I love home made lemonade – it is so zesty, refreshing and delicious. However, it is also usually packed full of sugar. Not good when you are aiming to lose weight! I thought I would have a mess around in the kitchen and came up with this – my own Slimming World friendly lemonade recipe.
There are lots of sweeteners you can use instead of sugar, of course. I wanted to use pure stevia as it seems to be a more natural product. However, I couldn’t find any on my sprint around the supermarket, so I picked up Truvia instead. It is a blend of stevia with natural flavourings and something called erithritol. There is more information about this here. It is a natural substance as well, but can cause digestive issues in some people.
Like many sweeteners it does leave a slight after taste, but it’s fairly minimal due to the acidity of the lemons I think. Anyway, we enjoyed this Slimming World friendly lemonade and I hope you do too.
According to the Slimming World app, Truvia is 0.5 Syns per level tablespoon full. I used 50g of Truvia, which according to this calculator, is about 4 tbsp. So we are only looking at a negligible 2 Syns for the whole jug of lemonade.
Serve this lemonade with lots of ice and top it up with about half as much again of soda water for a super refreshing, low Syn summer drink.
Slimming World Friendly Home Made Lemonade
Makes about a pint of lemonade
6 medium lemons, washed
About 400 ml water
Soda water and ice to serve
Firstly, finely grate the zest from your lemons and place in a medium saucepan. Add the water and Truvia and mix well to dissolve. Heat to boiling point, then turn off the heat and leave to cool a bit.
Meanwhile, cut your lemons in half and squeeze the juice into a jug. Mine yielded about 150 ml of juice, but it will depend on the size of the lemons you use.
When the sugar and water mix has cooled a little, add your juice and mix well. Place a lid on and leave it all to blend and cool for about two hours. Strain into a jug and chill in the fridge until you want to drink it.
Pile some ice in a tall glass and half fill with your lemonade, then top up with soda water. It is actually really good by itself too though!
Want something useful to do with the leftover lemon peels? Make some eco-friendly lemon cleaning spray.
If you enjoyed this Slimming World friendly lemonade recipe have a look at this post for some Slimming World motivation.