A Zero-Cal Refresher: Sparkling Water

As a kid, I never really liked sparkling water.  However, my tastes have since changed.  I no longer need items to be loaded with sugar to appeal to my taste buds.  I now find that I can appreciate the carbonation alone to satisfy my senses.

In fact, at this point in my life I’d rather have sparkling water than a can of soda filled with sugar, artificial flavorings, and empty calories.  I really enjoy the sparkling waters that have just a hint of flavor, such as Deer Park’s Sparkling Water with Berry Lime Essence, or Pellegrino’s Sparkling Water with a hint of lemon.  When I have lemons or limes on hand, I always cut a slice add a squeeze of my own fresh flavor to the bubbly water.

Sparkling water is a great way to enhance the senses.  The carbonation adds a nice surprise from what the eyes would normally perceive as regular water, and the subtleness of the tastes hones the taste buds and the mind, requiring just a slight bit of concentration to pick up the accents of the flavors.

Drinking sparkling water can be the perfect way to cut down on mindless snacking.  Instead of reaching for a snack, once can enjoy a glass of zero-calorie sparkling water without packing on the pounds.  To fully appreciate its magnificence, one must take a few moments to stop and think about its flavors as he/she savors the water.  This process in itself will help to reverse the habit of mindless snacking.

Sparkling water may seem a bit bland at first because it doesn’t contain tons of salt or sugar, a large component of the foods that many Americans consume per day, training the taste buds to primarily reach for these foods.  However, these salty & sweet  foods also tend to be filled with calories/fat.  Sparkling water is a great way to bring our senses back to the simple, and subtly flavored foods/beverages such as this can eventually allow us to enjoy more wholesome, simpler, and healthier foods.

Once you begin to cultivate an appreciation for simpleness, it will allow you to pick up on the flavors that are often overpowered by salt and sugar in most foods. The entire taste of foods becomes enhanced.

This is why I love sparkling water.  It’s simple, yet not tasteless.  To me, with a little fresh lime or lemon, sparkling water provides just enough flavor to satisfy one’s thirst for something a little different than water.  A perfect refresher for when sitting outside on these lovely spring days.

Note:  Many associate sparkling water soley with pricy brands such as Pellegrino.  While I love Pellegrino and their beautiful glass bottles, there are tons of other brands that offer sparkling water at a cheaper price.  A 6-pack of Deer Park’s Sparkling Water pictured above is just $3.39.  It’s unfortunately packaged in plastic rather than glass, but the taste is equally as good.

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 8, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I love sparkling water, too. When I was young, the only kind I would drink was Clearly Canadian, which was super sweet. But now I like it without sugar and either flavored with citrus or just plain with my own lemon or lime. Poland Springs makes one with raspberry that’s really great. Once I get some real strawberries (you know, the ones that are super flavorful) I’ll add them to a glass with sparkling water. So good!

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    April 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I love sparkling water, especially the berry flavored ones =)

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    Simply Life
    April 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    i should try sparking water again!

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    April 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I love frissante, too! That’s what they call it in Italy, anyways. And I still call it that because I only started liking sparkling water after having it all over Europe. Flat water was often hard to find in some places. I agree though, it has a taste all of its own that is so much more than water with all the same benefits!

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    April 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    It is also more popular in Europe. We sometimes keep some at home, but we used to drink it more. I love to out lemon and lime wedges in it too.

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    April 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I switched from diet soda to sparkling water and LOVE it. My favorite is the Crystal Geyser sparkling water (either lemon or lime flavored).

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    October 31, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I switched from champagne to Deer Park Sparkling without flavor…adding fresh lemon or lime sometimes. No calories, healthier and more refreshing.

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