always feel free to experiment with new ingredients, and you’ll never be bored with water again.

#1. Cucumber and Lime Sparkling Water

Cucumber Lime Sparkling Water

This is a classic sparkling water recipe that’s so easy to make. The flavors of the lime and cucumber blend so perfectly, and it makes an excellent drink for a hot summer afternoon.

Cucumber and Lime Sparkling Water Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lime
  • 4 liters of sparkling water

Wash cucumbers and slice into long thin strips. Pour carbonated water into a large container and add the cucumber strips. Add lime slices for flavor.

Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

#2. Strawberry Mint Soda

Strawberry Mint SodaI had some strawberry mint water at a family wedding a few years ago, and it is still on my mind!

If you want to make this as regular, flat water, by all means do so, it’s delicious.

Strawberry Mint Soda Ingredients:

  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 4 liters of seltzer water
  • 1 tray of ice cubes

Divide the mint leaves between each of the liters of seltzer water, squeezing them as you drop them in to help release the oils. Divide the strawberries between the 4 liters.

Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

#3. Raspberry Peach Pop

This is recipe features frozen fruit. Don’t shy away from frozen fruits: They are picked and frozen at the height of the season, ensuring the fullest flavor.

Raspberry Peach Pop Ingredients:

  • ½ cup fresh frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 4 liters of sparkling water

Divide the raspberries and peaches between the 4 liters.

Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

#4. Citrus Mojito Soda

Citrus Mojito SodaThe combination of lime and mint has hit me hard and stayed with me. It was inevitable that I would make a Citrus Mojito Soda water infused with these lovely flavors.

Remember, it won’t taste like an actual mojito (wouldn’t that be great?), but it will whisk you away from a stressful day.

Citrus Mojito Soda Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced into rings
  • 4 liters of sparkling water

Divide the mint leaves between each of the liters of sparkling water, squeezing them as you drop them in to help release the oils.

Divide the lime and orange rings between the 4 liters.

Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

#5. Cherry Overflow Pop

This recipe can be made with fresh or frozen cherries, but please stay away from the florescent red ones in a jar.

I enjoy frozen cherries, but you can also use frozen pomegranate seeds in this anytime treat.

As an extra garnish, add a vanilla bean.

Cherry Overflow Pop Ingredients:

  • 20 frozen dark cherries, split in half
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
  • 4 liters of sparkling water

Divide the cherries and pomegranate seeds between the 4 liters.

Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

#6. Strawberry Vanilla Soda

Strawberry Vanilla Sparkling Water

What can I say? I’m a sucker for all things strawberry! This reminds me of my childhood, strawberry sodas and the smell of sweet vanilla.

Vanilla is a great way to add flavor without calories. I suggest you order the beans online because they can be a bit pricey at the store.

Strawberry Vanilla Soda Ingredients:

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 4 liters of sparkling water

Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise. Cut the 2 long pieces into 4 small pieces by cutting once more in half. Do not scrape out the seeds: That’s where most of the flavor lies.

Add one piece of vanilla bean to each of the liters of sparkling water then divide the strawberries between the 4 liters. Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

*A note on the vanilla beans: Just like in vanilla bean ice cream, your water will have little black beans smaller than the strawberry seeds. They are safe and don’t be put off by them. They pack a ton of flavor!

#7. Peaches and Cream Soda Water

I keep frozen peaches in my freezer so I can have the pleasure of making this recipe anytime.

Do the same and you can curb your sweet tooth all the time with this delicious soda water.

Peaches and Cream Soda Water Ingredients:

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • 4 liters of sparkling water

Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise. Cut once more in half so that you have 4 thin sticks. Do not scrape out the seeds — that is where most of the flavor lies.

Add one piece of the vanilla bean to each of the liters of sparkling water then divide the peaches between the 4 liters. Cover and place in the fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.

*A note on the vanilla beans: Just like in vanilla bean ice cream, your water will have little black beans smaller than the strawberry seeds. They are safe and don’t be put off by them. They pack a ton of flavor!

Conclusion

Sparkling water is a fun and healthy way to drink more water, which helps improve your weight loss efforts.

I recommend purchasing a SodaStream so that you’ll always have the ability to make fresh carbonated water at any time.

Just remember to keep trying new ingredients and combinations to find out what you really like, and don’t like. The goal is to drink more water.

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