LEMON DREAM VINAIGRETTE

Zest of 1 large lemon

4 T fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)

1 T agave nectar
1 t vanilla extract

1/2 t lemon extract

1/4 t stevia (Sweetleaf)

1/16 t xanthan gum (Bob's Red Mill)

2 T almond oil

2 T flax oil

Whisk together the first 7 ingredients. Slowly add in the oils while briskly whisking to emulsify.  Serve drizzled over mixed greens tossed with blueberries or blackberries and macadamia nuts or walnuts. ©Janice Moreland http://thekitchentwist.com

THE TWIST

The Vitamin C in Lemon Dream Vinaigrette will enhance the absorption of the iron present in such greens as endive, spinach, mustard greens, kale and radicchio. They pair together nicely for that reason and many others. Though lemon is acidic to the taste, it leaves off alkaline residues in the body. This is why it is useful in all symptoms of acidosis. Lemons help in production of antibodies in the blood which attacks the invading microorganism and prevents infection.  It has been proved by experiments that the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases are destroyed in lemon-juice. Lemon is an antioxidant which deactivates the free radicals preventing many dangerous diseases.  Lemon-juice is a powerful antibacterial. It also contains some vitamin A. Natural vitamin C is much more effective than the synthetic one. The Vitamin C of lemon-juice is very effective because it is combined with bioflavonoids (vitamin P). In addition to Vitamin C, lemon also contains niacin and thiamin in small amounts. Lemon lowers blood pressure and increases the levels of HDL (good cholesterol). Lemon is found to be anti-carcinogenic which lower the rates of colon, prostate, and breast cancer. Lemon juice is said to give a glow to the skin, clear the digestive system, help to purify the liver, relieve colic pain and gastric problems, help to prevent and cure osteoarthritis, lowers cholesterol levels and help to bring down your weight, and help prevent dehydration and shock in case of diarrhea.

Stevia extract is a super-sweet, low-calorie dietary supplement that helps regulate blood sugar and supports the pancreas. It is valuable for anyone with diabetes and hypoglycemia. It is a wonderful aid to weight loss and weight management because it contains no calories. In addition, research indicates that it significantly increases glucose tolerance and inhibits glucose absorption. People who ingest stevia daily often report a decrease in their desire for sweets and fatty foods. It may also improve digestion and gastrointestinal function, soothe upset stomachs, and help speed recovery from minor illnesses.

Xanthan gum derives its name from a strain of bacteria and although it sounds a bit alien it is a completely natural product and is safe to use. This bacteria is frequently found on many fruits and vegetables. Xanthan gum works as a natural stabilizer in this vinaigrette.

Flax oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids which aid in brain and nervous system function, and can help reduce the inflammation associated with asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and migraine headaches.