These past few weeks have been a little bit full of too much summer madness for me! As can often be the case, the summer brings about a number of social gatherings, a little bit too much food and drink and too little exercise, eventually catching up with general health and wellbeing. You know what it's like, the sun comes out and we get a little too excited, heading off to festivals, spending long evenings in the garden with friends over a BBQ and a bottle of wine or two. Before you know it, despite your best efforts, you've suddenly gone a little too far.
It does of course, very much pay to try and keep a healthy balance and not go overboard. Yet we can still at times wake up feeling a little worse for wear and in need of a bit summer healing. So this week I have a series of posts designed to help with just that. From healing foods and a do it yourself skin pampering face mask for tired skin, to some simple summer exercise tips and my ideas for a few moments rest and relaxation.
For the first post in my mini Summer Healing series, I begin with my favourite morning smoothie recipes. The perfect way to cleanse and kick start your body and mind on that morning after the raucous night before.
My all time favourite smoothie is the Deliciously Ella Green Coconut Smoothie. It's sweet, satisfying and so very simple to make and really helps me to feel more alive and revitalised the morning after a big night out.
TO MAKE ONE GLASS YOU NEED: 200ml Coconut Water, 1 Tbsp Coconut Yogurt, Big Handful Spinach, 1 Ripe Banana, 1 Tbsp Bee Pollen (the addition of Bee Pollen is optional but very nice if you can get your hands on it, sometimes I use Spirulina or Baobab Powder instead or you can just go without).
Simply put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth then serve and enjoy.
This smoothie is so brilliant if you're suffering with a hangover. The coconut water is extremely good at helping you to rehydrate. Spinach is the little wonder food that just keeps on giving, helping to detoxify the liver and is packed with folic acid, vitamin C and sulphur all of which help to heave ho those horrible hangover nasties. Banana is a top source of potassium which is essential for helping you recover from dehydration. When you become dehydrated you lose potassium making you feel tired, giving you cramps and even bringing on nausea.
If you're worried about the spinach aspect and don't understand how that will work in a smoothie then don't. It doesn't taste anything like spinach at all thanks to the sweetness of the yoghurt and banana, so this is a great way to get that green goodness into you especially if you're not usually a big fan.
If you don't have spinach to hand or you really can't stomach the idea of it then I think this recipe works equally well if you replace it with a very large handful of fresh or frozen blueberries. We all know how great blueberries can be and they will certainly help to pick you up if you really just can't face the green! Do go green if you can though, you'll really feel the benefit of the spinach if you brave it in this delicious drink.
So there we have my first tip this week for bringing yourself back to life this summer after partying a little too hard. Of course I still encourage both myself and those of you reading to practice balance and moderation. However I hope that today's advice comes in useful if you've gone a little too far this weekend. I'm also planning soon to try out some of the lovely ideas in the following links below so I thought I'd share them here. Plus I'd love to hear about any of your own personal smoothie saviour recipes.
SOME SMOOTHIE LINK LOVE!
5 Veggie-Based Breakfast Smoothies - A Beautiful Mess
15 Smoothies That Will Soothe Your Angry Hangover - Buzzfeed Life
I hope you can join me the rest of this week for more of my favourite summer healing tips and tricks. Plus please do share your ideas and advice with me in the comments below. I'd love to know what you do to recover from a little bit too much excess on a sunny summer weekend?