health

Feeling salty?

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Here’s an idea: add flavor—not sodium—to your
next meal by swapping out salt for lemons. We call
it the S’alternative choice.

It’s as tasty as it is
healthy, not to mention super easy.

Plus, it’s backed by research from master chefs over at
Johnson & Wales University (no big deal). By opting for
fresh lemon juice and zest in place of some salt, you can
cut as much as 75% of sodium from all sorts of recipes,
without losing flavor. Nutritional win.

Ready to live that S’alternative life? Here’s a cheat sheet to get you started.

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Stop and Smell the Citrus

For real, though. That fresh citrus scent you get from peeling an orange
or zesting a lemon can really brighten your day.

It’s been said that these aromas can create a peaceful,
calming atmosphere and help with relaxation.
For oranges, it’s thanks in part to linalool: an ingredient found in its oil.
If mandarins or grapefruit are more your thing, good news:
their scent could also help you unwind.
So go ahead, take it all in.

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Cara Caras:
Pretty powerful

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It’s no secret that Cara Cara Navel oranges offer
20% more vitamin C and nearly 30% more vitamin
A than your standard Navel orange.

(We may or may not have mentioned this elsewhere.
What can we say, we’re proud.)

But what you might not know is that they also have key nutrients like folate, fiber and potassium in every bite. And that’s not the only reason they’re known as the Power Orange.

Notice how they’re pink inside? (How could you not?) That’s because of this thing called lycopene. It’s an antioxidant that’s not only really good for you, but also makes Cara Caras look quite pretty. The Power Orange truly is a beautiful thing.

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Grapefruit: Not just for diets (but also for diets)

Yes, it’s true that grapefruit might be able to help you drop a few pounds. (According to a 12
week study known as “The Grapefruit Diet.” For 12 weeks, adults who ate half a grapefruit
three times a day before each meal lost an average of 3.5 pounds.) But it can also play a role
in fighting certain types of cancer.

We should mention that no single food can protect you against cancer on its own, but research
suggests that incorporating plant-based foods (like grapefruit) into your diet may help lower
the risk. Kind of a big deal.

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Talk about being
well-rounded

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No matter what kind of citrus you’re into, they all
bring a number of health benefits to the table.

 

Letting citrus go to your head

Citrus is a major source of flavonoids. (Aka antioxidants.)
(Aka the things that keep your cells from getting damaged.)
In addition to having a fancy name, the flavonoids found
in citrus may also provide benefits for brain health. Eating
citrus should be a no-brainer.

 

Showing your heart some love

It’s been said that vitamin C might play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease. And what do you know, citrus is loaded with that very vitamin. Several types of oranges and grapefruit also contain fiber, another heart-healthy nutrient. Love that.

 

The mother of all nutrients

Oranges are a good source of folate, a nutrient that’s super important during pregnancy because it promotes cell growth. Really gives “mother nature” a whole new meaning.

 

Just what the doctor ordered

Next time a cold’s going around the office, you might want to reach for a Cara Cara Navel orange or grapefruit. Both are rich in vitamins A and C, which support your immune system and could keep you from breaking out the cough drops and tissues.

 

And it’s good for skin, too

Did we mention citrus has a ton of vitamin C? That also comes in handy (quite literally) when it comes to your skin. Vitamin C promotes the production of collagen, which helps give skin strength and elasticity.

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home

Lemon: Cleans up real nice

If you think lemons taste good, wait till you see how well they
spruce up your home. (Spoiler: they do it really, really well.)

 

For that new-home smell:

  • Grind a lemon peel in your garbage disposal and say goodbye to lurking scents.
  • Cut a lemon in half and rub it over a cutting board. Rinse, dry and forget all
    about what you were chopping up. (Sorry, onions.)
  • After cooking, rub your hands with a lemon wedge. Not only will it get rid of
    lingering grease and oil, it’ll also keep your hands nice and soft. Smooth move.
  • Got a fireplace? Toss a lemon in, get the fire roaring and enjoy the fact that you
    pretty much just made the world’s largest candle. (Don’t quote us on that.)

 

For that new-home look:

  • Keep copper pots, pans and bowls spotless by scrubbing them with fresh lemon juice.
    Pro tip: you can also mix salt and lemon to remove oxidation.
  • Fact: Aluminum pots and kettles discolor. Also fact: lemons can make them look good
    as new. Just fill with water, add fresh lemon juice (or slices) and boil. Magic, kind of.
  • Not to keep talking about discoloration, but you can also clean pots with a cloth dipped
    in lemon juice and then rinse with warm water to get them back in tip-top shape.
  • For anyone with glass kitchenware (that’d be everyone), here’s a tip. Make your
    decanter or coffee pot sparkle by rubbing it with a cut lemon or by soaking it in
    lemon juice and water. Rinse well and dry with a lint-free cloth.

 

For everything else:

  • Remove stains from clothes by mixing 1/3 cup of lemon juice with water.
    Soak the stain, wash, rejoice in all the adulting.
  • Got a garden? First of all, good for you. Second of all, try using
    lemon peels as fertilizer for plants that need extra acidity.
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beauty

Lemon Almond
Scrub: how
refreshing

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Have more Pinterest fails than wins?
This exfoliator is right up your alley.

Super easy to make—and easy on skin, too. It leaves you feeling clean, refreshed and maybe even ready to take
on another DIY project. (More on that in the next section.)
 

What you’ll need:

  • 30 almonds
  • Zest from 3 Sunkist® lemons
  • 3 tablespoons of juice from freshly-squeezed lemons
  • 3 tablespoons of honey

 

Directions:

Grind almonds and lemon zest together in a coffee grinder or food processor. Then, combine the mixture in a small bowl with lemon juice and honey until it forms a grainy cream.

Apply the mixture to your face, massaging in a circular motion to lift and remove all of the dirt and exfoliate the skin. Rinse with warm water and take in how smooth your skin feels. Nice.

Want more ideas on how to turn lemons into beauty products? Check this out.

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Grapefruit Scrub: a seriously smooth move

Now that you’re riding the DIY train, why not give your hands a
little TLC, too?

This grapefruit scrub leaves skin feeling silky soft,
and makes nails look brighter than ever.

 

What you’ll need:

  • ¾ cup of organic sugar
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed Sunkist® grapefruit juice
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp honey

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, then apply to your hands by
dipping a sliced grapefruit in the mixture. Massage onto skin and drape
a lukewarm washcloth over your hands for that extra soothing touch.

For all the visual learners out there, here’s a video of how to make the scrub.

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