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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Healthy Lemonade, All-Naturally Amazing

It's snowing here but that's not stopping us from enjoying a summertime treat!  I don't like sugary drinks because of the empty calories and the sugar high that is follow by a grumpy low when I have too much.  However, I do like flavor in my drinks and I have found a wonderful and natural treat for the whole family.  My kids love it as much as I do!  It's a healthy alternative to giving them fatty sugary drinks or artificial sweeteners that I am concerned would cause a different kind of health problem.

The answer is Stevia, a naturally sweet herb!  But beware many sweeteners that are parading as being "true" or "raw" actually use dextrose and that is a man made substance.  The 2 brands I have found that only use Stevia and its derivatives are "Sweet Leaf" and "Stevitia" (from Brazil).  FYI,  Stevia has been shown to lower your blood pressure and blood sugar in studies--good for some, bad for others.

So, throw out the Cokes and KoolAid!  It's time for a refreshingly healthy treat!

Here's the recipe:
4 c. Water
1 lemon juiced 
(Cooks secret: If you microwave a lemon for 30 seconds and let it cool down for a few minutes it juices fast and thoroughly.)
1 tsp of Stevia

Mix and enjoy!

18 comments:

  1. I love this recipe! I'm with you on the empty calories. I barely drink fruit juice because of the extra sugar...I'd rather just eat the fruit :)
    Thanks for a refreshing and healthy recipe!

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  2. Always love an alternative to sugary drinks! Thanks for sharing! Pinning :)

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  3. I'll be pinning your recipe to my drinks board. We love lemonade. Nice to find a recipe with no sugar. Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives party! Hope to see you again soon! Theresa ;)

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  4. Love the lemonade sitting in the snow, great recipe, followed you here from the Do Tell Tuesdays link up. Would love for you to share this on Real Food Fridays tomorrow at 7 central.

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    1. Thanks, Joyce! I will link it up tonight! :o)

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  5. Great idea and a great way to make lemonade. I use stevia so much. Another good reasons to get rid of Kool-Aid is the artificial dyes that are so toxic. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Real Food Friday and hosting. Have a wonderful healthy day!

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    1. That's the truth! Thanks for visiting and hosting, Marla!

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  6. Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!
    Cathy
    APeekIntoMyParadise.com
    #TastyTuesdays

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    1. Thank you for hosting and pinning Cathy! I'll be there!

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  7. I love lemonade but always feel guilty about the sugar. Great alternative

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! No need to feel guilty now. :o)

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  8. Charlie, lemonade has to be my most favorite beverage... love how you created this drink!

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    1. Thanks! I am pretty crazy about Stevia. It makes awesome sweet tea too. Being southern, I can't resist a good glass of tea!

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  9. We make electrolyte drinks all summer w/ a similar recipe....adding a little baking soda and Celtic salt........tastes great.....we all love it .....and helps w/ fluid and electrolyte levels when working in the heat..

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