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Purely Inspired: Healthy Summer Smoothie (And Ice Cream!) Recipes

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Need a healthy boost in your day? Summer is approaching and we’ve got some delicious, nutritious and refreshing smoothie recipes using protein powder just for you. Adding protein powder to your diet is a great way to give your body the healthy boost that it needs to perform at its best.

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We really like Purely Inspired 100% Plant-Based Protein because it is made with 100% pure ingredients and is packed with all the nutrients you need. It’s dairy-, gluten-, and soy-free and contains no artificial ingredients. It also has no added sugar. In one scoop of Purely Inspired 100% Plant Based Protein you get 16g of protein, 6g fibre, 19 vitamins & minerals, greens, digestive enzymes, and more antioxidant Vitamin C than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. If that isn’t enough, it’s delicious and comes in 3 flavours – Vanilla, Chocolate and Berry.

The great thing about smoothies is that they are easy to make and you can use any ingredients you have in your fridge. Here are a few of our favorites!

Tangy Citrus Smoothie

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Tangy, refreshing and packed with nutrients, this Citrus Smoothie is a healthy way get your daily dose of sunshine-in-a-glass.

Ingredients
• 1 cup water
• 1 scoop Purely Inspired® 100% Plant-Based Protein Vanilla Flavor
• ½ fresh grapefruit (peeled)
• 2 fresh oranges (peeled)
• 1½ cups diced fresh pineapple

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Chocolate Almond Berry Butter Smoothie

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Sometimes, it’s ok to have chocolate for breakfast!

Ingredients
• 1 cup almond milk
• ¼ cup frozen blueberries (or fresh)
• ¼ cup frozen raspberries (or fresh)
• ¼ cup almonds (ideally soaked first)
• 1 tbsp. grass-fed butter
• 1 tbsp. cacao powder
• ¼ tsp. cinnamon
• ¼ tsp. vanilla powder (or extract)
• 1 tbsp. honey (to sweeten, substitute maple syrup or stevia)
• 1 scoop Purely Inspired® 100% Plant-Based Protein Chocolate Flavour
• ¼ cup frozen strawberries (or fresh)
• ½ tbsp. cacao nibs
• 1 cup spinach (kale, or other leafy green)

Directions
Place all of the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth.

Danica Patrick’s Purely Inspired Protein Smoothie

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Racing superstar and health enthusiast Danica Patrick uses Purely Inspired Protein in her smoothies so she can stay fit to perform her best on the race track. Try her recipe below!

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Ingredients
• 1 scoop Purely Inspired® 100% Plant-Based Protein Vanilla Flavor
• Handful of fresh spinach
• 3-4 inches of cucumber
• ¼ cup diced celery
• ¾ cup almond milk
• 4-5 ice cubes

Directions
Blend all ingredients together in a blender and enjoy!

Homemade Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

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Did you know you can put protein powder in your homemade ice cream for an additional nutritional boost?!

Ingredients
• 1 big tub of 2% Greek Yogurt (roughly 500g)
• 1 scoop Purely Inspired® 100% Plant-Based Protein Chocolate flavour

Directions
1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend well.
2. Place into a large resealable container—ideally square shaped for the increased surface area
3. Make sure the mixture is spread thin. The thinner the layer, the faster it will chill.
4. Place in freezer for an hour.
5. After an hour, take it out, and give it a churn. Mix your protein-packed mixture with a spoon or, better yet, a fork to break up potential clumps. Stick it back in the freezer for 30 minutes.
6. Complete Step 4 a few more times until the mixture reaches your preferred consistency.
7. Remove the ice cream from the freezer, get a scooper out, and serve yourself a bowl of ice cream!

Purely Inspired 100% Plant Based Protein is now available on BTR for a limited time! For more recipes and nutrition tips, visit purelyinspired.com.

Contest: Win a F1 VIP Experience!

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Satisfy your need for speed! BTR and Time Supper Club are teaming up to offer you a chance to win one of three F1 VIP Packages for a chance to meet & greet some of your favorite NHL and F1 celebrities.

Daily Prizes Announced

June 2 – June 3

13th Anniversary Reunion cocktail party and Meet & Greet (winner will be announced Thursday, June 3, 2015 at 9:00am)

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June 3 – June 4

Meet & Greet with Joe Jonas (winner will be announced June 4, 2015 at 9:00am)

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June 4 – June 5, 2015

Meet & Greet with Scott Disick (winner will be announced June 5, 2015)

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To enter, simply like and share our Facebook post for the package you’d like to win. Winner will be drawn at random and announced at 9am the following day!

Located in the heart of downtown Montréal, Time Supper Club is the city’s hottest venue for dinner, drinks, and dance. Get your party on at the city’s most prestigious club, located at:

997 Rue Saint-Jacques
Montréal, QC H3C 1G6
info411@timesupperclub.com
https://www.timesupperclub.com/

Go Retro With Throwback Thursdays: 1969

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Thursdays are all about the good old days! From online to real life, #TBT’s have taken the world by storm as a fun form of self-expression and revival of long-loved trends.

Woodstock Chic

Every decade has its own distinct style and personality. The 60s were all about teenage rebellion, flower power, and fun-loving freedom. Dress the part with crocheted crop tops, lace accents, and whimsical jewelry. Denim is also a great choice – the more worn-in, the better.

Woodstock Style

Pair your look with a bohemian-chic leather handbag, the perfect straw hat, colorful, laid-back footwear, and a fabulous vintage bracelet. We love this steal from Hermes.

Most importantly, it’s all about attitude – so let loose and let your inner wild child shine!

Urban Edge: Summer in the City

Summer in the City

Update your look with the hottest street-smart styles of the summer! It’s all about functional, fitted fashion, edgy accessories, and ultra-comfy footwear.

