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After a big weekend at Wilderness festival (blog post to follow) and a week of eating lots of naughty treats at a horse riding camp my skin is seriously suffering.  I’ve been reading loads into how to eat for healthier skin, suffering with Eczema is rubbish and my body needs all the help it can get to sort itself out!  I’ve had a few green smoothies in the past that have tasted pretty rank frankly but I must say this is one of the best I’ve ever made- yes I am a smug bitch…

I think it’s adding a little bit of fruit.  I’ve done this before without the pineapple but it just needed a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ to make it a tad more palatable.  Now I’m not very good at following recipes, or sticking to amounts so I actually have no idea how much of everything I put into this.  When I cook and bake at home I normally chuck what I think in and hope for the best- quantities schmontities!  You can adapt any recipe to your own taste- use any kind of fruit or swap the kale for Pak Choi, just go wild and enjoy!

What I used:  (makes enough for two)

  • ½ Avocado
  • Handful spinach
  • Three large leaves of speciality Kale (ie the one with nice long purple coloured leaves)
  • Two chunks of cucumber
  • Coconut water (I used a small mug to measure out- use more if it’s too thick and vice versa)
  • Tsp Chia seeds (and a few to decorate on top- I made a heart because we all need a little love)
  • Freshly cut pineapple- about 5 chunks roughly cut.

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Stick it in your blender- I use a Ninja (its AMAZING! You can buy for yourself here) and that’s all there is to it.  If you want a runnier consistency add more coconut water.

Your body will love you for it, this is packed full of protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, calcium, iron- the list goes on!  Just blend and enjoy : )

J xx

I’ve been trying to up my exercise before Christmas, and make progress with my goal to eventually be able to do an unassisted pull up.  This has meant getting a gym pass and hitting the weights.

I definitely feel the benefit of doing weights almost instantly and as I have such an active job that involves carrying heavy stuff and holding a heavy camera- my guns need all the help they can get!

I also seem to have less time for a decent breakfast so I’ve been making this banana smoothie for an easy on-the-go boost.

INGREDIENTS: 1x banana, 1x Whey Better Banana scoop, 2x spoons of  dairy free yoghurt, few ice cubes (for extra hydration) and ¼ pint of oat milk.

You literally can’t beat exercise for lifting your mood, making you feel good and helping you to stay focused and happy.  I always feel so happy and motivated after any form of exercise- horse riding, running, yoga, or a great gym sesh.  Even though the weather is pants this is even more reason to boost your mood and work up a sweat!

You can either use a fresh banana, or if you want to be super organised chop a banana into slices and freeze the night before for an extra cold, thick smoothie.

I use oat milk but you can use any type of milk.  My body hates regular milk (dairy in general) so coconut milk or Oat milk is my choice of liquid.  I’m using coconut yoghurt so wanted a plain base.

As this is either a pre or post workout smoothie I’ve been using Bio Synergy’s Whey Better Banana Protein.  I LOVE this brand of protein.  My gorgeous super-fit friend Natalie introduced me to the brand when I was training for the marathon.  Check out her amazing healthy twitter feed here! Their Cookies and Cream flavour is THE BEST and it’s not too sugary or sickly or leaves that horrid powder taste.  My skin hasn’t reacted to it either, so it’s a winner in my eyes!

I also add a couple of tablespoons of dairy-free yoghurt to thicken up my smoothie.  I’m in LOVE with this Aplro soya coconut flavour at the moment.  I used it in my bircher recipe and it’s still a fridge staple.

Add all your ingreidients together in a blender and mix together.  I bought a Ninja blender from a Costco sale last year and it’s insanely good.  It’ll blend ANYTHING. (You can buy one from Amazon here). I use it for all sorts- drinks, Guacamole, dips, soup.  It’s really solid and powerful and not crazy expensive.

That’s all there is to it-simples.  You get enough for two portions too!  OooOooh I bloody love bananas.

I’ve read so many different stories about how bananas are great for Eczema and others saying how bad they are.  I’ve never tried eliminating them from my diet, maybe I should to see if it makes a difference- but I just love them so damn much!

Until next time, happy slurping!

J xx