Thursday, August 22, 2013

Zevia All Natural Soda: Review and Giveaway!

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Zevia was founded in 2007 in Seattle, with the following products available: Cola, Lemon Lime Twist and Orange soda. They wanted to introduce the world to a guilt-free soda with a natural sweetener and ingredients that everyone would be proud to consume. After their brand took off, Zevia quickly introduced Ginger Root Beer, Black Cherry and Ginger Ale. In 2009, Zevia made the move from Seattle to Los Angeles, California. By 2011, Zevia launched five more flavors and was finding widespread growth. Since then, Zevia has continued to introduce more flavors and to market their all-natural, zero calorie soda to new distributors.


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Using natural Stevia sweetener and wholesome ingredients, Zevia is truly the healthy choice for many people worldwide. Zevia can help towards the nationwide fight against obesity and diabetes. I know that when I have my future practice, I am going to suggest that patients switch to Zevia. It may cost a little more than typical soda, but your health is worth it! Here's a little blurb about Zevia's sweetener, the Stevia extract:

Rebaudioside A, otherwise known as Reb-A (Stevia Extract) is one of the sweetest and best-tasting sweet compounds found in the stevia leaf. And there are more than 10 of these 'steviol gycosides' in the leaf! This all natural sweetener is commonly used in powder or liquid form to heighten sweetening intensity and improve taste. In its highly purified form, it has sweetness between 250 to 350 times that of an equal weight of sugar but with no calories and no effect on blood glucose levels!

Reb-A that is part of Zevia is grown in the Sweet Green Fields in the United States. It is recognized as being "generally safe" by the USDA and does not affect blood glucose or insulin levels.


 Flavors not featured in this review include:
  • Mountain Zevia - You know those sodas you drink when you want to unwind after a long day? The sodas that have a light, subtle flavor? The ones that you can enjoy right before you go to sleep? Mountain Zevia is not one of those sodas. Considered the rebel of the Zevia line, the bold citrus flavor in Mountain Zevia awakens your taste buds and breaks the mold of other sodas in the natural soda category. Mountain Zevia is pumped with orange, lime, lemon and grapefruit essential oils. One thing we didn’t do is pump Mountain Zevia with the artificial colors, flavors and preservatives that usually accompany that great Mountain taste. This caffeinated natural pop will boost your energy, spirits and just about everything but your calorie count.

  •  Grape Soda - Have you ever wanted to go back to the good old days? The days when your gym was a jungle gym? One sip of Zevia Grape soda will take you there. Zevia Grape has that great flavor you remember from childhood but none of the calories you want as an adult. Unlike the grape soda you enjoyed when you were little, Zevia Grape is made naturally. This diet grape soda contains zero calories and no sugar, so call it “diet” if you want, but know that natural sweeteners make all Zevia sodas safe and delicious. Not only did we make Zevia Grape soda clear and mess-free, we put the big, bold taste of a Concord grape into a drink that will quench your thirst for soda and nostalgia.

  •  Caffeine Free Cola - We know everyone loves Zevia Cola, because it’s our best-selling Zevia flavor. But sometimes you want the citrus and spicy flavor you enjoy in Zevia Cola without the caffeine that comes along with it. Meet Zevia Cola’s laid back sister, Zevia Caffeine Free Cola. It has everything you love about Zevia Cola, except the caffeine. You can expect the same flavors that wake up your taste buds when you drink Zevia Cola, all without actually waking you up. You requested it and we listened. When it comes to diet soda and health, we know that not everyone drinks caffeine. And we’re excited to offer you a Caffeine Free Cola just the way you want it.

  •  Lime Cola - We like to think of limes as nature's little zing. A little citrusy splash makes everything a bit more delicious so why not add that zest to the popular ZEVIA Cola? ZEVIA Lime Cola is the zesty, delicious addition to the Zevia line of naturally sweetened sodas. Unlike most lime colas, this flavor-filled, better-for-you soda is all natural and contains no artificial sweeteners. If Zevia Lime Cola had a job, she would be a comedian. Full of zing and zest, this delicious alternative will give you a chuckle when you think about how delicious zero calories can taste.

