Morning is my favorite time of the day and I believe that a good and healthy morning routine is a great start to your day: you feel refreshed and embrace the day in a good mood with a smile on your face!
Today I am happy to share with you my personal morning routine with a short video that we made together with the Nordic juice company God Morgon®, and 2 easy recipes that won’t take you more than 10 minutes to prepare.
We all know that it can be a little bit difficult (sometimes very difficult) to wake up in the morning. We get up at the very last minute, in a hurry and still grumpy, and all we yearn for is to go back to bed.
Some wise advice will tell you that you should start your day with waking up two hours in advance, starting with stretching, doing a 30-45 minutes gym session and meditating. Well, yes in the perfect world, we would all do that.
But let’s face it, except a bunch of very organized (and morning!) people, we have to admit that we rarely take time to exercise before going to work. In addition, we are not equal in terms of sleep. Some people need to sleep a lot while others (like me) have enough with a few hours of sleep only. There is no good or bad with it, we are all different, that’s all.
Taking this into consideration, my very first tip is a very simple one and accessible to everyone, the first thing you should do right after jumping off the bed. You don’t have time to go to the gym before going to work? That’s ok, you can still take good care of your body by drinking a cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice. The combination of lemon with water will clean your liver from toxins and wake up your digestive track.
You might not be totally convinced at this point, and neither was I at first. However I was very intrigued by this allegedly miraculous beverage and since it’s totally natural (very important to me), I did the experiment for a month. It didn’t take long before I noticed the results.
A cup of hot lemon water in an empty stomach cleanses and energizes your body, while it makes you crave for healthy food for the rest of day. After a couple of weeks already, I could notice that my regular diet had changed a little bit. I was constantly craving for natural ingredients, vegetables and fruits instead of processed food that was disappearing progressively from my diet. With a direct impact on my digestion, I felt much less tired and more energized.
Now, after a couple of months, it simply became a habit and now I cannot start the day without this miraculous drink that keeps my body in good shape on the inside. Because of the acidity found in fresh lemon juice, it can be a little bit rough to drink it with hot water only. So my suggestion is to you infuse a handful of fresh mint leaves and a few slivers of ginger, then add a hint of cayenne pepper – a good source of vitamin A, the anti-infection nutrient. You can even sweeten your drink with a drop of honey or agave syrup if you wish.
- ½ fresh lemon - juiced
- Slices of fresh ginger
- Spring water
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon agave syrup (optional)
- A handful fresh mint leaves
- Squeeze the fresh lemon juice and pour it into a glass jar.
- Add slices of fresh ginger, cayenne pepper and infuse some fresh mint leaves.
- Pour simmering water. If desired, sweeten your drink with agave syrup (or other natural sweeteners of your choice: dates, honey).
Now that you prepared your body, it is time to make yourself a colorful and energizing breakfast. Make it pretty, it will boost your good mood. At least it works on me very well! Another tip is to prepare yourself different breakfasts from time to time as it avoids a boring morning routine and helps to maintain a balanced diet.
Today I suggest this healthy exotic mango smoothie bowl packed with superfoods. Smoothie bowls are very trendy and we understand why: they are sweet, look pretty and are a good source of vitamins. Smoothie bowls are also a great way to incorporate fruits in your daily diet and make you eat some additional superfoods thanks to the topping you choose. A beautiful way to start the day.
This exotic version with mango, blood orange juice and passion fruit is one of my favorite. It makes a healthy breakfast: with no cholesterol, this smoothie bowl is high in dietary fiber, high in vitamin C and B6, while the superfoods are a good source of antioxidants. Ready in 5 minutes only, you have no excuse to skip breakfast anymore. This smoothie bowl that will brighten up your day!
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- ⅔ cup coconut milk
- ⅔ cup blood orange juice God Morgon
- 1 small passion fruit
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon goji berries
- 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
- Blood orange wedges
- Put mango chunks, banana slices, coconut milk and blood orange juice in a high-powered blender. Blend on high for one minute, until thick and creamy. Add more coconut milk or orange juice if the consistency is too thick.
- Pour the smoothie into a bowl, and cover with one layer of fresh passion fruits.
- Decorate with chia seeds, goji berries, coconut flakes and blood orange wedges.
NB: This article has been sponsored by the Swedish juice company God Morgon®. However, I can assure you that all the recipes and opinions are mine.