The Healing, Hydrating Power of Lemons!

Without this golden citrus fruit, our world would be a totally different place. No lemonade, honey-lemon tea when you got sick or lemon breads and cookies. Lemons are ultra-hydrating superheros! They are a healing food that contains antibiotic, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. That they are one of the most highly absorbable forms of vitamin C is quite well-known, but did you know that freshly-squeezed lemons offer a form of bioactive calcium that your body loves?

Lemons helps to cleanse and purify the liver and reduce inflammation in the body. If you are doing any kind of detox, include some lemon water in your daily routine.  Lemon trees are abundant in Croatia (coming from a life of harsh Canadian climate, it is one of the things that I TRULY appreciate!) and lemons can be found at the local farmer’s markets in any town during your time here. Here are five simple ways to incorporate lemons in your daily routines:

Refreshing Lemon Water

Drink a glass of lemon water after waking to hydrate and cleanse your body 15-30 minutes before eating anything. A tall glass of lemon water is one of the best tools for hydration and detoxification any morning (and can be especially helpful if you’ve had a drink or two the night before)! Lemons travel well, so they are easy to pack for a sailing trip and good to always have on hand. Take half a lemon and squeeze it into two cups (450ml of water). Add ice if you like it super cold on a hot day out in the Adriatic sun!

Vinegar Substitute

Swap out vinegar in your salads for freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Although apple cider vinegar is a massively popular trend (and is actually the best kind to use if you are going to use it — but mainly because it contains apples!) vinegar can be as hard on your liver as alcohol. Lemon juice is a safer (and more tasty option) for your body!

Tangy Desserts

You can grate the peel of lemons to use in baking. There are even some shops out on the Croatian islands that sell organic, grated lemon peel and oil to use in baking if you don’t want to grate your own. Added to cookies, cakes, and breads, it really adds a refreshing taste! You can really taste the difference between freshly picked, home-grown lemons and those bought in the supermarket, and this makes such a difference to your desserts!

Keep that Fruit Fresh

A great way to preserve and stop fruit, such as pears and apples, from going brown is to dip them in a bowl of lemon juice for two minutes. The juice helps keep the freshly-cut fruit from browning because of the vitamin C and low pH (acidic) level.

A Sip of Lemonade

In the summertime, there is nothing better than a tall, cold glass of lemonade. Take the juice of 2-3 lemons and 3 teaspoons of coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice) and mix well in a 1 litre pitcher of water. Serve cold with ice and enjoy!

Freshly picked from the island of Hvar this month

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