Feeling the winter blues – lethargy, coughs and low immunity. Time to boost your Vitamin C intake with one of your kitchen staples – the lemon!
Lemons have high concentrations of multiple healthy nutrient, antioxidants like Vitamin C to boost the immune system (helping to ward off niggling coughs and colds).
Potassium to aid in the prevention of heart problems. Natural citric acid to improve digestion
As you can see lemons are the perfect natural additive for your diet. They liven up drinks and food in very simple ways.
See how this can easily be achieved – learn five ways how to use lemons in your daily diet.
Lemon slices – added to teas, cocktails and punches
Lemon wedges – served with all fish dishes (even your favourite fish and chips) also ideal to serve with dips.
Lemon zest – as a garnish for baking or cake icing, marinades, and sauces
Lemon juice – added to salads, butters, tagines, cakes, biscuits, smoothies and terrines
Check out my selection of simple recipes to try:
Lemon, Garlic and Herb Marinade
1 lemon (pared)
Juice of ½ lemon
2 sprigs fresh Rosemary
4 sprigs fresh Thyme
2 small bay leaves
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon red peppercorns(crushed)
150 ml olive oil
Using a vegetable peeler gently pare the skin of the lemon. Cut in half and juice.
Wash and strip both the rosemary stalks and thyme sprigs.
Tear bay leaves into small strips
Chop garlic clove.
Place ingredients in a mortar and pestle. Gently use a grinding motion to release the flavours
Add the mixture into a bowl and add the crushed red peppercorns and the olive oil plus a sprinkling of rock salt.
Set aside until required – marinade for lovely grilled chicken, fish or steaks. Just oozes with flavour.
Hot Lemon and Ginger Drink
1 ½ cups of water
2 tsp fresh grated ginger root
Juice from ½ lemon
⅔ slices of lemon
1 teaspoon runny honey
Add ginger root to the water in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil, then gently simmer for 10 minutes until aromatic.
Strain. Stir in lemon juice and honey.
Serve warm with lemon slices.
A warm soothing drink to banish the winter blues.