Thursday, August 20, 2009
On these hot, summer days one of my favorite drinks is homemade lemonade in a tall, glass cup. (An opaque one just doesn't have the same effect!) Compared to the light, refreshing, and sweet taste of limonada, soft drinks fall way behind on so many counts!
Because of the vitamin C and citrus flavanoids in lemons, there's some serious anti-oxidant action over here. Flavonoids are biologically active plant compounds. They assist in the healing of wounds, strenghten the walls of blood capillaries and prevent diseases like arteriosclerosis.
Vitamin C helps fight infection, strengthen the immune system, keep the skin and joints healthy, and help prevent cancer.
In days of yore, lemons were traditionally taken on long sea voyages to prevent scurvy among the sailors.
And there's a reason why you'll find lemon-y dishwashing soaps,etc. The juice is a natural disinfectant and antiseptic.
You can whip up a lemonade in no time by just squeezing out the juice and adding water, or you can have lemon slices sit and macerate in water if you've got more time. A bit of brown sugar and a few drops of vanilla will really send you to lemonade heaven. Just don't forget the tall, glass cup!!
Check it out: Food is Medicine, Cousin