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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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Grasshopper Smoothie

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The most of my mornings will start of with a smoothie of some sorts. Lately, this bad boy has been my drug of choice. The one and only. It’s definitely one of my favourites. A lot of smoothie-makers chose bananas or avocados to create that smooth sensation to smoothies, making the drink a smooth ride down, but frozen mangos will do the same trick I’ve experienced.

The recipe is for one person only, so feel free to scale up as you see fit. The smoothie also works perfectly without the likes of spirulina, hemp protein powder and carob, however adding these ingredients sure makes for a healthier tasting drink. So… If you are new to these super foods, I recommend you start making this smoothie without them.

I think this smoothie is one of the best ways to get your greens – and a lot of them. Fresh spinach is almost tasteless, but still adds a certain “fresh- and fullness” without taking over the smoothie. This season I’ve bought spinach seeds, and I’m looking forward to try growing this favorite veggie.

For 1 person – all you need is…
1 cup/handful of fresh spinach leaves
1/2 cup frozen mango (fresh will do as well)
1 inch of fresh ginger, or more if you prefer. I don’t think one can get enough ginger, actually.
1 cup of coconut water
1/2 of water, depending on how thick/thin you would like your smoothie

This is optional, but might just do the trick for you…
1 teaspoon of spirulina, hemp protein powder and carob powder.

Blend all ingredients into a lovely smoothie and serve in your favorite glass with a festive straw.