It is hard to believe it is already Thursday! Yikes. Michelle leaves for Oklahoma City in 2 days. And there is still so much to do before Saturday. Do you ever have days like that when you just seem overwhelmed by everything you have to get done before you head out of town? Why is that?
Well last night we enjoyed one of our favorite desserts. Lime Pudding made with avocados. If you are not a big fan of avocados this pudding is great for you because it does not taste like avocado!
- 2 avocados
- 4 packets stevia
- 4 tbsp lime zest
- 12 tbsp lime juice
Blend in a blender till smooth and enjoy.This pudding serves 2. (Yes you will need lots of lime for this recipe)
For some reason Michelle and I just get in these lime cravings. When all we want is something sweet yet tart. And lime is what always come to our minds. We use limes a lot along with lemons! It is funny though how much we love limes now because growing up in Florida (where our dad grew our own lime tree) we never really enjoyed them. Sure wish we I had a lime tree now because we go through them fast. They don’t grow in North Carolina!
Limes are a great staple ingredient in a raw foods lifestyle or any lifestyle for that matter. If you don’t use much limes you should because they can add so much flavor to any dish! Limes also have great fat burning qualities so if that doesn’t get you to have more limes than I am not sure what will?
For anyone wanting to lose some weigh here is a tip for you:
A warm glass of lime juice (water + lime juice) is a great weight reducer! The citric acid in limes is perfect for fat burning, so drink up!
Our friend Kimberly did a great post on the benefits of limes and gives a great recipe for lime bars. Ever since we read that post all we want is limes!
A small citrus fruit, Citrus aurantifolia, which has been used for ages to treat various ailments. Limes skin and flesh are green in color and which have an oval or round shape with a diameter between one to two inches. Limes can either be sour or sweet, with the latter not readily available in the United States. Sour limes possess a greater sugar and citric acid content than lemons and feature an acidic and tart taste, while sweet limes lack citric acid content and are sweet in flavor.
There are two general varieties of sour limes available, the Tahitian and the Key. Key limes, famous for the pie bearing their name, are smaller and more acidic than the Tahitian variety.
How to choose Limes?
Want ones that are firm and heavy for their size, free of decay and mold. They should have a glossy skin that is deep green in color. Be aware though, limes turn more yellow as they ripen, so when they are green they are at the height of their lively, tart flavor. Try to avoid ones with brown spots because may affect the flavor due to going bad. Limes are available in the marketplace throughout the year, although they are ripest from May to October. Store limes at room temperature away from sunlight, or can be placed in the crisper in the frigde.
Key benefits of Limes:
- Contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
- knows as a powerhouse
- antibiotic effects
- High in vitamin C
- great for immune system
- contains over 200 enzymes
- helps restore liver tissue
More health benefits of lime include scurvy, digestion, constipation, eye care, piles, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorders, gout, gums, weight loss, skin care, urinary disorders, etc.
We like lime juice becomes it helps us with digesting, detoxifying, and constipation. Lime’s scent starts to water in the mouth which aids in digestion, then the acids does the rest. The oil (flavonoids) extracted from the lime helps stimulate the digestive system and increase secretion of digestive juices, bile, and acids. Also helps get the peristaltic moving!
The acids found in lime helps clean the excretory system because it washes the tracts, just as you would use acid to clean a floor or toilet. If you suffer from constipation overdosing on lime juice and salt will belp clean you out with NO SIDE EFFECTS! You cannot overdose on lime. We like that : ) Limes also help the body get rid of accumulated toxins due to the uric acid. Limes are a reservoir for detoxifers!
Limes for athletes
Lime is great to have with your pre and post workout meals because limonin is present. Limonion is a form of limonin glucoside, which in limes is attached to a glucose(sugar) molecule. This is important because it is easy for the body to digest and you get the sugar needed for energy!
Feeling stuffy, try scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it gives immediate relief in congestion and nausea.
Do you like limes? If so, what is your favorite recipe?
Till next time, from our limes to yours,
The Raw Twins