The amazing powers of lemon juice
Lemons are not only lovely to look at, aromatic to smell, and delicious to taste, they have amazing healing properties. Chock full of Vitamin C and B, lemon juice is an excellent remedy for the common cold and to ward off viruses. Lemons are usually relegated to a garnish in your iced tea but they are so much more than that. Useful in household cleaning, lemons also aide, in many ways, our health. Many times we resort to harsh chemicals for cleaning or medicines to cure our ailments. Lemon juice is a natural cure, easily assessable and good for you. Here are some unusual ways that lemon can be used in a healthy lifestyle.
- Weight Loss- A mug of warm water with lemon and a pinch of salt in the morning can aid in weight loss and help to flush toxins out of the body, cleansing the liver.
- A Cure for Hiccups- a little known remedy- drinking a teaspoon of lemon juice can help get rid of hiccups.
- Relieve Constipation- lemon juice helps to clean the digestive track and can relieve this stuffed up, painful condition.
- Control Blood Pressure- lemon juice has high potassium content so it can control blood pressure, dizziness, and nausea.
- Restore PH Balance- Lemon juice is alkalizing so it can restore the body’s PH balance which can get out of whack when under stress.
- Whiten Nails- are your nails turning yellow from wearing polish for too long or sporting dark colors? If you wash your hands and then soak your nails in a mix of water and lemon juice, your nails will whiten right up.
- Keep Food from Browning- Have you ever cut up an apple and seen it turn brown and unappetizing in the refrigerator? The same is true for many cut fruits and avocados. If you sprinkle a little lemon juice on them they will remain fresh with no browning. Lemon juice is also used in the preparation of the Mexican dish Ceviche. The juice marinates and “cooks” the fresh seafood. No heat necessary.
- Natural Deodorant- Because of its antibacterial properties, lemon juice can be used as a deodorant to kill bad smelling bacteria. Just rub a half of a lemon under your arms.
- Heartburn Relief- if you have heartburn from lack of acidic food in your stomach, drinking water with some lemon juice in it can restore the PH balances in your body and relieve heartburn.
- Itchy Rash Relief- Lemon juice put directly onto a rash from poison ivy can ease the itch without any harsh chemicals or worries of what you will be absorbing into your skin.
Lemons are an amazing fruit. So much more than a simple garnish, lemons can aid in our health. Be sure to have them on hand in your kitchen to add them to your healthy lifestyle.
Healthy Lemon Bars (created by Sweatpea Chef)
Healthy dessert recipes seem more complicated than regular ones. But the thing is, they aren’t. The steps for this healthy lemon bar recipe are very simple and easy. Here’s how to make lemon bars:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease a pan with coconut oil and set aside.
- For the crust – start by combining softened coconut oil, sea salt, and raw honey with a mixer until the mixture is creamy then add spelt flour and almond meal slowly until you form a dough.
- Transfer the dough to the prepped ban and press it evenly.
- Bake the crust until it’s golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow the crust to cool completely.
- Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
- For the topping – start by mixing eggs, raw honey and lemon zest;
- Then add in the arrowroot starch and the spelt flour;
- Mix until no lumps remain.
- Pour the lemon juice and whisk until combined.
- Pour the egg-lemon mixture over the cooled crust.
- Bake until the topping is set.
- Once the lemon bars are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool at room temperature.
- Cut into lemon squares.
- Refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours and enjoy!
In order to get the cleanest edges for your lemon squares, I recommend allowing these healthy lemon bars to cool before cutting. After the bars are removed from the oven, they continue to cook some. Additionally, the crust needs time to completely cool to be sturdy enough to hold up the lemon filling. All of this requires time and patience. Cool the lemon bars in the pan completely.
Got runny lemon bars? Chances are you either (1) didn’t cook it quite long enough or (2) didn’t allow it to cool completely before cutting.