Next time you order iced tea and the waitress asks, “With Lemon?” do yourself a favor and say yes. If you make iced tea at home, a slice of orange will do almost the same good as the lemon, with a slice of lime coming in third.
Researches at Purdue University say adding the citrus slice helps you absorb far more of the antioxidants in tea, whether it’s green tea or black.
Citrus fruit is wonderful for you in many ways. Lula’s for Lunch… and More! Catering incorporates citrus fruit into MANY of our dishes, sometimes overtly, and sometimes you’ll never even know it’s there!
If you follow these two steps, you will almost double the volume of juice you get out of lemons, limes, oranges, grapepfruit and the like. First, pop them in the microwave. One fruit for 15 seconds. Each add’l fruit gets 5 more seconds. Then, place them on the counter or cutting board and putting the force of your “elbow grease” behind them, roll them around a bit. You’ll be amazed at the amount of juice you’ll get! Lula uses citrus in a myriad of recipes…Pork Loin with Peach Mango Salsa, and Salmon Piccata are two. Go to www.lulasforlunch.com and guess which menu items contain citrus…there are several on our Breakfasty/Brunchy menu alone!!! – Lula
Once again, my friend and author Heidi Bright (“Thriver Soup”) has offered such a simply written and informative piece that I am compelled to copy:
“Fresh, fragrant mandarins are precious, full of flavor, and full of power. The magic lies in their peels—which are quite edible and contain potent anti-cancer properties (see links below). Also called clementines and tangerines, these citrus fruits are fresh and sitting in grocery stores now.
If you have a high-speed blender, mix two whole mandarins (peel on) with a quarter cup cranberries (at this time of year, try frozen, not the packaged sugary snacks), a little raw honey and/or stevia, a quarter cup raw/soaked-in-salt-water pecans, and coconut butter. Blend. Mmmm! Add chia seeds if desired. Taste the fragrance, ingest the power.”
I would like to add my two cents worth: Wash your fruit with a scrubbing sponge and some dishwashing liquid if you intend to eat the skins – even organic can be sprayed with color – which doesn’t taste as good!
As you smell a fresh pine tree, cookies baking, bayberry or orange, do flashes of past Christmas holidays come flooding through your mind? This very aromatic season is an easy way to describe the phenomenon of scent and memory.
The process of smelling is a thing of beauty. Smell is a chemical sense detected by sensory cells called chemoreceptors in the nose that detect smell and pass on electrical impulses to the brain. The brain then interprets patterns in electrical activity as specific odors and olfactory sensation becomes perception – we recognize this as smell. The only other chemical system that can quickly identify, make sense of and memorize new molecules is the immune system (Sarah Dowdy, How Stuff Works).
Gratefully reprinted with permission from my good friend Pat Faust, Gerontologist – and her blog “My Boomer Brain”
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