When life gives you lemons, have a look at this honey and lemon juice recipe before making lemonade. It is a better alternative.
Is Honey Lemon Juice Healthy?
Lemonade has been known to be a refreshing beverage and a good source of vitamin C. Although its vitamin C content is far less than orange juice, the drink still has an irresistible and irreplaceable charisma.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant possessing many beneficial properties.
For starters, vitamin C boosts your immune system by reducing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a common factor in causing severe diseases like cancer, diabetes, metabolic disorders, and more.
This immune-boosting nutrient also promotes heart health by lowering cholesterol levels and easing oxidative damage on the blood vessels.
Lemons are also famous for citric acid, which gives lemons their zingy tanginess, and can prevent kidney stones. One study pointed out that citric acid creates a less favorable environment for the disease’s development.
Does Honey Lemon Juice Promote Weight Loss?
There is a myth about whether or not drinking lots of lemon juice promotes weight loss. The soluble fiber in lemons— pectin— is thought to expand in our digestive system, preventing us from overeating.
Pectin indeed behaves like so in our guts. However, to have pectin in our system, we need to digest whole lemons, not just the juice.
Another study suggests that polyphenols extracted from the peel of lemons can potentially promote weight loss. However, the study’s subjects were mice, and there is yet to be a related study on humans with similar results.
So far, what we can be sure about concerning weight loss is this: intake calorie < burned calorie. Exercise regularly, regulate your food intake, and no myth can shake your belief.
Calories in Our Honey Lemon Juice
Each serving of this honey and lemon juice recipe provides around 67 calories. Most of the calories come from honey, as lemon juice contains almost zero carbohydrates.
This is to say the 67 calories come from honey. It is seemingly a lot, but in fact, it is within our calculation.
Each serving only has 17.5 grams of added sugar (from honey), entirely within allowance:
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How to Pick Juicy Lemons
When it comes to selecting the best fruits, people can come up with really clever tricks. Here are a few tips we found helpful:
- Choose heavy fruits: The one to yield more juice is heavier. Pick up a bunch of the same size, then select the heaviest one.
- Big fruits aren’t the juiciest: Big fruits can also have thick pits rather than juicy pulp. This is where the next trick comes in.
- Press to tell thick pith: Gently apply pressure to the fruit with your thumb and middle finger/index finger. Feel the resistance, and you can tell whether the rind is thick or not.
- Bright lemons mean ripe lemons: Riper citruses tend to appear brighter in color. Avoid those with green or darkened spots, and select the brightest of them all.
Here’s a bonus tip to get the most juice out of lemons: Roll them on the cutting board. The pressure helps to squeeze out juices from hard-to-reach spots, resulting in more juice for you.
How to Make Honey and Lemon Juice Recipe
This honey and lemon juice recipe has two steps:
Mix: Mix lemon juice, honey, and water in a serving pitcher.
Garnish and serve: Put ice into serving glasses. Pour in lemon juice and add lemon leaves and thyme to garnish.
Of course, you can add in more ingredients to create a more refreshing and energizing drink, but we found this to be perfect. At least for today.
Make Honey Lemon Juice Taste Better
Let’s see other stuff you can add to honey lemon juice:
1. Mint Leaves
Lemon juice and mint leaves are almost an inseparable combo. Mint adds a cooling sensation to any drinks, making this honey lemon juice recipe even more refreshing.
Not only sharing similar names, lemons and lemongrass also complement each other in a drink. You can even turn the stalk of lemongrass into environmental-friendly straws!
Thyme often appears in recipes for savory dishes, but did you know it adds a fantastic twist to beverages? Just add one sprig or two to the drink, and people will be stunned by how clever it is.
How Long Can You Keep Lemon Honey?
In our experience, lemonade stays edible within 24 hours or longer. Even better, it rarely turns dark when left for too long.
Make sure to do the following to store your drink properly:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before juicing to eliminate any present bacteria, which might spoil your drink. Make sure to clean the glass/cup/container to hold the drink, too.
- Using an airtight container can reduce exposure of the juice to air. This reduces the chance of airborne bacteria getting to your juice.
- If you use a glass or cup, cover it with cling wrap and allow the wrap to touch the juice. This removes the air in the glass/cup and hence, reduces the chance of bacterial contamination.
Honey and Lemon Juice Recipe
- 2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- 4 tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3 lemon leaves (garnish)
- 1 tbsp thyme 4-5 fresh sprigs
- Mix the lemon juice, honey, and water in a serving pitcher.
- Pour lemon juice into serving glasses. Garnish with lemon leaves and thyme to serve.