Easy D.I.Y Coffee Body Scrub

Being healthy and taking care of yourself isn’t just about the food you consume or the type of exercise you do. Taking care of your skin is also really important, and something that I myself am trying to take better care of. I have spent a far bit of money on skin care products and body scrubs in the past, and the other day I thought it was about time I try to make my own body scrub. The best part about making them yourself is that you know exactly what ingredients you are putting on your body, and you know that there are no nasty chemicals going onto your skin.

I decided for my first attempt at a body scrub I would try a coffee based one, mainly because I pretty much already had everything that I needed to make it, and couldn’t really be bothered to source heaps of other ingredients that I didn’t have.

I was so surprised how amazing this scrub left my skin feeling, the coffee grinds and sugar helped exfoliate and remove any dead skin, while the coconut oil left my skin feeling super soft and smooth. I immediately knew I wanted to share it with you guys!

Here is how I made it đŸ™‚

Coffee Body Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coffee grinds
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of raw coconut sugar*

* the coconut sugar isn’t an essential, I decided to add it because I already had it at home and wanted a bit more exfoliation. You could also add raw sugar or brown sugar as a substitute.

Directions:

Pour coffee grinds and sugar into a mixing bowl (I used a mortar and pestle). Slowly add in the coconut oil, you want to add the oil in slowly so the mixture doesn’t become too runny. If this does happen, just add in a little more coffee grinds until you get the texture that you want. I wanted it thick enough so I could pick it up with my hands without it running. Once all of the ingredients are mixed well store the scrub in a small jar or container, I used a small mason jar.

Application:

Take a small amount of the body scrub and gently rub onto wet skin in a circular motion. You really don’t need a huge amount, which means you’ll get quite a few uses out of the product. Rinse off well with water.

I’m sorry to anyone who doesn’t like the smell of coffee, obviously the scrub has a strong coffee aroma to it which I personally love, but I know not everyone is a coffee fan. If anyone wants me to experiment with any other flavour or scent, I’m happy to test them out. Leave a comment below with any other flavours you would like to see.

The Healthy Mermaid x

 

 

20 Thoughts I Had During A Yoga Class

One of my new years resolutions was to practice more yoga, not only because it provides many health benefits, but also because I feel like people who do yoga look like they have their life together, so I thought ‘fake it till you make it right!?’ Anyways, it’s now June and the only yoga class I’ve attended this year was back in February. Now don’t get me wrong, I do use a few yoga moves (the ones I know anyway) at home to help me stretch out my body after a workout, but my yoga skills are still extremely limited and pretty much terrible.

Yesterday I decided I was going to get up early and go to a morning yoga class at my gym. I want to make something very clear, there are two types of yoga classes at my gym, one is ‘Yoga’, and the other is ‘Basic Yoga’. Because I’m no yogi, I decided the Basic Yoga would be best and I thought it would help me stretch out my sore muscles from a tough workout the day before. I was so naive…

So, today’s blog is all about the LEGIT thoughts that went through my mind while I was trying to do this ‘Basic Yoga’ class. Enjoy.

  1. This breathing exercise is quite relaxing
  2. This isn’t has hard as I remember
  3. Oh, wait…
  4. OUCH!!!
  5. My body type was not made to bend that way!
  6. The instructor just corrected my form, that happened a lot quicker than I thought it would
  7. He didn’t correct anybody else…
  8. I am not finding this relaxing at all.
  9. I look like a potato.
  10. You want me to lean my forehead on a weird block and put my hands behind my back?
  11. WHAT THE F**K!?
  12. Is it normal to sweat this much?
  13. Nobody else seems to be sweating…
  14. Please stop telling me to relax, I do not feel relaxed!
  15. Can we have a drink break?
  16. I think my hip just popped. That can’t be good.
  17. This has to be over soon.
  18. Oh, thank god!
  19. Warming down breathing exercises are quite nice, I could actually fall asleep in this position.
  20. I actually feel pretty good now it’s over.

 

As you can tell from my thoughts, my morning was quite the emotional roller coaster, can I remind you that this was only the Basic Yoga class as well!? I can’t imagine how hard the other class is, I am so not ready for that! But in all honesty, as hard as I found it, I did feel good afterwards. It just takes a bit of practice.

I have realised however, that I can’t just do yoga here and there if I genuinely want to improve and make it apart of my fitness routine. My new goal is to attend this class weekly, and gradually improve so I can move up to the other class.

Any other yoga newbies out there, or anyone who can relate to my train of painful thoughts? Would love to hear from you guys.

The Healthy Mermaid x

 

 

 

Overnight Breaky’s to Help You Stop Skipping the Most Important Meal of the Day

I used to be that person who skipped breakfast, especially when I was working full-time, I would get up drink some coffee and go. Now we’ve all heard that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, and in most cases that’s true. Eating breakfast helps us have a more complete and nutritious diet, along with higher concentration levels. Skipping breakfast can cause headaches, leave you feeling faint, and lower your blood sugar.

