Posts tagged ‘lemon’

March 24, 2013

Start your day with a glass of Warm Lemon Water

For how hard we try to stabilize our diets and monitor intake – life is not predictable, and there are always going to be times where we get kicked off this wagon. I find that when I have been neglectful of feeding my body properly, I re-boot with some warm lemon water in the morning. Here are a few reasons why starting your day with a shot of warm lemon water is something worth working into your routine…

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1. Your Immune system will thank you – Lemon has a lot of Vitamin C, and potassium, which get your immune system pumping.

2. it’s all about pH Balance – lemon balances the pH levels in your system and reduces acidity in your system, making it a great way to cleanse your belly’s palette.

3. Aids Digestion – Lemon helps flush out unwanted toxins and encourages your liver to produce more bile, which is needed for digestion. This is especially helpful after that salty meal and 1/2 bottle of wine you had last night 😉 (okay, maybe I am just speaking for myself here…)

4. Makes your skin shine – Vitamin C reduces wrinkles and acne, and purges the toxins from your blood to keep your skin clear and healthy looking!

5. Helps to reduce caffeine intake – I try to take my warm lemon water ‘shot’ as soon as I hop out of bed, giving me a boost for my immune system AND my mind. After this morning ‘shot’ I am a lot less likely to crave the massive cup of coffee that I normally go for.

Get drinking!

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January 29, 2012

Lemoney Lunch Quinoa

Eating lunch out can get expensive, and everything quickly begins to taste the same. I’ve been experimenting with lunch ideas that are portable, and balanced. This week, I’m turning to this quinoa recipe. It’s fresh, light, and provides the energy needed to get through your afternoon. You can eat this warm or cold, depending on your mood. Try making this on Sunday, and eating for lunch a couple of days of the week. You can always add some lettuce or spinach to make this more filling.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup organic Quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1.5 cups low- sodium organic Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow Onion, diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 vine Tomato, chopped
  • 2 Hearts of Palm, chopped
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp Dill
  • 1/4 of Lemon
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Be sure to rinse and drain your Quinoa!

Method:

In a medium saucepan add olive oil, garlic, pepper and onion. Saute until translucent. Add quinoa and mix. Add chicken stock and cover. Bring quinoa to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Let cook for 20 minutes. Transfer to a container and let cool. Once cooled, squeeze lemon over quinoa. Add tomatoes, hearts of palm, parsley and dill. Toss until fluffy and mixed.

This fluffy Lemoney Quinoa will be sure to power you through the afternoon!

 **Makes 4 servings, and is 6 Weight Watchers PlusPoints per serving**

April 17, 2011

Lemon Chickpea Dip

Snacks are a vital part of my day-to-day eating. It is good to snack, especially when you’re dieting. Snacking curbs your appetite and regulates glucose levels. If you allow your glucose levels to fluctuate between extreme ups and downs, losing weight is going to be more difficult. So I have a great snack that pairs nicely with crackers, veggies, or toast, Lemon Chickpea Dip. This is a great snack because it has fiber, protein, and fills you up.

 What you’ll need:

* 1 can Chickpeas

* 3 TBS Olive Oil

* 1 Lemon

* 3 Garlic Cloves

* Bunch of Cilantro

* 1/4 Spanish Onion

*1 TBS Parsley

* Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Blend chickpeas, onion, garlic and olive oil in food processor until smooth but with some texture.  Add lemon juice, cilantro, salt and pepper and finish blending. Let sit in fridge for 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop. Serve with raw veggies, chips, crackers, or toast. Also a great on sandwiches and burgers. Enjoy!