Dec 6, 2021

How a Nutritionist Sets Herself up for Success Each Day

Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN

December 6, 2021

To say that life is hectic is an understatement. You don’t just feel busier these days--you are. Our brains are asked to process more and more all the time, and that can lead to feeling overwhelmed and drained. Add childcare, work and daily chores to the mix and things can get chaotic!

I feel the pressure just like everyone else, but I try to take steps to ensure that I’m always making my health a priority. I make time for small acts of self-care throughout the day, which helps keep me energized so that I can be present for my three kids and husband. Here’s what a typical morning looks like for me:

  • Wake up at 6 am, put on my exercise clothes and drink a cup of coffee with collagen, trying not to wake the kids up. Grab a spoonful of Comvita Raw Manuka Honey for a quick, natural energy boost pre-workout.
  • Do a 30-minute HIIT workout or go for a run, depending on the day.
  • Make breakfast for the kids and for myself. For me it’s often a yogurt or oatmeal bowl with fresh fruit, nut butter and a drizzle of Comvita UMF™5+. Smoothies are another go-to for me.
  • Send the kids off to school and get ready to start the day feeling energized!

Notice the Manuka Honey in there a couple of times? It’s been part of my wellness routine for a few years now, ever since I traveled to New Zealand to see first-hand how Comvita harvests this special honey. There are three compounds that are naturally found in genuine Manuka Honey: DHA (dihydroxyacetone), methylglyoxal (an antibacterial compound), and Leptosperin, the dominant plant compound found only in the nectar of the Manuka flower. Leptosperin is unique to Manuka and can therefore be used to verify its authenticity and may also have bioactive properties. As the levels of these compounds increase in Manuka, the UMF™ (Unique Manuka Factor) level increases. You might use a UMF™ 5+ or 10+ in your tea or as part of your daily wellness routine, while UMF™ 15+ and above is suitable for more targeted therapeutic use like supporting the immune and digestive systems.

Looking for a smoothie to help you get energized before your hectic day? Try my Green Dream Smoothie, with gut healthy ingredients and tons of potassium and vitamin B-6, which is important for making red blood cells.

Green Machine

  • Makes 2 servings
  • 1 cup plain oat milk, or milk of choice
  • ½ ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon Comvita UMF 5+ Raw Manuka Honey
  • ¼ cup ice
  • 1 cup sliced Persian cucumbers
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup chilled green grapes

Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, pour into 2 glasses and serve.