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Back to Basics for a heatwave hit America this week. You need healthy diabetic beverages and that means NO soda pop in any form!
Three years ago, I posted my original recipe for Em’s Honest Lemonade, along with an important article. I’ll link to that so you can read the information, but I’ll cut and paste my recipe with new suggestions, here.
Em’s Alkalizing “Honest Lemonade”(c)
1 bottle Minute Maid Premium Lemon Juice* OR juice of 7 organic lemons
2T agave syrup **
1T organic maple syrup, Grade B ***
4 C alkaline water: either Evamor or Essentia or Vivo (Dasani as a far last choice), chilled
ice cubes (optional when serving, but they water it down)
fresh mint (optional)
This recipe makes about 40 ozs, so choose the appropriate size pitcher or bottle.
Combine all the ingredients and stir well. Chill. Taste when cold and adjust sweetening, if needed, but err on it being not super-sweet! You should want the lemon to be the primary flavor.
Other (mostly pH alkaline) organic foods to add to my Honest Lemonade are:
___ Key Lime slices or juice and Mint
___ pureed watermelon
___ culinary-grade dry lavender or fresh lavender leaf – just for flavor
___ equal parts lemonade, peach juice (nectar), green tea (cold)
___ fresh blackberry puree with a sage leaf
___ honeydew puree and kiwi
___ strained fresh raspberry juice
___ ginger root thin sliced with fresh pear puree
___ guava juice and papaya
___ papaya puree
When you add the fruit, add the agave or maple syrup last. Hopefully, you will not need any extra sweetening from them.
* Minute Maid Premium Lemon Juice comes in a small, yellow plastic bottle in the freezer section and it is PURE lemon juice, with no sugars added. It is not organic. Do NOT use cans of frozen concentrate in the freezer as these have lots of sugar added!
Read about Vivo water. I found it to be excellently hydrating when I was using it first, in 1994. Vivo – clustered water from Dr. Lee Lorenzen
** Agave Nectar is the sweet, yet excellently low-glycemic syrup which comes from the agave cactus plant. It is helpful for diabetics and is a natural sweetener. I never use synthetic sweeteners! However it is a highly acidic pH food, which means use just a little or balance it with alkaline foods (lemon and alkaline waters, as in this recipe).
Learn more at: Madhava Agave
I use the Amber version. Agave has a glycemic index of 46; honey is 58 and glucose (like sucrose – table sugar type) is 100; the lower the number the better it is for you. Never use high fructose corn syrup, for anything.
*** Organic Maple Syrup, Grade B has all the minerals still intact, whereas “Grade A” does not. This is one case where B is better for you! This amount of maple syrup should not be a problem, but check your own blood readings. Getting organic is important, as otherwise “regular” maple syrup is a very high pesticide produced food, bad for the land and bad for you.
Use the lemonade to help you keep cool. Do monitor your blood levels. Even the stress from the heat can effect your biochemistry and blood sugar levels.
Here’s the link to the original article with extra information:
I’ll resume the diabetic gardening series next week.
Best to all — Em
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