Inside: Lemonade and summer go hand-in-hand. Here is the best lemonade recipe for your kids to make during the hot summer months (actually it’s good all year round) Included are 5 healthy ways lemons add a nutritious zing to your kids’ diets and fun ideas on starting a lemonade stand.
Every child dreams of having a lemonade stand during the summer! It’s part of growing up! There are examples of kids that became amazing entrepreneurs later in life and it all started with a simple lemonade stand when they were young.
Here’s the best lemonade recipe for your kids to make. It’s fun and simple and kids as young as 5 can help. Not all lemonade recipes are created equal—so I’ve included some of our family tricks.
The Best Lemonade Recipe
- 12 lemons
- 1-pound sugar (purchase a 1-pound box of sugar)
- 4 quarts ice water
- Zest two of the lemons with a zester. Put in the container. Adding these bits of lemon peel (zest) to your lemonade is wonderful for the taste of your lemonade and lemon zest has nutritional benefits (see below).
- Squeeze the lemons. Pour the juice into a big jar or pitcher (needs to hold over 4 quarts of lemonade)
- Add the sugar to the lemon juice mixture. Let the sugar and lemon juice blend together. The secret to great lemonade is to add the sugar and lemon juice together before adding the water.
- Add 4 quarts of ice water
If you use essential oils from Young Living or doTERRA, you can add 3 drops of lemon oil. Be careful—essential oils are potent!
If you want to impress your friends, put your glasses in the freezer for 1 hour before pouring in the lemonade. Dip the cold glass into sugar so the rim of the glass is frosted with sugar.
Here are 5 healthy tips of why lemons are so nutritious for kids as well as some tips for your kids if they want to start a lemonade stand
Health Tip #1: Lemons and Vitamin C
Did you know that the juice of one lemon has 1000 times the Vitamin C as the juice from one orange? It’s true. If your kids drink lemon juice, they’ll get more than a hefty dose of Vitamin C. Colds begone!
There are two ways your kids can consume lemon juice: mix the juice with water or drink the juice straight. If your child drinks the juice straight, have him/her drink a little water afterward. Surprisingly, it turns a sour taste into a sweet taste.
Either way packs a powerful Vitamin C punch!
If your child drinks the juice straight, have him brush his teeth immediately. You don’t want the acid from the lemon rotting his/her teeth.
Health Tip #2: Anti-Skin Cancer Lemon Peel
This lemonade recipe calls for lemon peel. Did you know that lemon peel is powerful for reducing skin cancer by 30%? Contained in the lemon peel are a group of compounds called limonoids and limonene—and both have anti-cancer properties. Consuming just 1 tablespoon each week will help keep skin cancer away.
Health Tip #3: Stomachaches and Indigestion
Do your kids get stomachaches after eating a meal? If so, they may need enzymes. But, here is something easier than taking a pill…drink lemon juice! Give your child the juice of one lemon 10 minutes before a meal. Don’t worry about it being too acidic. Once the juice hits the esophagus, it turns into an alkaline. But the juice will stimulate the pepsin enzyme and will help them digest their meal easier.
Health Tip #4: Use Organic Sugar
Okay, the amount of sugar in lemonade is substantial. Here are some options: use organic sugar found in all grocery stores. It is free from pesticides and it is not processed like regular sugar. It’s an amber color and each granule is not as fine as regular processed sugar.
The other option is stevia. It is a sugar from the stevia plant and does not have all the issues that processed sugar has. It is 200 times sweeter than regular sugar (you would use a lot less) and studies have shown it is a healthful alternative for diabetics.
The main ingredient in lemonade is water. Check out my blog on all the helpful benefits of this life-giving substance!
Health Tip #5: The Proverbial Lemonade Stand: A Lesson in Math & Creativity
If your child wants to have a lemonade stand, turn it into a learning experience for them. Here are some things to teach them:
- Teach your kids about costs—keep track of the costs of all the supplies, etc. (lemons, sugar, glasses, napkins, etc.)
- Using simple math, help them to calculate how much it will cost for each glass of lemonade. This will be based on all the ingredients; how big each glass will be and how many glasses you can get from each recipe.
- From that calculation, help them determine how much they will charge their customers per glass.
- Last, it’s important that your child understands about competition (since we live in a competitive world). Ask your kids: how can you make your lemonade stand different from the competition? What can you do to make your lemonade stand unique, creative and different?
Books About Lemons & Lemonade for Healthy Smart Kids in the Kitchen
Last, cooking in the kitchen with kids would not be complete without adding a few books to make the learning experience complete. Here are some favorites (and even teens love a picture book now and again).
Making lemonade is easy and fun—especially for kids just getting their feet wet in the kitchen. Try this recipe today—it’s perfect for any occasion—from a family dinner to a family event to a kid entrepreneurial adventure!
What have been your experiences of making lemonade? Have any of your children created a lemonade stand? Please comment in the section below.
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