I have a difficult time committing to long term relationships. There. I said it.
I’m kidding. I really don’t. Or at least I don’t think I do? I can’t be sure anymore. Ha! What I mean to say is that I have a difficult time committing to long term relationships that are tedious and requiring clean up. And I think that has a different meaning. For example, I’m completely uncommitted to my relationship with making a green juice every day. Tried it. It’s not happening for me. I quickly go from being THE Juice Tiger and feeling like the healthiest being on the planet to telling juice to jump off a cliff and take its pulp with it. Who even knows what to do with all that pulp anyway? A girl can only make so many muffins out of green pulp, but darn it, throwing it away feels so wasteful!
A daily dose of lemon water is another one of those things that has fallen into the category of tedious and requiring cleanup and for whatever reason I’ve just had a hard time committing to it. I hear you. What’s so difficult about chopping up a lemon everyday and plopping it in my water? Well, I don’t know what to say except it’s just hard for me and here’s what it usually looks like… I’ve got a lemon. I want the juice from it in my water. I’ve gotta cut it up, squeeze half of it, then I have to find a little piece of plastic wrap, wrap up the half I didn’t use, promptly lose that half in the fridge and find it 2 months later all shriveled and moldy. Oh, the struggle and the strife! But I really want to drink lemon water every day! I feel in my bones that it’s important and good for me to do so. I don’t only feel it, I kind of know it. I’ve done a bit of online searching and some experimenting on how I feel when I drink lemon water every day and here are my favorite “whys” for having it be a part of my daily regime:
Aids in digestion. Need I say more? Who is this NOT important to?
Detoxifies your liver. Oh, please be sweet with your liver! I know it regenerates quickly, but you’ve only got the one and it plays a vital role in filtering ickiness out of your body. Since we all probably pick on our livers in one way or another, lemon water can help us keep it squeaky clean.
Immune system booster! Vitamin C, baby!
Lemons are high in antioxidants (Vitamin C being one of them)! The benefits of high antioxidant diets range from slowing down the aging process of skin to cancer prevention.
It just feels good. I gulp it down every morning and it wakes me up and is super refreshing.
All of these reasons are well and good, but if the execution of getting these benefits into me isn’t somewhat simple and time efficient then I’m not on board. Since “EVERYTHING is figureoutable” (Yes, getting lemon juice into a glass of water everyday can be done! Also, Marie Forleo said that, not me.) I went ahead and figured out a way that works for me and now I’m passing it on.
So, here’s what I do. We will be requiring a juicer here. If you don’t have one you can use one of those manual juicer things, but holy Hannah… You’re in for a pumpy time. I juiced an entire Costco bag of lemons that way once and my grip and right forearm hasn’t been the same since. But! Who needs a grip? Or a forearm? And if there’s a will there’s a way! And this way really only takes about 30 minutes. Not too shabby.
Buy a big bag of lemons.
Cut all the lemon rinds off (Tip: Cut off both ends, set the lemon on the cutting board on end and then skin down the sides. Did that make sense? Sounds a bit barbaric…) This cutting off the rinds business is important and it’s why I don’t just cut a lemon up and stick the whole thing in my water. Unless you’re buying organic lemons the rinds are covered with pesticides and other undesirables for your insides. I love you. Cut off your rinds please. XO
Throw all of those naked lemons into your juicer.
Pour the lemon juice into ice cube trays and freeze.
After you have your frozen lemon cubes pop them out and put them in a gallon zip-lock bag.
Voilà! There you have it! There’s a little bit of leg work up front, but for over a month all I have to do is grab a lemon cube and put it in my glass of water in the morning. It’s rocking my world. Let it rock yours.
Juicy Jam Session: Let this rock your world too. Gold by Chet Faker.