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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade!

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade!

During this time of “shelter in place,” I find myself cooking more – it’s comforting to me and I have a little more time to explore my creativity in the kitchen. With that in mind, the other day I noticed our Meyer lemon tree laden with beautiful ripe lemons, way too many to simply squeeze over my latest culinary experiment. Plus probably not a good idea to be giving them away right now. It’s been hot here in California, perfect weather for some lemonade!

I’m not a fan of sugar, however I do love the sweet taste, so you’ll notice in the photo that I used monk fruit sweetener, combined with liquid stevia from Trader Joes’s ( not pictured.) Monk fruit sweetener is natural, low glycemic and no calories. Ayurvedically lemons rehydrate our bodies and stimulate better digestion as well as other benefits.

Here is a simple recipe to make your own lemonade, ’cause when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! (I doubled mine by the way, to make the full pitcher shown above)

1 Cup of lemon juice from fresh squeezed lemons (lots of lemons)

6 Cups of water (or to taste)

1/2 Cup of Monk Fruit Sugar (now available at many stores)

1 or 2 full droppers of liquid stevia extract.

AS far as sweetness, goes, experiment with the above until you reach the sweetness level that works for you. I find that stevia has too strong of a taste when used alone, but when combined with monk fruit sweetener, it’s an ideal blend. You could just use monk fruit sweetener, however, it is a little pricey.

Mix well and enjoy!!!