Despite all the warnings, people still drink soda… I am grateful that my own children do not like soda or juice too much. Of course, I am sure they would if given the opportunity, but I do a good job of extolling the value of real drinking water and always having it readily available, especially in their own Klean Kanteen water bottles. These bottles are the original stainless steel containers and they were designed and are sold by friends in my old college town. And by the way, here is another product made by friends in Chico that is both groovy and green.
Back to soda talk: I know a lot of people have tried kefir soda pop made with water kefir grains, and to be honest I have tried it, but am not yet a fan. I want to try it again, and hope that my experience would be similar to that of homemade kombucha…which I now love. However, it too was definitely an acquired taste. So today’s post is another soda alternative for the kids and one that they can help make (if they are old enough)… I found it in this awesome book which we are using as part of our homeschooling science (herbs and plants) curriculum. The herb sasparilla is very healing to the liver, skin, and blood. All of the ingredients can easily be found at a natural foods store.
Natural Root Beer
sasparilla, water, anise seeds, and cinnamon bark is all you need.
simmer 1 tablespoon sasparilla in 1 1/2 cups of water covered for 15 minutes
add 2 teaspoons anise seeds and add 1 piece of cinnamon bark
pull of heat and steep covered for 10 minutes
strain and add 1/4 cup carbonated water
DRINK and ENJOY
The kids did all the measuring and watched it simmer on the stovetop:
And then they watched it cool and drank it up:
Have fun and enjoy!!
Posted as part of REAL Food Wednesdays hosted by Cheeseslave.