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Health Benefits of Lemons and Limes

Lemons and Limes

Lemons and limes have many health benefits which include weight loss, improved digestion as well as relief from urinary tract infections and constipation. They are also high in vitamin C and limonene which may have anti-cancer properties and increase enzymes that detoxify carcinogens. This citrus pair also provides a lot of flavor to so many different dishes for barely any calories.

Lemons and limes are both excellent sources of vitamin C, B6, potassium, folate, flavonoids and the outstanding photochemical, limonene.

Limonene has anti-cancer effects and help increase the level of enzymes that detoxify carcinogens.

Here are a couple of very easy snack recipes for summer time.

Lemon-Pineapple Ice Pops

A great healthy snack not only just for the kids, but this is a really cool and refreshing dessert for the adults. All you have to do is blend pineapple, coconut milk, lemon juice and zest, and a little honey, then pour the mix into ice pop molds, freeze, and enjoy. The pineapple and coconut combination tastes like a tropical cocktail and the lemon adds a refreshing touch to any dessert.

Avocado-Lime Ice Pops

Similar to the lemon-pineapple pops, you simply add avocado, Greek yogurt, lime juice and zest, honey, and salt to a blender, pour into ice pop molds and freeze. The addition of avocado provides a creamy dose of healthy fat and the yogurt is a great source of protein. Feeling crafty? Add booze of your choosing to make these more festive.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are so tasty the lemon zest provides a nice balance thanks to the sour flavor and ricotta adds a rich creamy consistency that will produce a fluffy final product.

Tip

When  you are buying lemons, look at the stem end of the lemon. There should be about four or five little lines radiating out of the stem. The greater the number of these lines, the higher the mineral content of the lemon.

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