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.
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