Updated: Mar 26, 2020
This is a great drink for keeping healthy during cold and flu season. With the Vitamin C content and the antimicrobial actions of lemon and ginger, this drink can be ideal when there are concerns of being exposed to germs. When one is sick, this can be refreshing and soothing.
Don't throw out that lemon peel!
According to the USDA, 100 g of lemon peels contain 10.6g of fiber, 134 mg of calcium,160g of potassium, and 129 mg of Vitamin C. Raw lemon juice contains 38.7 mg of Vitamin C, but very little else- as far as nutrient content.
Of course, this can be iced, but I highly recommend drinking it warm, especially this time of year. You will need a blender for this one to work those lemon peels, but it is quick and easy!
1 quart of water
2inches of ginger root
sweetener of choice- stevia, maple syrup, honey, or cane sugar
1. Slice the ginger into thin slices or shred with a grater.
2. Place the quart of water into a pan with the ginger and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Cut off each end of the lemons, then slice into quarters. Remove the seeds and slice each wedge again in half so that it is half as long.
4. Place the lemons into a blender.
5. Once the ginger is fully simmered, pour the ginger and water into the blender.
6. Add your sweetener of choice. I used cane sugar this time, but I normally use honey or maple syrup. I found 4 tbsp to be perfect.
7. Blend on high until fully mushed. In a vitamix, this may take one minute, in a blender, go for 3-5.
8. You can choose to pour through a metal strainer, or enjoy the thickness (and fiber) of the lemonade.
9. Pour and enjoy!
Leave a comment below and let me know how you like it! 🍋