MAKES two 12-ounce (350-ml) servings

PREP TIME: 5 minutes, plus time to cool and chill

COOK TIME: 5 minutes

Electrolytes! Ensuring that you have enough electrolytes in your keto diet is a key to success. Also, your body odor won’t stink, your legs won’t twitch, and you won’t get headaches—all great things to avoid. Not only is this lemonade packed with electrolytes, but it also includes healing roots like ginger and turmeric. I’ve used the powdered versions here, but if you have access to fresh ginger and turmeric, replace the powders with 2 teaspoons each of the fresh stuff—minced or grated.

Boiling helps activate the compounds in the ginger and turmeric; however, if you want to skip the boiling step, simply put all the ingredients in a 1-quart (950-ml) jar, shake, refrigerate until chilled, and enjoy! I like to keep batches of this lemonade in the fridge for when I get thirsty.

2½ cups (590 ml) water

1 teaspoon ginger powder

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

¼ cup (60 ml) lemon juice

2 teaspoons aloe vera (optional)

2 teaspoons erythritol, or 2 drops liquid stevia (optional)

¼ teaspoon finely ground Himalayan salt

Pinch of ground black pepper

6 fresh mint leaves

1 small lemon, cut into wedges

  1. Place the water, ginger, and turmeric in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat, then add the lemon juice, aloe vera (if using), sweetener (if using), salt, and pepper. Stir with a spoon and allow to cool completely, about 1 hour.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a 24-ounce (710-ml) or larger airtight container. Add the mint leaves, then squeeze in the lemon juice and drop the wedges into the lemonade. Refrigerate until cold. If you don’t care for the grittiness of the herbs in this drink, you can strain them out with a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth before serving.
  3. When ready to enjoy, divide between two 12-ounce (350-ml) or larger glasses.

STORE IT: Store in an airtight container in the fridge; it will keep for up to 2 days if stored with the mint leaves or up to 4 days without the mint leaves.

make it AIP:

Use stevia or enjoy unsweetened. Omit the black pepper.

Per serving, without aloe vera:

calories: 13 | calories from fat: 4 | total fat: 0.4 g | saturated fat: 0.3g | cholesterol: 0 mg

sodium: 204 mg | carbs: 2 g | dietary fiber: 0.5 g | net carbs: 1.5 g | sugars: 0.7 g | protein: 0.4 g