To drink fizzy or not, that is the question.
The flat truth is that high levels of refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, phosphoric acid, and chemical preservatives found in bubbly drinks, do a lot of serious damage on all levels in the body and should be avoided.
This does not mean that your taste buds will not get to experience that sweet popping sensation ever again. Not at all. It only means that there are bubbles out there which not only are natural and taste amazing, but do you super good as well. I call them ‘Nature’s Super Fizz’.
I will be introducing them as we go along, but will start with:
Super Goji Gingery Fizz
2 tsp Goji Berries*, soaked in 1/2 glass water for at least 1h
1/2 glass natural sparkling mineral water (try if you can to find natural mineral water from a spring that is naturally carbonated and not just any water where CO2 is added)
1 tsp ginger root, freshly grated or juiced
½ lemon or lime, juiced
½ orange, juiced
2 tbs raw honey
A couple of flakes infused with a natural citric fruit flavor (optional)**
1. Pour Goji berries and soak water into a blender with remaining ingredients, except mineral water, and blend on high until completely mixed.
2. Pour into a tall glass and add mineral water.
3. Garnish with slices of lemon or orange or frozen berries instead of ice cubes.
4. Savor every sip of this super antioxidant potion!
Other Super-Antioxidant add-ins (instead of Goji) for this drink are:
Açaí Berry powder
Any berries, frozen or fresh (blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, black and white current etc.).
Fresh mint leaves
Rooibos Tea – this one is an unexpected festival of taste!
(You can use a sieve to remove berry seeds or bits of fruit or herbs after they are mixed)
*Goji berries (Lycium barbarum), also known as Wolfberries, are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth. Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, where they have been used for thousands of years both as a culinary ingredient and medicinally to increase strength and longevity.
Interestingly, they are a member of the nightshade family (Solonaceae), which contains many common vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, tomato, eggplant, and pepper, as well as some poisonous plants like belladonna and deadly nightshade.
Goji berries have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids (natural color source for orange fruits and vegetables, converted to Vitamin A by the body) than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble Goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.
This amazing little Superfruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Goji is said to act on the Kidney and Liver meridians to help with lower back pain, dizziness, eyesight, cleansing the blood and strengthening the immune system.
So, go ahead, treat yourself and your loved ones with a glass of two of Nature’s Super Fizz either for Iftar or Sehoor (or why not both?), and look forward to feeling and being super bubbly!
** These flakes with a natural extract of citrus fruit and mint, that I found in a health food store, taste so lovely that the aroma of any fizzy drink or raw sweet gets immediately lifted to new exciting heights! If you ever find them or their equivalent, know that they are keepers!