Friday, May 11, 2012

The Citrus Fruit Missing From Your Grocery Cart: The Lemon

     If you regularly leave fresh lemons at the grocery store in favor of oranges, grapefruits, and're missing out on a Clean food that will not only enhance your favorite Clean foods, it will keep you healthy.

  1. Constipation and diarrhea relief. Lemons help cleanse the digestive track and allow food to digest properly.
  2. Lemons aid in the production of antibodies in the blood that attack invading microorganisms and prevent infection.
  3. Lemon is found to be anti carcinogenic, which can lower the rates of colon, prostate, and breast cancer.
  4. Because of its high potassium content, lemon controls high blood pressure, dizziness, and nausea, and provides relaxation to mind and body.
There are lots of other anecdotal health benefits to lemons and lemon juice. I'm not going to list them; I really only like to cite known health benefits.

 A few ideas for that lemon in your grocery cart:

- Squeeze half into 20 oz of ice cold water to give it a very slight lemon taste. Not overwhelming, but not straight water either. Great for people who don't care for plain water. Many people firmly believe a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning "kick starts" their metabolism for the day.
- Squeeze lemons over seafood ( a classic pairing ),  as an ingredient in your homemade salad dressings, or as a nice zing over things like broccoli or edamame.
- Try experimenting with a squeeze of lemon in an unexpected place: over roasted chicken,  a baked sweet potato, or even in your morning oatmeal. You never know until you try!