Healthy Recipes

Strawberry Mint Lemonade
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Servings: 4
Ingredients and Preparation
Ingredients Measures
Water 4 cups
Sugar substitute 1 cup
Fresh mint leaves, lightly packed 4 cups
Strawberry hulled, halved 1 quart
Lemon juice, fresh squeezed 1 cup

  1. Place 2 cups water, sugar, and mint in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain into a blender; discard mint.
  3. Thinly slice 1 cup of strawberries and set aside.
  4. Add ½ of the remaining strawberries to a blender and blend until smooth; pour into 2 quart pitcher.
  5. Stir in sliced strawberries, lemon juice, and remaining water. Add sugar to taste if needed, stirring until dissolved.
  6. Cover and chill until serving.

Diabetic Exchange
Fruit: 1; Vegetables: 0; Meat: 0; Milk: 0; Fat: 0; Carbs: 1; Other: 0

Ida Rodriguez for Melissa’s Variety Produce

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size ¼ recipe
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 5
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 15 mg
Total Carbohydrate 67 g
Dietary Fiber 6 g
Sugars 9 g
Proteins 2 g
Vitamin A 25% DV
Vitamin C 200% DV
Calcium 10% DV
Iron 10% DV
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