Healthy Lemonade

Healthy Lemonade (92)

I got home from Calgary late Sunday night and all I could think about was lemonade.

Not just any lemonade, the (good) homemade stuff. The 10 lemon crushing, finger stinging, water and sugar boiling, lemonade.

And not just a glass of it, I wanted a big ‘ol pitcher of it.

So, Kevin (bless his patient heart) and I went to the store, grabbed a bag of lemons, and squeezed lemons for a good, long time.

We didn’t have a pitcher (because most of our things are packed in boxes at this point) so we used a flower vase and a couple of mason jars.

Best.night.ever.

Healthy Lemonade (71)

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Healthy Lemonade
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 6
 
Refreshingly light and sugar-reduced lemonade recipe that has all the flavor, with less empty calories than conventional lemonade.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add sugar and 1 cup water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  2. Once boiled, remove from heat and add to a glass pitcher.
  3. Add lemon juice and remaining water.
  4. Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to chill.
  5. Serve with ice cubes.
Notes
To keep vegan: do not use honey
To make the lemonade safe for candida diet: use xylitol

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Add sugar and 1 cup water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.

Once boiled, remove from heat and add to a glass pitcher.

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Add lemon juice and remaining water.

Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to chill.

Serve with ice cubes.

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And there you have it, lemonade sans white sugar!

Oh my gosh, I need to make more of this.

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I’m in the mood to make more Summery drinks… and I bet you have a couple up YOUR sleeve!

Do you have a favorite Summer-themed drink that you want healthified?

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  1. Will this recipe work with erithritol as well as xylitol. Since xylitol is toxic to dogs I try to keep it out of the house (she’s so sneaky and I don’t want her to accidentally get into it). Or would stevia and/or swerve work?

    • It sure would! You can use an equal amount of erythritol or Swerve. If you use stevia, you’ll want to use a lot less than what the recipe calls for.

  2. Yay! I just made this using coconut nectar and it’s delicious. Managing a state 4B cancer diagnosis, I have removed sugar from my diet entirely, including honey, maple syrup, xylitol, agave, etc. I only sweeten with dates, applesauce, banana, and coconut. Thank you for the recipe!

  3. My Mother used to make a very frothy lemonade back in the 1950’s. She made it for special occasions, such as Sunday afternoon company. I have no idea how she made it, but she would have, to be sure, used white sugar. She might have used a Watkins product, because I know she did buy some of their products. Any ideas of how this delicious and refreshing lemonade might have been made would be wonderful!!

    • What a sweet memory to have! I’m not sure how she made it… Perhaps she used shaken/whipped egg whites. This can add a frothy consistency to drinks.

    • Hey! Honey is listed as one of the sweetener options, for those that don’t need to keep the recipe vegan. If you want to keep the recipe vegan, use another sweetener from the recipe: coconut nectar, coconut sugar, or xylitol :)

  4. i like this recipe but do you have to boil the water n honey? it says: ” Add sugar and 1 cup water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.”

    wouldn’t that negate the healthyness of using honey? boiling destroys enzymes n such..i’d figure if you use honey just blend it REALLY well.

    lil confused on that. please elaborate?

    :D TY! looking forward to making this!!

  5. Disappointing. Used coconut sugar as called for, but it tasted like lemon water, not lemonade. Ended up adding some regular sugar anyway. Perhaps it’s just my tastebuds, but when I splurge on lemonade, I guess I want the real deal.

    • Could be that you’re not adapted to sugar-free living just yet… perhaps a bit more and wean yourself off slowly ;)

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