I spent years as a Diet Coke Addict. In the early days, I had many food vices, but as coffee, wine and chocolate became healthy, it was all I had left. Now even that is gone; you see… I have given it up.
Trouble is, I still relish the flavor. I know how the ex-smoker feels. Plain old ordinary water (air??) is great after a workout, but what if you feel like indulging (which would be, I admit … daily)?
Always alert to weight issues, I don’t do heavily sugared drinks or juices and I refuse to douse myself in artificial sweeteners except an occasional bit of stevia.
Hot coffee, my winter salvation, is great for breakfast but once the mercury hits 75, it loses its refreshment value.
So what’s a girl to do? My mission this summer is to find cool beverages that are natural and don’t pack on the pounds.
Here is my first:
Homemade Natural Lemonade
Ingredients (Single Serving)
- 1 lemon
- 8 -12 oz water, depending on size of lemon
- 1/8 – 1/4 t liquid stevia, or to taste (or sugar pre-dissolved in water)
1. Squeeze lemon into large glass.
2. Add water and sweetener, adjusting to your taste (and lemon size)
I find Homemade Lemonade an ideal summer beverage because it provides some vitamin C, is low in calories (approximately 25 cal), and easy to make in single servings. While I don’t use stevia regularly (it tends to taste bitter to me), I find it delicious in lemonade. And using a liquid form means there are no problems dissolving it.
Tip: If you are like lemonade, invest in a citrus press. Built like a large garlic press, it makes squeezing lemons a piece of cake and even strains out the seeds!
What is your favorite summer beverage?