If you’re looking for an alternative to soda, I’ve got the perfect solution for you.
Gingerade! This cool and refreshing drink is a cross between ginger ale and lemon-lime flavored Gatorade.
Bursting with fresh lemon and lime juice, and sweetened with stevia, this drink is actually good for you. Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamins A, C and potassium, plus, they have an alkalizing effect on the body–> which improves digestion, and may discourage the formation of kidney stones. Ginger is also beneficial in aiding digestion, and has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties. Because this drink has no added sugar, it will also have virtually no impact on your blood sugar levels. Feel free to enjoy it anytime you like!
This recipe is courtesy of my friend, Matt. He makes this drink daily, and was kind enough to share it with us!
(You’ll see his hands demonstrating the process below.)
The trick to making this drink is juicing the fresh ginger.
There are a few ways to juice ginger, but we decided that this ceramic grater was the easiest way to do it, without wasting a drop of juice!
You simply peel the fresh ginger, and run it back and forth over the ceramic grater.
(Unless, by some chance, you have a use for dry ginger pulp…)
Pour one cup of sparkling water over the mixture, and stir well. Adjust flavors to taste, if necessary.
(My friend, Matt, likes a LOT of ginger. Austin, not so much…)
Add ice and enjoy!
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger juice (or more, to taste)
- 1 cup sparkling water* , or still water
- 1 packet white stevia , or 8 drops liquid stevia
- The trick to making this drink is juicing the fresh ginger. There are a few ways to juice ginger, but we decided that this ceramic grater was the easiest way to do it, without wasting a drop of juice! You simply peel the fresh ginger, and run it back and forth over the ceramic grater.
- When there's only a bit of pulp left in your hands, squeeze out the extra juice, then pour it all through a mesh strainer into a bowl-- saving the juice, and discarding the pulp.
- Next, juice your lemons and limes, then measure out a teaspoon of each juice, combining them in a glass with a packet of NuNaturals stevia. (Liquid stevia works great, too!)
- Pour one cup of sparkling water over the mixture, and stir well. Adjust flavors to taste.
- Add ice and enjoy!
Per Serving: Calories: 24, Fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 8g
*Note: I don’t recommend drinking carbonated water on a regular basis, as carbonated gas (which is added to the water) has been linked to dental erosion and calcium loss. If you are weaning yourself off regular or diet soda, this is a great transition option! However, if you’d like to make this drink even healthier, skip the carbonated water and use still water instead.
Hope you enjoy!
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