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Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Health with a twist…
When Life Hands You Lemons...
Get REALLY excited!! Lemons are a great
health and mood booster and one of my favourite ways to cleanse the body!
The best bits…
Lemons are great for your immune system! As well as
lots of vitamin C to help fight off colds and infection they also contain
calcium, magnesium, bioflavonoids, potassium pectin and limonene … Allgoodies that work to keep you healthy.
Anti Ageing! As we get older we need a
little more help protecting against free radicals. Vitamin C will fight these
nasties and the potassium in lemons helps stimulate brain and nerve function as
well as control blood pressure. Look young. Be smart.
Balancing Act! Lemons are alkalizing for
the body, which mean they help to restore the PH balance in your body.
Improves Digestion! Adding lemon to your
daily diet is a great way to kick start your digestion and help your liver and
kidneys flush out any unwanted materials and toxins. It aids in weight loss and
boosts your metabolism.
Energy! The sour zing just gives you a nice
little boost, try swapping a coffee for a lemon drink every now and then and
see how you go!
The yummy bits…
My favourite way to enjoy lemons is a few
slices in warm water with a pinch of cayanne pepper to give it a kick! I’ll
often replace my morning tea with a lemon drink as it helps with cravings and
gets me through my morning slump.
A lemon blend is also a refreshing and
light way to enjoy pasta. Instead of a thick tomato sauce that can be high in
salt and hidden calories try this quick and easy lemon and leek recipe to go
with any kind of pasta (especially delicious with zucchini pasta)
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 cups well rinsed sliced leeks
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
¾ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped and lightly
Salt and pepper to taste
(You can add lots of other things to this
dish to fill it out; In the past I’ve also used kale, fennel, flaxseeds, cherry
tomatoes, chili, olives, mushrooms and more!)
In a frying pan, heat the olive oil and add
the leeks and a little salt. Cook, stirring until leeks are coated with oil.
Cover and cook until tender but not browned-about ten minutes. (This is the bit
where you add any extra ingredients too!)
Add your cooked pasta to the pan along with
1 cup of water. Stir in the lemon zest and juice and add lots of black pepper. Heat
gently for a few minutes, adding more water if needed. Add walnuts, salt and
pepper (can never have too much pepper) to taste and serve!
Oh so Sweet!
I literally came
across this dessert because I had no other food in the house and felt like
something sweet. So easy and so delicious. Great as a morning tea snack or
Thinly sliced lemon
rounds (skin on is fine.)
Raw sugar 1 teaspoon
Honey, 1 teaspoon
Lay the pastry flat
on a lined baking tray, fold over the edges to form a little square. Place the
lemon slices in the middle of the square so that it’s not overlapping. Sprinkle
with sugar and drizzle with honey.
Pop it into a
preheated oven for about 15- 20 minutes until the pastry has risen and is golden
brown and the lemons have caramelized. The skin of the lemon should be delicate
Just remember that everything isn’t
always as it seems, even the most sour little fruit can be abundant with hidden
If you have ANY
questions (especially about the recipes… I can be a bit vague whilst cooking and
tend make things up as I go) then please feel free to leave some love here, or
to send me a tweet!