Updated: Jun 17
When the weather starts to hit summer temps, and it’s hot, there is nothing better than a cold refreshing drink.
When you can have a delicious drink and get some raw fruits and vegetables in your diet, it is a win-win!
This recipe uses maple syrup as the sweetener which I love because it’s not white processed, refined sugar. However, because we were out of maple syrup, I used honey and loved it. I will try it with maple syrup to compare the taste, but we loved the honey.
You will use 1lb of strawberries, fresh or frozen, and real lemons. You will want to wash the strawberries and lemons, yes, even the lemons, because we will use the rind for the zest.
I use Young Living’s Fruit and Veggie soak because it safely washes away dirt, pesticides, and other contaminants from produce. You can either cut the leaves out of the strawberries or leave them on since you will be blending everything up in a blender.
It does give you a little bit of greens. :)
For the strawberries to get soft and juicy, you will want to soak them in your sweetener for a few hours or overnight. If you are using frozen strawberries no need to wash them or thaw them out first, just pour the sweetener over them and let them thaw.
You will need a high-powered blender to get the fruit smooth and drinkable. If you don’t have a high powdered blender, no worries, you can use a strainer to get out any small pieces that did not blend well.
When serving Strawberry Lemonade in a pitcher along with the ice, put in some frozen strawberries or blueberries to keep it cold. And it is also a pretty addition!
You can also pour the juice into popsicle molds, and you and your kids will have a healthy snack on a hot day.
Here is a reel of me making the Strawberry Lemonade.
With this recipe, you don’t have to buy store-bought fruit drinks which are loaded with sugars and preservatives, but you can enjoy a healthy homemade drink with fresh ingredients. Download the recipe here & Enjoy! :)
1 pound strawberries
½ cup maple syrup or honey
½ cup lemon juice (fresh)
2 tablespoons lemon zest
4 cups filtered water
Wash strawberries well. Remove stems and slice, then place berries in a medium bowl. Pour maple syrup over the berries, gently toss, then cover. Allow to stand for at least 15 minutes (at room temp) or up to 1 day (refrigerated).
Transfer berries and any liquid to a blender along with the remaining ingredients. Puree until smooth. Add 1 quart filtered water and blend again.
Transfer to a serving pitcher. Chill until ready to serve.