8 Things You Can Make with Sparkling Water

Admin SodaXpress
Have some extra sparkling water in the fridge? Put it to good use with these helpful and surprising tips!

In case you’re wondering, sparkling water aren’t the same thing as carbonated drinks.

Read on to find out 8 unbelievable things that you didn’t know you could do with sparkling water!

1. Cook Veggies

Did you know that you can cook vegetables in carbonated water? Famous French chefs like Thierry Marx came up with this idea, when trying to find a creative alternative to plunging vegetables in salted boiling water. Cooking vegetables in boiling sparkling water helps them stay crunchy and retain their original, vibrant color.

2. Tempura

Tempura is a Japanese assortment of fried vegetables and fish, often served as an appetizer. To make tempura you need to prepare a batter that is light and airy, and sparkling water is the way to go! Simply mix flour with sparkling water, dip the vegetables, fish or shrimp in the batter and then lightly fry. The sparkling water will make the batter extra crunchy and light.

3. Cake

Believe it or not, using carbonated water in cake results in the lightest, moistest cake you’ve ever had! Start off by whisking eggs with sugar, and then add oil, cake flour, chocolate and some crushed hazelnuts. Finish with a bit of sparkling water, and don’t be surprised if your batter starts to froth a little! Bake the cake for 50 minutes at 350° F and prepare to be wowed!  

4. Crepes

Sure, there are loads of classic crepe recipes out there. But have you ever tried making crepe batter with sparkling water? To do this, simply replace some of the milk for an equal part of fizzy water. Your crepes will end up extremely light and airy thanks to this substitution! And don’t forget to let the batter rest for at least an hour before you start to cook them – no matter what you replace in the recipe, this important steps remains unchanged!

5. Mojito Cocktail

Mojitos are light and refreshing thanks to sparkling water, lime and mint. To make a delicious mojito, add some fresh mint leaves to the bottom of a glass, along with some cane sugar syrup and lime wedges. Crush these ingredients together using a muddler, and then add ice cubes and sparkling water.

6. Sparkling Ribena Float

This sweet and creamy dessert beverage puts a fruity twist on traditional ice cream floats. In a tall glass add the Ribena syrup and a splash of soda (reserve the rest for later). Stir until the Ribena has thinned out a bit. Add the ice cream and top with the remaining soda and serve immediately.

7. Waffles

Adding sparkling water to waffle batter will give you light, airy and deliciously crunchy waffles. Simply substitute one part of milk with one part of sparkling water. Proceed with the recipe as you usually would, and get ready to eat the best waffles you’ve ever had!

8. Sparkling Ice Tea

If you’re tired of plain old ice tea and are looking for an original recipe, replace tap water with sparkling water. Fizzy ice tea is delicious and a great thirst-quencher, minus the calories that other carbonated drinks and sodas usually contain. We call that a win-win!

 So what are you waiting for? Go grab yourself a SODAXPESS MACHINE now!!!!!

Source:

Read more →

How Much Water Should I Drink?

Admin SodaXpress
Parents should make sure that children and teens are getting adequate hydration throughout the day. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children drink plenty of fluids before starting any exercise and continue to drink during physical activities.

During exercise, the AAP suggests drinking about 3-8 ounces of water every 20 minutes for children and 34-50 ounces per hour for adolescent.

Athletes need to take precautions to avoid dehydration. It is recommended to drink 16 ounces one hour prior to exercise, 4-8 ounces every 15 minutes during exercise, and another 16 ounces an hour after exercise. The amounts can vary depending on your personal response, heat index, and the type of activities. An easy indication is, if you are sweating - you are losing waters.

How can you tell if you're getting enough fluids during the day? You can tell by checking your urine color and output. If you're urinating every two to four hours, the output is light-colored, and there's significant volume, then you're probably well-hydrated.

How can you tell if you're dehydrated? You might feel tired, cranky, moody, or have a headache. As the body gets dehydrated, the heart has to work harder to pump blood through the vessels.

If you think drinking plain water is too boring, you can also trick your taste bud by making fruits infused water, making sparkling water,  – or do it the best of both worlds, make fruits infused sparkling water! Stay tuned to our space where we will talk more about infused water and benefits of drinking infused water! Drink up today!

Source:

Read more →

Does Sparkling Water Count Towards Your 8 Glasses of Water Per Day?

