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##Sip happy with the blueberry breakfast tart and mango smoothie
Yes, you read that right, we’re talking about a few dessert-delicious go-tos here. All from Tess Master’s mouthwatering ‘Blender Girl Smoothies’ collection and a lip-smackingly sippable selection from Blogger Sarah Britton, the mind behind mynewroots.org. And apart from being deliciously rich in vitamins A, C and E, fibre and potassium, they’re also the perfect way to bring zest and colour to your summer.
Blueberry Tart Smoothie
540 ml of unsweetened almond milk, hemp milk or rice milk, 45g of unsalted cashews, 30g of soaked oats, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of chia seeds, ½ a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 320g of frozen blueberries.
Blend the milk, cashews and oats together in a blender for about 1 minute, or until you have a creamy mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and blend for another 20 seconds. Pour in the maple syrup. Then, to give your blend a boost, add a spoonful of Maqui berry powder, some flaxseed and a little coconut oil.
Mystical Mango Smoothie
1 1/2 cups (360ml) freshly squeezed orange juice, 1/2 cup (120ml) water, plus more as needed, 1/2 a medium avocado, pitted and peeled, 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest, 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, 2 cups (320g) frozen mango, 1/2 cup (62g) ice cubes.
Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Add more water as needed to blend. As for boosters, try 1/2 teaspoon wheatgrass powder, 1 teaspoon chia seeds or 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil.
##A cheat-free tan
Want to rock up to the beach with the perfect tan? Then now’s the time to book yourself in for a pre-holiday escape with a tanning treatment at a Clarins Spa. After an extensive scrub, body massage and shower, self-tanning cream is applied to the body and lotion to the face so you’re left with a healthy jolt of warm colour and an even tan, complete with radiantly hydrated glow.
Consider it the perfect way to show up to the beach looking beautifully bronzed without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays.
Head to the Clarins Beauty Salon for a perfect tan every time.
##Heavenly Head Massage
When you want something done well sometimes it’s best to just do it yourself. At least it can certainly apply to head massage. Stressed-out? No need to wait to schedule a treatment, simply flex your fingers, settle your fingertips onto your scalp and get set for some DIY relaxation. Begin by resting your elbows on the table, then with fingers on the back of the head, move them up towards the forehead in a circular motion. Next, place your palms on either side of your head and gently move the scalp upwards. As microcirculation is boosted, hair follicles are oxygenated and nerve endings are stimulated, causing the whole body to relax. Do double duty and add a little face mask and you’ve got all the makings of a lush pampering treat.Featured products:Carousel previous buttonCarousel next button
Think your apartment’s stylishly on trend? If you don’t have any plants, then think again. For proof, just log on to Pinterest for a glimpse of the latest green wave that’s taken the interiors world by storm. To breathe fresh life into your interior, there are even a few varieties that can purify the air that’s filled with chemical pollutants – from furniture, carpets and household cleaners. So much so in fact that some plants can clean up to 10m2. We round up a few of the gorgeously green best.
As demonstrated by NASA research, its long leaves eliminate carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.
This king of household plants can eliminate up to 90% of benzene and plastics in the atmosphere.
This plant’s huge leaves capture formaldehyde and pentachlorophenol, a chemical that can be found in wood. Plus, it humidifies the air.
This stunning oval-leafed plant has been shown by NASA to absorb ammonia.
This pretty little palm can put a stop to formaldehyde, xylene and toluene chemicals.
##Three life-changing breathing exercises
On the hunt for a few new ways to hit refresh on your health, fitness and wellness? Well, take a deep breath because we’ve struck upon a super-effective, all-natural method which also happens to cost nothing! We’re talking breathing exercises here. In fact, five minutes a day is all you need to catch your breath and exhale your way to great results. Time to give these three exercises a try.
Cardiac Coherence Breathing
To begin, breathe in, rounding the belly as you go. Then, breathe out emptying it. Try to take the same amount of time breathing in as you do breathing out. Gradually, the heart, which often races when under stress, will calm and the pulse will slow, allowing you to feel all the more relaxed and at ease. To find the proper heart rate and breathing balance, give a handy app a try. Options like RespiRelax, CardioZen or Heart Rate + can all make five minutes of exercises three times a day a breeze.
Best done first thing in the morning, this powerful breathing technique is perfect for switching on, giving your day a killer kick-start and giving your body a germ-busting detox. While we frequently breathe through the nose, Kapalabhati uses the belly to guide breathing, using it to pull in each breath over the course of a minute. Think stomach massage and breathing technique all rolled into one.
Want better balance? This technique harmonises the left and the right sides of the brain to forge equilibrium. To begin, hold your right nostril shut with the thumb and breathe in through the left. Then, hold the left nostril down with the ring finger and exhale through the right. Next, breathe in through the right nostril, hold your finger over it and breathe out through the left. Repeat for at least a minute.Featured products:Carousel previous buttonCarousel next button
Love fashion? Then this book is for you. From Amanda Brooks, former fashion director at Barney’s New York and the blogger behind “I Love Your Style”, now comes “Always Pack a Party Dress”.
If you’re not familiar with Brooks’ super-chic stylings, then look no further than Pinterest for a whistle-stop tour of her all-time fabulous looks. Meanwhile, covering her 20-year fashion career, this book takes you from her days as assistant to Patrick Demarchelier, right behind the scenes of the fashion world. Fun anecdotes and plenty of fascinating stories abound.
Her experiences also give you plenty of valuable tips for nailing your own personal style.
