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A bit about acid refluxes, water retention and my go to pregnancy smoothie

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I have now been awake for 3 hours. It’s the middle of the night and I cannot sleep. I did sleep, from 9 pm to midnight, but then hereafter… Nothing. And it does not help that I’m suffering from severe acid refluxes, water retention in my feet and hands, which makes them swollen, hot and very itchy, and a sore arm, due to a whopping cough vaccine from this morning. Despite all of this, I haven’t experienced a lot of pregnancy related symptoms, so I actually think that I have been spared a lot of pain compared to other much braver women out there than myself. However, there is still 50 days or so until I will pop, so everything can change. Pregnancy is surely a day-by-day situation, and not two days are the same.

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I started getting severe acid refluxes quite early on, but the water retention have sneaked up on me, and it was only a week ago I discovered that my ankles looks really fat at the end of the day. I did the Google search on something with fat ankles, water retention and pregnancy, and found a list of foods, which should be good to drive the water away. I’ve basically brought them together in this smoothie, which is full of fiber so also good for the stomach, good for minimizing the acid refluxes and the water retention. Win win win! It’s almost a meal in itself, so make sure to apply more coconut water, or just regular water, to get the smoothie thinner, and less smoothie like.

All you need for 2 servings:

2 small broccoli bouquets, taking from the bigger head of broccoli
5 cm organic cucumber. if the cucumber is not organic, peel the skin off before blending.
1 small handful of fresh spinach
20 1 x 1 cm pineappel chunks
5 – 6 sprigs of fresh parsley (spinach is quite water repellant so don’t leave this vital ingredient out now that you are trying to dismiss some water from your sore feet and hands!)
2 teaspoons of agave syrup
1 1/2 cups of coconut water

Blitz all ingredients together in a powerful blender and serve immediately!

Vanilla Wheatgrass Smoothie

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Having difficulties getting wheatgrass incorporated in your foods and daily routine?

Often this is the case for my friends due to the taste of wheatgrass. It can taste pretty healthy at times, believe me, I totally agree. But this wheatgrass smoothie is quite delicious. In fact, it effin’ brilliant! All the ingredients match perfectly, and smooshed together it’s a joy to enjoy. In fact, after posting this blog post I will be on the phone with my friend and clean-freak-in-crime Maria telling her to try this out – now! Because I know she will love it.

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It’s super easy peasy! All you need is…
1 cup of spinach leaves
3/4 cup of brazil nut milk (homemade, but you can chose if you want it to be another nut milk, it’s up to you)
1 teaspoon of honey or other natural sweetener (agave, brown rice syrup, coconut nectar)
2 teaspoons of wheatgrass powder
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 banana
Juice of 1/2 a lemon (yes, you do need this! Please don’t omit this)

Blend all ingredients together and serve chilled over ice cubes or by itself. Don’t forget the fancy straw!

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Raw Overnight Oats with Chai & Chia

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This is a super energizing breakfast bowl of raw overnight oats, perfect as a post-training meal, or a full on breakkie before a long day of activities. I’m planning on loading up on this breakfast and plenty of green juice when I’m going sea kayaking in the end of September. Can’t wait! This recipe is also good for those of you (myself included) that have difficulties getting a hardcore chia pudding down on its own.

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The steady hearty seasoning from the orange juice, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla and the super energizing filling foods like oats, bananas and cocoa chips make for a good comforting breakfast. It will take around 20 minutes to prepare the night before – don’t you just love the night before preparations, which allows us to sleep in and hit the snooze button a gazillion times? I certainly do…

For 2 servings you will need (or in the case you are extremely hungry, 1 serving)…
Juice from 1 orange
1 tablespoon agave syrup (or brown rice syrup or coconut nectar)
1 banana
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons of pecans

You will need additionally 2 oranges and 1/2 cup of almond milk, alongside cocoa nibs for the topping once you serve the porridge.

Start by blending the bananas with 1/2 cup of almond milk, the juice from 1 orange, agave syrup, cinnamon and ginger to make the “banana/milk creme” the oats will soak in overnight. Chop the pecan nuts roughly. Add pecans, oats and chia seeds to the juice and stir together, making sure that all the dry ingredients are tossed together and coated in the creme. Leave it to sit overnight in the fridge.

In the morning take out the porridge divide the portions in two. the Porridge should be really sticky by now. Slice two oranges and remove the white skin, so you are left with only the orange “meat”. Pour one tablespoon of porridge in the bottom of a glass bowl and then add a layer of orange meat then add another tablespoon full of porridge. Top up the porridge with the remaining of the orange meat, before pouring the 1/2 cup of cold almond milk over the porridge. Drizzle with cocoa nibs in the end.

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Drink with your favorite tea. Mine is Teapigs’ Liquor ice & Peppermint, which I occasionally are asked to import to my brother when I’m going home to visit Denmark. This tea is absolutely amazing, I practically never drink anything else!

Green Detox Juice – The Hangover Cure

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I went out yesterday and maybe had a gin and tonic too many. I don’t drink a lot. My boyfriend and I do not occasionally open up a bottle of wine in the weekend or over a nice meal. It’s not that we don’t like it. A cold bottle of Chablis, Riesling or chilled champagne is right down our alley, we just don’t do it very much. Our massive indulgence is pick ‘n mix. And a lot of it.

I’ve actually been considering giving up on alcohol all together (this morning a bit more than ever), but find it so hard as it’s really tied to social occasions. What is more frustrating is the lack of understanding and acceptance from the people around you, should you want to go down that route. But back to yesterday.. Or this morning actually. So now that you have had the gin and tonic and might feel a bit under the weather the day after, try this green detox juice. It’s amazing! It has cucumber for cleansing the intestines, and help the body stay hydrated, kale for reducing inflammation, and detoxifying parsley and lemon. And you don’t need a juicer to make it! A good thing to note is, if you’re not overly keen about parsley, reduce the amount below to half the size.

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What you need for 1 serving…
4 cm peeled cucumber
1 handful of parsley
1 handful of curly kale
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 cup of fresh apple juice
1/2 cup of coconut juice (or another 1/2 cup of the apple juice)

This is how you make this delicious detoxifying juice…
Blend all ingredients together and run though a strainer. You should have minimum pulp left overs, but you still need this step for it to be a juice as the blender might have difficulties breaking down the kale and parsley completely.

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Raw Mango Coconut Porridge

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I recently perfected this recipe and it blows my mind. This is my new favourite breakfast bowl recipe! Again, so easy to make and it taste of holiday and summer vacay. You can add chopped dried fruit on top if you wish, but just know that the mango makes this dish quite sweet already, so you might not need this.

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All you need for one person…
1 cup of frozen mango
4 tablespoons of coconut milk
2 heaping tablespoons of coconut yoghurt
1/4 cup of gluten-free oats

Chopped nuts and seeds
Chia seeds
Cocoa nibs

This is how you do it…
Blend all the ingredients together and transfer to your favourite breakfast bowl. It should be quite a softice-y structure, not too runny. Top of with your favourite nuts, and don’t forget the crunchy chia seeds and bitter cocoa nibs.

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