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A delicious green smoothie is an integral part of my wellness plan. As most of us are full of empty calories and nutrient poor, a green goddess smoothie is quick and versatile and adds that extra nutrient boost most of us are craving.

I’m not an advocate of replacing food with smoothies but they make a great snack or brekkie on the run. I used to skip breakfast but now I just whip up a quick smoothie to take with me instead.

INGREDIENTS:

Small handful of kale and/or spinach

1 inch of cucumber

1 broccoli floret

Handful of frozen blueberries (organic if possible)

1 frozen banana

Half an avocado

Tablespoon of coconut oil

Fill to the line with Almond milk/coconut water or filtered water

Optional boosters: 1 spoon of maca powder – an adaptogen that contains natural fatty acids found in food and B6 which makes it a superfood for mood. Maca is a great addition for people struggling with depression and/or anxiety. It has also been known to boost energy, fertility and even menopause symptoms.

Another great booster is spirulina powder – The incredibly powerful blue/green powder is a natural “algae” (cyanbacteria) that is incredibly high in protein and a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients. It’s health benefits are endless from helping to detoxify heavy metals, boosting energy and helping to alleviate sinus issues.

Having a green smoothie helps me to stay on track with my healthy eating. You need to find what works for you but for me personally its hard to get a nice variety of veg into my diet each day. The boosters I add depend on how I feel. If I’m stressed I add spirulina as I find it helps and if I’m feeling down I reach for the maca. When you start to live more mindfully you can tune into your food and feed your mood, sleep and overall health and wellbeing in a more connected and conscious way.

Shine Bright

Ali xxx

 

Welcome to day 2 of my new video series and today is one of my favourite quick and easy mood boosting smoothie full of good fats including:

Avocados: I predicted and hoped last year that this little fav fruit of mine is finally going to have its year in 2016 and maybe just maybe become the new coconut oil! Avocados are nutrient dense and contain around 20 vitamins and minerals. They are great for our skin, hair, energy levels and can help with depression because of their high levels of folate. So what are you waiting for?


Ingredients:

  • Large handful of Kale or Spinach
  • 1 small Avocado
  • Large handful of frozen mixed berries (I buy them fresh and freeze them as I don’t like warm smoothies and these berries are still my wexford berries as I bought a lot and froze them!!)
  • A small handful of mixed seeds and
  • A small handful of mixed beansprouts (The Happy Pear sell them/ Supervalu)
  • 1 Teaspoon of coconova extra virgin coconut oil
  • Fill to the line with Coconut Water

BLEND AND SERVE

Each year we get an opportunity to start a new book and write it according to our own hearts desire. I consider new months to be chapters and days to be pages. Each year we store a different volume of our book away and bring with us the positive lessons and growth from the year before.

Making small changes to your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference to your health. A couple of years ago I introduced a nutribullet into my home and it gets used at least once a day. Smoothies are not intended to replace food. For me they are a great addition to a healthy diet and they come in very handy when I’m in a rush to ensure I don’t skip meals.

Todays I’m going to share my “Blast the Blues” smoothie with you, which has lots of good fats for mood which will help ease you into the new year and help prevent the january blues!!

BLAST THE BLUES

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Ingredients:

  • Large handful of Kale
  • 1 small Avocado
  • Large handful of frozen mixed berries (I buy them fresh and freeze them as I don’t like warm smoothies and these berries are still my wexford berries as I bought a lot and froze them!!)
  • Either a small handful of mixed seeds or a small handful of mixed beansprouts (The Happy Pear sell them/ Supervalu)
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconova extra virgin coconut oil
  • Unsweetened Almond milk

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into your bullet or blender and fill to the line with almond milk; Blend and serve!
  • To get the consistency you want; play around with the amount of liquid you add; so if you want to have a thicker smoothie bowl for brekkie add less liquid and then you can add fun toppings like goji berries, coconut shavings, nuts, seeds and fruit pieces.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE AND MAKE THIS YOUR BEST ONE YET!

ALI XXX