New year, new me, is often a goal people give themselves once the New Year begins. Making resolutions and goals, your likely join a gym membership, go through dry January. One of my goals is to get back to a fitness routine, finding something that I can actually enjoy stick to, and taking the time to do some mindfulness training.
I’ve gone back to my Zumba, and taking up yoga again these past few months and been looking up on healthy recipes from Tone It Up, Joe Wicks, and etc. When John Lewis invited me for a Pilates and making smoothies event I couldn’t say no.
On that evening I strolled along the freezing windy Southbank and saw the gigantic Batarang and people dressing up as lego batman for the movie promo.
I arrived at Oxo tower bargehouse only to be too early to be let in, once inside we followed the purple set up leading towards the end of a hall with mats and water bottles set up. Before our Pilates class, we had a light dinner of sandwiches and sushi ready for Hayley Pedrick from the Nutrition Body Coach to give her nutrition talk. Haley talked about the health benefits of smoothies, the optimum amount you need a day is actually seven instead of five. When you drink your fruit and vegetables your body absorbs four times more and digest in your body twenty times faster. Smoothies make a great drink pre or post workout.
When you make your smoothie you should aim for two-thirds vegetables to one fruit and drink straight away or within 24 hours others methanol will start to raise.
So right before our pilates workout, the bloggers went to the kitchen to create our post workout smoothies. I and Chiswick_mum teamed up together to create “get your game on green smoothie” we both wasn’t quite sure how it end up tasting but we opted for the greener one as it sounded the healthiest. Using the Magimix le blender it was a matter of seconds for the solid mixture to turn into liquid.
Here is the recipe for get your game on smoothie.
- 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
- 300ml coconut water
- 1 ½ cups fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 scoop whey protein powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Manuka honey to taste
- 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
- 1 scoop spirulina powder (optional)
- Blend together and serve in a tall glass
We made our way back into the room, overlooking the Thames ready for a pilates session with Lottie Murphy. We stretched and worked hard on the core muscles that my belly and body still felt the pain for the next few days.
After any workout you have a 30-minute recovery window is when your body is prepared to receive and store carbs.
The get your game on smoothie, was surprisingly very tasty, even with all the leafy green stuff, the maca powder and manuka honey made it chocolaty and sweet.
We all went home with the mat and other goodies. Thank you to John Lewis for inviting me.