06-11-2014

Spotlight on: Lemon

Summer is really here! I don’t know about you, but summer makes me think of snow cones, BBQs and lemonade.

The classic lemonade is always tasty in the summer heat or while lounging by the pool, but what about something with more health benefits and less sugar??

I come across lots of lemon “detox” drinks that have way too many funky ingredients in them… so I decided to try a simple mix of some fruit & mint for a refreshing Citrus Mint Lemonade.

Some benefits of consuming lemon/lemon juice on a regular basis include…

Vitamin C: antioxidant that works against free radicals

Beneficial for the liver: dissolvent of uric acid & other poisons

Powerful antibacterial properties

Lemon juice helps to cure problems related to indigestion and constipation

For those of you wanting to try it – here’s the recipe!

Ingredients

1 cup cubed pineapple
1/2 orange, peeled
3/4-1 lemon, peeled
16 oz brewed green tea
8-10 mint leaves

Directions

Bring 16oz water to a boil. Add in 2-3 green tea bags of your choice and let steep for 3-4 minutes (do this while you peel the fruit & get it ready).

Peel orange & lemon. Cut pineapple if needed. Add the fruit & mint leaves to the blender.

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When tea is ready, add 16oz green tea to the blender.

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Blend it up!

It tastes best when chilled, so leave it in the fridge for a while before serving or pour over ice.

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Nutrition Facts {8oz lemonade}: 63 calories, 0g fat, 16g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 1g protein

 

 

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Perfect summer drink!
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cubed pineapple
  • ½ orange, peeled
  • ¾-1 lemon, peeled
  • 16 oz brewed green tea
  • 8-10 mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Bring 16oz water to a boil. Add in 2-3 green tea bags of your choice and let steep for 3-4 minutes (do this while you peel the fruit & get it ready).
  2. Peel orange & lemon. Cut pineapple if needed. Add the fruit & mint leaves to the blender.
  3. When tea is ready, add 16oz green tea to the blender.
  4. Blend it up!
  5. It tastes best when chilled, so leave it in the fridge for a while before serving or pour over ice.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 oz Calories: 63 Fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 2.5g Protein: 1g

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