  •  Cola - Zevia Cola has notes of citrus and spice, the perfect combination for a cola and a rare find in natural soda. When you find out that our naturally sweetened cola has zero calories, no sugar and nothing artificial, you may even find yourself reaching for a second can. Whether you have special diet needs, health concerns, or are just looking for a low carb drink that is all natural, our cola delivers all the things you like about traditional cola, without any of the traditional things you don’t. We’ve worked hard to perfect this staple flavor because it’s always been one of our favorites. Zevia Cola is what soda should always have been.

  •  Dr. Zevia - Dr. Zevia isn’t a real doctor, but it does have a way of making you feel healthy. Dr. Zevia All Natural Soda is made with stevia, a botanical sweetener used around the world for hundreds of years. Since this stevia soda has no effect on your blood sugar and no net carbs, you don’t have to worry about adding to your waistline. When you get a craving, indulge in the bold and unique taste of Dr. Zevia. It’s overflowing with variety of flavors that will quench just about any thirst. It’s got a bit of spice, a dash of citrus, and a delicious, cherry fruity finish. Since Dr. Zevia is a naturally sweetened soda with zero calories and no sugar, we’re sure it will be the soda recommended by your real doctor.

  •  Grapefruit Citrus - Zevia Grapefruit Citrus is the magician of the Zevia flavors. Don’t believe us? Bring a six-pack to your next party and watch it disappear. Some say that Zevia Grapefruit Citrus is the most refreshing of all the Zevia flavors. All would say that the perfectly balanced ruby red grapefruit taste with a punch of lemon and lime will create a sparkly sensation in your mouth. You may give Grapefruit Citrus a try because of its colorful exterior and refreshing name, but it’s the feeling you get when drinking it that will have you coming back for more. That, and the fact that’s it’s actually a healthy diet soda.
  •  Ginger Ale - Zevia Ginger Ale is a sophisticated soda and like any sophisticate, it has a little bite. Brilliantly refreshing in every sip, Zevia Ginger Ale will illuminate your taste buds with its pure ingredients. With a sweet blend of real ginger and citrus oils, Zevia Ginger Ale has a delicious taste with zero calories and no sugar. Be it an upset tummy or a cocktail party mixer, Zevia Ginger Ale is always as refreshing to taste as it is on your waist.

  •  Orange - Orange soda is normally orange. It’s also normally full of calories, sugar and artificial flavors like other diet sodas with aspartame. Zevia Orange soda is clear, which makes it perfect for the kids in your home and the kid in all of us. And just because it isn’t orange in color, doesn’t mean it isn’t orange in taste. Zevia Orange soda is like biting into your favorite piece of citrus (minus the seeds, the pulp, and potential to squirt juice into your eye). The bold flavor in this orange soda makes it tangy and delicious. Plus, it’s the only orange soda that’s zero calories, no sugar, and all natural. If you’re looking for a diet soda without aspartame, you’ve found it. So go on, take a big gulp. It might just replace your morning OJ.

 Zevia can be purchased online (through links on Zevia's website) at Amazon, Nettrition.com, or at the Low Carb Grocer if you live in Canada. Zevia is also available at many major retailers, such as: Sunflower, Shaw's, Whole Foods, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Fairway, Hannaford, Target, Safeway, Price Chopper, Albertsons, Jewel, Cub Foods, Ralphs, Smith's, etc.








Zevia was generous enough to send me a mixed six pack sampler of their soda for review so that I could share my opinions with you. The flavors that I received were: Black Cherry, Cherry Cola, Cream Soda, Ginger Root Beer, Lemon Lime Twist, and Strawberry.



