Your kitchen should stock lemons, limes, and avocados as they are an essential part of any kitchen. Optional items are bananas, fresh or frozen berries.
Lemons are used in food and in cosmetics. Lemons are known to reduce mental stress and depression, and act as a natural antiseptic. The vitamin C content helps improve the quality of dry skin. The best practice is to eat about a quarter to a half of this citrus fruit each day to get maximum health benefits!
“Lemons encourages weight loss, improves digestion, and acts as a breath freshener. Lemons also help with the treatment of constipation, improve the immune system, dental problems, throat infections, fever, burns, respiratory disorders, high blood pressure, and hair care.”
The Summer is the perfect time of the year for lemons as it can be made into a refreshing drink, which helps you stay calm and cool.
Try this heavenly divine recipe for lemonade.
This will yield approximately 8 cups. This recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind, 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice, 5 cups cold water, lemon slices, for garnish, fresh mint leaves, fresh mint sprigs, for garnish.
Combine sugar and boiling water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add lemon rind, lemon juice, mint leaves and cold water; mix well. Chill. Serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint sprigs.
Lime is a component in cosmetics and health products. Extracted from the lime’s peel or skin, the lime essential oil is extensively used in aromatherapy and perfumes.
“Lime may help lower the risk of developing cancer. weight loss, improved digestion, reduced respiratory disorders, enhanced immunity, scurvy, piles, gout, and gum disease. “Lime provides 32 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. “It has high water content and important vitamins and minerals like magnesium and potassium, as well as vitamins like folate, vitamin A, Vitamin E and vitamin K.”
Due to its acidic sour juice and natural aroma, lime is widely used in various cuisines to accent flavor. It is a common ingredient in Mexican, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisine.
Here is a wonderful recipe for key lime pie.
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup lime juice, 1 carton whipped topping(or make your own), few drops green food coloring, graham cracker crust (8 to 9 inches), whipped topping and fresh mint,
In a medium bowl, combine milk and juice; let stand for a few minutes. Stir in whipped topping. Add food coloring if desired. Spoon into crust. Chill until firm. Garnish with whipped topping and mint if desired.
Avocados are a superfood with an array of essential nutrients. They are easy to mix in with a variety of foods and their flavor is something that most people like. Eating a little avocado every day can help you with many different areas of your health. This food contains monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that is healthy and necessary.
A cup of avocado provides you with approximately 30% of this type of healthy fat per day. When you are eating the right amount of healthy fats, it helps to boost good cholesterol levels and keep your bad cholesterol levels within the normal range. This reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Avocado toast is a favorite of mine. Try it with smoked salmon and a fried egg. Good times!
Toast pieces of artisan bread, cut an avocado in half, remove pit and scoop out avocado on a plate, use a fork, press avocado till smooth, and spread avocado on toast, slice heirloom tomatoes in half, place on top of avocado, drizzle lemon infused EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) over top, sprinkle with sriracha salt (or pink Himalayan salt) and crushed hemp seeds and place some micro greens on top.
I love, love, love bananas! Bananas are abundant in Southeast Asia, and are now grown in many warm parts of the world. Bananas vary in color, size and shape. The most common type is the Cavendish, which is a type of dessert banana. Green when unripe, it yellows as it matures.
“Bananas contain a fair amount of fiber, as well as several antioxidants. One medium-sized banana as approximately (118 grams). It contains the following vitamins and minerals. Potassium: 9% of the RDI, Vitamin B6: 33% of the RDI, Vitamin C: 11% of the RDI, Magnesium: 8% of the RDI, Copper: 10% of the RDI, Manganese: 14% of the RDI, Net carbs: 24 grams, Fiber: 3.1 grams, Protein: 1.3 grams and Fat: 0.4 grams. Each banana has only about 105 calories and consists almost exclusively of water and carbs. Bananas hold very little protein and almost no fat.”
The carbs in green, unripe bananas consist mostly of starch but as the banana ripens, the starch turns into sugar (glucose, fructose and sucrose).
Have you ever tried freshly made banana chips? Here is a quick and easy recipe.
The recipe calls for bananas sprinkled with a pinch of cinnamon or a mix of spices of your choosing( for example, pumpkin pie spice with clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon). Use a dehydrator at 135˚F and start checking around the 5 hour mark for chewy banana slices. Note, the oven can make the chips much crispier.
Fresh or Frozen Berries
“A study comparing fresh to frozen fruit found no statistically significant differences between the antioxidant levels for fresh and frozen strawberries. ” “It is concluded, that freshly picked, fresh commercial, and frozen raspberries all contain similar levels of phytochemicals and antioxidants per serving.”
Frozen last longer than fresh, and are available year-round. Frozen is cheaper and more convenient.
I believe in having choices. I stock my fridge with both!