Antioxidants In The Afternoon - Blueberry Coconut Super Hydrating Smoothie

 my latest afternoon snack

Smoothie when you can't sleep

A few days ago, I worked my last wedding ever. 

For those of you who don't know, I used to own a company called ma-luxe that did A LOT of different things, and one of those things was wedding planning and decor.  This particular project was a year in the making, and it was really important to me to honour my last commitment as if the company was still working full-time.

In the end, it was a pretty gratifying experience because it was the best wedding I've ever executed.  And yet...  I was still up on my feet and working for twenty-one hours.

In the past, when I've put that much effort into a project, I've inevitably gotten sick.  

This time was a true testament to my newfound health though - and the fact that I've come a long way - because it only took me one day to recover and I was back on the energy wagon almost immediately.

It made me realize - yet again - how important it is to take care of yourself - especially when you want to accomplish big things. 

Lack of sleep always affects my skin negatively.  

It gets dry and brittle and loses it's lustre.

My biggest priority this week has been to restore my hydration levels, and this smoothie is a perfect aid.

 Frozen blueberries make for an antioxidant-packed smoothie 

My love of coconut water

I've become obsessed with coconut water.  

In the past, I've never been able to enjoy the flavour, but my taste buds have changed pretty dramatically since going vegan.

I like to mix coconut water into pretty much everything now - especially my smoothies.

It's super hydrating and rich in potassium, which is great when you're feeling run-down.

I find it difficult to drink smoothies in the morning because citrus juice interacts with my ADHD medication, lowering it's general effectiveness.  Instead, I've started making smoothies my afternoon snack, before or after I've accomplished my run.

PS

I was originally going to do my favourite watermelon smoothie but when I went to make it, I didn't have all of the ingredients, so that one's coming a little later on!

Also, if you're vegan to the point of no bee pollen, you can just leave it out.

 a hydrating smoothie RECIPE for hot afternoons

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of blueberries 

1 cup of almond milk 

1/2 cup of coconut water 

1 spoonful of hemp seeds

1/2 a banana 

1 spoonful of chia seeds

1 cup of spinach

1 spoonful of bee pollen


Directions

I have a blender, but it never works very well.  So I tend to use my magic bullet for all of my smoothies.  I also find the portion size relatively foolproof, so it works well. 

I didn't plan on this recipe initially, I just threw a bunch of ingredients into the magic bullet and voila.  I've been making it ever since.

I love the mix of banana, blueberries and coconut water - and some spinach and almond milk for added protein. 

Top with a spoonful of hemp seeds and enjoy! 

The bee pollen is restorative and soothing - reducing inflammation brought on by my recent work stress!

Try it and let me know what you think.