(Health Secrets) Want to give your food some sparkle and boost nutrition at the same time? Try citrus sprinkles, which are fresh lemon, lime or even grapefruit in sprinkle form. Citrus sprinkles will liven up the dullest dish with an explosion of flavor, without adding calories or salt. Best of all you’ll bet a mega dose of vitamin C and all the other health benefits citrus fruits are known for.
Why boost citrus intake?
Citrus is legendary worldwide for its taste appeal and nutrition. It’s well documented that citrus is a rich source of the vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber that are essential for optimal growth and development, and nutritional well-being. Other biologically active compounds found in citrus, known as phytochemicals, can reduce risk of many chronic diseases. Citrus is anti-microbial and helps prevent infections, and it is acts as an anti-parasitical in food. There is evidence that citrus is effective against many types of cancer.
The idea for citrus sprinkles comes from chefs desiring to use the entire citrus fruit in their creations in order to get the benefits of the magnificent flavor in citrus peel. Citrus sprinkles offer a whole new taste dimension compared to using citrus juice alone.
Citrus peel contains 5 to 10 times more vitamin C than can be had by just using the juice, and it contains lemon oil too. Lemon oil is a powerful health rejuvenator, calming stress and removing mental fatigue, tension, and anxiety. Consuming lemon oil is instantly refreshing. Lemon oil helps people with insomnia, boosts the immune system, satisfies food cravings, and is useful for treating asthma. Think about all the citrus peel we have thrown away!
How to make citrus sprinkles
To make sprinkles, buy large fresh whole lemons, limes or grapefruits, Wash and dry them well, and pick off the green stem end. Then place them in a bag or wrapper and put them in the freezer. Once the fruit is completely frozen solid, get out your grater and grate the entire fruit starting at the lumpy end, using the small grater holes.
Scoop up the grated fruit, place it in a freezer-safe container and pop it back into the freezer. Once the sprinkles become refrozen, use them to sprinkle onto foods to add awesome flavor, zest and nutrition. Notice there is no waste when you make citrus sprinkles. When they are sprinkled on foods, the flavor disperses consistently, and as an added bonus your kitchen will smell wonderful after you grate the sprinkles.
Use citrus sprinkles on salads, dips, salsa, raw and cooked vegetables, casseroles, pasta dishes, rice, potatoes, meats, and even cereal. Citrus sprinkles give fish a fabulous appeal. You can even liven up a package of ramen noodles with these sprinkles.
Use citrus sprinkles on all kinds of desserts including ice cream. Drinks are especially enhanced by citrus sprinkles. Turn up the flavor and nutrition of summertime drinks such as lemonade or fruit punch by adding lime and grapefruit sprinkles. Use lemon or lime sprinkles in wine, mixed drinks, beer and champagne.
For a tutorial on how to make lemon sprinkles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygxFYIuGWPs