17 delicious and nourishing clean eating recipes for kids

17 delicious and nourishing clean eating recipes for kids

What Springs to mind when you hear the words ‘clean eating’?

With an ever growing global awareness surrounding ‘health’ and ‘wellness’ you may have heard the term ‘clean eating’ pop up more and more as you search for healthy ways to feed your family. 

But what does it mean exactly?

Is it just some trendy new diet plan?
Could it be safe or suitable for kids?
Is it some restrictive eating plan?
Is it the latest new celebrity trend?
Is it just another food fad that everyone will tire of soon enough?

It is none of the above…

Let me explain.

Clean eating is simply based upon the foundation of eating whole foods as natural to their original state as possible. Food that is filled with goodness – naturally. It involves eating a rainbow of beautiful, fresh produce (organic where possible), responsibly sourced and as natural as possible and including some quality proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats in each meal to provide your body with all it needs.

It is a sustainable, long term lifestyle that also includes nurturing a positive and intuitive relationship to food, one that will encourage good health throughout life.

It is about letting go of foods that are highly processed and created from additives, fake flavours, cheap oils and preservatives and instead respecting and nourishing your body with every meal. It’s a simple approach whereby your food choices are pared back to foods that are simple and nourishing and delicious.

What about children … why is ‘clean eating’ for kids so important?

Clean eating for children is simply about making each meal an opportunity to nourish their body and soul with goodness.
When we feed children nutrient dense food, it’s so much more than just filling their belly and stopping their hunger. It is about food that is rich in all the goodness they need, food that is simple, naturally colourful, and filled with nutrients that will feed and nourish every cell in their body. We are giving them energy, vigour, strength and the minerals & nutrients they need to build their bodies and brain and support its growth and development.

Childhood is a time of vast growth, development and change. The food we feed our children needs to support this. Unfortunately, we have veered way off track with the food industry taking over the supermarkets. Suddenly we are swimming in a sea of processed food that has been created in mass factories using chemically created flavours and additives and then shaped into all sorts of colourful packaging and sold as ‘food’. When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our precious young ones ( as well as ourselves and all of our loved ones), it is vital that we stay aware, informed and resistant to the misleading advertising campaigns of highly processed (health damaging) foods. Clean eating for children is simply about getting everyone back on track for a long, happy and healthy life together.

It is important to note here that while I am using the term ‘clean eating’ within this article for descriptive purposes, it is not a term I would ever use at home or in my conversations about food with children.

Why?

When children hear us refer to our food choices as ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘dirty’, ‘naughty’ or even ‘clean’ it can interfere with their happy relationship to food and personal food choices. Guilt is not a feeling we ever want our children to associate in any way with food. We want them to happily eat wonderful nourishing food because they enjoy it. We want them eating from a positive place of joy and love rather than one of fear. I have written about the importance of fostering a positive relationship with food here. It is a topic close to my heart. 

Now that is all cleared up…

What might a day of healthy ‘clean eating’ recipes for kids look like?

Here are some of our favourites:

Breakfast

It is important to start the day off right regardless of how busy the mornings are in your house.

1. Breakfast Smoothies

Perfect option if you are short for time. There are endless flavour combinations to come up with. Try not to overload on super sweet fruit as the sugar content will end up being very high, which is not what your children’s bodies need. Try adding a little spinach/kale to give a boost of nutrients (the flavour is easily disguised by one sweet fruit such as banana, mango, pineapple). Make sure to include some healthy fats such as some creamy avocado or coconut milk or even a small dollop of coconut oil & a teaspoon of chia seeds or hemp seeds. Try these delicious smoothie recipes

2. Oats

Oats offer a good dose of complex carbohydrates as well as fibre. If you are avoiding gluten you can find Gluten Free oats (it will be clearly specified on the packet) or opt for other Gluten free grains such as quinoa & buckwheat which you can buy as whole, groats or rolled flakes.
Toppings might include : berries // grated apple // poached pear // chopped almonds or seeds for a little crunch.
If porridge isn’t a family favourite (try this delicious plum & vanilla granola recipe )

