SUPER SMOOTHIE (that tastes amazingly amazing)

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I have been having this smoothie a LOT recently. I just love it. So nutritious and delicious- who could resist? This wonderful lil’ drink can easily take the place of a meal because it is quite filling. It’s also perfect for those moments when you’re craving something a little sweet, but don’t want to resort to junk food.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (mine was slightly sweetened. You could try using coconut milk instead for a different taste)
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1 medjool date, squashed (may also be substituted for honey)
  • Heaped tablespoon of LSA or LSC (let me explain- LSA is a popular blend of finely ground linseed, Sunflower seeds and almonds that is available in many health stores. I chanced upon something even better- LSC, which stands for linseed, sunflower and chia seeds. If you are unable to get either, I’m sure ground flaxseed would suffice)
  • Heaped tablespoon of Amazing Grass Green Superfood chocolate flavour (if you don’t have this, you could try a blend of cacao powder, spirulina powder and stevia)

Blend it all together on high for about 30 seconds, or until it’s all well combined.

Pour into a glass and drink up the goodness!

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Amazing Avocado

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I could make a litany of all the good things I have to say about avocados. I don’t really know how I  spent so many years without them. I’m pretty sure I tried them first when I was around 10 years old, but being a naive, ignorant child, I didn’t really appreciate them at the time. Haha. Then I started reading about the amazing health benefits that this awesome little fruit has to offer and I decided I wanted in. Let me list just a few:

  • The thick skin of an avocado protects it from taking in pesticides, meaning you don’t really have to buy organic
  • Avocado is high in many nutrients such as fibre, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins
  • Rich in healthy fats that are good for the heart
  • Can help regulate blood sugar levels
  • Has been found to protect against free-radical damage, meaning it prevents cancer
  • Studies have also shown it to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and diabetes

Now on to the exciting part- how it eat my avo!

  • For breakfast, instead of the old butter and vegemite on toast that I used to have ALL the time as a little kid, I use avocado and ‘vege spread’ from freedom foods: http://www.freedomfoods.com.au/OUR-FOODS/Freedom-Foods/Spreads/175.aspx
  • To make a healthy dip i mix avocado, ricotta and chopped spinach. This is great to have with carrot sticks
  • I LOVE avocado on sour-dough bread with an egg, a pinch of Himalayan salt or Bragg seasoning: http://www.bragg.com/products/sprinkle.html
  • Make a creamy, healthy alternative to chocolate ganache using avocado, raw honey, good-quality dark chocolate, cacao powder and vanilla extract
  • You can even include some avocado in a smoothie to add a creamy texture. Don’t worry it won’t taste weird- I’ve tried it before 😉
  • For a moisturising yet clarifying face mask, combine avocado, raw honey and a few drops of tea tree oil.

I really encourage you to include avocado in your diet. It has an amazing texture, taste and far too many health benefits to ignore. EAT SOME RIGHT NOW!! 😀

My No-Sugar Challenge

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That’s it. I have come to a decision- I’ve had enough of feeling like crap. I admit that after Easter I let my hair down a bit too much. I don’t feel too guilty- after all, it is a festive season. But now I need to knuckle down and get serious. So, I have decided to cut out refined sugars from my diet for an entire month. I have done this before, and I gotta say, it felt really good! In order to give myself motivation I gave my mum a sum of money and told her to safeguard it for the entire month. If I gave in to temptation and ate sweets, she would keep the money- if not, I was able to reclaim it at the end of the month. 

I would love to say that I could, through my own willpower just say- ‘that’s it, no more sweets!’, and actually keep my resolution, but unfortunately, my willpower totally sucks, so I have to resort to more extreme measures…

Now before you go thinking, ‘is this girl crazy?’, let me just reassure you that I’m not eliminating sugar from my diet full stop…that’s kind of impossible. What I am doing, is giving up refined sugar, and substituting this for healthier alternatives like raw honey, fruit, stevia and coconut sugar (but even these I will try to limit, as having double servings of ‘healthier’ desserts is not going to give you abs anytime soon…;-))

In addition to this purging of my diet, I am resolving to keep up my fitness levels. So far, it’s going well, but that could all change as soon as school starts back again 😦

So anyway, I want to know about the health challenges you guys have endeavoured to embark on…Were they successful? Did you feel a sense of achievement after completing them? What factors kept you motivated to fulfill your commitments? 

I’ll let you know how it all goes at the end of the month…wish me luck ’cause I’m gonna be needing it! 😀