I am a HUGE fan of flavored sparkling waters. You see, I am able to trick my taste buds with them. For over 10 years, I drank OVER a 2 liter of regular soda every single day. I cringe just thinking about it! Seriously, that is a TON of sugar and empty calories that did absolutely nothing for me other than help pack on added weight. I no longer drink regular soda at all, although I will enjoy a diet soda on occasion. More often than not, I am drinking flavored sparkling waters. They have great flavor, usually no calories or added sugars, and they have the fizz that I grew to love when I was a total soda-junkie. Having the carbonation made me think I wasn't giving anything up, and it allowed me to get off of the soda once and for all! This has been one of the best decisions I've made, since 30lbs literally fell off within a few months of making the switch to sparkling waters.

That's why I was excited to try the great sparkling water beverages from Sparkling ICE. This was a brand I had not tried before, and I was eager to see what flavors they had to offer. I received a mixed case of their tasty waters to review. It came at the absolute perfect time, since I was able to take them to enjoy on our 8 hour drive to Cleveland, Ohio over the Thanksgiving holiday. That was awesome, since it took away the temptation to stop for a quick soda at one of the many rest stops we encountered along the way.

Sparkling ICE beverages are a product made by the Talking Rain company. The Talking Rain Beverage Company is located east of Seattle, at Preston, Washington, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. They have been dedicated to producing healthier, refreshing beverages for over twenty years. They pride themselves on creating beverage products of exceptional quality and value for families. The source water for products produced in Preston is from their own deep, pristine, Artesian Spring originating in the Cascade Mountains. Other sources of their production are carefully selected to provide the lowest carbon footprint and the highest quality. I love a company that practices social responsibility!

What makes Sparkling ICE different? Well, it's what's inside! Sparkling ICE is an excellent source of B-Vitamins, Vitamin D and antioxidants. B-Vitamins are known to play an important role in helping your body obtain energy from food. They may also be important for normal appetite, healthy skin, good vision, a healthy nervous system and red blood cell formation. Vitamin D is widely known to play a significant role in overall health – in particular bone strength. Sparkling Ice also contains Green Tea Extract, which is known to have powerful levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that protect your body’s cells from harmful molecules called free radicals. Free radicals are a by-product of your body’s normal processes, and are also thought to be caused by pollutants and other environmental exposure. Sparkling ICE also contains zero Calories, is gluten and caffeine Free, and is sweetened with Splenda.

I got to try quite a few flavors of Sparkling ICE. My favorites were the Kiwi Strawberry, Lemon Lime, and the Black Raspberry! They were light, refreshing, and had fantastic flavor without that artificial aftertaste that you find in a lot of sparking water products. Other flavors include Pink Grapefruit, Orange Mango, and Pomegranate Berry. I have to admit, I am not a fan of grapefruit in any form, so I let Kyle, my 11 year old, have these all to himself. He really liked them!

But what I liked best about Sparkling ICE is of a more adult nature. With the Holiday season in full swing, I really enjoy relaxing with family and friends over a nice cocktail...or 3....but who's counting? Sparkling ICE goes GREAT in cocktails, especially for those, like me, who want to watch their calorie intake to prevent winter weight gain. They even have some fantastic cocktail recipes on their website! My favorite has got to be the Black Raspberry ICE Hurricane! I love me some good rum, and this drink is delicious! I also really like the Sailor's Delight!

Overall, I was thrilled with the crisp, refreshing flavors of the Sparkling ICE beverages I got to sample. These drinks are definitely tasty, and very versatile as well. (Sparkling ICE popsicles, anyone?) I love the fact that these are sweetened with Splenda, and they don't taste artificial at all. My family really enjoyed these, and yours will, too!

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