3. Eggs

They are versatile, fast to prepare and a wonderful dose of protein to start the day which helps little ones feel satisfied for longer.
Here are 3 ways my little ones enjoy them:

  • Scrambled with a little grated veg and some avocado slices on a slice of sour dough toast
  • Omelette – with some grated garlic and a few chopped mushrooms.
  • Breakfast Frittata – fill muffin tins with chopped mushrooms + tomatoes + cubed steamed sweet potato then whisk 4 eggs with a splash of (choice of) milk. Pour this mixture over other ingredients and bake in moderate oven for around 20 mins or until cooked through.

 

Lunch

Lunch can be tricky as many parents are faced with the lunch-box dilemma.

If your children like sandwiches it can be difficult to find healthy bread that isn’t filled with all sorts of e-numbers and cheaply processed oils and flavours. Sure it stays super soft on your shelf for days but what happens in our children’s precious tummies? Not a nice thought! If you make sandwiches be sure to look for high quality sourdough or even better make your own bread so you know what is inside.  

Here are some clean eating  recipes and ideas for kids’ lunch boxes 

4. Omelette rolled up

(As long as they didn’t eat eggs at breakfast).

Can fill it with cheese, lettuce, carrot sticks  and cucumber so it is like a bread wrap. If taking it to school ensure it is kept next to a frozen lunchbox cooler in warmer climates.

5. Wraps with flat bread 

Fill with shredded veggies, grated cheese, avocado or some cooked organic chicken. They  can be more fun to eat than sandwiches but as always be sure to read the ingredients on the bread packet and avoid any that are full of processed ingredients. The best ones should just have 2-3 ingredients. 

6. Healthy little platter

A finger food selection of veggie sticks, hummus or avocado dip, cubes of cheddar cheese , boiled egg, olives, fresh fruit. 

7. Meatballs

Last night’s left over meatballs, with some grated carrot and lettuce to wrap it in. I have a great recipe called ‘popeye’s meatballs’ in my e-book. You can download your copy for free here

8. Nori Rolls

You can use brown rice or quinoa to replace the white rice for extra nutrients. Wrap nori sheets around the cooked rice, with some chopped or shredded veggies inside and a tiny bit of Tamari soy sauce .

9. Quinoa balls

These make a delicious lunchbox snack. This is our favourite quinoa ball recipe.  

Dinner

Some easy clean eating dinner ideas and recipes for the whole family.

10.Roast vegetable sauce

This sauce can be made and frozen and then used to make so many different dishes. You will find a delicious recipe here as well  as suggestions for some easy and yummy dishes to create. 

11. Broth (stock)  

This is highly nutritive base for your soups, sauces and casseroles and will amp up the flavour of all your meals as well as boost your child’s immune system. Read about the benefits and how to make broth here. 

12. Beef and vegetable kebabs 

These kebabs are so simple and the fact they are presented on a stick seems to make them all the more appealing to kids. 

13. Cauliflower Mash

Mashed potato is a favourite among children and this golden cauliflower mash is a nutritious & delicious alternative. It can be used as a side dish or used as a topping for shepherd’s pie. 

Steam a head of cauliflower // Once steamed and soft, break apart into smaller pieces // In a fry pan sauté a little chopped onion, garlic and grated turmeric // Add the cauliflower and coat it in the sauté mixture // In a blender,  puree the cauliflower with a little organic grass-fed butter and a dash of milk (of choice) if it needs it // Blend until creamy // This also makes a nice dip for little veggie sticks. Or as my kids call it – “Snow for the tops of broccoli trees”

14. Crispy Kale Chips 

Get a bunch of Kale // wash thoroughly // de-stalk and chop bigger leaves in half // rub with olive or coconut oil // sprinkle a pinch of sea salt // bake in baking tray on temp of 150’ for about 30 mins or until all crisp and crunchy but ensure the leaves still have a green colour. Check regularly to ensure they don’t burn. You can also bake slower on a lower temperature for longer.