Admin SodaXpress
Does sparkling water count as real water? Does it actually make a dent in that "drink eight glasses of water a day" that we all hear about?
According to Erin Palinski, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT, registered dietitian and the author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies,: YES! She says, "Sparkling water certainly counts when you are aiming for eight glasses of water per day as this is just water with added carbonation. Fluids rich in sugar—such as juice or caffeine—are less hydrating due to water losses in digestion of calories/sugar as well as the diuretic properties of caffeine, but sparkling water contains no calories/sugar and is caffeine-free, making it a great way to hydrate."

Fact to Take Note Of!!

There are subtle differences between sparkling water. Some are carbonated water, while others are often marked as "mineral water", which often have added sodium. Bubbly water with sodium is both good and bad, says Palinski: "Sodium is an electrolyte. When you sweat, you don't just lose water but electrolytes as well. Drinks containing electrolytes can be very hydrating. However, too much sodium can have a negative impact on health, so it is important to not drink only mineral water as your sole source of fluid each day."

Also, experts say that the "eight a day" is a great general rule—but remember you still get a lot of credit for fluids through what you eat too.  

How do you know if you actually drink 8 glasses of water each day? A simple tracker like the below could help – print it out and pin it to your office desk. Old school, yet effective method. There are also many apps available on mobile phones now which can achieve the same result. As for me, I keep a big water bottle on my desk, and I make sure that I finished drinking at least 1 full bottle each day. Everyone may have their own unique method to stay hydrated – what’s important is to pick a method that works the best for yourself. Cheers, and drink up now!

 

Reference: 

http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2013/05/does-sparkling-water-count-tow

Read more →

Fellow Runners - Sharing a more exciting way to stay hydrated!

Admin SodaXpress

Running has become an increasing popular sport. It’s a trend you cannot dismiss. Every time you open your social media website, you’re bound to see a picture of your friend preparing or participating in a run. Many big cities are changing towards becoming more run friendly, take Istanbul for instance, the coast “Sahil Yolu” has much wider pavements that offer much safer running routes. Tokyo even have run pits appearing where you can take a shower, change and lock up your valuables.

Running is a great sport because it improves physical, mental state of an individual and is also very effective in reducing stress along with blood pressure as it helps maintain the elasticity of arteries. Furthermore it can act as a great relaxation method for alleviating stress and unhealthy lifestyle, psychosomatic illnesses and other problems of modern life. Running is becoming more and more popular as it is one of the cheapest and most affordable forms of exercising. All you need is a pair of running shoes, shorts and a t-shirt. Endurance running if not excessive, strengthens the cardiovascular and respiratory system. People are getting more and more aware of health benefits of running because being healthy is becoming very important for a modern man.

As with every strenuous exercise, excessive sweating is definite. It is important for runners to replenish themselves with the fluid lost. Carbonated water seems like a great alternative for people who don’t like the taste of water, but who want to stay hydrated throughout the day. Many would question of the bubbly beverage is just as good for your body as the stuff that comes out of the faucet? Basically, yes. “Sparkling water can be just as hydrating as regular water,” according to Jennifer McDaniel, a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics. Carbonated or sparkling water is made by dissolving carbon dioxide in water, creating carbonic acid. This process just adds bubbles — it does not add sugar, calories, or caffeine.

In the two hours after a long run on a hot day, you need to consume 1.5 times the amount of water weight you lost during the run (weigh yourself before and after the run, without clothes to find this number of ounces). That means that if you lose two pounds (32 ounces) during the run, you need to drink 48 ounces of fluid.

Drinking a vast amount of water alone just doesn’t quite cut it at times. Therefore, isotonic drinks often complete the whole picture. A great alternative to store-bought isotonic drinks is to make your own without artificial flavours or ingredients. Most importantly, you could go sugar-less or even sugar-free! Adding a pinch of salt to homemade sparkling water definitely does the rehydration trick! 

Don't forget that you also need calories and electrolytes after those long runs in order to recover and run again in the coming days.

References:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/517219-the-effects-of-carbonated-drinks-on-exercising/

http://www.businessinsider.my/is-drinking-carbonated-water-the-same-as-drinking-regular-water-2014-2/#GQ0LrSxAh4pCrvVV.97

http://www.psmag.com/health-and-behavior/will-seltzer-hydrate-me-64250

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/08/01/is-drinking-six-to-eight-cups-of-water-really-nonsense.aspx

http://www.runnersworld.com/hydration-dehydration/drink-this

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/sparkling-water-healthy-regular-water-article-1.1460179

 

Another sparkling article by:

SodaXpress Team

Read more →