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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!

Fries tonight? No excuses!

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A couple of days ago I sent my fiance this article, with special attention to the ingredients list for the American fries at McDonalds (Scroll down the page). His response was slightly out of tune compared to mine. He returned with a very short email saying “All I get from this is that it’s actually not that bad eating fries at McDonalds in the UK…”. Before he ended the conversation he followed up with “And now I’m in the mood for fries”.

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To make sure he didn’t pitstop by the golden arch on his way home from work I went to the stores to pick up silly amounts of sweet potatoes. I would make him a load of sweet potato fries so he didn’t feel the need to jump in front of the line to get “frie-tisfaction”. It took me 15 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes in the oven, while binging over the new season of “Revenge”. That was basically it! 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1 heaping tablespoon of nutritionl yeast (optional), 2 teaspoons of sea salt and a dash of pepper. Melt it all in a pot and pour over the sweet potato wedges. In the owen for 30 minutes, and bang. Enjoy!

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So next time you consider the “easy” way out, think again, and really consider if there’s a healthier happier choice, that can be made from scratch in your kitchen, without much hazzle.

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So-So-Easy Dried Apple Snacks

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I just bought this toy from Labour & Wait in Shoreditch. It has been a frequent guest on my wish lists over a year now. This weekend I was nearby and decided to seal our fate. This is the most fantastic and fun kitchen gadget, and the favorite may I add, at the moment in The Pantry. It will both cut the apple in slices and peel it at the same time, making it very easy to create wonderful dried apple snacks you can use to either top off your morning yoghurt, granola or just as a delightful little snack. I originally saw this tool in action in my all time favorite TV-show in Denmark, called Bonderøven. From that moment on I knew I had to have this in my Pantry one day. Today was that day.

One apple will make up to 10 slices. Here’s how it’s done:
Just slice up the apple as the gadget allows – or if you don’t have such an instrument, slice the apple using a sharp knife, and make sure to take out the core of the apple afterwards.
If you are using the gadget you will get a spiraled apple, so you need to make a cut through all of the layers to make the slices. Make sure to cut through the “heavy” side of the apple, meaning where the apple is thicker, as when you dry the apple on a hanging rack the heavy part of the apple will seek towards the ground (gravity, right?). If you are cutting the apple through the thin side and gravity pulls on the heavy side, the slices will fall of the rack. Make sure to dry them safely over a radiator or wood burning stove. If you feel like it drizzle some cinnamon on top of the slices before you let them hang to dry.

Are you intrigued? You can buy it here!

 

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