Snacks

15. Bliss balls

They are small balls of nutrient-dense – nuts || oils || coconut ||  fruits || blended and rolled into balls. The flavour combinations are as vast as your imagination. We often make this nut free bliss ball for lunch boxes and these apricot squares for after school homework energy boost.

16. Chia pudding

They are a simple way to get a good dose of healthy fats and fibre into your child’s body. They are so simple to make, can be made in advance and totable when put in a jar with a lid. This berry chia pudding is our favourite for breakfast, lunch dessert and everything in between. I also have more mouthwatering chia pudding recipes in my free ebook. You can download it for FREE here 

17. Homemade frozen popsicles 

These can be simply made from left over smoothie, or blended fresh fruits/yoghurt/coconut cream. They make n excellent chilling snack. Simply blend ingredients in a blender then pour into ice block moulds and freeze. YUM!  My little ones love these cool calm and collected mango & chamomile ice-blocks with the added calming benefits go chamomile tea. 

There you have it – seventeen of my favourite clean eating recipes for kids that will excite them, nourish them and fuel their bodies and brains . It doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t involve following the latest health fads. It’s all about nourishing our babes with good, wholesome, simple and delicious food. 

Wanting some more  inspiration?

Download my yummy little ebook for FREE . Click here or click the image below. It is filled with simple, scrumptious, colourful, nourishing and fun recipes for the whole family. It will help you nourish your babes – morning, noon and night. 

 

Tips for helping children develop a positive relationship with food

Tips for helping children develop a positive relationship with food

When my daughter was still very young, I was (and obviously still am) openly passionate about ensuring she ate foods that were as nourishing and wholesome as possible. I recall someone asking me, perhaps with a touch of cynicism, how I would cope when she grew up and chose to eat McDonalds or other ‘junk’ foods.

Interesting question .. to which I wanted to answer in a few {less socially acceptable} ways but I think my response was something along the lines of:

What she decides to eat when she is older will be her choice. All I can do is provide her with as much goodness as possible while she is growing and developing. By offering her wholesome foods I hope to set a ‘norm’ in place for her that is based around seeing food as nourishment and fuel for her precious body. I will  help her understand why our family chooses to eat the foods we do and my aim is to help her grow up with an awareness and a positive and happy relationship to food. What she does with this when the time comes will be up to her,  as is the case with all aspects of growing up and of parenting.”

I stand behind that answer as passionately today as I did back then, if not more! 

I feel one of the most valuable  gifts we can bestow on our children is a a happy and healthy relationship to food – and equallya full tank of self-love, so they remain firm in the belief that they are worthy of self care & a beautiful life filled with health + happiness. Seeing food as a form of nourishment and fuel for our precious and miraculous bodies is key!

While it is important for our children to grow up with an awareness around the implications of a diet heavy in processed and health diminishing foods, it is crucial that we don’t push too far the other way.  We certainly don’t want to demonise certain foods and potentially lead our children to feel fearful of everything going past their lips.  From here it is often a slippery slope to harsh and restrictive regimes.

There are so many adults who endure a turbulent relationship with food.  They go on harsh unsustainable diets to loose weight, all the while feeling like they are being deprived.  Eventually a trigger occurs and leads to a lapse of control or desire to rebel and overindulge.  From here they become consumed with guilt, shame, self disgust and the desire to punish themselves once more. Once again they turn to the restrictive diets that make them feel in control yet deprived.  On and on it goes….  Good health isn’t only about the nutrients we do or don’t put into our bodies, it is equally about the mindset and belief system underlying our food choices. A strong sense of love and compassion for ourselves is so important. 

