Hello lovely bees!
Are you one of those military sorts that leaps out of bed and bounds straight to the shower in the morning, all whilst humming a cheerful little ditty? Or are you a Snooze-miester, throwing the alarm at the wall before retreating back under the duvet? If you’re one of the latter (um, we must admit we are at times…), these tips could just help you start the day in the right way:
Give yourself at least 15 minutes before you return to the world of the phone
Besides turning off an alarm that might be on your phone, resist the urge to check your email or social media. You’ve got all day to hit the web, and there are so many other wonderful things to do! Take a few minutes to breathe, wake up properly and get going.
Rehydrate – and no we don’t mean with coffee!
Don’t worry, we love coffee too!! But try making your first port of call a water (we make ours Just Bee!). Drinking water first thing boosts your metabolism, which burns fat while sustaining muscle, cleanses your mouth and throat, and gives you a boost of energy. Then try to wait 30 minutes for the water to have its hydrating effects before eating or drinking anything else. This might be a toughie for flat white addicts, but you can manage 30 minutes and it’s a great way to reduce the need for a coffee fix.
Shake what your mamma gave ya!
Everyone’s different, but starting the day by getting your endorphins going with some exercise is a really good way to kick-start your happy hormones – even if it’s a walk to work, or a few burpees in your bedroom! You can also try the Downward Dog – did you know that relieves stress and anxiety too?
Set and affirm your goals for the day
Take those few minutes where you’re not on your phone/email, and set some feasible goals for the day, but limit them to three. This might include packing your lunch instead of eating out to save money, committing to that noon gym class, or scheduling the doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off.
SO many people ignore this, but it’s so damn good for us! You can do this in bed, using a simple stretched-out-legs-and-arms-overhead movement. Think about it, your body’s just been flat out for hours–you can’t expect it to be warmed up and energised straight away.
After ticking off the above, what could be better than indulging in a yummy breakfast? On that note, one of our lovely bees, Sally (sister of Joe and daughter of the Pa Harper) has been whipping up a storm in The Hive kitchen this week. Check out her honey-fuelled breakfast delights…
Blueberry & Honey Pancakes
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
150ml semi-skimmed milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoons melted butter, plus extra for frying
1-2 tablespoons of honey!!
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
- In a jug, lightly beat together the milk and egg, then stir in the melted butter.
- Use a fork or whisk to mix the wet and dry ingredients until the batter is smooth with no lumps.
- Heat a knob of butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add a ladle of batter to make pancakes about 8cm in diameter – and rather thick! Cook each one for 2-3 minutes or until small bubbles appear on top of the pancakes, then scatter some blueberries so they stick in the top of the batter. Turn them over, cooking for 1-2 minutes, until they are golden-brown.
- To serve, stack them in a big pile and drizzle each pancake with honey. Top with extra blueberries and enjoy!
Honey Mango Smoothie
1 mango – peeled, seeded, and cubed
3 tablespoons honey 🙂
250ml milk – we used semi skimmed
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup ice cubes
This one is simple- blend all ingredients together! Depending on the quality of your blender, you might not be able to blend the ice. If this is the case, just add the ice to the glasses before serving.
Why not try and replace the lemon juice and ice for a chilled Lemon + Green tea Just Bee? Let us know in the comments if you do!
Honey Butter French Toast
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
3 tablespoons honey
4 large eggs
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
pinch of ground allspice (optional)
6 thick slices of bread, with or without crusts
- Preheat oven to 200 C. Place butter and honey in a 12×9-inch baking pan and place in the oven until the butter is melted and the honey is bubbling (careful not to burn though!). Remove the pan from the oven and stir to mix the honey and butter together.
- Whisk together the eggs, cinnamon, all spice and salt in a small bowl and combine in the baking pan, with the butter and honey mixture.
- Add the bread to the pan, turning the slices in the mixture until it is completely soaked in.
- Bake for around 15-20 minutes, or until the French toast is browned. Serve immediately with honey and some extra cinnamon on top. We also add a few slices of banana!! YUMM!
These are just a few of our favourite honey breakfasts here in The Hive. We didn’t event touch on muffins and granola… Please get in touch and tell us yours – we love hearing from you, bees! email@example.com or @JustBeeDrinks on social.
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Bye for now!
Just Bee x