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Kidney Friendly Lemonade(s)

Winter Cranberry Lemonade

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  1. In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil; add rosemary sprigs. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10 minutes.
  2. Remove and discard rosemary. Stir in stevia until dissolved. Transfer to a pitcher; refrigerate 15 minutes.
  3. Add lemon juice and fresh whole cranberries; stir in cold water. Serve over ice.

Summer/Spring Italian Lemonade


  1. For the basil simple syrup: In a saucepan, combine basil, 1 cup sweetner (monk fruit), and 1 cup water and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 5 minutes. Cool, strain, and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. For the lemonade: Mix lemon juice, basil simple syrup, and 2 cups cold or sparkling water together in a pitcher. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 *Note: xylitol may cause bloating and is toxic to animals (dogs). Also, it has a very short afterlife so it is best to use stevia or monk fruit powder.


Meghan Doherty Clinical Nutritionist

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