Years ago I overcome a sparkling water addiction. At my low point I was drinking too many a day to admit.... then one day I complained to my trainer about feeling bloated. We went through my diet and there it was.... she told me I need to cut out the Lacroix. I was shocked that my favorite sparkling drink would be causing me so much pain. That couldn't be it I thought. It had to be something else. I humored her and tried cutting it out and dang it she was right; I felt better. When I was weak and reverted that bloat come back. I went cold turkey for years but lately I've had that craving again. On occasion I will give in and indulge in one, drinking it very slowly with ice to water it down. I realized most of my pain comes from me guzzling it too fast, chugging it out of thirst.
One day when looking for inspiration for new smoothie flavors I came across a clip I had from Shape Magazine about a book, "Pop it, Stir it, Fix It, Serve it" by Laura Karr (link below). It was from 2005 and is along the quick and easy route utilizing canned foods and soda. I'm not one to buy canned goods, as I prefer making from scratch, but the flavors here sounded refreshing... and this could be a new way for me to drink my carbonated goodness without pain! I adapted her frosty pineapple quencher recipe to be lighter and utilize a fresh pineapple I had chopped and put in the freezer (core and all). The result was a thick, frosty type satisfying shake that I am now addicted to!
Pineapple Fizz, serves 2
2 cups frozen pineapple
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cups lemon lime sparking water
Blend pineapple and lemon juice in blender. Add only enough sparkling water to help blend to smooth consistency so pineapple doesn't get stuck. Turn off blender and add in remaining sparkling water and stir.
Horchata is a drink I love and am lucky enough to live near many great Mexican restaurants that serve this. After a recent drink special at my favorite place I couldn't get enough and wanted to make some at home. I remembered my Mexican cooking class at Braise and the version we made there.
Braise Culinary School, Milwaukee WI
12 tablespoons long grain rice, pulverized
12 ounces almonds, blanched
2 inch cinnamon stick
2 limes, zested
2 cups sugar
4 1/2 cups water, hot
1. Mix hot water with everything except sugar. Let sit overnight at room temperature.
2. In blender, blend until smooth and no longer feels gritty. Add 2 cups water. Strain through 3 layers of cheesecloth.
3. Add 2 cups water and stir in sugar.
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