It’s summertime, and this strawberry lemonade recipe is going to be your best bet for combatting those sweltering hot days and conquering National Strawberry Day (February 27). It’s a 5-ingredient recipe, counting water and ice, so it’s quite minimal!
Our strawberry lemonade packs a vitamin C punch and restricts added sugar to moderate amounts. You can incorporate it into your diet with its low calories, excellent taste, and high nutrition.
Read on to learn the health benefits of strawberry lemonade and how to prepare your own drink at home.
Is Our Recipe Healthy?
Our strawberry lemonade recipe makes a healthy drink. Drinking fruit juice helps you down nutrients much quicker and easier.
1. Vitamin C
An 8 ounce serving of strawberry juice contains 36% of your vitamin C Daily Value on a 2000-calorie diet. That’s enough to give you a morning boost!
Vitamin C is essential for building a robust immune system. Our bodies can’t produce it, so it’s vital to consume it via food and drinks.
The vitamin C in this drink has antioxidant properties to help ward off various infections and conditions like anemia.
Lemon juice is also a great source of vitamin C. It’s potent enough to prevent scurvy, caused by vitamin C deficiency.
Including it in your beverages and water can help you achieve higher amounts of the vitamin C Recommended Dietary Allowance.
2. Less Sugar
But what about that added sugar? Added sugar can pose a risk in any diet, so the best way to enjoy it is in moderation.
The USDA guidelines recommend a daily limit of six teaspoons for women and nine teaspoons for men. Our recipe contains 4.5 teaspoons of added sugar per serving.
It’s quite a lot of sugar in one beverage. And we encourage you to reduce it if it’s too much for your preferred diet.
We like the balance of sweet and tart this amount gives. But you can reduce it by one or two teaspoons to lower sugar intake while still maintaining a sweet flavor.
Below are the ingredients for our strawberry lemonade recipe:
1. Strawberry and Lemon
Our lemonade consists of two main fruits; lemon and strawberry. So try using the freshest ingredients to end up with a refreshing drink.
Choose fresh, ripe strawberries. And use freshly-squeezed lemon juice instead of bottled varieties.
Sugar helps to balance the natural tartness from the strawberry and lemon juices. So you’ll want to maintain this sweet element.
You can, however, reduce the amount of added sugar for a healthier beverage. Or you can replace it with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.
Adding water helps to dilute fruit juices. Instead of a concentrated, overly sweet beverage, you can achieve a less intense and more refreshing drink.
How to Make
Start with some red-ripe strawberries. Remove the stems, wash them clean, and add them to a blender.
Then, pulse until a liquid consistency forms.
To extract the juice, set a cheesecloth over a bowl and pour in the puree. Strain it and collect the liquid.
Discard the residue (or you can use it for baking tasty strawberry muffins!)
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