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YOU CAN STAY FOCUS AT WORK WITHOUT CAFEINE

Feeling tired even though you’ve slept a full 7 hours night? That makes you less productive and less motivated at work? Not good, eh? Plus, being less motivated and more tired make you lose concentration… Well, that makes things even worse!

But still, you keep drinking coffee everyday because you think it’s the only option for these crashes but you know it’s bad for your health when you abuse it and makes your teeth turn yellow. Ew! Well, we have good news for you: fruits & vegetables juices will help you resolve this annoying situation. It’s true! Many people start their day by drinking fresh cold-pressed juices instead of the banal and addictive cafeine beverages. And we have other good news for you: we’re offering you a 2 Weeks Challenge Pack at a special price just so you can enjoy the juices benefits for 14 days and see how good organic and fresh juices make you feel by simply having a fresh DOSE every morning to start your day!

What’s the secret of this magic 2 Weeks Juices Pack?

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Easy :

  • Each juice contains 2 to 3 portions of fruits & veggies.
  • Each juice is a little bottle of 300ml easy to add in your lunchbox and that doesn’t take much place in the fridge!
  • The pack contains 14 juices;
  • The pack is 78$ instead of 98$.
  • So it’s up to 42 fruits and veggies (many nutrients, vitamins and enzymes) in 14 tiny bottles. It’s a lot of things that boost your immune system, contribute to your heart’s health and energize your body and your brain.
  • It then makes you spend less time in bed and more time on what really counts: family, work… life actually!

So, if you want to stop the fatigue, the procrastinating and start working more effectively, try DOSE’s 2 Weeks Challenge !

Please note that the pack is available for a limited time only, as well as its gentle price of 78$. So don’t procrastinate for this either and shop here.😉

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Recipes

PISTACHIOS, RASPBERRIES & MATCHA – EASY RECIPE! 🍵

Because we can make other things than smoothies when we cook with juices… We asked Eve-Lyne, from La Fraiche blog, to create some exclusive healthy, easy and tasty recipes with our juices.

So here’s the first recipe elaborated for this collaboration: Muffins Matcha 2.0, pistachios and raspberries. An ideal recipe for quick breakfasts, snacks for work or for a road trip!

Prep time: 25 minutes

Portions: 12

Ingredients
1 cup of our MATCHA 2.0 juice
¼ cup of melted coco oil
1 egg, beaten
2 cups of flour
½ cup of maple syrup
2 teaspoons of baking soda
¾ teaspoons of salt flower
¾ cup of pistachios, coarsely chopped
2 cups of raspberries

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Preparation
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Place muffins paper parchment into a 12 cup muffin pan.
3. Add liquid ingredients into a large bowl. Mix together.
4. Add dry ingredients in another large bowl. Mix together.
5. Add the dry mixture to the liquid mixture. Stir.
6. Add ½ cup of the chopped pistachios and 1 ½ cups of raspberries to the mixture. Mix together and reserve remaining pistachios and raspberries.
7. Fill muffins cups. Garnish with the remaining pistachios.
8. Bake at 400°F for about 15 minutes (after 10-12 minutes, use a toothpick to see if the muffins are ready: put it into one muffin’s center. If it’s dry when you put it out, muffins are ready!).
9. Serve with the remaining fresh raspberries.

* Your muffins will keep for 2 days in a sealed container at room temperature. Otherwise, you can keep them up to 2 to 3 months in the freezer.

Find our MATCHA 2.0 juice here.

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STRAWBERRY, CHIA & CITRUS BREAKFAST LOAF – EASY RECIPE!

Because we can make other things than smoothies when we cook with juices… We asked Eve-Lyne, from La Fraiche blog, to create some exclusive healthy, easy and tasty recipes with our juices.

Here’s the second recipe of this collaboration: a strawberry-chia-Zest breakfast loaf!

