By Kimberle and Tiffany of TheHauteHousewives.com
Ladies, lemons are not just for decorating anymore! We know, we know, your kitchen looks like something from a home decor magazine with them showcased ever so elegantly on your counter in their Waterford Crystal bowl, giving that bright, sunny, “of- course-I-cook-and-eat-healthy-I-have-lemons-on-my-counter” atmosphere that makes you the envy of all your neighbors, but these home decor staples are actually MEANT to be eaten! In this day and age of “gourmet this” and “50-ingredient-proprietary-blend that” and “spa water”, who would have guessed that one of, if not the best, healthiest, most delicious beverage required only two simple ingredients found in every kitchen? It sounds almost too good to be true, but these yellow powerhouses don’t disappoint.
So what are the benefits of lemon water?
- Flushes Fat (especially when added to hot water first thing in the morning)
- Boosts Metabolism
- Aids Digestion
- Helps Reduce Cholesterol
- Can Relieve Headaches
- Relieves Arthritis
- Protects Against Free Radicals
- Helps Eliminate Acne
- Helps Balance Blood Sugar
- Boosts Immune System
- Helps With Osteoporosis
- Great For Coughs
- Softens Corns and Callouses
- Relieves Nausea
…..and so much more.
But don’t just squeeze the juice and throw the rest away, every part of the lemon has a purpose…
Rind: A powerhouse in and of itself, throw your taste-buds a party and add some frozen, grated zest to salads, fish, chicken, salsa, anything that needs a deliciously gourmet flair! Just make sure to thoroughly wash the rind.
Flesh: Squeeze it over entrees, add to sauces, and the obvious – add to water. As always, thoroughly wash the rind (especially if adding a wedge or slice to your water)
The Leftovers: Instead of tossing them in the garbage (total waste), toss them in the disposal to freshen it up and leave your kitchen with a delicate lemony fragrance.
(ReaLemon is a great substitute for lemon juice that we use all the time.)
Kimberle and Tiffany are the founders of TheHauteHousewives.com, a lifestyle blog dedicated to style tips, fitness advice, beauty how-to’s & more. They already boast a large following on Instagram and felt moved to begin their blog as a result. Kimberle says in the blog’s About section that she hates the phrase “age-appropriate” because she believes “it’s not how old a person is, but how young their energy is.” Tiffany believes that “there is no age-limit on style, beauty, fitness or health.” Learn more from Kimberle and Tiffany on their website –www.TheHauteHousewives.com.