Lemons: Lovely Lemons!

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Lemons

This sunshiny fruit makes me happy just looking at it! Not only is it lovely, but it’s loaded with the powerful antioxidant, vitamin C, which can help fight the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants found in nature. It is not only the juice of lemon that has anti cancer properties, but also their peels, which are an excellent source of d-limonene.
Studies have supported the anticancer activity of citrus limonoids, compounds that protect your cells from damage that can lead to the formation of cancer cells.
Therefore, using the entire lemon, such as in juicing is a great way to gain the cancer prevention benefits of this fruit. If you do decide to juice an entire lemon, it is important to use organic lemons, otherwise you’ll be ingesting the pesticides from the skin :(

Added Benefits

The ascorbic acid (vitamin C) plentiful in lemons promotes wound healing and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue and cartilage. If you’ve read some other posts, you know I never mind a food that helps improve the look of my skin. The vitamin C and other antioxidants in lemon juice, helps decrease wrinkles (LOVE that) and blemishes and helps combat free radicals. Vitamin C also plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of your skin. The scent of lemons can energize you and enhance your mood. I told you they were sunshiny! If you opened my refrigerator, you might be shocked by how many lemons are in there! I use them in many different ways, but the MOST important way I use them each and every day is by having a cup of warm lemon water first thing in the morning, before anything else.

Warm Lemon Water - Its easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

This is how I make it. Boil water (like you’re going to make a cup of tea), pour into a cup, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the cup, then add a little cold water to bring the water temperature to warm (not hot). Sip and soak in all that goodness! Why? I don’t have space to write about all the virtues of warm lemon water, but here are the highlights! Hydrates the body first thing in the morning Kick starts your metabolism (aids with weight loss) Flushes out toxins Aids in digestion Balances pH levels in the body Antibacterial and antiviral…bye, bye germs! Helps to regulate blood pressure Reduces inflammation in joints Helps to reduce stress and anxiety Excellent source of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system - because I can’t say it enough :) Lemons and lemon juice can easily be incorporated into your cooking and are a wonderful way to bring out the flavor of other foods. You can add lemon juice to a salad dressing or a marinade. If you’re baking or broiling fish, place slices of lemon underneath and around the fish while it’s cooking. This will give you nice soft lemon slices to eat with your fish.

Tomato and Roasted Lemon Salad

The picture of this salad alone makes my mouth water! This recipe is from the book “Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking” from London’s Ottolenghi   tomato-and-roasted-lemon-salad This is a beautiful book, the follow up to Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes”

Lemon Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon and Asparagus

From The Roasted Root www.theroastedroot.net. This is a fabulous website FULL of healthy, delicious recipes. Julia Mueller describes herself as a “recipe developer, photographer, cookbook author, and shinanigans-writer here at The Roasted Root”. Lemon Garlic Pan-Seared Salmon and Asparagus  What’s your morning ritual? Share below. email_signoff1

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2 comments on “Lemons: Lovely Lemons!

    • Dear Johanna,
      I’m SO glad you’re loving my posts! I really appreciate you letting me know!!
      Thank you, Thank you!!
      Alison
      xo

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