I’ve never been much of a soda drinker so cutting it out of my diet has been no problem at all. Growing up my parents always drank water, and so that’s what I drank too. I’m not much into juice, milk, tea, Gatorade, or anything else. Nine times out of ten I stick to regular ol’ water when choosing a drink. But every now and then I do like the bubbly feel of a soda when I’m eating a meal. It almost feels like it helps wash things down–cleanses the palette a little more than water.
On all the healthy blogs, Pinterest and Instagram accounts I follow, I’ve been seeing people rage about La Croix. It comes in a cute little colorful can and a variety of flavors and people seem to think it is a Godsend. La Croix’s claim to fame is that it is a sparkling, flavored water with zero calories, zero sugar, zero sodium, zero artificial flavors. The water is flavored with the natural oils of fruits. It is apparently “Whole 30 Approved” which I think is part of why I have been seeing so much of it lately on social media. So I picked some up at Food Lion the other day to see what all the fuss is about. They had a few flavors in stock, but I chose Passion Fruit. It came in a pack of 8 for about $3.69.
I have to be honest, it was not what I was expecting, at all. I’ve had flavored waters before, with a very sweet and strong fruit flavor. This was not that. It tastes mostly like seltzer water, with a hint of fruit flavoring. It is certainly not sweet. To tell you the truth, I was a little put off by the taste at first and wasn’t sure I’d finish my case. But as I continued to drink it, it started to grow on me. A few cans later and I can say I’m falling in love! It has a very refreshing quality with the carbonation and almost makes me feel as if I am “treating myself” by drinking one. I’ve been taking a can to work with me every day and look forward to it as a late-in-the-day pick-me-up, although this is purely mental as La Croix contains no caffeine or sugar.
A few days ago I went back to the grocery and saw some generic sparkling flavored water for $0.79 a liter. I thought I was beating the system and getting a generic version for much cheaper than La Croix! But when I poured a glass after getting home, I found it was overwhelmingly sweet, way too much after getting used to the subtle flavor of La Croix. I looked on the nutrition label, and although the front of the bottle boasts “calorie free! sugar free!” it is loaded with aspartame and about 8 other ingredients, some of which I can’t even pronounce. That’s another thing I like about La Croix–it’s ingredients are literally carbonated water and natural flavoring.
So far I’ve tried Passion Fruit, Cran-Raspberry and “Cerise Limon” aka Cherry Lime. All have been very good! I think I’m a little bit addicted now and can’t wait to try other flavors. I hear Target has the best selection (we don’t have Whole Foods and the like where I live)…as if I need another reason to go to Target! There are many recipes and concoctions online for mixing La Croix with booze for a lower-calorie drink. I think that liquor and the water may be a little too harsh, but I’d definitely like to try some Berry La Croix with some red wine for a refreshing wine spritzer!