I used to O.D. on empty calorie drinks. A healthy lemonade recipe was unheard of…instead I chose low- fat and high sugary drinks. I rationalized that the lite mochas, skinny iced coffees and juicy sangrias were good for me because there was little fat. If I felt a few pounds creeping up, I would replace these with more diet sodas and Crystal Light. My fluid intake filled with sugar, fake ingredients and caffeine dehydrated me and likely contributed to my high stress level, inconsistent sleep habits and forever bloating body. When I quit drinking crud and focused mostly on water intake, my body felt incredibly vibrant and mind was amazingly clear. But as a former sugar-a-holic, sometimes I want a sweet, refreshing drink. In the spirit of summertime slurpies and refreshing cool drinks, I played around with my blender and a few juicy staple ingredients. I found that this lemonade concoction satisfies my sweet tooth. An added bonus is that it’s a fruity plant-based, high-nutrient drink. Plus, it’s simple and quick to make recipe.
- 2 lemons – peeled and seeded
- ¼ cup coconut sugar or 2 stevia packets
- ½ cup fresh basil leaves
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup of ice cubes
- Put all ingredients in a blender
- Blend on high for 1 minute
- Pour in glass (see my fun one above) and garnish to your liking (I added a lemon wedge and basil leaf)
Do you drink lemonade? What’s your favorite summertime drink?
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