Low-FODMAP Vanilla Lemonade

My daughter has three issues that led me to find a way to make single-serving lemonade.

First: She's tired of drinking water or milk. I know there are a few options for drinks that low-FODMAPpers can have, but not many and certainly not many for picky little kids. The are FODMAP friendly lemonades sold in jars at many stores, but

Second: She's got some binging issues. If I bought a jar of lemonade, she'd want nothing but lemonade. I know that as her mom, I control what goes in her mouth, but there's a blog post in the works on the challenges that go with controlling what my eight-year-old puts in her mouth.

Third: My daughter loves the creative process that goes with developing recipes. Cutting and straining the lemons, tasting how sour they were, mixing the ingredients, tasting, adding more and re-tasting. Creating a recipe just made sense.

I don't know if vanilla lemonade is a thing, but it should be and in my house it is!

So the recipe.

We squeezed the juice out of two lemons to get 1/4 cup of juice. In a sauce pan we boiled 1/2 cup of water and added two tablespoons of sugar to it then mixed in the lemon juice. When we put it in a cup of ice, it was still had a bite to it. Because of the portion restrictions of the low-FODMAP diet, I told her we couldn't add more sugar. She had the idea to add vanilla. We started with 1/4 teaspoon before sampling. I liked it, she wanted more. After 1/4 teaspoon more, I closed the lid. Good thing because she liked it at that amount. I don't know if vanilla lemonade is a thing, but it should be!

Low-FODMAP Vanilla lemonade recipe

1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. Boil water then add sugar to dissolve
2. Add 1/4 cup lemon juice to water and sugar mixture and stir
3. Pour over ice
4. Add vanilla to taste

I also cut a spiral of one of the lemon peels and placed it in the cup. I don't know if it did anything to the flavor, but it smelled wonderful!


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