Homemade Lemonade made without sugar is healthy and easy to make with just two whole food ingredients - pears and lemons. The perfect fun summertime drink for you or even the kids to make at home.
A homemade lemonade sweetened with pears. Perfect for a forward-thinking lemonade stand. You don't always need to put sugar in homemade lemonade.
This recipe works beautifully because pears are so mildly sweet, and so light that they obediently disappear into the swirl of lemon juice and water. You can filter as well via a small sieve to make it crystal clear, although sometimes I do and sometimes I don't.
Here I just added ice and a few slices of lemon, and even a few kumquats for color. It is delicious! Not too sweet, not too sour.
Make THIS lemonade when life gives you lemons! You won't be sorry.
How Healthy is this Homemade Lemonade?
And anyway, who can feel sorry drinking a sunny drink like homemade lemonade. Oh, and do I need to remind of you of the health benefits in this drink? Lemon, of course, is an immunity-boosting and detox star, helping you ward off germs, as well as flushing toxins from your body.
The pear is no slouch either, offering vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, and folate.
Just remember to buy organic pears as pears are listed as one of the "dirty dozen" with the EWG.com, that nonprofit that measures pesticides in our food. Visit their site to learn what produce needs to be bought organic in order to avoid pesticides in your meals.
Besides the nutrition, this drink is simply fun to drink! Hmm, I think I see it as popsicles in the future.
This recipe is also perfect for children, although you might want to up the pears if your child likes things sweeter.
This Homemade Lemonade is Easy to Make
It's very easy to make this lemonade. Just wash and chop the pears. For the best nutritional profile, don't peel the pears. Instead filter out an skin debris once the lemonade is blended. And juice the lemons.
A quick hack to get more juice from your lemons is to warm them before juicing. You can do this either in the microwave (don't let them run too long) or sit them in a pot of hot water while you prep the pears.
Put pears and lemon juice in a blender, process, and refrigerate. Before serving, pour through a sieve to remove any remaining particles.
If you like lemons, you might be interested in my No-Juicer Made-in-Blender Lemon Ginger Shot, more detox than fun but lots of lemons involved!
Other Healthy Drinks to Consider
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- Wash, peel and chop the pears.
- Juice lemons using a hand juicer. If you microwave the lemons for10 seconds before juicing, you'll get maximum juice.
Make the lemonade
- Add the pear, lemon juice and water to a high speed blender and blend until the liquid is completely blended. It might be a bit frothy from the pear, you can either pour it through a strainer or just spoon off the foam.
- Put the lemonade in the refrigerator to completely chill through.
- Serve with ice and lemon slices anything else you have on hand! Keep refrigerated for 3-4 days for best fresh flavor.