Bone health is on the menu…

 

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Having just come back from Mallorca and the beautiful city of Palma, I was struck by the immediate benefit that being in the warm sun has on us northern Europeans. The sunshine eases our moods and we become fun, frivolous and feel alive. Everything seems possible and little joys can make a huge difference. Like finding the last sunny table in your favourite cafe and knowing you’ve got a little extra time to spare… just heaven. Continue reading “Bone health is on the menu…”

Scandi Grain Free Granola


Over the years I have noticed that the one thing that unites us Scandinavians abroad is our longing for the taste of home. A faint waft of cinnamon buns can turn the most gluten-averse Swede into a ravenous wheat freak. Or salivating upon seeing the perfect, powdery surface of a semla, the delicious cardamom bun we eat for lent, stuffed with whipped cream and marzipan, that in the olden days was served with the (odd) addition of warm milk. Continue reading “Scandi Grain Free Granola”

A bit about prep…

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When is a quick lunch more than just a sandwich? When all the bits you need are waiting in your fridge and you produce a super salad in less than 30 seconds, that’s when.

As well all know, preparation is key to most things in life. Whether you are preparing a speech, planning to run a marathon, cooking a four-course meal or going for a job interview the message is the same. If you’re badly prepared the chances for success are fairly slim. Continue reading “A bit about prep…”

It’s Yoga, Baby

How do you take your yoga?

I’ve dabbled with yoga for a long time now and always found it comforting and relaxing yet I never really ‘got’ it. Until recently. Since starting hot yoga I have come to look forward to the sweat, stretch and bend which comes with the 90 min class that I do and I can really feel the benefits, mentally and physically. It is intense for sure but also strangely meditative which is one of the great benefits of the practice that I didn’t expect. The atmosphere is utterly inclusive and non-judgemental, which for beginners can come as a great relief. And for those who think hot yoga is a bit of gentle stretching in a warm room, think again. Our instructor, Ben, is a true testament to the fact that yoga works both on the inside and most definitely on the outside too. Continue reading “It’s Yoga, Baby”

Vegan lunch for 2

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Summer 2017 is beckoning and I don’t know about you but I’m already smelling spring in the air. Yesterday’s weather was simply gorgeous and after a long and sunny walk in Richmond Park, complete with plenty of deer spotting, I was inspired to conjure up something light, healthy and skin friendly for lunch. After all, visualising one’s beach body is always a sobering prospect in February so nutritious and lo-cal were the key requirements for the menu.

My lovely mum who is visiting from Sweden was my lunch date. Her skin beats most 40-year-olds and she is most definitely proof that you are what you eat. She simply glows. Continue reading “Vegan lunch for 2”

A little rant…

I saw an interesting Horizon documentary on BBC iPlayer the other night called ‘Clean Eating The Dirty Truth’‘. The documentary featured Dr. Giles Yeo, an eminent Cambridge biochemist, who’s quest it was to unearth if there was the real truth behind claims made by healthy eating bloggers such as Deliciously Ella, the Helmsley & Helmsley sisters and Natasha Corrett, the author of Honestly Healthy. He was also trying to find the origins of the blogger’s inspiration, which took him to the US where he met the authors of three influential tombs, Wheat Belly, The China Study, and The PH Miracle Diet, to find out just how these medical doctors reached their conclusions. Some of his findings turned out to be quite problematic and highlighted that even in the healthy eating sphere you will find unscrupulous operators mainly interested in profit – not unlike any other area of business.
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Anti-aging serum

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I have been adopting a natural skin care regime for about a month now. I started just before Christmas in a quest to stick to only natural skin care for two weeks. Well, Christmas got in the way and although I promised to report back on my findings I was preoccupied relaxing with the children and house guests. πŸ™‚ In any case, I can safely say that it has been a wonderful experiment and I don’t think I will ever buy a face cream again – natural oils and aloe vera is it for me from now on. And as I learn and progress I’ll report back to you via myΒ  Greenswede blog, Facebook and Instagram. Watch this space! Continue reading “Anti-aging serum”