I love my husband, I love my family but over the last few months a new love has come into my life. It was a gift from Santa We meet every day even though it is only for a few stolen moments, it keeps me healthy and happy!
You’ve probably guessed by now – it is my Nutribullet 600W Series Blender – great for smoothies and blending healthy soups.
It’s never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle. From the age of 30 you can start to lose between 3% – 5% of muscle per decade. Less muscle means less mobility and less strength.
Do you know why Muscle Mass Matters? Having strong bones and muscles
- Reduces the risk of Falls and Fractures
- Promotes Bone Health which reduces the risk of Osteoporosis
- Reduces Chronic Conditions
- Maintains Your Independence
Staying fit and active to enjoy life, playing with our grandchildren and basically being able to do normal daily activities is vital. It means we need to
MOVE our bodies daily – exercise including weight bearing exercise 2 – 3 times per week. Exercise is not just for improving our physical health BUT also improves our mental health and well-being. Find some activity you love and just do it!
Consistency is the key.
EAT – a varied diet of foods especially PROTEIN which helps maintain muscle mass and strength.
So What’s On My Plate when it comes to protein?
Fish, chicken, lean meats, nuts, seeds, eggs, tofu, legumes and beans.
A quick and easy way to add more Protein to your diet
For me, life can get busy and of course, when we are busy we don’t have time and we tend to forget about healthy eating and reach for fast and convenient foods.
After a workout or just as a snack I turn to smoothies to ensure I’m getting the essential protein, nutrients and vitamins I need to maintain a strong and healthy body. The key is to make sure if you use protein powder that is doesn’t have any added sugar. I used a plant-based one which also helps with my digestion.
You can throw anything into the blender and come up with a healthy drink.
You can make them on milk of choice or even water. Adding milk or yogurt will also provide Calcium which helps our bones stay strong.
Some of my favourites include:
Green smoothie – handful of greens such as spinach, rocket, 1/4 avocado, protein powder, teaspoon of minced ginger made on almond milk or water
Berry smoothie – berries of choice, my favourite is a handful of blueberries, protein powder, natural yogurt, almond milk or water
Peanut butter & Banana smoothie – protein powder, tablespoon peanut (or other nut) butter, half banana, cinnamon, almond milk or water
Oats in a smoothie – protein powder, oats (1/4 cup), cinnamon, flax seeds, almond milk or water.
Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe? Share it with me.
I’m joining Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb, The Widow Badass, for their What’s On Your Plate? Link Up. (although technically it isn’t a plate but a glass – hope they still accept me LOL 🙂 )
Why not pop over to see what is on their plate for this month?