Smoothies are one of my all time favourite ways to give my body loads of nutrients, in a way that it can easily absorb. You can put anything you fancy into them, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, yogurts and more.
As a mum, it's an easy thing that I can do for myself to ensure I'm eating well and getting the nutrition that I need. An added bonus is that it does the same for my kids, and they love their smoothies too!
However it's not always easy to start or continue a new habit, so I have some tips for you today in making your smoothie game strong!
Step 1. Pick a delicious smoothie recipe that sings to you. I love to put berries in mine, but maybe you love mango, or maybe you prefer a vegetable based smoothie.
Step 2. Get enough ingredients to make at least 4 of these smoothies, and portion them out into 4 bowls or piles (not the liquid portion)
Step 3. Get 4 zip lock bags. Place each pile of smoothie goodness into a zip lock bag. Label it, and write a note on the bag with what liquid to add to the blender when you make the smoothie, and how much
Step 4. Place these bags in your freezer. Make sure that you haven't added any liquid base at this stage.
Step 5. When you are ready to make your smoothie, grab a bag from the freezer, pop the contents into your blender, and add your chosen liquid.
This method of making up 'smoothie bags' really makes it so easy to get your daily smoothie fix without much effort at all. You can make up bags of different smoothies at the same time, so you have options in your freezer too. This is a perfect hack if you are very busy in the mornings, and it makes your smoothie a really super fast food.
When I do this myself, I usually do 1 cup of berries, 1 banana, a big handful of baby spinach, a scoop or two of seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia etc) and a dash of vanilla essence of powder. I'll pop all of this in a zip lock bag and put it in the freezer. On the day i'm making that smoothie I'll add 500ml oat or almond milk, and some yogurt if I feel like it. This will make enough for 2 adults, or 1 for me and 2 smaller ones for my girls.
When we had our first baby I made up a bunch of these for the freezer, and after our baby arrived it made it super simple for my husband to make us smoothies!
Let me know if you try this hack, and what you put in your smoothie bags?
I hope you love it,
Are you a hot chocolate or latte fan? Perhaps you enjoy herbal teas or a warming tumeric or matcha latte.
My personal favourites are a delicious chai made with fresh herbs and spices, or a lovely ginger and cinnamon style tea.
As promised I have a delicious muffin recipe coming up for you guys :) These are lip smackingly good, and the recipe is courtesy of Jude Blereau from her book titled 'Wholefood Baking'. This book is amazing, I highly recommend it for all sorts of wholesome baking. Birthday cakes, morning tea slices, muffins, pastries, you name it and you can find it in this wonderful book.
Following on from our last article, today I'm excited to talk to you about Nourishing your Toddlers. Our little people are so important, and what we feed them really can set them up for health and wellness from the beginning.
Hello gorgeous peeps. Today I've got a special edition to the Wholesome Chick archives for you. We are going to delve into Nutrition for newborns, and how best to nourish our little ones in their first months of life. It's a special topic, and one that is close to my heart. This is for the simple fact that good nutrition is the foundation for a healthy life filled with wellness and vitality, and the sooner it begins the better. So, let's get started!
It’s been said time and again that ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’. This simple truth can make or break the foundations of your nutritional wellbeing. Many of us feel very rushed in the morning, and don’t make the time to have a nourishing breakfast. Apart from creating a cascade of stress and rushing for the rest of your day, it leaves your body running on empty from the get go. Then you can say hello to caffeine and sugar cravings, mood swings and afternoon exhaustion. No Thanks!
Below you can find some very simple, quick, nourishing and delicious breakfast ideas that will fuel your body with healthy nutrients to start your day well!
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Cholesterol is a special type of fat that forms part of the structure of every single cell membrane in the human body. It is also a major component of steroid hormones and bile. In the body the liver is the main site for cholesterol synthesis, but each cell also has the ability to create cholesterol if needed. It flows through your body via the blood stream, and is an essential component of health.
I'm Ally Chick, founder and head Naturopath here at Alysia Chick Health.