Nowadays lifestyle is fast and dynamic. There is no time to eat, rest or literally enjoy things. That's how S M O O T H I E S became very popular and they are a must to many of us!
Smoothies are great for a quick breakfast, an easy and satisfying way to refuel after working out or just a perfect afternoon refreshing delight.
Since I love everything about smoothies, I decided to share how and what I use in my daily smoothie recipes.
First, let's briefly go through some of the vital reasons why to drink smoothies & about top benefits of green smoothies:
1. Simple and quick to make, which is very important for our fast lifestyle. The only equipment you need is a blender;
2. Great way to eat different veggies without even realizing it. The taste of the greens is hidden by the taste of the fruit, so you don't even notice the veggies are there;
3. Drinking green smoothies on a regular basis provides all the nutrients to your body for a natural detoxification and cleanse;
4. Easy to digest, because the ingredients are alredy blended and liquified;
5. Green smoothies will keep you hydrated and energized.
So much good things wrapped in one will for sure make you start drinking this "magical" green potion. ;)
Whenever I'm putting a new green smoothie recipe together I use a basic smoothie formula:
- 2 cups greens
- 2 cups fruits
- 2 cups liquid base
+ supplements for extra nutritional BOOST:
- hemp protein powder
- acai powder
- flax, hemp & chia seeds
- coconut oil.
For today I chose my own favorite recipe:
2 cups baby spinach
1,5 cup frozen blueberries
2 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
Add the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend until the desired consistency is reached.
And voilà, your "magical" green potion is ready! Enjoy it, your body will appreciate it!
Let me know how you like it and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
With love, Anela.
How to start? That was my first question when I decided to go to the gym and build my body. ;) I admit, I would never make the first step by myself, that's why a special thanks goes to my better half. He brought me to the gym and introduced me to his friend, who's a true master of fitness. It was not easy. I had stage fright. But thanks to Mario, it was much easier.
This was my first contact with gym so I want to share a few helpful tips how to start. It's important to know that so far I only did running and yoga on my own, so all this gym thing is really new to me. Since forever I've had this strange feeling about going to the gym to exercise in front of other people. Especially because most of them have nice and big muscles.
This is my TIP #1: don't be scared and go for it! Don't forget that each and every one of them were just as I am or you are at the beginning. So I did it, for the first time I went to the gym!
My second question was, what do I need with me to gym? So my TIP #2: you don't need much: just some comfortable sporty clothes, trainer shoes, water & a towel. As an extra thing for boost, you can make a special playlist of your favorite music to keep you happy and motivated. Okay, maybe for me, as a fashionista, it was also very important to get my first "fitness look". I chose a whole NIKE look, grey sports bra and shorts and neon yellow training shoes. ;)
So I was finally ready to go! The first day was all about theory. Mario, who has gym on his daily schedule, explained all the basic and important things about exercises and fitness equipment. My TIP #3: for the first training session, get some professional assistence. It's really important to know what you want to achieve and how to get there. So my TIP #4: make your plan! In my case, I don't want to lose weight but I also don't want to get huge muscles. My plan is to strengthen the body. I want to focus specifically on the abdomen and legs, and so we made a plan!
- My training plan -
The training plan consists of three training sessions per week. Each training session I start with warming up my body - about 15 minutes on the runner or stepper. After that it's really important to stretch the muscles. Thanks to my yoga skills I'm like a chewing gum, so this is my favorite part! After a good stretch comes the real work-out.
Each training I will focus on different things. We have prepared three type of training days: one day it's "leg day", next one "cardio" and the third training day will be focused on "combo and abs".
Don't worry, these words are all new to me, too! Everything will be explained in the following posts where I will go through and describe my each training session.
Until my first training post, let me just remind you: it's really important to start slow, make a training plan and the most imporant thing is to learn to listen to your body.
Let's do it! ;)
See you in the gym!
Hey, my loves! Hope you are having amazing summer time! I'm back to my new place in Munich, slowly creating it into a home and I just couldn't wait to tell you everything about my last week in Ibiza. So here it is...
My last few weeks were very stressful due to my decision of moving to Germany and many changes that come with it. Every moment - while packing and saying goodbye to my loved ones - was very hard for me. Luckily, I got this amazing opportunity to visit Wellness Ku Retreats in Ibiza, and my mood suddenly lightened. You know that feeling when life starts moving in the right direction, like pieces of the puzzle starting to come together? That’s how I would describe this amazing chance to join Ku Resorts Ibiza. In the right place at the right time! I was really looking for a short escape from everything, to be with myself, to rest and recharge my batteries. And I got everything I wanted and so much more!
This was my time to switch off and de-stress from everything. I stayed in beautiful Can Pino Mountaintop Villa, which is located in stunning Ibizian hills with peaceful forest surroundings. Miguel Silva and Dominika Mayer Silva are the establishers of the beautiful Ku Retreats in Ibiza. They created a weeklong retreat with introductory program that gives participants the knowledge, practice and skills to achieve a better and healthier life style, full of vitality and relaxation. Miguel and Dominika are a truly amazing couple, their energy is just incredible. The place they created for the retreats feels like home - cosy, relaxed and peaceful. So Ku Retreats is definitely the right place for yoga, group activities, macrobiotic meals and meditation mentoring to help detox your body and soul.
Swimming pool spot @ Can PinoMountaintop Villa
I have to say that beside yoga, everything was very new to me. At first I thought I may not like the macrobiotic meals, because I never really followed any kind of diet in my life, but I gave myself a change and believe it or not, I loved it! Me and two girls, who stayed at the retreat at same time at time, were so positively surprised! The food tasted delicious! During our stay at the retreat we thought we would put on weight, because we ate so much. But now that we're back home, we saw (we stayed in touch) that we haven't gained a kilo! ;)
Lunch time @ Can Pino Mountaintop Villa.