Prep time: 1 hour

Portions: 10

Ingredients
1 teaspoon of olive oil
½ cup of melted oil
½ cup of maple syrup
½ cup of almond milk
½ cup of ZEST
1 ½ cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 tablespoon chia seeds
¼ cup of hemp seeds
1 cup of oat flakes
½ cup of fresh strawberries, chopped

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Preparation
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. In a loaf pan, place a parchment paper that you have previously oiled.
3. In a large bowl, add the melt coconut oil, the maple syrup, the almond milk and the ZEST.
4. In a smaller bowl, mix the flour and the baking soda. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and whisk.
5. Mix until texture gets uniformly smooth.
6. Add chia seeds, hemp seeds, oat flakes and strawberries. Mix well. (Keep a few hemp seeds, chia seeds and oat flakes to sprinkle on the loaf before putting it into the oven).
7. Add the mixture into loaf pan. Sprinkle oat flakes, chia seeds and hemp seeds. Place in oven.
8. Cook for 45 minutes, let stand and enjoy!

* For those with the sweet tooth: it’s delicious with a hazelnut spread (Nutella style) or a dark chocolate coulis.

Find our Zest juices here 🙂

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EASY SALMON RECIPE – BEET, GINGER & ORANGE MARINADE

Because we can make other things than smoothies when we cook with juices… We asked the talented Eve-Lyne, from La Fraiche blog, to create some exclusive healthy, easy and tasty recipes with our juices.

Here’s the third recipe of this collaboration: a salmon marinated in SAMBA.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Marinade time: 3 hours
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Portion: 1

Ingredients
4 tablespoons of olive oil
3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons of honey
3 tablespoons of Tamari sauce
3 tablespoons of SAMBA
1 clove garlic minced
1 teaspoons of ginger, finely chopped
Orange zest
350 g. of Canadian salmon

Preparation
1. In an airtight container, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the apple cider vinegar, the honey, the tamari sauce, the SAMBA, the garlic, the ginger and the orange zest. Blend together.
2. Add the salmon and toss well in marinade. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
3. Preheat the oven 425 F.
4. Add parchment paper to a baking sheet with a tablespoon of olive oil.
5. Place the salmon.
6. Season with salt and pepper. Place in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.

Find our SAMBA juice : here 🙂

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ALL FOR MELONS – FIRST EDITION 🍉

‘’Gen, that is just pure sexism.”

… Is what one of my friends said to me, in shock, when I told her how, in an important meeting, a potential investor had asked my male partner (in front of me): “Is Gen any good?”

It’s also worth noting he never once looked at me when I was trying to speak and never bothered asking me if “my male partner was any good” either.

When my friend called it sexism, it felt heavy and unreal. Unfortunately, what was once heavy and unreal would soon become familiar. That anecdote is just one of many.

The truth is, even in Canada, gender inequality remains a troubling issue.

Did you know that :

  • On average, women who work full time earn 74 cents for every dollar earned by men?
  • Women only hold 8% of the highest-paid positions in Canada’s top 100 listed companies?
  • Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16?

Sadly, I’m not alone in my experiences and women around the globe suffer from worst things on a daily basis.

In hopes of making a difference by contributing in the best way we know how, we’re launching the #AllForMelons campaign.

For every bottle of MELON & HONEY sold and every t-shirt sold, Dose will give part of the proceeds to the Canadian Women’s Foundation. It’s a foundation that empowers women and helps them break free of violence and poverty, and find their way toward confidence and leadership.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate women, to celebrate ourselves!

I want to celebrate our strength so we can acknowledge that achieving our goals is possible. I also want to celebrate our weaknesses so we can accept that no one is perfect… yes, even that person you put on a pedestal, they have weaknesses too. 😉

I want us to reach out when we need strength and I want us to share our strength when we feel empowered.

Here’s why I am asking you today to join us and help us make a difference because, at the end of the day, we are all in this together and it is a beautiful thing.

Thank you.

