Mmm Smoothies

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Let’s be honest; there have been around 10,000 blogs, vlogs and websites made about “healthy smoothies” and “green smoothies” in the last year alone. I’m not going to pretend that is a super different post with some revolutionary ingredient to change your life, but I will say that as a lover of all things edible and yummy these simple recipes have changed my mind on smoothies. They somehow taste absolutely delicious, fill me up and don’t make me feel like I’ve just eaten two bags of spinach.

I’m usually in a rush in the mornings (I love my beauty sleep) so I make these smoothies so I can quickly get a yummy, filling breakfast and head off to uni in time for class.

Banana Bonanza

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What you’ll need is:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • A decent shake of cinnamon
  • 200mL of your choice of milk (I like to mix it up)
  • 100mL of water (can be coconut if you’re extra fancy)
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of your choice of yoghurt (my favourite is Greek but go for it, chuck in strawberry)
  • Some ice (optional)

Chuck it all in a whizzer, turn it on and voila! You have your very own Banana Bonanza (the names make them taste even yummier.)

Chia seeds are little bombs of nutrients. “Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength” (or so they tell me) and they are loaded with antioxidants, fibre and protein.

Berry Blast

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What you’ll need is:

  • 1 cup of frozen berries
  • Half a banana
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 200mL of pure apple juice
  • 100mL of water
  • 2 tablespoons of your choice of yoghurt
  • Some ice (optional)

You know what to do. Whizz it up and you are ready for a blast of berry goodness!

Using pure apple juice means that you won’t have any of the added sugar that lots of companies put in to their juices and it will be just as sweet with the raw honey added.

Green Monster

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This one scared me to begin with too. I mean who wants to drink their vegetables? Yuck. But trust me, this is just as sweet and delicious as the others!

You will need:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 8-10cm diced cucumber
  • 8-10cm diced celery
  • ½ a pear/apple cut in to pieces.
  • 1 sprig of mint
  • About 1/2 thumb- thumb of grated ginger (optional)
  • 150mL pure apple juice
  • 100mL water

We forgot the mint and ginger in the photo – oops!

Mix it all up and you have yourself one of the most amazing smoothies known to man.

The ginger in this one is amazing for fighting or warning off colds! I have this one when I’m feeling a bit down or stuffy. It’s a great start to the day and the apple juice, banana and pear/apple sweeten it up.

I would definitely recommend grating the ginger, as it can get quite stringy otherwise. I speak from experience.

I like to prepare the ingredients for my morning smoothie the night before and keep it in a bowl in the fridge. I obviously don’t add the juice, milk, water or yoghurt until the next morning but it makes the whole process even quicker and the flavours morph together overnight to make them extra yummy!

 

Bon appétit!

-M x

Michael Todd True Organics: First Impressions

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Honey & Oat Cleanser

I’m not sure why, but having watched so many YouTube videos reviewing this cleanser, I always pictured it as a creamy white cleanser. Just a heads up, it’s not. It looks like honey! Once I took a second to take that in (small things, hey) I immediately noticed the beautiful texture. It feels incredible; you only need a tiny amount of product to cover your face. It removes all my make-up and is perfect for removing eye makeup as it’s sulfate free and doesn’t sting your eyes (something I have discovered the hard way with other cleansers)! This cleanser has gently nursed my skin back to health and I haven’t looked back. 10/10.

Tropical Fruit Scrub

My very first impression of this product was that it smells like Starburst lollies. Like, exactly as if you were rubbing Starburst lollies on your face. This was a little off-putting at first, but I soon got used to it and…wow. My skin normally doesn’t react well to scrubs, it’s always made me break out and so I’ve learnt to steer clear. Not this one! It exfoliates enough to get the job done, but gentle enough so as to not harm the delicate facial skin. It leaves my skin feeling beautifully soft and clean without the drying effect I’ve experienced with other exfoliating scrubs. This product gets a big thumbs up from me!

Blue Green Algae Toner

Toning is not my strong suit. I used to do it when I was a teenager religiously, but was convinced it wasn’t doing anything and somewhere along the line I stopped. I’ve known for a while now that I should start toning again, but kind of put it off, until I bought this! Admittedly, I do sometimes forget to use it, but I’m always disappointed when I do because it feels so beautiful. The scent is relaxing (it smells so familiar but I just can’t put my finger on what it is!) and the product is so soothing and beautiful. My skin is left feeling supple and deeply cleansed. It’s also antibacterial and I am naming this product as the cure for my recently problem skin.

 

Right before my Michael Todd order arrived my skin was hectic; for some reason it had just decided to break out all over the place with no sign of going away. Within days of starting using these products my skin cleared up and looked better than it has in years! I get far too excited about cleansing my face now. These are definitely my new holy grail skincare products, and I’ve been raving about them to anyone who stops long enough for me to pop it into conversation I’ve even bought my mum a kit for her birthday! Shh, don’t tell her.

I’m keen to try out more of their products. What are your favourite Michael Todd products? What should I try next?

-N x

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