I’m writing this blog post from sunny Mallorca. My boyfriend got the opportunity to take a course in the US so our holiday plans changed a bit. I decided that instead of staying in rainy Denmark I also wanted some sun. My childhood friend Tina was luckily enough able to get off work for a week and here we are – in Alcudia Mallorca.
This blog post will contain a recipe for lentil spread and green smoothies and tips on how to make a detoxing and energizing bath – and tips for staying healthy on holiday.
It doesn’t have to be hard to stay healthy on the go. If you set your mind to it and plan ahead it can actually be fun – and very rewarding when you stay energized and don’t put on holiday weight!
We are staying in an appartment so that makes it easier to self cater – but a hotel room doesn’t have to mean an unhealthy holiday either. The key is planning, planning, planning 🙂
The first thing to do:
MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO YOURSELF THAT YOU WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS WHEN ON HOLIDAY
The second thing:
Bring your running or walking shoes! Make sure to take time to go for runs or brisk walks – this will also help your energy levels.
The third thing:
About the food: Earlier I always found myself eating way to much bread when on holiday. It made me bloated, tired and heavier! So stay off the bread – it is much easier to say NO! to the first piece than the second – and we all now its downhill from there 🙂
When you go to a restaurant – start off with a salad or a soup – and go for a main dish with only protein and veg or carbs and veg. If you combine all 3 your body will take more than double the time to digest the food – and this will make you tired and bloated.
On this holiday I was detemined to stay healthy, so I packed some food and kitchen stuff, and that really helped me, too. I have managed to fit a small blender into my suitcase so that I didn’t have an excuse for not getting my green smoothies. A green smoothie or vegetable juice every day makes a huge difference for me. The 15 mins it takes to make I get back many-fold in extra energy!
If you can’t take a small blender – hope for a local juice bar 🙂 I also packed good salt, plastic bags, foil, different vegan sandwich spreads etc.
The best way to start your mornings is with a lot of green vegetables – it will give you an energy boost that bread, jam and cheese can’t compete with. Bread and cheese will make you tired – and especially when eaten together. I have been making green smoothies every morning.
Half an avocado
10 cm cucumber
A big handful of spinach
Juice of one lemon
A teaspoon of spirulina
2 teaspoons of green drink powder – if you have it. I use dr. Youngs Doc Brocs and sometimes wheatgrass powder.
Another thing that I always bring or buy when on holiday or when staying in hotels is baking soda – yes you heard me correctly – ordinary baking soda. It has a very high PH and adding it to a bath will energize, alkalize and detox your body. I dont have a tub at home, so I always ask for a hotel room with one. If you don’t have a tub – take it as a foot bath. Perfekt after a long day shopping and sightseeing.
Tonight we were reading a newspaper and came across a recipe for lentil spread, so I decided to go for an evening run and go by the local supermarket. The kitchen in the appartment isn’t really fit to make great dinners but I managed to get the spread made with what we have, and it only took about 30 mins – start to finish. I would normally always buy organic products when possibly – but it’s not possible to get anything organic to I had to settle for conventionel stuff.
Lentil spread – very good for sandwiches on the go! (It only takes 30 mins to make)
100g lentils – green or black
3 cloves of garlic (or to taste)
1 stick of celery
50g walnuts/almonds – finely chopped
Rinse the lentils and boil in plenty of water for about 20 mins. While cooking the lentils fry the onions, garlic and celery for 5 min in sunflower oil.
When the lentils are ready blend everything (You might have to add a little oil or water) – season with salt, lemon juice herbs and pepper. Then mix in the nuts and you’re done! We had it on rye bread with cucumber.
You can use all kinds of lentils or beans. Always use fresh beans. I know it is easier to use the canned ones because they don’t need soaking, but it is dead food and shouldn’t be used very often.
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