Black Cherry

Zevia Black Cherry naturally sweetened soda has won the hearts of soda lovers everywhere, young and old. And with an optimal blend of cherry essence, clove and cassia oils, what’s not to love? Bursting with the taste of juicy ripe black cherries, your favorite berry is always in season. Zevia Black Cherry is a caffeine-free soda, so you can drink it no matter the time of day. Unlike other fruity diet sodas, Zevia All Natural Black Cherry is colorless. So, if someone spills a Zevia Black Cherry on you, the only thing you have to be upset about is that your shirt couldn’t appreciate the flavor.


 This 12 fl. oz. can has one serving and has 0 calories, 0g of fat, 20mg of sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, citric acid, Reb A (Stevia extract), natural flavors, cherry essence, cassia oil, clove leaf oil.




Cherry Cola

Some things were just meant to go together; like Sonny and Cher, Peanut Butter and Jelly, fireworks and the 4th of July. No two soda flavors were more destined to be together than Cherry and Cola. When we thought about creating the perfect zero calorie Cherry Cola, we knew it would become a fast fan favorite. Zevia Cherry Cola is the combination of delicious Bing cherry flavor and our popular Cola, which itself has light citrusy notes. Complex in flavor, easy to drink and naturally sweetened. We like to think of Zevia Cherry Cola as nature's little win.

This 12 fl. oz. can has one serving and 0 calories, 0g of fat, 20mg of sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, caramel color, tartaric acid, Reb A (Stevia extract), citric acid, caffeine, natural flavors. There are 38mg of caffeine per can.




Cream Soda

 Every soda in the Zevia line is a sweet treat, but Zevia Cream Soda is practically a dessert. This natural soda has an incredible deep aroma and luscious taste. It might be even more creamy and delicious than you remember but this is a natural cream soda, the way cream soda should always have been. With hints of vanilla and butter, the flavor in Zevia Cream Soda can satisfy even the greatest sweet tooth. And since it’s zero-calorie and sugar-free, you can make happy taste buds without upsetting the rest of your body.

 This 12 fl. oz. can has one serving and 0 calories, 0g of fat, 20mg of sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, natural flavors, Reb A (Stevia extract), citric acid, caramel color.




Ginger Root Beer

There’s root beer. Then there’s Zevia All Natural Ginger Root Beer. We took the rich and creamy traditional flavor that you would expect from a root beer and enhanced it with a hint of ginger (hence the name). A little creamy, a little spicy, absolutely zero calories. It doesn’t matter if you drink a cold Zevia Ginger Root Beer straight out of the can, or pour it in a glass and top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. What matters is that the diet root beer soda you know and love is back with a twist. Zevia Ginger Root Beer, naturally sweetened. You’ll love it a little more with each zero calorie sip.

This 12 fl. oz. can has one serving and 0 calories, 0g of fat, 20mg of sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, caramel color, Reb A (Stevia extract), citric acid, natural flavors, wintergreen oil, anise oil, lemon oil, orange oil, ginger extract.




Lemon Lime Twist 

Look up refreshment in the dictionary and we bet you’ll find a mention of Zevia Lemon Lime Twist. We’ve replicated a classic lemon lime flavor and re-created it in true Zevia fashion, a diet drink with none of the bad soda stuff and a pretty delicious taste. Zevia Lemon Lime Twist is naturally flavored with a blend of pure lemon and lime oils. We know we’re biased, but if you’re looking for low calorie, lemon lime soda, Twist is one of the best diet drinks you can get. It might relieve your thirst like the competitors, but remember, Zevia Lemon Lime Twist is all natural, with zero calories, no sugar and naturally sweetened. A playful flavor that won’t play with your weight.

 This 12 fl. oz. can has one serving and 0 calories, 0g of fat, 0mg of sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, natural flavors, citric acid, Reb A (Stevia extract).




