Ta Dah! 2016 is well and truly upon us and here we find ourselves half way through the month already!! If all those grand New Year resolutions are beginning to wear a bit thin, we’ve put together a few ‘be kind to yourself’ ideas to take the pressure off and make your goals a little more achievable!
I know, I know, the ubiquitous juice recipe! Everybody else is doing it, so why on earth should you?! We’re going to follow the herd on this one instead of bucking the trend by encouraging you to tuck into a doughnut …. trust us – this is a really easy way of injecting a pure shot of goodness, the side effects of which are not only the widely acknowledge health benefits, but an enduring feeling of smugness, even if you only consume rubbish for the rest of the day!
Here at Primrose & Plum, we’ve been trying really hard to make juicing a daily habit, but if you manage once or twice a week it can only be a good thing. You don’t need fancy equipment – if you already have a juicer, great. If not, a blender or smoothie maker will do much the same job. You can experiment with ingredients and consistencies, but here is one that we really love.
The Protein Boost – Will have you buzzing for hours!
A handful of spinach, mango, raspberries and blueberries
1 x Avocado
1 x Orange
A few cashews
All taste even better served in our beautiful glassware!
Right up there with eating clean and exercising more has to be getting organised and ditching the clutter in most people’s resolution plan. This doesn’t have to be drastic, in fact most experts would suggest starting small, especially when so many of us have a problem letting go! All getting organised really means is making little habit changes to our daily routines to make things run more smoothly.
Nobody can deny that the amount of junk mail that comes through the letter box on a regular basis is ecologically unfriendly and can end up accumulating in unsightly piles. The trick is not to let it past the doormat! By simply placing a basket or box in keeping with your furnishings by the front door, any unwanted correspondence can be instantly deposited ready for recycling.
An absolutely brilliant way of getting children involved, particularly at this time of year when an influx of Christmas pressies have made their way into the house, is encouraging them to sort through old toys that they have grown out of or no longer use. As long as they are not broken, clean and in a usable state, they can be passed on to younger cousins/friends or taken to a local sure start centre or charity shop for somebody else to enjoy. Even if it’s something as a simple as a place to pop your magazines and newspapers or an old tin or jam jar to store your pencils – it doesn’t have to be expensive or ambitious.
Lots of tiny changes can add up to a totally 2016 new you!
GET OUT & ABOUT
For those of you determined to fly in the face of the instinct to hibernate, there are some fabulous things to get out and do in January. It’s not too late to get your skates on if you missed one of the outdoor ice rinks over the Christmas period. Canary Wharf and Broadgate rinks are both open until the end of February. Our only word of advice is to take a dry pair of trousers for anybody liable to spend more time on their bottoms than practising their pirouettes!
And finally, a place that we’re desperate to try as it’s cleverly tapping into our desire to eat great food with great friends in suitably stylish and seasonal surroundings is the York & Albany Winter Chalet. Just the right amount of twinkle and winter luxe!