5 Superfood Smoothies to Start Your Day Right

 

Superfoods are nutritionally dense foods that are deemed to have various benefits capable of positively affecting health. The term is coined for marketing purposes and is still considered popular today. While nutritionists and other experts have come to agree that there is no such thing as a superfood, the buzz around it has made thousands of people become more conscious of healthy living and wellness, so it isn’t too bad.

One of the many ways superfoods are enjoyed is to combine them in a smoothie. The idea is to blend as many vitamins and antioxidants as there is in one single serving to help nourish the body. Breakfast is said to be one of the major meals to never skip on, and if you’re not a breakfast person, a superfood smoothie that you can leisurely sip while on the go may sound appealing to you.

With a breakfast smoothie, you don’t need to heat up a pan or produce several dirty dishes aside from the food processor or blender. Using the right ingredients can help boost energy, keep you full, and get started for the day. Here are some creative concoctions that will leave your taste buds fulfilled and happy.

Chocolate and Avocado

Avocado is considered a superfood because it is rich in folic acid, lutein, fiber, omega-3, and vitamins A, C, D, E, and K. It is said to have more potassium than bananas have and to be loaded with fiber and antioxidants. While incredibly nutritious, avocado is also known for its flavor and texture, which is why avocado toast has been popular in the last few years.

If you’ve never gotten into the avocado-toast trend for breakfast or brunch, then you may want to consider combining it with chocolate and turning it into a smoothie. Those who say you can’t have chocolate for breakfast clearly never had this nutritious drink to wake up to. Take a look at this great recipe so you can make one at home.

Matcha Green Tea, Banana, and Tofu

Ever since the term superfood was coined, the health industry has been constantly looking for foods to add to the group, and matcha green tea is one of them. For those who don’t know, real matcha only comes from Japan, and its purported health benefits include a substantial amount of antioxidants. To be more specific, the particular antioxidant found in matcha is called catechins, which are said to improve overall health, metabolism, and heart health and to have antiaging properties.

Matcha is more potent than regular green tea is and has a unique flavor that is completely on its own league. It has a slightly bitter taste and grassy aroma, which can complement a lot of flavors. While matcha is already good on its own, a smoothie made from it and blended with banana and tofu can make the drink taste more full-bodied. This recipe can show you how you can make matcha green tea, banana, and tofu smoothie on your own.

 Kale and Pineapple

Kale is also a popular vegetable known in the superfood category and is known for its deep-green color and slightly bitter taste. It makes sense to pair it with a sweet fruit like pineapple to balance the taste and add more nutritional vitamins and minerals in the mix. A quick breakfast smoothie should only have a few ingredients, and luckily, this recipe has only five.

You only need to add a tablespoon of chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk or nondairy milk of your choice, and either a banana or an avocado, depending on what you have. If you want to add more sweetness, you can add a splash of maple syrup. The great thing about smoothies is that ingredient substitution is easy.

 Cucumber and Mint

Suppose it’s a hot summer morning and you want to refresh yourself and have a hearty helping of daily fruits and vegetables. A cucumber-and-mint smoothie will be perfect. While cucumber is not everyone’s cup of tea, it gets mistaken a lot as a vegetable, but it is, in fact, a fruit. It has a sweet aftertaste and is great for low-fat smoothies and suitable for those who are trying to lose weight.

Pairing cucumber with mint and lemon will serve to amp its refreshing factor when drunk on a hot day. This recipe teaches you how to make one on your own with easy-to-find ingredients that may already exist in the kitchen. Take it on the go or sip leisurely at will.

Acai Berry

You’ve probably heard of the trendy acai smoothie bowls, and while you can eat acai any way you can, why not turn it into a literal drink? Acai is the OG superfood, and it is packed with many nutrients.

In this recipe, the smoothie will also include two other superfoods, raspberries and pomegranate juice. If you don’t have acai berries on hand or if they’re out of season, you can use the powdered form instead. For a nutritionally dense breakfast smoothie, the prep time of five minutes is ridiculously short.

What other superfood combinations do you like to turn into breakfast smoothies? Share your answers below.

 

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I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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4 Tips For Running A Business While You Travel

Running your own business has a lot of great benefits. You can be your own boss and set your own schedule, and if you do well, you can make some good money. But there are also some downsides because people are always relying on you to keep things ticking over. That can make travel quite difficult because it’s hard to stay on top of things when you are out of the country. But if you find the right balance, it’s possible to travel and run your business at the same time. Here are a few simple tips to help make it work.

