Whilst the festive season is fun it also comes with its fair share of challenges. All of a sudden we have 101 loose ends to tie up at work, 700 gifts to think up then buy, celebration drinks to have with everyone you know and their dog and all before January 1! Eeeeeeeekk!! You may be having heart palpitations just reading this or perhaps you have already collapsed and are lying flat out under your laptop. Fear not!!
Here are two little tips, one for body and one for mind, that may be useful in keeping your sanity through this years end of year rush…
Care for Yourself.
Hold on to those daily rituals that keep you feeling grounded and empowered though the year. If you like to go for a jog along the beach in the morning or to meditate for half an hour before bed, don’t give it up for the sake of squeezing one more task into you crazy day. Our everyday practices help calm and centre us so don’t tell yourself you are too busy for this is when you need this time the most.
So you’ve just arrived home at midnight after your third 3 course meal (with accompanying beverages) and you are too exhausted, let alone full, to even consider what food to take to work tomorrow. Well, how fortuitous you happened to have thrown a few ripe bananas and strawberries in the freezer over the weekend… wink, wink. Perhaps a light and fully nutritious smoothie is all you need for tomorrow morning?! And I don’t mean packing it with 15 pieces of fruit to keep you bouncing off the walls until lunchtime when you proceed to lapse into a coma… Try these smoothie recipes on for size. They are totally yummy and using the food ingredients means they have not been stripped of all their fibre and goodies. Yay!
Blueberry Basil Smoothie
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup spinach leaves
1 frozen banana
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
Blend ingredients until smooth. Done!
Nutrition info per serving: 249 calories, 6g total fat, 50g carbohydrates, 9g fiber, 28g sugar, 5g protein
Created by Alexandra Caspero, RD, owner of Delicious Knowledge
Avo Smoothie Instead!
Green drinks get their vibrant colour from chlorophyll, a nutrient-rich pigment found in all leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, celery and lettuce, that cleans the body of harmful toxins, oxygenates the blood and helps boost energy levels. So why wouldn’t you!?
Note: Feel like you want your smoothie that little bit more creamy? Add some avocado.
Go-To Green Juice
1 cup raw baby spinach
1/2 green apple, with skin
1 kiwi, peeled
3-inch cucumber piece
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Splash of water (as needed)
1/2 cup sparkling water, chilled
In a blender, add ingredients through lemon juice and blend until completely combined. Add a splash of water if needed to help combine while blending. Pour into a glass and top with sparkling water. Stir to combine and enjoy.
Nutrition info per serving: 95 calories, 23g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 2g protein
Created by Brenda Burdette, RD, author of blog Deliciously Well