 

“Eat like you love yourself. Move like you love yourself. Speak like you love yourself. Act like you love yourself” & let us teach our children to do the same.

 

The bottom line is we want ‘Love’ {self love, awe, excitement, joy, health, energy, self awareness} to be the guiding factor in our family’s food choices rather than ‘Fear’ {guilt, shame, anger, sadness, lack of awareness, need for comfort, self sabotage, need for strict control}. Food can be seen as a way of showing your body and ‘self’ how much you love and respect it by taking the best care of it,  if we are lovingly taught to view food in this manner.

So how do we go about fostering a happy and positive relationship with food for our family?

 

Create a sense of adventure surrounding food within your family.

Find new & unusual vegetables and ingredients and work out together how you will prepare it and then taste it and compare notes.

Try to make dishes from different countries and cultures and use this time as cultural education. What better reason to travel the world?  🙂

Explore with new herbs and spices.

Try new recipes or make up some of your own.

Have fun and explore food!

Plan, Prepare & Eat meals together as a family and use the opportunity as a  chance to chat, bond and create family traditions that will remain sacred,  even after everyone has grown up & left home. This is so incredibly important to me. I plan to have ‘weekend family meals’ forever and ever – where we gather, catch up, relax, bond, connect and enjoy beautiful nourishing food in each other’s company. 

Re-think the rule about having to eat everything on their plate. This step might involve a few other key components in place to be successful and perhaps some boundaries at first for very young ones. It is SO important that we allow children to remain intuitive to their body’s signals and this includes the feeling of being  full. When we insist on a daily basis that they must finish everything on their plate,  it can lead to them switching off their inner awareness of what their body needs. Down the track this can potentially lead to issues arising in relation to eating habits.

A few tips for success with this approach:

  • Not offering a sweet sugary dessert after dinner every night can really help with ensuring that children know that once they leave the table, they won’t be filling up on other stuff all evening. It also takes the ‘race to dessert’ out of the equation & hence the temptation to use the dessert as bribery. Occasional after dinner treats are not the issue it’s the daily habits that count most.
  • When offering after dinner sweets, ensure they are nourishing and wholesome.  Some of our faves are bliss balls, fruit crumble (free of added sugars), fresh fruit jelly, a frozen banana blended into a creamy chilled treat or homemade nourishing frozen popsicles. Follow along on my instagram or Facebook for more inspiration. 
  • Let them self serve, perhaps with a few consistent guidelines around trying a bit of everything. When the whole meal is deliciously varied & nourishing and there isn’t a sweet sugary dessert waiting,  they will be likely to fill up and also take responsibility for their portion sizes and plates. This may take time for everyone to get used but when the culture is created over time it works amazingly well! Be patient with the process. 

Self Awareness and Food Education. Help them make the connection between eating too many processed foods and how their body feels afterwards.

Salty fried foods = really dehydrated and thirsty.

Overload of lollies or sugars = feeling out of control + angry + headache + tummy ache and eventually exhausted.

Lollies stuck in teeth = toothache

Equally you can educate kids in a relaxed and fun way about how fresh veggies, fruit and whole foods make their body feel.  Children are born with an acute intuition and natural connection to their body, keep that alive by helping them make connections and listening to their own body.  It is a wonderful way for instilling a sense of responsibility over their food choices. We have a big collection of picture books about this very topic, which inform and educate in a beautiful & fun way … {I actually have my own beautiful children’s book on ‘healthy eating’ waiting patiently to be finished & published … watch this space!!}  

Have fun with food by making nourishing foods exciting and enticing. Encourage children to explore with all of their senses. A big bowl of plain steamed veg may not do the trick. A plate with the veggies placed out in an interesting way with a healthy dipping sauce may make all the difference. Explore the vibrant colours of real foods and the shapes, textures, sound they make when being crunched.

Who’s carrot has the loudest crunch?  Is a carrot crunch louder than a celery crunch? 

