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by Carly Neubert, BA, NC May 05, 2016
Making homemade soda can be as easy as this 2 step process and tastes so good it can pull you away from your store-bought soda habits. The soda you're used to is packed with harmful substances, can lead to problems like diabetes, and is all around bad for the environment.
Consider this new homemade soda recipe your healthy alternative; it's easy to make and doesn't have the negative side effects your old soda has!
Here's how you make it:
2 tablespoons of grated ginger (peel the ginger first)
1 tablespoon of sugar
2 tablespoons of filtered water
Grate a thumb sized piece of ginger. This should give you about 2 tablespoons of grated ginger.
I store my ginger in the freezer because it is easier to peel and doesn't grow mold.
Add the ginger to a pint jar, and pour in sugar and filtered water. Screw the cap on and gently shake.
Repeat this entire process for 5 days. Don't get discouraged, this process takes little effort and the results will be worth the wait!
Now you have the base of probiotic liquid which you will use to ferment your juice. Time for the next step!
The fermentation process creates carbonation. That means pressure will build up in your soda bottle. It is best to use a bottle with a tightly fitting lid. For example, I've been using these and love them.
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Take 1/4 cup of your ginger bug liquid and add to it 1 quart of juice (of your choice). I usually water my juice down: 2 cups of water to 2 cups of juice.
Pour your brew into your soda bottle. Put the lid on and cover the bottle with a towel. Let the bottle sit on the counter for 3 days. At least once each day, slowly open the lid to let out the pressure. If you don't let out the pressure, your bottle could explode (which is the kind of excitement we don't want).
After 3 days, put the soda bottle in the fridge and enjoy your homemade brew once it is chilled.
You can continue this process and have a perpetual supply of healthy probiotic soda. If you give it a try, let me know what you think in the comments below!
Last week, I told you that my favorite bottled beverage is Kevita. I adore the flavor and health benefits from this super drink. You can buy it online or at most health food stores; you can also make it at home for a fraction of the cost. Over at Culturesforhealth.com they have some of the best recipes and supplies for making homemade kefir water; I highly recommend checking them out.
For additional recipes, biohacking tips and lifestyle hacks -- check out my other blog on my coaching site www.cleancoachcarly.com! I post weekly about nutrition and lifestyle topics, all backed by science. Happy Reading!
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