Always Pack a Party Dress, Blue Rider Press.Featured products:Carousel previous buttonCarousel next button
If the name Mary Helen Bowers doesn’t mean anything to you, you’re probably not alone. Yet Bowers ranks as one of the most influential classical dancers of our time. In fact, it was Bowers who trained Natalie Portman for her role in the film Black Swan and helped the actress scoop a 2011 Oscar. And, it’s Bowers who has been training and toning the likes of Liv Tyler, Sophia Coppola and more than a few Victoria’s Secret Angels ever since.
Her story? In 2008, after 10 years with the New York City ballet, Bowers decided to launch Ballet Beautiful, a series of video dance classes. The rest, as they say, is history.
So why are we sold on Ballet Beautiful? Because the tutorials are stunning and they’re accessible to all levels. Top on our must-try list has to be the supermodel exercises that make for a long, lean and toned ballerina bod. Bowers has even come up with a line-up of ballet-based exercises for pregnant Primas.
For more information, simply follow Mary Helen Bowers on Instagram @balletbeautiful.
Mermaid fitness #goals? Time to try swimming with fins. For best results, opt for a short fin design that makes for smaller, more frequent leg kicks. Then, simply take to the water kicking your legs from your hips and not your knees. Yes, it’s harder work, but it makes all the difference. Thanks to the greater water resistance provided by the fins’ larger surface area, you’ll be increasing muscle effort. The result? A toned bottom, trim thighs and killer calf muscles. You’ll be using your abs, massaging away cellulite and improving overall circulation as you swim through the water. Consider it your siren-approved summer exercise for the pool and the beach. Our top post-workout tip: When you hit the shower, carve out a little time to recuperate with the reinvigorating power of Clarins’ Eau Dynamisante Gel Moussant Shower Gel.
##Tour the Globe from One Treehouse to Another
Looking for a real adventure? Book one of these treehouses for an eco-travel experience you’ll never forget.
At Bois de Landry in the Perche region, you’ll find fifteen treehouse cabins surrounding a 2-hectare lake. There isn't any electricity or running water, so expect composting toilets, candles and solar-powered lights instead.
United States: Head to Issaquah, 30 minutes from Seattle, where you’ll find Treehouse Point, a six-cabin resort with incredible views, riverside yoga sessions, and therapeutic massages included.
Sweden: Offering a more modern take on treehouse living, the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden is a must-see for design lovers. Choose from six treerooms created by Scandinavian architects, including one in the form of a UFO and another one inspired by a bird’s nest!
China: TAn hour’s flight from Guangzhou, you'll find the tropical island of Hainan they call “the Chinese Hawaii”. The Sanya Nashan Treehouse Resort offers four cabins built directly into tamarind trees, you’ll have access to the neighbouring Buddhist ecological park, plus the iconic shoreline. Paradise, found!
Go to AirBnB for more information.
Beauty Bonus: Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Tamarind
Picture: Adam Crowley
##Healthy Glow Porridge: don’t worry, eat healthy!
To beat the autumn energy slump and help you to keep your skin healthy, here's a porridge recipe that fills you up with vitamins B, C, E and K, manganese, flavonoids, copper, selenium, fatty acids, omega 3, fibre, etc.
350 ml almond, flax, oat or cow's milk + 20 g oat flakes + 20 g quinoa flakes + 1 tablespoon almonds + 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds + 1 teaspoon flax seeds + ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1 tablespoon liquid honey + crushed pecans or hazelnuts + a few raspberries, blueberries or other seasonal fruit + 1 pinch of salt
Gently heat the milk. Mix the oat and quinoa flakes, seeds and salt in a saucepan over a medium heat until they are toasted and grilled. Add half of the warm milk, stir vigorously and incorporate the cinnamon and honey. Warm it over a low heat for 15 minutes, stirring constantly, and add the rest of the warm milk, and cold milk if necessary to obtain the desired consistency. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the blueberries, raspberries and other seasonal fruit... and sprinkle with the pecans or hazelnuts.
##Are You Brave Enough for Slackline?
Slacklining is a portable form of exercise that can be done almost anywhere (even in the middle of the city). All you need is the elastic strap that hooks between two pillars such as trees and a bit of motivation. Serious enthusiasts work their way towards the Trickline – a routine that involves turns, splits and eventually acrobatic leaps (i.e. “the jumpline”). Your core and legs will benefit from the balance-based strength training, while Slackline’s challenging routines will sharpen your focus. Just remember: don’t look down!
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##Spirulina: a microalga with maximum effect!
Consumed as early as the Inca era, this freshwater green microalga is packed with nutrients. With over 50% high-quality proteins, essential fatty acids, chlorophyll that is excellent for detoxing, protective antioxidants and a host of minerals, including a generous dose of iron, it belongs to the highly exclusive superfood club. In Africa, it is even grown to combat malnutrition. Why add it to your diet? To easily make up for a diet that is not always balanced, when you don't have time to cook or when following a restricted diet. Low-calorie spirulina is a welcome choice when you want to lose weight but stay in good shape. Sports enthusiasts also appreciate its energising and oxygenating effect. It is eaten dried, ideally in powder form, added to a smoothie or a salad, for example. It is also available in pure tablet form, to be taken as a dietary supplement. When purchasing, check on the pack that the product only contains spirulina and no other algae, artificial colourings, preservatives or additives.
##The Ultimate Detox Recipe
Cleanse every morning from the inside out with this ultimate detox recipe. For the perfect start to the day, we swear by journalist and author of Green Glam & Gourmande, Rebecca Leffler’s detox recipe:
Combine and Drink. 1 small lemon, 1 tsp. of shredded fresh or powdered ginger, 1 pinch of ground cayenne pepper, 1 pinch of powdered turmeric, hot water.
Did You Know? Lemon helps flush toxins from your kidneys and alkalize your body, which increases blood flow, alertness, and yes, metabolism.
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