This refreshing Sugar Free Strawberry Lemonade recipe is a favorite in our home on hot summer days, and with each sip comes a sense of nostalgia.
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I’ve been making homemade lemonade for the boys since they were wee little ones. Early on, I realized I needed to craft one heck of a healthy lemonade recipe because, as little guys, they would guzzle it!
Foods with Empty Calories
Most lemonade recipes are loaded with empty calories due to added sugar. The problem with sugar is that it increases the risk of inflammation and a variety of diseases that range from diabetes to neurological, such as Alzheimer’s (now referred to as diabetes type 3).
In order to cut back on the amount of unnecessary sugar (including natural sweeteners) that my family consumes, I began sweetening my homemade lemonade with stevia a couple of decades ago.
Here’s our refreshing all-natural family favorite Sugar Free Strawberry Lemonade recipe!
Sugar Free Strawberry Lemonade
- In a large pitcher, combine water, ice, lemon juice, and stevia
- Stir in strawberries, and let sit for 15 minutes
Spike in Blood Sugar
You may be wondering, how much sugar is okay per day? The AHA recommends a strict added sugar limit for women of no more than 25 grams or 100 calories daily.
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But I don’t serve my family processed white sugar and keep our overall consumption of any sweetener as low as possible.
The last thing I want to do when I feed the boys and their friends treats is cause a spike in blood sugar when it’s not necessary. That’s why I love baking desserts and snacks with healthy ingredients like almond flour and coconut flour.
My Homemade Bagels Recipe is the perfect example of this. I bump up the health factor by adding smoked salmon, a great source of protein.
Easy Recipes for Dessert with Almond Flour
I create easy recipes for dessert with more fat and protein and less carbs in order to cause less of a spike in blood sugar than traditional wheat and white sugar based sweets.
The boys grew up on my healthy desserts. In fact, it was our house that everyone came to for snack time after school over the years. Nutritious sweets for the win!
My Recipe for Homemade Donuts is another perfect example of a healthy dessert for kids.
Now in their twenties, the boys are avid cooks and fans of healthy living and keep an eye on their sugar intake too.
One works in a restaurant, and the other is constantly in the kitchen creating recipes.
Like any mother, I could go on and on about them, but then, we’d never get to discuss my thirst-quenching Sugar Free Strawberry Lemonade recipe and other healthy living topics.
How to Make Lemonade Homemade
When they were little, the boys so enjoyed my recipe for Strawberry Lemonade they asked me to teach them how to make my “magical” from scratch lemonade.
It’s simple. Juice lemons, sweeten with stevia, and add sliced strawberries. That’s it –all natural and deliciously refreshing!
Best Drink Recipes Easy and Healthy
Below, you’ll find a fabulous assortment of drinks that are easy recipes and healthy too.
These recipes that are homemade provide the nutrients your body requires and can be served in no time.
Easy Recipes for Cocktails
Backyard celebrations often include alcohol. If you’re on a Low Carb Diet and going to imbibe, you need sugar free solutions!
My beverage section provides a healthy easy recipe to create from; just shake in your liquor of choice.
Read on for cocktails and healthy drinks that are easy to make.
Lemonade with Vodka
This one is not for the children! Though actually, my boys, both over twenty-one, can legally drink now, so maybe it is.
Although lemonade seems like a healthy refreshing option, remember, empty calories lurk in store-bought beverages. That’s just one more reason to share my How to Make Lemonade Homemade recipe.
Avoid the nasty chemicals and preservatives with my simple 3 ingredient recipe. Making this lemonade is effortless, and it can easily go from a mocktail to lemonade with vodka cocktail for an adult spin on a childhood classic.
Strawberry Margarita Recipes
Electrolytes, fresh lime juice, and sparkling water are the perfect low carb mixture for my Recipe for a Skinny Margarita.
LMNT Citrus Salt is the tear-open and pour margarita mix dreams are made of. It not only tastes amazing with a fresh citrus zing, but it also prevents dehydration while you’re having a little adult fun.
For an added punch of flavor and vitamin C, throw in fresh strawberries –it’s one of the best Strawberry Margarita Recipes ever!
Mojito How to Make
The flavor combination of fresh citrus and mint is perfectly refreshing on a hot day, and my healthy twist on a mojito recipe is easy and naturally sweetened.
For me, a natural based, wholesome diet is better for all-around health. This is the inspiration for Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, and you can find my healthy mojito recipe on page 124.
