Healthy Italian Soda (sugar and dairy free)

When was the last time you had an Italian soda, if ever? I used to love sipping on them while on the job during my days as a barista. With access to many flavored syrups, I had the chance to try tons of flavors for my sodas; raspberry, vanilla, caramel, peppermint (yuck), and my favorite- hazelnut. The only problem with this delicious summery beverage is that its two main ingredients are sugar and cream. This is a winning combination for the taste buds, but not so much for your health. 

Usually I like to flavor my soda water with some lemon or lime, but yesterday I had neither of these. I can't possibly drink plain bubbly water, so my quest to find a way to flavor it with what I had resulted in this amazingly refreshing and healthy beverage. 

Healthy Italian Soda (sugar and dairy free)

Serves: 1 beverage

Time: less than 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 12-16 oz cold soda water (I have a Soda Stream that I use, but any store bought soda water works as well)
  • 1/4 cup full fat or lite canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and/or hazelnut flavored stevia*

Mix all ingredients together in a glass and stir gently to preserves the bubblys.

*I used this liquid hazelnut stevia made by Sweet Leaf and it tasted AMAZING! Sweet Leaf makes a variety of other flavors that I haven't tried but would probably also taste delicious.