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Sugar-Free Kool-Aid

By June 8, 2015February 19th, 2023Dairy Free, Drinks

Sugar-Free Kool-Aid

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30 Day Accelerated Testimony: “Hi Maria! I’m down 28 pounds in 5 weeks, thanks to you! I feel soooooo good and never hungry” – Kathya

Sugar-Free Kool-Aid

 Another Great Testimony!

“Maria, since we last talked, I am down 43 pounds. I am working out and gaining muscle and losing fat. I LOVE eating a Ketogenic diet!! My hubby has hit the 50 pounds gone mark! The other day, we were at the gym and we were warming up and my workout pants were falling down. I had to do bicep curls one at a time because I had to hold the pants up with the other. I need smaller clothes! A GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE!!! The kids are all doing well and my oldest came off ADHD meds 2 months ago after being on them since the age of 6. He will be 17 in 2 weeks.

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 Sugar-Free Kool-Aid


Ingredients in Kool-Aid = Sugar, Fructose, Citric Acid (Provides Tartness), Calcium Phosphate (Prevents Caking), Red 40, Artificial Flavor, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Titanium Dioxide (For Color), Natural Flavor, Blue 1, BHA (Preserves Freshness)

FOOD DYE: There’s good reason to cut the artificial food coloring. They’re in almost all processed foods and even some fresh whole foods; fruit growers are now allowed to dip oranges in a carcinogenic red food dye to make them more appealing. We have a natural instinct linking color to freshness, and to entice kids to eat junk. It’s not just the hot pink cherries in the Captain Crunch that have these detrimental dyes; cheese, vegetable juice, and yogurt contain food coloring. Did you know cheese should be white?Synthetic dyes cause hyperactivity because it is an excitotoxin, where it over stimulates our dopamine production, but then we don’t produce enough; which causes a deficiency. ADD is a symptom of a dopamine deficiency.

Becoming quickly bored with the routine and having a hard time focusing are classic symptoms. People with dopamine deficiencies tend to start a lot of things yet don’t finish them. They work on a lot of different things at once. In an ADHD child, low levels of dopamine don’t allow the child to focus or attend to anything in the environment, looking very physically hyperactive due to their lack of focus.As dopamine levels in the brain begin to rise, we become excited and energized.

If it gets too high, which usually happens with chemicals like MSG, food dyes and drugs, then the body becomes hyper stimulated by our environment, becoming guarded and suspicious. With low levels of dopamine, we can’t focus while with high levels of dopamine our focus becomes intense to the point of focusing on everything as though it were directly related to our situation. Steering clear of these exitotoxins are your best defense for your family!

Kraft, Coca-Cola and other manufacturers already removed artificial dyes from the products they distribute in other countries, but not in America. Nutri-Grain bars in American include Red 40, Yellow 6 and Blue 1, but in Europe, they use beetroot red, annato and paprika for color.

Sugar-Free Kool-Aid

Maria Emmerich
Prep Time 2 minutes
Course Dairy Free, Drinks, Egg Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 0


  • 4 bags tea hibiscus/strawberry/cherry tea
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2 tsp citric acid optional sour flavor profile
  • Natural Sweetener to desired sweetness or stevia glycerite


  • Place a tea bags in a large pitcher. Add hot water and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Stir in the natural sweetener, citric acid and gelatin if using.
  • Add the cool water to the pitcher.
  • Place in fridge to completely cool.
  • Enjoy.


Calories: 0 | Fat: 0g | Protein: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Fiber: 0g


Lemon Juice and Ketosis

Would it shock you to tell you that even lemon added to water takes some of my clients out of ketosis?

It is true, everyone has a different tolerance with carbohydrates and protein. Even caffeine can take clients out of ketosis, which is why I teach you how to test if you are in ketosis in the Keto Adapted class (which you can watch by clicking HERE). It is important to learn YOUR tolerance to different foods.

