Add Lemons and Limes to Your Day
Limes and lemons are zesty little fruit that like to grow in warm climates. They are aromatic and refreshing, and host a world of immune properties. They are both excellent sources of vitamin C, B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids and the outstanding phytochemical, limonene. Limonene has anti-cancer effects and helps increase the level of enzymes that detoxify carcinogens.
Lemons and limes are also an excellent source of vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants in nature. Vitamin C is one of the main antioxidants found in food and the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C travels through the body neutralizing any free radicals like a little super hero. I sneak extra lime and lemon into my diet by squeezing some directly into ice-cold mineral water. A sprig of mint adds a twist.
Trouble with Heartburn?
All you pregnant ladies out there pay attention. It seems like the acidity in citrus fruit might exacerbate a problem with your tummy, but it turns out that adding two teaspoons of fresh lime/lemon juice into a glass of warm water can help relieve heartburn. If your sweet tooth insists it would like some attention, try adding some honey, although I’ve heard that pregnant women should avoid raw honey.
Need ideas at dinnertime?
Lemons and limes are used as an ingredient in a variety of dishes and their juice can commonly be found in salad dressings and squeezed over cooked meat or vegetables. Why not try adding some fresh lime or lemon juice to your steamed veggies? My entire family loves broccoli with a little lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Even my 10 month old appreciates the enhanced flavor of foods seasoned with a little citrus.
Another idea, put some chicken breasts in tinfoil, squeeze one lemon over the top. Add sliced onions, garlic, a little olive oil or butter, some salt and pepper, and an herb of your choice (I like basil). Close foil into a pouch, and place in a baking pan, bake at 350 for 25-35 min. The foil keeps the chicken moist and the lemon infuses so much flavor. For some extra twang, try adding several spoonfuls of capers…easy chicken piccata!
Easy to keep on hand
Limes and lemons can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. Although they can actually keep longer, they tend to lose their flavor over time. Another way to ensure you always have fresh juice is to freeze it in ice cube trays. The cubes make a refreshing addition to water, soda, juice, and even cosmopolitans and Hefeweizens!
The sweet and the sour of lemons/limes are practically essential for summer. Since they don’t grow readily in our Puget Sound climate, remember to shop Full Circle’s Green Grocer and add some to your next delivery…we get them direct from California, and they are organic!
Let us know how you like to cook with or simply enjoy fresh limes and lemons by leaving a comment below.