There is nothing like an ice cold glass of lemonade that has just the right mix of sweetness and tartness.
I often get asked about ways to reduce sugar intake that can help support many health goals related to diabetes management, weight loss and general wellness. It can be quite easy to load up on grams of added sugar through sweetened beverages like lemonade but thankfully, there are ways to modify the original recipe to fit your needs. A typical brand of lemonade mix can come with about 24 grams of added sugar per serving. The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar intake to about 6 teaspoons(24 grams) per day for most women and 9 teaspoons(36 grams per day) for most men.
I changed the classic lemonade recipe by replacing the added sugars with sugar-free monk fruit sweetener. Monk fruit, also called lo han guo is a fruit that has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries in southern China and gets its natural sweetness from an antioxidant called mogrosides. For my Berry Mint Lemonade recipe, I used fresh lemons and berries that I picked up from my local farmer's market along with mint from my backyard garden. This drink is a refreshing and delicious option to enjoy on the regular!
Berry Mint Lemonade Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Author: Huma Naz
Juice from 1 medium lemon
2 cups filtered water
6 mint leaves
1/4 cup raspberries and blueberries
2 tbsp. granulated monk fruit sweetener (or to taste)
2 lemon slices for garnish
Ice (as desired)
Heat 1 cup of water on a stove or microwave and mix in monk fruit sweetener. Combine the hot water with 1 cup of cold water. Add the lemon juice into the water and stir well.
Divide the liquid into 2 serving glasses. Toss berries into each glass along with mint leaves. Garnish each glass with a lemon slice. Add ice & enjoy!
Lemonade can last 5-7 days in the refrigerator without the added berries. With the berries added, it can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
Once you toss the berries into the lemonade, you can mash them with a utensil for more flavor and to enjoy bits of fruit with every sip!