May 21, 2014
Summer is getting closer and closer, so we wanted to celebrate by sharing a fun recipe. In many parts of the world, especially Spain and Latin America, people drink something called, “Tinto de Verano.” It literally means “red wine of summer.” It’s a delicious and refreshing staple great for the warm sunny days… well, actually if you live in a tropical place, it’s a staple everyday!
The simplicity of this mixed drink is the best part. The original recipe calls for a red wine (of any variety), a lemon-lime soda, and a lemon. We want you to ditch the lemon-lime sugar-filled stuff for some of our naturally flavored and low calorie sparkling water.
Tinto de Verano ingredients:
- 2 oz Red Wine
- 2 oz Something Natural Sparkling Water Black Cherry
- 1 Lemon Slice
- 1 Cup of Ice
It’s a combination of equal parts wine and sparkling water – so you don’t even have to worry about math for this recipe. Also, no need to shake this up because it has carbonation and that is a Bartending 101 no-no. Just be sure to remember the ice to keep it all chilled, especially since you’ll be poolside sipping on this tasty creation.
Another great reason why our twist on this Spanish classic is killer? The addition of water helps reduce the impact of a hangover because it keeps you a bit more hydrated – not that we recommend chugging tinto all day. Sometimes people just want a great alcoholic beverage alternative that has less artificial and more fiesta. We hope you guys try this one out for sure and let us know if we’ve made you fans of our new “Tinto de Verano.”
April 2, 2014
It might look harmless and full of fun, but soda is not your friend and here’s why:
Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there…
Soda is a sneaky beverage. It tricks so many into thinking that it’s okay to drink and that it hardly affects your weight but the truth it – it totally does! Your pants may continue to fit fine but what is going on inside your body is not fine. In fact a study found that people who drank soda every day for six months saw a 132 to 142 percent increase in liver fat and a 117 to 221 percent jump in skeleton fat. Yikes.
Put the diet soda down…
Diet soda does not have as many calories, carbs or sugar as regular soda, which makes it easy to believe that it’s a fairly healthy alternative. Unfortunately this is false. Just because it’s “diet” doesn’t mean it’ll help your diet. Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center monitored 475 adults for 10 years, and found that those who drank diet soda had a 70 percent increase in waist circumference over the 10-year study, compared with those who didn’t drink any soda.
Sugar sugar sugar and more sugar
An average can of soda contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. This gigantic form of liquid sugar skyrockets your blood sugar levels and can cause an insulin reaction to the body. Over time, the consumption of soda can lead to diabetes, insulin resistance and of course weight gain. There’s no need for an abundance of sugar consumption when many refreshing alternatives exist. Still stuck on “10 teaspoons of sugar”? Yea, we are too.
Mmmmm Phosphoric acid
Phosphoric acid sounds yummy doesn’t it? This delicious acid actually interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium and can lead to osteoporosis, cavities and bone softening. When you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the last thing you want are soft bones.
The side effects of soda consumption are unpleasant, unhealthy and unnecessary. Next time you reach for a regular OR diet soda, consider grabbing something a little more natural…
PS. Our products do not contain bone softening acid or large quantities of sugar– that alone is reason enough to try us out!
March 19, 2014
We all hear them. These wild facts flying around about what we should or should not put in our bodies. When the information hits close to home, we decide to hit you with some knowledge! So here is a list of myths about carbonation that are just fizz!
1. Carbonation leaches calcium from your bones!
This myth is only connected to soda drinking. It actually comes from a study where the test subjects either drank carbonated or distilled water for an entire 8 week period. Luckily, results came back equal for all participants. We say: Why mess with soda at all when a healthy alternative exists?
2. Carbonation will rot your teeth!
Drinking all those bubbles can’t be healthy for your teeth can it? Carbonation will make your teeth deteriorate and fall out, won’t it? Nope, you’re in luck! Carbonation itself has not been linked to tooth decay. Scientists even went as far to soak teeth in still and carbonated water, and still there were zero findings of harmful effects to the teeth. BOOM!
