Whether it’s school holidays, university break or annual leave, I think it’s safe to say we’re all dreaming about that desired mid-year break. Travelling to a tropical destination may not be in the cards for all of us this year, so why not create a holiday in your very own home instead? You can do it on any day of the week, depending upon your schedule.
Join me on our very own: Healthy 'staycation'! You’ve earned it and I'm going to show you how to transform your house into the health retreat you’ve always desired. Get ready to roll out those yoga mats, light some candles and welcome yourself to your very own health retreat at home. Try it one day this week.
Let's take a deep breath before we dive in, shall we?
First thing’s first, let’s establish some ground rules. Going to a health retreat takes you out of your everyday life and brings you into a state of tranquility. It's time to put the world on hold; don't worry, it'll still be there when you get back. No phones, no emails and no stress. Just for the day, and give yourself some time to re-charge.
One of the best things about going to destination retreats is the fact that there’s no constant phone buzzing or social media interruptions. Turn your phone to silent, take your watch off and just go by your own time.
Rise and Shine... take a few big breaths right into the belly. Then, why not do a few stretches or yoga moves?
Next it's breakfast time. You're going to need something equally healthy and nourishing to start the day. Why not start off with a deliciously warming pot of gutmeal (oatmeal with a gut-healing twist)?
If you’re in the mood for something lighter, my Love Your Gut Lassi is sure to be a winner. The main star of my Lassi is my Heal Your Gut powder which is high in absorbable iron and the mighty avocado. Avocados are nutrient dense, contain over 20 essential nutrients and minerals and work wonders for our complexion, hair and energy levels. Avocados are the only fruit that provide a substantial amount of monounsaturated fat, making them great for our heart health and can even prevent diabetes and obesity.
Coconut water is another sweet addition to my lassi. It's extremely hydrating and full of electrolytes to help control our blood volume and prevent dehydration. The delicious recipe for this beautiful drink is down below and trust me, it's #staycationgoals.
If you're looking for a healthy snack to get you through till lunch, why not try my Bliss Balls? They're blissfully easy to make and taste super sweet; perfect for that post-yoga flow.
Lunch calls for something easy and light. Give my Sautéed Scallops with Mushrooms and Spinach a go. They're a delightful way to enjoy shellfish and are full of protein. You can even make them alongside my Supercharged Sprouts. I couldn't think of a better sounding lunch if I tried!
Next it's time to go for a walk or do nothing....
And when you're back, if you want a sweet afternoon treat to go with your favourite mug of tea, my Coconut Banana Bread is a sure-fire hit and will last you all stay-cation long. Of course, if you're looking for something a little more zingy, nobody can say no to a fresh slice of my Lemon Slice.
Every retreat I've ever been to makes a hearty, healing and light dinner so it's time for us to do the same, cooking can be very therapeutic!. My Baked Fish with Flaxseed Crust is inspired by Ayurvedic traditional medicine and is the perfect dinner to conclude your mini staycation. You'll be surprised at how just a handful of ingredients can turn a simple fish fillet into a crispy yet moist and delightful fish with a crunchy flaxseed crust.
And that brings us to the end of the day. If you like baths then why not run a bath with Epsoms salts to help you relax further and climb in. Now it's time to wrap up with your favourite cup of tea, some lavender essential oils and your favourite book. I think we should just namaSTAY here all week long ;)!
Schedule in a staycation and let me know what you get up to in the comments section below.
- 1 small avocado
- 1 cup ice cubes or crushed ice
- 60 ml (2 fl oz/ ¼ cup) coconut water
- 1 TSP LYG powder
- 60 ml (2 fl oz/ ¼) milk of choice
- Liquid stevia or powder to taste
1. Pour all the ingredients in a blender.
2. Pulse to break up the ice and then blend until smooth.
If the mixture is too thick, add a little more coconut milk.
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