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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

Our acaí super-smoothie

Oh, how we love to start our morning off with a fresh and sweet smoothie! And in this super-smoothie we have added acaí, a berry considered one of the top superfoods, due to their incredible antioxidant properties and other numerous health benefits.

Fun fact:  Acaí has a name nobody seems to get right. Did you know it is actually pronounced
AH- SIGH-EEE! There you go, now you go it.

Ingredients
3 dl raspberries
1 banana
1 tsp. acaí powder
A dash of agave syrup (for extra sweetness)
Almond milk (how much depends on the consistency you want)

Instructions
Mix all the ingredients in a blender, add to a glass jar and serve with a glass straw. As simple as that! Enjoy!


By: Henriette Danielsen

Be Inspired

Looking at health from a broader perspective

Teresia Tingström used to be an emotional eater, stuck in a behavior that caused more damage than good. She decided enough was enough and started her journey to a better self. She is now working as a Health Coach, helping clients build a healthy relationship to both food and their bodies.
By: Henriette Danielsen Photo: Private

Having struggled with her own body image for years and suffering from a strained relationship to food, Teresia felt stuck in a life she didn’t want.
– I used to be an emotional eater. I used binge eat, starve myself and over-exercised. It was a temporary solution to my problems, an escape from my loneliness and pain. What I realized after a while is that it only took me further away from what I truly desired, a happy and healthy life.

Teresia reached a point where she couldn’t handle her dysfunctional behavior any longer and decided it was time to start taking care of herself. She wasn’t happy, but she wanted to be.
– Happiness is an inside job, so I shifted my focus. It is not all about how we look, but how we feel, from the inside and out. I decided to start talking to someone about my problems instead of hiding them behind a destructive eating pattern, she says.

Today she uses her own experience and knowledge to help others, working as a certified nutritionist with emphasis on behavioral change. Based in Barcelona, she is offering worldwide online services, helping women nourishing their body from a place of love and help them become the best version of themselves.
– My goal is to help women move away from society’s norms of what a body should look like in order to be worthy and pretty, to stop dieting and rather build a healthy relationship to food and guide them to a more positive view on themselves.

I believe in a holistic perspective with an individual approach growing from a place of love rather than fear.

What kind of connection do you see between people’s emotions and eating habits?
– I would say that for the most of us our emotions affect our eating behavior. I usually see that stress, tiredness, hunger and frustration causes overeating. But I can also see that more positive emotions cause overeating as well. It’s impossible to not involve emotions and food, because food causes joy, satisfaction and nourishment. We learn that already when we are kids. On our birthday we have birthday cakes, when we graduate we are celebrated with tasty food and when it’s Saturday we can eat candy because it’s the weekend. The key is finding the balance. To create awareness about our own emotions, to listen to ourselves on a daily basis and eliminate the need for acting out unfelt emotions on our plate, she explains.

Teresias philosophy is that health and nutrition isn’t about counting calories, grams of fat or fiber, nor is it just about eating only for the purpose of sustenance.
Food plays a major role in our social, behavioral, cultural and emotional lives and that is something we have to respect. It’s time to shift focus from weight, the diets and nutritional dogmas, to instead focus on self-care and improving our relationship with food and our bodies. I don’t believe in dieting and most importantly, that the same approach does not work for everyone. I believe in a holistic perspective with an individual approach growing from a place of love rather than fear.

Learn more about Teresia by visitng her website and Instagram account.


Facts
Name: Teresia Tingström
Age: 29
Lives: In Barcelona
Name one thing that makes you happy: My wonderful friends

 

Breakfast Recipes

Beetroot and ginger granola

This vibrant pink-colored beetroot and ginger granola is loaded with superfoods and will definitely bring some flavour to your morning.

Ingredients
1 medium beetroot (200g)
2 cups (160g) gluten-free oats
½ cup (85g) raw buckwheat
½ cup (60g) sunflower seeds
½ cup (60g) pumpkin seeds
½ cup (70g) raw unpeeled almonds 
½ cup (40g) coconut chips
¼ cup (40g) chia seeds
¼ cup (45g) fresh pitted dates, diced
1 small ginger, grated
2 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
½ cup (120g) unsweetened apple sauce
3 tsp grounded cinnamon 

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Wrap the whole beet in tin foil (with the skin) and place it in the oven for about 1 hour. In the meantime, put the almonds into a food processor and crush for 2-3 pulses until they are broken into pieces (not too small). Place into a large bowl with all the dry ingredients except the cinnamon. Add the fresh pitted dates diced into very small pieces. Stir until combined.

After an hour or so, take the beet out of the oven. Peel it and puree it into a strong blender or food-processor until you get a smooth texture. Add some water if needed. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil. Add the beet puree, the unsweetened apple sauce, the freshly grated ginger, the ground cinnamon and ginger. Stir well until combined. Pour the beet mix over the dry ingredients and stir well. The mixture should be covered evenly and it should be slightly sticky.

Heat the oven to 340 F (170 C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper or silpat. Pour your granola mix into the prepared baking tray and bake for about 40 minutes, stirring well every 10 minutes, so the outer edges do not get burned. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 20 minutes. Store in an air-tight container for about two weeks.


By: Delphine Fortin,  Author and food blogger behind Del’s Cooking Twist

Breakfast Featured Recipes

Smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowls are as delicious as they sound and the ultimate go-to brekkie. They are healthy, filling, easy to make and super pretty!

The best part about smoothie bowls is that you can create pretty much any combo of flavours that you want and then top it with your favorite fruits and other crunchy things like muesli, nuts and seeds.

Ingredients
1 banana (frozen if possible)
1.5 dl frozen berries (blueberries/raspberries)

1.5 dl Oatly Havregurt
Topping of choice 

Instructions
To make the smoothie, blend the ingredients until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Then top with topping of your choice. Chopped fruit, more berries, seeds, a dash of peanut butter etc. True morning delight.


By: Morgane Oléron / Photo cred