Beauty and Wellbeing Crushes: 7 Day Green Smoothie Challenge, Natural Epsom Salts and Weekend Yoga.

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1. 7 day green smoothie challenge

This past week I undertook a challenge to see what difference (if any) drinking a green smoothie each day for one week would make to my life. UNFORTUNATELY! I fell off the wagon a few days in, I’m definitely not perfect and nor do I claim to be 🙂 I did however drink a lot more of them than I usually would (4-5) in one week, and I have to be honest I’m feeling pretty darn good. I recently found out about the necessity of rotating your greens when making these type of smoothies, and I have to say I am amazed that nature is so clever. Click that link and read all about why it’s best to rotate… I’m sure it will amaze you as it did me!

In light of that I’ve been flirting with cos (romaine) lettuce in lieu of spinach and kale this week, and LOVING it!

Cos lettuce, blueberry & cashew smoothie.

1 x cup of frozen blueberries
4-6 x medium sized washed cos lettuce leaves
1/2 x cup of raw cashews
2 x cups of water
Optional: 1 x banana

Blend for 1-2 minutes. Will make enough for 2-3 big cups. I find this smoothie incredibly refreshing and it’s absolutely my new favourite, mmmm! Recommended!

2. Echolife Clay Cleansers

I lurrrrve the way this clay makes my face feel. It’s very different to cleansers I’ve gotten used to, being that it’s a lump of wiggly clay in a glass jar, but I take a 10c piece sized amount, rub it into my hands with water and then massage all over my face. It’s perfect for my skin type which is combination – few dry bits, few oily bits, few pimply bits – I’m certainly not blessed in that department. After only a few days of using this I’m already addicted and I love that it’s so natural, I’m really getting back to basics with skincare at the moment, so after cleansing I press a few drops of rosehip or jojoba oil into my face while it’s still damp, for a double hit of natural goodness!

There is also another version I like to use, that contains castor oil, for when my skin is feeling a bit drier (hello winter!).

3. Toasted cereal topping

This stuff. What can I say? It has transformed my breakfasts in the morning. I put a teaspoon of this wonder-mix, which contains organic raw linseed, sesame seeds, buckwheat, sunflower kernels, almonds and cinnamon. It’s gluten free, no added oils, sugar or salt, GMO free.

I stumbled across it one day at Farmer Jacks, Subiaco and haven’t looked back since. It gives an awesome nutty crunch and texture to my porridge in the morning and it just feels so -good- knowing that I’m getting that extra bit of easy nutrition to start my morning off the right way. I also sprinkle it into my smoothies and it gives it a really interesting flavour kick.

There are heaps of other rad products by the brand, Real Good Food, such as mixes with goji and blueberries, rice porridges, delicious looking trail mixes and MORE! Ps. I’m not getting paid to promote these! I just found them randomly and LOVE the prods, so want to share my joy!

Me at yoga… hah! Nah, it’s number one yogini babe, Kathryn Budig. Crushin’.

4. Sunday Yoga

A couple of weeks ago I took part in a generally unheard of activity… exercise, on a Sunday.

It was amazing! Admittedly, I felt a little smug as I was doing sun salutation after sun salutation when many people would still be in bed nursing a hangover from the night before. I quickly got over that and realised I was doing it for ME, not trying to be better than anyone else. It was a great note to end the week on, and I’m looking forward to it again soon.

The Yoga Company near the Subi train station (across from the road from Wagamama) do Sunday classes, if anyone knows anywhere else that does Sunday yoga, please leave a comment!

Just a couple of links for you this week… we’ve been too busy organising some excellent new competitions to browse too many other websites, but do let us know if you’ve come across anything interesting on your travels! 😉

Linkies:

Foods that promote collagen production
Foods that can help relieve stress

Past week n a bit:

We checked out some superfoods that go ON your body, not just in!
Green Smoothies: A new kind of beauty therapy – one of our most popular articles of all time!
Beauty and wellbeing routine: Ashlea Ingham, Model & Miss Universe Australia Contestant!
Planet Eve Organics – another ab-fab Aussie organic brand, LOVE!
Say bye bye to cranky winter skin!
♥ We reviewed Bikram Yoga in Scarborough to see if we’d survive…
Beauty and wellbeing routine: Lauren, Beauty on the Grove this lass is only 26 and already owns her own salon. What a go getter!

Be well,

Annette

xoxo

8 comments

  1. miss marian says:

    great link, and using cashews in your smoothies sounds interesting – I like putting a dollop of pure peanut butter in =)
    if you like using that clay as a cleanser you may also like the skin polish by eluysion: you add water and it pretty much turns to clay.
    thanks for the interesting articles as usual!

  2. Justine says:

    The Yoga Space on Hay Street in West Perth is
    open on Sundays: 9 am Yin Yoga & 5.30 pm Vinyasa.
    Give it a try, I am sure you will enjoy it 🙂

  3. Hannah says:

    Great post! Sadly we don’t have a good blender to make green juices although they look so delicious (and nutritious!!!). We do have a juicer so I might start making those, although it gets so cold now and all I want is tea!! Yoga on a sunday sounds lovely! I think I’m going to start doing some regularly but beside my heater, haha 🙂
    Hannah xx

  4. Annette @ Wellness WA says:

    Hey guys! Thanks so much for all your comments 🙂

    I love using nut butter in my smoothies too, I’m interested in the eluysion stuff as well!

    Justine – thanks for the yoga news 🙂 That is really close to me and the classes look wonderful, especially the ‘yin’ classes on a Sunday, definitely going to check it out.

    Hannah, you NEED a blender. It will improve your life so much, especially as a vegetarian!!!

  5. Rom says:

    New Hot Yoga, Hot Power, Rocket Ashtanga Yoga studio opening soon near the city. Sunday classes will definitely be on the menu!!! Keep an eye on the website for updates.


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