We find that water entirely satisfies as a drink, but we’ve also noticed that drink powders have become quite popular. I happened to pick up a sample packet at our local chiropractor’s office recently and was quite surprised to see what ingredients were in this innocent-looking supposedly-health-promoting water additive. Sugar substitutes, questionable chemicals and “natural flavors”, of course. I’m never very keen on “natural flavors” and this is an ingredient in almost all of these products. But I considered what ingredients might actually be beneficial in these hydrating/immune-boosting drink powders and picked some up on my next trip to our local co-op.
The kids got to enjoy many, many samples before I got the ratios quite right. (Poor kids, right? Lucky bums is more like it- this is the closest they’ll ever get to Kool-aid in this house!) They thought it was great fun.
Homemade Effervescent Drink Powder
2 Tbsp. vitamin C powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. finely ground sea salt
1 1/2 – 2 tsp. stevia powder* (or to taste, add more or less to be sweeter or tangier)
1+ tsp. rose hip and/or hibiscus powder**
T0 prepare, add 1/2 tsp. of powder to 8 oz. (1 cup) glass of water. (or 1/4 tsp. for 4 oz./1/2 cup water)
You can see that the effervescent effect of this drink is short-lived. But it’s fun for the kids and has the desired effect (a great acid/alkaline reaction).
* There are many different stevia products on the market at this time. Many have additives and fillers and even forms of sugar added. I like SweetLeaf brand stevia extract and also the Trader Joes’ brand.
** This isn’t entirely necessary, but gives the drink a little color and additional vitamin C from a natural source. I ground some rosehip and hibiscus in my coffee grinder then put it through a fine mesh sieve. You can also reasonably purchase these powders through Mountain Rose Herbs.
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