I LOVE sour foods and drinks like lemon juice but as you know there are carbs in just about everything including lemons. Enter my new favorite product: Vitamin C Crystals (Ascorbic and Citric Acid)!

Ascorbic acid is great for many things but one you may not be familiar with is absorbing iron. I see MANY clients, even men, deficient in iron. If you are taking acid blockers or have a damaged gut, celiac, heavy menstrual cycles, an extreme athlete, or do not eat red meat, you could be low in your fat-oxidation friend: Iron.

Do you crave chewing on ice, have a bit of anxiety, yet low in energy? You could be low in iron. Gluten has many bad side effects, one of which is how well you absorb iron. Iron helps to carry oxygen to the mitochondria of your cells, which is where fat burning occurs.

If you get a hemoglobin test done and it comes back “normal” you could still be having absorption issues, which is why I require a ferritin test for my clients instead. This test shows me if the iron in your body is getting INTO the cells. If for some reason your hemoglobin is “normal” and your ferritin is “low” I would recommend a 100% elimination diet of gluten. If you are working out a lot, eating low carb and still aren’t losing weight, I would get your ferritin checked. Losing weight is all about fat “oxidation”… when you inhale you carry oxygen through the hemoglobin to the mitochondria of your cells, where fat is burned. BUT if you don’t have any iron in your cells, you aren’t getting the oxygen to the mitochondria. Even though iron numbers may come back fine, this means that you are consuming enough iron in foods, but it isn’t getting into the cells… which means there is a food sensitivity inhibiting you from absorbing it.

A few things that deplete you of iron:
1. Heavy menstrual cycles
2. Loss of blood (injury/surgery/pregnancy)
3. Food allergy (damaged intestines/leaky gut)
4. Heavy exercise (running)
5. Not eating red meat/sources of iron

Now, there are 2 different types of iron:
1. Heme iron: form of iron that comes bound to heme proteins and is easily in your digestive tract.  (found in Red Meat)
2. Nonheme iron: form of iron not bound to heme proteins, less easily absorbed. (found in spinach and other plant sources)

If you are a vegetarian, I suggest that you pair spinach with foods high in vitamin C (ascorbic acid) to enhance the absorption. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) forms a complex with iron and chemically modifies iron into a form that your body can more readily absorb. Most people underestimate the power of herbs and spices; things like parsley, dill, rosemary, as well as most spices, have a ton of vitamin C; more than most fruits.

Adding vitamin c crystals (ascorbic acid) helps to change the iron from nonabsorbable ferric iron to the more absorbable ferrous iron.

NOTE: Do not take iron supplements unless directed by a doctor. Too much iron isn’t a good thing! But I would be honored to check out your medical lab tests and help you determine if you need to supplement with iron.

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • I can’t believe lemon juice takes people out, I use it for good stomach acid! I guess I’ll have to resort to coconut vinegar.

  • Mary says:

    It’s so true that certain foods take certain people out of ketosis. I had a very small salad and it kicked me out of ketosis. I have very little tolerance for carbohydrates. I miss my greens since I’m an organic gardener! But I’m determined to stick with this for a while and see how my body does.

  • Sabine says:

    Thanks Maria for this enlightening post.
    My ferritine has always been very very low (at least in the last 7 years, as it was not tested before). But my blood count has always been perfectly fine (especially hemoglobine values).
    I have been keto-adapted for the last 14 months (ketogenic diet primarily for cancer, with great results for cancer and beyond).
    No heavy menstrual cycles. Some food allergies (IgE against gluten and other wheat proteins, but none against dairy proteins). I’ve not touched any cereaal food for the last 14 months. I’m not a vegetarian anymore (I eat eggs everyday, plus fish or red meat twice a week). I eat herbs and spices everyday with oily salads…
    What may account for these very low ferritine levels (always below the low end of the range) ?
    Take care,
    Sabine (from France)

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      It can be complicated. I would need to know more about what is going on so a health assessment would be best. 😉

  • Malainie says:

    One of the ways my mom would serve cooked spinach was with a splash of vinegar. Still like it!

