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Monday, June 18, 2012

Recipe: BFC Italian Soda

If there is one "secret" to my weight loss, it is that I gave up Diet Soda. I loved my Coke Zero and had a few everyday. I know there is a whole debate, similar to the chicken and the egg and which came first: Does diet soda make us overweight? Or is it just that overweight people happen to drink diet soda? Whichever, I gave it up while doing Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure and lost my weight. But on occasion I will have a Zevia (or other stevia sweetened drinks) soda. They don't contain the artificial sweeteners and are great for on occasional treat!

Zevia has recently came out with a few new flavors including Strawberry and Cherry Cola. My friend Lisa hosted her annual crawfish broil last weekend and always has an Italian Soda Bar setup. I thought the new flavors would be perfect time to try a low sugar alternative! So here is my take on the traditional Italian soda.

Low Sugar Strawberry Italian Soda Recipe: S/C Value 0/0 
  • 1/2 Can Strawberry Zevia
  • 1/2 Cup Club Soda (optional and to taste)
  • Ice
  • 2 Tbsp Cream
First add the cream, then ice and lastly the zevia. If you want it less sweet, like I like it, you can also add Club Soda or any sparkling water to taste. (make sure you use a club soda that is naturally sugar free and free of artificial sweeteners, check the label to know for sure). You can garnish with a strawberry if you don't need to watch you sugar intake very closely (like I have too).

You could use some of the other flavors of Zevia (like Black Cherry, Orange or Grape), but I thought this was the lightest, freshest taste. Zevia doesn't have any artificial coloring, so it is clear instead of pink! It's so good, I'm going to make one right now :)

My other favorite summertime drink is the Greek Frappe. Check out my sugar free version HERE! This is a great alternative to a high sugar Starbucks latte, and has the nice caffiene pick me up. My boys are finally out of school and we determined to enjoy the summer and make the most out of it!


  1. I'm most certainly going to try this one! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yum yum! I haven't seen the strawberry zevia@ that would be perfect!

  3. Great idea, because this is a treat I've really enjoyed. New version totally helps!

  4. No strawberry in Canada yet (that I've seen anyway). Sounds yum!

  5. OMG! This is amazing, I am so impressed!Thanks for sharing.

  6. You don't know how happy I am that you posted this recipe Amber. We love entertaining but I always feel super guilty serving my guests coke, punch with sherbert, etc.. This will be a great alternative and I'm sure my guests (adult and kids) will love it!! Thanks Amber!

    1. I made the Greek Frappe today for a girlfriend while the kids swan. She loved it and asked for another! I love to share fun drinks with friends.

  7. This looks really good!

  8. I will try it. I love strawberry soda.

  9. Yummy! I just made it with the black cherry Zevia. Hit the spot. Thanks for all the great ideas and inspiration. I love your blog.
    I was thinking that this might be yummy with club soda some WF chocolate syrup (not sure what sweetener is in it) and a little stevia, for a chocolate Italian soda. I'll let you know if i make it.

  10. Ugh! Never mind. WF chocolate syrup is sweetened with splenda. Boo!

  11. I made your Italian soda with Zevia's black cherry, the only soda water I had was Trader Joe's sparkling water with lime. It turned out great, I'll be sharing this with friends. Just in time for summer.

  12. Jaime - I made the black cherry too and loved it, but the strawberry is awesome!

    So glad you like dit too Robin! It is one of a few things I would share with non-dieting friends!