Most colourful smoothie ‘mo’ competition

We often have ‘food arranging’ sessions. The kids arrange the food and serve it up in ways that make them feel happy and excited about eating it… Food faces never fail to make them smile!

Learn about where foods come from. How are they grown? Which countries are they grown in  and how do they get to our dinner plate? Visit a farmers market and explore!  Experiment with growing some of your own, even a pot of mint on the windowsill or some sprouts. Aim to broaden our children’s awareness & knowledge of food.

Look at what foods are stocked in your home. If the unhealthy + processed foods are not there, the battles about wanting them won’t be either. The less they see these,  the less temptation there is – which works wonders for us adults too! We can’t control what they are exposed to outside our home but we can absolutely control what is in our own cupboards. 

Be a positive role model. Set the best example you possibly can, this includes the language you use to describe food and to describe your own body and self. If you are constantly on ‘diets’ and your children see you use food as an emotional filler or a way to restrict & punish yourself,  they are more likely to normalise this.  Know that if you currently have a somewhat turbulent relationship with food, now is the perfect time to make a start on healing that and making friends with your body and food again!

Try moving away from offering sweet foods as ‘rewards’, ‘treats’,  ‘encouragement’  or ‘cheer ups’. The aim is for children to see food as a source of nourishing goodness and fuel for their bodies rather than to fufill an emotional requirement.  Enjoying a beautiful family dinner filled with conversation and connection as a way to celebrate something,  is a very different story. Keep the focus on enjoying the gift of good food  together with loved ones.

It is important to see the big picture here. As I mentioned before, it’s not the one-offs here and there,  it’s the regular, daily habits that put in place deeply embedded long term habits. Unless you and your children live in a bubble, you will always have moments where it all goes pear shaped and life happens. My whole point for writing this is to encourage an overall  happy and relaxed attitude towards food that comes from a place of love rather than fear or guilt, for both ourselves and our precious families.

I would love to hear from you about how your family encourages a healthy relationship with food.  Comment below or send me an email at nourish.nurture.shine@gmail.com. Connecting with you makes my day.

Elisha x

If you enjoyed reading this you may like to read my most popular post so far, on encouraging fussy eaters… click here to read.

 

The power of using positive affirmations with children.

The power of using positive affirmations with children.

I love the idea of filling our children up with positive and empowering language. It is creating an internal soundtrack for them with words that evoke excitement, self love, compassion, self acceptance and so much more.  

Affirmations are a simple and powerful way to do this. They are a wonderful tool for encouraging positive thinking in children. They provide a way for them to gain mastery of their minds and harness all the amazing power that exists within them.

Our thoughts are incredibly powerful tools for creating our reality. We can either be uplifted and empowered by our thoughts or we can remain prisoners of them, locked inside our own limiting beliefs. Using positive affirmations is like shining a light on where we want to go, rather than remaining  stuck in the darkness of our worries, concerns or fears. So many adults spend their lives trying to undo the conditioning and programming they managed to download throughout their childhood.

I’m no good at that //  I’ve never been able to master that //  I’m not capable of  that //  I’m too clumsy to be any good at that // I’m not really clever enough to accomplish that //  I’m the one in the family who could never get that right //  I’ve always been too scared to try that //   I have to prove myself  in order to feel ok //   I’m too scared to try that as I may fail //  I have to make sure I get approval from everyone to show I am good enough // I’m not worthy of that kind of life or love // I could never achieve that // I could never be as good as that // 

Do any of these sound familiar? If so, you are in good company! When you hear these words often enough, either from yourself or from others, then sure enough they become your reality and your truth.

“What you tell yourself daily will either lift you up or tear you down”

The work I do is all about helping people take back that control and create the kind of mindset that ‘lifts up’ rather than ‘tears down’… by embarking on this work with children, we can save them from all those years of ‘undoing’,  so they can spend more time enjoying life and beaming their light out into the world.  

