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A lemon poppy seed recipe and other reasons why you should love lemons.


 Ana    Wednesday June 08, 2016

When life gives you lemons celebrate them! 

Lemons are natures cure for so many things. Yet many people seem to dismiss these yellow beauties. I don't and neither should you! Lemons are very good for your health. Among the many benefits of these packed with vitamin C wonders, they help keep wrinkles at bay, stimulate the digestive system and strengthens the liver. 

Three simple ways to use lemons to benefit your health. 

#1 Do you have a headache? A pounding throb in your head that keeps getting worse? Before the full attack on your brain start, drink black coffee with a squeeze of lemon juice. This may not taste great, but it sure helps.

#2 Lemons really are miracle workers of nature. Do you have a sore throat? Drink hot water with a slice of lemon. You will feel better. When your sore throat attacks your vocal cords and you lose the ability to speak, lemon juice will do the trick again. This time add the juice of one lemon to some honey. You'll be signing in no time. 

#3 Start your day with warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice. This morning drink will help you flush out toxins and help you to lose weight. 

If you still aren't convinced that consuming lemons are good for you here is a recipe to help you fall in love with these ovals shaped beauties. 

 

Lemon and poppy seed loaf

Difficult level: Easy peasy lemon sqeezy 

Ingredient:

- 1 lemons

- 1 ¾ cups of flour

- 1 ¼ teaspoons of baking powder

- 1 stick of softened butter

- 1 cup of sugar

- 2 eggs

- 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract

- ¾ cup of milk

- ½ teaspoon of salt

- 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds

- 2 tablespoons of water

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with baking paper; make sure you leave an overhang on two sides. Whisk in a bowl the flour with the baking powder, the poppy seeds and ½ teaspoon of salt. In another bowl mix the butter with ¾ cup of sugar until fluffy. Beat in 2 eggs, the vanilla, milk and the zest of 1 lemon.  Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix until you have a smooth batter.

Pour your batter into the loaf pan and bake for 55 to 65 minutes.

Check if your loaf is baked by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf. If the toothpick comes out clean your loaf is done. Now whisk ¼ cup of sugar, the juice of 1 lemon and 2 tablespoons of water together. Pour this mixture over the warm bread and let it cool for 1 hour. After 1 hour remove the loaf from the pan and let it cool completely before serving.

With love, Ana

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