The new year is almost here in what feels like record time, which of course gets us thinking about the resolutions we should focus on. The most important thing is your health, so make 2017 the year to invest in your most vital asset. Here are our top tips for making your body love you.
Your skin is your biggest organ, so take care of every little bit of it. Invest in a great sunscreen to counteract the effects of the sun’s harmful rays, and take off your make up thoroughly each night to ensure your skin has a chance to breathe and rejuvenate.
Invisible Zinc $32, available from Priceline
La Mer Micellar Water $110, available from Mecca Cosmetica
The smallest changes can make the world of difference; consistency is the key. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to stay hydrated and continuously flush out toxins. If you have the time, try to get the recommended minimum of 8 hours sleep per night to adequately rest your body and wake up feeling revitalised.
Lorna Jane Drink Bottle $35.99
Peter Alexander Eye Mask $29.95
You don’t need to start cross fit or extreme sports to feel fit and healthy. Take up yoga for the benefit of your mind and body and commit to 10,000 steps a day to keep your blood flowing.
Lululemon Energy Bra Nulux $59 and Wunder Under Pant Hi-Rise Nulux $149
Nike Runners $169.95, available from Athlete’s Foot
Fashion isn’t about wearing clothing and accessories that don’t love you back. Give heels a rest and opt for stylish flats for your day to day looks.
There are so many feminine bras in a range of sizes to make you feel beautiful and comfortable. Make sure you get yourself fitted in 2017 to ensure you’re wearing the right size and providing the right support for your chest.
Jo Mercer Hunny Casual Brogues $169.95
Dita Von Teese Bra $69.95, available from Myer
Bring your food to work to make sure you’re not buying takeaway too often. Make Sunday the day of meal prep for meals and snacks for the week ahead.
Sunshine Salad with Orange Marmalade Vinaigrette
Wheel & Barrow Glass Jar 290ml Sturz Tall $5.95
2 teaspoons orange marmalade
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Pinch red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
Sliced Red Onions
- To make the orange marmalade vinaigrette, combine orange marmalade, apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Close and shake until emulsified. This makes about four tablespoons of dressing (enough for two-pint-sized jars).
- Add in orange marmalade vinaigrette first, followed by cooked quinoa, clementine wedges, red onions, sprouted lentils, pine nuts, chopped romaine and baby spinach.
Cherry Almond Energy Balls
2 cups almonds, raw and unsalted
1 cup pitted medjool dates
1 cup dried tart cherries
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon water
- Place almonds in a food processor and process for about a minute or until the almonds turn into a meal.
- Add in pitted dates, tart cherries, vanilla, sea salt, and water and process for 1-2 minutes on high until you’ve created your dough. If the mixture seems to dry, add ½ teaspoons of water until you’ve reached the preferred consistency.
- Scoop out heaping tablespoons of dough and roll between your palms to create the balls.
- Store in an air tight container or gallon-sized bag in the fridge or freezer.
Ingredients Sourcing Guide
Baby spinach, red onions, romain lettuce, sprouted lentils and mandarins from Indooroopilly Fruit.
Extra virgin olive oil, orange marmalade, quinoa, dried cherries and vanilla extract from Coles.
Apple cider vinegar, almonds, pine nuts, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper from Woolworths.
Feature image from Lorna Jane