My kitchen has been overflowing with lemons lately, I’ve been trading with a lovely friend for kombucha scobys and I have had a ball creating (and recreating) some delicious recipes and trying to sneak them into as many meals as possible.
My baked lemon chicken has been a hit, and there aren’t many people who would turn down some freshly caught fish with a squeeze of lemon. It’s such a versatile fruit.
- Did you know that the lemon’s acidic taste is due to citric acid? Citric acid constitutes up to 8% in its juice. Citric acid is a natural preservative, aids in smooth digestion, and helps dissolve kidney stones.
- Lemons are also an excellent source of vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid), and provides about 88% of daily recommended intake. Ascorbic acid itself is a powerful water soluble natural anti-oxidant. Vitamin C rich foods such as lemon assist in your body’s natural immune system to resist infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the blood.
- Lemons also contain a good source of B vitamins (pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, folate, etc) which are absolutely essential to the body – they must be derived from food sources and cannot be made within the body.
- The humble lemon also contains a plentiful amount of minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron & copper. Potassium is a totally underrated superstar that allows your trillions of cells to maintain their fluidity and controls the heart rate and blood pressure.
I don’t think there is anything as refreshing in summer than the subtle taste of fresh lemon. So after a bit of trial and error I created this little beauty which is now on the top of my hubby’s list for his morning chia pudding
Here’s my Lemon Chia Bliss recipe (makes 4-6 serves).
• Zest and juice of 2 large or 4 small lemons,
• 1 x 400ml can of coconut cream,
• 1 & ½ cups of coconut milk,
• 6 tbsp of chia seeds,
• 5-6 tbsp of maple syrup or sweetener of your choice &
• ½ tsp of tumeric.
Pop all in a bowl and stir well to combine. Taste to test, and adjust if necessary. Feel free to add a little more lemon if you like more of a zing, or if your lemons aren’t too juicy.
Add into glasses, bowls or jars and refrigerate to set overnight. Don’t forget to stir or shake every few hours to make sure it sets evenly, if you forget give it a stir before serving.
I love this served with a little coconut myself, while leaving it plain is equally as yum! Enjoy x
The feedback on this one has been amazing, and my 3 kids have almost exhausted my bulk supply of chia these school holidays. It’s safe to say that this one is a winner x