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Create A Strict Schedule 

Having a schedule is always important if you want to work productively but if you are traveling, it’s especially vital. When you are away and you are trying to balance work with a bit of sightseeing, you need to split the day up into clear chunks. Everybody works in different ways so you need to think about when you work best. If you’re productive in the mornings, you can get up early and sort out any business matters, and then take the afternoons to explore. Alternatively, you could take the days off and work in the evenings if that is when you get the most done. You also need to consider when people are going to be in the office back home because your schedule needs to line up with theirs to some extent.

Take Days Off 

When you are trying to balance work and business, it’s easy to let things get on top of you and end up working every day to catch up. But if you do that, you will burn yourself out and then you won’t enjoy your travel and you won’t be running the business effectively either. That’s why it’s important to take days off as you normally would if you were at home.

Use A Virtual Mailbox 

If you are away, you might miss out on a lot of important business correspondence, so you should use a virtual mailbox service. You can pay for physical mailing services that will collect your mail and digitize it so you can view it online from wherever you are. Good communication is key in business so it’s important that you don’t miss out on any important letters.

Watch Your Travel Spending 

Managing your money properly is very important if you want to keep your business afloat, but that can be hard when you are traveling. It’s tempting to spend lots of money on business class flights and expensive meals. But if you do that, you will burn through your money very quickly and if the business runs into trouble, you won’t have anything else to put back into it and keep it running. It’s important that you find ways to save on travel and make sure that you keep some money aside to act as a buffer. That way, the business will be secure in the face of financial problems.

Running a business while you travel can be tough, but if you follow these simple tips, you can get the balance right.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Coworking Comparisons – How To Choose The Perfect Shared Space For Your Business

 

With more of the economic activity taking place through freelancing and flexible work than ever before in Australia, more of these entrepreneurs are looking for shared office solutions to provide structure to their working life. Increased demand for these spaces, however, has made it apparent that there is only a limited supply of high-quality coworking spaces.

Finding the best coworking space for the needs of your business takes some in-depth research and investigation. While looking at a serviced office comparison will help you decide on a more structured means of housing your team, comparing the various coworking packages available through a premium provider is a good first step.

Let’s look at some specific things to look for when choosing the perfect shared space for your business.

Look For A Prestigious Address

Finding a coworking space that is in a prominent and prestigious business district of your city is essential. Part of the reason why coworking spaces are so great for startups and entrepreneurs is the opportunities they offer for networking. Being in the heart of the economic activity of your city can open doors and establish connections that you otherwise would miss out on in a coworking office in a distant location.

Beyond that, you will also be able to use this prestigious address on your business documents. This can significantly improve your credibility when seeking to make your mark in the business community.

Ensure Office Essentials Are Included

Your business needs the structure of having basic office infrastructure provided in-house. Tasks like printing, scanning, and copying are ubiquitous in the day-to-day operations of most businesses. Make sure these facilities are readily available in your coworking space or you will waste valuable time running to third-party providers of these services.

High-speed internet is also a must for you to run your business from the coworking space. Make sure that this is included in your package and not something that requires you to pay an extra fee.

Find Professional Support

Small businesses and startups often lack the professional administrative support that larger companies take for granted. If this is your current situation, then a coworking space needs to and can address these deficiencies.

Look for a coworking provider who can offer you access to a receptionist and a secretary to assist you with essential daily tasks. Without having to hire additional staff and put them on your payroll, you can glean these benefits as a perk of choosing the right coworking provider.

Focus On Flexible Rental Rates

Look for a premium provider of coworking space who can offer you the flexibility of a month by month payment structure. This can allow your business to make better financial decisions such as whether to expand into a larger and more permanent serviced office or to enjoy the benefits of coworking on a semi-permanent basis.

Ideally, you will also be able to find a provider who offers several package options to suit different budgets and different working styles. Hot desking is popular for those who want to save on expenses and enjoy working beside different colleagues each day. If this style of work is not for you, then you need to have the option of using a desk that is dedicated to you that you can truly make your own.

Weigh Your Options

With a little research, it is sure to become clear that some coworking space providers are far superior to others. Compare the points raised here and weigh your options to find a space that works for the needs of your business.