 Strawberry

Zevia Strawberry soda is what we might call the perfect summer treat. Only it doesn't have to be summer and it definitely doesn't have to be a treat. Always zero calories and no artificial sweeteners, this is the diet soda you can love while loving your waistline. Zevia Strawberry is the sweet, tangy, tart, refreshing alternative when you are looking for a little bold berry taste without the calories. Clear in color and not sticky makes this berry soft drink a perfect beverage for kids, and the kids in all of us.

 This 12 fl. oz. can has one serving and 0 calories, 0g of fat, 0mg of sodium, 4g of carbohydrates, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients: Carbonated water, erythritol, natural flavors, citric acid, Reb A (Stevia extract).


My overall favorite was the Strawberry! I have actually never seen a strawberry flavored soda, and I was expecting it to taste artificial and funny, but I was entirely wrong. This soda tastes like you are actually eating a fresh strawberry -- I think I will have to buy this again, because the flavor was so unusual and good! I had previously tried the Ginger Root Beer before, so I already knew that that flavor of Zevia was great. I discovered the Ginger Root Beer one day while I was walking around the grocery store I used to work at. I was looking for a better alternative to the Diet Pepsi that I consume too much of every day. The fake sugar sweetener in Diet Pepsi is something I really want to get away from; it is full of chemicals, unnatural for your body, and I have heard that it actually makes you more hungry throughout the day, so that defeats the reason that I buy it in the first place - because it has no calories. I won't drink regular soda because I feel that it is too sweet and I hate wasting 300 calories on a soda which doesn't even contribute to filling me. When I found Zevia, you can imagine how excited I was! Another zero calorie option, with a whole ton of flavors, LACKING an artificial sweetener. Can you get any better than that? The Ginger Root Beer has a flavor that nearly parallels regular root beer, diet or otherwise; it also has a tinge of ginger which gives it a nice kick.

The Lemon Lime had a nice flavor -- my boyfriend grabbed that flavor right up and had no complaints at all. He doesn't drink diet soda (he thinks it's gross), so I was very surprised that he didn't seem to notice it didn't have zero calories. To him, it does not have that gross "fake sugar" taste that most diet sodas do. This would be a great way to get him to transition from regular soda to "diet" soda as well. I am not the biggest fan of black cherry in the first place, but I didn't mind Zevia's flavor. My boyfriend really liked this flavor. He doesn't like cream soda, so that flavor was left for me to drink. I liked the Cream soda better than the Black Cherry; I thought it had that "old home" taste, as if it were homemade soda. Occasionally I have had cherry Pepsi, and I would say that Zevia's Cherry Cola is very comparable, except you don't have all the calories and bad ingredients!

If you can't tell, I am a huge supporter of Zevia. You are not compromising flavor if you switch from your beloved soda brand to Zevia. The flavors are not EXACTLY the same as other name brand sodas of similar flavors, but you won't miss them. I plan on making the switch to cola and ginger root beer from Diet Pepsi, so that I still have the comfort of having soda, but I don't have to feel bad about it. I am very picky about my soda (a lot of store brand diet sodas have a funny taste), so the fact that I find the Zevia flavors tasty is saying something! My one suggestion is to keep your Zevia cold (the company suggests this as well), because it tastes bubbly and "fresh" that way. When it gets warm, the flavor is not as good. Also, you want to drink it directly from the can rather than pouring it into a cup in order to preserve carbonation and flavor as well (you don't want it to go flat before you finish it).


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16 comments:

  1. I've never heard of these before! I love the interesting flavours and the zero calories!

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  2. I would love to try Zevia crème soda, I found that they are for sale at our Natural food store in Norman and at Target

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  3. I have never seen these before but they look really good! My husband would love them too!

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  4. That cherry cola sounds mighty good. I like that it has stevia in it which is a healthy sweetener.

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  5. I'd like to try the Ginger Root Beer
    Thanks!

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  6. i'd like to try grapefruit citrus

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