Gen, co-founder

Learn more about the campaign: https://melon.dosejuice.ca/allformelons/fr

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LITTLE-KNOWN WAYS TO REPLACE YOUR COFFEE IN THE MORNING

Little-known ways to replace your coffee in the morningFor those who follow a healthy lifestyle, it is often very difficult to quit drinking coffee on a day-to-day basis. Coffee is frequently seen as our morning savior or our best friend of the...

 

For those who follow a healthy lifestyle, it is often very difficult to quit drinking coffee on a day-to-day basis. Coffee is frequently seen as our morning savior or our best friend of the mid-afternoon. But is it really good for you?

In fact, when used too often or in excessive amount, the coffee you love for its taste and energizing effect presents many drawbacks. One of them is the stimulation of the adrenal glands. Each time caffeine enters your body, it stimulates your adrenal glands which secrete adrenaline. If this scenario is repeated several times a day for a number of years, your glands will get tired. Then, they will no longer function properly, leading to a hormonal disorder. Put another way, in the long run, drinking coffee can cause important weight gains, mood swings, fatigue, and sleep problems.

Now, what if you were told there are much healthier alternatives to coffee? Here are a few of them.

Green tea

The most popular alternative to coffee is undoubtedly green tea. But what are its real benefits? Just like carrots, thanks to the antioxidants it contains, green tea is good for your eyes. It also helps lower cholesterol and gives the small boost your brain needs.

Matcha green tea

Already a fan of green tea? Jazz it up with some matcha. It increases energy level, hydration and toxins removal. In addition, it tastes great!

Wheatgrass juice

Regarded by many as a superfood, wheatgrass juice offers this much sought-after energizing effect. It not only reduces fatigue but also aids digestion.

Rooibos tea

Some like it for its sweetness, others love it for its benefits. It is recognized for its powerful immune system stimulating properties.

Maca

Added to a cup of your favorite plant milk, along with a dash of honey (or a pinch of cinnamon for a vegan version), maca is a delicious way to stimulate your body without the cons of traditional coffee. It regulates mood and provides a significant energy boost.

Green juices

Last but not least: green juices. The more vegetables they include, the better. The array of minerals they contain will make you feel energized and invigorated. You’ll forget about your daily coffee!

In short, even if you don’t completely give up coffee, choosing healthier alternatives from time to time can do no harm. Who knows, you could discover your new favorite beverage!

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DOSE menu: Cocktails

 

We asked our skilled friend Aaron Ward, to come up with some nice cocktail ideas to impress your guests over the holidays. The best part is that each one is made with one of our organic cold-pressed juice: Zest or Taxi. Plus, we have included one of our favorite mocktail recipe.

We have prepared the perfect mixologist 6-pack for only $35 to make sure you always have something on tap for everyone-including your friends who’d rather not go hard on the booze.

Le Zesty Mocktail

When you do not drink alcohol, the holiday season might be filled with a few “ah, no thank you, I do not drink” or “no, no, I am not pregnant… I just do not drink”. Instead of having to explain the reasoning behind your life choices, why not simply hand them a delicious Mocktail. With this tasty recipe, you’ll have a wonderful alcohol-free holiday season – no questions asked.

3.5 oz (100 m)l of Zest

3.5 oz (100 ml) of Perrier or any carbonated water

Frozen raspberries (as much as you want)

A slice of orange

Top with crushed ice

Le Zesty

½ oz St-Germain liquor

1 ½ oz Ungava dry gin

1 dash Angostura orange bitters

3 oz Zest

Shake with ice

Fill drinking glass

Add new ice

Top with cherry (we used sweet Italian cherries in syrup)

Hey Taxi

Dash of Angostura orange bitters

2 oz Żubrówka Bison Grass Vodka

3 oz Taxi

Stir in stirring glass with ice

Fill drinking glass

Top with crushed ice

Garnish with raspberries and lime wedge

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Q&A with Marc Langevin of the Club de Course les Courailleux

 

Over the last few years, running has experienced a pretty important spike in popularity, one that doesn’t seem to be loosing any momentum. With no gym membership, no expensive equipment, and no specific location required, this probably shouldn’t come as a shock. Even fashion is up to speed with certain brands designing running gear that’s style-conscious.