Tough Girl Chic

Go tough-girl chic with raw edges and leather finishes. We love this killer faux leather jacket by Dex. Stand out in urban camouflage with tonal gray, charcoal, and black, and punch it up with some colorfully contrasting accessories.

Urban Summer Must-Haves

Gold jewelry with an attitude is a must-have for edgy glamour, along with a trendy backpack and the perfect pair of sneakers to keep you on your toes.

Summer Pool Party

Summer Pool Party: Sizzling looks to make a splash

With temperatures on the rise, it’s finally time to get ready for pool party season! From bikinis to flip flops, make a splash with the summer’s hottest beachwear and accessories.

Swimwear by Frankie's Bikinis

Swimwear by Frankie’s Bikinis

Check out sizzling swimwear from Frankie’s Bikinis, a collection of on-trend styles from teen designer Francesca Aiello, who launched her first collection at only 17 years old. For other hot swimwear, flatter your curves with designs by Envya, and check out flirty styles from Go Under for a throwback vintage vibe.

Swimwear by Go Under

Swimwear by Go Under

Get some sunshine on your toes with sandals and flip flops by Freewaters, an ethical company focused on providing clean drinking water to people in need. Each pair of Freewaters sandals and shoes supports a global clean drinking water project, and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Sandals by Freewaters

Sandals by Freewaters

Add the perfect finishing touch with a colorful pair of shades, such as these bold yellow Saint Laurent Paris frames (also available in hot pink), and a carefree carryall to stash your sunscreen, towel, and spare tee. We love this oversized pink beach tote.

Beach Accessories

And remember, all bodies are beach body ready – so have fun, dive in, and blissfully soak up those sunny rays!

DIY Hair Tutorial: Beach Wave Bliss

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Now that summer is upon us, we can’t wait to let our hair loose! Think supple boho waves over stiff, straight, pinned-down styles. If you’re craving carefree locks, like natural waves reminiscent of endless days at the beach, follow our breezy tutorial for a quick and easy ‘do to carry you through the summer season.

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You’ll need:

An empty spray bottle
1 tablespoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of hair gel
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
1 cup of warm water to mix everything together

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle.
2. Shake vigorously until thoroughly mixed together.
3. Generously spray into hair, concentrating on the ends.
4. Scrunch ends continuously while drying – preferably while sitting on a sunny beach, drinking Margaritas with the girls.

What’s your favorite summer hair trend? Leave us a note in the comments!

My Mother’s Good Looks: Beauty Essentials to Pamper Your Favorite Woman

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Our mothers are our first source of beauty inspiration. Whether or not you’ve inherited your mother’s fashion sense, she’s no doubt contributed to your style. From teaching you how to paint your first manicure, to helping you cover up that bad dye job, our moms deserve a lot of credit for helping us become the best possible version of ourselves. Give back to her with luxurious beauty essentials to pamper your favorite woman, and make her feel like the beauty icon she is.

Mother's Day Beauty Essentials

Treat her to a piece of statement jewelry like this Tory Burch bangle, and this colorful handbag by Kate Spade, another top woman designer. Brighten her day with her favorite shade of lipstick by BABOR cosmetics, as well as a colorful Gelliebeans gel manicure set – a mother-daughter manicure is the perfect way to pass the time while catching up with your favorite lady.

What’s your mother’s beauty secret? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments!

The Sweetest Mother’s Day Shopping Spree!

Mother's Day Shopping Spree Contest

Celebrate a special mom this Mother’s Day by offering her a chance to win a $500 Beyond the Rack shopping spree! Here’s how to enter:

1) Like @BeyondtheRack on Instagram or Facebook

2) Post a photo of the MOM you are nominating along with a brief blurb of why she is deserving to win, and don’t forget to tag @BeyondtheRack

3) The photo/post with the most likes and comments wins!

The winner will be announced this Sunday on Mother’s Day!

Call From Nepal: Earthquake Relief Fund

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On April 25, 2015, disaster struck when a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, killing over 7000 people and injuring countless others, destroying homes and historical buildings, and causing a fatal avalanche on Mount Everest. Hundreds of people are still missing and more than 450,000 are currently displaced.

Show your support with unique designs by Rising International, a line of clothing designed and handmade by women in Nepal. BTR will donate 10% of the proceeds of these sales to the Red Cross relief efforts, providing emergency medical care for victims as well as funding search and rescue operations for those still missing.

Shop standard and full-figure sizes here, or donate directly to Red Cross here.

A Fresh Start: Spring Cleaning Made Easy

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After a particularly long winter, it’s finally time to open up the windows and swap that stale winter air for the fragrance of spring. There’s no better time for a fresh start, so revitalize your home with the help of our spring cleaning guide.

Start by putting on your favorite up-tempo music – a little dance in your step makes any task feel like a breeze. Next, decluttering is essential, so grab an oversized box and toss anything that can be given away to your local charity bin, or put it in a garage sale for some quick cash. It’s never easy parting with old belongings, but lightening up your collection is totally worth it for the extra space you’ll gain.

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Next, ditch your generic, abrasive cleaners for a mild, eco-friendly detergent. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for a unique, personalized scent. We love the combination of lavender and peppermint for a fresh take on the classic floral fragrance.

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Finally, storage is key! Maintain your efforts with solutions that are not only practical, but pleasing to the eye. This multipurpose bamboo storage bench is a perfect fit for any room. Keep your closet accessible with an elegant navy organizer, ideal for efficient storage in narrow spaces. And don’t be afraid to get creative! Use stackable luggage sets in a variety of bold patterns and bright hues for a simple, practical and decorative solution for seasonal storage.

We’d love to hear your spring cleaning tips – leave us a note in the comments below!