The latest research on soda isn’t all that promising. It’s been linked to increased fat buildup in your liver (a definite contributor to insulin resistance and diabetes), increased weight gain (particularly for diet sodas), cancer (via many of the caramel coloring agents), kidney problems, accelerated aging, and much more.
So, if you’ve been wanting to kick the soda habit, I’ve collected 20 fabulously fizzy, healthy, homemade drink recipes for you to try.
These healthy alternatives to soda will please even the pickiest palate and satisfy your cravings for fizz.
Healthy Alternatives to Soda: Kombucha
Kombucha is an ancient Chinese beverage gaining wider popularity around the world in the past decade. The combination of kombucha’s health benefits with it’s naturally-carbonated fizz make it a great healthy alternative to soda.
Strawberry Kombucha from Hollywood Homestead
Elderberry Booch from Pickle Me Too
Watermelon Kombucha from The Dabblist
Lavendar Kombucha from Shalom Mama
Apple Pie Kombucha from Health Starts in the Kitchen
Ginger Grapefruit Kombucha from GNOWFGLINS
Orange Ginger Hibiscus Kombucha from Divine Health from the Inside Out
Easy Probiotic Strawberry Limeade with Kombucha from Mindful Mama
Healthy Alternatives to Soda: Water Kefir
Water Kefir is a wonderfully easy and simple probiotic beverage to make. It creates a naturally fizzy drink that’s a perfect and healthy alternative to soda.
Sparkling Apple Cider Water Kefir from Pickle Me Too
Fuzzy Navel Water Kefir from Common Sense Homesteading
Nectarine Blueberry Water Kefir from Divine Health From The Inside Out
Cinnamon Coconut Water Kefir from A Harmony Healing
Healthy Alternatives to Soda: Basic Ferments & Soda Water
Homemade sodas can be refreshingly simple. Whether you’re adding carbonated water from a soda stream (this is the one I use) to a homemade juice or tonic, or lightly fermenting something like lemonade to create a sparkly, sweet, probiotic beverage, these healthy alternatives to soda aren’t time consuming or terribly expensive.
Citrus Cardamom Tonic Water from The Dabblist
Strawberry Black Pepper Soda from Healthy Green Kitchen
Apple Ginger Soda from Holistic Squid
Fizzing Strawberry Lemonade Cubes from Jar O’ Honey
Pineapple Ginger Soda from Nourishing Time
Ginger Ale from Homegrown and Healthy
Fizzy, Probiotic Lemonade from Food Renegade
Homemade Root Beer Recipe from Nourished Kitchen