 

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I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Could You Turn Your Garage Into A Playroom?

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When families want to create a playroom for their children, options tend to be limited if there is not a spare room already available. In such a scenario, the only choice tends to be to convert the attic or the basement – but such conversions are not suitable for every type of property, which can mean that a dedicated playroom seems like an impossible dream.

There is, however, one potential area that tends to be overlooked: the garage.

If you’re comfortable with parking your car on the driveway and storing garage-dwelling belongings in a shed, then a garage conversion can be surprisingly effective – and simpler to achieve than you might initially think. Here are the essential elements that you will need to consider if you want to give the idea a try.

Secure the garage door

Garage doors can potentially be dangerous, so ensuring that your kids cannot open or close the door without supervision is your first priority. If your garage door can only be opened manually, invest in a strong lock and store the key elsewhere. If the door is electrically operated, then make sure that the internal controls are deactivated, and if you have a remote control, ensure this is stored safely in another area of your home.

Ensure the space is warm

Garages can be notoriously cold, so you’ll need to think about how you can ensure that the space is warm enough to be used in winter. Insulation is an important part of achieving this goal; if your garage is not currently insulated, then it’s definitely worth asking a professional for further advice in this regard. In addition, a good, weather-proofed garage door is definitely a must; and you can also consider adding one of these heaters if you feel a little extra warmth may be required.

Install proper flooring

Flooring will always be essential in any playroom, but all the more so if you are converting your garage – the hard, cold concrete simply has to be covered if your children are going to be able to play comfortably. Options such as a rubber playground surface can be customised to suit your chosen color scheme and ensure a fantastic, child-friendly surface that is straightforward to install and maintain.

Painting the walls 

One of the most significant challenges you will face is painting the room to reflect its new purpose, as in most cases, garage walls are bare concrete rather than fresh plaster. One solution is to use plasterboard to cover the walls and then paint the plasterboard – which can make it easier to create murals and other types of cheerful “playroom” decor. Alternatively, you could paint the walls directly with a specialist concrete paint. Both of these choices will work well and help to transform the space, so it largely depends on which you would prefer from an esthetic point of view.

In conclusion

If you are short on space, then transforming your garage into a playroom can work extremely well. Do you think you would be tempted to give this idea a try?

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Making More Time For Yourself As a Mom

We all know that being a mom is hard work. Aside from taking care of your family, you’ve got to take care of the house, your routine and try to fit in a job too. There are a lot of demands on your time, which can mean that the time that’s left for yourself is minimal.

But despite all of your chores and commitments, it’s important to enjoy some ‘me’ time. Reclaiming some of that time back can help you get in touch with yourself and your interests to help you feel more like you again. See some of the ways you can make more time for yourself as a mom to get back on track.

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Share the load

It can be a lot of work to take on your family, house and work by yourself. Having someone there to share the load can help free up some of your time, and make sure that not everything rests on your shoulders. Many new moms face mental health issues, but having someone to share the load could ease some of the pressure, as well as giving you time to help you catch your breath and focus on yourself.

Learn something new

There are many benefits that come with learning something new. Whether you decide to try your hand at baking or learn a new language, you can engage a different part of your brain and switch off for a while by learning something new. Signing up to a class will give you the opportunity to do something for yourself and meet some new people, where your family aren’t the only topic of conversation. It’s beneficial for your mental health to spend time enjoying your hobbies and interests and to make sure you get some time to yourself.

Don’t be afraid to hire a nanny

Sometimes it’s great to let someone else take over for you to have some time to yourself, or time with your partner. Hiring a nanny can free up some time during your day to catch up on housework, run errands, see your friends or anything else you want a bit of time to yourself for. Hiring nannies can be a great long-term or casual solution to give you some of your time back. While you might be reluctant at first, you’ll soon start to enjoy the benefits of having someone else help out.

Adjust your routine

Being a mom will completely alter your life, and that includes your schedule too. For a while, things will be out of control while you try to adjust to these changes. However, once things settle down, you should think about making some newer changes to your routine. Getting up earlier in the mornings could help you find time for exercise, for reading, pampering and other activities that you used to enjoy doing. They might only be small things, but they’ll make a big difference to you and your mental health.

Making more time for yourself is important to remind you of who you are and to help you remember that you have a life and interests outside of your family. Focus on giving yourself some more time so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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