Mango and banana smoothie
If you are determined to start a new exercise regime, but the thought of an aerobics class or running on the treadmill is just too daunting, try swimming.
Swimming is a great all-round exercise: the resistance of the water gives your muscles a workout, while the cardiovascular element of swimming is good for your heart. It's perfectly normal to feel ravenous after a swim (caused by low blood sugar levels), but instead of heading to the snack machine have your own homemade healthy smoothie with you to replace lost energy, bring blood sugar levels back to normal and fend off hunger pangs until your next meal.
The vitamins and antioxidants in the fruit will help keep your body nourished and healthy and better able to fight off any infections that could be lurking around.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- Half a mango, roughly chopped
- Small can of pineapple chunks in juice
- Small knob of root ginger, peeled
- Juice of 1 lime
- Half a banana
- 2 tbsp of 0% fat Greek yoghurt
In a blender, whiz together the mango, pineapple, ginger, lime juice and banana. Blend with the yoghurt and pour into a flask. Keep chilled in the fridge until ready to take with you.