I have a confession to make. I, your very own Girl Gone Crunchy, LOVE soda. I’ll give you a moment to take that in.
Better? Good. I don’t just love soda a little bit, either. I love it a lot. I love it like Anna loves chocolate, like Sven loves carrots, like Olaf loves summer… Wow, that’s THREE “Frozen” references already. I might be a little obsessed with that film, maybe I should just, “Let it Go.” Okay, I’m done. I promise 😉 As I was saying, I love soda. I would drink it every day and not give it a second thought, but I most definitely do not and cannot do that. Conventional soda is filled with artificial flavors/colorings, preservatives, and harsh phosphoric acid and it’s either sweetened with sugar and high fructose corn syrup (YUCK) or artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin (double YUCK). When I changed my life for the better, soda was one of the first things to go.
I was suffering from a major case of the “no soda blues,” when I stumbled upon something wonderful, Zevia. Wait…what? Zevia, the girl from that Simon and Garfunkel song? Nope, that’s Cecilia. Oh…you mean ZEVIA, the Wicked Witch of the West! Nope, that’s Zelena. I’m talking about Zevia, the zero calorie soda. Seeing and tasting Zevia for the first time was quite the metaphysical experience. It looked like soda. It tasted like soda. It smelled like soda. It was soda, but I had zero guilt drinking it. WHY, you may ask. Well, that’s an easy one.
Zevia is sweetened naturally: Yep! No refined sugars or artificial sweeteners of any kind. NADA, ZILCH, ZERO. Zevia is sweetened with, what the company calls, SweetSmart. SweetSmart is 82% high grade, pure stevia, 15% monk fruit extract, and 3% erythriol.
Zevia uses natural ingredients: There are no laboratory experiments gone wrong in these lovely sodas. Zevia only uses natural sources to flavor and color their drinks.
Zevia uses tartaric acid: Phosphoric acid, the acid used in conventional soda to give it carbonation, is extremely harsh on the lining of the liver and kidneys. Tartaric acid is not irritating or harsh to the body, and is naturally derived from fruit. Having had kidney stones in the past, the fact that they do not use phosphoric acid is very important to me.
Zevia is NON-GMO: This means that no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are used in Zevia. So, good news guys, you won’t be growing large stomach tumors like the rats, pigs, and chickens fed GMOs. In all seriousness, though, GMOs are bad news. They are what Dr. Alejandro Junger is referring to in his famous statement, “We are not eating food anymore. We are eating food-like products.”
Zevia is allergy friendly and inclusive: Zevia is completely gluten and dairy free, vegan, kosher, and contains no MSG.
Healthy soda? There’s no way that tastes good. Well, that, my friends, is where you are very wrong. Zevia tastes great! *scout’s honour* And the wonderful people at the Zevia company sent me six of their flavors to review for YOU. So, let’s begin.
*Let me start off by saying that I hate strawberry soda.* Zevia Strawberry is a nice tasting strawberry soda. I don’t like strawberry soda, but this soda is very good for what it is. It almost reminds me of Cherry 7UP, but not quite. It has a generally sweet flavor, but there’s a definite tang at the end. It doesn’t have the strong, artificial taste one commonly associates with strawberry soda. It’s light and surprisingly refreshing. I must note that I adore the fact that Zevia Strawberry is clear and not the obviously fake, fluorescent pink color of traditional strawberry soda.
I love eating grapefruit, and this little baby tastes like a perfectly ripe grapefruit. It’s sweet and tart, with that ever so slight bitterness at the end that truly makes it a grapefruit. It’s a tad bit heavier than the strawberry soda, but still extremely light. It’s crisp and refreshing, and would be great on a hot summer day here in good ol’ California. My Father, who loves grapefruit juice and grapefruit soda, gave Zevia Grapefruit two thumbs up.
This soda reminds me of my grandmother. Even though she doesn’t drink soda (never has), she, very sweetly, keeps several varieties of soda in the house for the grandkids. The one soda that she always has that I, and pretty much all of my siblings and cousins, always went for was the Wild Cherry Pepsi. For some reason, I never saw Wild Cherry Pepsi in grocery stores, so the fact that she had it was astonishing to me. I love Wild Cherry Pepsi, and it forever is linked in my mind with spending time with my cousins and grandparents. (lf your reading this, Hi Grammy! Love You! Thanks for the Wild Cherry Pepsi). Zevia Cherry Cola is a doppelganger for Wild Cherry Pepsi. Its cherry flavor is strong, but not over powering, and is very warming and robust.
This is not your Mama’s Ginger Ale. But it could be your Grandmother’s or your Great Grandmother’s, because it uses REAL GINGER. It’s warm, spicy, and bitey, and would settle even the most upset of stomachs. It’s ginger ale WITH A KICK, and although it has the spice and bite of ginger, it doesn’t have an overpowering ginger flavor. It doesn’t taste like any ginger ale I’ve ever had. It’s unique, and that’s what makes it so appealing.
CAFFEINE FREE COLA
This is a traditional cola if ever one was. My mother, a former diet soda addict (several servings a day for fifteen years), gave Zevia Caffeine Free Cola her seal of approval. She’s been “clean” for a few years, and says that this would satisfy her soda craving any day. In addition to being a self acclaimed “cola expert,” says that this is very reminiscent of RC Cola. This cola doesn’t have the strong burn that most other colas have, but it provides that “back of the throat, carbonation satisfaction.” It has a rich, cola taste. I would bet that no one would be able to tell that this is an all natural soda.
This, to me, is the holy grail of Zevia soda. This root beer is the best canned/bottled root beer I have ever had. I would never guess that this didn’t have sugar or high fructose corn syrup. This root beer, isn’t the creamy, light tasting sort of root beer, similar to, say, Mug or A&W. This is the sweet and spicy, good ol’ fashioned sarsaparilla root beer. It could be compared to Barq’s Root Beer (my former favorite). It’s warm and robust, and, in my opinion, Zevia’s best flavor.
Well, there you have it! My full review of Zevia soda. Thanks to Zevia for sending me this wonderful selection to review and for making a soda that health nuts, diabetics, those with food allergies, and everyone in between can enjoy.
As always, thanks for reading and stay crunchy!