Friday, October 16, 2009

My new favourite kitchen gadget!

I wrote a while ago about my "must-have" kitchen gadgets, but I have to add another one! I recently bought a Sodastream (yep, the Sodastream many of you may remember from the 80's) and I am in love!

As part of my making this my best year, a few months ago I decided to ditch the diet soda completely. I have been reading enough studies to convince me that drinking diet soda does not help with weight loss, and in fact, may even hinder weight loss, since your body is expecting a sugar hit, and reacts accordingly. However, while flavoured waters were helping somewhat I still needed my fizz fix, and my sparkling water addiction was becoming expensive!

And that's when I remembered the old Sodastream we used to have as kids...

Tell me you remember these, too, or am I really starting to show my age? Anyway, these still exist, the concept is the same, but they look much better. The only thing I miss is the old fashioned glass bottles - I really liked those.

The unit, with one bottle of gas, cost me AUD$70, and the refill gas bottles are $13. Each gas bottle makes about 40 litres of bubbly water. You can, or course, still buy all of the flavoured Sodastream syrups, but I love the water plain. For the kids, I sometimes add a little bit of regular or homemade cordial for a healthier soda.

This is so much healthier than drinking regular soda, and it is also so much better for the environment. The bottles are reusable, the gas bottles are refilled, rather than tossed, and there are no transportation costs for bottles and cans to be transported to your local store. This is definitely my new favourite kitchen gadget!

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Angie said...

I have never heard of these. Sounds really neat though. :) Hope ya'll have a great time with it & enjoy your sodas :) Now I have to go look for one! My boys love their soda ... although they might not know what I was talking about! Everyone around here calls it pop. :)


Jodie Ansted said...

Hi Chic Mummy. Have been enjoying reading your blog!

I don't know about soda makers, but I have a number of gadgets I love and use all the time (sandwich maker as in your past post and rice cooker to name a few), but there's a couple that stand out for me.

1. Egg Cooker. Mine is kinda old - my parents gave it to me. It poaches eggs beautifully and I can do hard boiled and soft boiled eggs. I couldn't tell you how long to cook either for normally! Not sure if today's egg cookers are up to the same standard, but I LOVE mine.

2. A popcorn maker. When I got it for my b'day one year, I immediately thought, 'Here's one of those useless gadgets that'll never get used.' Wrong! Not only did Hubby and I use it for ourselves pre-kids, but it's a fave with our 3 boys now. Nothing better than a bowl full of freshly popped popcorn and a movie on a wet afternoon! And it's so QUICK!

Enjoy your soda maker. I'm looking forward to future posts!

Ana said...

I LOVE THAT! Hi, I stopped by and fell in love with your blog, I'll be back for more :)

Chic Mummy said...

Jodie, it's funny you should mention the popcorn maker; it is on my Xmas wish list!

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