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10 Easy Ways to Enjoy Lemons This Summer

LemonadeEditor’s Note: Lemons are the perfect summertime fruit. Refreshing, versatile, and good for you, lemons should be part of your summer menu. Our friends at Limoneria, sustainable growers of lemons, tell us that lemons can spike up your menu, your beverages, and be used as a green alternative to clean up or even take care of pests. Here are their suggestions for using lemons in some creative ways.

As the summer months heat up, life moves outdoors and simplicity becomes the spice of life. Megan Roosevelt, Limoneira spokesperson and founder of Healthy Grocery Girl, has cultivated a list of ways to integrate lemons into easy, healthy summer living.

Lemons

Lemons are available year round in North America.

Season Veggies on the BBQ– Fresh lemons + sea salt is the perfect healthy combo to season your grilled veggies this summer.

Clean the BBQ with Lemons– Don’t throw away your lemons. Use them to clean the BBQ when you’re finished grilling.

Hydrate with Lemon-Water– Whether you’re hiking, at a picnic or just lounging in the backyard, lemon water is a great way to stay hydrated and nourish your body, all at once. Up the ante and treat your tastebuds by adding other fresh ingredients, such as cucumber or mint.

Light Summer Dining with Lemons– When the weather gets hot, you might notice that your appetite changes. An easy way to keep meals light and nutritious is to stick to smoothies and salads. We’re here to help with some deliciously easy recipes for you to try – both featuring our favorite citrus fruit! Honey Lemon Salad Dressing and our Summer Lemon Smoothie.

Smoothie lemon

Ever tried a lemon smoothie?

Fight Voice-Harming Infections– Lemon’s natural antibiotic properties make the citrus fruit a natural remedy to fight infections that can directly effect your voice, throat, and upper respiratory system. Keeping lemon on-hand, particularly if your summer plans include touring, is a great natural defense to viruses and bacteria.

Boost Energy– Summer is all about being active, so keeping your energy levels up is priority number one. Lemon is a proven natural energy-booster and can also maximize your mental clarity. We recommend starting your day with an invigorating lemon body scrub.

Whiten Your Smile– Your smile is one of your most important features. Forget those expensive treatments; all you need to whiten your teeth is probably sitting in your kitchen right now.

Natural Highlights– Add some lemon juice to your hair to revive the blond in your hair. This is natural and will refresh your hair at the same time.

lemon pie

One of our favorite ways to use fresh lemons is lemon pie.



Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at realfoodtraveler.com.