10 Minute Skinny Lemonade

Originally published on amyshealthybaking.com By Amy

10 Minute Skinny Lemonade

An easy 3-ingredient recipe for sweet and refreshing lemonade. Made healthier with absolutely no sugar, it’s perfect for cooling off on hot summer days!

When I was 6 or 7 years old, my family flew to Colorado for our summer vacation. With lots of my mom’s relatives scattered throughout the state (one in Denver and the rest out towards the rural countryside), we spent a little time with each of them: my mom’s sister, cousin, aunt, and grandma.

Despite being in her 90s, Great-Grandma still lived alone in the same house from my mom’s childhood, located a short distance away from the neighborhood park. With her living room slightly too small for two very energetic children, she and Mom drove us over to the park, where we could soar high on the swing set and dig castles in the sand.

But the best attraction at the park was a gigantic 30-foot long slide built into the side of a hill. Made of metal with a few fun bumps in the middle, it was the perfect entertainment for lazy summer mornings. My brother and I would dash up the steep wooden steps hammered into the hillside and take turns flying down the slide, only to repeat the process as soon as our feet hit the sand at the bottom.

After our tiresome morning of swinging and sliding, we headed back to Great-Grandma’s for lunch. As a treat, she pulled out a few tall glasses and her container of powdered lemonade. My brother and I had never seen that before, so she explained how to spoon a little into each glass, fill it with water, and stir to create the sweet drink.

When we returned home from vacation, we begged Mom to buy the same powdered lemonade for our house—we loved it that much! Once Mom left the kitchen, we started making ours a little differently: we would only pretend to stir the powder in the bottom of the glass. After drinking most of the water, we were left with a few lemony, overly sugary tablespoons… And to kids, that was pure summer bliss.

With temperatures skyrocketing into the 110°s this week, we were desperate for something—anything—sweet and refreshing to cool off. When those Colorado memories resurfaced, lemonade immediately sounded like the most appealing option, but not the powdered kind… This super easy 10-Minute Lemonade!

That’s right, super easy. As in 3 ingredients. Summers are meant to be lazy and low-maintenance, so this recipe simply follows suit! But unlike regular lemonade recipes, this one contains absolutely no sugar, so it’s actually healthy and still lets you fit into that swimsuit!

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The recipe starts with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Skip the bottled stuff! That may be fine for sprinkling on apple slices to prevent browning, but not our healthy lemonade. Juice straight from the lemons tastes much brighter and purer, and it’s worth spending 9 minutes slicing juicing them.

I highly recommend a juicer like in the photo below! (I own this one.) It makes squeezing every last drop of juice out of the lemons so much easier than doing it by hand. Plus it catches the seeds so you don’t have to fish them out yourself! They’re really inexpensive, and they’re great for freshly squeezed orange juice too. And limes. And grapefruit. And… Well, you get the picture!

And now, simply mix that lemon juice with cold water and sweetener! I used powdered stevia, a no-calorie plant-based sweetener. You can find it in most health-oriented grocery stores, although the regular Safeways and Targets near my house have started stocking it too.

Because its sweetness is significantly more concentrated than granulated sugar, we only need 1 tablespoon of stevia for this entire recipe. That small amount makes the lemonade taste pleasingly sweet with a subtle tang—a way more realistic flavor compared to that powdered stuff!

I shared this lemonade with my brother, and he and his friends gulped down the entire batch. That’s quite a compliment coming from a lemon lover like him! And now… I think it’s time to make more!

10 Minute Skinny Lemonade

Sweet with a slight tang, this lemonade is perfect for cooling off on hot summer days!
 
    • 1 cup (240mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 6-7 medium lemons)

 

    • 4 cups (960mL) cold water

 

 
 

Add all of the ingredients to a pitcher or large bowl, and stir until the stevia has completely dissolved. Serve immediately over ice, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

Notes: I recommend a juicer like this one. It makes squeezing the juice out of the lemons much easier than doing it by hand! 

Any sweetener may be substituted for the stevia. Feel free to adjust the amount to suit your tastes.

{gluten-free, vegan, clean eating, low fat, low calorie, sugar-free, low carb}

 

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