Health

Starting the day the healthy way

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As we head into the warmer months, I’ve been inundated with people either talking about getting in shape for summer, reading it in magazines, seeing it plastered all over social media, or downright asking me if I plan to go on health kick before it arrives (thanks a lot!).

I’ve come to understand that I’m really just not a crash diet kind of girl. I’m a big foodie – always have been, and probably always will – so there’s no way I can give up entire food groups or live on juice for a week. Instead I’ve been making small changes to my eating habits in the lead up to summer, hoping that these minor tweaks will make a difference in the long run.

My sister got me into creating smoothies for breakfast or snacks – nothing revolutionary, but she did introduce me to a few ingredients that I’d never included before – rolled oats and protein powder.

These definitely kick the regular fruit smoothie up a notch! They help me feel fuller for longer so I don’t find myself devouring the entire contents of my lunch by 10am!

Here’s the recipe I’ve been using:

INGREDIENTS

– 1 banana
– 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
– 1/2 cup trim milk
– 1/2 cup vanilla yoghurt
– 1/2 cup rolled oats
– 2 scoops protein powder (I’ve been using vanilla whey protein, but whatever you have will do!)

INSTRUCTIONS

Throw everything into a blender (I’ve been using my trusty Russell Hobbs Blender!) and whizz away until you get a smooth, creamy consistency. It’s super easy to make, and super yummy – definitely a win-win!

So give this smoothie a go if you want to shake up your breakfast menu, make a change to eat less, or you just want to snack on something that tastes oh so good!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Liz Harding is a 20-something, Kiwi girl with a passion for cosmetics, writing and travel. Having come from a background in PR, she now works in advertising for Flight Centre which is encouraging her travel addiction!

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