Happy National Lemonade Day!
Many of us love the bold flavor of a fresh lemonade, and today we get to celebrate this juicy treat! But, before you enjoy that tall glass of sweet lemon goodness, consider this:
Sugary beverages are not on any list of the most nutritious foods, but juice, soda, sweetened teas, and sweetened coffee drinks are consumed in alarming quantities by many Americans. In fact, sugary drinks made up the largest calorie source for Americans in 2010. Crazy, right? That means about 7% of our daily calories are coming from sweetened drinks, including juice, soda, and sweetened coffee and teas. Lemonade is not excluded from this group either! It can often feel like we’re making a better choice when we choose a fruit-based drink, but juices and other fruit-flavored drinks are often just as high in sugar as sodas, coffee drinks, and teas. In fact, the amount of sugar in something like an 8-ounce lemonade is about 25 grams, or about 6 teaspoons. The American Heart Association recommends that this amount be the daily maximum for sugar intake for women (for men, 9 teaspoons is the limit). With one small sweet glass of lemonade or juice, you’ve met (or almost met) your limit for the day! And many of us don’t stop at 8 ounces of a sweetened drink. Cans of soda come in 12-ounce sizes, and the smallest drink size at most fast food and restaurant joints is 12 ounces. And don’t mention the other sugars we consume in the form of sweetened yogurts, desserts, muffins, breads, sauces, energy bars, etc. With all of these sugar sources put together, Americans are consuming around 125 grams of sugar daily, or about 31 teaspoons! This incredibly high intake is contributing to the rise in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other inflammatory conditions, conditions that are also now affecting our children in increasing numbers.
To help combat the rise in chronic disease, one of the main goals I have for almost every client of mine is reducing their sugar intake by replacing sugary foods and drinks with whole, nutritious foods and lower sugar versions of their favorite beverages. Today on National Lemonade Day, I want to share the only lemonade on the market that I recommend and drink myself! This sweet ‘n spicy treat will satisfy your sweet tooth and leave sugar in the dust.
Daily Greens’ Green Lemonade is one refreshing sip that’s free of sugar and chock full of healthy ingredients:
Why I Love It
Daily Greens Green Lemonade meets all three of my requirements for a sweet beverage:
- Less than 5 grams sugar per bottle (unless it’s a fresh-squeezed, cold pressed fruit and veggie juice)
- No artificial sweeteners: aspartame, Splenda (sucralose), or Acesulfame K
- Clean and clear of artificial coloring and flavoring
Not many beverages meet these requirements, but Daily Greens’ Green Lemonade meets and then exceeds them!
- Free of artificial ingredients
- Full of raw and organic produce
- Rich in vitamin C
- Free from heat processing
- USDA certified organic
- Only 25 simple calories per serving
- Blended with blue-green algae to give it a boost in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and plant protein
There’s a whole new reason to enjoy National Lemonade Day. Find this sweet treat (and Daily Greens’ other green juices) today at Whole Foods or on Daily Greens website!