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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

Food Recipes

How to get your greens in

Let’s face it, we all wish to be one of those healthy persons who can’t wait to chew on a celery stick, munch on broccoli or devour a large salad. I can be the first to admit that these aren’t my first options when hunger strikes or when my sweet tooth kicks in. Anyone feelin’ me?

I wish to maintain healthy eating habits, but at the same time ease my cravings, satisfy my needs and make eating a fun and relaxed experience. Food and eating should be enjoyable and not forced in any way. So, to the question; how do I include fruits and veggies in my everyday routine while at the same time keeping my food experience fun and tasty?

After years of trial and error when it comes to food, I have now found a balanced, healthy, fun and tasty way of eating. I have never felt more healthy, happy and in tune with myself. This is what I have been aiming for and I can’t wait to share my tips and tricks which you can implement in your everyday routine.

Include greens in your smoothies
That you can add fruits and berries to your smoothie probably isn’t news to you, but adding leafy greens might sound a little bit weird. If you haven’t tried it out I strongly suggest you to. To add a handful of spinach along with the rest of the ingredients, such as banana, berries, milk etc is such an easy way to increase your intake of greens throughout the day. The best part is that you can’t even taste the spinach.

Fry your veggies
Another way to increase your intake of veggies is to simply add them to a stir-fry, stew or similar. Hide shredded carrots in your stews, chop some veggies and add to an omelet along with some leafy greens to boost it even more or fry a mix of vegetables along with your meal of choice.

Make a fruity ice-cream
Put any fruits and berries of choice in the freezer and let it sit overnight. Whenever you are craving sweets or a refreshing snack on a hot summer day, this could be your quick and tasty solution. Either snack on them as they are or make a healthy and delicious ice-cream. To make the ice-cream, simply add your preferred ingredients to a food processor and blend. A tip is to have bananas or mangoes as the main ingredient if you want your ice-cream to be smooth and creamy. Along with the base, feel free to add flavorings such as cacao, berries, protein powder or even spinach.

Prep your snacks
I love to prepare cucumber, celery and carrot sticks to have on the go. Whenever I have it prepped and easily accessible, either at home or in a container on the go, I happily munch on my veggies when I feel like snacking.

Are you implementing some of these tips already? Let us know, and please share your own tips and tricks so we can support each other on our healthy and happy journey! Let’s make health a fun experience!


By: Nutritionist Clara Mo / Photo cred

Recipes Smoothies/Juices

Easy green

Green smoothies can for some taste a little “to healthy”, since they´re often not so sweet. So, we experimented a little in the kitchen and came up with something very green, yet sweet and fresh.

Ingredients
1 small avocado
1/2 cup frozen mango
2 handful fresh spinach
A dash of agave nectar (or honey)
Unsweetened almond milk

Instructions
Through all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. How much almond milk to use depends on how thick or think you want you smoothie.

A perfect way to start your day!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred

Nutrition Smoothies/Juices

Green booster

Did you know that your gut health and immune system are linked? That as much as 70-80 percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system? In other words; it’s considered wise to contribute to a healthy gut flora. 

We came across this smoothie in our latest bible; Food Pharmacy! A book we recommend everyone to read, it’s truly eye-opening. This green booster is full of plant fibers that are good for your gut, so let’s “gut” going (hehe).

Ingredients
70g salad (rucola or other of choice)
2 handfuls of spinach
½ cucumber
½ lemon
1 cm ginger
2 stalks of celery
1 avocado
2 dl water
1 tbsp. coconut oil

Instructions
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until you get a smooth consistency. That’s it! That’s one step in the right directions towards a happy and healthy gut.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Recipe: Food Pharmacy

Dinner Nutrition

Green happiness

Adding kale to your salad is the perfect way to get full, without feeling weighed down afterwards. Packed with nutrients and various yummy ingredients this salad will make your taste buds go crazy!

Fun fact: Just one cup of kale offers two times the amount of Vitamin A you need in one day.

Ingredients
Kale
Mâche salad
Small tomatoes
Feta cheese
Strawberries
Lemon
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper

Tips: Kale is super fibrous, so it’s a bit more difficult to chew than your average green. Slicing it thinly will make it easier to eat.

Instructions
Start with the dressing; add desired amount of olive oil in a bowl and squeeze some lemon over, before adding salt & pepper. Then add desired amount of kale, salad and sliced tomatoes and mix well. Top with feta cheese and strawberries. Voila, you now got a simple and delicious salad!

By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred

Drinks

Juice boost

Fruits and veggies are great sources of vitamins and minerals, so why not give thanks to your body and immune system by drinking a real vitamin C booster? Try our recipe below, we hope you will like it!

Ingredients
2 oranges
Fresh ginger (peeled, about 2 cm)
1 mango (you can use both fresh or frozen)
2 carrots

Instructions
Juice all ingredients and serve in a glass over ice. Voilà – it’s as simple as that!


By: Linnéa Nilsson / Photo: Pexels.com