I'm a sucker for anything a wellness queen like Miranda Kerr endorses, so when I came across the daily concoction she swears by, I had to give it a try.
To ensure the nation has their breaking Kim Kardashian/Kate Middleton news as they embark on their morning commute, I am up most days at 5.30am, and no sooner have I turned off my alarm than my brain thinks, "feed me".
Experts advise that the best way to kick start your metabolism is either to eat within an hour of getting out of bed, or do a workout. I usually wake up ravenous, but as I stumble around my house in the dark, if I want something nutritious and filling - I need to be prepared in advance.
I've done overnight oats and chia seed puddings to death as they seem like the most easy and economical choice for a healthy breakfast, but I'm a divil for sweet toppings such as honey or agave nectar and sliced banana. This prompted me to worry that I was sending my blood sugar hurtling through the roof before the day even properly begins.
To mix things up, I asked the age old question; what would Miranda Kerr do? While she might wake up and do a 10 minute plank (yes, you read that right) I thought that incorporating her infamous 'Morning Shake' would be achievable and beneficial - hey, look at her...the woman is obviously doing something right
Here are the benefits, explained by Kerr herself in her endearing coconut-oil-wouldn't-melt-in-her-mouth Aussie accent.
"Water from a fresh coconut, and also cold pressed coconut milk.
Acai powder...a potent source of antioxidants.
Goji berries (which I sometimes as a treat I like to add in dark chocolate covered goji berries)
Spirulina. It's often described as the most complete food source in the world.
Raw cacao powder. It's cold pressed and doesn't contain chemicals.
Maca powder. It's really energising and revitalising.
Chia seeds. A fantastic source of calcium, magnesium; they also contain lots of iron and are also really high in fibre.
Vegan rice powder. Lean muscle mass and helps maintain energy levels throughout the day. It's really good to contain the body's blood sugar levels."
Apprehensive but hopeful, I tipped all the ingredients into my Nutribullet. The result? The kind of aftertaste I’d imagine pond water to have.
I drank it anyway, and the next time I added a handful of frozen berries in an effort to disguise the taste. By Wednesday, I opted to omit the spirulina and the resulting blend was slightly less earthy and more tart.
Taste aside, I did find the shake was a good way to satiate my appetite and keep me full until lunch. And it was refreshing to know that I’d consumed a myriad of health foods in a single serving.
Interestingly, it was the only part of my diet that I changed over the course of a week and I definitely felt as if it made a difference. While I didn’t notice any boost in energy or reduction of cravings for sweet foods, I did feel that lighter and my stomach looked noticeably more defined - which took me by surprise as there is almost 400 calories per serving.
That being said, by day seven, I’d never looked forward to plain porridge as much.