I recently attended BYU education week, and Chef Brad was the presenters. He did some cooking demonstrations and he made this really yummy peach lemonade, that really, you could sub out the peaches and use whatever fruit is in season. It was so yummy, I came home, and made a batch, making a couple of small modifications mostly because I didn’t have the exact ingredients he had, on hand. The whole family loved it!
Before I share the recipe, let’s talk for a minute about lemons. They are a power food. Really, they are. They cleanse your system, flushing out toxins. They help stop hunger cravings. Lemons are very Alkaline (they decrease acidity in your body) which keeps your body in a state where diseases and cancers etc cannot survive. That alone is amazing! Greens are another great alkaline food, but we won’t go there today. Lemons also provide energy and reduce anxiety and depression; even the smell can help with that. In fact, I have a lemon essential oil that I will diffuse during the day for that very reason; the smell is calming. If you could get into the habit of having a glass of warm lemon water every day, before you eat anything in the morning, that would be ideal.
This recipe uses fresh lemons so here’s another good way to get lemons in your diet, and without the sugar rush you’d normally get while drinking lemonade. Why? Because we’re using stevia, a natural plant extract that has zero impact on your blood sugar level. To make this lemonade, I squeeze the juice from my lemons, add the juice to my blender, add the peaches, stevia and a little water and ice and blend it until smooth.
Then I dump that into a 1/2 gallon jar, add another cup of ice and fill the jar with water until it’s nearly full, give it a stir and it’s ready to serve!
Peach Lemonade- lightly adapted from Chef Brad
*makes 1/2 gallon
1/2 c fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)
3 packets stevia or to taste(1 gram packets. If you’re using the stevia with a filler that converts 1:1 with sugar then use about 1 c stevia; or can use 1 cup agave)
1 c ice
1 c water
Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into 1/2 gallon container and add 1 c ice and enough water to fill nearly to the top. Stir and enjoy!