Call me overly dramatic if you will, but I tend to think of lemons as a superfood. Put a little cape on them, they are superheroes in my book. Seriously I have 2 lemon trees that will take years before fruit shows up but I’m committed! Now that I made it clear how much I love lemons, let me introduce you to my personal craving-crushing (for pregnant times of course) otherwise killer-healthy lemonade recipe.
I have a theory that pregnancy cravings are really just the bodies attempt to tell us they is some sort of nutrient it is lacking, in the time when it is trying to grow a whole other human. So that being said I often crave sweet, dairy or high protein items. The trick is to give the body what it needs before unhealthy cravings hit. Well with a little research I learned that lemons are very high in calcium. However, it’s not the part of the lemon we are used to consuming!
Lemon peel is where all the magic happens. Lemon peel is high in calcium, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. But hey don’t take my word for it consuming lemon peel is full of health benefits, pregnant or not, check this out for more info. So how does one get enough lemon peel to help beat a dairy craving, say late night ice cream? Whole-lemon lemonade, WHA!!! I know it sounds crazy just stick with me.
This recipe is simple and only needs 3 ingredients. Also, it doesn’t require half a dozen or more lemons, all you need it two!
Cut the ends off, and quarter 2 lemons.
In your blender add 6 cups of clean filtered water, and your quartered lemons, along with 3/4 to 1 cup of raw honey.
Blend that up, on purée mode if you have it. Then strain it through a fine strainer, but not something like cheesecloth that would strain everything out. This will be full of pulp, which is what you want that’s where the healthy stuff is!
Pour into a glass container and refrigerate and enjoy as you please.
a simple whole-lemon lemonade. Packed full of all the nutrients a lemon can bring!
- 2 organic lemons
- 3/4-1 C. raw honey
- 6 C. water
cut ends off lemons and discard, then quarter lemons.
Blend water, lemons, and honey on puree setting.
strain through a fine mesh strainer.
bottle, store and enjoy chilled or over ice.
Now this is, of course, something I enjoy and I believe it helps me a lot with the current pregnancy, however, this is amazingly healthy and would benefit everyone. My kids also love it. Lemons, as well as the peels along with honey, are both great for the body, refreshing, energizing and cleansing. Pregnancy or no pregnancy this stuff is just plain yum, So I say make often and enjoy just as much♡♡♡
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