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LEMONS Yeah!

LEMONS Yeah!

Ahhh lemons! They herald the coming of Spring (but are available all year long as long as you don’t care too much about their carbon footprint) and add a splash of color or a splash of zing to just so many things.  If you read this blog regularly then you know that many of my recipes call for lemon juice or lemon zest.  Put a bowl of lemons and limes on your kitchen table and the whole room lights up and puts a smile on your face.  How is it that two fruits so tart and sour can be so sweet?  

Lemons are USEFUL – see previous blog https://pbenjay.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/sooooo-when-life-gives-you-lemons/ and you’ll discover many uses for lemons.  Today’s blog, another Ode to Lemons is all about the benefits of hot lemon water!  Yes, that’s right, HOT LEMON WATER.  I know some of you must have had grandmothers or mothers who, every morning, drank a cup of warm lemon water – believe me they knew what they were doing!

Here are 16 ways in which drinking hot/warm lemon juice will benefit your health!

Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies

Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial

It balances maintain the pH levels in the body

Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins

It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile

It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium

It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases

It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid

It helps cure the common cold

The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells

It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute

It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief

It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne

It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems

Aids in the production of digestive juices

Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session

Packed with all the goodness, make it a point to begin your day with a glass of warm lemon juice. Its cleansing and healing effects will have positive effects on your health in the long run. However it is very important to note that lemon juice when comes directly in contact with the teeth, can ruin the enamel on the teeth. Hence, it is advised to consume it diluted and also rinse your mouth thoroughly after drinking lemon juice.

Source: http://www.undergroundhealth.com/health-benefits-of-drinking-warm-lemon-water/

And a shout-out and thanks to Gail, my favorite sourcer-er for sending me this article.

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It’s Friday, it’s summer and we’re supposed to be enjoying leisurely days sunning ourselves by the pool and sipping cooling summer cocktails and refreshing drinks! I must have read that somewhere in a novel or in ’50’s magazine growing up.  NOT happening!  So okay sunning yourself is limited to the weekends and if you live in NYC, who has a pool?  REGARDLESS-we should try to keep up the traditions and along the way, enjoy ourselves and these delectable drinks.

1. ICED MINT AND CITRUS TEA

1 large bunch mint (I prefer spearmint to peppermint)
1/3 cup mild honey (plus more to taste)
1/3 cup maple syrup (plus more to taste)
1 large lemon
1 large lime
Fill your kettle with water and bring it to a boil. Pull the mint leaves from their stems and roughly tear them into a large pot. Pour 10 cups of boiling water over the mint, cover the pot and let the mixture steep until the water is just slightly warm. Strain the tea into a large bowl, and while the tea is still warm stir in the honey and maple syrup until it has fully dissolved. Taste and add more honey and/or maple syrup if you’d like, keeping in mind you’ll be adding a strong hit of acid shortly. When the tea is cool, juice the lemon and lime, straining the juice of all fibers and pips. Stir the juice into the tea until everything is well mixed. Taste and add more lemon or lime juice — or maple syrup — if you like. Cover and refrigerate the tea until it is very cold. Give it a good stir and serve it in pretty glasses over plenty of ice.

2. PINA COLADA

3 oz light rum
4 cups ice
2/3 cup fresh pineapple chunks
3 ounces cream of coconut
2 ounces coconut milk
4 ounces pineapple juice
Juice of 1/2 large lime
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
Combine all the ingredients in a blender (use a good, strong one that can crush ice) and blend until smooth. Add more ice or liquid to taste. Serve in a pretty glass with a shower of grated nutmeg, a lime wedge and maybe even a cocktail umbrella.

RHUBARB LEMONADE

SPARKLING RHUBARB LEMONADE

3. SPARKLING RHUBARB LEMONADE

3 1/2 cups water
5 cups chopped rhubarb, fresh or frozen (20 ounces)
3/4 cups sugar
2 -3 – inch strips lemon zest
3 sprigs fresh mint
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups lemon-lime soda or sparkling water
In a saucepan, stir together the water, the rhubarb pieces, the sugar, the lemon zest and the mint. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Let the rhubarb mixture cool, the strain it through a wire-mesh strainer set over a large pitcher. Press on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids Stir in the lemon juice and soda. Serve over ice, garnished with a sprig of mint.

4. MANGO LASSIE

1 Ripe Mango
3/4 cups Cold Milk
3 tablespoons Cold Plain Yogurt
3 tablespoons Honey
1 pinch Salt
1 handful Crushed Ice
1 sprig Fresh Mint
Pick a ripe mango, the redder the skin, the better, and peel the skin. Cut the mango into thick chunks – there’s no need for precision here, it’s all getting blended. That’s the best part! In the blender, combine the pieces of mango, milk, yogurt, honey, salt and crushed ice. Blend the mixture (or pulse, your choice), for 20-30 seconds. Try the lassi with a spoon and add honey, milk or yogurt if need be (trust your taste buds). If it’s still too thick, add more milk and continue to blend until it reaches the consistency you are looking for. Pour the lassi into a tall glass and top it with the sprig of mint. Voila! Drink to your heart’s desire.

5. BLACKBERRY CAIPIRINHA

8 plump blackberries
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 lime, cut into 3 wedges
2 ounces cachaça (or substitute white rum)
3/4 cups ice cubes

In a shaker or pint glass, muddle/mash up the blackberries and the sugar with two of the lime wedges. Add the cachaça or rum and the ice. Cover well and shake vigorously. Remove and discard the crushed lime wedges. Pour the mixture into a rocks glass and use the remaining wedge of lime as a garnish.

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This image shows a whole and a cut lemon.

LEMONS

Yeah, yeah, we all know; “Make lemonade”

But what if you’re not thirsty?  What if it’s a cold day in March and really all you want is a cup of hot coffee?  And what if your mother, best friend, grandmother, business associate, sent you a bag of lemons from Florida?  Mmmmm why didn’t they send oranges or grapefruit?  Oh well, what to do?

1.  MENTAL HEALTH- (especially in February)

Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments.

2. COOKING CAULIFLOWER

Cauliflower tend to turn brown with even the slightest cooking. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on them before heating.

3. REFRESH CUTTING BOARDS

No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.

4. KEEP INSECTS OUT OF THE KITCHEN

You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.

5. KEEP GUACAMOLE GREEN

You’ve been making guacamole all day long for the big party, and you don’t want it to turn brown on top before the guests arrive. The solution: Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. The flavor of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole. Make the fruit salad hours in advance too. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto the apple slices, and they’ll stay snowy white.

6. CREATE BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS

For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week.

7. ALL AROUND MIRACLE MEDICINE

Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness. Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly and aids a person suffering with asthma.  Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.  Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lime and water for gargling.

8. MAKES SOGGY LETTUCE CRISP

Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.

9. GET RID OF TOUGH STAINS ON MARBLE

You probably think of marble as stone, but it is really petrified calcium (also known as old seashells). That explains why it is so porous and easily stained and damaged. Those stains can be hard to remove. If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well.

10. SOOTHE POISON IVY RASH

You won’t need an ocean of calamine lotion the next time poison ivy comes a-creeping. Just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.

Stay tuned for more helpful ways to use lemons in a future blog.  In the meantime you now know what to do “when life gives you lemons”

 Special thanks to my friend Gail for leading me to the lemons!

 

 

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