When Life Throws you Lemons, You…

Make lemonades, of course!

I love lemonades, but best of all, I love lemon water!

 

Ever since I got really sick several years ago, I turned to water as my tonic. I rarely drink soda and juice now. Only when I succumb to the crave. Every where I go, I always bring a bottle of water with me. For those who know me, clinging a bottle with me is a familiar sight. That’s how water-holic we are, Josh and I. There’s even one time when Josh and I slept over at Jennifer‘s house and she tauntingly complained to us, telling us both that she’s going to ration our water the next time we visit her lest we drink up theirs for the week!

Obviously, drinking three liters of water, and sometimes more, is good for the body. The downside I experienced with drinking lots of it, though, is the taste gets weird sometimes — and yes, you have to make trips to the bathroom every so often. But back to the first one.

I think ‘bland’ is the best word to describe its taste. Thankfully, there’s lemon. That sweet, tangy, bright yellow citrus fruit that can freshen the air with its mild, lemony scent, clean hard-to-remove stains and detoxify the body with its anti-oxidant properties. Whenever I feel like I need to drink something else, I just buy lemons and make lemon water.

Up until recently, I learned that apart from giving water a sweet, citrus-y taste, putting a slice of lemon on a glass of water and drinking it on a daily basis has many health benefits. What’s more? It can also improve hormonal imbalance (now, where did I read that? I’m sure I read it somewhere). My interest was totally piqued! I started drinking lemon water first thing in the morning and I did notice some differences on how my body functions. I have more energy now than ever, and I don’t have to worry much about constipation, which means I’m sold and I’m going to make it a habit from now on.

Sounds easy to do, however. You see, lemons aren’t like bananas here, wherein you can buy a kilo for a dirt cheap price. The cheapest I know is Php 150.00 per kilo but the lemons are close to rotting at that. Plus, I don’t think I can go on slicing lemons every morning when there are other stuff I have to do as soon as I get up. So I did some research on the web and discovered that one way to save me time from slicing lemon every morning and to help me save ka-ching is to make lemon cubes! Now why didn’t I think of that? What made me more ecstatic about the discovery is that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to do it.

 Hallelujah!
Here are the things you’ll need and how to make them yourself:
4 lemons
Juicer
Ice cube box
Water (optional)
 1. Slice the lemons in halves.
2. Using a juicer, squeeze the lemons
to get the juice out.
3. Dilute the juice with water. This is optional, however. I like my mine to be less concentrated so that there will be just a hint of the citrus-y taste in my water.
4. Grab your ice cube box and pour the liquid into it.  Let it freeze.
I let mine freeze overnight because I want them to be really frozen so that they won’t stick once I put them in a freezer bag. Oh yeah, how you store them is entirely up to you. I put mine in a freezer bag to save space, but you’re welcome to leave them on the tray if you want.
And that’s it! So easy, right? With this, I’ll just get a cube and drop them on a glass of warm water and let it thaw. Then, I’ll have lemon water in an instant. You can, too, by following the  easy-peasy instruction.

 

Here’s to health and wellness! Cheers!

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