Monday, June 24, 2013

Lemons, Limes and Weight Loss

I drink more than a gallon of water every day, and almost 100 ounces of that water probably contains lemon. My favorite way to begin the day is to make a big glass of lemon water, sweetened with some stevia. Aside from adding flavor to boring old water, squeezing in more lemons in your diet is a simple way to boost your fat-burning metabolism.  Limes work too, but studies show lemons are a bit more nutritiously dense.

Here are some of the benefits of lemons:

  • Contains loads of Vitamin C, which helps produce more antioxidants in your body, reducing inflammation, free radicals and soreness
  • Creates an alkaline state in your body, which prevents your body from becoming a breeding ground for harmful bacteria
  • Detoxes your body and especially your liver, making this filtering organ function better (Note: your liver rids your body of toxins and helps burn fat because the easier it is for your liver to work properly, the higher your metabolism will be.)
  • Clears your skin of blemishes and discoloration
  • Aids in digestion
  • Boosts your mood
  • Increases energy
  • Fights simple illnesses like coughs, colds, fevers, etc.

Honestly, I don't know anyone who simply hates lemons and limes. I mean, some people may like them more than others (like me ... I could eat a whole lemon minus the rind). One of the other benefits of lemons is that their refreshing taste makes you want to drink more water, helping to satiate your appetite and eat less. If you drink a big 52 oz. QuikTrip cup full of lemon water like I do every morning, I promise, you will feel fuller.

It's important that you use real lemons and/or limes, and try to not use the juice. Those juices often contain harmful additives or sweeteners. You can find lemons and limes in bulk at places like Sam's Club or Costco (and they're super-cheap there). For the most part, they last a long time too.

Another refreshing drink I've started making with lemons and limes is my mojito-inspired citrus chiller. My mint and stevia plants in our little backyard garden definitely add a kick to this perfect summertime drink. There are probably a hundred different ways you can spin this little concoction, but here are a couple ways I've been making them.

Citrus Chillers

(best served in a mason jar because ... everything's better in a mason jar)

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lemons/limes
  • 10 oz. carbonated water or sparkling beverage (like Cascade Ice)
  • 3-4 leaves of Mint
  • stevia to taste

Directions:

  1. Fill your mason jar or cup up a quarter of the way with ice (crushed works best)
  2. Throw your mint leaves in there and use a wooden spoon or knife to smash it all around (I'm sure there's a technical term for this), but doing this releases the flavor of the mint
  3. Fill up your cup half way with the carbonated water
  4. Slice and squeeze your lemons/limes into the water
  5. Add the stevia
  6. Fill up the rest of the cup with the carbonated water and stir it all around

So, do you think you will start drinking more lemon water? Will you try the chiller recipe? I'm telling you, once you try one, you will want to go to Home Depot and buy a little mint plant just to satisfy your new addiction.


2 comments:

  1. what a simple and yummy idea! i love drinking water at work, it helps me curb my "bored-hunger", and this is a great idea to shake things up!

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    1. That is TOTALLY me too! LOL Ya, and if you get the Cascade Ice flavored waters or another brand (can't remember the name, but they have them at Sam's), you can make a flavored chiller. So good! :) Let me know if you try it!

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