Get Your Ice-Cold Lemonade Here!

Sometimes you just want a quick glass of cold lemonade without all the gross preservatives and excess sugar you get from the powdered junk. This little concoction is

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another gem from my childhood. I remember my mother keeping a jar of what we called Concentrate in the fridge year round, ready to be added to water for a tasty glass of lemonade at whim.

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Blue Castles | Lemonade

If you’ve got a lot of citrus laying around that you don’t know what to do with, you’ll love this. There isn’t a specific recipe involved. It’s really just depends on how much you have on hand.

So grab those variations of citrus and bust out the juicer, my friends! I’m going to keep you in lemonade all summer long.

Literally all Concentrate is, is freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice (and orange if you want it a little sweeter), and maple syrup. It’ll store nicely in the fridge in a sealed jar. Your maple syrup should equal about half the amount of the juice. So if you have 1/2 cup of juice, you’d want about 1/4 cup of maple syrup. You can use less syrup if you add oranges, since oranges are naturally sweet. You can experiment until you get the level of sweetness you prefer.

Then it’s a couple tablespoons of Concentrate in a glass with ice and water and you have a fast, delicious, healthier version of lemonade on demand.  The juice and the syrup separate, of course, so just give the jar a quick shake to recombine before you make your drink.

I love the depth of flavour the maple syrup provides. It’s a much more complex sweet than sugar is, and it gives this lemonade a lovely round flavour.

So if you’re looking for a refreshing drink to fortify you from the heat, whip up a batch of Concentrate and keep it on hand all summer long!

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Decadent Cocoa Date Bars

Sometimes that long stretch between breakfast and lunch can feel like an eternity.  For me, its usually around the 10 am mark when my energy starts to lag, and I know I still have a great big list of chores to tackle before I can think about lunch and I need a pick-me-up.

These nifty little date bars are the perfect solution! They’re delicious and, as an added bonus, there is no additional sugar and there are only 5 ingredients! Not to mention their chocolatey flavour satisfies those pesky chocolate hankerings.

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