OK, so if you’re a fan of lemonade you’re probably going to love this. It’s everything you love about lemonade plus blueberries. A winner all the way!
Blueberries are so much fun to use because in addition to being so small and cute they have an amazing flavor, a natural sweetness, and tons of antioxidants. Sipping on this lemonade is the cure for summertime heat, and will make you wonder why you ever drank lemonade without blueberries in it.
One of the leading brands of powdered lemonade mix has the first two ingredients listed as sugar and fructose. In fact it doesn’t contain any lemon juice at all.
Lemonade without any lemons? What’s that all about?
This is the kind of junk we’re trying to avoid with Paleo, and it does an excellent job of it. You end up using real ingredients instead of fake, and you take just a bit more time to make things from scratch rather than use some fake powdered chemicals to create what looks and tastes like lemonade, but isn’t.
All too often my friends tell me they could never try Paleo because they couldn’t stand the sugar withdrawal. To me that’s just silly because it’s really a matter of using the natural sweetness of fruit plus a little help from a source like raw honey and you’ve got sweet flavor without resorting to store bought lemonade filled with High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Making your own lemonade is a throwback to simpler times when it was just a matter of adding sugar to some lemon juice and water. Only our sugar supply is so processed these days that we can’t just pour a cup of sugar into it and call it a day.
Lemons on their own will provide you with Vitamin C, so plain lemonade is still pretty good for you if you’re using a natural sweetener like raw honey. When you add in the blueberries you’re really boosting the nutrition factor of this drink, and it becomes far more healthier than before.
I make sure to use organic blueberries so this lemonade is extra healthy. At the grocery store they’re right next to the conventional berries, and they cost just a bit more but it’s totally worth it to keep the pesticides and other chemicals out of my lemonade. I buy organic lemons too, and they come in a pack of about ten or so.
It’s not too hard to make this lemonade either. It just one more step that’s quick because you’re using the blender to blend up the blueberries. You don’t get any pulpy mess either because you strain it before adding it in.
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 2 lemons juiced
- 1/3 cup honey
- 4 cups cold water
- ice cubes
- Place the blueberries, lemon juice and 1 cup of water in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the blueberries mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. Use a spoon to press the last of the liquid through.
- Add the rest of the water and honey and mix until honey dissolve. Fill the glasses with ice and pour the lemonade over. Serve immediately.
|Vitamin A||1.4 µg|
|Vitamin C||19.1 mg|
|Folic Acid (B9)||6 µg|