What you’ll learn:
- Lemon juice is labeled as zero carbs, but is it?
- The quickest, easiest way to make lemonade
- One ingredient that helps you avoid the stevia aftertaste
Low Carb Lemonade
Few drinks scream “summer” the way lemonade does. It’s cool, it’s refreshing, and now, it’s low carb too!
This easy to make recipe comes together quickly and easily, particularly if you use bottled lemon juice. Simply combine the ingredients in a large pitcher, give it a quick stir, and serve over ice!
Now, I should probably say something about the cayenne because many people will probably wonder if I’ve lost my marbles for adding it. But the truth is, all it does is give this delicious drink the tiniest of “kicks”. It’s that extra “zing” that makes you look at the glass after your first sip and say, “Mmmm! That’s good!”
That being said, if kids or anyone highly sensitive to spicy things will be drinking this, you may want to pour them a glass without it first.
One of the benefits of adding the cayenne is for people who get an aftertaste from stevia. The cayenne totally covers that up!
So pour yourself a nice, tall glass, pull up a chair on the porch and watch the kids run through the sprinklers like it’
s still 1970. It’ll be the most relaxing glass of lemonade you’ve had in a good, long while!
Oh, and I like my lemonade strong, so this recipe reflects that. If you prefer a weaker lemonade, add additional water, 1 cup at a time to taste.
And one last thing…
I purchased my lemon juice in a bottle and noticed that it said zero grams of carb. What I did NOT pay attention to is that it was zero carbs for 1 tsp. of lemon juice.
After some research, I have found that various sites list different amounts of carbs for 1 cup of lemon juice. I had to use what was available to me in the nutrition calculator, and that was 1 cup of lemon juice at 16 gm of carbs. But other sites say it can go up as high as 20 grams per cup. So obviously, there are some carbs there, but they are allowed to list it as zero simply because it’s less than 1 gram of carbs. Add more juice, and the carbs do actually start to add up. So Please use the nutrition data here as a rough estimate. It’s definitely not exact. If 1 cup of juice equals 20 carbs, than this would actually be 5 carbs per 1 cup serving. I suppose there could be a difference between brands of juice as well. So use your own judgement here.
- 1 cup bottled or fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 6 cups filtered water
- 1 tsp. pure liquid stevia
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional, but yummy!)
Blend all ingredients together and pour over ice.
Nutrition Data According To MyFitnessPal.com
(May not be totally accurate):