WORLD’S BEST STRAWBERRY LEMONADE: RECIPE & BENEFITS

by Brian P. Ramos

Ingredients:

Half a honeydew cut into small pieces

Dozen organic strawberries

One lemon (quartered)

Cold-press juicer is used to juice ingredients. I mention in the video the benefits of using slow-press juicer over a centrifugal one.

Once juiced, stir, pour, and enjoy. Serve 3-4 people.

Additional tweaks that can be added:

Small two- to a three-inch piece of turmeric root

One handful or two of spinach or kale

BENEFITS:

Honeydew, like many of the live, raw plant-based foods we endorse, is a low-calorie, nutrient-rich food loaded with vitamins and minerals. In addition, the fruit and seeds contain strong antioxidants, like beta-carotene, quercetin, and phytoene. Its nutrients are also vital to bone health. Honeydew is also an excellent hydrator loaded with water and electrolytes, making this lemonade an excellent option after a workout. Its high vitamin C makes it a great option for healthier looking skin and a stronger immune system. Lastly, two potent antioxidants found in honeydew, lutein and zeaxanthin, help support eye health and function.

Strawberries are another great addon to this hydrating drink as these possess very high-water content. For those monitoring their carbs, strawberries are ideal with less than 12 grams per cup. Like honeydew, strawberries add healthy amounts of fiber for better digestion. Yes, we are juicing it, but some fiber still gets into the drink and should not be filtered out. Of course, strawberries are abundant in minerals and vitamins that help support a number of different processes in our cells and promote health and balance. Eating berries may help reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Lastly, strawberries possess many beneficial phytochemicals with antioxidant activity, including anthocyanins, ellagitannins, pelargonidin to name a few.

Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C providing 51% of your daily intake. Research has shown that a diet rich in Vitamin C and other plant compounds can lower the risk of heart disease. Two compounds, in particular, hesperidin and diosmin, found in lemons may help lower cholesterol. Interestingly, some plant compounds found in the lemon peel in particular, polyphenols, may reduce weight gain and body fat. Other benefits of lemons supported by data include: (1) Reduced cancer risk; (2) Protection against anemia by enhancing the absorption of iron, which would be of particular benefit to vegetarians or vegans.

In “The Art of Stress-Free Living” we discuss more about the benefits of different superfoods and healing herbs, including turmeric and dark greens, especially those of the cruciferous vegetable family, like kale.

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