Juice, pulp, peel – every single part of the lemon is useful! Even its flashy yellow color seems designed to shine on our table and give us pleasantness and energy.
Science has confirmed: Lemon is at the very top of the list of foods that contain the most antioxidants. And that is not all. Thanks to the citric acid, lemon neutralizes toxic substances and their effects, it facilitates digestion and stimulates the breakdown of fats and improves assimilation of nutrients. In addition, it contains a high percentage of selenium and vitamin C, which increase the defensive power and slow down aging.
Therefore you have many reasons to include this fruit in your daily diet and it will surely enrich your every dish, from appetizers to desserts, all because of its unique flavor and taste. Put it in every recipe and you will get a precious health ally! Remember, many diets for weight loss contain lemon and that is not by accident.
Must-have kitchen ingredient
Lemon in the house is always welcome. Drink one cup of lemon juice every morning, as soon as you wake up, since it is one of the most effective methods to prevent winter illnesses. It boosts tour immunity and it can improve your mood when the sky is gray outside. If you have a sensitive stomach you can mix it with a little orange juice, this will help you to alleviate acidity.
Important: Do not strain the juice, because bits of pulp not only reduce the tartness of lemon but they are full with the most of its nutrients.
As an ideal dressing for salads, this precious citrus fruit helps you to make sauces with magical fragrance which you can use for rice or pasta. The famous specialty of Sicily (which they call “the land of lemons”) is a sauce of swordfish. It’s easy to make: sauté garlic and capers in olive oil, add one fresh tomato and after 10 minutes add swordfish meat cut into cubes. When you’re finished, garnish with lemon zest, the result is extraordinary.
Juice and peel are miraculous
When it comes to meat and fish dishes, lemon plays an important role. Fried dishes become lighter, barbecue specialties softer and dressings more delicious, when lemon juice is added.
When added to fruit salads it brings the unique taste, smell and vitamins. Remember, lemon is the last ingredient that you add to the dish, just before serving. That way it preserves all its vitamins and minerals.
And the lemon peel? Do not throw it away, because it is packed with valuable ingredients. Flavonoids, which give the lemon its distinctive color, strengthen capillaries and facilitate the exchange of oxygen in the body. Lemon peel contains essential oils with digestive and antiseptic properties. Diced or finely grated lemon peel gives a special taste to cakes, soufflés, puddings and jams.
Wondering how to get as much juice as you can from one lemon? Soak it in warm water for a few minutes, rub gently between your palms, and then start with juicing.
Powerful lemon treatment
Do you want to clean your body of toxins and strengthen your immune system before the real winter starts? We suggest you try this powerful lemon treatment. It should last at least a week, but you can continue with using for a month.
- As soon as you get up: drink a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon and add a tablespoon of vinegar.
- For breakfast: take one lemon half, peel it, cut into slices and eat.
- During the day: squeeze 3 lemons along with 2 tablespoons of vinegar, pour into a bottle. Take 15 to 20 drops of this mixture every hour throughout the day.
- Evening: After dinner, eat half a lemon, sliced.
- Before you go to bed: drink a glass of water with lemon juice.