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AN ALL-NATURAL SODA POP  Monday, May 17, 2010

Countertop seltzer makers are quite popular these days, and that’s good news for a family budget and the environment. You can get your fizzy-fix for practically pennies and use refillable bottles. The downside are all the sugary syrups sold to make your own soda pop. We’ve got a better idea for a healthier sparkling pick-me-up: all-natural sodas made with homemade fruit purees.

It’s a fast, easy and a delicious way to add some extra fresh fruit to your diet. Simply add cut up chunks of your favorite in-season fruits to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. You can pour fresh pureed strawberries and raspberries through a fine sieve to strain the seeds, but, don’t stop at just berries. Imagine watermelon and peach-flavored drinks made in your very own kitchen. For a sweeter sip, add some simple syrup, as much or little as you like, for a quick homemade soda, with an ingredient list you can feel good about.