So it looks like 2015 is upon us and the holidays are already over! It feels like they rushed passed us at a high speed this year! Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like it takes them about a week to realize the New Year is upon them? And now everyone’s New Year’s resolution is to start eating healthier and get fitter, etc. I already went through that during the holiday season. But I still managed to enjoy some yummy desserts, and feasted on great holiday food.
I still want to continue eating healthy, but it’s not like I’m going on a diet this January. #ihatedietsanyway
So today I’m bringing you a lemonade.
I love a good lemonade! What you will NEVER find in my pantry or freezer is lemonade from mix or from concentrate. Eew! Those taste disgusting in my opinion. And not only do they taste bad, but they’re full of goodness knows what! Seriously, our family never buys that stuff.
When I hear the word lemonade I think about the squeeze-the-lemons-add-water type of lemonade. And what’s great about it is that you not only know exactly what goes in it, but you can regulate the amount of sweetness to your liking.
Most of the time we use regular water, but when we want to make it more “special” we’ll use club soda. As for sweeteners, we used to add sugar but now we add honey and it gives it incredible flavor. We even tried brown sugar once, and that gives it an interesting taste.
As you can see, this time we added some raspberries to it and made pink lemonade. Again, no need to use chemically colored lemonade to get pink lemonade. The raspberries add such a lovely taste, and you can also use strawberries to make it pink if you don’t like raspberries. Many times when we have oranges on hand we’ll add those. Really, you can play around with it in a million one ways!
This is how many lemons we need to use for our family of 9. Or more!
It is health in a cup! Plus it’s delicious, so you win *wink*. What better way to start the New Year than by ditching your lemonade mix? I think this would be a great step towards eating (or drinking) healthier this year. You will literally feel transported to summer when you taste this, and with all this nasty weather around I know a lot of people are already longing for it. This couldn’t be easier, and really there’s not much of a recipe to it but I’ll give you some guidelines anyway.
Homemade Raspberry Lemonade
This is an approximate recipe for about one serving
1 1/2 cups water (approx. depends how diluted you want it)
1/8 (maybe even less) cup raspberries (or strawberries if you prefer)
Honey or sugar to your personal preference
Squeeze the lemon into a big glass. Add the honey or sugar and mix until dissolved. Crush the raspberries and mix them in the lemon mixture. Next add the water. About 1 to 1/2 cups of water depending on how concentrated you like it, taste as you go.