For a while now, I’ve been making my own herbal iced tea. Stick a few fruit flavored teas in some water, put the pitcher by the sun and voila, flavored water everyone enjoys with no added sugar. We barely serve soda at home, but recently the kids have been getting into seltzer. It’s their special treat and since there are no calories or sugar, I’m happy to oblige. But it’s starting to get a little boring.
Along comes Dr. Ayala, who recently introduced me to her line of herbal waters. She is a mother and pediatrician who was looking for an alternative to the sugar laden beverages everyone else was seeking. In 2005, she started to blend her own unique blends of herbs with water. When demand grew so did this company.
“Herbs have long been the cook's best friend,” says Dr. Ayala, “they add great flavor and complexity and are also nature's gift when we want to cut some salt and fat from a recipe.”
Can herbs also solve our sugar addiction? Sugary drinks are the single largest source of added sugars in the American diet, and are closely linked to obesity. Diet sodas came to the rescue, but have not proven to be a savior. Diet soda consumption has not been associated with meaningful weight loss and may also carry metabolic risks.
“Herbs can do what artificial sweeteners can't. Herbs can fully flavor water, while adding no known health risks. We believe we have the simple, obvious solution to help kick the soda habit,” says Dr. Ayala.
Ambitious goal. Since I like flavored waters and seltzers, I decided to give it a try. When I opened up the box I was surprised by the flavors. Lemongrass Mint Vanilla? Lavender Mint? Ginger Lemon Peel? I’ve never heard of such flavors until now and my whole family was excited to try them. The creative flavors are available in still and lightly sparkling varieties.
The water exceeded my wildest expectations. The flavor combinations are so unique and so delicious. My kids begged for more. Dr. Ayala makes drinking water fun!
Currently you can order these OU-certified waters online by the case with free shipping at http://www.herbalwater.com/ or try and find them at many health food stores.
***Giveaway*** Dr. Ayala is giving away a gift set of 6 Herbal Water bottles 1 bottle of each of our still flavor plus our Food Pairing recommendation card. In order to win, let us know in the comments below, let us know which flavors you think you would like or what other flavor you would like to see?
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, and must be US residents. Contest ends May 22nd at 9 am EST. Three winners will be picked randomly from qualifying comments.
(NOTE: The selected winner must provide an email address and a shipping address located within the 48 contiguous US states – no APOs, PO Boxes or shipments to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada or Mexico.)