With this unusual method to make the Easiest, Healthiest, most Hydrating Homemade Electrolyte Drink, in this case Limeade or Lemonade, you can maximize nutrients reduce waste, reduce preparation time and clean up time.
We know that lime and lemon juices have lots of nutrients and health benefits, but when we squeeze the juice and throw out the peel and pulp we are wasting a lot of other nutrients that can provide exceptional benefits.
Phytonutrients are special nutrients in the plant world which do not provide energy to our body, but which have very important functions such as protecting our health in a variety of ways. Phytonutrients in lime and lemon peel can protect us from diseases like cancer.
Gram for gram, citrus peels also contain higher levels of many minerals and vitamins such as vitamin C and dietary fiber than the fruit. For example, 1 tablespoon of lemon peel contains double the amount of vitamin C and triple the amount of fiber than 1 wedge of lemon without the peel, according to the USDA database. Now, I wont ask you to drink the fiber in your limeade but I will show you a way to make use of some of the pulp strained.
Some of the minerals contained in limes are: Calcium, iron, magnesium, Potassium, phosphorous. Deficiencies in these minerals are common world health problems, because of dietary habits, soil depletion and inaccessibility of certain foods.
The fact that we only absorb a fraction of these minerals contained in food also adds to the problem, so we must make sure to eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to increase our chances of meeting our daily requirements of these micronutrients.
By consuming a lime or lemon drink, like this limeade with meals, we can also aid our digestion process by producing more hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which helps breakdown protein, and the vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron contained in food.
By blending lemons or limes with water instead of juicing them we can enjoy all the benefits of this wonderful citrus fruits, plus using the peel intensifies the flavor, and a little goes a long way. The result is a super hydrating, thirst quenching drink with loads of nutrients and natural Electrolytes like potassium.
The credit for this recipe goes to my dear Mom, who made this delicious limeade for me during my visit to her home in Mexico. I recalled that she used to make blended limeade when we were kids, and I had totally forgotten about it. When I saw her blending the lemons with the water instead of squeezing for the juice, I was totally blown away and all my recent studies regarding phytochemicals (plant nutrients) came to my mind. I thought What a Great Way to use the whole lime or lemon, and access the nutrients contained in the peel, as opposed to throwing most of it out when we just consume only the juice.
I used limes for this recipe but you can mix limes and lemons or just use lemons. You can always add more water and honey to regulate the concentration of the drink to your taste. I encourage you to experiment adding other things like greens or other fruits to the mix to obtain different flavors. I added spinach one time and the result was great.
- 2 medium limes or lemons quartered
- 6-8 cups of filtered or spring water
- Approximately 1/4 cup of honey, more or less based on your preference
- Ice cubes as desired and lemon/lime slices to garnish
Add More Electrolytes with This Celery Variation:
Celery is mostly water and will add even more Natural Electrolytes like Sodium, and Phytonutrients to this drink, as well as a refreshing taste.
- Add about a cup of chopped celery to the lime and water mixture and blend.
- Place the quartered limes or lemons in the blender with 4 cups of water
- Blend in high until the limes or lemons are completely pulverized, the mixture should be slightly foamy with a whitish color.
- Strain the lemonade using a strainer or a nut milk bag and pour into a jar or jug. I use a strainer and I run the mixture through it twice to remove more of the fiber.
- Add the remaining cups of water.
- Add honey to the strained blend and whisk vigorously
- Serve with or without ice.
NOTES: you can add or reduce the water amount depending on how concentrated and how much you like lime flavor. The taste will be a bi bitter, but the honey will balance it.
Storage: This limeade will last up to 3 days in the fridge. It does a little more bitter as time goes by so drink up!
I hope you adopt this method of making limeade or lemonade and never go back to squeezing limes and lemons and throwing away good nutrition. However, If this limeade is too bitter , and you prefer to use only the juice, Definitely check out my Other Electrolyte Drink recipe HERE
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