We chatted with Kathryn Fielding, resident C/C yoga teacher and nutritional therapist, about our new smoothie menu and her health hacks.
What's the inspiration and reasoning behind the new smoothie menu?
Having a smoothie pre/post workout can be a great way to enhance your exercise, however there are many smoothies packed full of sugar and aren't actually nutritionally beneficial at all. I want to help encourage people to enjoy tasty smoothies that are also going to help them achieve their health goals.
Which one is your favourite and why?
The Energiser (matcha, spirulina, spinach, pineapple and coconut water). This smoothies tastes delicious (I'm allowed to say that!) and is the perfect pick-me up needed for 7am classes.
- Matcha is a great alternative to coffee, packed full of caffiene without playing with your blood sugar levels which ultimatley leave your body feeling drained.
- Spirulina is an excellent source of protein and contains all essential amino acids
- Spinach is high in iron which is something I look to incorporate more of as I have a predominantly plant-based diet.
- Pineapple contains the digestive enzyme bromelain which helps to aid digestion.
- Coconut water provides electrolytes and the Core Kitchen only use coconut water that contains naturally containing sugars.
How do you start and end your day? Supplements, routines etc.
Morning's are pretty rushed as I tend to teach at 7am most days so breakfast doesn't happen until 9.30 / 10am. I'm not much of a breakfast person so normally have a smoothie, a coffee and if it's the weekend eggs are normally involved!
In the evening I always eat. Supper is when I enjoy food and have the time to cook, sit down and appreciate what I'm giving my body. I love fish, pretty much every vegetable, grains and can't stand bland food. Supplement wise I take a B complex (energy), a tablespoon of blended oils (flaxseed, hempseed, avocado, primrose, and pumpkin seed oil) which provides a balanced sourced of Omega 3:6:9 fatty acids. I'm food first and supplement only when needed so for now that's what I am taking. During the winter Vitamin D is essential.
What are your top 3 health hacks?
1. Sleep. This one isn't new but it is vital. During sleep our bodies rest, cardiac function slows, we conserve energy and memories are fixed and consolidated. Without proper rest and sleep, our ability to concentrate and make judgements decreases whilst irritability increases.
2. Move, a lot. Keeping fit doesn't need to be in the form of a class, although I do try and make it to 4/5 classes a week. I try to keep myself active throughout the day; I cycle, walk up escalators and try to stand if I have lots of laptop time to get through.
3. Eat well. As a Nutritional Therapist this is a given, but eating a variety of real food gives me the energy I need to keep up with my busy routine. I try to listen to my body and eat when I am hungry.