How to Make Low-Calorie Stevia Lemonade Lemon Drink
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
- bottled lemon juice
- liquid stevia
- 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.