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Friday, August 10, 2012

Guest Blogger - The Foodie Physician's Sonali Ruder - Strawberry Pineapple Lemonade

I just love The Foodie Physician's page... So well managed by the wonderful Sonali... All the recipes are healthy and nutritious... I hope y'all check out her page on facebook and her blog by clicking on the links. And wanted to thank Sonali to sharing a wonderful and refreshing recipe with us today.


The idea for my Strawberry Pineapple Lemonade came about when I was trying to figure out what to do with the leftover strawberries.  Inspired by the beautiful warm, summery weather that we had in New York City this weekend, I decided to make a pitcher of fresh lemonade.  Lemonade with strawberries?  Yes!  And why stop there- I also had some ripe pineapple that I decided to throw into the mix. Homemade lemonade is a great canvas to add lots of interesting ingredients including fresh fruits and herbs.  All you have to do is combine your favorite seasonal ingredients in a pitcher, mash them together with a sweetener and then stir in fresh lemon juice and water.  


The best tool to use is a muddler, a wooden bartender’s tool used to mash or muddle fruits and herbs together in the bottom of a glass to release their flavors.  If you've ever ordered a mojito, you've probably seen one being used to muddle the mint leaves. If you don’t have a muddler, you can use the handle of a wooden spoon or anything with a flat surface.  To sweeten the naturally tart lemonade, I use agave nectar but you can use honey, simple syrup or any type of sweetener that you like.

But don’t limit yourself to strawberries and pineapple- there are an endless variety of flavor combinations you can try out to create your own perfect lemonade.  Need some ideas?  Here are just a few suggestions:
  • Strawberry, watermelon and mint
  • Blackberry habanero
  • Cucumber basil
  • Peach mango
So the next time you’re looking to quench your thirst with a fun and refreshing drink that both adults and kids will love, try myStrawberry Pineapple Lemonade.  Enjoy!  

Strawberry Pineapple Lemonade
Makes 6 servings

1 cup chopped strawberries
1 cup chopped pineapple
1/3 cup agave nectar
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cups cold water


Place the strawberries, pineapple and agave nectar in a pitcher.  Mash them together using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon.  Add the lemon juice and water and stir to combine.  Serve lemonade over ice.

One serving: Calories 85; Fat 0.2g (Sat 0g); Protein 0.5g; Carb 22.8g; Fiber 1.1g


21 comments:

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  2. Thanks for the opportunity to share with you and your readers!

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  3. Fresh squeezed is always so refreshing, love these flavors together!

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  4. What a lovely drink for a hot day -- or any day!

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