In addition, the book contains a plethora of recipes with minimal ingredients for busy health conscious cooks.
Ranch Water Recipes
Looking to imbibe and stay healthy? It’s doable! Now that my boys are in their 20s and becoming superior mixologists, low carb cocktail recipes with tequila are a household favorite.
My Grapefruit Ranch Water Cocktail is the ideal keto diet safe highball drink made with replenishing and tarty Grapefruit Salt electrolytes.
Recipe Detox Juice
If you’re hardcore into healthy healing, try my healthy Recipe for Green Detox Juice packed with fresh vegetables, which provide incredible phytonutrients.
Cilantro, the main ingredient in my green detox juice, is a superfood that helps reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
It’s also a fantastic way to gently chelate heavy metals out of the body.
Now that you know how to make sugar free lemonade, the sky is the limit with fresh and fun mix-ins. One of my absolute favorite combinations? Turmeric Mint Lemonade.
Tip for Quick and Easy Recipes for Cocktails
See my How to Juice a Lemon post to speed up your lemon juicing process and save time in the kitchen! What flavor of lemonade will you make? What will you use to sweeten it?
Sugar Free Drink Recipes: Easy Healthy
I hope I’ve quenched your thirst with this assortment of healthy drink recipes that are easy to make.
My Strawberry Lemonade recipe is incredibly versatile. Substitute and play with the fruit combinations and turn sugar free strawberry lemonade into raspberry lemonade or cherry limeade.
Best Recipes for Easy Healthy Beverages
Finally, I hope you enjoy my recipes for fresh lemonade and other fun drinks as much as we do!
This Sugar Free Strawberry Lemonade recipe is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared it in 2015.
Abby (@ No Fail Recipes) says
I love making this recipe but I’m wondering if you could use limes instead of lemons or do you think you would need to adjust the recipe?
Hi Abby, we make this with limes and it tastes incredible!
Lisa Carmichael says
I have made this before-but your recipe is much better! Fresher! Thank you!
Thanks Lisa, so glad you liked it!
My daughter made this and she loved it.
Many people with cd and gluten sensitivity find they can’t drink spirits that have been distilled from grains. So if your adding alcohol to this lemonade make sure it’s gf. Also be careful of non grain flavored spirits (like rum), the flavoring can add gluten.
I am a celiac and a doctor told me the gluten from a grain, say in Vodka is burnt off in the distillation? Is he wrong?
Juice of 6 lemons is that 1/2 a cup? or 1 cup? How many ml’s.
I had the same question, too bad that wasn’t included. :-(. I’m going to guess approx 2T per lemon, or 12 T–approx 3/4 cup. I’m Going to try that as a start, anyway.
rebecca koeppen says
HELP!!! By accident (read: not paying attention apparently) I just bought 25lbs of ‘natural almond flour’ instead of ‘blanched almond flour’. Any tricks about how to make it work in recipes? More eggs? More baking soda? What is it about this almond product that makes it not useable? I tried it with your spicy crackers recipe but added an extra egg and they came out ok. But I haven’t tried it with anything else so far. Can’t really afford to waste $163.00!!
Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine says
I often use natural ground almonds for cookie recipes and have them turn out great. I also have used almond meal to make almond milk– doesn’t matter if the skins are on there! I also did that when I bought hazelnut meal– it made terrible baked goods, but amazing hazelnut milk.
REBECCA KOEPPEN says
Rebecca…. You should not need to change anything in your recipes. I use pecan meal which in texture/color should be about the same as almond meal with no problem. Unless you need a very light texture (cake) or white color there won’t be a problem with using almond flour with the skins on.
That is great news Edith! Thanks for posting.
Fiona Davison says
It looks so pretty! I have made lemonade recently which asked for the addition of citric acid for some extra zing. Do you know if there’s any reason why it wouldn’t be ok? Thank you for your delicious nutritious recipes x
Can a person use lemon juice from store instead ? Thank love your received. It has help me alot
Rather than vodka, might I suggest lemonade and white rum? Super refreshing!
This is great with a little basil muddled in. Adds a nice herbal aftertaste. Hmm…haven’t tried it with rum, but do like to add some vodka to my strawberry lemonade now and then.
To make this SCD legal , I will use a honey simple syrup to sweeten. I don’t care for the taste of stevia. Looks delicious, and I can’t wait to try it!