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Candied Citrus Peels

I love to juice and have been longing for a good recipe to use the biproducts (although composting isn’t the worst option), I wanted to be able to use all of the fruit. A lot of studies suggest the rind of fruits hold the most (or a lot) of fruits nutrients, so naturally I was excited to find a recipe that uses the rinds.

For the recipe you need:

1 orange

1 grapefruit

2 lemons

Water

2cups sugar (plus sugar for coating)

Chocolate (option)

Coconut (option)
Directions:

Pick fruit with minimal bruising, wash and slice through the peel to the fruit lengthwise four or five times to make for easy peeling.

Slice the pieces into your desired thickness.


Put peels in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil on high heat.

Drain and repeat boiling process, leaving the peels to simmer for 15 minutes. Drain.

Measure and add 1 cup of water, 2 cups of sugar and bring to a boil with peels.


Lower heat and allow mixture to simmer for 45minutes to 1 hour. The syrup should thicken.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up, and place a cooling rack over top.

Allow the peels to chill on the cooling rack for 12-24 hours.

Fill a bowl with sugar (can be white or brown), put sticky peels in sugar and mix until covered. For a healthier option I used coconut…melted dark chocolate would also be delicious.

Store in fridge. Enjoy!

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5 ways to get moving this summer 

Let’s face it, at Some point or another we have found ourselves in a rut, or feeling bored and unmotivated. BUT who says to get back at it you need to go for an hour long run, or crush a set of weights at the gym?

This time, instead of forcing the same routine, try one or all of these.
1. Go HIKING. I love the outdoors so this is an easy and obvious option for me. However, if you’re not an avid hiker, take this opportunity to get outside. Hiking doesn’t have to be tens of gruelling kilometres or aggressive incline. There are lots of options for the new hiker. If you’re in my area, ask me where 🙂

2. Take activity breaks and walk around the house or office. Some studies suggest the adult brain can’t focus for longer than 20 moinutes…for my self, I know it’s a wholesome 22 minutes before my brain starts to wander. Take note of what your brain’s time line is and organize your work day with quick physical breaks to give your mind a break.

3. Before you get out of bed, set your intention for the day. This could be 5 sets of 25 squats throughout the day, a certain amount of steps or a set duration for activity. Go one step further and share this goal with friends, family, coworkers or online to help hold you accountable.

4. Shake up your social circle. Finding a workout buddy will not only help keep you accountable, but it makes activity more fun. Don’t know the right people for this? Think of joining a group fitness class, hiring a personal trainer or joining a hiking group to give you the push you need.

5. Charles Duhigg teaches us there are three main components to creating or changing a habit; a cue, routine and reward. Make an effort to creating a habit of activity and it’ll be a no brainer ☺️