I want to introduce you to Louise. Louise is the owner of Table Tonic a wonderful online homewares (and other treasures) boutique. Previously, Louise was the creative director at Cosmo, Cleo & Dolly magazines, and she certainly knows how to make life beautiful. I met Louise via twitter over a year ago, and quickly discovered not only her chic home stylin’, but her love for natural living. I’m slightly (ok that’s a huge lie, I’m totally) obsessed with her website. On her blog she often shares little tips and tricks she’s implementing for better health not just for herself but for her whole family. I love that her blog isn’t one dimensional, it’s offers style, fashion and health. Follow her – you’ll thank me later.
Top green smoothie mix:
364 days out of 365, I start the day with a green juice or green smoothie. It fills you up, tastes AMAZING, and it’s so quick and easy it’s not even funny. How I make a green smoothie? Simply chuck the following in a blender and whizz until smooth – A few handfuls of spinach, 1 frozen banana (peel it prior to freezing), 1 peeled lemon, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 300ml water or coconut water, handful of ice. That’s a great basic recipe, although if you’re starting out, simply use more fruit and less greens, and gradually include more greens and less fruit. You might also want to check out a blog post I recently did on Making the perfect green smoothie or green juice.
Top superfood (or 5!): Maca Powder, chia seeds, goji berries, acai powder, cacao beans and bee pollen are always in our kitchen and they’re all available from health food stores or online. Smoothies are the perfect vehicle for superfoods – simply chuck 1 or 2 of your favourite superfoods in the blender with your smoothie and enjoy! Wellness guru David Wolfe has written an incredible book if you’d like to learn more – Superfoods: the food and medicine of the future. Buy it here.
Top de-stress outlet: Book Depository could be called my top de-stress outlet in a way – Reading for me is the ultimate relaxation, and several books have recently made their way onto my bookshelf. These 5 are so life-changing you’ll want to shout about them from the rooftops:
Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr – An unbelievable eye-opener and great general health read for anyone looking to improve their wellness in a BIG way.
The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder – A beautifully designed book, full of inspiring tips and info on the food we eat and the effect they have on our system, and ultimately, our appearance.
The Green Smoothie Revolution and Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko – Must reads for anyone new to (or thinking about) green smoothies!
Clean by Dr Alejandro Junger – Dr Junger is a trained cardiologist who practices in integrative healing. Clean will teach you how to dial your detox system to full speed while supporting your body to maximize effectiveness.
The PH Miracle by Dr Robert O. Young – The PH Miracle is the Acid/Alkaline bible – Health nuts worldwide swear by it!
PS If you haven’t heard of Book Depository, their prices are beyond excellent and they offer free delivery worldwide!
Top food: My Sunday Night Powerballs have been a hit with my readers, so you guys might just love them too (and so will your kids!). Find my recipe here. Oh, and I recently discoverd Broccoli Sprouts. Great on a salad for the ultimate nutrient boost!
Top treatment: Got a pulse? Then a juice cleanse will benefit you, by giving your overworked digestive system a break for as little as 1 day to as many as 7 days. There are several companies offering juices cleanses, most of which deliver to your door! Try Lucky You (I did their 7 day juice cleanse last year), Schkinny Maninny, Urban Remedy and Juice Revolution.
Told you she was good! Now go make your green smoothie and kick back with a good book Louise Bell style!