Lemons are one of those foods I like to have on hand in the kitchen to use as a quick, zesty flavor additive for chicken, veggies, tea, and, of course, ice water. They are packed with fiber and vitamin C, which makes the health benefits through the roof. Some specialists also believe that lemons aid in the prevention of kidney stones. As a long time sufferer of kidney disease, my nephrologist often praises the number of lemons I must eat as a result of my citric acid levels.
Lemons are such a versatile fruit, but I often find myself with a bagful of extra ones and a whole bunch of guilt at the thought of wasting them. In efforts to reduce waste and my sheer desire to add more lemons to my diet, I came up with some new ways to consume even more of the citrusy fruit I love. Check out these 5 Ways to Eat More Lemons.
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5 Ways to Eat More Lemons:
- Easy Vinaigrette: Mix 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice with 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard in a small bowl using a fork. Beat in ½ C. olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Dessert Glaze: Stir 4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice into 2 C. confectioner’s sugar until smooth. Drizzle over cake, cookies, pancakes, or muffins.
- Easy Lemonade: Mix 1 C. lemon juice and 1 C. sugar or stevia in a pitcher until sweetener is dissolved. Stir in 6 C. water. Serve over ice.
- Lemon Butter: Use an electric mixer to mix ½ C. softened butter until it is creamy and fluffy. Add 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice and whip until blended.
- Lemon yogurt: Mix 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice into a 5.3 oz container of vanilla yogurt.
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If you don’t have the ingredients to make any of the above, you can always freeze lemons. One method is to cut the lemons into slices and lay them on a plastic wrap covered tray. Place them in the freezer. When they are completely frozen, put them into a freezer-safe container. Use the slices individually in drinks as necessary. The zest from lemons can also be frozen in a freezer-safe container and used as necessary. Lemon juice can be frozen in ice cube trays or stored in a jar in the refrigerator for use within a week or two.
Whether lemons are used fresh or from the freezer, they’re always full of flavor. Try any of these 5 Simple Recipes With Lemons for more ways to enjoy this zesty, sparkly, and definitely distinctive little yellow fruit.
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What’s your favorite way to eat or cook with lemons? Please share in the comments!
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Lisa is a mother of three lovely young women and is a new grandmother to a baby boy! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty years. Lisa is originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1984. Running a small business for over 25 years and raising a family has made for a busy, busy life with many ups and downs; it’s definitely been an adventure.
Lisa’s always involved in one project or another whether it’s work related or serving her community. She also recently went back to school to finish her bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Lisa tries to make every day a good day—that means learning something new, practicing kindness, and enjoying the present moment.