Lemon-Limeade

I’ve been enjoying the Madness Boxes. They’re coming every two weeks, and there are some variances each week. I get to make something different with each shipment of produce. Variety is the spice of life. That’s not say there aren’t similarities in the boxes. With produce, you do have to use what is in season.

I love fresh lemons and limes. They smell amazing, are bright and cheery in color, and I’m so happy I’ve been able to enjoy them in one of my favorite beverages this summer. Lemon-Limeade. Easy. Cold. Refreshing. Who could ask for more on a hot summer day?

A note about honey. I’m not really sure how much I put in my lemon-limeade. Not as much as I used to. I lessen the amount from time-to-time, as I get used to having less sweetness in this beverage. I’m doing this deliberately. Honey is a sweetener, after all. I don’t want to go overboard on sweeteners in my diet.

I use hand-held juice squeezers. You know the type. The metal ones. Orange for oranges. Yellow for lemons. Green for limes. Nothing particularly technical.

I’m also using organic ingredients for this recipe but, if you can’t afford organic everything I would suggest you concentrate on at least having organic honey – if you can.

Lemon-Limeade

Ingredients

1 lemon

1 lime

honey, to taste

1 quart water

Directions

  1. Wash and dry the lemon and the lime.
  2. Pour honey into the bottom of a pitcher.
  3. Squeeze the juice from one lemon into the pitcher.
  4. Do the same with the lime.
  5. Add one quart of water and stir.
  6. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Tips

  • If you have the insert for the pitcher, feel free to cut the lemon and the lime halves in half and add them to the insert.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t afford organic.
  • To save money, use store coupons.
  • Wait for sales on honey. Plan ahead.
  • You can drink this at room temperature.
  • Can also be served over ice.

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Citrus Water

I never peel the lemons and limes before placing them in the pitcher, but I have always peeled the orange. I have no idea why, it is just something I have done all along. Today I didn’t peel the orange. I quartered it, and halved two of the quarters. The other two quarters of the orange were used for something else.

With the addition of the orange, the vitamin C levels go up (versus what the Lemon-Lime Water contained.) Vitamins A and B6 are also evident, packing quite the nutritional punch.

Ingredients

1 lemon

1/2 a lime

1/2 an orange

water

  1. Rinse the fruit.
  2. Slice the lemon, and place the slices into the pitcher.
  3. Do the same with the half of lime.
  4. Quarter the half of the orange you will be using, and place the quarters in the pitcher with the rest of the fruit.
  5. Add the water, cover and refrigerate.

Tips

  • Try piercing the citrus fruit before adding it to the pitcher.
  • You can also squeeze 1 slice or section of each a little, letting the juices settle on the bottom of the pitcher before adding water.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve this beverage with breakfast for an added nutrition boost.

Happy sipping!

Shannon

 

Lemon-Lime Water

Yes, I’m still trying fruit water recipes. I’m enjoying my water much more these days! This was a simple one, with minimal ingredients. It provides vitamin C, folic acid, iron, calcium, and magnesium, and is refreshing on a hot day.

Ingredients

1/2 lime

1 lemon

water

  1. Set up the pitcher, if necessary. (I place the ring on the top of the pitcher, then add the tube. If you don’t have one of the pitchers, don’t worry about it.)
  2. Rinse the fruit.
  3. Slice the lime, placing the slices in the tube.
  4. Do the same with the lemon.
  5. Pour the water over the fruit, cover the pitcher, and place it in the refrigerator.

Tips

  • Try adding different types of fruit.
  • Add some herbs, such as mint.

Serving Suggestions

You may be interested in

Lemonade

Orange-Lemonade

Enjoy!

Shannon

Fruit Flavored Water

I’m still trying out new fruit combinations for homemade flavored water. This combination is the one I’m enjoying today. This refreshing drink is packed with vitamin C and folate, and have the added nutritional impact of fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, calcium and more.

I hope you like it as much as I do.

Ingredients

1/2 lemons

1/2 lime

kiwi

orange sections (I used about half an orange.)

ice

water

  1. Peel and slice the kiwi, placing the slices into a pitcher.
  2. Slice the lemon and lime and add to the pitcher.
  3. Cut the orange sections and place them in the pitcher as well.
  4. Fill pitcher half way with ice, then add water until full.
  5. Keep in the refrigerator.

Tips

  • Play around with the types of fruit you use. Other combinations are enjoyable as well.
  • Try some fresh mint.
  • If you prefer a little sweetness, add honey.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the lemon water with a beef salad.
  • This beverage would go well with soup and sandwiches.

You may also enjoy:

Lemon Water, for on the Go

Lemon-Lime Water

Enjoy!

Shannon

Vitamin Water

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been making fruit waters lately. Drank hot tea all winter, and now I’m in the mood for something else. But I don’t want the same thing all the time. I want different flavors. So I am experimenting.

My latest concoction is below. It turned out to be a very tasty experiment. It also packs quite the nutritional punch. The lemon adds vitamin C and folate, as does the lime. The addition of a kiwi fruit upped those nutrients, while adding others such as vitamins K and E, fiber, potassium, and more. Cucumber gave the water a dose of vitamin B1, as well as magnesium and biotin, among other important nutrients. And strawberries enabled me to add, among other things, vitamin B6 and omega-3 fats. Quite the healthy dose of nutrients, all told.

Ingredients

1/2 lemon

1/2 lime

3 or 4 strawberries

1 kiwi

5-8 slices cucumber

ice

water

  1. Slice the fruit, placing the slices into the pitcher. Add the cucumber.
  2. Fill pitcher half way with ice, then add water until full.
  3. Keep in the refrigerator.

Tips

  • Play around with the types of fruit you add. Mix things up a bit.
  • My friend Rose tells me that she crushes the fruit to add to the flavor impact.
  • If you prefer a little sweetness, add honey.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve this vitamin water as a stand-alone beverage, or as an accompaniment to any meal.

You may also enjoy:

Lemon Water

Strawberry-Watermelon Water

Enjoy!

Shannon