No tricks part 4: lemonade

This post completes the series on basic carb counting without tricks.

Here’s how I would carb count homemade lemonade:

I make lemonade by pouring 1 cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of sugar into a 2 quart pitcher.  Then I fill the pitcher with water.  The water has no carbs, and the lemon has little enough that I don’t count it.  Thus, the carbs in the pitcher are 200 grams.

I know that I will measure my child’s portion of lemonade by volume, so I use the fact that the batch of lemonade is 2 quarts, or 8 cups.  Thus, each cup of lemonade has 200/8 =25 grams of carbs.  I would write down the number 25 grams per cup, even though we have been told to limit sugary drinks to 1/2 cup a day for our child with diabetes.

Are there any kinds of foods that you, the readers, would like to know how to carb count?

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