Strawberry Lemonade with Stevia

Strawberry Lemonade with Stevia is light and refreshing and the perfect beverage for all your outdoor gatherings this Spring and Summer.

 


Strawberry Lemonade made with Stevia is delicious without any added sugar and makes a refreshing beverage for al fresco dining!

Hello Spring! I sense everyone is enthusiatic about welcoming warmer weather, and all that the rejuvenating seasonbrings. The Recipe Redux wants you to celebrate with healthy recipes for enjoying al fresco (National Picnic Day is April 23). Let’s get started with something strawberry!  It’s perfectly convenient that this fragrant edible berry is in season the same time we are heading  back outside to garden, to barbecue, and to reap the benefits of some good old fashioned fresh air. Ahhh! Doesn’t it feel good?!!!

Strawberries are not only a healthy and delicious stand alone snack but a versatile fruit that can be the  used in a myriad of recipes, like spring salads and desserts . I’m going to keep this real simple with a  homemade strawberry lemonade made light with Stevia. It’s a slim 70 calories per each refreshing 8 ounces,  and has no added sugar!  Whether you’re planning a brunch or a backyard barbeque, this  light beverage is sure to fit in!

What are your favorite al fresco foods?

Be sure to visit more links at the bottom of this post to see what my colleagues are bringing to their outdoor gatherings this picnic season.

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Strawberry Lemonade with Stevia

Strawberrry Lemonade with Stevia

A light freshing lemonade with no added sugar .

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Beverage

Ingredients

  • 10 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered organic stevia
  • 8 cups filtered water
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Puree strawberries in a blender.
  2. In a large pitcher, add strawberries, lemon juice, Stevia and water. Stir.
  3. Serve over ice tall ice tea or high ball glasses.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8 ounces
  • Calories: 70
  • Sugar: 10 grams
  • Sodium: 0
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 17 grams
  • Fiber: 4 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Cholesterol: 0

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Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken

Panera at Home soup accompanies a  Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken for a ‘better for you meal’ made  in the comfort of your own home. Copy Cat Panera SaladDisclosure: I received free samples of Panera at Home Soups.  I  was not financially compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. 

This past weekend was beautiful , and I had the  opportunity to spend some time  with a dear friend of mine, Pam,  visiting from Delaware. Pam and I were roommates years decades  ago at the University of Delaware. Both RDs with different career paths, it’s fun to catch up!  While we both love to cook,  our good intentions of making a Saturday night  meal of Chicken Agrodolce with Creamy Polenta, never came to be. But that’s ok.  Sometimes, you have to rethink homemade.

Enter Panera  at Home. It just so happened that the good folks at Panera helped me stock my refrigerator for the weekend with an assortment of  Panera Bread at Home soups. These easy to heat containers of savory soup gave me  the flexibility of  enjoying  picture perfect weather outside, riding bicycles and strolling the beach, without the need to rush back to make supper. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than being able to kick back in the comfort of my own kitchen and quickly assemble a delicious meal that’s ‘better for you’.  I  heated Panera at Home’s Turkey Sausage,  Kale and Quinoa  Soup (garnished it with a sage leaf) and put together my version  of Panera’s  Ancient Grain and Arugula Salad with Chicken.

I ‘m a long time Panera Bread customer because I apprecipate their beliefs of Food as it Should Be (and they have great hazelnut coffee too)!

• Free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners,colors or flavors from artifical sources.

• Savored and enjoyed. At a table. Alone or together with family and friends.

• Raised Responsibly. Sourced from farms that respect the food they produce.

• Personalized. Curated and customizable menus so you can eat the way you want.

If you’re like me and  frequent Panera Bread for the above reasons, you can now enjoy  the convenience of the Panera Bread at Home for times when it’s fitting to Rethink Homemade. Click here for a Panera at Home soup coupon to serve  this delicious soup…Copy Cat Panera Salad to go with this Panera Soupalong with the  salad I’m sharing today (recipe below).

 

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Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken

Panera at Home soup accompanies a  Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken for a ‘better for you meal’ made  in the comfort of your own home.

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup precooked long grain and wild rice
  • 1 cup broccoli slaw mix ( broccoli and carrots)
  • 1 gala aple diced
  • 3 cups lettuce (romaine and red leaf)
  • 4 ounces sliced roasted chicken breast
  • 12 red grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 tablspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Instructions

In a salad bowl, add cooked rice, broccoli slaw mix, apples, lettuce, chicken, grapes.  Toss. Set aside. In a small prep bowl combine salt, Pomegranate juice, vinegar, honey and oil. Whisk. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Divide between two plates. Note: May substitute Panera Fuji Apple Vinaigrette Dressing .

Nutrition

  • Calories: 269
  • Sugar: 11 grams
  • Sodium: 326 mg
  • Fat: 4 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 44 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Protein: 16 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0
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