Eating Well Under Stress & Kefir Green Smoothie

I’m having the busiest week I’ve had in I can’t remember how long. Even though it’s busy, I don’t find it an issue to still eat right, and be good to myself which is a different story to what all my friends and work colleagues tell me when they’re schedule has picked up.

When I took all these bookings I made sure that as soon as I had an opportunity in there, I booked a Full Body Remedial Massage in that slot. I make sure that I have my Chinese Licorice Tea, and Siberian Ginseng in the mornings to ease my adrenal glands to aid with the temporary increase in stress.

I try and plan the day before/ night before, and make food for me to take with me to jobs so I know what’s in my food then and that I’ll be giving my body the best it can get in that situation.

I always make sure I take water with me, which is important!

If I can’t prepare a salad, smoothie, meal etc ahead of time, I make sure there’e always some food in the fridge and cupboard so when I have to leave the house in a rush, I can stuff a few things in my bag for the ‘IF’ times I’m caught in a situation there’s no time to buy something already made. Examples might be pouring some Chia seeds, Oats, Cinnamon, Spirulina and Coconut Oil into a container – I don’t worry about mixing, there’s NO TIME! Or a whole Carrot, 1-2 Apples, a Banana, a handful of Cherry Tomatoes, a Whole Corn Cob, a whole Zucchini, leftover sprouted or cooked quinoa sitting in the fridge or other leftovers etc etc. Whatever’s available!

So what if I get a couple of sideways looks!! I didn’t have time to cut it up into what society deems ‘a meal’, but who says that eating those things on their own isn’t ‘a meal’… it’s all perception.It ties me over until the next time I’m hungry (which is after my job, or busy period running between castings).

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I wanted to share with you my breakfast smoothie this morning with Kefir added, to demonstrate how easy it is to incorporate Kefir in your usual juice or smoothie.

This tastes fresh, is full of antioxidants, probiotics and all the good stuff.

Blueberry Fig Green Kefir Smoothie

Blueberry Fig Green Kefir Smoothie

Blueberry Fig Green Kefir Smoothie

  • 1 Young Coconut, Water and Flesh (1 & 1/2 cups water – roughly)
  • 1/3 cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
  • 2 Fresh Figs
  • Juice 1/2 Juicy Lemon
  • 1/3 cup Kefir (brewed probiotic drink)
  • 8 Medium leaves Silverbeet (Swiss Chard)
  • 8 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Few Dashes of Cinnamon
  • 1 Dsp Spirulina
  • Optional: 1 tsp of Dulse flakes

Blend on high in the best blender you’ve got.

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For green smoothies you do need a blender that’s going to last and that can get to a high enough speed to break down the cell walls of the green leaves to create a smooth, unctuous consistency, otherwise you may be drinking/eating chunky-bitsy smoothies (which some people don’t mind, but not optimal for absorption of nutrients). For ideas on the best blenders for your smoothies Jess Ainscough of The Wellness Warrior has done a review of the best blenders from her experience here:

http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au/2013/03/the-great-blender-review/

I have to agree with her for the most part as she missed one. My favourite and most affordable with great power is this one:

The Sunbeam Cafe Series – RRP AU$210.00

Sunbeam Cafe Series PB9800

Sunbeam Cafe Series PB9800

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When times are busy, it can be so easy to lose touch with our self-love. It’s important to remember to honour and treasure ourselves the best way we can so we don’t get burnt out. Take time out any second that you get an opportunity, and listen to your body. Feed it with the best possible food, water and nutrients you have on hand. Remember you are what you eat!

Hippocrates knew... healthy living goes back well before modern technology of man.

Hippocrates knew… healthy living goes back well before modern technology of man.

4 responses to “Eating Well Under Stress & Kefir Green Smoothie

  1. Hello

    I am a lover and maker of fermented drinks such as beet kvass, kefir water, kefir milk… I would LOVE to share my drinks with others at my local market but I am unsure if it is legal to sell fermented drinks within Australia.. Where do you get your kefir from ?
    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Sincerely

    Danny

    • Hi Danny,

      That’s so great you make all your own ferments at home. You must be an expert by now. I can’t give you the exact information about legalities but I do know that in Sydney and in Melbourne, there are LOTS and LOTS of individuals just like yourself that sell their fermented drinks and goods at their local markets or within their wholefood businesses. I got my Kefir grains from my sister (in QLD) whom bought hers from a seller in Melbourne that express posted them to her overnight snap frozen.
      My email is therawmodelfiles@gmail.com if you have any further questions, or find me on Facebook, Hannah Ubl.

      All the best, and hope to sample some of your delicious drinks sometime in the future.

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