It’s about that time of the year: McDonald’s commercials for the ‘McCafe’ line of cold summer drinks start taking over the TV, leading my nine year old to tap me on the shoulder and plead for her life that I take her to get one of the sugar-filled frozen drinks from the golden arches. While these drinks are surely refreshing, they also pack a ton of sugar (HFCS, anyone?) and carbs. In fact, the 16 oz. McDonald’s Frozen Strawberry Lemonade packs 250 calories and 65g of sugar. The large 22 oz. packs 84g of sugar! Even the tiny 12 oz. packs 50 grams of sweet diabetes-inducing junk. Yuck! It’s hard to justify those numbers even as a once-in-awhile treat.
Enter my healthy, low calorie, no sugar Lemon-Berry Chiller. It packs all of the flavor of the McDonald’s version with just 20 calories and 5g net carbs. And of course, none of the nasty chemicals! The best part? It’s super easy to make and takes just about one minute of your time. The whole family will love it!
I made this in my Nutribullet blender. And mid-range blender will work, though– and if you’ve got a nice Vitamix or Blendtec, even better. The resulting drink isn’t just chipped ice– it’s a creamy-feeling icy masterpiece that’ll have your kids begging for more. It’s perfect for summertime and even perfect for company.
Idea: Add in a little vodka or clear rum for an adult beverage that won’t leave you feeling guilty later!
Sugar Free, All Natural Lemon-Berry Chiller
- 1 cup water
- Juice of two lemons (about 2.5 oz.)
- 1 T sugar-free strawberry or raspberry preserves (I used Polaner) OR 5-6 small berries
- 3T – 1/4 C Swerve (or other calorie-free sweetener; amount depends on personal taste)
- 3 C ice (about 12 cubes)
1. Dissolve sweetener in water and lemon juice by stirring, then add to blender. Add in berry preserves or fresh berries and ice.
2. Blend for about one minute or until the mixture gets creamy.
3. Pour and serve!
Makes one big drink or two smaller ones.
Nutrition (ENTIRE RECIPE): 20 calories, 6 g carbs, 1 g fiber (5 g net carbs), 0 fat, 0 protein