  • Anonymous says:

    Maria, I had a serious question. Within the first 3 weeks of keto, my stool has turned partially white/yellow and I have had horrible stomach cramps and feelings of nausea. This has happened on and off for almost a week. Help!

  • France says:

    What is the difference between Stevia Glycinate and Stevia Glycerite Maria? Or was that just a slip from Magnesium Glycinate to Stevia Glycerite? Would love to know if there’s a new Stevia in town 🙂 Thanks!!!

  • kathy says:

    How do you take the crystals and how much are you suppose to use?

  • Terri B says:

    Thanks for the drink recipe Maria, it looks very refreshing! I’d love to know what you think of annato as food coloring. Every once in a while I like to have good ‘ol yellow cheese instead of white. The cheddar I usually buy is colored with annato. I’ve been hoping that’s okay.

  • Hélène says:

    White/yellow stools indicate fat absorption problems, specifically bile inadequacy. Take bitters to tolerate the fat. Im sure there are other things you can do too. For one, decrease ur fat intake (dont worry about ketosis at this point) and slowly increase it as you can tolerate it. Maybe using HCl and betaine also?

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      If it is a fat absorption issue, dandelion and ox bile supplements will increase bile production.

  • Kaela says:

    I am brand new to all of this, and am looking for advice. Or actually, more an answer, than advice. I am having THE HARDEST TIME staying under 20 carbs. I find it to be impossibly even though I am eating literally no added sugar, everything I am eating is normal natural foods, and I am only drinking water. I am still coming in at 22-28 carbs usually. So My question is, can I still achieve the same health and weight loss benefits, even though I am probably not going into ketosis at this high of a carb count? I havent checked my ketones, I dont know how, but I am assuming I am not in ketosis because of my high carb count. So basically that is it… I am wondering if I will still achieve comparable results even though I am not able to eat less than 20 carbs per day.

  • Joanne says:

    Ok so I made this Kool aid it tasted fabulous…..buuuuuut…..do not add the 2 Tbls gelatine that I thought was great for my hair……in the refrigerator……it turns into jello!!!!!!!!! The taste is fanulous…but no Kool-aid!!!….did you try this maria?…I guess not….I know you are busy….but don’t recommend something you think should work!!?,!….I knew I was in trouble when I tried to add ice cubes to the initial drink when it gelled up…button I had no choice……please recommend to try 1 tsp at a time..I had a hard time getting it out of a juice bottle!!!!..”it was torture with a small mouth!!!

  • Kaela says:

    How come my comment still isnt approved, but others who commented after me have been approved? lol?

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Sorry, just got to it. The comments are only help back if you are a first time poster (to help prevent spam). After you have posted and been approved at least once, then your comments are automatically posted. 🙂

  • Melanie says:

    Maria! I’ve been making nearly this same recipe for my kids (but without gelatin). I was playing around in the kitchen looking for a refreshing fruity drink in late winter and this was what I came up with based off your regular use of herbal tea in other past recipes. It’s become our favorite drink. Along with the citric acid, I sometimes add some powdered vitamin c for extra health and for a bit of tartness too (we never get colds even during the school year as long as I do that). And another amazing flavor combo is the peach herbal tea with apricot stevia. So good!
    Thank you for another delicious recipe, Maria!

  • tine tine says:

    When in ketosis what is considered a normal blood glucose spike after eating a meal ?

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Depends on a lot of factors. But with a well formulated ketogenic diet, it should rise more than 20 (typically only 10 or so) mmol after a keto meal. 😉

  • Mary says:

    I was going to ask a related question… I wanted to find out whether lemon juice would kick me out of ketosis since it’s so cleansing to the body. Would I test my ketones just prior to drinking and then after? Or my blood glucose? Thank you Maria!

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