It’s summer… the perfect season for lemonade.
Let’s admit it. Lemonade is always a delicious drink and always full of sugar. Usually a batch of lemonade might take about 1+ cups of sugar- at least from my experience- and between my husband and I, that batch is gulped in two days flat.
A possible solution? Lemon water. But, it’s just not the same. Sugar makes everything taste awhole lot better!
That’s why I started testing out Stevia in my discovery of it’s natural sweetening capabilities. I first discovered it in my grandparents pantry (both of which are health-nuts) years ago and got quite excited to see that there is actually something out there that is straight from a shrub and is even used as an herb for health benefits. You may have passed it in the grocery store or saw a commercial, but if that’s all you’ve seen/heard of Stevia, I would definitely read up on it more. Here’s a great site to learn more.
|when purchasing Stevia, make sure it says USDA organic for the purest, most trusted form. I purchased this at the Whole Foods Market.|
The market of manmade and artificial sweeteners that deliberately cause health problems have brought me a lot of frustration over the years. And, it’s honestly even more frustrating now a days to see products like Truvia or Stevia in the Raw, which are marketed as a Stevia sweetener, but also infused with artificial sweeteners. The lack of honesty or better said ‘deception’ may be helping the economy of the food industry, but not the health of its’ consumers.
Perhaps someday I would love to be a bigger voice to help change things, but for now, the most important thing is being informed.
BUT, as it applies to all things- too much of anything isn’t good for you- Stevia has it’s own controversy.
Even still, I am left convinced that it’s the best alternative to any artificial sweetener as it is entirely natural.
For a sweet, puckering, and flavorful lemonade…
+1/2 cup sugar
+1/3 teaspoon organic PURE Stevia
+12 cups of water
(To keep the lemonade consistency similar to regular lemonade made with 100% sugar as sweetener, I still use sugar, just not nearly as much! Feel free to give and take between the sugar and Stevia based on your preference.)
First, I like to put my lemons in a bowl of hot water to soften them up and add soap to clean off any pesticides, dirt, etc that may be on them. Chop in the lemons in half and juice
Boil half cup of sugar with a cup of water, stir in Stevia.
Pour lemon juice, sugar/Stevia water, and the other 11 cups of water into a pitcher and stir.