This post is sponsored by SodaStream. I was paid for the review and also gifted a SodaStream for myself and one for our lucky winner. The review is all my own opinions and I genuinely love the product as do my boys!
It is no secret that sugary soft drinks are bad for people and planet. In fact any single use bottle you buy is problematic, as in many places these are thrown away, rather than recycled. We are lucky in South Australia, to have had bottle refunds forever, meaning you can collect your bottles and other cartons etc and return them for a deposit. When we were little you could even shop with your soft drink bottles! I have fond memories of walking to the local corner shop with my little sister, to buy 20 cents worth of mixed lollies with our bottles. However in many cases, bottles end up in the bin, or tossed away into the environment. In this post, we are looking at the latest SodaStream, which enables you to create your own fizzy drinks at home, reducing your contribution to landfill and your consumption of sugary drinks. I have road tested the SodaStream with a no added sugar SodaStream recipe I created, and found it to be delightfully easy to use! I was a bit daunted with the idea of the cylinder, but once I got it out of the box, it took literally a few minutes to turn our filtered rain water into sparkling water! I have created a recipe – Strawberry, Ginger, Citrus Soda – to suit my health needs, as it contains no added sugar, is low carb, and is FODMAP and diabetes friendly.
One of the biggest health issues we face in particular for children, is the consumption of drinks containing added sugar, and even diet soft drinks are now being shown to be part of our obesity crisis. Not just soft drinks, but any sweet drink such as flavoured milks and too much fruit juice. Fruit juice is not necessarily healthy, as it takes many pieces of fruit to make a carton of juice, so even the no added sugar ones, in excessive amounts, are not good for you or your kids.
However lots of us still like to have a cool drink other than water or milk, and enjoy a sparkling drink. This is where the SodaStream comes in. When we were little our dad had an original one of these, which we would wait for with delight, as he created fizzy drinks for our dinner. We were not a big soft drink buying family and when I got type 1 diabetes in 1979, the only diet drinks available were Tab and Tresca…and well yes, let’s not go there!
Sustainable Kitchen Design
When it comes to sustainable design, the modern SodaStream machines help you to create a more sustainable home. I talk about the layers of sustainability a lot, and how each small step packs a big punch. By reducing plastics in the kitchen, you are taking steps that matter. The SodaStream units are sleek, stylish and designed to sit on the kitchen benchtop, making it easy to create a fizzy drink when you want it, and having minimal impact on the design in your kitchen. Once you make a bottle or 2 of your own sparkling range of drinks, you can fill your reusable personal bottles for the day, meaning you can take them out and about as well, or use them for the kids. With a range of options, you can find something to suit your preferred style, and create an endless variety of healthy drinks for you and your family to enjoy, while reducing your footprint.
Most importantly, SodaStream can be a tool to help you be more sustainable and environmentally friendly at home. The idea of single use products in our lives is really on the way out, and products like the SodaStream, help you to reuse the same bottle over and over. As well as this, the cartridges are refillable, and use recycled Co2, which means they are better for the planet. You can create the amount you want, when you want it and cut down on the energy encompassed in the production and transport of your soft drinks too.
With SodaStream, you customise your own water by turning it into sparkling water and then adding whatever your heart desires! I basically used what I had on hand and choosing things that are in season, even better in your own garden, is the way to go.
Some of the facts
- Each SodaStream comes with a carbonating bottle which is safe, reusable, uniquely designed, and can save the average Australian family (and the environment) up to 2,190 bottles and cans over the three year lifespan of the bottle.
- It makes approximately 60 litres of bubbles.
- You can exchange your empty gas cylinder for a full one at a variety of retailers in Australia and receive a discounted exchange price. Check out where you can find someone near you here.
- SodaStream then refills all the empty cylinders at their Australian warehouse to reduce cylinder landfill. We have 6 places right around the corner where we can exchange ours!
SodaStream publically supports the Container Deposit Scheme and believes Australia should introduce the scheme nationwide as a step to address our litter and recycling problem. Those of us in South Australia say get on board people! There is so much less bottle rubbish roadside here and we really notice it when we go interstate, as well as noticing it in rubbish bins.
The reality is that:
- Only 44% Of Plastic Bottles Are Recycled In Australia
- It Takes 450 Years For The Average Plastic Bottle To Completely Degrade
- 1 C02 Cylinder Saves 180 Aluminum Cans or 40 Bottles
- 1 SodaStream Bottle Saves 2,190 Bottles Going Into Landfill
- View the link here for more information on SodaStream sustainability credentials
I have made a no added sugar, low FODMAP, low carb recipe with mine. Not because I am a hipster, but because I have type 1 diabetes, gastroparesis and and am on a low FODMAP diet. This means limited types of fruits and no added sugar, sweeteners or honey etc I can also find some fizzy drinks a little too gassy, and what I loved about the SodaStream, is the ability to control the fizz, with 3 settings. I chose the medium bubbles, but there is also a low and higher bubble option. As I am also sensitive to artificial sweeteners, I have been avoiding no added sugar cordial and soft drinks lately, and it is so nice to use the SodaStream to create healthy drinks that I can actually have. With the many dietary restrictions, tools like this are such a great addition to my life. Berries are very low in sugar and carbs, and the 1 mandarin in the entire recipe also adds very little when you break it up into a few drinks
Strawberries (I used about 15 medium strawberries)
Raspberries (I used about 10)
Juice of half a lemon
Ginger chopped to taste (I used about 2 teaspoons chopped)
- Wash and hull the strawberries and chop into slices
- Wash the raspberries gently
- Add to a small pan and just cover with water
- Add the juice of half a lemon and segmented mandarin
- Add the chopped ginger
- Bring to a boil and turn down to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until it looks thicker and the fruit is breaking down
- Add to a container and cool in the fridge for a couple of hours to deepen the flavours
- Take out when cool and mash with a potato masher, or whizz with a stab mixer if you like – it is then your preference as to whether you strain the mix, or add it as is. I chose to it add as is, and used less water at the start because I wanted the texture of the pulp in the drink, which also means the flavour grows as you drink it. You could add a little more water at the start and then strain.
- Add ice cubes to a glass
- Add a few spoons of the fruit blend
- Create a bottle of fizzy water with your SodaStream in literally a few seconds!
- Pour over the top of the ice and fruit, and stir
- Enjoy! The final result is slightly sweet and a touch tart, with the zing of the ginger. If you really want it sweeter, you could squeeze half an orange as well, or use a small amount of Stevia.
Giveaway Details – how to win your own SodaStream Power valued at $249! (Please note comp is now closed as of 16th May 2017)
If you would love to try a SodaStream for yourself and make your own healthy recipes, here is what you need to do – head on over to Facebook to enter!
- Head over to our page on Facebook to join the comp!
- Like and Comment on the post you will see with the comp image below, and tell us what recipe would you whip up and why
- Giveaway opens on 5th May 2017 and closes at 7 pm AEST on the 15th May via Facebook
- Winner will be chosen based on their answer at 7 pm AEST on 15th May 2017. Opens on the 5th May 2017. Winner will be contacted via email.
- The competition is open to Australian residents only, aged 18 years and over.
- Recycled Interiors and SodaStream Australia give a complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant and acknowledgement that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.