Affirmations are a beautiful place to begin this process… 

 Some tips on how to use affirmations…

  • Always state them in a positive form –  beginning with words such as ‘I am…’ ,  ‘I can…’ ‘ I love…’
  • They also need to be in present tense – as though they already exist.
  • Keep them short and sweet
  • Help your child to form an emotional attachment to the affirmation. For example if you are working on confidence (particularly with a child who is struggling with this) it may be difficult for them to connect with this word if they are used to feeling anxious and self conscious.  You could use the affirmation “I am confident”… and ask them to come up with a time they did feel confident.  For my daughter is was the first time she managed a complete cartwheel. Then connect them further by engaging each of their senses… What did that  feel like in your body? Can you feel the feeling of your body spinning and your hands touching the grass? Can you hear  the sound of people saying ‘wow’ that was awesome? Can you recall the sight of everyone around you watching you do the amazing cartwheel and clapping?
  • Read the affirmations on a regular basis … before bed is my favourite time as it creates a beautiful  marinade of positive energy for your children to sleep in. Anytime is perfect though, just ensure it’s regular  {ideally daily}  for full benefits. This may be as simple as having them stuck up on the wall by the bed, or on the mirror as they brush their teeth, or even on the fridge as they open up and ask for a snack, in a little booklet you read together, in their lunchbox under their lunch or on a post it note in their homework book. 
  • You can focus on one affirmation in particular, for a period of time, if your child is really needing support in this area. Or you can work with as many as you like and your child may like to choose their own.  

Below I have listed a few ideas for how they can be used in a variety of ways.  

Some examples to get you started …

I  am trusting // I am loving // I am loved // I am worthy // I am perfect as I am // I am confident // I am strong // I am calm

I am peaceful // I choose to feel happy today // I can calm myself down easily // I know my mistakes are a part of learning

I am a beautiful person // I am a great listener // I believe in myself // I am healthy // I take good care of myself //

I love my amazing body // I love challenges // I tell myself positive things // I am proud of myself // I always try my best

I am a wonderful friend // I have an amazing life // I love learning new things // I can achieve anything I want to // I give new things a go

Some activities that you can use to introduce affirmations to children…

1) Make a collage of photos of your child and place positive affirmations in the collage. You can use a big cork board or magnetic board or even a photo frame.  Place in their bedroom where they see it regularly. Discuss it on a regular basis and let them add to it whenever it feels right to them.

2) Create little affirmation stones  – use colours and paint or stickers and use the affirmations above that suit your child or make up your own. they can hold the stone when they say the affirmation.

3) Photos – add text to photos of your child using photo editing software or even simple iPhone apps. Take some photos of your child or use ones you already have, then add the affirmation,  print and stick on their bedroom wall.

4) Get them a little book to fill in each night (with words or pictures) using these prompts: 

I love myself because …    Today I am really proud of myself for …       Today I  forgive myself for … 

5) Create a big ‘ME” map … on a large piece of paper let them draw/paint/write all about themselves and the only rule is that it is positive… frame it and place in in their room. You could also use a large art canvas. 

6) Make a little booklet with paper folded and stapled with a few of their favourite affirmations and get them to illustrate.

7) Use some index cards or small strips of paper to write the  affirmations on and keep in a precious little box or jar in a safe spot. 

Be sure to keep an eye out on my Instagram (click here)  and Facebook (click here)  pages for more inspiring ideas and photos of how these activities can be done with children of all ages.

Enjoy the process, it is such a lovely bonding opportunity and it is a perfect reminder to you to also try the same for yourself. You could do the activities side by side, what better way to model positive thinking and self empowerment than doing it together!

 Keep your thoughts shining in the direction you want to go. 

If this is an area you struggle to get your own head around, then you may be interested in reading here and here about the powerful work I do with CTC therapy

Elisha x 

 

Five Cleansing Ways To Start Your Day

Five Cleansing Ways To Start Your Day

How do you feel when you wake up in the morning?

