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!
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!