9 Homemade Sugar-Free Summer Beverages


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Keeping cool in the summer months is easy when you can enjoy icy cold beverages like these. Many times, visiting your favorite drive-through restaurant will only give you options that contain a whole lot of sugar. With the heat, you might be tempted to indulge even though your resolve to continue on a sugar-free diet has been consistent. Don't give in to the eye-catching, drool-worthy pictures—prepare a thirst-quenching beverage at home so you won't be tempted to indulge.

Whip up a sugar-free lemonade, refreshing smoothie, or frozen treat to beat the heat. All of these recipes can be made with your favorite sugar-free sweetener. Don't forget to read the instructions when replacing sugar to make sure you add the right amount. It's always a good idea to start with a small amount, taste, and then adjust to your preferences. 

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    No Sugar Added Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

    Frozen Strawberry Lemonade made Sugar Free!
    Brenda Bennett

    Kick back with this easy-to-make summertime treat. Sweetened with naturally sweet frozen strawberries, liquid stevia, and Swerve, this frozen lemonade is refreshingly low on sugar. Blended with ice, it's sure to cool you down.

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    Sugar-Free Vegan Grasshopper Milkshake Recipe

    Sugar-Free Vegan Grasshopper Milkshake Recipe

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    Mint and chocolate are a match made in after-dinner heaven and they come together perfectly in this grasshopper milkshake. The shake gets its signature green color and some added nutrition from fresh spinach. Toss in a handful of fresh mint leaves if you have them.

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    Refreshing Limeade

    Refreshing Limeade

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    Limeade is a refreshing warm-weather treat that's easy to make and easy to drink. It's extremely easy to make sugar-free: simply replace the sugar with a sugar substitute like stevia. Don't forget to read the box and add the appropriate amount of sweetener when substituting for sugar.

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    Fresh Mango Smoothie With Yogurt

    Fresh Mango Smoothie With Yogurt

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    This mango and yogurt smoothie, also known as a mango lassi, only has a few ingredients and is naturally sweetened by ripe mango. For a lighter, more refreshing version, thin the mixture with milk and serve with lots of ice cubes.

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    Blueberry Lemonade

    Blueberry Lemonade

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    For a colorful and flavorful twist on lemonade, add fresh or frozen summertime blueberries. Replace the sugar with a sweetener of your choice and blend up before straining through a fine-mesh sieve. Serve your blueberry lemonade with lots of ice and a lemon wedge.

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    Strawberry Lime Mint Chia Fresca

    Strawberry Lime Mint Chia Fresca

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    Nutrient-rich chia seeds are a common ingredient in agua frescas. They add a nice nutty flavor and thicken the mixture slightly. This strawberry, lime, and mint version is extra refreshing. It's easy to make with a sugar-free sweetener and adjust the sweetness to your taste.

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    Watermelon Smoothie With Ginger and Lime

    Watermelon Smoothie
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    The natural sweetness of summertime fruit means you don't need any extra sweetener for this watermelon smoothie. A touch of lime, ginger, and fresh mint add to the refreshment. Use all cold ingredients and add several ice cubes to the blender to make an icy version.

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    Homemade Lemonade

    Country Lemonade
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    Lemonade is the ultimate summertime drink. Squeeze a bunch of fresh lemons and use your choice of no-sugar sweetener in place of the sugar. For a bubbly version, replace half of the water with plain sparkling water.

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    Sugar Free Vegan Pumpkin Vanilla Milkshake

    Pumpkin Milkshake
    Brenda Bennett

    Pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, and sugar-free ice cream are blended together to make a tasty sugar-free, vegan milkshake. The fall flavors are still super delicious in the summertime, especially in frozen form.