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Orange Cream Soda

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    The caffeine kick and sugar rush delivered from a can of soda pop may help us get through the afternoon, but it’s not doing us any favours when it comes to our health. This DIY soda may be all you need to can your soda habit for good. By adding a splash of coconut milk, you can turn this soda into a creamy treat that rivals any coffeehouse creation.

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    2 cups (500 mL) fresh squeezed orange juice
    1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated orange zest
    1/2 in (1.25 cm) piece of vanilla bean, split in half
    Ice
    Fresh herbs, such as mint, thyme, or basil (optional)
    4 cups (1 L) sparkling mineral water or soda water, divided
    1/4 cup (60 mL) coconut milk, divided
    Orange slices, for garnish

    Place orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla bean in medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring often, for about 20 minutes or until liquid has reduced to 1/2 cup (125 mL). Remove from heat and strain mixture through fine mesh sieve into small bowl, pressing down on pulp to extract as much liquid as possible. Chill in refrigerator until cold, about 4 hours.

    To serve, pour 2 Tbsp (30 mL) orange syrup into tall glass. Add ice, herbs (if using), and 1 cup (250 mL) soda or sparkling water. Stir to combine well. Top soda with 
    1 Tbsp (15 mL) coconut milk, and garnish with an orange slice just before enjoying.

    Serves 4.

    Each serving contains: 95 calories; 1 g protein; 4 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 15 g total carbohydrates (12 g sugars, 0 g fibre); 6 mg sodium

    source: "Smart Snacking", alive #387, January 2015

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