We know that people who take part in the Full Body Cleanse drink more water and tea than they have ever consumed in their entire lives, but there are other options out there. While you can make detox waters or freshly made juices, sometimes it is nice to kick back and sip on a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade. How do you make homemade lemonade without it being bad for you, though?
Most people are familiar with the classic lemonade recipe: water, sugar (or simple syrup), and lemon juice, which may be processed, from concentrate, or filled with added sugars. Making a healthy lemonade just means that you use a cleanse approved sugar alternative, e.g. raw agave syrup, stevia, or pure grade A maple syrup. You can also use seasonal ingredients to add a little pizazz to your standard lemonade.
Vitamin C, probably the most important nutrient in lemons, helps nourish the skin and fight free radicals in the body. Lemons also contain electrolytes, which help to keep you hydrated. Additionally, adding lemons to your diet is beneficial for achieving balanced pH levels in the body.
As we’ve said before, you can consume a wide variety of foods/beverages if you are willing to think outside the box. We want to help you discover the possibilities of the raw diet because you may enjoy them so much so that you bring them back into your life after cleansing.
We know that each person is going to change the recipes we provide in this article because some prefer sour to sweet or vice versa. That is perfectly acceptable, but here are three lemonades you should make while you are cleansing.
Recipe #1: Simple Strawberry Lemonade
- 1 gallon filtered water
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¾ cup raw agave syrup
- ½ pound fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
- Fresh mint leaves (optional)
- Combine everything in a large pitcher and stir for several minutes. You don’t want the agave to settle at the bottom.
- Refrigerate for a couple hours to let the flavors intensify.
- Serve chilled or over ice.
Recipe #2: Classic Lemonade with Stevia
- 6 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 quart filtered water
- ½ teaspoon stevia extract
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a large pitcher.
- Refrigerate for a couple hours before serving.
- It will stay fresh for several days.
Recipe #3: Lavender Lemonade
- The juice of 4 medium lemons
- 9 cups filtered water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
- ¾ cup raw agave
- Boil one cup of the water and steep the lavender in this cup for 3-4 minutes. Strain the mixture and let it cool.
- Add the lemon juice, water, lavender water, and raw agave to a large pitcher and stir well.
- Serve chilled or with ice. You can also top it with fresh lemon slices.