It's true that we've already posted about the beautifying and alkalizing powers of lemon water, one of our number one recommendations for starting the day. But with summer coming around the corner and a fortunate abundance of lemons on our hands we decided to make some lemonade. Of course this is symbolic for what what we should all be trying to do right now with the cards we are being dealt. With that gratitude practice in full swing - let's make lemonade!
Lemonade is delicious, and full of healing and soul satisfying Vitamin C. Our bodies don't naturally produce Vitamin C so it is really important to get it in your diet - and we don't just mean in supplement form. In our opinion, the nourishing powers of Vitamin C are a bit untapped. Not only does it naturally boost your immune system, it's also great for skin health and may increase your natural resilience to the sun and other environmental exposures. Eating vitamin and mineral rich hydrating foods is always a good idea, but it's especially important in the summer. It's literally beauty in a glass!
We decided to make a sugar free lemonade version using Lakanto Monk Fruit. Although we typically prefer whole food sweeteners and don't usually go for calorie free - we love the way the monk fruit tastes. Feel free to use whatever sweetener you prefer. Lemonade is also delicious with maple syrup, coconut nectar, and honey.
Lakanto is a calorie and sugar free sweetener. The sweetness is primarily derived from erythritol which is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol. We like the taste much better than stevia, and feel like it works great in this recipe.
This recipe makes a half gallon - adjust recipe according to your needs.
4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (approx 15 lemons!) We recommend hitting up your friends and neighbors if you see them neglected on a tree.
4 cups water
3/4 cup Lakanto Monk Fruit
Fill half gallon mason jar with ingredients, and shake it up!
Store in refrigerator to keep chilled.
We like to serve it with a splash of sparkling water and a pinch of cayenne.
Mint leaves, turmeric juice, lavender, thyme, and... if you're feeling festive, a splash of organic tequila.
We will be stepping outside in our yard to sip this all summer long.