How to Make Low-Calorie Stevia Lemonade Lemon Drink

Ice water isn't your only option!
Ice water isn't your only option!

What are the options?

If you're looking to for a low-calorie drink, your options are pretty limited. You can usually choose from aspartame- or phenylalanine-laden sodas, "juice drinks," and flavored waters or you can drink plain water.

While water can be refreshing, sometimes you need a little extra flavor or refreshment.

And, really, how healthy are artificial sweeteners anyway?

Luckily, stevia, a natural sweetener made from extract of the stevia leaf, has entered the market as a sugar-free, calorie-free way to easily sweeten beverages and foods.

Gather the stuff

You will need:

  • a gallon pitcher
  • water
  • bottled lemon juice
  • liquid stevia

Make it:

  • At the bottom of the pitcher, add a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of lemon juice
  • Count out 80 drops of stevia into the pitcher.  This is somewhat easier if you count out four groups of 20 instead.
  • Fill the rest of the pitcher with water.
  • Stir with a long spoon or stirring stick.
  • Chill lemonade in the fridge.

Points to Ponder

Adjust the amount of lemon and stevia to suit your tastes.  Some like it sweeter, some like it more sour.

This makes a little bit lighter of a drink than traditional lemonade.  It's far less sugary, and it's more likely to quench your thirst on a hot day.

The calorie count of this is extremely low compared to other lemonades.  The lemon adds a very negligible amount of calories.

No artificial sweeteners!

Have a big pitcher in the fridge at all times, and reach for some lemonade anytime you're tempted to grab a can of soda.  The lemon does a really good job of giving your mouth the same sort of refreshed feeling that the carbonation in soda give on a hot day.

Enjoy :0)

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