One of the best ways to start the day is with a Green Smoothie packed full of antioxidants and dozens of other nutrients and minerals. This baby is the epitome of health food… the kind of smoothie that makes you feel like one of those self-righteous health nuts. And it’s exactly what my body is craving after coming out of the food coma that was Christmas.
The basic premise behind a green smoothie is to blend together a bunch of green veg and some fruit. The great thing about green smoothies is that there is no one size fits all recipe, you can experiment with ingredients, use whatever you have in the fridge (I usually see what I can raid from the veggie garden) or include your favourite fruits and veggies until you find the right mix for you. If you are new to the whole healthy eating/green smoothie thing start out with a higher amount of fruit and gradually decrease it until you have a higher ratio of green veggies.
In my green smoothie this morning I used:
Broccoli (just a floret)
A few spinach & beetroot leaves
A few sprigs of parsley (stem and all)
Chuck it all together in a blender with a bit of water, blitz it up until its smooth, and voilà…
Green smoothies will do amazing things for your insides; stimulate the growth of good bacteria in your stomach, improve your digestion and immune system, purify your blood stream and improve liver and kidney function.
On the outside it will do fantastic things for your skin, hair and nails. I’m talking strong clear nails, luscious shiny hair and glowing skin. So what are you waiting for?
I have my office Christmas party tomorrow night and while I don’t plan on waking up with a hangover on Saturday morning I thought I would share a few of my favourite yoga poses for relieving a hangover… you know, just in case ;)
I know for most people a greasy breakfast and a bottle of coke is the best way to cure a hangover, but I prefer a few detoxifying yoga poses, lots of water and a green smoothie, it’s a hangover cure that will fix you from the inside out.
I understand the green smoothie might be a bit too much to stomach but give the following poses a go and see if they make a difference:
Child’s pose – Take a few deep breaths in this pose with your head resting on the floor or a block, you can even place a bag of frozen peas under your forehead. You can also do this pose with your head resting on cold tiles… (like say the bathroom floor if you find yourself somewhat indisposed there).
Pass out Stay in this pose for as long as you need to :)
Seated twist – What you really need to do after a big night on the drink is detox, and twisting helps to wring out the liver and help rid your body of all those toxins that are making you feel a bit lousy. Depending on how hungover you are this pose might make you feel a little bit queasy as it clears out your liver. Stay in the pose for as long as it is comfortable and remember to breath.
Headstand – Now this is probably one of the last things you will feel like doing but it will get the blood flowing and help relieve that pounding headache. If you are new to yoga leave your knees on the ground and come on to the top of your head, this is all you need to do to get the blood flowing. If you want to go a bit further you can tuck the toe and begin to walk your feet towards your head. And if you know your way around a yoga mat you can come all the way up, using the wall if you need to – remember you might be a little less steady than usual.
Once you are done you can pass out in savasana, and remember it doesn’t matter how perfect the pose is, just focus on your breath and drink plenty of water throughout the day.