It’s a New Year and you know what that means – lots of New Year’s resolutions, and I’d hedge a bet that a majority of them somehow relate to health and wellbeing.
While I personally try to be healthy all year round, the over-indulgence of the festive season and the thought of a fresh calendar full of new intentions tends to give me that ounce of extra motivation required to turn things up a notch.
Instead of doing anything too extreme, how about making some small changes that, over a year, can translate into massive impacts on your life. I think diet wise the easiest switch to make is to a healthy breakfast – the morning is the perfect time of day to get motivated so why not use breakfast as an opportunity to get some extra greens into your diet?
Try this recipe for my beginner’s green smoothie (yes even the boy likes drinking it!) – if it wasn’t for the colour it would be hard to guess that it even contains spinach!
- 2 x large bananas
- 1 cup frozen mango (or use fresh if you have that available)
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or other nut milk of your choice)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (ideally soaked in water overnight before using)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 scoops protein powder of your choice (I use Tony Steir's Vanilla Pea Protein - it is vegan, tastes good and sweetened only with vanilla beans and stevia)
- 2 large handfuls of baby spinach
- In a high powered blender, blitz all ingredients up together until smooth. Add ice if you want the drink to be cold and refreshing, or dilute with water or extra coconut water if the mixture is too thick.
- If using a small or less powerful blender: add ingredients in batches, starting with the liquid items and bananas, blitz until smooth and then gradually add other ingredients blitzing in between.