Forget about the hot chocolate and cappuccinos. Now that the temperature’s rising, it’s always nice to have something refreshing before starting your day, after a workout, or when you’re simply lazying about outside.
Juice is healthy, convenient and a great option to stay energized during long summer days. This is why I want to give you three of my all-time-favourite orange juice recipes that I’ve used for several years for those who want to try something yummy and make something easy to prepare.
- 3 squeezed oranges
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup of strawberries
Add water to achieve desired consistency.
This one is one of my all-time favourites, especially because is really easy to make. You just have to squeeze three oranges to get the OJ, then add it in along with the strawberries and banana into a blender. It’s a great option when you’re in a hurry and need to get your breakfast done. It is also quite delicious.
- 3 squeezed oranges
- ¼ cup of mango
- ¼ cup of strawberries
- 1/3 cup of pineapple
This one’s ideal for the summer, very tropical. Just juice the oranges and add the rest of the ingredients in the blender. In a matter of seconds you’ll feel as though you were lying at the beach, taking in the warm weather. Sweet and sour, perfect for fruit lovers.
3. Rainforest delight
- 3 oranges
- ½ cup of papaya
- ½ cup of strawberries
I’m aware that many people don’t like papaya, but it does an excellent job in improving digestion and reducing inflammation in the body. Plus, the oranges and strawberries give it a sweet taste. Try it and you won’t regret it.
As I said before, juice is a very convenient way to start the day, especially when you drink it on an empty stomach. It also has a lot of health benefits such as increasing energy levels, reducing chances of heart disease and other health problems.
Juice is also an excellent way to absorb the vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and natural antibiotics that come with your fruits and vegetables faster. In addition, it’s also an easy and delicious option if you’re trying to lose weight.
Give it a try, and have a wonderful, healthy and lively summer!
Why Valentine’s Day is Actually Designed for Singles
The holiday that we have all either come to love or hate, unsurprisingly, didn’t always revolve around cards and chocolates. The customs that we have all fallen into since we were kids, actually had very different origins than one would think.
Breaking down the holiday, there are actually many different facets that bring it all together. Various martyrdom stories are associated with different Valentine’s of the past. For the most part, the Catholic Church chose to honour them during the month of February, which then led to the naming of the annual celebration. Afterwards, it was all tied together with an ancient ritual celebrated by the Romans.
Lupercalia, the fertility festival, was a yearly celebration for the Romans in honour of the god of agriculture. According to myth, it was also a time to celebrate the Roman founders Romulus and Remus, who were both raised by a she-wolf. There were various aspects to the celebration, most of which, did not make the cut into the 21st century. One such practice involved cutting up animal hides into strips and dipping them into sacrificial blood. They were then slapped against the bodies of women, believing it would allow them to become more fertile for the year. Women would actually line the streets to have their turn as the progression passed through.
The fun part came towards the end, when singles throughout the city would pair off in honour of the festival through random selection via draw. Many times this resulted in successful marriages.
Today, the day is obviously celebrated a little differently, with no bloody whippings of animal hide required. People get to partake in the exchange of tokens of affections with their loved ones, and a plethora of money is spent trying to make that special someone in your life happy. After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday for sending cards to other people. Approximately 150 million cards are exchanged, and a total spending of $18.6 billion takes place every year!
So for those of you that will be single for this Valentine’s Day, don’t fret. In fact, relish in the fact that you’re not about to drop some mad cash on someone, just to say that you love them. Valentine’s Day can be a very exciting holiday when you have that significant other in your life, but remember, the day was originally for all the single people to hook up! So really, instead of being sad, what you should really spend the day doing is stripping apart goat hide and finding someone to smack it with…kidding.
Local Love for Local Laundry
As a stylist, a student, and super tired individual, I needed something simple. December is in full-swing. The holiday season has just begun. The weather is arguably way warmer in Calgary than I have ever witnessed in my lifetime; I have no complaints. It’s safe to say that this season I’ve fully embraced my city.
From the weather to the clothing, I’ve come full circle. More importantly, during this fine December I’ve taken it upon myself to shop locally.
I couldn’t be more ecstatic to have this opportunity to collaborate with HYPR Magazine and The Salt Co., to showcase Local Laundry’s new collection. With the brand being 100% established in Canada and that they also support a good cause, this season couldn’t get any better. With their goal to raise over $1 million for local Canadian charities, it’s something you can’t turn your back on.
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