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It’s no secret that soda is terrible for your health.
With 10 teaspoons of sugar per can, questionable artificial ingredients, and phosphoric acid (yes, the same rust remover you use on the RV) potentially messing with your calcium absorption, there’s just no nutritional value at all. And diet soda drinkers, you aren’t doing yourself any favors by drinking the sugar-free versions, either. A study done at University of Minnesota found that even just one diet soda a day was linked to a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome, that nasty group of conditions known to increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Plus, a Harvard Medical School study found a direct correlation between drinking diet sodas and kidney decline. Yikes!
We all know we need to kick the soda habit, but “knowing” and “doing”…well, therein lays the problem.
With soda fountains at pretty much every RV pit stop we take, sometimes our hedonistic must-have-instant-gratification evil sides win.
Of course, there’s plain old water. But that’s like eating the same old cobb salad for lunch every day. Healthy, sure, but boring.
“Mildred, what do you want when I go in and pay for the gas?”
“I’ll take a Big Gulp Coke!”
Clearly Mildred didn’t read this article. If she had, she’d be sipping on something refreshingly thirst-quenching like this:
Want a fun and healthy alternative to help you ditch the soda habit? Before your next RV trip, gather a few of your favorite fresh fruits and herbs. Puree them, and then freeze them in an ice cube tray (use the tiny ice cube trays if you plan to fit them in store-bought water bottles). Pop the cubes in a baggie, and bring them along in the RV freezer:
Add one cube (yes, just one…that’s all it takes!) to your water bottle for a jazzed up natural, guilt-free, delicious drink. It’s a great way to wean you off of soda, but still stay hydrated in the RV.
James and I have tried many versions of these flavored waters, and here are our top 4 favorite recipes. Of course, you can switch around ingredients according to your own tastes. If you do, send me your ideas. I’d love some new versions!
Pureed Ice Cube Recipes for Flavored Waters in the RV
1. Raspberry Orange Zesters:
Blend a small 6 oz container of raspberries with 1/4 cup orange juice, one whole seedless orange with the peel cut off, and a tablespoon of orange zest. Fill your ice cube tray only ½ full:
2. Ginger Peach Refreshers:
Throw 2 peaches and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped/peeled ginger in your blender. Fill your ice cube trays ½ full and voila! Since I get mildly car sick occasionally while RVing, this flavored water version is especially handy with its high ginger content.
3. Strawberry Basil Lime Zingers:
Blend a small container of strawberries (tops cut off) with the juice of one lime, the zest of one lime, and a rounded tablespoon of finely chopped fresh basil. Fill your ice cube trays half full and freeze. I love the earthy, fresh flavor of this one!
Here’s the Strawberry Zinger flavored water in my favorite RV roadtrip water bottle! We were just pulling out of the driveway on our recent Steamboat Springs, Colorado trip when I snapped this!
4. Watermelon Mojitos:
Add 2 cups of watermelon, ¼ cup of fresh mint leaves, the juice of two limes and 1 teaspoon lime zest to your blender. Fill your ice cube trays all the way and freeze! You don’t even need a sandy beach, you’ll be in tastebud paradise.
So there you go, 4 flavored water ideas to help you kick your unhealthy soda habit out the RV door. Your heart and kidneys will thank you kindly. They kinda like being around, and they hope you’ll help them to stay around for a long, long time.
See you on the road, friends! With our flavored water bottles!