How to Make Healthy Homemade Lemonade
There's nothing like a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. Not only is this drink hydrating and delicious, but it is also quite healthy in comparison to other beverages.
In this oneHOWTO article we're going to show you how to make healthy homemade lemonade that is completely sugar-free. Keep reading to learn how to make your own sugar-free lemonade!
To start making this recipe for homemade sugar-free lemonade, take one of the lemons, roll it on a flat surface while you squeeze them a bit, and then do the same with the rest. Rolling the lemons and squeezing them cautiously is a great method to later juice them quickly and easily.
After doing so, cut each fruit in half and squeeze them with the help of a juicer, either manual or electric. Once the juicer container fills up with the lemon juice, pour it into a jug or large jar where you will be making your sugar-free lemonade.
This way you would already have the most natural and basic lemonade ingredient prepared. However, if you don't like natural lemon juice without anything else added due to its high acidity, you can add honey or agave syrup. They are two ingredients that naturally contain sugars, so if you buy honey or agave syrup that is as natural as possible, you will be adding little sugar to the recipe and it will be healthier than the refined or sweeteners that are added to many commercial lemonades.
If you decide to give your homemade lemonade recipe a soft but natural touch without added refined sugar, now add 4 tablespoons of honey or agave syrup and stir the mixture so that everything is well integrated. As another option, you can add a sugar-free artificial sweetener to your taste. However, here at oneHOWTO we prefer to add a natural sweetener such as honey or maple syrup.
When the honey or syrup is well mixed, optionally, you can add some powdered ginger and stir the mixture again. This way, you will make sugar-free lemonade with more flavor and healthy properties by adding ginger. However, you shouldn't go overboard with the amount of ginger, as it can negatively alter the taste when used excessively.
To finish this recipe for a sugar-free lemonade, add cold water to your jug to have a very refreshing light lemonade and mix well.
Divide the lemonade into two or three glasses. Then add a lemon wedge or a strip of its skin and several ice cubes to each glass. Optionally, you can also include mint, as it will add more flavor to the drink.
We also recommend you check out our article about 6 healthy recipes to substitute icecream.
Finally, it is also important to mention the nutrients that lemonade contains and the benefits it brings to our body. These are the most prominent:
- Helps with hydration. Many people do not drink enough water that their body needs each day. For this reason, a glass of lemonade helps to maintain correct levels of hydration. But, how do you know if you are well hydrated? You can do this by observing the color of your urine as, ideally, it should be almost clear.
- Facilitates digestion. Lemon acid helps break down ingested food by helping stomach acids.
- Helps to lose weight. Drinking lemonade on an empty stomach will help you speed up your metabolism and lose weight as long as you maintain a balanced diet and practice sports daily.
- It's a great source of vitamin C. Half a squeezed lemon provides more than 1/6 of the necessary vitamin C each day, being essential for the recovery of injuries and the protection of cells.
- It is an antioxidant. Lemon provides phytonutrients and antioxidant properties that delay aging.
- Helps prevent kidney stones. It helps people with a deficiency of the so-called urinary citrate, that is, a variety of citric acid. It also helps to avoid dehydration, one of the main causes of the appearance of stones in the kidneys.
- It's a source of potassium . Lemon contains this essential mineral for the proper functioning of the body, contributing to the transport of nutrients and the communication of the nerves of the muscles. In addition, it counteracts a part of the salt and its effects on blood pressure.
- It provides the limonoid terpene, a kind of component that strengthens the immune system and prevents colds.
- The consumption of homemade lemonade helps to keep both the brain and the nervous system healthy thanks to tengeretina, a type of phytonutrient that is mainly found in the peel of lemons, so it is good to add a slice, a strip of skin or a little zest of it.
- It also balances the pH due to its alkalizing effect.
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