When life hands you lemons, just add some activated charcoal and make lemonade! Charcoal lemonade is the PERFECT way to stay hydrated, detox, and get a taste of Summer all in one sip. Activated charcoal, fresh lemons, and maple syrup make this charcoal lemonade deliciously good.
Charcoal lemonade might look weird (or super cool) depending on how you look at it, but it’s packed with some crazy detox powers.
Lemons and maple syrup are a metabolism boosting combo and when charcoal is added to the mix, it becomes a really healthy (and delicious) beverage! I swear this stuff tastes JUST LIKE regular lemonade.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is NOT the charcoal you use for grills. It’s charcoal that has been heated at high temperates to make it more digestible. It’s gaining popularity for natural skincare, but it can have the same detoxing benefits for your body as your skin!
It can come in a capsule or powdered form. I like the powdered form, but make sure to measure it and not just “eyeball”!
Health Benefits of Charcoal Lemonade
There are many health benefits to drinking activated charcoal such as detoxing, improving digestion issues and kidney health.
I’ would like to point out that there is controversy around consuming activated charcoal powder. I’ve read many articles explaining there’s no direct evidence that it is unsafe or unhealthy to consumer charcoal.
My best advice is read up for yourself and decide what’s best for YOU and YOUR BODY!
How to make charcoal lemonade
Start by combining lemon juice, cold water, and maple syrup. Add black charcoal powder and mix well. Serve over ice cubes and that’s it!
Tip: The charcoal powder will set at the bottom if left sitting. Stir or shake before consumption or there will be a grittiness to the charcoal lemonade.
Activated charcoal uses:
You bought this whole jar of activated charcoal powder and now what? Luckily, that black magic powder has multiple uses!
- Activated charcoal can be used as a natural teeth whitener
- Make a detoxing face mask
- Can be used for treatment for different types of poison consumption (in both humans and dogs!)
Charcoal lemonade is starting to pop up in health food stores like Whole Foods or Pressed Juicery. However, this charcoal lemonade recipe is so simple to make and you can make in big batches to keep in the fridge or share with your family or kids!
Naturally vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free (thanks to the maple syrup) this is definitely a healthier rendition of traditional lemonade.
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Want more activated charcoal recipes? If so, you’ll love this Activated Charcoal Latte!
Super Easy Charcoal Lemonade
- 1/2 cup light maple syrup
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
- 1 Tablespoon food-grade activated charcoal
- 3 cups cold water
- In a pitcher, stir together maple syrup, lemon juice, and water
- Stir in charcoal powder
- Pour into glasses over ice
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