I received compensation from Equal® for this post.
Nothing says “summer” quite like lemonade. If you’re like me, though, and have Diabetes, then you have to watch the sugars that you take in each day in your food and drink. For that reason, I usually drink water every day. Sometimes, though, I get a craving for some other drink. I loved lemonade when I was a kid, and my mother sometimes made it for us. Back then, Mama made our lemonade with sugar. Now that I am an adult, and have to cut down on sugar due to my diabetes, if I make a sweetened drink at home, I have to use a sweetener like Equal® 0 Calorie Sweetener.
The people at Equal® sent me a great box full of supplies for making lemonade using Equal® 0 Calorie Sweetener. When I opened up the box, here is what I found inside:
- An Equal® mason jar style plastic drinking glass.
- Skinny Pop Popcorn
- Dark Blue Folding Hand Fan
- Joie Lemon Juicer
- Tovolo King ice cube tray
- Equal® Product:
- 115-count box of packets
- Equal® 4 oz spoonful
- Blackberry Sparkling Recipe Card from The Diabetic Chef Chef Chris Smith
- Equal® Recipe Guide Booklet
- Equal® iPad holder (it opens up to hold an iPad or a cook book)
- An Equal® products fact sheet.
Back in 1965, when a scientist researcher at G.D. Searle and Company licked his finger to pick up a piece of paper, he discovered a sweet, attractive tast. He had inadvertently discovered aspartame, an ingredient that would revolutionize the “sweetener” category. For more than 30 years, Equal® 0-Calorie Sweetener has offered a great tasting sugar substitute in the trusted “blue” packet.
Now, Equal 0-Calorie Sweetener is available in packets; Equal Spoonful; and Equal Tablets. One packet of Equal measures like two teaspoons of sugar. Equal Spoonful measures cup for cup like sugar, making it perfect for use in recipes. Equal Tablets provide on-the-go convenience.
Aspartame and acesulfame potassium, Equal’s sweetening ingredients, have been tested in hundreds of scientific studies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, and the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Food have affirmed these ingredients’ safety. Equal helps maintain a balanced diet, is suitable for people living with diabetes, and has been a long-time sponsor of the American Diabetes Association.
Sparkling Fresh Lemonade With Blackberries Recipe
1 1/2 cups sparkling water
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
2 1/2 Tbsp Equal® Spoonful or
4 packets Equal® Sweetener
12 fresh blackberries, froze
Ice as needed
Fresh mint sprigs and lemon slices for garnish, optional
Stir sparkling water, lemon juice, and Equal until combined. Place 6 blackberries and ice cubes in 2 tall glasses. Divide the mixture between the glasses and serve. Garnish each glass with mint and fresh lemon slices, if desired.
You can find Equal® 0-Calorie Sweetener in most grocery stores.
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