Have a Healthy New Year with Limoneira Citrus

Limoneira spokesperson Megan Roosevelt explores easy ways to use lemons to kick off 2017 the right way

(Santa Paula, CA) – 2017 has arrived, and brought with it the usual slew of New Year’s Resolutions and post-holiday focus on health, and there’s no better tool for a fresh start than citrus fruits. This month, Limoneira spokesperson and founder of Healthy Grocery Girl Megan Roosevelt is excited to share some easy, DIY ways to boost your healthy lifestyle with lemons. From easy recipes sure to lessen the burden of mid-week cooking to simple ways to make exercising more pleasant, lemons are a friend to anyone determined to start the new year off on the right foot.
For a demonstration, you can view Megan detail her fresh New Year tips and recipes here on the Limoneira YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe – videos with more wonderful tips and tricks will be added to the channel each Friday.

Beginning this month and continuing throughout 2017, Megan will be producing weekly videos that demonstrate fun, easy and healthy tips to get your year in great shape.

Take a look at some great new examples below. Limoneira has also linked with additional global health experts that share their knowledge with the customers of our grocery and food service partners around the world. Their biographies can be found on Limoneira’s website.

Mason Jar Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette – Meal prepping is an important way to cut down kitchen time during a hectic week. With this simple recipe and a mason jar, eating healthy all week long is easier than ever.

Ingredients:
Dressing:
  • ½ cup organic virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 whole lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp 100% real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pinch of sea salt and pepper
Directions: Add all ingredients to a container or mason jar. Whisk, or if the container has a lid, you can shake ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.

Salad:
  • ½ cup kidney beans
  • ¾ cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup sweet orange bell pepper
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
Directions: Add salad dressing at the base. Then add kidney beans, quinoa, veggies, lettuce and hemp seeds on top. Enjoy!

Lemon Detox Smoothie – New Year, new you! Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to get back to that healthy you – and lemons are here to help. This wonderful smoothie is a quick, tasty and healthy way to start your day, end a workout, or just as a midday snack.

Ingredients:
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 apple
  • 1 serving plant-based protein powder
  • 1 cup water (or non-dairy milk)
  • 1 cup ice
Directions: Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend together and enjoy.

Simple Lemon Yoga Mat Cleaner – Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. For those folks who, like Megan, enjoy the purifying practice of yoga as part of their fitness routine, this next tip will help keep that yoga mat fresh and ready to go at a moment’s notice – in the easiest, most natural way possible.

Ingredients:
  • 3 parts water
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
Directions: Combine ingredients and whisk together. Add to a spray bottle. Spray yoga mat when needed and wipe down with a clean rag or sponge.
Lemon Detox Smoothie
Mason Jar Salad w/ Lemon Vinaigrette
Each month, Megan will be featuring another wonderful facet of lemon living. Subscribe to Limoneira’s Youtube channel for more information on the many ways this endlessly versatile fruit can improve life inside the home and beyond.

SNEAK PEEK February 2017 February is the month of love and beauty, and citrus provides a number of benefits for skin and hair. Couples can enjoy lemon drop martinis and learn how to create eye-catching complexions.

About Limoneira®
The Limoneira Company was founded in Ventura County, California in 1893. Today, Limoneira has evolved into a global company whose mission is to preserve and promote its tradition, heritage and legacy in agriculture and community development.   With 11,000 acres of agricultural production, Limoneira is the largest provider of lemons and avocados in the United States. In addition to agriculture, Limoneira has a long history of community building. Finally, sustainability has been woven into Limoneira’s fabric for over a century with strategic investments in water, solar, soil, and integrated pest management.  For more information, visit www.limoneira.com.

About Megan Roosevelt and Healthy Grocery Girl ®

Megan Roosevelt is an internationally published author, cooking show host and producer as well as a nutrition expert for regional and national television and magazines. In addition to being a plant-based Registered Dietitian, Roosevelt through Healthy Grocery Girl® provides her extensive audience with on-line cooking videos and says “I love helping people get healthy in ways that are realistic and fun”.
Roosevelt is the spokesperson for Limoneira’s Lemons for Life™ campaign and says “As one of the largest growers of lemons in the United States, the partnership with Limoneira made a great deal of sense”, she said. “It’s synergistic. We all know that lemons are among the healthiest products people can integrate into their diets”. Lemons for Life ™ highlights a variety of ways that lemons can be integrated into consumer’s lives. These include recipes, natural cleaning, beauty and health tips as well as lifestyle applications.
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