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6 Ways to Start the Day Right

Get into a morning routine that will set the tone for the rest of your day. Start the day the right way. Mornings are the best part of the day and they should not be rushed. You want to get your thoughts together, plan your day, not sprint out the front door. Here below are some tips that I hope will help.

Wake up early

Go to bed early and wake up early. I love getting up very early in the morning. For me this is the best time. I hate rushing. I like to take my time and gather my thoughts and have time to myself.

Drink warm water and lemon 

Make yourself a large glass of fresh lemon juice and warm water. This is like an internal shower and is very good for the liver, Have it 20 minutes before eating. You can also add some turmeric.

Deep breathing exercises

These are very beneficial especially if you live in a city and you are constantly challenged by a busy work schedule and stress. Cities are also very fast paced. This is why it is important to find time to yourself to distress and relax.

Have a green smoothie

Don’t grab a coffee and a pastry on your way to work. Instead opt for a healthier option that will give you more energy through out your busy morning. Refined sugar gives you that quick burst of energy followed by a quick dip. You want to be mentally sharp for your meetings. A green smoothie is a great way to load on vegetables and the beauty of a smoothie is that you can load it full of goodness. Try adding chia seeds, spirulina, wheatgrass or maca powder.

Exercise

In almost every post I stress the importance of exercise. It is so important for a healthy body and mind. Daily movement prevents the onset of disease. As we age it is so important to exercise. It is good for muscle mass which decreases as we get older and is good for bone strength. Exercise releases endorphins which promote feelings of happiness. This is why it is best to work out in the morning so you not only get it over and done with but it will put you in a good mood for the rest of the day.

Skin brushing

The benefits of skin brushing are endless. The skin is the largest organ in the body and it is important to look after it. Skin brushing removes dead skin cells, improves oxygenation and stimulates circulation. It also stimulates the lymphatic system which is essential in eliminating toxins. Best way to skin brush is before you shower. Make sure the brush is dry and start from the feet moving upward in circular motions. In areas of the body where the skin is thinner like the chest apply less pressure.

I hope the above helps. If you are looking for a bespoke nutritional plan purchase my initial consultation plan or email me.

 

 

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Kale and Broccoli Smoothie

After all the Valentine’s Day chocolate treats over the weekend I thought a cleansing green smoothie was called for. It is so important to keep the body alkaline and start the day right! This smoothie is full of healthy fats and goodness to make sure you have tons of energy through out the day.

Ingredients

A handful of kale

2 broccoli florets

A handful of spinach

1 frozen banana

1/2 an avocado peeled and stone removed

juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon of chia seeds

Water

1 scoop of hemp protein

Ice

Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy

Cleansing Green Smoothie

Detox January continues with a cleansing green smoothie to start the day right. Smoothies are quick to prepare and packed full of goodness. They are an easy way to make sure you eat your greens.

Ingredients

A handful of spinach

1 frozen banana

1/2 an avocado

inch piece of ginger

juice of 1/2 a  lemon

1 teaspoon of hemp seeds

1 teaspoon of Neil’s Yard green complex powder

Remove the stone and skin from the avocado and place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until lovely and smooth. Enjoy!

Cleansing Green Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to start the day and a super green smoothie is the best to cleanse and alkalise the body. Smoothies are also the secret to beautiful skin. It is so important to include plenty of greens into your diet and a smoothie is one of the best and quickest ways to great health!

Ingredients

1 celery stalk chopped

1/4 of a cucumber peeled and chopped

1 apple peeled and cored

Juice of 1 lemon

a small piece of ginger (ginger has a very strong taste so start with a small amount)

2 romaine leaves chopped

5 kale leaves chopped

1/2 a tablespoon of flax seeds

coconut water

Bee pollen for the topping

Optional

1 scoop of Neil’s Yard Super Greens Complex

Wash all the ingredients thoroughly and place in a blender and blend until smooth. You can add ice, this makes it taste better. Pour into a glass, top with bee pollen and enjoy!

Breakfast Smoothie

So many of my clients complain they never have time to prepare breakfast as they are rushing to work each morning. The beauty of smoothies is that they are super quick to prepare and you can make them packed full of goodness. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if you are working. You do not want to fall asleep at your desk. You want to be alert and full of energy. This smoothie is delicious and healthy. Remember that you do not have to use the ingredients that I use. If there are any ingredients that you do not like, feel free to substitute it with another healthy option.

Ingredients

Almond milk ( how much you use depends on how creamy you prefer your smoothie)

1 banana

1 tablespoon of almond butter

2 tablespoons of oats

1 scoop of hemp protein

1 teaspoon of pumpkin seeds

1 teaspoon of raw cacao powder

Optional

1 scoop of Neil’s yard organic green powder

Place all the ingredients into the blender and blend till lovely and smooth. Add ice if you prefer it cold. It is that easy! Enjoy!

 

 

Spirulina Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie recipe this week is packed full of goodness. It has spirulina which is a blue green algae very rich in protein and minerals. it is perfect after a tough workout.

Ingredients

1 frozen banana

a handful of spinach

2 broccoli florets

1 teaspoon of spirulina

1/2 an avocado

1 tablespoon of chia and flaxseeds

2 tablespoons of cashew butter

almond milk

For the topping

Strawberries and blueberries

bee pollen

Remove the skin and stone from the avocado and place in the blender together with the rest of the ingredients. Blend till creamy. The less liquid you put in it the creamier it will be. Serve in a bowl with the strawberries, blueberries and bee pollen. Enjoy!

Avocado Chocolate Smoothie

This is similar to my power date smoothie I did a few weeks back. I have added maca powder and avocado. Avocado makes it creamy and you can’t really taste it, it is also full of healthy fats which imakes it even better. I tend to have this smoothie in the mornings or sometimes in the afternoon if I am craving something sweet. It is delicious!

Ingredients

1 banana

1/2 an avocado

3 dates

1 cup of almond milk

1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder

1 tablespoon of almond butter

1 teaspoon of maca powder ( I use organic burst)

1 scoop of Sunwarrior vegan protein powder

For the topping

Cacao nibs and strawberries

Peel the banana and avocado, remove the stone from the avocado and dates and place all the ingredients into the blender and blend till lovely and smooth. You can add some ice if you prefer it cold. Pour into a glass or bowl, add the strawberries and cacao nibs.  Enjoy!