This version of Strawberry Lemonade is made with agave instead of sugar and is the perfect mixture of sweet and tart. Cool down during these warm days coming up with a glass of this!

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Every Sunday when we go to our local farmer’s market, my kids fervently look forward to two things — a pupusa with tons of cabbage slaw and a big flavored lemonade. It’s so incredible for us as parents to watch how monumental this ritual of going to the farmers market is for them. Many of the central and south American food stands at the LA markets feature huge clear barrels of various naturally flavored lemonades. In addition to the tried and true original lemon version, there is also raspberry, strawberry, watermelon and various other fresh combinations, their gorgeous colors luring anyone who passes by.

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As the weather gets hotter, so does our family while we shop the market, and we inevitably find ourselves wilting in the heat every summer weekend. There have already been numerous days these past two months that were so hot, shopping for food became difficult and we all started salivating as we looked at those gigantic clear vats of lemonade calling our names. I’m always more then happy to indulge Kenya with this special treat, especially considering how thirsty the rising temperatures makes us this time of year. But I also know these lemonades are made with a good deal of sugar and so when possible, I try to sway towards a nice tall bottle of water, so we can make homemade Strawberry Lemonade with our food purchases from the market when we get home.

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As soon as the produce is unpacked, Gemma is up at the counter rolling the lemons (one of her favorite kitchen jobs because she knows that’s the best way to release the juice). With just a rinse of the berries, a touch of natural sweetener, a quick puree and a brisk stir, our healthy lemonade is ready for us to gulp down and enjoy!

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What recipes do you like to make to cool down during the hot months? 

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Strawberry Lemonade

This version of Strawberry Lemonade is made with agave instead of sugar and is the perfect mixture of sweet and tart. Cool down during these warm days coming up with a glass of this!
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Servings: 4
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries, stemmed & washed
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons agave or honey
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large handful of ice

Instructions 

  • Puree strawberries and agave (or honey) in a blender or food processor until smooth and transfer to a pitcher.
  • Pour the strawberry mixture, water and lemon juice in a pitcher and stir to combine.
  • Chill and serve over ice.

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Nutrition

Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 81g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  8. That will create a different flavor, but yes you can definitely use maple syrup instead of honey!

  9. Excellent! I used frozen strawberries and honey. Will be making this again for sure….. It would be really fun at a kids party because of it’s beautiful bright colour! My kids loved it – Thanks!

  10. My husband and our 3 1/2 year old daughters just made this together. It is the *best* lemonade I’ve ever tasted, a little sweet, a little tart and smooth. Thank you!

  11. I love to use frozen strawberries so that it becomes like a delicious, cold, refreshing slushy without all the disgusting dyes, preservatives, and artificial flavors…

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  14. nycmama
    How much do you consider to be a serving anyway? Our youngsters are not drinking all that much so I consider this to be a safe alternative to sugars.

  15. NYCMama, thank you for your thoughts. I too have read Dr Mercola’s articles on agave. I’ve done a TON of research, talked to Doctors, chefs, nutritionist, etc..and here’s what I’m recommending and living by with my family. When it comes to sugars, everything in moderation. I wish that agave was a true “get out of jail free card”. Most of the sweet recipes online and in cookbooks use white and brown sugar, so I try to use different sweeteners like agave, rice syrup, honey, etc.. in my recipes to offer a choice. I love agave for it’s neutral flavor, smooth texture and sweet taste. We use agave in our house, but sometimes we want a traditional cookie with sugar or white cupcakes which can’t be made with anything, but white sugar (I made mini cupcakes for Chloe’s birthday yesterday). I tested them with different type of sweeteners, but they just weren’t any good. When I make lemonade, I use agave. It’s just about finding that balance.

    One of my chef friends who owns a restaurant that serves 80% of the food from his farm said that there’s a council for everything. The dairy council, the sugar council, meat etc… There are articles saying that agave is the best thing in the world and others that say it’s the worst. This again goes back to balance!

  16. please be warned: this recipe contains far too much agave nectar than is considered safe.
    Here is an extract from Dr Mercola:

    Just keep your overall fructose usage below 25 grams per day, agave syrup included. One teaspoon of agave syrup has 4 grams of fructose.

    This recipe calls for a 1/4 cup agave, which is equal to 12 (yes, 12!) teaspoons, and contains 4 servings. So, each serving contains 3 teaspoons agave, which is equal to 12 grams of fructose (i.e. half your RDA), not to mention the naturally-occurring fructose in the strawberries and lemon.

    So, let’s not kid ourselves that using agave nectar as a sweetener is any better than simple refined white sugar- the truth is that it is actually WORSE. Better to use stevia if you are really after a low sugar substitute. Or just less ‘real’ sugar.

  17. This tasted so good. Such a refreshing treat for the summer! Cole was more into his milk tonight but Mom and Dad sure enjoyed. I just love that everything is fresh. How great is that!?

  18. Ohhhhh this looks wonderful. I will be making this for Cole tonight for after dinner coolness. I bet it’s wonderful.

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