So a few weeks ago I saw an article, linked on Facebook by one of my friends, about the wonderful health benefits of lemon water. The idea is that you start your morning with a cup of warm water, into which you squeeze some fresh lemon. Why? Well, there are apparently a lot of health benefits. I think. In all honesty, I tend to be a bit skeptical of every single “OMG, this is healthy in 47 different ways!” thing that comes down the pike, but I decided to try the fresh lemon thing anyway, because I like lemon and it’s a good way to add some fruit to my daily food intake, which is always a good thing.
I’m not doing the warm water thing, though. I take my water bottle, the one that I use at work (it’s around 26oz, I think), and squeeze an entire lemon into it. Yup, the whole thing. Why screw around with half? One entire lemon, and then I fill the rest of the bottle with water. The benefit here is that, well, lemon just makes the water taste awesome, which gives me a way to drink lots of water without really getting sick of water’s not-terribly-exciting flavor. (Not that I dislike water — I’ve always been a water drinker. But if I can drink water and get a bit of extra fruity vitaminny goodness in there, hey, what’s not to like?)
This new fascination with the wonderful lemon (my next project will be to make Moroccan preserved lemons, once I find a jar big enough someplace) has also led me to investigate lemon concentrates and substitutes, simply because I don’t have time at work to be squeezing entire lemons every time I refill the water bottle. The RealLemon juice stuff is OK, but it’s never been my favorite stuff, as it tends to have a metallic hint to it. But I have found this stuff called True Lemon, which is a powder that comes in little packets. One packet is apparently equivalent of one wedge of a cut-up lemon (cut into 6ths or 8ths, I’m not sure). That stuff makes my water taste as freshly lemony as is probably possible, short of using the actual lemon.
My point here is this: Lemons rule.
I'm a lemon fan. When we entertain, we usually put out a pitcher of iced lemon water. We actually just slice the lemons and throw the slices in the pitcher with the water. Looks good and tastes good.
One of my favourite things of all time is a frozen lemon ice confection from Italy called "Granite" (roughly pronounced gra-nee-tay). Heaven in a bowl!
We usually have a green salad with dinner. Most nights we dress it very simply with a bit of salt, olive oil, and fresh squeezed lemon.
I'm with you on the skepticism on the health benefits (but you knew that). As you say, adding a little bit more fruit to the diet is a generally healthy thing, but that's probably the extent of it.
I've discover Real Lemon recently! Glad you won't get scurvy.