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A Squeeze of Nutrients

A squeeze of Nutrients

I’ve always stood by the fact that drinking water, over all other beverages, helps you lose weight, along with gaining a wealth of other benefits. However, water is not always the drink of choice to many people due to the fact that it doesn’t have any flavor. Well, there’s an quick and easy fix to that dilemma- Lemons.

I’ve trained my body and mind to now love water, but I wasn’t always like this. I used to love my diet cokes with all the meals I eat, as well as coffee, well, three coffees, in the morning. To switching that bad habit to drinking water, I simply added lemon to give water more flavor.

I’ve also got my family drinking water instead of soft drinks and juices by doing the same thing, squeezing lemon into their glass, even my 6-year old, Mia. I’m cracking up laughing right now just thinking about Mia drinking the water with lemon because after I squeeze a couple of lemon wedges into her water, she always sucks on the wedge to get all the juice out. It’s funny because the face she makes is hysterical, it’s like she loves it but hates it at the same time. Her face scrunches up from the sour taste of the lemon, then she lets out a little giggle. It’s so cute.

It’s strange how if you bite into a lemon, it’s tart, but after you squeeze it into your water, the water tastes sweet, not tart… thee mysteries of life.

Lemons don’t just add flavor to your water, it adds nutrients that water doesn’t have alone. Lemons are packed with vitamin C, a disease fighting anti-oxidant that helps prevent heart disease, cancer and inflammation. Lemons also contain phytochemicals, such as terpenes and limonenes, which may help in preventing some cancers.

The nutrients in lemons are great considering how small of a fruit lemons are. There is no fat or cholesterol and only have 20 calories for a medium size lemon. They are very low in sodium, only having 1 gram and are filled with 22 mg of calcium, 20 mg of vitamin C and 68 mg of potassium! That is why it’s worth adding lemon to your water, right there along with the clean, fresh taste.

And you can add lemon to your food too, I’ve learned to cook with lemons in just about every meal I make. It’s great to add it to you meats such as chicken and fish, helps by adding flavor to veggies, and also serves for an awesome home-made salad dressing.

Speaking of, let me share with you a delicious salad dressing recipe that will help you weight loss tremendously. Salad dressing are just as bad for your weight loss as other condiments, so here’s what you should add to your salad instead: A little bit of olive oil, white wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice, a dash of salt and pepper and you’re done! All set for a healthy dressing for your nutrient packed healthy salad! Enjoy!

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Written by Ingrid Macher

Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Motivator

I have a passion for helping people change their lives. I started out helping my friends and now I give advice and tips to perfect strangers who have now become my friends. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change my life even if I could. This kind of happy is truly a gift and I’ll do whatever it takes to be able to give this gift to others.

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