Sunday, June 16, 2013

Power Food: Lime!

Hey all,

We decided to switch up the way we’re doing our bi-weekly power food post. Instead of making it a 2 part post where we both say our piece we decided to make it a group effort and instead focus on the power food itself. This means you’ll be hearing more about the benefits of the food itself instead of hearing a recipe we like. Please share your feedback :)

We decided to do this post on lime! Limes are a great source of Vitamin C (1 lime is 30% of recommended daily value) and can really jazz up your beverage :). Sliced lime in a tall glass of cold ice water is super refreshing! You can also add other fruits along with lime to spritz things up! For example, lemon, oranges, raspberries, mint leaves.. be creative!

When you are picking a lime look for the skin to be shiny as this is a sign that it is fresh. Avoid limes that are brown in colour as that is a sign of mold.  Also,  avoid buying limes that are hard. Limes stay fresh in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and at room temperature for 1 week. It is recommended to keep limes at room temperature to maximize juice content! (never knew that!)

Persian limes are the ones commonly found in grocery stores with key limes being harder to find. The difference between these two are size and taste. Key limes are much smaller than a Persian lime (size of golf balls) and are more tart.

Health benefits of limes include weight loss, skin care, good digestion, relief from constipation, eye care, and treatment of scurvy, respiratory disorders, gout, gums and urinary disorders

We learned a lot while researching limes. Here is something that surprised us!

Did you know?
When applied externally on skin, its acids scrub out the dead cells, cures dandruff, rashes, bruises etc.

Is used as a disinfectant and deodorizer... can also reduce body odor.

Can give you extreme relief during constipation. Interesting.

When lime juice is added to fruit salad, it adds delicious flavor and can prevent the apple pieces from turning brown.

You can add lime to rice and corn on the cob to save calories.

Can freshen up the air in your home if you slice them and boil them.

You can use lime in so many unique ways! 

Here are some that we enjoy:
  • Adding to water/any beverage
  • Adding to salad dressings
  • Using on fruit salads, guacamole and others to prevent browning and to improve taste

Hope you enjoyed the read :)!

Steph & Jenn

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