Homemade Sugar-Free Lemonade

Sugar-Free Lemonade Recipe. Super Easy. Super Refreshing. This Homemade Lemonade is a great way to keep the heat and the munchies away :). I tend to pour some at night when I am temped to nibble.

Looking for a refreshing summer drink that is easy on your wallet?

Well, do I have a versatile lemonade recipe for you!

If you’ve been around my website a bit, you know that I don’t like purchasing ready-made things when I can easily make them myself.

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Here is another case in point and one of the easiest yet.

One of my readers recently asked if I had a healthy drink she could treat her kids to by offering them something besides water. I completely understand.

I don’t let my kids drink any sodas or bottled juice drinks. One reason is due to the problems that they pose for health and the other is the cost.

1.  Have you seen the plethora of negative information coming out about high fructose corn syrup and sugar alone?  There has been mercury detected in high fructose corn syrup due to the means of processing, and sugar is now being linked to all sorts of health issues.

2.  Take a look at your grocery bill and see how much you are spending on drinks:  sodas, juices, etc.  And those “healthy waters”?  Don’t get me started. Anyhow, here is a way that you can treat your whole family to a wonderful summery drink without breaking the bank.  And you can sweeten it however you wish.

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Tips & More

1.  Of course, use lime juice to make limeade!

2.  How much can you save?

If you purchase Costco’s lemon juice, one 64 ounce (close to a 2-liter) will set you back only 24 cents, plus the cost of your sweetener.  And if you use stevia, this is really a bargain drink!

Now that’s a sweet deal :-P!)

So skip the specialty stevia-sweetened drinks on the market — make your own and do something more purposeful with your money!

3.  This post on Stevia has tips to help you use it if you aren’t familiar with it.

But for starters, these mini stainless measuring scoops are pretty much a must have if you are going to use stevia extract. I only really use one or 2 of the scoops, but they are pretty reasonable so I was willing to buy the set.

Norpro Mini Measuring Spoons

The 2nd smallest scoop is 1/32 of a teaspoon (the standard “stevia scoop” size) and it fits nicely in my small stevia container.  Some of the extracts are of differing strengths, so you might need to use the mid-sized scoop as well.

4.  Sweetener tips: For sweeteners, if you are able to eat sugar (more on that later), I recommend honey or sucanat.  If need/wish to avoid sugar, I recommend stevia.  If you have trouble with stevia, there are other options:

Vegetable glycerine is a more natural one.  NOW glycerine is a great brand.
They are not technically regarded as “whole foods” in the whole foodie arena, but xylitol and erythritol are the better choices among the alternative options. I recommend several brands, including Now Foods and Emerald Forest.  Prices on Iherb are great too for alternative sweeteners, and you get $5 back on your first order!  Here’s a link to NuNaturals erythritol there.

Check out my recipe page for other Make Your Own Tips that can save you a bundle, including:

What is your favorite drink?
Do you have something you would like me to figure out a “homemade” version of?

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  1. you are a freaking nut let your kids be kids, and the “mercury” in high fructose is so minimal that it barely registers. for got to mention that point in your highlights didn’t ya. stevia??really??? I really detest people that do this to their children .steal their child=hood because they found something they can control

    • Hi Cyndi. There are a lot of other issues w/ HCFS besides the mercury. This post at Huffington Post tells more details. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/high-fructose-corn-syrup-dangers_b_861913.html Maybe you would like to address your accusations to that author as well. I think my concerns are well founded.

      What do you think is wrong with stevia, may I ask? I don’t feel that caring for my kids’ health is “stealing” my kids childhood. In fact, I think I may be securing it and giving them a much healthier future. Have you noticed the incredible increases in diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and more? Much of this is due to the toxins in our food and environment. Perhaps you haven’t been touched by it personally yet, but for those of us who have, we know the benefits of changing to a more whole food diet.

      I’d love to hear your thoughts on my response. Thank you.

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