Towards the end of 2014 I decided to make the last few months of the year count by starting my healthy habits early. Waiting until the New Year would have been a surefire way of it all going tits up by the 31st January. I have always been pretty healthy but with having less time and all efforts going on making sure baby is fed and watered, as well as attempting to launch a freelance business and starting a new job. Certain things, namely cooking, took a back seat and M&S became my best 'food' friend.
Here are a few things I am coveting and a few things I am have already purchased and put into motion to set me up for a healthy 2015.
I've started meal planning for the week and it has made such a difference, not only to the health quality of the food we eat but it is also saving a small fortune not buying M&S dinners and generally being more organised. I currently batch cook the bubba's food to ensure she always has healthy home cooked meals on a daily basis. However, I need to make life a whole lot easier for myself by batch cooking family meals. I met a lovely lady called Lydia at a Mother's Meeting back in October and she has a fabulous blog called Flavour for baby. An ex food buyer she now specialises in coming up with 30 minute family recipes. The very idea of a 30 minute meal warms my heart and makes me a very happy girl.
I need one of these in my life. A Spiralizer basically creates pasta (looking stuff) from vegetables. How cool is that? I already feel your scepticism through the screen, but I promise this is no gimmick buy. Imagine how many more vegetables you could eat with one of these adorning your kitchen. From cucumber noodles to courgette spaghetti, I am so in.
My girlfriend's bought me Nutribullet for my birthday and I LOVE it. A green smoothie is such a good start to the day and ensures I am well on my way to getting my 5 a day and more. My favourite recipe is a handful of spinach, a green apple, banana or avocado, porridge oats, a handful of cashew nuts, a teaspoon of Baobab powder and water. Boom, ready to start the day.
Drinking more of the good old H20 is so important. We all know that water has amazing benefits for the skin, but it also helps with digestion and overall energy levels. I am a big fan of infused water, with lemon water being my favourite. Not only is it refreshing but I also find it great for detoxing. I first discovered the benefits of it when I was 6 months pregnant and started to develop intense itching which I'm convinced was the start of Obstetric Cholestasis (an uncommon pregnancy condition which affects the liver and causes intense itching). A few days of drinking copious amounts of lemon infused water caused the itching to subside and saved me a visit to the doctors. I was recently gifted a Infruition by a friend which makes the whole business of infusing water a whole lot cooler.
I've used the Synergy Super Greens one in the past and intend to give it a go again. Admittedly it smells like fish food and the only way it is palatable is to add it to a smoothie but it gives a real nutrient rich boost and means you now have the powerhouse of green smoothies.
I have been stalking them on Instagram for ages and think I might actually have to go forth and buy this magical organic herbal tea - Your Tea. Those damn before and after pics have got me hooked.
MATCHA GREEN TEA.
I love me some green tea but upon doing more research I realised that there is green tea and then there is Matcha green tea. This is where the green tea leaves have been ground into a fine powder, resulting in super concentrated and jam-packed antioxidant goodness. As with anything, organic is best, I have gone for Teapigs and am will be doing their Matcha Challenge. Having a cup everyday for 2 weeks and then reporting back on my amazing transformation. Yeah yeah, I know, we'll see!
So those are my health buys for 2015...for now. I can guarantee there will be plenty more throughout the year. I am the ultimate marketer's dream which coming from a marketer is a tad embarrassing ; ).