Making breakfast a priority is a great way to start your health and fitness journey, as eating a healthy and balanced meal in the morning can help set you up for the rest of the day. I also find that by eating something good for breakfast I’m more inclined to keep my nutrition on track for the rest of the day, I also feel 10 times more focused and productive because I’m fueling my body with the right nutrients.

Now, we don’t all have time in the morning to mess around in the kitchen trying to poach the perfect egg, or decorate an Instagram-worthy Acai Bowl. That’s why I believe preparation is key to making sure you have a decent breakfast every morning. My favourite go-to breaky’s are the ones that I prepare overnight and just have to grab out of the fridge the next morning. I didn’t want to bombard you with a long list of recipes and loads of ingredients, so I’ve narrowed it down to my two favourites. 1. Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats, and 2. Vanilla Chia Pudding. Both of these are super easy and can be prepared the night before, so all you have to do is get them out of the fridge the next day. You can also make up a few batches at once so you have breakfast ready every day for that week.

Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats (serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of instant, or rolled oats
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter, or almond butter
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds
  • 1/2 a banana chopped

Directions:

Layer a sealable jar with oats, almond milk, peanut butter, chia seeds, and banana. Secure lid tightly and shake well. Refrigerate overnight. You can enjoy cold, or warm them up in the microwave for a couple of minutes. I like to keep the other half of the banana that I chopped the night before to throw on top the next morning with a drizzle of honey. It’s seriously delish!

 

Vanilla Chia Pudding (serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of almond milk
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tsp of pure/raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence

Directions:

Mix all ingredients well in a small bowl until combined, cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning you can serve as is, or top with your favourite fruit. I added banana and raspberries on top of mine, and a little drizzle of honey. So yum!

You may need to give the chia pudding a bit of a stir while it’s chilling, just to make sure it’s setting right and the chia seeds are absorbing the liquid.

 

 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, and hopefully they inspire any breakfast skippers out there to break their habits. I’d love to hear your own breakfast hacks, or any other overnight breaky’s you’ve discovered.

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The Healthy Mermaid x

 

Mango and Raspberry Sorbet

I love dessert! I could never, EVER, cut it out of my diet. But over the years I have come to the realisation that in order to hit my health and fitness goals, I need to find a happy balance. That’s why I get very excited when I discover new and healthy treats, and probably what recipes I’ll blog about the most.

Different versions of healthy ice-cream and sorbet’s seem to be popping up all over Pinterest at the moment, so I thought it was about time I tried doing my own healthy sorbet. To my surprise, not only did it work, but it actually tasted delicious. It also got the tick of approval from the hubby, winning! Due to my personal victory, I had share the recipe with you guys. So here it is, my yummy AND healthy, mango and raspberry sorbet.

Mango and Raspberry Sorbet (serves 2-4)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 4 cups (approx 700g) of frozen diced mango
  • 1 punnet of frozen raspberries
  • 1 medium lemon (squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon of organic coconut sugar (this can be substituted for raw/pure honey, or any other type of natural sweetener)

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Place mixture in a tray or container and freeze for approximately 3 hours. Be careful not to let the mixture get too hard, you want it a little soft so you can scoop it out easily. After the mixture is set, serve and enjoy đŸ™‚

 

It’s honestly so simple, and you don’t need to muck around with too many ingredients. I think this recipe will be a new favourite in our house, and I can’t wait to experiment with different types of flavours. Maybe next time I’ll even try some healthy ice-cream…

Let me know how you go with making it yourself at home, I’d love to see photos of your own sorbet creations.

The Healthy Mermaid x

 

It’s all about that Bass

Everyone seems to be obsessed with getting their butt into shape these days, and I mean that literally. I’m not sure when this trend started, perhaps it was with Sir Mix-a-Lot. Whatever the origin, I’m totally on board. I also love seeing women embracing their curves.

So I thought I would put together a quick booty workout full of my personal faves. This workout is great if you don’t feel like doing a long and intense session, the best part is that you can do it at home without any equipment!

  • Single Deadlifts (30 reps/15 each side)
  • Donkey Kicks (30 reps/15 each side)
  • Glute Bridges w/ leg raises (20 reps/10 each side)
  • Fire Hydrants (30 reps/15 each side)
  • Side Lunge to Curtsy (30 reps/15 each side)

Repeat circuit 3 times to really feel the burn, and don’t forget to stretch afterwards!

Let me know in the comments if workouts like this is something you want to see more of.

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The Healthy Mermaid x

 

Health, Fitness, and Mermaids

After months of debating whether or not to start a blog, and with much encouragement from my close friends, I have finally decided to go for it. I have created The Healthy Mermaid as a way of sharing my love and passion for health and fitness, and most importantly food. I am a huge advocate of leading a balanced and healthy lifestyle, and believe that a workout should never be punishment for something we ate. 

I want this blog to be a positive space for women (and men, I’m not biased!) to come and discover healthy and delicious recipes, fitness tips, workouts, plus much more!

Unfortunately this blog doesn’t actually have anything to do with mermaids, apart from the fact that I’m kind of obsessed with them, and I wish I were one…

Stay tuned for more,

The Healthy Mermaid x