Jul 28, 2014

THRIVE Classic Lemonade = FABULOUS!

What do you think lemonade should taste like?  My husband and I love a glass of lemonade that the first step makes us pucker our lips and exclaim "Wha!"  To find that glass of lemonade requires finding someone who has made lemonade from actual lemons.  We've tried making it ourselves using bottled lemon juice but it's just not the same, although it can be good.  And of course, we've made plenty of lemonade from the drink mixes from the grocery store.  After this summer, though, I can't see us buying those drink mixes anymore, or squeezing any lemons.  THRIVE Classic Lemonade is our perfect solution!

For our family 4th of July celebrations, my mom mixed up a pitcher of THRIVE Classic Lemonade.  It received rave reviews from everyone.  My sister-in-law's mother didn't want to believe that it was made from a mix - "This tastes like you squeezed lemons to make the lemonade!"  My nephews finished off the pitcher very quickly.

One reason I love THRIVE Lemonade is its versatility.  It comes unsweetened so you decide the sweetener you want to add.  So if you prefer sugar substitutes, or want to use a little less sugar, that is up to you.  There are no artificial colors or flavors (something I watch for).  It's Gluten Free, and non-GMO.  Just 1 Pantry Can makes 14 gallons.  This is one of those products that I have to keep an eye on my family touching because they could go through a can in just a few days.  I've used the Lemonade powder in several recipes including this Lemon Zucchini Bread and in the Lemon Peach Italian Soda from Chef Todd (Thanks to THRIVE ingredients, I can make this soda from scratch in just 5 minutes).

Want some too?  Order it here in my online store, or contact me to place your order.  But you better do it soon!  THRIVE Classic Lemonade is a seasonal product for summer so if you wait, it could be gone.  I know that in my next order, I'll be stocking up so we're good until next summer.

Help your kids have the best Lemonade Stand in the neighborhood!

Jul 11, 2014

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Quite a while ago, I Pinned this recipe from Nancy Creative but never got around to trying it.  Then THRIVE Classic Lemonade came back for the Summer!  After reading other consultants talk about using the Lemonade powder in recipes, and having an abundance of zucchini from my garden, I decided now was the time to give it a try and to Thrive-a-lize it!

Results?  Delicious!  I took it to a family gathering to celebrate my brother's 40th birthday and my nephew's 12th birthday.  The family verdict?  Delicious!   We also had Thrive Classic Lemonade.  There were instant raves including the comment "This is a mix?  It tastes like freshly squeezed lemonade!  I think I need this!"

What did I change?  I replaced the lemon juice and lemon zest with THRIVE Classic Lemonade, used THRIVE Whole Egg Powder instead of eggs, and THRIVE Instant Milk (reconstituted).  I also replaced half the oil with applesauce to make it a bit healthier.

It was so good I made another loaf yesterday, experimenting with flours and using THRIVE Instant Milk in powder (adding the powder to the flour and adding water to the liquid mix).  Although still good, this second loaf wasn't near as amazing as the first.  I love the idea of using the milk powder so I'll have to give it another try without the whole wheat flour mix I used.

Ready to try it yourself?

Lemon Zucchini Bread

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 T Thrive Whole Egg Powder
1/2 cup canola oil, or a blend of applesauce and oil to total 1/2 cup
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup Thrive Instant Milk, reconstituted
1 1/2 teaspoon Thrive Classic Lemonade powder
1 cup grated zucchini
4 T Water

Prep work:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease 9x5 loaf pan (I sprayed it with Olive Oil)
In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and egg powder.

In a second bowl, combine oil and sugar.  Add milk, water, and lemonade powder; mix well.  Gently stir in zucchini.
Add wet mixture to flour mix and combine well.
Pour into loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.