My most recent struggle has been with juices. I wasn't a huge juice drinker even before I developed fructose malabsorption, but I loved to have a Naked smoothie or a cold pressed juice now and again. Unfortunately, most juices have a base of either apple or pear juice, which are both no-nos for me; not only will I never be commencing a juice cleanse (not that I ever would have, sounds grumpy-inducing), but I can't even have a snack. Those fun cayenne pepper lemonades were out of my league too, since they usually contain things like maple syrup or stevia (also no-nos. Commence mantra).
So, I decided to make my own lemonade, especially when I heard about the benefits of cayenne pepper. The spicy ingredient helps detox your body, and of particular interest to me, can aid in digestive issues such as IBS (of which fructose malabsorption is a derivative).
- Fill your glass/mug/bottle 1/4 full with fresh squeezed lemon juice.
- Fill the rest of the way with water
- Add simple syrup to taste (I use only a teaspoon or two, so it's not terribly sweet but takes off the acidic edge)
- Sprinkle with cayenne pepper, enough so you can feel the heat but it's still drinkable! It's recommended to purchase from your local health food store since it won't be irradiated, but even grocery store varieties will provide health benefits.
- Stir or shake everything together. I like mine best cold with lots of ice!
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