Thursday, November 17, 2011

Something a little different.. (Part 1)

I know this blog is called "Makeup by Lara Lee" But thats not all Im about. If you know me, you might know that Ive been a vegetarian for over 5 years.
I try to eat organic as much as I can. And, especially lately, Ive been eating healthier.
I know a lot of people would like to eat healthier, but they just cant give up soda and junk food.
Or have children that love soda and unhealthy snack, but want them to drink, and eat better things.
Recently I tried a couple things that are perfect for those people.
So Im here to try to help you out with a few healthy alternatives!

The first thing I wanna talk about is soda.

The average can of soda sweetened with sugar contains 150 calories.
Soda has many negative health effects, such as: increased risk of osteoporosis and kidney stones, addictive properties, potential for tooth decay, high phosphorus intake, possible link to cancer, and much more.
With the average american consuming around 56 gallons of soda a year, and many consuming much more, soft drink consumption has become the leading cause of obesity in the US.

The average person is supposed to drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day. But a lot of people find it hard to drink that much. A lot of people cant even drink water at all.
I personally love ice water, but I know a lot of people hate it, because its "tasteless"

Ive found an amazing alternative to those horrible drinks, and an easier way to get your 64 oz. of water a day.

Sparkling ICE. Naturally flavored sparkling water. Enhanced with essential vitamins and antioxidants.
Sparkling Ice contains:
0 Calories, yes ZERO.
Natural Flavors.
Vitamins & Antioxidants.
Light Carbonation.
Sweetened with Splenda.

This stuff tastes so good, its like soda, but so much better for you! And in my opinion, it tastes better.
So far, Ive tried the Pink Grapefruit, and the Orange Mango.
But it also comes in flavors: Black Raspberry, Kiwi Strawberry, Lemon Lime, and Pomegranate Berry.
They taste so fresh and knowing theyre zero calories you just feel so much better drinking them.
And its an easy way to help get your 64 oz. of water a day.
You can buy them at: Kroger, King Soopers, Ralphs, Frys, Dillons, Smith's, Costco, Sam's Club, Fred Meyer, GFC, Haggen,Top Foods, Winco, Jewel, Walgreens, and online at and, where you can also find a store near you that sells it.

Another great substitute for soda, or plain water is this.

Twist Essence Water, A great tasting premium flavored water - lightly sweetened with a blend of Agave Nectar and Stevia extract. 100% Natural. No artificial flavors, ingredients or preservatives.
Twist contains:
0 Calories, again, yes ZERO.
100% Natural.
No Artificial Sweeteners

This tastes less like soda, its not carbonated, and doesnt has as strong of a fruit flavor as the Sparkling Ice. But its equally as good, and good for you.
Ive only tried the Pomegranate Blueberry.
But it also comes in: Lemon, Mandarin White Tea, Mango Acai, West Indies Lime, and Wild Strawberry.
Again, its another great way to get the water you need, and keep away from the things you dont, like soft drinks and sugary juices.
Twist is available nationwide and on and

And lastly, there is..

Hint premium essence water. Hint is pure healthy water lightly infused with natural flavors.
Hint contains:
0 sweeteners.
0 calories.
0 preservatives.

This stuff is so refreshing. It tastes like water, but has a subtle hint of fresh fruit flavors.
I have tried the Mango-Grapefruit, and Lime.
But it comes in 8 more delicious, refreshing flavors.
You can buy it nationally at Whole Foods, Starbucks, Wegmans, Fresh Direct, most local grocery stores, or online at or, where you can also find stores near you who sell it.
For more information on the above drinks, and other TalkingRain and Hint products visit and

Look forward to part 2 - snacks/junk food.
The product in this review was provided to me for the purpose of writing a review. This in no way effects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly my own opinions. All reviews provided here are the work of myself and remain completely unbiased.

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