What was once primarily a solitary sport, running is now seeing the emergence of clubs around the globe, created by passionate individuals with common beliefs and goals. As simple as running may seem, there’s more to it than just putting one leg in front of the other. Marc Langevin, co-founder of the Club de Course les Courailleux was kind enough to enlighten us on the subject.

D: Physical activity seems to be a big part of your life, has this always been the case?

ML: I’ve always been into in sports. Like most Quebecers, I started playing hockey at the age of five. During the summer months, soccer is what kept me busy. I was pretty good at both, but at around 16 years old, I quit hockey due to double fractures in both arms. This incident drove home the fact that I just wasn’t built for contact sports.

D: Why running? Is there a specific feeling or something else that led you to it?

ML: Freedom.
I appreciate the freedom of being able to go out at all hours of the day or night, in any city in the world, and do my thing. There’s also the feeling of stopping time for the duration of a run and being alone with my thoughts that I enjoy.

D: Tell us a bit about the Club de Course les Courailleux. How did it come about?

ML: With running’s growing popularity, I was noticing a lot of people around me picking it up and injuring themselves. Being a trainer and very passionate about running, I saw this as an opportunity to offer my community an expertise that would allow them to safely attain their goals. My brother-in-law Simon, who happens to be a triathlete, joined forces with me and together we created the Club de Course les Courailleux. Today, our club is made up of a network of over 800 runners.

D: Running is usually thought of as a solitary sport. What made you start running with others?

ML: Running will always remain a solitary sport, but to become a good runner, at times you need to get out of your comfort zone. Running with a group can be a great motivation for bettering yourself.

D: What is it about running together that’s so fulfilling?

ML: People start identifying with the club and a sentiment of pride instils itself within the group. At every training session, I repeat the same thing: “be inspired by your running partners.” The amount of sacrifices people make to reach their goals is unreal.

D: Can you share with us some of the steps you take to prepare yourself for longer runs such as marathons?

ML: The week before a marathon, I have a pretty special diet. I’ll bring my sugar levels way down to zero, and then during the two days preceding the big event, I’ll eat an impressive amount of carbohydrates.

When it comes to my training preparation, for a few weeks prior to the marathon, I like to run between 100 and 100 kilometres a week. I’ll also integrate some muscle-development exercises regularly at the end of my runs to avoid injury and make me more effective on the road.

D: Have you made any dietary changes that have had a big impact on your performance?

ML: As a runner, being perfectly hydrated before and during a competition is unavoidable. A few years ago, I discovered beet juice. Its benefits for the marathon runner have served me well!

D: So you’re into juicing?

ML: I am, because it allows me to easily regain the energy lost during training sessions, and doing so with quality ingredients.

D: Which DOSE juice is your favourite?

ML: Samba (because of the beets)!

D: What advice would you give someone who wants to get into running?

ML: 1) Run slowly.
2) Run often.
3) We don’t train ourselves by running, but we train ourselves to run!

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Ginger: why you should trust your roots

Ginger: why you should trust your roots
Crucial in any true apothecary’s and epicurean’s pantry, this effective stimulant, antioxidant and physical cleanser is surely underestimated in everyday cooking. So why add a few sparkling here and there? Here...

 

Crucial in any true apothecary’s and epicurean’s pantry, this effective stimulant, antioxidant and physical cleanser is surely underestimated in everyday cooking. So why add a few sparkling here and there? Here are few benefits you can get from ginger (its delicious tastiness put aside):

Glowing skin

They say you are what you eat. With more than 40 antioxidants (which slow the decay of cells), ginger is assuredly a beautiful plant. Its antibacterial components make it the best natural acne-fighting weapon. They minimize the rate of acne formation and eruption by clearing the bacteria causing it. Also, the warming feeling it creates is not only appealing in the cold season, it also increases the peripheral circulation so every inch of skin feels the ginger glow. Basically, daily ginger consumption proves to detoxify the inner self, which in turn radiates inside and out. Simple math.

