Nurse Mia Ross is passionate about nutrition and preventative medicine. She created this easy NutriBullet lemonade recipe for maximum health benefits.
It’s been a long, long winter in NYC, so when the sunshine finally showed up I was desperate for Spring activities. In warm weather I enjoy cold, refreshing lemonade. I had all the ingredients ready, but since I hurt my wrists at yoga (a post for another day), I was unable to fresh-squeeze the lemons. I looked at my high-powered, Nutribullet, blender and thought about all the things it can pulverize: nuts, coffee beans, ice cubes. I then considered how much I love lemon peel (I grate it and put it on everything). And then I just went for it. I cut up a lemon and threw the whole thing in the blender. The result was so miraculous, I feel the need to share it with you.
2 Lemons, Washed and Scrubbed Clean
4 Cups of Water
1 Tablespoon of Sweetener*
After cleaning the lemons, remove both ends (be wary not to cut into the fleshy part). Keep the peel on! Cut the lemons into wedges and remove the seeds. Throw the lemons in your NutriBullet, Vitamix, or Ninja Ultima. Add water, sweetener, and ice. Pulse in the blender until liquified. This does not take long. Make sure to not over-blend as the rinds may break down too much and leave a bitter taste. There should be pulp from the skin and flesh. Strain this out. The liquid leftover will be frothy and lovely and delicious.
This is the basic recipe for the lemonade, but if you’re feeling bold you can make adjustments. I added a 4-inch cube of fresh ginger root to the mixture. It only enhanced the drink. I garnished with two fresh basil leaves which I chopped to release flavor. Again, a great addition. If I had fresh mint, I would not hesitate to forgo the basil and throw a stash of mint leaves directly into the blender. Another suggestion, mix lemon and limes together. Run with it. When life hands you lemons, make this lemonade.
*I used maple syrup but honey is another option. Both are minimally-processed sugars. We all know sugar is not great, but this is a relatively low-sugar lemonade, which makes it a healthier option. Need more reasons to make your lemonade from scratch?
- The NIH did a comparison of ready-made vs. fresh-squeezed citric juices and found that fresh-squeezed juice contained more citric acid.
- Fresh-squeezed juice is a great source of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). Check out a list of Vitamin C benefits here.
- Lemon Polyphenols (extracted from lemon peels) suppresses the appetite of obese mice.