Tart lemons and sweet strawberries, are gently sweetened with stevia in this simple, but lovely strawberry lemonade for a delicious beverage. Lemonade is a very fun and delicious way to get some vitamin C. Strawberries increases the vitamin C content, and adds other antioxidants as well. I like to get my vitamins from food as much as possible, instead of depending on supplements, so this is a great way to give myself a boost of vitamin C. Dr. Price also considered vitamin C content important for a healthy diet!
Lemonade is one of my favorite drinks, but I don’t do well with the usual high sugar content of lemonade, even the more natural ones. Stevia does well with lemon, and doesn’t raise your blood sugar, so is perfect for my needs (read my back-in-the-ancient-days blog post about my first ventures with stevia-sweetened lemonade as well). This version with strawberries makes it beautiful in color and taste. Another favorite recipe is this Orange Lemonade Sports Drink. It uses just a small amount of raw honey (or you could use organic cane sugar), and is delicious as well. A great option for a stevia-free version. 🙂
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What stevia brand you use will definitely make a difference.
My current preference is to buy a stevia that is not heavily processed. I used Now Stevia #amazonaffiliate in this recipe. It doesn’t have a bitter taste, and it is specifically made to contain the whole leaf extract, and then is enzymatically treated to remove the any bitterness. It does have a very sweet, but slightly herbal taste, which some may not like as well (though note that in a recipe like this, the lemons and strawberries hide the stevia taste a great deal). A brand that I’ve used with a lot of success that is more processed, but not herbal tasting is NuNaturals. I use stevia so little that I’ve had the same bottle for a couple of years, and I’ve heard they changed the formula around a little recently, but it’s still good, I believe. On the under end of the spectrum is this stevia liquid concentrate that is not processed at all. This will have the strongest taste (I haven’t tried it yet, but will try order a bottle soon to taste-test!). The whole stevia debate is a little beyond the scope of this article, but I will be writing the arguments surrounding stevia soon. So stay tuned for that!
If you don’t want to use stevia in your strawberry lemonade, I recommend making simple syrup with organic cane sugar, or a honey simple syrup, and using that to sweeten to taste. It will be delicious that way as well.
- 12 ounces strawberries (if frozen, defrosted), about 15 large strawberries, stemmed if fresh
- 2 cups of water
- ¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 5 cups of water
- 30-50 drops liquid stevia
- Combine the strawberries, 2 cups of water, and lemon juice in a blender. Blend until very smooth.
- Add the five cups of water, and then sweeten to taste with the liquid stevia, starting low and working up, stirring well before taste-testing. Serve chilled or over ice.
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Thanks! Great timing for me as my little boy’s birthday is coming up!
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 🙂
Can’t wait to try this! Snow’s still flying here so might be a bit longer before we have fresh strawberries though 🙁
Looking forward to your article regarding Stevia.
Thanks! Re: The stevia article, I’ve been gathering information for a while – I hope it helps give both sides of the story. 🙂
Could you use powdered stevia or truvia?
I’m sure you could. I’m guessing somewhere in the range of 1/2 – 1 teaspoon for this recipe, for concentrated stevia without fillers. If I remember right, Truvia is most processed than most stevia, so I would avoid, if possible.
Can’t wait to try this! Where did you find the carafe in the picture? Very cute and would be so useful for infustions!
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Do you have a recipe for honey simple syrup? Or could you direct me to one you like? I’ve never heard of a simple syrup with honey, but it sounds great. 🙂
I’ll also look forward to your stevia article. Other than powdered dry whole leaves, I just try to avoid it because I’ve heard some of the negatives and want to err on the side of safety til I know more.
Thanks for a yummy looking recipe.
Oh, PS! I knew someone that added finely chopped fresh basil to strawberry lemonade and it was awesome. ‘Thought you and your readers might be interested in that add-in. : )
Loved it but felt like a few less strawberries would have been PERFECT !!! Thanks for publishing this recipe for us all to enjoy:)
Would thus be an fp ?? Doesnt seems to be hardly carbs or fat or is it a sipper ?? 😉