Fruits are actually common in many cultural New Year’s traditions. In Turkey, they eat pomegranates at the turn of a new year because of how their vibrant crimson color and round seeds are metaphorically interpreted to represent fertility, the heart, and prosperity. Guava shares similar crimson shades and has abundant seeds, which makes it a viable and better alternative since it also has multiple times more protein and vitamin A. Here are other New Year’s traditions you can use guava juice with for a healthier experience:
1. Eating Round Fruits
Many cultures share the tradition of eating some sort of round fruit for better health and prosperity in the upcoming year. For example, in the Philippines, eating 13 round fruits is considered good luck. In Europe and the United States, people eat 12 round fruits because they look like coins and there are 12 months in the new year – which all symbolize good fortune year-round.
Eating guava is perfect for this tradition because it’s smaller than most fruits. But, it’s also healthier than most fruits because it’s jam-packed with more nutrients – in some cases it even has 100 times more of an important nutrient than one fruit.
2. Toasting With a Ring in Your Drink
In Latin America and other countries, there’s a popular New Year’s tradition where people place a ring in their drink before a New Year’s toast. It doesn’t have to be a ring – it just needs to be made of gold because the act represents prosperity for the new year.
Since the drink isn’t important for this tradition, fill your glass with guava juice or at least an alcoholic beverage infused with guava juice. Drinking guava juice gives you an intense concentration of all of guava’s powerful nutrition. Doing so has also been found to help prevent and fight against diabetes mellitus.
3. Drinking Champagne
Drinking champagne on New Year’s is probably one of the most popular traditions in Europe and America. The tradition dates back to ancient European times when champagne was viewed as a religious alternative to holy water. It was also a wealthy drink due to its production difficulty, which led to a higher price – this led to its exclusivity and appeal by the social elites and high-class Europe. Champagne’s religious and elite connotations made the drink fertile ground for some kind of New Year’s tradition – and it became so.
As religions progressed and as more streamlined, economical production techniques were invented, champagne lost its high price tag and religious affiliations. Although champagne isn’t revered as much today in religious or wealthy circles, the tradition was so widespread that it’s still quite alive today for New Year’s.
You can make your champagne toast healthier by making guava bellini and guava mimosa, which are both guava juice champagne blends. These blends are quite popular and more delicious than regular champagne. The guava juice adds a health boost to your champagne that could be interpreted as adding better health to your new year along with prosperity.
Enjoy some guava juice with your New Year’s tradition. It can only boost your health and add an exotic taste to your annual routine. Adding a health boost at the turn of the new year can only symbolize more health to come!