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Getting them greens in

We all heard it before: eat more greens. Vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet and your fountain of youth (you know the drill). But getting them greens in is easier said than done if you ask me.

Vegetables are incredibly rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which boost your health and help fight off diseases. In other words, true power food! Pretty awesome, right? Saying that you will start to eat more veggies is easy, but when it comes to it, many of us fall short of our daily needs.

We therefore give you five tips on how to be getting them greens in. We´re not promising a miracle, but maybe you’ll get inspired to lure in some more.

Throw them in a mixer
Adding greens to your smoothie is maybe the simplest way eat more vegetables. Maybe you´re not a hard-core green-smoothie lover, but simply adding a handful of spinach does the trick. Take a look at our smoothie recipes, we got tons of yummy inspiration.

Boost your brekkie
Lots of breakfast dishes are seriously better with some greens. Don´t agree? Let’s give you some examples: avocado toast, scrambled eggs with spinach and tomatoes, sandwich with crème cheese topped with carrots and so much more. There is no limit!

Greens for starters
Many of us usually have salad or veggies on our dinner plate, but start eating what we find the tastiest first. Which often means that the veggies are eaten lastly and most likely to be left over too. Why not serve your veggies as a starter? That way you make sure to have eaten them before you get too full AND you end up having a two-course dinner, win win!

Replace your chips
Have you ever tried kale chips? Easy peasy to prepare and so yummy. And best of all; way healthier than potato chips and that way you get some kale into your system too. Take a look at our recipe here.

Salute the snack
Ok, we are true snack lovers, as you know, and would never in our wildest dreams suggest celery instead of chocolate. Nevertheless, cutting up some veggies (and fruits) and bring along to work, school or just have them in your handbag, available when hunger kicks in, is a great way to add some extra greens into your diet and help you when hunger strikes.

So, best of luck! See you on the other side.

And remember, everything is difficult before it becomes easy. Small steps in the right direction are better than a huge leap you’ll stumble on.


By: Henriette Danielsen

Breakfast Recipes

Vegan Chocolate Pancakes

What better way to start your day than with a little chocolate? We got your attention now didn’t we? Make your breakfast dreams come true with these yummy vegan chocolate pancakes. 

We have fallen completely in love with Happy Health Blog, and Natalie, the talented powerwoman behind the blog was kind enough to let us share the recipe to these fluffy and delicious pancakes. And lets just say: if you thought you knew how to make awesome pancakes, you never made these. Perfect for weekends or whenever you want to surprise a loved one with a yummy brekkie.

Ingredients (about 10-15 pancakes)
3/4 cup gluten-free oat flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/4 potato starch
2 tbsp tapioca flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of sea salt
1 ripe banana
1 1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil + some more for cooking
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup non-dairy milk 

Instructions
Toss all ingredients in a blender, blend until well combined. Over medium heat, pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter on a well-oiled pan. I use unscented coconut oil. When bubbles start to form on the surface of the pancake, flip and cook it for a minute on the other side. Garnish with berries and vegan Nutella. Enjoy!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo and recipe cred: Happy Health Blog 

Baking Recipes

Vegan Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

One of my favorite cookies to bake during the holiday season are snickerdoodles. This variation incorporates a fall favorite: pumpkin!

Ready to dive in? Here’s the ingredients;

Ingredients
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup pureed pumpkin (I get mine from a can, but feel free to roast a pumpkin and puree it if you have the time!)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup plant-based milk of your choice
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cream of tartar (this gives them their signature taste – don’t leave this ingredient out!)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c cane sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celcuis and cream together the brown sugar, coconut oil, and pumpkin. Mix in almond milk and vanilla extract and then add your dry ingredients — flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Roll your dough into balls then roll it in a bowl of cinnamon and sugar to cover the dough. Place each piece onto a baking sheet that has been oiled or lined with parchment paper. Bake between 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!


By: Samantha Thayer / Photo cred: feastingonfruit.com

Food Nutrition

Q&A #3 with Clara

It is time for our third Q&A with Clara Mo.

Clara is a certified Nutritionist behind the brand Blissfullyliving, and once a month she answers questions our and her readers have about food and everything related to it in a vlog. Read more about the concept here.

This month Clara touches topics as low bodyfat, estrogen, getting your period back and taking vitamin supplements. Listen and learn!

Any questions for Clara? Make sure to leave a comment for the next round in the comment field below or send us an email.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Video by Clara Mo 

Baking Recipes

Cookies are always a good idea

On these especially bleak Mondays of winter, we suggest whipping up a batch of cookies for yourself, or someone you love.

We all love cookies, right? So why not start the week with something you love? And cookies don’t necessarily mean tons of sugar, there are other options out there, made in no time! Like these ones, that we came across on Deliciously Ella´s blog.

