All mums know that looking after a tiny human, or even several bigger humans, can take its toll on your energy levels and overall health. Mums regularly put everyone else in the family before themselves, and – if you don’t make time for self care – you can end up feeling exhausted, stressed and poorly, which is no good for anyone.
With the phrase “you can’t pour from an empty cup” firmly in mind, making a few small changes to your routine can work wonders. Going to bed early, enjoying a long (uninterrupted!) soak in the bath and ensuring you eat healthy food and plenty of water are all little things that can add up to a big difference,
Making your own smoothies and juices is a fab way to boost your health and give your body a much needed boost! Shelley, 40, is a mum to Daisy (11) and Bobby (9) and a style and lifestyle blogger at ShelleyLoves.net . After her eldest daughter Daisy started experiencing health problems last year, Shelley made some changes to the family’s diet which has made everyone feel much better and alleviated Daisy’s constant tummy aches. Shelley credits juicing and smoothie making as a huge part of the plan.
“This time last year, we were all feeling the strain and we had a very poorly little Daisy. I decided to make some changes to our diet to make her well. I cannot begin to tell you what a huge impact juicing and smoothie making has been for the family. As a working mum, I have more energy, my skin is glowing and my eyes are bright.
“I can remember vividly how tough it was being a new mum, so I hugely recommend juices and home made smoothies for vitality, energy and overall health.
“These are some of our family favourites.”
Daisy’s Peach and Strawberry Smoothie
“Peaches have so many nutrients and health benefits including dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and niacin, as well as minerals including potassium, copper, manganese, and phosphorous. The health benefits of strawberries include improved eye care, proper brain function, relief from high blood pressure, arthritis, gout, and various cardiovascular diseases. The polyphenolic and antioxidant content of strawberries makes them beneficial for improving the immune system, preventing various types of cancers and for reducing the signs of premature ageing.”
2 frozen bananas
(I usually buy really ripe bananas from our local greengrocers cheap, slice them and bag them up)
250ml of Almond milk (We use this one )
2-3 ice cubes
Chia seeds to sprinkle on the top (optional)
“Daisy cuts off the tops of the strawberries and removes the stones from the peaches (keeping the skin on) and then puts everything in the blender and blends till it’s all combined. It helps that it’s a beautiful pink colour.”
Bobby’s Green Smoothie
“Hemp is an incredible source of protein and are a good source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids. The omega fatty acids in hemp seeds help to strengthen cells and aid them in fighting off germs and viruses. They also contain omega 3.
“Kale is loaded with powerful antioxidants like Quercetin and Kaempferol. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C, can help lower cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. Kale is one of the world’s best sources of Vitamin K!”
2 frozen bananas
500ml almond milk or any nondairy milk
2 tablespoons hemp seeds (we use these)
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter ( we use this one)
2 handfuls of kale (or spinach),
1 pitted Medjool date
Bobby literally throws everything in the blender and zaps till smooth!
Shelley’s Cucumber, Apple & Kiwi Juice
“Apples are amazing at removing impurities from the body, the pectin acts as an “intestinal broom”. We love cucumber, it’s such a fan addition to green juices, and this amazing veggie cools the inner body and rehydrates the system. Kiwis are so tasty, and they actually contain more vitamin C pound fo pound than oranges. I love this juice as it gives me a real pick up, and it’s fab for your hair, skin and nails as well as your liver and kidneys. It also gives your immune system a much-needed boost.”
1/2 a cucumber (skin on)
1 kiwi (peeled)
Juice all the ingredients and pour over ice.
You can follow Shelley on Instagram at @_shelleyloves for more recipes and juicing inspiration!