3 Sugar-Free Thirst Quenching Beverages

Recipes for Sugar-Free: Lemonade, Limeade & Iced Tea

Living a sugar-free life doesn’t mean that you have to give up your favorite tasty beverages. On cold, snowy days, you can still indulge in rich sugar-free hot chocolate; you can even cozy up with a sugar-free green tea latte.

There is absolutely no reason for you to think that living sugar-free equates to living a stark, flavourless, sweet-free life, filled with only plain ol’ fashioned water.

A sugar-free life is definitely way more interesting than an austere glass of H2O.

Sugar-Free Drink Recipes

It’s definitely ingrained in our psyches that if you want to have a sweet treat, you have to eat sugar. And, that’s just plain wrong!

We’ve come a long way. We’ve even progressed past chemical ridden sweeteners, and we have now arrived at vanilla-liquid-stevia-ville.

Now, before you turn your nose up and say, ‘stevia is disgusting’, just hear me out. I, too, thought stevia was awful. Most powdered stevia products have such an astringent taste, and they are piercingly sweet; in fact, unbearably sweet. Most powdered stevia products taste like a chemical factory. And, that’s a taste that I don’t want in my sweet treats! So…I hear you.

But there are now liquid stevia products on the market that are far better, even eye-poppingly surprising. When I first tried NuNaturals’ Alcohol Free Vanilla Liquid Stevia, I couldn’t believe it. I could actually have a cup of tea (heaven in a glass, if you ask me), without adding sugar.

Sugar-Free Drink Recipes

I went totally sugar-free, including fruit, in August of 2011. I had to; I was starting treatment for Lyme Disease, and sugar would cause incredible side effects if I ate it while taking antibiotic medication. So, I had no choice.

Initially, I lived without tea because I was so used to adding 2 teaspoons of sugar — that’s the way I liked it. So, I lived without tea — the one food love of my life — for about a year and half. Torture!! Utter, heart crushing, torture.

Then, I came to a breaking point. I could live without chocolate and even fruit, but I couldn’t live without tea. So, I started to scour the internet. I read forums; I explored every stevia product on the market. Then, I ordered some NuNaturals Alcohol Free Vanilla Liquid Stevia, and the rest is history.

Once I had my hands on the Vanilla Liquid Stevia, I no longer had to live without tea. I was amazed how similar in taste the NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid Stevia was to actual sugar.

Now, that I’m eating fruit once again (I’m no longer on medication). I’m still living completely free of all added sugar. No maple syrup, no honey, no agave, no white sugar…nothing. Living sugar-free helps to keep my body stable — it’s still healing.

Sugar-Free Lemonade Recipe

I believe that if you’re body needs to heal, staying away from all added sugar is imperative — since sugar causes inflammation in the body, and it compromises the immune system. I’ve learned, first hand, how powerful living sugar-free is to recovery.

So, back to the question at hand: what do you drink when you’re living sugar-free? Well…you can definitely have hot chocolate. And, you can definitely have any kind of latte that you want. Those tasty beverages are great for cozying up on the couch, but what about when you want something really thirst quenching? Easy: just have a glass of sugar-free iced tea, lemonade or limeade.

Sugar-Free Limeade Recipe

Drinking sugar-free lemonade, or iced tea, or limeade is an amazing way not only to quench your thirst: it’s also a perfect way to boost your water intake. I’m pretty much a camel; I don’t like drinking plain, straight-up water. It bores me!

Drinking sugar-free lemonade, iced tea, or limeade has certainly helped me to boost my water intake. And, all of these sugar-free tasty beverages have kicked the camel right out of me.

Sugar-Free Iced Tea Recipe

Sugar-Free Lemonade
 
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It’s wonderful to have sugar-free lemonade on a hot summer day.
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Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 16 oz of fresh, filtered water
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 15-20 drops of alcohol free vanilla liquid stevia (I like NuNaturals)

Instructions
  1. Cut a lemon in half, and squeeze the juice out using a reamer or citrus juicer
  2. Discard the seeds
  3. Pour the lemon juice into a tall glass, and add 15-20 drops of vanilla liquid stevia
  4. Add 3-4 ice cubes
  5. Top the glass up with 16 oz of water and stir
  6. Serving size: one glass

Sugar-Free Limeade
 
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Sugar-free drinks are easy to make. Just like that sugar-free limeade.
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Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • 16 oz of fresh, filtered water
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 15-20 drops of alcohol free vanilla liquid stevia (I like NuNaturals)

Instructions
  1. Cut a lime in half, and squeeze the juice out using a reamer or citrus juicer
  2. Pour the lime juice into a tall glass, and add 15-20 drops of vanilla liquid stevia
  3. Add 3-4 ice cubes
  4. Top the glass up with 16 oz of water and stir
  5. Serving size: one glass

 

Sugar-Free Iced Tea
 
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This is a staple at my home. Can’t live without sugar-free iced tea!
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Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • 3 tea bags
  • 16 oz of boiled water
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • Optional: 5-10 drops of alcohol free vanilla liquid stevia (I like NuNaturals)

Instructions
  1. Steep three tea bags (of any flavour or type) in 16 oz of boiled water for 10 minutes (this will create a  tea concentrate)
  2. After steeping, remove the tea bags, and cool the tea
  3. Into a tall glass, add 8 oz of the tea concentrate
  4. To sweeten the tea, add 10-15 drops of vanilla liquid stevia
  5. Add 3-4 ice cubes
  6. Top the glass up with an additional 8 oz of water and stir

 

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