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The Perfect Smoothie Recipe

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Last week #WeekRead was on holiday. Friday night my hubby-to-be and I was on a plane, on our way to a birthday to celebrate my fiances granddad’s 85 birthday. Such an inspiration! So #WeekRead had to wait. Step aside for the celebration of a 85 year old senior with such a joy for life! Something we can all learn from.

Anyways, let’s talk about this weeks #WeekRead. It’s pretty simple. It’s the perfect smoothie recipe. It’s located on the Free People Blog. I just love that blog. So many useful and quirky inspirational blog posts. These basic smoothie steps just had me at hello. It’s quite similar to how I make my smoothie, although I’m not always good at following all steps through. But I can’t agree more to the statement that a smoothie should be a meal, not a dessert. Cudos to that! Come on, you know you want to. Click here to see the anatomy of a smoothie and go try for yourself!

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Best before – but how long?

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This weeks #WeekRead is the perfect guide to help you get the most out of your veggies in the fridge. Have you ever had fruits or veggies that has gone bad in your fridge, because no dish needs so many mushrooms? That recently happened to me. It such a shame throwing food away, and expensive as hell!

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Eatbydate.com have made it easier for us to be more strategic about what veggies we chose to use in the fridge. Use the guide to learn how long your veggies will last in the fridge and what to use first and what veggies can lie in that fridge a looong time. I know that spinach needs to be eaten straight away, but root vegetables, squash types and all sorts of onions can survive in my fridge longer. That way I can stock up on these things, buy a proper bulk of them, and then add spinach and salad, etc. on a half-weekly basis.

Go take a look – it’s a really helpful site! Read more here…

How to shop at farmers markets – only smarter!

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It’s Friday again and in 10 hours or so you can enjoy a blissful Saturday morning sipping that cup of coffee, reading the second Plot & Pantry #WeekRead. And this one is equally as interesting and will only take 5 minutes to read. Yes, luckily I did not break my own rules just yet.

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Let’s get to it. First of all, just for a sec, pretend it’s Saturday, not your normally tipsy Friday. Have you gone to your local farmers market yet? Before you do, read this 7 point guide on how to shop at farmers markets. It’s the delightful Modern Farmer, who I’m linking to today and it’s a really interesting read, I can assure you. Did you know that your carrots, beets and radishes will last longer if you leave the greens on top? So next time your local farmer asks if he or she should cut off the green top for you, what do you say? No. (Unfortunately, I need to have my greens cut, as I have the tiniest fridge on the planet). Also, Modern Farmer is suggesting that we keep a sense of skepticism when going, instead of falling head over heels in love and be carried away ending up buying stuff we don’t need or that is actually not a better healthier choice.

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Read the other great tips right here, and start shopping smarter at the farmers’ market.. This is really one of my favorite sites, so it could happen that you would like it as well and hang around for more than just 5 minutes? And did you know that you can buy a magazine as well? Go fetch that wallet! It’s equally as awesome, and no, no one is paying me to say that, this is a genuine non-commercial tip for you. Hope you have a good time there.

Btw, the images are from October last year, when my fiance and I went to California on a small road trip, and we just loooooved it! Guess where our honeymoon will take us?

For my other #WeekReads, where I link to digestible 5 minutes articles click here for:
#WeekRead no. 1
#WeekRead no. 3.
#WeekRead no. 4
#WeekRead no. 5

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A guide to food pesticides

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There is so much brilliant knowledge and experience out there online, so I wanted to introduce a new category, which I like to call “P&P Week Reads”. The idea behind it is simple. Each friday I will write a blogpost about – in my belief – an interesting piece of knowledge, information or experience found somewhere online, which I believe is worth a read. The reason this will be a recurring Friday event? The #PPWeekendRead is a good piece of information that you can easily digest on your Saturday morning when consuming a wholesome breakfast or enjoying the first coffee of the day.

So let’s get going. The first #PPWeekendRead is about pesticides in the produce we buy in the supermarket. Earlier this evening I magnified my girl crush on Kris Carr watching this YouTube video. Omg. I want to be her so badly! She’s so inspiring and so amazing. Who can say fuck that many times during a speech and get away with it?! And have you taken a look at her skin? No beauty product will ever be able to create such a glow. You just eat up your greens for a fair chance at that great a skin! (Keep on reading… The link to this weeks #WeekRead will come at the bottom).

Anyways, she mentioned a company called Environmental Working Group, and you can already now throw virtual hugs and kisses their way, because they are basically doing so much research that will help you make informed decisions about the food you eat and ultimately help you adapt healthier routines.

This is one of the ways they do exactly that: EWG’s 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce (TM). In this guide they are highlighting the Clean Fifteen (TM) and The Dirty Dozen (TM), which is a guide to the top 15 vegetables and fruits that are least likely to have pesticide residue in them and the 12 vegetables and fruits that have a risk of being the most contaminated. My learning from this guide would be to prioritise choosing organic versions of the dirty dozens (especially given that spinach is a stable part of my morning smoothie) and not be as strict with the clean fifteen. Look at that, bam! An accessible easy and healthy habit created.

It should be noted that the list is for conventional produce, not organic, and covers produce tested in the US only. We have far more restrictions about pesticides in Europe, but nevertheless feel inspired and use this guide to provide direction, despite continents. We need to know where our food comes from and what is in it! Click on the link above and be informed and inspired by this fantastic piece of research. I promise, it will not take you long to gain this brilliant knowledge. 5 minutes max!

There you have it, the first P&P Weekend Read recommendation. Go nuts!