Crunchy Cheats is a ongoing series on The Pistachio Project that will basically supply you with suggestions of better products that you can easily buy. Some of these will be products that you can buy if you are not ready to dive all the way into crunchiness and make everything yourself but some of the Crunchy Cheats will be lists of safer brands to chose from when buying products (that you couldn’t possibly make.)

Today’s Crunchy Cheat is natural sodas!

Sodas are just not healthy for us. They are either full of high fructose corn syrup or they go the calorie free route and are full of unsafe sugar alternatives. I gave up soda a few years ago although I will confess that when I get pregnant, I crave soda, so I do slip up. It’s a tough habit to break! Thankfully there are alternatives to the nasty sodas that are much healthier.

Now I found hundreds of brands of natural sodas. Some great, some not all that natural in my opinion. I picked the best of the best. I will say that I don’t know if a soda could ever be truly healthy but this post wasn’t to find healthy sodas; it was to find natural sodas to give you alternatives to the nasty stuff.

The Best of the Best

The best of the best list means that all the sodas are packaged in glass (not cans or plastic) and have no weird ingredients.


Fizzy Lizzy – A natural soda with an average of 60% juice per bottle and no added sugars. Comes in seven flavors such as Pineapple, Grapefruit Fuji Apple, and Tangerine Passionfruit. Ingredients: Triple-filtered carbonated water, juice concentrates, elderberry color, vitamin C.

Natural Soda Alternatives
Izze – This soda describes itself as 70% fruit juice with a splash of sparkling water. Comes in eight flavors ranging from lime to pomegranate. Ingredients: pure juices, juice concentrate, sparkling water, natural flavors, citric acid (some also contain: gum arabic, beta carotene, and vegetable juice)

Izze Esque – From the makers of Izze comes Izze Esque. Izze Esque is the low calorie version of the original. However, instead of being full of artificial sweeteners like most low calorie drinks, Izze Esque has less calories simply because there is less juice. That’s it. Comes in four flavors. Ingredients: sparkling water, juice, juice concentrates, natural flavors, citric acid (some contain: beta carotene and vegetable juices)

Izze Sparkling Natural Soda – For those wanting something closer to the traditional colas, Izze has put out a sparkling birch soda and a sparkling ginger soda. Ingredients: sparkling water, sugar, natural flavors, natural extracts, citric acid, birch or ginger oil.

Natural Soda Alternatives
Hot Lips – This soda is focused on being local and working with the local farmers. 100% grown and produced in the Pacific Northwest, this all natural soda is made in small batches to ensure quality is produced over quantity. However, this soda seems to be a bit harder to find. Comes in eight flavors such as: Marionberry, Cherry, and Pear. Ingredients: Fruit (depends on flavor), cane sugar, organic lemon juice, and water.

Natural Soda Alternatives
Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost – This company specializes in just ginger ales. These ginger ales are made with fresh ginger not extracts or oils. Comes in four flavors: original, jasmine tea, pomegranate with hibiscus and passion fruit with yellow ginger. Ingredients: carbonated water, pure cane sugar, 100% fresh ginger, and citric acid.

Natural Soda Alternatives
Dry Soda – The first time I tried this soda a few years back, I did not like it. It’s not sweet and it’d be hard to say it’s just like sodas. However, a few years of natural living has made me grow to like Dry Soda. Dry Soda comes in some unique flavors such as Juniper Berry, Lavender, and Rhubarb but they also offer some more regular ones like Vanilla and Wild Lime. Ingredients: purified carbonated water, cane sugar, natural extract, phosphoric acid Note: phosphoric acid has been shown to essentially rob the body of calcium and thus is bad for teeth and bones.

There were a few other natural brands out there but I had concerns about them. Many were in cans which I do not like because of the BPA in them and some contained sweeteners such as Erythritol or agave both of which I am not a fan of.

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