A Better Way to Independece Day (Plus My Recipe for Refreshing Limeade)

For all my American readers, Independence Day is just around the corner. This is a special day of historical and emotional importance — the birth of United States independence and freedom. A day marked with American pride and celebration in the form of parades, barbecues, and fireworks.

In the spirit of Independence Day, I offer you the opportunity to consider this:

What do you want independence from?

Is it from feeling chronically stressed? From feeling generally unhealthy? Sluggish? Or perhaps it is something else entirely.

Whatever you want freedom from, I offer you the opportunity to take action starting today.

If you are feeling stressed, consider meditating for 10 minutes today. If you are feeling unhealthy, think of adding a serving of fresh vegetables to your next meal. If feeling sluggish is weighing on you, switch out your sweet coffee drink for an herbal tea or go for a brisk walk or jog.

Decide whatever it is you want independence from and take one action to free you from it. It doesn’t have to be a huge life-transforming action (but if that’s what you want, go for it!). Just one step in the right direction.

Because we are going for progress, not perfection.

And because I want to help you feel the happiest and healthiest possible this Independence Day, I am sharing my recipe for naturally sweetened limeade.

This time of year I find myself craving refreshing and cooling drinks; something more than water, but nothing that sabotages my wellness plan. This recipe is the perfect solution and would be great to share at Independence Day barbecues and gatherings. It contains no sugar or artificial sweeteners. Just freshly squeezed limes, water, and a touch of stevia for sweetness. It’s a summertime staple in my household.

Refreshing Limeade (sf, gf, vegan)

1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice (approximately 7 limes)
7 cups of water (preferably filtered)
2 tsp of liquid lemon stevia (do not substitute with powdered stevia)
Optional: 1/8 tsp natural salt (I always add this for extra depth of flavor)

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir until combined. Chill for several hours or serve over ice.

Notes: If you prefer a stronger limeade, decrease the amount of water to 4 cups. Feel welcome to add more stevia to your desired sweetness.

So there you are! A better way to Independence Day.

What are you claiming independence from? Feel welcome to share in the comments section.

Sending you light until next time.

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