Abundant energy level

You are a true early bird? The kind that enjoys 7 am running sessions? Then add some chopped ginger to your morning porridge or swap your usual espresso for a ginger shot and get the metabolism boosting effects you need before you start a big 10k. With its thermogenic properties (which stimulate the nervous system), ginger increases energy expenditure and accelerates metabolic activity. Rather than adding on yet another spinning class to your already sweat inducing week, well-chosen food can work with you on the extra mile. Also, its compound known as gingerol (an anti-inflammatory) is proven to reduce after-workout pain and swelling. Stay brave: this powerful root will encourage you to keep up while the rest of us are barely waking up.

Fight heavy weekends

Need to rebalance after an overly indulgent summer? Ginger can help you with that. First, eat a bite of fresh ginger just before dinner to stoke a dull appetite while firing up your enzymes. Its ability to balance digestive problems will encourage the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. It will surely make that green juice even more powerful! The spice will stimulate internal cleansing and revive sluggish digestion. You need one last argument? It’s the spice of choice for hangovers. An upset stomach and nausea are often one too many symptoms of your last long night. Try a warm mug of ginger tea to settle things down and feel the relief in your belly.

Although there is much more to know about the ingredient, you can now peacefully munch on ginger or spice up that curry leftovers. The benefits will be as bold as the flavor.

Bon appétit!

Collaborator
Marie-Hélène Chagnon St-jean

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DOSE Tips and tricks: alternatives for daily used chemicals

Have you ever considered substituting your household and cosmetic products for a more natural and environmentally friendly alternative? A sustainable option not only for the planet, but also for your own health. For the most part, commercial products contain unpronounceable ingredients, each one more harmful than the next. So why not replace them with items that ensure a healthier environment, items that we usually already have at hand in our kitchen? We are talking about lemon, honey, mint, vinegar, grapefruit, and more. Dose has compiled a list of ingredients that can easily replace the chemicals we too often use in our homes and on our skin.

Lemon/grapefruit

Citrus fruits are powerful cleansers. For example, to clean the bath or the sink, you can add a pinch of salt over a piece of grapefruit and rub it on the surface while squeezing it firmly. In addition, lemon juice can serve as an alternative to traditional polluting window cleaners. Simply add the juice of half a lemon to approximately 2 cups of water.

Orange

During peak season, mosquitoes can become a real ordeal for some people. Not only do chemical repellents stink, but they also cause substantial damage to the environment. The solution? An orange, it’s that easy! Just rub some orange peel over your skin.

Coconut oil

Lately, coconut oil is right on trend, and there are good reasons for it. Aside from being a very effective body moisturizer, this oil can restore dry or limp hair. To recover this natural radiance, use from 1 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, depending on the length and thickness of the hair. Apply it from roots to ends, leave in for 1 to 2 hours, rinse and wash your hair as usual.

Cucumber

Another frequent problem during summer: sunburns. When we just don’t know most of the ingredients on the packaging, we are likely to be concerned with what we apply on our skin. Cucumber is your best ally in case of painful redness. Simply put some cucumber slices over the sensitive area. The freshness of the vegetable will instantly soothe the skin.

Cinnamon

– Cinnamon too often ends up at the back of the pantry waiting for the next recipe. Have you ever thought about using it as a mouthwash? Obviously, you and the people around you must like the taste and the smell of this spice. If so, boil some cinnamon for 5 to 10 minutes, then filter the water before using it to rinse your mouth as you normally do.

In short, by choosing natural alternatives instead of daily used chemicals – often over-packaged–, we can certainly reduce our ecological footprint. And since these natural items already sit in our pantries, we can save a lot of money!

Please visit this page for more ideas on how to substitute the chemicals in your beauty rituals and your household tasks. The very well explained demos will make you smile for sure.