What I Buy & Why-Lemonade

I have learned so much about food by asking people what they buy, where they buy it, and why they like it.  These conversations inspired me to start writing some posts on the food items I buy and why.  Not only do I want to share with you what is working for us, but my hope is, that in the comments section, I will get to hear from you and what is working for you! 

I love lemonade, especially in the summer.  I have tried a few recipes this summer, but keep going back to just purchasing it at the store, because of “Simply Lemonade brand lemonade.  I love this brand because it tastes good, only has 4 ingredients, and contains NO high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  It is 11% lemon juice, and it is not from concentrate. 

The ingredients are filtered water, lemon juice, sugar, and natural flavors.  

Now, I would like to know what “natural flavors” are, and hope that does not mean some chemical cocktail added, but honestly, it is easy to turn a blind eye as it is the last ingredient and again, it is one of four ingredients.   

Check out this long list of ingredients in Minute Maid Lemonade:
 Pure filtered water, sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup, sugar), lemon juice from concentrate, less than 5% each of the following: natural flavors, citric acid (provides tartness), modified cornstarch, glycerol, ester of wood rosin, sodium hexametaphosphate and sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate and EDTA (to protect taste), yellow #5.  It only contains 3% lemon juice!  

 I don’t often bring simple processed sugars and HFCS in to our home.  I try to sweeten our food with honey, maple syrup, sucanat or stevia.  But when it comes to lemonade, (& ice cream!-post coming soon), I break our rule.  I tried a lemonade recipe that was sweetened with maple syrup, and it just was not what I was looking for.  I want the true, old- fashioned taste of lemonade, like Simply Lemonade or one like  this recipe at “How Does She…” –will be trying that one soon!
What about you?  Do you have a favorite recipe?  Do you know of any great recipes without processed white sugar?  

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  • KBaker
    July 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    um… OUR FAVE is what i THOUGHT i typed. hahaha…

  • KBaker
    July 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    our face, too. love the Orange, Limeade and Raspberry as well!

  • Kelly Morris
    July 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    One of those bottles wouldn’t make it one round at our dinner table of 11! :0

    I’m waiting for the awesome recipe that someone has!

  • jeana
    July 10, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    We buy this brand too. It really is my favorite and absolutely love their raspberry lemonade. It has the same ingredients, plus raspberry puree. I love to pour a glass and add the pink lemonade flavor emergen c. I can’t taste it at all, so thats how I sneak in extra vitamins =]Can’t wait to see more of what you use!

  • Missy
    July 11, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I also buy Simply Lemonade and Simply Orange. If you want a sugar that tastes like a sugar but is not cane sugar or processed or anything, then you should try palm sugar. You get it the asian stores, has a low glycemic index, is nutritious, and tastes great.

  • Miriam
    July 10, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    We buy Newman’s Own Virgin Lemonade and love it!

  • Amy Kinser
    July 10, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    This is my favorite find of the summer, I think. I put it in a pretty glass pitcher and add some fresh lemon slices and it tates and looks homemade. Delish… Have you tried the rasberry lemonade? It is great also. I mixed it with Simply Orange Juice and it tasted wonderful. Just a neat combo of flavors.

  • Megan
    July 10, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    omg- our FAVE brand of juice!! We love their OJ and limeade also. Havent tried the other blends they have- but I am SURE they are just as delish!

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