Beverages: Lemonade (sugar-free)

Fresh-squeezed lemonade has been a staple in our refrigerator this summer. Once a week I fill a half-gallon jar and we enjoy it throughout the week. This recipe is super easy and nutritious as it uses stevia to sweeten it, so there is no big sugar hit to your body. Though I know you can find stevia many places, I’ve found reasonably priced powdered stevia at Trader Joe’s.

I followed a recipe from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Alissa Segersten. I love both her cookbook and her blog because they offer inspiring, nourishing recipes.

STEVIA LEMONADE
(from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook)
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1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
4 cups filtered water
2 teaspoons powdered stevia

Whisk all ingredients together and refrigerate.

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Beverages: Hot Cocoa

This past weekend winter came in full force to my little part of the world. Snow pounded down and we stayed indoors. Well, except for a walk in the winter wonderland.

Snow makes me wish for hot cocoa. As a girl, Mom would often have a steaming pot of homemade hot cocoa on the stove when we came in pink-cheeked and sniffly-nosed from playing in the snow. Feeling a bit nostalgic, I mixed up some cocoa for Jeremy and I to sip. This takes some attention at first, but is well worth the effort, and honestly quite easy.

HOT COCOA
(from Mom J.)
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heavy 1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/2 c. sugar
dash of salt
1/3 c. hot water
1 qt milk
3/4 tsp vanilla

Combine the cocoa, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the hot water and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 2 minutes.

Add milk. Stir and heat through. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Whisk in pan until foamy. Top with marshmallows if desired.