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Lite Pink Lemonade with Strawberry Simple Syrup

This healthier Lite Pink Lemonade with Strawberry Simple Syrup is deliciously tart and tangy and at all not sickeningly sweet. It’s also good for your hair, skin, and nails…Find out why!

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The ingredient list:

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How this recipe came to be:

I’m trying hard to cut out as much unnecessary sugar from my diet as possible. Maybe you are too, and that’s how you found this recipe.

I’ve also been drinking lemon water every morning for the past year or so because of the multitude of health benefits lemon water provides.

Drinking lemon water is something I do before I get in my daily cup of coffee, and I find I crave it almost more than I do the coffee.

Want to learn more about the health benefits of drinking lemon water?

Why is this pink lemonade recipe low calorie?

Ssssh. Come closer…

The secret is in the strawberry simple syrup!

Instead of using granulated sugar, I used all-natural, zero-calorie, monk fruit which actually tastes much sweeter than sugar.

Then, to the saucepan after the simple syrup came to a low simmer, I added some diced strawberries to infuse the syrup with yummy strawberry flavor and to achieve that lovely pink color.

The results are unusually delicious, and I think it’s the perfect way to flavor this lite pink lemonade, or in any other recipe where simple syrup is called for, but without adding in all those granulated sugar laden calories.

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How is this homemade lemonade recipe good for helping with hair, skin, and nails?

Besides the lemon, and the monk fruit sweetener, I’ve also added some 100% all-natural, unflavored, collagen peptide powder to this recipe.

Have you heard of the benefits of collaged peptide powder?

There are many benefits to implimenting collagen supliments into a daily routine, so I like to mix the unflavored (and easily dissolvable powder) in with my morning lemon water, and my morning coffee.

For more information regarding collagen suppliments, feel free to check out this article at Everyday Health.

However, I strongly recommend to always check with your doctor before adding any suppliments into your daily routine.

Can granutlated sugar be used in place of the monk fruit for the simple syrup?

Sure thing.

Not everyone wants (or needs) a low-sugar pink lemonade experience.

However, should you decide to use granulated sugar in this recipe (1:1 ratio), please note that the calorie count listed in the recipe card will no longer be accurate at a low 50 calories per serving.

Can the collagen powder be left out of this recipe?

You bet.

It’s only an option for you to consider, and since it’s flavorless anyway, there will definitely be no change to the flavor of this cold summertime beverage should you choose to leave it out.

The step-by-step photos for making low-calorie strawberry simple syrup:

Yield: 2 cups

  • Measure one cup of monkfruit sweetener (or use granulated sugar, if prefered).
  • Bring the sweetener and 1 cup water to a low simmer in a small saucepan over medium/low heat.
  • Meanwhile, hull and quarter enough strawberries to measure 1½ cups.
  • Once the sweetener is dissolved, add the strawberries to the saucepan and continue to simmer over medium/low heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat and strain the liquid through a sieve, discarding the spent berries.
  • Cool the simple syrup completely and then add it to a mason jar (or container with a lid) and refrigerate until ready to use.

How long will lite strawberry simple syrup keep in the refrigerator?

You can store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

A mason jar filled with Lite Strawberry Simple Syrup made from monk fruit sweetener.
Lite Strawberry Simple Syrup

The step-by-step photo instructions for making lite pink lemonade with strawberry simple syrup:

Yield: approximately 7 cups

  • Squeeze enough fresh lemons to make approximately 2½ cups of juice. This will take about 12-14 lemons.
  • Add the fresh squeezed juice, along with 2 cups of the prepared strawberry simple syrup to a large pitcher.
  • Add in 2 cups of filtered water, and ¼ cup of the unflavored collagen powder (if desired).
  • Stir well and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Taste and adjust with additional lemon juice or water, as desired.
  • Add lemon slices and sliced strawberries to the pitcher before serving.
  • Serve cold in lemonade glasses with ice cubes and a straw.
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Additional recipes using strawberries and/or lemons:

*Sautéed Creamed Spinach with Strawberries (shown below and featured in the video)

Once you taste this Healthy Sautéed Creamed Spinach & Strawberry side dish you’ll be smitten with its delicious flavor and colorful appearance!

A white bowl filled with Sauteed Creamed Spinach and Strawberries.

*Lemon Rocotta Cake with Blueberries (not shown)

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Blueberries is an easy cake to make. It has a creamy texture, a light lemony flavor, and it takes advantage of springtime’s bounty of beautiful blueberries.

*Lemon Meringue Tartlets (shown below)

These charming Lemon Meringue Tartlets are the perfect treat when you want a little something sweet and a little something to make you pucker.

A closeup image of Lemon Meringue Tartlets on a white platter with toasted meringue topping.

*Strawberry Sriracha BBQ Sauce (not shown)

Strawberry Sriracha BBQ Sauce is fruity with a touch of heat. It’s perfect for pork, chicken, and even fish.

*Lite Pink Lemonade with Strawberry Simple Syrup (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s low-calorie and refreshing pink lemonade.

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Lite Pink Lemonade with Strawberry Simple Syrup

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
This healthier Lite Pink Lemonade with Strawberry Simple Syrup is deliciously tart and tangy and at all not sickeningly sweet. It’s also good for your hair, skin, and nails.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
chill time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course beverages, Drinks, non-alcoholic beverages
Servings 7 cups
Calories 50 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cups fresh lemon juice approximately 12-14 lemons
  • 2 cups strawberry simple syrup recipe included in the notes
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • ¼ cup collagen powder optional

Instructions
 

  • Add the fresh-squeezed lemon juice to a large pitcher along with 2 cups of the strawberry simple syrup.
  • Stir well to combine.
  • Add 2 cups of filtered water and the collagen powder.
  • Stir well to dissolve the collagen powder.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but overnight is best.
  • Before serving, add fresh strawberries and lemon slices to the pitcher and stir.
  • Add ice to lemonade glasses and pour the chilled pink lemonade over the ice in each glass.
  • Garnish each with a lemon slice, strawberry, and a straw.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

For the Strawberry Simple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup monk fruit sweetener (or granulated sugar, if desired)
1½ cups fresh strawberries hulled and quartered
To make the strawberry simple syrup:
Measure one cup of monk fruit sweetener (or use granulated sugar, if preferred).
Bring the sweetener and 1 cup water to a low simmer in a small saucepan over medium/low heat.
Meanwhile, hull and quarter enough strawberries to measure 1½ cups. Once the sweetener has dissolved, add the strawberries to the saucepan and continue to simmer over medium/low heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and strain the liquid through a sieve, discarding the spent berries.
Cool the simple syrup completely and then add it to a mason jar (or container with a lid) and refrigerate until ready to use.
 
PLEASE NOTE – If using granulated sugar instead of the monk fruit sweetener, the calorie count for this particular recipe goes WAY up.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 8gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 30mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating




Hanna

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

What a great idea to use monk fruit in this lemonade recipe! We loved it. Is there any better combo than strawberries and lemonade!?! The obvi answer is definitely no! haha! Thanks for the great recipe!

Renée

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

Glad you enjoyed this Hanna!! Take good care, Renee

Gina

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

Love this refreshing drink for summer and the addition of healthful collagen is a great idea!

Renée

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

Glad you think so too (about the collagen), Gina! Take care, Renee