Green Goddess Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana
1/2 avocado
Small handful of spinach (or kale)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 Medjool date, pitted
1 tablespoon nut butter
1 cup coconut water

Toss all ingredients into a blender and mix until well blended.

Favorite Toppings:

Hemp Seeds: A Complete, plant-based source of protein and high in fiber, hemp seeds add a nice crunch and a nutty taste.

Bee Pollen: You need only 1 teaspoon a day of this incredible nutrient- and mineral-rich whole food. It lends a gorgeous honey flavour and beautiful colour.

Chia Seeds: Not only do they keep hunger at bay, they are a complete protein and high in omega-3 fats.

Cauliflower Tabouleh

Cauliflower Tabouleh
1 head cauliflower
2-3 large tomatoes, deseeded and finely chopped
1 cucumber, deseeded and finely chopped
5-6 radishes, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
4 green onions, thinly sliced on the bias
1 bunch mint leaves, shredded
1 bunch coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Zest and juice from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons good-quality olive oil
Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Toasted Nut Mix
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/4 cup hazelnuts
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup cashews
2 teaspoons za’atar
Pinch of sea salt

1. To make the nut mix: Place the cumin and coriander seeds in a dry pan over medium heat. Roast for 2 to 3 minutes, or until fragrant, then pour into a mortar. Grind with a pestle until you have a powder. Add the hazelnuts, almonds, and cashews to the same pan and toast for 6 to 8 minutes, or until golden. Transfer to the mortar along with the za’atar and a pinch of sea salt. Using the pestle, roughly bash the nuts until they are chopped. Set aside to cool completely.

2. In batches, pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor until a fine crumb has formed. Transfer to a steamer set over a pan of boiling water, cover, and steam for 2 to 3 minutes, until the cauliflower is cooked but still firm. Remove the steamer from the pan and leave to steam-dry and cool.

3. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, green pepper, green onions, mint, coriander, and parsley with the cauliflower. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir through the nut mix and serve.

Tip: This stores well, so make a day in advance or double the recipe for leftovers later on

Sweaty Style

The combination of moving to Los Angeles (where everyone exercises ALL.THE.TIME) and also not being pregnant for the first time in forever (and I can finally move my body and push myself without the fear of impacting my baby bump) means that I am finally starting to get in shape.

oh AND that we’ve booked to go to Burning Man (eek!) where I’ve been told I will be naked in feathers and sequins for 3 days – and so I better get sweating so I don’t scare everyone on the playa.

So while I count down the days to Burning Man (gone are the days of the #bikinibody, bring on the #burningmanbody) and embracing life as an Angeleno… Pilates (check), Weight Lifting (check), Hiking (check), I’m also rethinking my exercise gear as I’m actually spending quite a lot of time wearing it!

In London, when I would escape for a run around Hyde Park, I would throw on my old college t-shirt and some ratty old spandex and sneak out of the house (so that the children wouldn’t see me leave but also so NO ONE would see me in my exercise wear. It was gross).

In Los Angeles, athleisurewear is a THING! At school drop-off, ALL the moms are wearing their athleisurewear – and not just because they’ve come from the gym but because they look GOOD in it!

When I first moved here, I panicked that I would start to wear spandex all the time – even when I wasn’t in a sweat. Palisades people wear their athleisurewear as CLOTHES. It’s true. But now I understand why – they look awesome! The thought of attending a group class in LA (which is THE thing to do here because there are so many amazing options, had me terrified as I’m pretty sure no one wants to see my old crumbly spandex.  Enter Natalie at SweatNSK. I met Natalie at a Girls Dinner in January and while I was in a tizzy about Palisades life (and questioning how and where I wear this athleisurewear), she told me about her shop SweatNSK and as she said, it is the answer to all my problems AND makes me want to workout more! AND she is so sweet and is giving anyone who shops on her site www.sweatnsk.com a discount if you type in my promocode MARISSA15 – so whether you are working on your #postbabybody or your #bikinibody or your #burningmanbody – you can look good doing it (and throw your gear on in the morning and you can look good on the school run too!)

All that said, I promise that I am still wearing real clothes and getting dressed in the morning – unless of course I am doing a pilates class or a boxing class or going hiking in which case, it is SweatNSK all the way.