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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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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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.

 

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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