Talk about a great “sweet tooth fixer” for summer!
We are in the heat of June, and my husband is a total soda addict. He sneaks “the real stuff” when I’m not watching (which is like drinking poison for a diabetic), but the sugar substitutes in the diet soda aren’t good for you, either.
Before I leave the subject of soda, I must tell you that Shasta’s diet sodas are made with Splenda. It’s really hard to find diet sodas sweetened with Splenda, so imagine my excitement to find a whole line of diet soda sweetened with Splenda! Shasta is a generic brand – I don’t know if it’s available in the eastern states, but it’s worth finding (or ordering online) if you can’t find it where you live. A nurse told us that Splenda is better for you (or should we say “less bad”) than any of the other sugar substitutes. I’ve dealt with enough medical people to know you have to take everything they say with a grain of salt (or sugar, in this case), but for my money, Splenda sits pretty good. I’m pretty sensitive to artificial anything, and Splenda doesn’t bother me or make me sick.
OK, back to the diabetic lemonade. This is such an easy, quick drink to make. If you have a naughty diabetic in your life like I do (lately, my husband has been obsessed with gummy worms – I swear, he chooses to fixate on foods with the highest possible carbs!! This is why my next post will be low-carb gummy worms), if you have a naughty diabetic, this sweet (and carb-free!) drink will satisfy those sweet cravings.
NOTE: Distilled water is GREAT for lowering high blood sugar fast. I keep gallons of it in the house at all times (like I said, I live with a naughty diabetic. We often need to perform some emergency blood sugar lowering). So you can use distilled water with this recipe if you want to. I just used tap water (we live in the country – don’t try that in the city!!) and it turned out fine.
1/2 gallon water
1 cup lemon juice (the store-bought kind in the bottle has no carbs!!)
1 cup Splenda (add more or less according to your tastes. NOTE: Generic substitute Splenda, like the Walmart brand, works just fine)
Add the lemon juice and Splenda to your water and mix well. (I put it all in a gallon jug and shook it up – makes it look foamy!) Adjust the lemon juice and Splenda to your taste. This isn’t rocket science and you’re not going to be graded – it’s done when you like how it tastes!
Keep this cold and handy at the front of your fridge, and the naughty (or lazy…) diabetic in your life will reach for this low-carb lemonade instead of a taboo soda or juice. If you’ve got a really naughty diabetic, don’t tell him (or her) that this is diabetic lemonade – let him (or her) think it’s “the real stuff” and they’ll think they got away with cheating on their diet. 😉