Ingredients
1,5 cups of almonds
1 cup of dates (about 12 dates)
1 tbsp. chia seeds
3 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
Dark chocolate (vegan if preferred) and/or raisins

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. While the oven is heated, simply add all the ingredients in a blender and mix. Then mix in pieces of dark chocolate and/or raisins. When ready roll small balls and add them to baking sheet and squish them down to cookies. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Happy Monday!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Illustrative photo: Pinterest / Recipe: Deliciouslyella.com 

Drinks Food Recipes

Hot chocolate spiced with cinnamon

Who ever said you should wait for Christmas to be able to enjoy hot chocolate? Get that early Christmas feeling with this delicious chocolate drink, spiced with a dash of cinnamon. The perfect way to keep warm when it´s getting colder outside.

Ingredients
2 cups of almond milk
2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
½ tbsp. coconut oil
About 1 tbsp. maple syrup
A pinch of cinnamon

Instructions
Start by melting the coconut oil in a saucepan. Afterwards whisk together all the ingredients and heat slowly. Adjust sweetness with the amount of maple syrup.

Tip: grated dark chocolate sprinkled on top gives you that extra yummy taste. Enjoy!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Pinterest

Food Nutrition

Q&A #2 with Clara

We are excited to post our second Q&A with Clara Mo.

Clara is a certified Nutritionist behind the brand Blissfullyliving, and once a month she answers questions our and her readers have about food and everything related to it in a vlog. Read more about the concept here. 

This month Clara talks about how to get started with a healthy lifestyle, digs into the question about how a vegan lifestyle may or may not be harmful to infants and food that is good for someone struggling with a sensitive stomach.

Any questions for Clara? Make sure to leave a comment for the next round in the comment field below or send us an email.


By: Henriette Danielsen

Breakfast Recipes

In the kitchen with Del

September is here and I want to inspire you to set up a new and healthy habits for fall.

Morning is my favorite time of the day and I believe that a good and healthy morning routine is a great start to your day: you feel refreshed and embrace the day in a good mood with a smile on your face.

Let me show you my personal morning routine in a short video with two easy recipes that won’t take you more than 10 minutes to prepare. Take a look at the video below and to get the full recipes, click here.


By: Delphine Fortin,  Author and food blogger behind Del’s Cooking Twist. Find original recipe here / Video originally shared on God Morgon

Food Nutrition

Ask Clara

Here at Best of You we love to eat. We try to maintain a healthy-ish routine most of the time, but we enjoy the occasional (or sometimes daily) ice cream and/or pastry. But with such a passion for food (well, eating food) also comes a lot of questions.

Questions that tend to pop up are; How to eat healthy? What works and what doesn´t? How much of the different foods do our body need? Of course we have seeked answers from our beloved friend Google, but there is nothing more confusing and frustrating than trying to follow nutritional advice from Google. All those different answers and people debating back and forth makes our head spin. And then we realized; we have our very own expert in our team!

Clara is our awesome and bubbly nutritionist. She is passionate about what she does and she loves to help. As we were asking her random nutrition questions the other day, we thought there are probably many people out there wondering the same things, checking the food labels and feeling a bit helpless, not knowing who to turn to. We realized how lucky we were to have her  around and that others should also be able to just “ask Clara” too.

That is how we came up with our new concept: Each month you guys will be able to “ask Clara” whatever you feel like regarding nutrition. We will select questions from you guys and she will answer them through a vlog post. You will have until the 10th of each month to ask your questions. It can be anything related to food, eating habits, vitamins and nutrients, new and old trends, juicing, eating and working out, veganism. Everything you can think off (no questions are too stupid, we promise).

So, shoot! Leave your questions in the comment field below or email us at contact@bestofyou.se


By Morgane Oléron

Food Nutrition

Nature’s candy

I have never been big on candy. I love cakes and chocolate, but candy I managed to stay away from really easily. I much prefer nature’s candy: the berries. 

And among them, blueberries are high on my list. Not only do they taste delicious by themselves or in pretty much any kind of smoothie, breakfast or dessert recipe, but they have tons of great properties.

Being full of antioxidants (substances that inhibits oxidation and removes potentially damaging agents in a living organism such as the gallic acid), blueberries have a reputation to help “fight” aging, boost your brain, improve your digestion (thank you fibers!), are good for your skin and heart and even help fight some types of cancer.

I think all this information about blueberries that my mom used to tell me when I was younger got stuck in my head. Especially the part about blueberries being good for the sight. Being the four-eyed that I am, I must have focused more on the raspberries growing up though. Oops.

More recently I read that the Royal Air Force was known to consume a lot of blueberries during World War two which allegedly improved their night vision. It´s said the pigment (anthocyanin) contained in the berry and providing the blue/purple colour is helping  to improve sight.

While writing this I noticed the deeper you research the more your read about the pro and cons and discover ongoing debates on whether this and that is true or not. But honestly even if only half of these facts turn out to be true,  I would much rather keep eating summer’s candy. And if it all is just a placebo effect, it’s one delicious one!

So now that summer is around the corner and berries are appearing everywhere whether you go and pick them yourself or you buy them at your local supermarket, do not hesitate to grab a box or two! They are delicious as a treat by themselves, in fruit salads, to top a cake or ice cream, but also in pies or even better if you ask me, in smoothies. 


By: Morgane Oléron