So I was going to try and be cool about this but…. I’M ON TV!!
The awesome and talented Helena, friend of the site and creator of Sweat Yoga Fit, was approached by Made In Leeds to do her very own series on everyday yoga. She developed six episodes that each focus on different aspects of yoga, but all with her fun, fast-paced style (no holding poses for ten thousand breaths here thanks!). Helena’s classes are less spiritual and more about getting your sweat on, and I always leave feeling like I’ve had a really awesome workout. She always has a cool soundtrack going on too, I mean, who wouldn’t want to do yoga to Beyoncé? That’s the ONLY kind of yoga I want to do! Helena’s motto is #noOMjustbestrong which I LOVE and sums up exactly what you’ll get from her classes. SO, when she casually asked me over breakfast if I wanted to get in on this TV situation, I pretty much lost my shit; can you think of a better way to start a new blog than with your first ever TV cameo? I can’t!
The first episode is all about getting in the flow. You can head to Helena’s site for more about the actual yoga, my job is to tell you about the food. This is my go-to smoothie recipe, it’s creamy and filling and really thick so it really fills you up and will help you power through your yoga workout. I like to drink it for breakfast or have it about an hour before I workout, but it’s also good after to help you recover.
This smoothie is a really simple combination of oats, frozen banana, almond butter, almond milk, and a big old handful of spinach. I like to add a bit of spirulina or chlorella to make it super green, but that’s totally optional, stick to spinach if you’re new to the whole green smoothie thing; it tastes pretty neutral so you can’t tell it’s there, besides the whole bright green thing.
So how does it work? Almond butter and almond milk have healthy fats and proteins that give us energy to fuel our workouts and oats are super high in phosphorus and vitamin B1, which helps us to release energy from the food we eat and power through the workout. They’ve got complex carbs to help keep our blood sugar levels stable throughout too! Not only is spinach high in iron and calcium, it has loads of antioxidants to help us repair oxidative damage caused during exercise. Almond butter has a load of vitamin E too, another antioxidant that also gives us great skin! Boom!
I like to freeze bananas in my smoothies because it makes them much thicker and creamier, it also makes it really easy to make up smoothie packs at the beginning of the week and have them all week long. I just add all the ingredients to a freezer bag, (chop up bigger bits of fruit, like the bananas and leave out the plant-milk or water) and make up as many bags as I need for the week, or until you’ve used up all the ingredients. Then you just need to add in your almond milk in the morning, blend it up, and off you go! If your blender isn’t super powerful then you can take the freezer packs out a few minutes before to let them thaw out slightly, this will make it a lot easier to blend up.
- 1 banana, frozen
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 2 T almond butter
- 1 cup almond milk (or more if you prefer a thinner smoothie)
- ¼ t chlorella or spirulina powder (optional)
- Big handful of spinach
- Throw everything in a blender (add some ice if you wanna get fancy), blend until really smooth and creamy, pour into a pretty glass. Enjoy!
- Take it to the next level: try out new nut butters, plant-based milks, superfood supplements, and exotic frozen fruits.
- Try coconut water in place of the almond milk.
- If your blender isn’t super powerful then you can take the freezer packs out a few minutes before to let them thaw out slightly, this will make it a lot easier to blend up.
One last thing. I’M ON TV! Tune in to Made in Leeds on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm to catch Everyday Yoga with Helena! and everyday nutrition with me 😉