I started out the week in a bit of a funk, my calf injury was really getting to me- it’s painful even to walk-so I’ve spent most of the time at home studying, as well as moping. I was feeling fed up, and not really at my best, so yesterday I decided to snap out of it. I decided to get as many amazingly nutrient dense foods in my body as possible to help the healing and deal with any inflammation. I also got in some yoga which always makes me feel more centred and some upper body weights, which is about the only thing I can do right now.
I’m just taking things as they come, and hope that one day soon I will wake up and my calf will magically be better! Focusing down on my nutrition right now certainly won’t do any harm, as I am a firm believer in the healing power of food. I’ve been lashing in enormous smoothies and juices chocked full of everything and anything super. As a side note Jay Rayner wrote a pretty poor article in the Guardian yesterday condemning super-foods as a “cult” and trashing alternative medicine.
Yesterday morning’s breakfast was a beautiful one, packed with pretty much anything I could find in my cupboard/fridge which I deemed worthy of being a super-food! If I’m having a smoothie as a breakfast option I like to eat it in a bowl, there is something so satisfying about it, and I love the thicker textured smoothies.
Superfood Smoothie (Serves 1)
1 Banana (Frozen)
1 Cup Blueberries (Frozen)
1 Cup of Water
Mega Handful of Kale (or other green)
1 Tbsp Almond Butter
1 Tbsp Hemp Protein
1/2 Tbsp Maca
1/2 Tbsp Lucuma
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Flax Seeds
1 tsp Spirulina
That’s quite an extensive list, fear not as substitutions can be made all over the shop. Although for me the banana is a mainstay in smoothies, avocado works equally well. You can sub in any berries or greens. You can also use coconut water/any non dairy milks instead of water. Any nut/seed butter. Any kind of protein, and whatever superfoods you have on hand- cacao, chlorella, acai etc. I topped mine with some hemp seeds, and chia seeds, but you can drink it naked (the smoothie that is) or top it with anything that takes your fancy, cacao nibs and goji berries would be awesome!
This smoothie pretty much has it all, good source of carbohydrates for energy from the banana, antioxidants in abundance from the berries. Magnesium/Calcium amongst a ton of other vitamins/minerals from the kale and almond butter. Good plant based protein from the hemp, and seeds as well as a good source of plant based omega 3! Iron and Protein from the spirulina, and not forgetting lucuma and maca for a good source of vitamins and minerals and hormone balancing effects!
It might still be a bit chilly outside, but I am well and truly back in love with smoothies and this one made an incredibly satisfying breakfast which fueled hours of studying! Just hoping all the amazing nutrition in it is going to work it’s magic on my calf!