As I mentioned on Monday, we’re doing a health food cleanse right now, which involves lots of all-natural foods (i.e. no chemicals, preservatives), fresh juices and oodles of water. The last item on that list is the toughest for me. I wish more than anything I was one of those people who happily drank a gallon of water a day, but I’m not. Give me a gallon worth of La Croix though, and I’d down it quickly.
In order to drink lots of water, I typically flavor it with fruit. While we were in St. Petersburg in May, we drank tons of fruit-infused lemonades (they were on all the cool restaurant’s menus!) – see a photo here. I imagine there was quite a bit of sugar in the drinks, but I decided there didn’t need to be, as fruit is so sweet naturally.
On Monday, I played around with ingredients to try to create the perfect healthy pineapple basil lemonade (our favorite combination from Russia). After a little experimenting, I did it! It may sound weird to have lemons, pineapple and basil together in a drink, but trust me on this one.
Since making it on Monday afternoon, we have drank about six pitchers of this lemonade (not exaggerating!).
Ingredients (based on 3.5 liter pitcher)
- 2-3 cups of fresh, diced pineapple
- Approximately 15 leaves of basil (the more the merrier, in my opinion)
- 2 teaspoons of Truvia (sugar or another natural sweetener work too!)
- 3 tablespoons of pure lemon juice
- 2-3 cups of ice
- Water (add last and fill to top of pitcher)
- Dice pineapple into one-inch cubes and put half into the pitcher and the other half into a tupperware container or sealed bowl
- Add Truvia and lemon juice (fresh or from a concentrate bottle) to the pitcher
- Add whole basil leaves on top of the pineapple
- Optional step: Using a wooden spoon, gently muddle the basil and pineapple together against the side of the pitcher. Sasha loves this, but I prefer to have whole leaves and cubes!
- Add ice cubes (our ice machine makes small cubes, but crushed may be best vs. massive cubes from a refrigerator)
- Fill the pitcher with water and stir with a big spoon
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before drinking, as the flavors from the basil and pineapple need to soak into the water! Then enjoy.
Make sure to leave me a comment if you try this and love it!