Healthy Homemade Lemonades, Iced Teas + Popsicles for Summer
Homemade Matcha Lemonade Recipe | Matcha Green Tea Lemonade
Does turning our sour lemons into sweet lemonade HAVE to involve a hefty dose of added sugars? Of course not! Instead, with this homemade matcha lemonade recipe, YOU control the kind and amount of sweetener. All of the summertime refreshment, but none of the guilt!
A traditional glass of lemonade can have upwards of 30 grams of sugars—which taste undeniably delicious, but the effects on our bodies are not so sweet at all. You can cut down on the sugars in this homemade matcha lemonade recipe by simply sweetening to taste.
Or, you could use a natural low calorie sweetener like stevia for a totally sugar free lemonade! And, making homemade lemonade is SO easy—you only need four simple ingredients for this matcha lemonade recipe! Plus, you get the added benefits of some of the most powerful antioxidants on Earth!
Oh yeah, and did I mention you can turn this matcha lemonade recipe into matcha lemonade POPSICLES?! Your summer refreshment options are endless!
What is Matcha & Why’s it in my Lemonade?
Matcha green tea powder has been all the rage lately, and with good reason. Not only does its vibrant green color make for gorgeous recipes, but matcha powder is also has some seriously impressive health benefits.
The word ‘matcha’ just means ‘powdered tea,’ but most people referring to matcha are talking about matcha green tea powder specifically. So, the matcha in this matcha lemonade recipe comes from the dried leaves of green tea plants, which are ground into a vibrant green powder.
And, I’m sure you’ve heard some of the buzz about the amazing nutrients in green tea! In particular, green tea (especially high-quality green tea) is rich in polyphenols, a class of antioxidants known for their disease-fighting power.
Studies link the antioxidants in green tea to a lower risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as fighting off aging and oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Plus, green tea is also famous for the polyphenol known as EGCG, which can boost metabolism, increase fat burn, and help with weight loss!
Anti-Oxidizing Boost with a Caffeine Buzz
So, all of that antioxidant goodness gets packed into matcha green tea powder in a concentrated form—making it even more powerful in this matcha lemonade recipe! It’s far more potent and nutrient-rich than steeped green tea, but matcha green tea powder still offers a nice caffeine boost.
In fact, tea prepared with matcha powder instead of whole green tea leaves can contain three times as much caffeine. Which makes this matcha lemonade recipe both refreshing AND energizing! Or, pour into popsicle molds and freeze for anti-oxidizing, caffeinated POPSICLES!
Homemade Matcha Lemonade Recipe Tips
Like I said, this matcha lemonade recipe is so wonderfully easy. It’s hard to do it ‘wrong!’ But, I do have a few tips to maximize deliciousness and nutritious-ness when you’re making your matcha lemonade:
Choose a high-quality matcha powder.
Lower quality matcha powder is less nutritious, duller in color, and has an earthy, bitter taste. For maximum nutrients and antioxidant benefits, I recommend investing in a truly high-quality matcha powder, which will be bright green in color and have a natural sweetness!
Use freshly-squeezed lemon juice rather than store-bought bottled lemon juice.
Store-bought lemon juice has been processed, packaged, and stored for some time before it makes it into your matcha lemonade recipe. And that means it won’t be quite as flavorful as freshly-squeezed lemon juice!
Plus, during that time, the digestive enzymes and potent nutrients like vitamin C that are in lemon juice start to degrade. Maximize flavor and benefits in this matcha lemonade recipe with fresh lemons!
Sweeten to taste.
Remember, one of the main benefits of this matcha lemonade recipe (and homemade lemonade in general) is that YOU control the sugar content.
If you’d prefer not to use a natural no calorie sweetener like stevia, add your sugar slowly and gradually, tasting along the way. I’ve given a pretty big range (½ – 1 cup) for adding sweetener in this matcha lemonade recipe, and cutting down on even a little bit of sugar can go a long way!
When Life Hands You Lemons, Make this Matcha Lemonade Recipe!
With just a saucepan, a pitcher, and a fridge, you can whip up this delicious matcha lemonade recipe in no time! (Well, it will need to chill for a few hours…but the prep time is only minutes!) It’s cool and refreshing, has a gorgeous green color, and packs a serious antioxidant punch.
And, don’t forget, you can also freeze this matcha lemonade recipe into healthy POPSICLES! The perfect treat for you and your main squeeze!
3 cups + 6 cups water
1 Tbsp sifted matcha powder
½-1 cup sweetener of choice, to taste
1 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice, strained
To make Matcha Green Tea Lemonade:
In a saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil.
Remove from heat and stir in sifted matcha powder and sweetener of choice.
Once dissolved, add lemon juice and 6 cups of cold water.
Allow to chill in the fridge for 2 hours or longer.
Serve over ice and enjoy!
To make Matcha Lemonade Popsicles:
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze (6-8 hours, or overnight).
Once frozen, remove desired pops from mold and enjoy! (You may need to allow pops to sit outside of the freezer for a minute or two in order to easily remove from mold.) You can leave pops in molds in freezer for a few days.
For longer storage, remove from molds and place in individual freezer bags, or in an airtight plastic container with layers of wax paper or plastic wrap in between. Will last 3 to 4 weeks stored this way.
Yields 9 cups of matcha lemonade, or ~18 matcha lemonade popsicles.
Per 1 cup matcha lemonade (made with 1 cup stevia):