Spring is about growth and beginnings, and Fall is about harvest and endings,
then Summer is where the MAGIC happens...where things get delicious.
Like a delightful little garlic bulb soaking up the sun, make the most of your
summer by daring to indulge in these summertime guilty pleasures:
Hopefully everyone knows by now
the dangers of unprotected UV exposure, but it doesn't hurt to say it again:
WEAR SUNSCREEN! SPF 30 or higher. Avoid tanning between the hours 10am and 4pm,
when the sun's rays are strongest. Tan only in increments of a half hour, or at
most one hour. Flip frequently.
That being said... tanning in the
sun is actually safer than a tanning bed! Not to mention the natural vitamin D
can help with depression, especially the seasonal affective kind.
Did you know that the watermelon
is technically a berry? And the whole berry is edible; rind, seeds, and all! Of
course, when you think of watermelon, you're thinking of its juicy fruit.
Sun-kissed into sweetness, watermelon is the epitome of summer! It is
hydrating, perfect for hot summer days; naturally low-calorie; and loaded with
vitamins A, B6, and C! Watermelon is all summer pleasure and no summer
guilt...unless you eat a whole melon by yourself, of course.
The classic Root Beer Float is
the summer equivalent to a toasty hot chocolate in the wintertime. Sassafras
soda has a flavor like nothing else. But here at the Omni Cheer Blog, we've
discovered the true secret of the Float: the vanilla ice cream. You can't go
wrong with vanilla ice cream and just about any flavor of soda! Try it with
orange soda for a magical summertime creamsicle!
Pair vanilla ice cream with
any of your favorites from Dr. Pepper to Mountain Dew, to experience: The Float
This year maybe mix it up?
Pineapple ice cream with a mango soda sounds like a tropical delight. Oreo ice
cream with iced coffee?! Or perhaps a summery sparkling pink lemonade with
sherbet. My personal favorite: vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips, floating
in sweet strawberry soda pop. The chocolate chips are essential. Give it a try!
I promise you won't be disappointed.
Naps are so underrated. Since
most of us don't usually get the recommended 8+ hours a night anyway, a little
nap is hardly something to feel guilty about. And yet, naps are still
associated with kindergarten and grandparents only. Want to be alive for a late
night party, but tired after a long day? Take a quick 20-30 minute nap for a
boost of energy. Completely wiped out after a weekend hike in the sun? Maybe
consider an hour or two snooze to heal up. The key to a quick and efficient nap
is not getting too comfortable. Try keeping your shoes on if you know you need
to jump up and be awake in a short time. Salvador Dali had an interesting way
to nap effectively. He would take a spoon in his hand and dangle it off the bed
above a ceramic plate. As soon as he fell asleep, the spoon would fall onto the
plate, making a sound loud enough to wake him up. It's surprisingly refreshing!
But real pleasure is a long and luxurious nap. Take a leaf from a cat's book:
find a sunbeam, and sleep in it.