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Chocolate & Ginger Smoothie

By Kezia Hall

Why is it at this time of year that everyone seems to go a little mad when it comes to new regimes and diets, exercise plans and other fads? I know its March but still the endless promotion of ‘New Year, New You’ is still going strong! I am not interested in getting a ‘New Me’ thank you very much!

But before I go off on a rant let me introduce myself. I am Kezia Hall, based in beautiful Scotland, UK and run Super Naturally Healthy where I equip and empower women with delicious solutions for increased health, healing and JOY.

I came to run this business this through my own sordid relationship with sugar, my body, journeying through eating disorders, alongside massive health problems (try having chronic diarrhoea for about 6 years - NICE!) all whilst my LOVING food. For me eating healthy had to be healing, had to give me results but also have to be fun, joyful and delicious.

And, as I can imagine that you are one creative soul with jam-packed days and a tricky schedule to manage, here is one speedy and easy tip I want to share with you that will make a massive different to your health:

Start small and just add one thing to your day. 

Don’t hop onto any regime or plaster yourself in a dietary label, just on a daily basis do one thing to value your body and your soul. One of the simplest and most practical ways we can do this is by giving yourself some food that will help you get healthy from the inside out. And this delicious recipe is a great example of that. 

It's a beautiful blend of chocolate, ginger and sneakily, vitamin-rich goodness from spinach, that is going to naturally energise you through your day.

I love green smoothies (or brown smoothies in this case!) not because they are some miracle fixbut because they are 100% natural, speedy and super delicious. They take 2 minutes to make and even if the rest of my day is filled with coffee and cake I know that I have given my body the nutrients it needs to THRIVE.

So wipe the dust off your bender, invest just 2 minutes a day in valuing your gorgeous body and get your green smoothie groove on!!

(And if you want to find more awesome recipes, why not join my Green Smoothie Challenge?)

Chocolate & Ginger Smoothie

Ingredients

1-2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger

2 heaped tbsp cocoa/cacao

1 banana

1-2 medjool dates - pitted

2 handfuls spinach

1 tbsp almond butter

300ml water

1 tbsp boabab powder - optional

Instructions

Place all the ingredient in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds - 1 minute or until smooth. Serve with ice and ideally with a straw!

Kezia Hall is a holistic health coach and creator of the the 10 Day Green Smoothie Challenge over at Super Naturally Healthy . Through healing her own body she now loves to help others do the same. She is also LOVES cake…and has a slight addiction to eating onions cooked in coconut oil! Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

5 Ways To Stay Fit, Focused And Healthy While Blogging

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By Jenna Black

If you’re a blogger, you’re more than likely a busy, busy gal or guy! Us bloggers can find ourselves working a ‘day job’ while we pursue our dream career on the sideline. We stay up late writing our blog posts, we shoot our Instagram posts before rushing to work late and we wake up during the night with a million ideas running through our heads that simply can’t wait until the morning (anyone else reached for their phone at 2am to write down a reminder for the next day?!)

Blogging can be a lot of work! But often, we let the stress and crazy lifestyle affect our health and our focus. It’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind but this can lead to neglecting our health and losing out on beauty sleep (no thanks!).

So, how can you change your lifestyle to work with your busy blogging schedule, rather than against it? After blogging for a few years, I’ve nailed my top 5 tips to help you stay fit, focused and healthy, no matter how busy you are!

Let’s dive in!

1. Create a morning ritual
Are your mornings rushed and crazy? I feel ya! I used to have that same experience before I came across the concept of a morning ritual. A morning ritual is a simple set of actions that you practice each morning before you start your work day. These actions are designed to boost your health, clear your mind and drive your focus.

My personal morning ritual includes a short meditation upon waking, a workout session, a nourishing meal and some quiet time to jot down my daily to do list and get clear on what I want to achieve that day. I do this all before checking emails or social media. It may sound like a lot initially but this will quickly become a habitual practice that will help you gain clarity, focus and extra drive to kick goals that day!

2. Eat clean and green
Do you reach for that cookie or chocolate at about 3pm each day? When we’re busy and stressed we tend to compensate with sugary or processed comfort foods. It’s natural to want to do this! But that sugar hit is only doing you damage and sending your insulin and adrenal levels into mayhem.

If focus and clarity is one of your blogging goals, I encourage you to eat a whole food diet with plenty of fresh leafy greens. This is going to drastically improve your concentration, mood and drive throughout the day (no sugar crashes included!)

One of the best ways to get started with cleaning up your diet is by removing any packaged or processed foods. Simply eat healthy whole foods with ingredients that you can understand! You’ll feel the difference in no time.

3. Savour your sleep
Sleep really is Queen. There is a reason beauty sleep has that title, because our cells literally regenerate when we sleep. Getting a solid 8 – 9 hours a night is going to be crucial for you to stay focused and driven the next day.

If you struggle to get a solid amount of sleep, start by winding down earlier each night. Turn off electronics an hour before bed and don’t eat too late at night. Run a bath or do some gentle meditation and quietly wind down.

If your mind is rushing with ideas and everything you need to do tomorrow, set time aside in the evening to write down your to do list and get everything on paper. Place it away and make a promise to yourself that you’ll deal with it tomorrow. Nighttime is your time to relax, chill and get some beauty sleep!

4. Work it out
Have you ever used the excuse that you’re ‘too busy to work out?’ I used to tell myself that and I’d skip my morning workout. But the reality is, we all have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce, so we definitely have time to fit in exercise!

Here’s my suggestion for you if you’re super busy; simply aim for a quick 20 – 30 minute session that includes high intensity intervals. This can be done from your lounge room if you don’t have gym or park access. Include a range of bodyweight exercises like planks, star jumps and squats to get a fast and effective workout in!

Daily exercise is amazing for your body, mind and soul. It’s going to help take your blogging efforts from so-so to super!

5. Nourish your mind + soul
My final tip for you is to take time for yourself. You may have a million things to do and your schedule may feel a bit crazy and overwhelming, but take time for yourself each day (even 5 minutes) to allow your mind and soul to reset. Self care doesn’t have to mean an hour long massage (although that wouldn’t be all that bad), you can find some simple daily rituals that will nourish and cleanse you.

Try dry body brushing, a light meditation or just grab a great book and nestle into a cosy corner. Find something that makes you feel alive and nourished and practice it daily!

What’s your tip for living a fit, focused and healthy life as a busy blogger? I’d love to hear from you!

Jenna is a health coach, writer and freedom seeker. She blogs at holistchic, where she helps women create chic, healthy lifestyles. Jenna’s 6 week health coaching program, ELEVATE, helps women to nourish their bodies, boost their confidence and create a life they love. 

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