A little something extra…

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The morning ritual of drinking a cup of warm water with 1/2 lemon is nowadays a household habit.Β  Known for kick starting the digestion, alkalise the body due to the chameleon like qualities of lemon (acidic on the outside, alkaline on the inside) and for adding anti-oxidant vitamin C into the body before anything else – starting the day right has become a growing obsession. (more…)

Green Swede Protein Smoothie

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A filling smoothie is sometimes the best solution for time poor, nutrition yearning busy bodies. I certainly know that when I’m rushed – with eating being something I have to fit in rather than linger over – a smoothie is the go-to solution. The beauty of smoothies is that is all works. (more…)

Post Workout Recovery Juice

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One of the best pieces of advice I have ever been given is that in order to stay healthy you’ve got to keep eating. Sounds like aΒ  no brainer perhaps but don’t we all tend to reduce intake when waist lines increases? It is a totally understandable reaction and one which we think will gain us quick benefits – only it doesn’t. Stop refuelling and your body goes into lock down and holds on to all you’ve got. Yes, the fat too. So the key is not to stop eating but to change what you are eating in order to get your bod to start utilising nutrients in a more effective way.

Same goes for exercise. Before and after a work out you need to prepare and replenish your body in order for things to recover and improve. You need energy to get you through, whilst hydration and repair prevent muscle damage afterwards. By omitting this you are not maximising the benefits of your work out. Juicing is an excellent way to quickly fuel up on good vitamins and minerals and by bringing your juice to and from the gym you are making sure you are never more than 20 seconds from a refuel. Here is a Greenswede favorite recovery juice which we use for post work out drinking.

Benefits

Carrots and oranges are loaded with vitamin C, beta-carotene and potassium, perfect for muscle recovery. Apples contains potassium whilst also hydrating and detoxifying. Ginger contains potassium, sodium and zink – relieves and soothes inflammation and pain. Drink this straight after an intense work out!.

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Post Work Out Recovery Juice

2-3 carrots
1 orange
1 apple
1″ ginger root, peeled

Juice all and pour over some ice for a refreshing post work out tonic! This tastes so good you may need to make a double load. X

Juice vs Smoothie

The title is actually a little bit misleading as there is no competition between juices and smoothies – they are two entirely separate entities. Both are trending at the moment and there has been a lot of write ups on the differences yet I still hear people referring to their Nutribullet as a juicer when it is, in fact, a blender.Β  Therefore I think this is still viable information.

Juice

Simply put, a juicer extracts nutrients and fibre from fruit and vegetables and turns it into a concentrated liquid. Due to the lack of fibre, a juice bypasses your body’s process of digestion and hits your system fast and furiously. This is both good and bad. Good because the vital vitamins and minerals available in vegetables (think leafy greens, celery, cucumber, ginger, fennel) has an alkalising effect on your body which is great for your health and wellbeing. We all know that in acidity illness lie. (more…)

The Beauty of Beetroot

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So lets talk about beetroot. Originally cultivated for its nutritious green leaves, these days the eating trend is for the bulb itself.  My childhood memories of beetroot were distinctly picked and sliced and stacked high on supermarket shelves. With our harsh climate in mind, it was of course a necessity to preserve produce during cold long winter months but it also meant I never really tasted the fresh variety until much later on.

Beetroot is naturally sweet and therefore high in carbohydrates but used sparingly it has a myriad of health benefits which is unique to this rather lovely red root vegetable. Grated into a green salad it adds colour and that particularly earthy flavour that is unmistakably beetroot.  Juicing is another great way of extracting the nutrients – just don’t forget to juice the green leaves too as they contain anti-oxidants and useful minerals such as zink and magnesium. (more…)

Courgetti and other things..

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Pasta and I had a love affair for some years. My children grew up on the stuff and it was always the go-to dish for me throughout my 20s and 30s. If pasta was on the menu, things were going to be alright in my world. I was never wild on meat, could take it or leave it really, but pasta and bread were on top of my list of stuff I would struggle without. Carb girl, me.

Fast forward and today I can’t wait to get my spiraliser out to make courgette pasta smothered in my home-made pesto – the more colourful courgettes the better too. Do I eat regular, gluten packed pasta today? Not if I can help it – on the rare occasions that I do, the effects are immediate. I am NOT gluten intolerant or allergic, yet I feel bloated, tired and edgy. Fresh veg wins hands down every time for me these days.   The brilliant nutritionist of the moment, Amelia Freer  (credited with Sam Smith’s recent weight loss), says in her excellent book Eat, Nourish, Glow that she eats 10-13 servings of fresh veg and fruit PER DAY! Only three of those servings are fruit by the way. The rest is pure veg in all varieties. She glows and is testament to what a great diet can do. (more…)

Fast Food – Green Swede Style

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When you need to recalibrate your body fast, look no further than veggie fast food – also known as ‘clearing the remains of your veg drawer’. Today’s recipe is jam-packed with omega 3 fatty acids, protein and minerals and is quick and easy to prepare. It also has no set parameters as you use what you’ve got at home so the world is your oyster. That’s the really practical aspect of eating mainly vegetables – it all works! (more…)