Add Zest With Lemons
Lemons! Do you love lemons as much as I do? I mean, I really love lemons! And it's a good thing I love them, because my tree is loaded with them right now. Planting a lemon tree is probably the smartest thing I've ever done. Seriously, they make everything taste better. Not only that, but they are a really healthy addition to our diets. They are just one tasty, zingy, nutritiously jam-packed super food! I kid you not, it's true.
Here are 16 benefits of lemon I found over at Care2 Green Living:
- Lemons are alkalizing for the body. Lemons are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH.
- Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds.
- Your liver loves lemons: “The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile,” says Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.
- Cleans your bowels: Lemons increase peristalsis in the bowels, helping to create a bowel movement thus eliminating waste and helping with regularity. Add the juice of one lemon to warm water and drink first thing in the morning.
- Scurvy is treated by giving one to two ounces of lemon juice diluted with water every two to four hours. In 1747, a naval surgeon named James Lind cured scurvy with fresh lemons. To this day, the British Navy requires ships to carry enough lemons so that every sailor could have one ounce of juice a day. In the past, lemons were replaced with limes; this is where the English got their nickname “limeys."
- The citric acid in lemon juice helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.
- Vitamin C in lemons helps to neutralize free radicals linked to aging and most types of disease.
- The lemon peel contains the potent phytonutrient tangeretin, which has been proven to be effective for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
- In India, Ayurveda medicine values the lemon as a fruit and for its properties. It is sour, warm, promoter of gastric fire, light, good for vision, pungent and astringent.
- It destroys intestinal worms.
- When there is insufficient oxygen and difficulty in breathing (such as when mountain climbing) lemons are very helpful. The first man to reach the top of Mt. Everest, Edmund Hillary, said that his success on Mt. Everest was greatly due to lemons.
- Lemons have powerful antibacterial properties; experiments have found the juice of lemons destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diptheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.
- Blood vessels are strengthened by the vitamin P (bioflavinoids) in lemon thus prevents internal hemorrhage. Also, making it useful in treating high blood pressure.
- The symptoms of eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy have been shown in research to improve due to the rutin, found in lemons.
- Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including naturally occurring limonene; oil which slows or halts the growth of cancer tumors in animals and flavonol glycosides which stop cell division in cancer cells.
- According to The Reams Biological Ionization Theory (RBTI), the lemon is the ONLY food in the world that is anionic (an ion with a negative charge). All other foods are cationic (the ion has a positive charge.) This makes it extremely useful to health as it is the interaction between anions and cations that ultimately provides all cell energy.
Yup, they are all that!
So, here I am with a problem. My problem is to come up with lots of different ways to use all these lemons. I already put them in salad dressings, and squeeze in my water. But it's not enough, I still need to use up a lot of lemons.
Here's one way to use up those lemons, and you'll definitely make a great impression if you're sharing these. They are, after all, a nutritious, zesty superfood!
Raw Zingy Lemon Balls
- 1/2 Cups of almond meal
- 1/3 Cup of flax seed meal
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 TBS Maple syrup
- 3 Lemons, juiced
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 Cup coconut oil, melted
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until combined well.
- Take out about a teaspoon at a time and roll into a ball. The mixture will be very sticky.
- Roll them in either shredded coconut, almond meal or chia seeds, or heck, whatever you want to roll them in!
- Place them in the fridge for 1/2 hour before serving.
Do not leave out, keep in fridge until ready to serve. The coconut oil will melt at room temperature.
These little balls will surely put some extra zest into your life. Stay tuned for more lemony recipes to come! By the way, have I told you how much I LOVE lemons?