And what is Macrobiotics, actually?
The term “macrobiotics” comes from the Greek ‘makro’, meaning large, great or long, and bios, meaning life and it was firstly used by Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, who stated: “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food.”
Macrobiotics is a system used to create health and achieve balance in your life, with food such as whole grains, pulses, sea vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Asian yin-yang philosophy also contributes to finding balance and vitality. It may sound as a ‘hard’ diet, but actually if you really go for it, you can prepare delicious meals with these ingredients, which we enjoyed for the whole week at Ku Retreats. When I got back home, my first stop was Asian food market, where I got a few ingredients for the meals I really liked and I want to include into my everyday. One of the simplest is delicious Miso soup, which has many health benefits. Miso is a traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called "dashi" into which softened miso paste is mixed. A simple and easy preparation, but results in a delicious meal.
Delicious Miso soup.
Porridge with mixed nuts, seeds and jam for the breakfast.
Salad made out of alfafa, soy sprouts, lettuce, spiced cashews, toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, cherry tomatoes and brocoli sprouts.
Grilled tofu on sesame seeds, sake and soy sauce.
Chickpea triangles with corn creme dressed with toasted nori seaweed.
Tagine of Yam seasoned with mediterranean spices.
Dates filled with cashew creme covered by raw chocolate and bee pollen.
Potatoes with haricots verts, toasted sunflower seeds and olive oil seasoning.
The most delicious watermalon I have ever had.
Salad made out of with radishes, carrot, lettuce, cucumber, spinach with plum vinegar dressing.
Tempeh cakes grilled with white and black sesame seeds and indian spices.
Kamut piadinas filled with avocado, rocket, tomato and fresh oregano.
Macrobiotic chai: kukicha tea with almond milk, masala spices and sweetened with licorice.
Dinner time @ Can Pino Mountaintop Villa.
My delicious macro B-Day cake!
During the stay, it was such a joy starting every day with early morning meditation and yoga class with Miguel, enjoying the delicious macrobiotic meals, having pleasant conversations with Dominika - she adjusts physical exercise guidelines for each individual and she is very good at it, I have to admit! I completely opened myself to her and I really felt good after every talk we had. We finished our day with a second yoga class with the amazing Irina Sbaglia. So days at Ku Retreats are full of different activities, but everything is happening in a very relaxed and chilled way. For the first time I tried also acupuncture and the results were stunning! I tell you, Miguel is a real magician.
Enjoying my KU-massage with Miguel.
My favorite spot to chill @ Ku retreats Ibiza.
Acupuncture with Miguel.
Beautiful Buddha detail in Ku retreats garden.
Yoga class with Irina.
Yoga class with Miguel.
Yoga class with Irina.
Happy yoga family.
Beautiful sunset in San Antonio, Ibiza.
With Dominica, Miguel and their beautiful daughter Veda.
I'm truly blessed by being able to experience this beautiful adventure: I have connected with great people and will never forget the good vibes I had received while being there! All in all this was the best birthday gift I could ever wish for. So my dear Ku Retreats Ibiza family, once again thank you for this liberating and valuable experience. I will definitely be back again and until then I wish you all the best!
They also l aunched their KU Retreats in Tuscan, have a look right here: www.retreats-tuscany.com. Looking forward to join them soon!
Hey loves, I hope you had a great weekend! I started my week with a cup of healthy and delicious smoothie in one! Monday boost is all what my body needs to get the energy and healthy ingredients to start my day in a good mood! SchneeKoppe Beetroot juice has many of health benefits and if you don't like the taste of beetroot, smoothies are the best way to mix different ingredients together and make a good taste out of it.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup Beetroot juice
- few ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 1/2 cup of blueberries
Add the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend until the desired consistency is reached. And voilà, your Monday boost smoothie is ready! Enjoy it and have a wonderful week!
Hey, green smoothie lovers! I've prepared another very simple and tasty smoothie recipe for you! For all of those who are not really a smoothie type, maybe first try to read my previous article "magical green potion", where I'm writing about why to drink smoothies & about top benefits of green smoothies. I believe that after finding your own way of mixing different ingredients you will start to love them as much as I do! The best thing about it is that you bring into your body various important ingredients and nutrients, and you don't really taste them in smoothies. I believe life is much like smoothies, you get out what you put in!
2 cups spinach
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups sliced peaches
1 handful of nuts
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
Add the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend until the desired consistency is reached. And voilà, your green smoothie is ready! Enjoy it, your body will appreciate it!
the day when I can finally share with you our latest project we have been working on in the end of this summer it's here! Me and my amazing team: makeup and hair artist Vilma for MICAHEL BAUM, photographer Robert Ribič, video team from Helivideo.si: Ajda, Nejc and Andrej, and my dear friend Mirela Muminovič, as an assistant, spent a few days in new Falisia, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Portopiccolo Sisitiana, Italy. And no, we were not on vacation this time. We were filming this beautiful "Summer dream @Portopiccolo Sistiana" story in the newest and the most luxury resort on Adriatic coast! It was such a pleasure to let our creativity out there and to enjoy in all the beauty they built along the Adriatic cost.
We stayed in a new, only recently open Falisia Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Portopiccolo. Falisia offers an elegant selection of accommodation with alluring sea views including a wellness center, outdoor infinity pool with endless sea view, exclusive rooftop terrace and a private white shingle beach. A new luxury complex features also a beach club, an elegant promenade of fashion boutiques and a marina with a yacht club. Such an amazing place to stay, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
It was a perfect way to end already amazing summer 2015!
A big shoutout to my amazing team and special thanks to Falisia Luxury Collection Resort and Spa for having us!