Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Fight those January blues and Energy Nuts&Fruits Mix

January is here and as I have noticed most of people I know feel a bit or a lot on a lower side. Well, it could be stress after festivals, overindulgence in food or drink, weather or just people around you. I can't say that I am not affected by January blues, but I know few tricks how to keep my mood up these days.

5 ways to keep up your spirit and enjoy first month of the year:

1. Take a rest. Try to find free time to relax, if you are tired and had a really busy December behind you. Don't worry about jobs needed to be done: house cleaned after party or that flower pot needs to be replanted. Well, what ever busy girls do in January! Just relax! Remember, some jobs can wait, so prioritise and give some time for yourself to recover your strength.

2. Have a facial at home or go to the cosmetologist. Nothing can boost our mood with positivity as massage and/or facial. Each time I have one, I wonder on its effects on my mood and abilities to cope with the world. I have some recipes on my blog related to homemade facial, like simple DIY face massage and natural homemade face masks. Feel free to browse the search engine on this blog, you will find it in the top right corner. I will be delighted if you find something useful and please let me know in the comments below how did you get on?!

3. Use your favourite perfume and/or burn some uplifting essential oils. It is amazing how scent we love affects our mood, so why not to use it to the advantage. Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Geranium all have an uplifting effect on the mind. Choose one you like the most and treat yourself to aromatherapy. Read here about my collection of essential oils and their beauty benefits.

4. Drink water and/or green tea. This is a simple way to recover your inner balance after indulgent December. Water will replenish any liquid deficit in your body and green tea will help you to detox and remove build up of toxins. I would advice to develop a habit of drinking water and green tea on a daily basis. I will make a separate post about benefits of green tea later on in the month, but you can check my water drinking challenge in here

5. Opt for energy full snacks to recover strength and give yourself an energy boost. We all know that eating healthy is important. If you struggle with food chooses, try to stick to a healthy and energy full snacks during the day. It takes lots of effort to eat healthy and I think snack is a brilliant starting point for anyone.

I wanted to share with you fruit and nuts mix I like, which is full of vitamins and minerals to boost your energy levels. Just keep in mind that nuts are high in fat, so snack responsibly! 

Energy nuts and fruits mix.

To make this energy mix you will need hazel nuts, walnuts, raisins and apricots. Feel free to add dates, almonds, goji berries or anything else you like. 

Place all the ingredients into small container you can take with you when you are out and about and enjoy! 

Hazelnuts are very high in energy and loaded with numerous health-benefiting nutrients (folate, vitamin E, vitamin B6, manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium) that are essential for optimum health.

Walnuts as well are rich source of energy and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for a good health. Walnuts are rich in fatty acids, vitamin E, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Selenium is an important micro-nutrient, which functions as a co-factor for antioxidant enzymes.

Raisins, like dried apricots, figs, and prunes, are dense sources of energy, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. Raisins are richer in fiber, vitamins, mineral and poly-phenol antioxidants than the fresh grapes. Raisins and apricots are full of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, fluoride and zinc.

If you have nut allergy or want something alternative to the dry fruits and nuts for your snack time, why not to have a fresh fruit. Apricots, plums, cherries, bananas, persimmon, oranges, apples in season are great resource of vitamins to boost your energy levels too.

What are your tips to keep up your mood high in January?

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