Sharing my secret weapon today, a daily drink that has helped me manage through the toughest days, whether it be from sleep deprivation or sickness.. our whole family was sick for almost two weeks with some spring congestion, and for all of you moms out there, you know that there are no days off. Thankfully, these tactics have helped me and can help you if you’re in need of some revitalization.
1. First and foremost, my survival smoothie. I created this recipe on my own after much research, from multiple resources such as Kimberly Snyder’s popular book The Beauty Detox Solution. I have tweaked it so that it contains the main fruit and vegetable ingredients with the addition of supplementation such as antioxidant rich Matcha green tea, chia seeds, flax seeds, camu camu (rich in Vitamin C), monk fruit, and BioK fermented probiotic yogurt.
My survival smoothie is full of antioxidants, protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, and 50 million live active bacterias such as the super strain L acidophilus. These “good bacteria” also known as flora, restore our PH levels and help balance our bodies so that we can digest our food more easily. If we lack these healthy bacteria, our immune system goes down and we are more prone to illness.
To make this smoothie, you need a great blender. I cannot emphasize enough the power of a Vitamix. Definitely a worthwhile investment, I use mine almost daily for smoothies and also to make sauces and healthy soups. You can purchase one here, or at Williams Sonoma (they are having a memorial day sale).
The recipe consists of the following (in this order):
- 1 cup of water
- 1 organic apple (cored and sliced in half)
- 1 organic navel orange (peeled)
- 1 organic banana (peeled)
- 1 bottle of BioK Plus (strawberry flavor)
- 2 tbsp of Spectrum Tropical Fruit Blend with Ground Flaxseed & Camu Camu
- 2 tspn of Matchia (japanese Matcha green tea powder and Chia seeds)
- 2 handfuls of organic baby kale and/or organic baby spinach
- 2 cups of ice
I like to wash and prep the ingredients the night before. I leave the apple, orange, and banana (in the shape of smiley face to remember) on a cutting board so they are ready to be cut/peeled in the morning. Then all I have to do is measure out the other ingredients, add them to the blender, and turn the dial to the smoothie setting. The Vitamix automatically blends the ingredients until they’re smooth and shuts itself off.. plus its super easy to clean, just rinse it!
This recipe yields about two 16 ounce servings (two tall green smoothies). If you’re making it just for yourself, simply half the ingredients.
2. Second on the list for how to survive without sleep is exercise. I always try to carve out an hour, no matter how tired I am. The endorphin rush gives me a jolt of energy.
My weekly workout routine usually consists of one yoga class, one reformer pilates class, one tennis lesson, and multiple stroller walks. I love walking London to a nearby center for lunch, shopping, and to go to the grocery store. She loves being outside, taking in all of nature’s stimulation.
I believe my yoga practice has been a saving grace. I could be a zombie yet feel 75% restored after a yoga class. I love going to classes at We Yogis (they have childcare), but if I can’t make it to a class, I’ll practice upstairs in our home studio. Just doing inversions and bringing fresh blood to your brain can bring you back to life! I’d love to start featuring short yoga segments on the blog that you can do in your home..
3. When the smoothie and shavasana bliss have worn off but the day is still young, I turn to my Nespresso DeLonghi machine. It makes amazing cappuccinos and is so easy to use. I also love to make a cup of Matcha green tea. Matcha has been used in Japan for centuries to simultaneously stimulate mental alertness and a calm, meditative state. Plus it’s loaded in antioxidants.
4. Last but not least, is a positive attitude! People sometimes ask me how I manage to stay so upbeat when I don’t get much sleep, but I don’t see any other option. When you think positive thoughts that come from a place of gratitude, you instantly feel better. It can be easy to fall into a slump when you’re tired so you have to make a constant choice to stay positive. Laughter is definitely the best medicine.
In yoga, I learned the following quote from the Upanishads:
“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.”
Hopefully all or some of these tips will help you if you’re in need of a pick me up..
Have a fab Friday and a happy Memorial Day weekend!
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