As we say goodbye to Summer and head into Autumn, we welcome the cosy nights in by rooting out our snuggly blankets and putting the kettle on. Night time arrives earlier, temperature drops and the leaves start to change colour. I love this time of year as it sandwiched between summer and christmas!!
All the cosiness aside we have to look after ourselves with the temperature changes. Here are a few simple immune boosting hacks to bring us in to the Pumpkin season!:
Fresh Ginger Tea with a squeeze of lemon and raw honey- Ginger has many health benefits, it is worthy of its own post, but its safe to say that with its high level of antioxidants its amazing for the immune system! Not only does the lemon and honey make the drink more enjoyable but they also have their benefits with the lemon being a rich source of Vitamin C and the honey having a plethora of benefits, one being a natural energy booster!
Morning smoothies - My boyfriend and I have recently bought a Vitamix (best investment ever!!) It makes the smoooooothest smoothies ever! So we have been setting ourselves up for the day with a green smoothie inspired by Joe Rogan. Chuck in the blender - 1/4 of a cucucmber, a stick of celery, a knob of ginger, 1 apple or pear, a handful of ice cubes and 1 handful of kale. When it comes to juicing and blending, blending is the way to go. By extracting the juices when juicing you are also extracting the nutrients but discarding the fibre and this helps process the sugars, which can cause blood sugar spikes.
Enjoy seasonal food- Think Parsnips, Turnips, Swedes, Sweet potatoes, Pumpkins, Winter squash, Clementines, Apples, Pears. Eating seasonally means that you enjoy a diverse, fresher and colourful range of foods, feeding your body with a wider range of goodness. The food doesn't have to travel as far so it doesn't lose those vital nutrients! It's also cheaper because the food is more abundant.
Introduce some home time yoga and meditation- If you've had a stressful day at work or are feeling a little run down, don't beat yourself up if you can't face the gym, your body will thank you just as much, if not more, if you come home and hit some yoga or do some breathing techniques. Yoga and breathing is bliss and will leave you feeling super zen!
Oh and one final thing...don't forget to get outdoors and crunch in the Autumn leaves-never too old for that!!
I wish you a happy and healthy Autumn! Xx
Photo Credit: http://blog.bravelets.com/2014/09/hello-autumn.html