Cold drinks are a welcome treat during hot summer days. This low carb strawberry limeade with no sugar added is a refreshing drink to quench thirst and cool down.
Although summer has not officially arrived here in Southeastern Connecticut, it sure has been sweltering hot the last few days. However, I’m the kind of person who likes to conserve energy where I can so we have not yet turned on the air conditioner in the the house even though the temperatures have reached near 90 degrees F.
My parents still live in the house I grew up in which is only a few miles away. And, they have never used an air conditioner in that house, even to this day.
I actually enjoy the hot weather much more when I’m not coming out of an air conditioned building. And, even when I do turn it on, the thermostat is never set less than 76 degrees F.
Cool refreshing drinks one of my favorite ways to cool down in the summer. This low carb strawberry limeade really hit the spot.
You may be wondering how I keep the house cool without AC in such hot weather. I would have loved to build a green house that is well insulated and runs solar and geothermal systems, but that technology was much too expensive when we built our house.
Our budget was really tight back then so I had to go with a lot of cheaper alternatives to get the house size I wanted. We could afford those things now and I’d love to add them, but it’s just now high enough on my priority list.
I’ve installed cellular blinds on most of our windows. We have oversized windows so a lot of heat was coming in through them. The cellular blinds have a pocket of air in the middle that acts as an insulator and they have really helped in keeping cold and hot air out.
Another thing that I insisted on when we built the house was to have ceiling fans in all the major rooms. Just having a breeze hitting you really makes it feel so much cooler. I also open the windows in the evening just when things begin to cool down and close everything up in the morning before it heats up again.
I typically reserve using our central air conditioning for heat waves and when we have company over. The only exception is a finished area in our attic that uses it’s own AC unit. It gets really hot in the upper level of the house so we cool that area when we are using the attic rooms.
Our house sits on an open area at top of a hill so we get nice breezes in the summer. I like to spend time outside and often sit on our small covered porch in the summer relaxing with a cold drink. This sugar free low carb strawberry limeade is a refreshing treat that I’ve been enjoying as I sit outside over these hot weather days.
- 1 1/2 cups strawberries sliced
- 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons SweetLeaf stevia drops more or less to taste (equal to about 3/4 cup sugar)
- 5 cups water
Blend strawberries and lime juice in electric blender until smooth.
Pour fruit mixture into 2 quart pitcher.
Stir in sweetener and water.
Add ice to fill pitcher. Serve cold
Make 8 (8 ounce) servings
Nutrition per serving: 2.8g net carb