Summer is the most challenging time of the year for cutting carbs, especially with all the sweet seasonal fruits. The best way to avoid going over your carb limit by eating fruits is to stick with berries.
One of the many ways you can enjoy berries is in homemade lemonade, or in this case, lemonade / limeade :-) Apart from being low-carb, lemons also have a positive effect on blood sugar control. I personally don't use any sweeteners and don't mind the sour taste but that may be too much for most people so I included some Stevia and Erythritol (or you can simply use just one of them).
My recipe only uses the raspberries to infuse the lemonade and add flavour boost and colour. If you prefer a more raspberry-rich taste, you will love this Raspberry Limeade from Carolyn of All Day I Dream About Food. I made it for a BBQ last month and it was a hit!
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Note: The main reason I use two sweeteners in most of my recipes is that a combination of more sweeteners mask the aftertaste or bitterness of some of them. Depending on you palate, you may need to use more or less sweetener.
Allergy information for Low-Carb Summer Raspberry Lemonade
✔ Gluten free
✔ Dairy free
✔ Egg free
✔ Nut free
✔ Nightshade free
✔ Pork free
✔ Avocado free
✔ Coconut free
✔ Fish free
✔ Shellfish free
Nutritional values (per serving)
Net carbs4.4 grams
Calories from carbs 86%, protein 7%, fat 7%
Total carbs5.6 gramsFiber1.2 gramsSugars1.9 gramsSaturated fat0 gramsSodium11 mg(0% RDA)Magnesium9 mg(2% RDA)Potassium73 mg(4% EMR)
Ingredients (makes 8 servings)
- 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
- 3/4 cup fresh lime juice (4-5 limes)
- 1 cup raspberries (123 g / 4.3 oz) - you can try other berries too, blackberries work great!
- water, still or sparkling (2 litres + more still water for raspberry ice cubes)
- 1/4 cup Erythritol or Swerve, powdered, or other healthy low-carb sweetener from this list (40 g / 1.4 oz)
- 30 or more drops Stevia extract
- mint for garnish
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