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As a nutritionist, I often do many pantry and fridge clean outs for my clients, as I find this is so beneficial for those who are trying to eat healthier. The majority of the times I walk away with almost 80% of the food from their kitchens, as most of their food items are full of hidden sugar, preservatives and unwanted toxic ingredients. As a result, clients often ask me what’s inside my fridge, and what essentials I always keep on hand.

If you take a peek inside my fridge, you will find a variety of rainbow-coloured whole foods. Everything from dark leafy greens to nuts stored in glass jars to farm-fresh eggs. For beverages, you will find homemade nut milks, coconut water, and even cucumber-infused water (it may come as no surprise, but I don’t drink any sodas). I don’t even purchase or consume fruit juices (even orange juice) as many fruit juices—even the juices labeled as “fresh” and “not from concentrate”—are loaded with artificial colours and flavours, preservatives and sugar. Some pre-packaged juices contain the juice of fruits that were picked as far back as 180 days ago! Seems a little misleading for these juice companies to advertise their product as “fresh”. This is why beverages are the first things I toss from my clients’ fridges.

With summer just around the corner, you might be craving a refreshing, thirst-quenching beverage you can enjoy and keep on hand your fridge. I always recommend keeping a jug of fruit- and herb-infused water, but sometimes it’s just not satisfying enough. So I have a healthier alternative to sugary soda for you to fall in love with: sparkling tea!

Sparkling tea is just like a soda with all the bubbles, but without all the added sugar and junk. I enjoy making a large batch of Turmeric Teas’ signature organic loose-leaf blend Summer and letting it chill for a couple of hours in the fridge. You can enjoy this herbal tea simply cold, but if you want to make it into a refreshing bubbly beverage add equal parts or less of carbonated water (one without any artificial flavours or colours). And ta-da! You have a refreshing, bubbly, herbal tea beverage loaded with tons of flavours and healing properties from our favourite herb, turmeric. Turmeric Teas signature blends are deliciously hydrating, especially with summer quickly approaching.

Alexandra Daugherty • Holistic Nutritionist