Strawberry Blueberry Lemonade (Toddler Activity)
I don’t really like giving juice to Alexander because it’s so easy to drink a ton of it quickly, and I’d rather he just eat the fruit. He gets juice probably once a month, as a treat (like if I’m going to Starbucks for a treat, he gets a treat too, and it happens to be apple juice!).
This week, we are doing kitchen practical life activities (Montessori), like peeling boiled eggs, slicing bananas, loading the dishwasher, and learning to wash dishes by hand. One thing I decided to do today was make a simple strawberry blueberry lemonade. We are doing a Whole30 right now, so no processed sugar: that means no honey, no agave nectar, no white sugar or coconut sugar or date sugar or whatever other powdery sugars are out there.
Now, if we were not doing Whole30 right now, I would have added probably 1 teaspoon of raw honey and shook it really well! (Honey is NOT okay for kids under age 1, but I wouldn’t recommend this at all for that age anyway.)
All that said, this is NOT the super sweet lemonade you’d get on the corner from the little kiddos charging 50 cents a cup. It’s not the stuff you would get in a restaurant because, hey, they want you to buy more, and sugar makes this sort of thing taste ahhhhmazing.
BUT this was really good! We added water to dilute it, and it cut out the tartness almost completely.
And it was really fun doing this with Alexander!
It made 2-3 ounces, but we added another 6-7 to the mix. We each had a small glass of it.
Here’s what you’ll need for this exact amount:
- 2 lemons
- 5 ripe (soft, preferably) strawberries
- about 10 blueberries
- Some sort of juicing tool (you could also use your hands to squeeze out the lemon juice)
- A fine mesh strainer (a standard colander may work as well)
- Something to mash the berries (we just used the back of a spoon)
- Something to hold it all (a bowl or cup)
And here is how we did it (I’ll BOLD the things Alexander was able to do):
- Roll the lemons on the table, to release the juices a bit.
- Cut the lemons in half.
- Use a juicer (or your hands) to squeeze out the lemon juice.
- Pour the lemon juice through a strainer to separate the pulp and seeds.
- Put the strawberries and blueberries into the strainer.
- Use a spoon to smash the strawberries and blueberries to get out as much juice as possible. You could stick them into a blender or food processor, then strain it that way. Or, heck, if you have an actual juicing machine, use that. I wanted to get up close and personal and let him do stuff, so we stuck to doing it by hand.
- Stir the juices.
- Pour a little juice into a cup.
- Pour some water into the same cup to dilute it.
It’s pretty and tasty and fun. You should try it! And if you do, tag me in it so I can see. 🙂