Food & Drink
The Benefits Of Lemon Verbena

SweatTheStyle_LemonVerbenaFor anyone who loves the taste and aroma of lemons, we have the perfect treat for you! Lemon Verbena, fresh or dried is an herb that can truly ramp up the taste in many of our favorite refreshing drinks and even recipes.

Well known as the strongest lemon scent, Lemon Verbena not only tastes great but also has many health benefits. Some of the most fascinating health benefits of lemon verbena include its ability to help with weight loss, protecting your muscles, reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, calming your stomach, soothing nerves, and clearing up congestion.

Some of the easiest ways to enjoy Lemon Verbena is to mix it with cucumber and water to make a super refreshing summertime drink or you can also add thin slices to your veggies and fish before you throw them on the grill this summer. You can find lemon verbena at many farmers markets and even grow it in your own backyard!

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More Pink Lemons Please!

SweatTheStyle_PinkLemonsWe know what you’re thinking and nope this is not a grapefruit, they are pink lemons! Pink lemons were first discovered in a home garden on an ordinary Eureka lemon tree in Burbank, California around 1930. It is now grown as a farmers market fruit in limited quantities throughout Southern California.

Pink lemons are visual stunners, especially compared to lemons that you are used to seeing! They have a yellow-and-green-striped skin (when the green fades you know the fruit is ripe) and blush-pink flesh (lycopene which is also the antioxidant that gives grapefruits their ruby hue) that gets pinker as they ripen. You would think with all of this pink greatness the juice would be pink, nope still clear so this is not what makes the pink lemonade pink 🙂 Now to the taste… Pink lemons taste less tart than regular lemons, with a more fruity, floral flavor, making them ideal for desserts, water flavoring, or a summertime cocktail!

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Lemon Water Benefits

AdrianneHo_AgentProvaceteur_Swim-14AdrianneHo_AgentProvaceteur_Swim-5Lemon water is a very simple drink with an extensive list of health benefits. Even if you’re not a big water drinker, you might want to make a glass when you check out how incredible it is for your body and mind! Here are the top five benefits…

1. Aids in digestion and detoxification.
2. Bumps up the vitamin C quotient.
3. Rejuvenates skin and heals the body.
4. Helps shed pounds.
5. Boosts energy and mood.

An easy way to reap the benefits of lemon water is to squeeze half a lemon into room temperature water and drink it first thing in the morning. This will allow you to start your day on the right foot. Cheers!

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Blossom Water Lemon Rose

SweatTheStyle_LemonRoseWaterIf you haven’t heard of Blossom Water before you are in for a real treat. A Massachusetts based company started its flower-infused water business a few years ago. Today, they have four flavors: lemon rose, plum jasmine, grapefruit lilac and pomegranate geranium.

This pure water is infused with real fruit & flower essences, lightly sweetened with agave nectar and only 45 calories per bottle. Aromatic and uniquely flavorful this drink is refreshing and thirst quenching as well!

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Schaner Farms Lavender Lemonade

SweatTheStyle_SchanerFarms_LavenderLemonade_2 Schaner Farms Lavender Lemonade contains fresh lemons and lavender that have been grown naturally without the use of pesticides. Perfect for a hot summer day it tastes just like lemonade with a light lavender aroma. If you’re around the Santa Monica Farmers Market on Wednesdays keep an eye out! Besides having a wide variety of produce and eggs, Schaner Farmers will always have their special housemade season juices available to grab on the go.

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Lori’s Original Ojai Lavender Lemonade

SweatTheStyle_LorisOriginalLemonadeWhen life won’t even give you lemons, grab a cold one and instantly brighten up your day.
SweatTheStyle_LorisOriginalOjaiLavenderLemonade Lori’s Original Ojai Lavender Lemonade is made with organic fresh lemons, water, cane sugar, and fresh lavender grown in Ojai, California. Feel good knowing that you’re avoiding processed ingredients like corn syrup, while drinking real lemon and lavender in every bottle. Keep a lookout for the Ginger Lemonade flavour as well. Both drinks are refreshing in the warmer months and help soothe sore throats and colds in the winter.

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Strawberry Lemonade Slushy

SweatTheStyle_ThickStrawberryAquaFresca_Food The chia seeds in this slushy make it extra thick and hydrating. They hold up to 9 times their weight in water and add a nice little crunch. Stevia is a healthier alternative to sugar that prevents blood sugar from spiking but still sweetens.
Ingredients:
Water: 2 Cups
Lemon Juice: 1/4 Cup
Strawberries: 1 Cup
Stevia: 1-2 Packages (To Taste)
Chia Seeds: 1/4 Cup
Ice: 1 Cup

Instructions:
Juice lemon over a strainer to catch the seeds and pulp.
Put all ingredients except ice and chia seeds into a blender and blend until they become liquid.
Add chia seeds and let sit in a fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Pour thickened chia liquid back into a blender with ice and blend to break down ice to become slush.

 

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