January is the hardest month of the year. We are supposed to return to work refreshed and re-energised after the holidays – but who among us has ever had a relaxing Christmas? Energy levels are low, finances often in a perilous state, and let’s not even mention the weather. Tough going!

There are things we can do to boost our physical and mental wellness. Exercise and plenty of sleep, of course, but as any nutritionist will tell you, it’s what we put in our bodies that can make all the difference.

A welcome addition to our office for the new year has been a funky new NutriBullet, and we’re feeling the benefits already. Flavour of the month so far is an avocado, banana, pear and spinach (honestly) blend, which is tastier than it might sound and packed full of goodness.

If you are finding work a struggle during these harsh winter months, here are three simple smoothie recipes that will boost body and brain throughout the day. Some of the ingredients (e.g. almond milk) may not be familiar but they are worth tracking down as staples of the smoothie!

Breakfast – Peaches & Creamy

This one is packed full of protein with a cholesterol-busting bonus in the shape of oatmeal. Tastes out of this world and puts a spring in your step as you face the morning commute.

  • 1 cup peach slices (can be frozen)
  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt – natural or whatever flavour you like
  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

Lunch – Spinach & Celery

We’re going green for our lunchtime hit, with a recipe that will have you feeling full without condemning you to the dreaded afternoon slump.

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 big stalk celery
  • 1 cup lettuce (any kind will do)
  • 1 pear
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana

Afternoon – Raspberry & Vanilla

One of the great things about smoothies is that you can ‘top up’ whenever you’re feeling hungry – it’s all good. So, if energy levels dip in the afternoon, step away from the coffee pot and try this super-simple pick-me-up.

  • 1 cup raspberries (can be frozen)
  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • ¼ cup almond milk

Another great thing about smoothies is that almost everything works. There’s no limit to what you can blend together, so as long as your ingredients are natural and wholesome, you’re in business. Here’s to a smooth 2018.