3. Does carbonation cause cellulite?
No, carbonation does not cause cellulite. This myth is usually related to high caloric and sugary drinks. Lucky for you at Something Natural all of our tasty drinks have 30 calories and seven grams of sugar per bottle, keeping you looking great and cellulite free.
4. Carbonation is harmful to your stomach!
They say those highly carbonated beverages are just tearing apart your insides. Don’t believe everything everyone tells you. Carbonation is not destructive to your stomach or throat. Several studies were completed to support this. One study took dozens of subjects with indigestion and divided them into two groups. Group 1 drank a liter and a half of still water every day and the Group 2 drank a liter and a half of carbonated water. When two weeks passed, almost all of the people who were drinking carbonated water actually reported less indigestion.
In conclusion, have no fear of fun refreshing bubbles! It’s time to clear our minds of all assumptions and myths related to carbonation. Something Natural is a refreshing beverage consisting of far less calories and sugar than your average drink brand. The words healthy and natural can stand strong alongside carbonation.
February 26, 2014
Just when you thought the Olympics were over, the Today Show anchors went on live television, makeup free; we’d say that is a gold medal worthy accomplishment
Some of you might view this as a small feat but for the many of us who can’t even imagine walking out the door without at least a touch of foundation, you can imagine how difficult this was for them. The anchors then went onto discuss the insecurities they have about their bodies, ranging from cellulite to bald spots – imagine that, they deal with the same problems we do! Their “Love Your Selfie” series aims to focus on society’s obsession with body image and how we can come together to change our perception of ourselves from one of negativity, to positivity.
It’s made us think about what natural beauty is and what it means to us. For us someone who evokes natural beauty embodies these qualities:
1. An appreciation for life! They can find meaning in a simple, fleeting moment just as easily as they can in a large-scale or life changing one…
2. A love for real food; this doesn’t mean they don’t indulge in a bowl of ice cream every once in a while (yum!), but they understand the importance of treating their body right with real quality food and drink.
3. A desire to challenge their mind and body. Whether it’s pulling out the latest Wally Lamb book or trying a vinyasa yoga class, they value both physical and cognitive growth.
4. A person who exudes kindness and warmth to everyone, or at least attempts to do so (we all have our “off” days!).
5. An ability to walk out the door, with confidence and ready to conquer the world, every day!
What does it mean to you? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
February 19, 2014
This winter has been pretty brutal for everyone with our new friend the “polar vortex” hanging around. Get past your winter doldrums and trade them in for some conga drums with our very own sangria recipe we call The Something Natural Spritzer!
If you are in the mood for a slight twist on the old fruity favorite, we’ve decided to kick the soda to the curb in exchange for your favorite flavored sparkling water. Not only is this recipe refreshing to have with dinner, it’s also super easy to make for a party too.
What else is great about this recipe? Well, if you want to keep the drinks flowing without feeling like you’ve ditched your New Year’s health kick, this fruit and wine combo is full of Vitamin C and low in fat. ALSO, you can make any additions or changes to make it your own!
Let’s hit the kitchen…
-1 bottle of red wine (Merlot, Rioja, or a Cab Sav.)
-3-4 Fruits (it’s best to use lemon, orange, apple and you probably have them in your kitchen already!)
-1-2 tablespoon of organic raw sugar
-1 shot of brandy
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon. This spice is what makes the recipe authentic.
-2 bottles of Something Natural Sparkling Water. Pick your favorite kind! We used blueberry lemon for ours.
How to start:
1. Pour your bottle of red wine into a pitcher (some red wines are sweeter than others – so it’s up to you the type you chose!)
2. Cut up the fruit into wedges
3. Squeeze your fantastic fruit wedges into the wine and toss them in after, along with the brandy, sugar and dust of cinnamon. Feel free to forgo the sugar if your wine is sweet enough!
4. It’s always best to chill the mixture overnight to enhance the flavors.
5. Add Something Natural Sparkling Water right before serving.
6. Serve over ice (perhaps frozen blueberries or raspberries, too!)
7. Turn up the music and repeat!