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In the spirit of new beginnings and healthy lifestyle changes below are some quick and easy smoothie recipes that you can recreate at home. These smoothies are ideal for busy on the go people, students on a budget and all round health enthusiasts!

See photos below:

Watermelon bliss!

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Recipe:

  • 2 cups (500 mL) chopped seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup (250 mL) strawberries
  • 1 cup (250 mL) plain low-fat yogurt
  • Handful of ice

Pina-colada smoothie!

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Recipe:

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconutmilk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes
  • 2 teaspoons honey, optional
  • pineapple wedges, for garnish

Strawberry-kiwi smoothie!

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Recipe:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 sliced kiwi fruit
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 1 1/4 cups cold apple juice

Simple breakfast smoothie!

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Recipe:

  • 1 banana
  • 3 to 5 strawberries
  • 5 tablespoons skimmed milk
  • 225g (8 oz) low fat plain yoghurt

Green apple, spinach and ginger smoothie!

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Recipe:

  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup of water

Mango smoothie!

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Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 cups frozen chopped peeled mangoes
  • 1/2 medium ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Mojito smoothie!

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Recipe:

  •  2 Cups Ice
  • 1 Cup Plain Coconut Milk
  • 2 Small Limes – Juiced
  • Handful of Fresh Mint (approx 15 leaves)
  • 1-2 Tb Honey

 

 

I was watching a short video clip the other day and the song playing in the background was ‘Murder she wrote’ by Chaka Demus & Pliers. Now I used to listen to this song all the time when I was younger and sing along to it whenever it came on the radio, I’m sure you probably did the same as well. However, how many of us actually took time to listen to the lyrics? I for one didn’t mainly because I didn’t really understand Patois.

So, I went ahead and googled the lyrics and posted them below:

Watch ya now, it name

A pretty face and bad character

Dem the kinda livin can’t hold Chaka (follow me!)

A pretty face and bad character

Dem the kinda livin can’t hold Chaka

Seh gal yuh pretty

Yuh face it pretty

But yuh character dirty

Gal yuh just act too flirty flirty

Yuh run to Tom, Dick, an also Harry

An when yuh find yuh mistake

Yuh talk bout yuh sorry, sorry, sorry (Come now!)

 

The song writer is basically complaining about ‘loose girls’ who have bad characters and if caught cheating are quick to say sorry, but as we all know actions speak much louder than words.

Now this song is quite old but the topic it focuses on is still very relevant in today’s society. For instance, most guys want to find a girl that will be loyal to him as no one intentionality sets out to get their heart broken. How difficult must that be trying to find one among all the outwardly beautiful girls. The problem is you can never truly know someone until you spend time with them and by then it may be too late if you happen to fall in love with a girl with a bad character and the desire to love more than one man at a time.

With this desire to find a girl ‘good enough to take home to momma’, guys have resorted to asking their female counter parts if they know any ‘good girls’ Most successful relationships have come from ‘referrals’, from friends. ‘I know someone who will be perfect for you. Guy; ‘what is she like? ‘She’s a good girl’, emphasis on good.

Many girls want to get a man and eventually get married but all they focus on is their outward appearance. Now there is nothing wrong with looking good on the outside but if that’s your only focus then that’s a disaster waiting to happen. Like smoke its hard to mask its smell, so if you don’t have good character or haven’t worked on yourself – e.g. know what you stand for, built up good credibility for yourself it will eventually show.

What I got from this song is that, its not enough to have a pretty face, as looks alone cannot sustain a long term good relationship. I’m sure we all know this, but we cant forget the reality of this.

Lyrics via Lyrics On Demand

To those that don’t know, I’m totally in love with Mary Kay Ash, a leading business woman of her time who identified her strength in sales and used it to her advantage whilst simultaneously breaking the stereotype that so many women were bound to at that time (1960’s). She helped women gain a more prominent presence in business, opened up opportunities for them to be self employed and be much more than a secretary in a male dominated work force but most importantly she gave women a voice.

Sometimes when we are caught between a rock and a hard place our natural instinct is to give up , throw in the towel and assume that we took a wrong turn somewhere along the line. But sometimes its necessity in those kind of situations that show us who we can really be, or better yet who we NEED to be. You never know how strong you are until you have to be strong.

Mary Kay Ash failed her way to success, despite having three children, dealing with the death of her husband and initial unbelief in her business from her children  she kept pressing forward. She defied popular belief that because she ‘thought like a woman’ she would not be able to succeed in business. This did not limit her at all. Her philosophy was simple and rightly so: God first, Family second and Career third. Getting the right balance is important!

An African adeage says ‘Na condition make crayfish bend’ It basically means that the conditions of the water causes the crayfish/prawn to bend and look the way that it does.

My question to you is, will you allow your situation to  cripple you or kill your passions? Let me bring it a little closer to home, the riots has made certain people believe they have right to stigmatise black people and class them into this stereotype that ‘black culture’ is the root problem. Educated people know this is not the case therefore we cannot regress and allow our situations to dictate us what we can or cant do, not when there is a living God who specialises in impossibilities.

Mary Kay Ash is a good example to use as her company is still one of the largest private firms in America. She is one of the reasons why I am so passionate about business and following your dreams. It also helps that she was a Christian and stuck by her values.

What’s your passion? If you’ve let it fade away reignite it, the world is waiting for YOU