Those big, juicy tarts known as summer lemons are literally falling off the trees here at home in Hollywood, and if you’re not collecting your own stash as we are, or graciously accepting bags full from friends, you’re fondling them in the supermarket, trying decide which would be best to accent your ice water, which would be best to highlight your hair.
As someone who enjoys an overabundance of this succulent citrus fruit, I was thrilled to come across Megan Roosevelt’s 10 Easy Way to Enjoy Summer Lemons. Megan is the founder of Healthy Grocery Girl and the spokesperson for Limoneira, the largest provider of lemons and avocados in the United States. She has not only provided us with this cheery video, but the following tips as well:
Megan Roosevelt’s 10 Tips for Summer Lemons
Season Veggies on the BBQ: Fresh summer lemons + sea salt = the perfect healthy combo to season your grilled veggies.
Clean the BBQ with Summer Lemons: Don’t throw away your lemons. Did you know you can 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.
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 lemons 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.
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 streaks. This is natural and will refresh your locks at the same time.
Repel Pesky Ants: Place 1 cup of lemon juice in a water bottle and spray around the areas you frequently see ants. This will help keep them away.
Weeds be Gone: Banish weeds for good using lemon juice. Fill a spray bottle with 5 cups of lemon juice and two cups of water and douse the offending plants till they’re well-coated. It should only take weeds a couple of days for them to shrivel.