Your Green Smoothie just got better!
Posted on 08 December 2014
Have you heard about Green Smoothie Co yet? If you haven't your green smoothie is about to get about a thousand times better. Green Smoothie Co offers a range of superfood smoothie mixes with all your greens as well as nourishing superfoods like bee pollen, cacao and maca mixed in - they even have a protein powder named after our Urban Warrior Collection. All you have to do is add a banana and your favourite milk (we love half a banana with almond or coconut milk and then an extra handful of spinach - for super greens!). Green Smoothie co has definitely made our lives easier and we never have to worry about an 'interesting' tasting green smoothie again.
We caught up with Athanae in September when she was in Sydney for our Urban Warrior Sweat Series and we chatted everything from Xtend Barre to Green Smoothies.
Tell us a bit about Green Smoothie Co, how did you get started? What inspired you?
My background is working in politics and journalism, so I’m used to travelling and working inconsistent, long and unusual hours. I was very active as a child and have always been really good at keeping a regular exercise schedule but struggled more with my diet and eating healthily. I started drinking green smoothies a couple of years ago in an effort to get more nutrients, fruits and vegies into my diet. I found it tricky to keep the green smoothie habit up while travelling for work, and I also found it hard to get the recipes consistent each time. Measuring out my superfoods was time consuming and messy, so being the entrepreneurial types my partner Todd and I decided to create the solution ourselves. We agreed to start the business one day in August last year and the next day I woke up and Todd had already started buying products – we’ve moved fast!
It has been an amazing learning curve and has really pushed me to be better and to learn every single day. I am not interested just in selling our products; I love the chance I have to help people to be healthier in a way that’s easy for them. We’re building a community that wants to make themselves and their families healthier and I am really proud of that. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity.
What inspires me now is talking to our customers, figuring out what they need; what their own passions are and how we can keep improving what we do as well as the products we are creating, to be consistently relevant and help their lives. Knowing that we can make a difference helping people to be healthier and live better really gets me excited.
What is your active life mantra?
Take the pressure down! Fitness and healthy living should be fun. There is so much stress on women from all directions to be, act, look and feel certain ways. We should cultivate a habit of practising kindness to ourselves and to others. Don’t get me wrong – I still think it’s vital both for motivation and progress to have goals, whether it’s the couch-to-5km program, running a marathon, getting five serves of veggies in each day or committing to an exercise routine with a friend. But make sure it fits into your life and that you enjoy it, and don’t berate yourself if you miss a workout or treat yourself to a piece of cake every now and then. Life’s too short.
Who is your biggest fitspiration?
Tough one! I think Samantha Gash, the lawyer and ultramarathon runner, is an incredible woman. I also have a huge amount of respect for Jessica Smith, both for her athletic achievements and her movement to revolutionise body image. (http://www.jessicasmith.com.au/join-the-revolution).
But I also think that anyone who is getting up in the morning, making the time for themselves to exercise and eat well in amongst raising kids, working, running a household, maintaining and nourishing friendships and relationships, is doing an awesome job.
I tend to take inspiration from ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make their own lives and the lives of those around them better. So mums training for marathons, sisters spurring each other on to try a new class or best mates texting each other at 5am to make sure they’re up for boot camp in the rain – those are the people I admire most.
What is your favourite smoothie recipe?
Ginger is renowned for its ability to ease nausea, to aid digestion and soothe headaches and pears are a great source of ﬁbre. This is a recipe from our online smoothie recipe book, which can be found on our website.
- 1 x Green is Good sachet
- 1 apple, quartered (use half or omit completely if restricting sugar intake)
-1 pear, quartered (use half if restricting sugar intake)
-2 big handfuls baby spinach or other GLV
-1 1.5cm knob ginger
-1 cup homemade cashew milk or other milk of your choice
Blend! Add some ice if you like the smoothie a little thicker.
What are your favourite healthy snacks?
- An amazing vanilla coconut chia pudding topped with goji berries that Todd makes for our events – we pop it into small takeaway cups to eat on the run
- I am a sucker for a bliss ball or protein ball – the ones from Cimbalino in Cottesloe, Perth are delicious
- Activated almonds are really simple to make at home and portion our to keep in your gym bag or handbag grab
- Carrot sticks and hommus – there is nothing fancy about it but it’s easy and won’t break the bank
What’s your workout style?
I recently qualified to be an Xtend Barre teacher so I am figuring out the best way to incorporate teaching into my routine at the moment. Xtend Barre is incredible for lengthening and sculpting muscles, and alongside attending Xtend classes and teaching I try to incorporate one yoga session and one run every week too. Sunday mornings are my beach time. I’ll run then swim nearly all year round. I walk my dog (a little black pug) most days too.
What are your top 5 tips for getting a summer body?
- Take advantage of all the beautiful fresh vegies and fruits that are in season to create beautiful smoothies (with your Green Smoothie Co. mixes!), juices and gorgeous colourful salads that make you excited about healthy eating.
- Drink lots and lots of water.
- Move your body. Find something you love and make it a non-negotiable part of your routine.
- Dry body brushing: it’s really good for helping rid the body of toxins and can help improve circulation and skin and muscle tone too.
- Coconut oil: I use it for everything from oil pulling (an ancient Ayurvedic ritual) to a hair treatment, body moisturiser, and a healthy fat to put into my smoothie! It has incredible antifungal and antibacterial properties.
What are your favourite Vie Active pieces?
- Rockell Snow leopard compression tights
- Lori 2.0 Leopard Zippered Sports Bra
- Tanya Urban Warrior Dance short
- Lisa Merino racerback tank