Limes, have the scientific name Citrus Aurantifolia, and have been well known for its medicinal properties and uses in the treatment of various ailments for ages. Limes are grown on trees that flourish in tropical and subtropical climates. They were thought to originate in Southeast Asia and  made their way to the New World with Columbus on his second voyage in 1493. Due to its unique flavor, the lime fruit is widely consumed all over the world and has various culinary and non-culinary uses. It is also used in the preparation of various cosmetic and health products. Extracted from lime’s peel or skin, lime essential oil  is extensively used in aromatherapy and perfumes.

Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids and antioxidants.

kaempferol is the flavonoid found in limes which has been shown to stop cell division in several cancers.

Limes also contain a compound, called limonoids, can help fight lung, breast, stomach and colon, skin, and mouth cancers.

Limes contain powerful anti-microbial and antibiotic properties to fight infections.

Scientists noted that in several West African villages where cholera epidemics had occurred, lime juice included in the diet protected against cholera. (a deadly bacteria-activated disease).


AVOCADO-LIME SALSA RECIPE: 

1 avocado chopped

Handful Chopped cilantro

2 Chopped Roma tomatoes

1/4 Chopped onion

2 tbsp olive oil

1 Freshly squeezed lime

1-2 cloves Chopped garlic

1 jalapeño chopped (remove seeds to make it less spicy )

Instructions:

 1. Finely chop and Combine all ingredients. Add a pinch of salt to taste.

Enjoy!

TIP: To extract the maximum amount of juice, make sure the limes are at room temperature, and firmly roll them back and forth under your palm a couple of times – that helps to break down some of the flesh’s fibres.

Stevia is a plant that originates in South America and has been used for over 1,500 years as a culinary herb. The leaves of the stevia plants are naturally sweet and can be dried and powdered into a pure sweetener that is about 150X times sweeter than sugar.

One of the main features of stevia is the fact that this herb has virtually no calories and is a zero on the glycemic index. This means that it doesn’t spike blood sugar levels or impact the blood sugar in deleterious ways. (An excellent choice for a someone with type 2 diabetes).

Using stevia as a sweetener will protect from candida overgrowth because it is sweet without glucose in it, so the fungus will starve to death

Stevia promotes oral health because it has been found to have antimicrobial properties. This can help maintain a healthy mouth by reducing your risk of cavities, tartar build up and gingivitis.

Substituting regular sugar with stevia can help improve the nutritional profile of your favorite food and beverages, allowing you to enjoy them regularly without causing health problems, or weight gain.


CREAMY MINT CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM (non dairy) – 2 servings *

1 frozen banana 

1  frozen ripe avocado

1/4 cup full fat coconut milk

(optional) 2 drops liquid stevia or powdered green leaf stevia

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup fresh mint or 1/2 tsp mint extract

2 ounces dark chocolate chips / or chopped dark chocolate bar (dark 70%-95% cacao)

Instructions:

1. Blend all ingredients in a vitamix or high speed blender.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Natures Gatorade. A yummy and healthy electrolyte drink. Good for general detoxification of the body.

Hibiscus lemon ginger switchel

Makes 1-2 drinks
INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
4 teaspoons sweetener (molasses, maple syrup, raw honey)
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 cup water                                                     1 hibiscus tea bag ( brew a cup and let cool)

Combine all ingredients in a jar or glass. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to a day.

Shake or stir before serving. Taste and adjust sweetener, if desired. If using fresh ginger, strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth.

Pour over ice or mix with soda water, if desired.