Author: Selena DeVries - Healthbean Nutrition • Date: June 22, 2016 • Appears in:
Strawberry Lavender Lemonade
This lemonade is a great way to use up all those strawberries that are in season right now! Relax on the patio and enjoy this lovely summer drink.
There are a few health benefits of this lemonade, including:
- There is no added sugar in this drink. Compare this to the average 33g of sugar (or just over 8 teaspoons of sugar) in a 16 ounce Starbucks Iced Passion Tea Lemonade! This is OVER the recommended 6 teaspoons of added sugar (or 9 teaspoon for men) per day set forth by the World Health Organization. Healthy sounding drinks are usually quite high in sugar and most Canadians get the majority of their added sugars from sweetened beverages. Easily reduce your sugar intake by making your own, having them only occasionally instead of everyday or modifying drinks by cutting the sugar in half, when possible.
- This lemonade has fiber! It is unlikely to find fiber in beverages so this is definitely a bonus. Strawberries are one of the highest fiber fruits. Fiber helps to make you feel full, keep energy levels stable, and helps to prevent cravings. Pair this drink with some protein (such as a hard boiled egg, yogurt or some nuts) and you have a perfect mid afternoon snack.
- Lavender provides phytonutrients. Phytonutrients is just a fancy word for plant nutrients. In fact, lavender has been found to helpful in the treatment of anxiety, nervousness, depression as well as digestive health concerns such as gas, nausea, and loss of appetite.
strawberry lavender lemonade
6 tablespoons lavendar buds
6 cups of water
3 cups of strawberries
4 tablespoons water
3 lemons, freshly squeezed
- Put the lavender buds in a steamer basket of your kettle or a pot (fit with a lid). Bring to a boil and then simmer for 12-15 minutes. If using a pot, strain the buds out using a sieve set on top of a bowl.
- Blend the strawberries together with the 4 tablespoons of water, using a high powered blender or vitamix. Blend until very smooth.
- Join together the lavender tea, strawberry puree, and fresh lemon juice. Put in the fridge to cool.
This article originally appeared on: healthbean.ca