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Gorgeous green smoothie recipe

We love a good green smoothie here at BNI for an early morning, post-party, healthy boost. Fresh fruit or veg plus a little supplement here and there – that’ll get you moving. So we spoke to Chris James from CJMB, who has created a range of green supplements, to get some top tips for beating the bloat this party season.

Gorgeous Greens supplements are suitable for a wide range of dietary needs, free from wheat, yeast, starch, gluten, lactose, soy, added colourings, sweeteners and preservatives. They are suitable for vegetarians and use organic ingredients whenever possible.

juicecleanseHere is a fab recipe to try at home:

CJMB’s Gorgeous Greens Super Smoothie
Serves 2

Ingredients:
• Large handful of spinach
• ½ pear
• slice melon
• ¼ ripe avocado
• ½ orange
• 4 x ice cubes
• Almond milk to fill to level
• 1 serving x Gorgeous Greens
• Juice ½ lime (pealed)

Preparation:
Juice the pears, melon, orange, spinach and lime. Put the avocado flesh into a blender along with the ice and Gorgeous Greens. Blend everything until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

Of course, it takes more than a smoothie or two to stay in tip top shape over Christmas. Here are Chris’s five top tips for all-round awesomeness.

1) Mind your Ps

Avoiding bloat isn’t only about avoiding foods; it’s key to eat more foods that are effective at battling bloat. Reach for a healthy helping of the three Ps: potassium, protein, and probiotics. You can benefit from a boost of potassium-rich foods like sweet potatoes, winter squash, citrus, bananas, and nuts, which help regulate excess sodium!

2) Consume Fibre

Make sure you’re getting enough fibre amidst the trays of holiday snacks. If you know you’re going somewhere that you won’t have a lot of control over your food choices, a fibre supplement can help a lot.

3) Slow down

Eating too quickly can cause you to swallow more air, worsening bloat. Take a full 30 minutes to finish a meal, which will help you banish the bloat and listen for when your body tells you it’s full.

4) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Water helps to speed up digestion and can counteract the effects of salt and carb-induced bloating. Aim for eight to ten glasses a day, especially during the holidays.

5) Start again tomorrow

Most importantly, if you overindulge at Christmas don’t beat yourself up! Indulging once in a while is not that big of a deal—just start fresh tomorrow.

Fact file

A month’s supply of “Gorgeous Greens” (20 sachets) costs £29.

For more information see www.chrisjamesmindbody.com.

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