I keep running across articles about the health benefits of drinking lemon water on ye Internets, so you know, it must be true:
- 5 Reasons To Drink Lemon Water
- Can Lemon Water Help You Lose Weight
- 10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Lemon Water In The Morning
While I’m extremely skeptical of their ‘scientific’ content, there are a few points I can’t argue with:
- It’s pretty
- It encourages me to drink more water, when I have a pitcher of the stuff on my desk.
- It keeps my coffee intake lower.
- Drinking more water discourages me from mindless snacking AND makes my skin look fab-u-lous – something I need to think about with That Big Birthday staring down at me from the calendar.
- It’s really tasty.
- It does seem to be helping me lose weight (possibly because of the points above, more than any other reason).
I don’t have a lemon press and wouldn’t want to have to clean a juicer every day, so here’s how I prepare my lemon water, in case you want to follow my healthy example:
- Wash a whole lemon and slice it as thinly as you can 1
- Drop the slices into a half-gallon pitcher – the prettier the better: you’ll be more likely to keep it around.
- Chuck ice cubes on top of the lemons until the pitcher is about half full.
- Slowly fill the pitcher with water.
- While you’re waiting for the pitcher to fill, wash your chopping board and knife and then give your knife a quick sharpen so that tomorrow’s lemon slices will be paper thin tomorrow. 2
- Grab a glass and your pitcher, head to your desk et voila, healthy sugar-free water that will taste better and better with every glass.
I do refill my pitcher if I get through it, and the second batch is lemony from the get-go.
So that’s my advice: slice, drink and be merry!
- Thin slices mean more of the lemon’s flesh is exposed. More surface area means more of the lemony goodness. Discard seeds that fall out as you’re slicing. Do this in a beam of sunlight for added happiness. ↩
- There is nothing quite as therapeutic as starting your day by slowly torturing a fruit with a razor-sharp knife. It really gets the frustrations out. ↩