It can be downright challenging to find healthy beverages the whole family can enjoy that are not loaded with caffeine, sugar or artificial sweeteners. Fortunately, you can make your own all-natural lemonade for only a few dollars per gallon, which will save you money and offer a delicious, healthy alternative to processed beverages.
Though usually thought of as a drink only for the summer months, lemonade is very easy to make at home and perfect for kids who do not want their taste buds to be deprived. What’s more, fresh lemon juice has a comparable amount of vitamin C as oranges, making it a great way to boost the immune system for the whole family.
Start by squeezing three medium-sized lemons into a bowl. If refrigerated, leave the fruit out overnight, as it will be easier to squeeze and will yield more juice when at room temperature. Strain the juice to remove any seeds and pulp, then pour into a half gallon of filtered water.
Add raw, local honey to taste, and stir thoroughly each time before drinking, as it will tend to settle on the bottom of the container. With its high nutrient and antioxidant content, raw honey is considered a superfood and also contains all of the naturally occurring enzymes which are otherwise lost during regular processing.
If locally produced, raw honey will also contain small amounts of pollen native to your home region, which can help provide your body with a source of natural resistance to seasonal allergies. If you have never bought raw local honey before, try checking at farmers’ markets and local health food stores for a supply.
The rule of thumb is to buy honey that is produced within 25 miles of where you live, since its pollen content will be most similar to what you are exposed to outdoors. But any raw honey, regardless of where it is produced, will still provide you with a highly nutritious natural sweetener.
To infuse an exotic, fruity twist in your lemonade batch, try adding a touch of fresh-squeezed grapefruit, orange or tangerine juice. Or simply add eight to ten drops of Citrus Fresh™ essential oil for a convenient way to enhance the flavor with its five different varieties of citrus.
With just a small amount of time and effort needed to prepare, this lemonade recipe is a year-round treat that is extremely healthy at low cost. The only catch is that everyone in your home may enjoy it so much that it won’t be long before you’ll have to make it again!