  • Do you wake up with a head full of to-dos for the day, drowning in a sea of overwhelm before you’ve even put your feet on the ground? 
  • Do you feel grumpy and groggy until mid morning when you’ve had your first cup of strong coffee? 
  • Do you struggle just to get out of bed each morning, creaking and moaning as you roll out into the day? 
  • Is your morning a flurry of chaos and stress?

OR

  • Do you wake up and feel refreshed and ready to take on the world? 
  • Do you feel motivated and rejuvenated? 
  • Does your body feel rested and happy? 

I could’ve  probably ticked each of these boxes on any different day in the past year. But lately I’ve decided I want more of the last three and much less of the first four! So I’ve been trying something new. I have been starting the day with a little ritual that helps set me up with a much brighter & happier mindset & body.

For those who believe you’re too busy, I say it’s a choice we make, just like choosing what to wear each day. It is also a commitment we make while acknowledging that we are worthy of self care. You deserve to feel refreshed and alive each and every morning of your precious life.  The key is to make it a habit, a habit you come to love and look forward to.

Below are 5 cleansing rituals to help you start the day right

Start with one and once that has become a habit, add another in the mix. Notice how you start to feel differently about getting up and starting your day when you have a nourishing little self care routine in place…

1) Hot face-cloth cleanse.  Fill the bathroom sink with some warm/hot water. Put a few drops of lemon, mandarin or grapefruit essential oil in. Swirl around. Place a face cloth in and soak, then twist the excess water out and place on your face… inhale and feel your whole body come to life with the awakening scent. Repeat … breathe in the the delicious scent… when finished dry your face and dap a few drops of coconut oil on your face to moisturise. Focus your mind only on your breath and the delicious scent, be fully present in that one moment.

2) Warm water with fresh lemon or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. This is an alkalising and very cleansing way to kick start your day. You could also add a little freshly grated ginger or even turmeric too for an extra kick. It cleanses your body, kick starts your metabolism and gets you energised. I have this as soon as I wake,  then wait a little while before I eat.

3) Morning stretches. If you feel a bit creaky or stiff in the morning, a quick stretch can do wonders. Even a short version of sun salutations done every day can help alleviate tightness and stiffness in the body, especially the spine. I use a little deck of yoga cards and put out a simple sequence each morning, there are also a multitude of yoga apps, youtube videos and websites that offer small videos, find one that works for you. I am usually in a rush to get everyone ready for the day and out the door, so sometimes it’s only 5 minutes of front and back bends but it’s a wonderful thing to do with kids too if you can. I guarantee if they see you do this every day pretty soon you will have some company. Starting them off in life with an understanding of the importance of self care is a wonderful tool for them,  as they go through life. Sometimes I don’t get a chance to do this until kids are at school/ having a morning nap but I have been trying really hard to make I sure I do it at some time each morning.

4) Dry skin brush. Best done just before a shower, this really wakes you up as well being an amazing exfoliation for your skin and great for aiding detoxification for your lymphatic system too. It takes about 5 minutes. Use a brush with a long handle and natural bristles. Work your way upwards from your feet to your torso using small circular motions and you only need to go over each part once. After your shower, rub some nourishing coconut oil over your body as a moisturiser.

5) Green smoothie. This is a good way to make a super fast breakfast and get all the goodness your body needs to start the day. Throw in some fresh greens {baby spinach, kale, mint leaves,  spirulina powder etc}, some sweeter fruits (pineapple, watermelon, peeled oranges etc), and use coconut water or dandelion/nettle/peppermint or chamomile tea as a base, whiz and slurp…

When you start the day off in a nurturing & cleansing way, you will be surprised the difference it makes to how your mood and productivity flourish throughout the rest of the day.

Which cleansing morning habit will you start with tomorrow morning?

Elisha x

 

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