Lemon and Mint Ice Cubes

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The tartness of fresh lemons lends flavor to a glass of iced tea or a tray of lemon bars, but the fruit has numerous health benefits that make it a nutritious addition to your diet. One medium-sized, whole lemon contains just 24 calories and no fat. In addition to healthy doses of iron and potassium, lemons also supply significant amounts of fiber and vitamin C (1).

Lemon juice, rind, and zest are used in a wide variety of foods and drinks. Lemon juice is used to make lemonade, soft drinks, and cocktails. It is used in marinades for fish, where its acid neutralizes amines in fish by converting them into non-volatile ammonium salts, and meat, where the acid partially hydrolyzed tough collagen fibers, tenderizing the meat, but the low pH denatures the proteins, causing them to dry out when cooked (2).

Benefits Of Lemons:

  1. Skin: Did you know that lemons have long been used for their anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties but also come packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants that heal and create healthy, glowing skin?
  2. Liver Cleansing: Lemons are helpful in cleansing the liver, which is responsible for processing toxins and hormones. Add a fresh squeezed lemon to your morning water to cleanse and strengthen your immune system.
  3. Anti-inflammatory: While lemons are acidic in nature, they are actually “alkaline forming” meaning they become alkaline in your body thus they have been used for their anti-inflammatory properties by arthritis patients,
  4. Weight Loss/Cleansing: Lemons are blood purifying fruits, and can aid in digestion. Squeezing lemon onto your food or into your water will help your body properly metabolize a heavy meal. Some scientists even say lemons aid in weight loss.
  5. Toothache: Try some lemon juice on the gum area to relieve pain and stop the bleeding.
  6. Sunburn: Run some lemon juice on your skin to prevent your skin from getting worse after a burn. They are a natural anti-septic so using lemons on your skin can also help with acne and eczema.
  7. Cold/Sore Throat: Lemons are anti-bacterial in nature so squeeze lemon juice into your drink or onto your food if you have a throat infection to help kill bad bacteria and speed up the healing process. (Celery, cucumber, ginger and lemon is a great combo for sore colds and sore throats – blend in a smoothie.) (3)
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 I love lemons and mint leaves and I use it all the time, especially in making frozen drinks and adding it daily to tea, or simply making lemonade with it.  I love using Progressive N Slice Trays for it which are made for using lemon slices with ice but adding some mint to it takes it on a totally new level.  While drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water daily is great,  I want my water to have some flavor, be healthy, cool on hot summer day and very fast to make.  Thus came the idea of freezing mint along with my lemons.  Besides having an amazing smell, mint too has multitude benefits.  For is example it soothes digestive tract when you are having a stomach ache and helps to eliminate toxins from the body, as well as being an excellent cleanser for your blood.  It also is a great natural beauty product, since it helps with skin irritations and can aid in clearing up skin disorders such as acne.  Crushed mint leaves can also help in whitening your teeth and even combat bad breath.(4)    But, most important of all since we are talking about cooking here…is that tastes great too!:)

Sources:
1.  Benefits of Lemons.  www.youngandraw.com.  Retrieved on June 23, 2013
2.  Lemons. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon.  Retrieved on June 23, 2013
3.  What is the benefit of eating whole, fresh lemons?  http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefit-eating-whole-fresh-lemons-4390.html.  Retrieved on June 23, 2013
4.  Health Benefits of Mint Leaves.  http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-08-16/diet/30310696_1_health-benefits-cool-aftertaste-european-mints.  Retrieved on June 23, 2013

 

Ingredients:

2 Progressive “N” Slice Trays (click here to get more info about it)
2 Fresh Lemon
1 Fresh Mint Leaves Bunch
Distilled Water
 
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How to make Lemon and Mint Ice Cubes:

1.  Wash your lemons and your mint bunch.  Slice up your lemons, make sure the are thin enough to fit in N Slice Pockets.

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2.  Separate some mint leaves and then cut your lemon slices in half.  Take the takes seeds out of your lemons and trim your mint leaves if necessary.

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3.  Put 1-3 lemon leaves in the N slice and then secure the leaves with your lemon slice on top, so it fits tightly in pocket.

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5.  Finally add your distilled water to the pickets and put it back in your freezer.   If you intend of using it for drinks you can pour any alcohol mix over it, freeze and then use it to add to your cocktails too.

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I hope you enjoy your lemons and mint:).  I am sure  there are more strategies that can be used with freezing herbs, so I am looking forward to hearing back from you and your great ideas.

Love,

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