|Fresh California Lemons from Limoneira|
So when someone gives you lemons, make more than just lemonade! Here are some top benefits and super uses for lemons.
|Use lemons as a marinade for fish and chicken.|
I keep frozen salmon fillets and chicken breasts in the freezer and splash on a marinade of fresh lemon juice, minced garlic, smokey rub and coconut oil. I let the fillet sit refrigerated overnight and either grill or pan sear it the next day.
The Benefit: Not only does it make chicken and fish taste bright and fantastic, it helps diminish possible carcinogens which can arise from high cooking temperatures. Here is a recipe for both a lemon based marinade and citrus vinaigrette for salads. The citrus component helps you absorb vitamins and minerals from the salad greens and garden vegetables.
Lemon Marinade/Citrus Vinaigrette Recipe
1 tbsp minced garlic
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
3 tbsps fresh lemon juice
2 tbsps fresh orange juice
1/4 tsp finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Combine first 6 ingredients in a small jar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Shake to blend, this Vinaigrette can be made up to a week in advance.
|The Citrus Vinaigrette tops a salad and marinades the fish.|
This is a very easy morning detoxifying cleanse that you can do when you wake up. Start with a tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice with pulp stirred in at least 8 ozs of hot water. Drink it before you take any of your morning supplements as it will help in the absorption of vitamins and minerals. It also helps cut through morning phlegm when used as a gargle.
|Add lemon juice to your vegetable juices to help absorption of vitamins & minerals|
Vitamins and minerals found in most pithy vegetables and greens are often hard to extract. Lemon juice helps provide the proper environment for nutrients, especially minerals, to be absorbed and utilized. To effect this, you can add 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice to your favorite vegetable or fruit smoothie.
|Lemon Juice makes a great, natural fruit & vegetable wash.|
Even if you buy mostly organic produce, there are a lot of bacteria, e. coli and other impurities present on the skin. Make your own effective fruit and vegetable wash by adding one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice into a pint spray bottle. It is a natural disinfectant and leaves the produce smelling very fresh.
|Lemon juice for skin and hair care.|
My skin is very oily, especially in the summer time so I like to use fresh lemon juice as a toner after cleansing. Also my freckles tend to show more after a day in the sun as can be seen here after my workout class in Montauk Point on Long Island. It's part of life and if you run, walk, bicycle or do anything outdoors, it will effect you.
Sun Spots: I take a small wedge of fresh lemon and rub it over the darkened freckles after cleansing at night. You can make a lemon based toner with 1/2 strained lemon juice to 8 ozs of water and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Decant onto a cotton ball and apply to effected areas of sun damaged skin.
Lemon Juice for First Aid
I often add a slice of fresh lemon to my icy water bottle for my bike rides. Did you know that same lemon wedge can disinfect a road cut or rash and help stop bleeding and infection? You can squeeze the juice directly on the cut or onto a cotton ball and hold in place. Simple!
These are just a few uses for lemons if you are pursuing a healthy, fit lifestyle. Keep a bunch of fresh lemons in your house as you can see the benefits of lemon juice to your natural lifestyle. Visit Limoneira Company of Santa Paula, CA for more information on the benefits of lemon.