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Food & Drink
The Benefits of Plums

SweatTheStyle_PlumsStone Fruit is officially in season and we are super excited about it! From cherries to peaches to plums, some of the sweetest, tastiest tree grown food are stone fruits. Of the three fruits, plums are the most unique. Plums contain a unique antioxidant that is effective at neutralizing a particularly harmful type of free radical. Plums are also a low-calorie fruit with a low glycemic index and contain useful amounts of vitamin C, which fortifies the body’s defenses against infection and increases the amount of energy-giving iron that we absorb from food.

Plums come in various colors ranging from black to purple, red, yellow, and everything in between. Plums are generally in season in the United States from the end of May all the way into October. California is the number one producer of plums in the United States and therefore ship plums all over the country. California plums start to ripen in late May and the season goes until around the start of September, so you have a few more months to enjoy as many plums as you can!

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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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