The first day of summer is almost here and I don’t know about you but my body is constantly asking for refreshing drinks!
Instead of grabbing for sugar-filled sodas or even fake juices from the supermarket, I like to make my own slimming infused water, fresh green juices, or Cranberry Lemonade.
Cranberry Lemonade not only keeps you super hydrated, but helps detox your liver as well.
When your body is hydrated, the liver becomes more efficient as using stored fat for fuel.
Cranberry concentrate also contains arbutin, which can help eliminate water retention and cleanse the wastes that’s accumulated in your body.
Remember, when your liver is not congested and backed up with toxins and wastes, it is a smooth fat burning machine! This is a crucial concept I teach my clients during my seasonal cleanses.
In addition, cranberries are a nutritional powerhouse. They’re packed with antioxidants, flavonoids, malic acids and citric acids which helps melt away stubborn fat deposits in the lymphatic system. I’m sure we don’t think much about the lymphatic system, but it plays an important role in getting rid of fats too.
Think of this system as your reliable garbage collector that comes every week to dump out your garbage. Except, in this case they are working ’round the clock for your body.
So to help your lymphatic system transport waste products that are not processed by the liver, try sipping on Cranberry Lemonade every day this summer!
How to Choose the Correct Cranberry Concentrate
Not all cranberry juice are the same!
Look for organic cranberry concentrate or cranberry juice concentrate.
Some brands contain labels that say “100% cranberry juice” which actually mixed with apple juice or white grape juice, all of which should be avoided for their added high concentration of fruit sugar.
Avoid cranberry cocktail (ex: Ocean Spray) because they are usually diluted with refined white sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Here’s a rule of thumb when it comes to buying real cranberry concentrate: Cranberries are very tart. They are not naturally sweet. So if your bottle tastes sweet, it means some type of sugar is added in.
They also cost more, but a little bit goes a long way.
- Dynamic Health: super concentrated (start with 1/2 to 1 tablespoon) Here’s what it looks like on Amazon.
- The Knudsen (organic): not as concentrated, but still good quality (use 1/2 cup)
You can find both bottles at health food stores.
How to Make Cranberry Lemonade
Cranberry concentrate is very tart and may take some getting used to. I’ll show you how to add healthier additions to make it taste great.
Once you have acquired the taste, increase your dosage and frequency.
- Juice of 1/2-1 lemon*
- 1/2 -1 tablespoon cranberry concentrate if using Dynamic Health brand (1/4-1/2 cup if using The Knudsen Organic brand)
- 2 cups of water
- 4+ drops of liquid vanilla stevia* *
- 4-5 sprigs of mint leaves
- Handful of ice
- optional: I like to add some steeped tea such as Everyday Detox tea from Traditional Medicine for an extra boost of detox power.
- optional: add a dash of cayenne pepper
* Lemon is a wonderfully natural cleansing fruit, which also helps your body detox. If you use organic, you can even throw the rinds in there.
* * I love using liquid stevia to sweeten my drinks. It’s a great natural sweetener made from the stevia plant. It taste better that the white stevia powders, which is usually heavily processed. A little bit goes a long way! You only need a few drops.
Put mint leaves in a mason jar. Use a wooden spoon or chopstick to lightly smack the leaves so the natural oils are released.
Add in cranberry juice concentrate, lemon juice, water, stevia, and ice.
Sip on this after a healthy light lunch or throughout the day.