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10 Easy Ways to Use the Versatile Lemon
9/30/2016 3:11:37 PM

10 Easy Ways to Use the Versatile Lemon

Lemons are starting to ripen on local backyard lemon trees. Megan Roosevelt – Limoneira spokesperson and founder of Healthy Grocery Girl – offers a list of her favorite ways to integrate lemons into easy, healthy living.

Season Veggies on the BBQ
Fresh lemons + sea salt = the perfect healthy combo to season grilled veggies.

Clean the BBQ with Lemons
Don’t throw away your squeezed lemons. Use them to clean the BBQ when you’re finished grilling.

Hydrate with Lemon Water
Whether you’re hiking, at a picnic, or just lounging in the backyard, lemon water is a great way to stay hydrated and nourish your body. Up the ante by adding other fresh ingredients such as cucumber or mint.

Fight Voice-Harming Infections

Lemon’s natural antibiotic properties make the citrus fruit a natural remedy to fight infections that can directly affect your voice, throat, and upper respiratory system. Keep lemon on-hand for a great natural defense to viruses and bacteria. Other health benefits of this antibacterial immune-boosting fruit: Helps with digestion, wards off cancer, reduces liver inflammation, treats acne, and freshens breath.

Boost Energy

Autumn in Louisiana is a great time to get active! Lemon is a proven natural energy-booster and can also maximize your mental clarity. Start your day with a cup of hot lemon water or an invigorating lemon body scrub (Dip the cut side of lemon halves into sugar and exfoliate).

Whiten your Smile
Your smile is one of your most important features. Forget those expensive treatments; all you need to whiten your teeth is probably sitting in your kitchen right now. Simply gargle with a teaspoon of lemon juice daily.

Natural Highlights
Add some lemon juice to your hair and bring out the blonde.

Repel Pesky Ants
Place 1 cup of lemon juice in a water bottle and spray around areas where you frequently see ants.

Weeds be Gone
Banish weeds for good using lemon juice. Fill up a spray bottle with 5 cups of lemon juice and two cups of water and douse the offending plants till they’re well-coated. It should take a couple of days for them to shrivel.

Deodorize Litter Box Odor

Place some cut lemons, flesh side up, in a bowl near kittie’s litter box to diffuse the odor.

Sidebar:

Try this recipe for a comforting fall meal.

Creamy Lemon Pasta

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package in salted water. Add asparagus during the last minute of cooking and add the thawed peas in the last 15 seconds. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and sauté until cooked through; next add garlic to pan and sauté 1 minute. Combine broth and cornstarch in a small bowl; stir until well blended. Add broth mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in cream, juice, capers, salt and pepper. Add pasta mixture to broth mixture; toss gently to coat. Serves 4.


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