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Well, I’m back from a weekend in southern Spain where I visited a friend that has a house there. Lucky me! Unfortunately three days pass way too fast! Since I am addicted to my greens and tend to fall off the wagon a bit with my mostly Raw eating, I made sure we took a trip to the grocery store the first morning. Look at the size of those romaine heads! They’re at least 4 times the size of a romaine head in Sweden and cost only a fraction. Was I happy or what! Well, judging from the picture I was. 🙂 I made green smoothies for the girls and huge salads.

Back in Stockholm it was cold and rainy. I was terrified that this meant the end of a wonderful summer and that from now on cold and darkness awaited me until next July. I immediately started considering different emigration plans. We’ll see what happens, but I think I’ll stick around for a while, though. Luckily I was wrong about the weather. Today was beautiful, but as usual I was stuck inside an office. To make matters worse, I had to close the blinds in order to see the computer screen.

Tonight I had dinner with a friend. On my way there I crossed Hötorget, an outside market place in central Stockholm. I passed just as they were closing up for the day and the venders get a bit carried away trying to get rid of the produce. All the berries where half price, so I got a carton each of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.

I can’t wait to go up north to pick my own blueberries and wild raspberries. I’m already picturing my fridge filled with nothing but blueberries lol. Yes, I’m probably nuts. Until I get to go wild and crazy in the forests and pick all the berries I want for free, I’ll enjoy these babies in different shapes and forms, starting with a green smoothie tomorrow morning. Speaking of which, it’s time for this girl to hit the hay.

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Hi dear reader (if you are out there 😉 ),

New day, new week. I’ve felt a bit off for the past few weeks, work-wise, personally and diet-wise. Yesterday I started feeling that I’m back on track and today I feel alive and kicking! Every time I fall off the wagon diet wise, I feel and notice the difference within a couple of days. I feel less energized, my mood is less stable, my face has less glow to it and my skin is more prone to break out. Luckily, within a couple of days of getting back on track, I can both see and feel the positive changes again.

Something I almost never let go of is having a green smoothie for breakfast. Green smoothies are a great way to get your daily greens and are really easy on the digestion. We all need to eat large amounts of greens every day, but very few of us eat enough. Leafy greens are a great source of vitamin K, a crucial vitamin that is found mostly in greens. Vitamin K is crucial for blood blood clotting and bone remodeling. According to a new study, it may also play an important role in play a role in balancing blood fats.Luckily, since blending the greens breaks the cell walls of the greens, you don’t need as much as you would need if you were to eat them in, let’s say a salad. The best thing, though, is that they taste delicious. Although the smoothies tend to look very green (and sometimes even brown or purple) the sweetness of the fruit/berries masks the taste of the greens very well. I started experimenting with green smoothies about the same time that I started incorporating more Raw Foods in my life and was further inspired by Victoria Boutenko. You can read more about her story and the health benefits her family experienced here.

This morning I made a very simple, yet delicious green smoothie with lots of fresh strawberries. Unfortunately I was in a hurry, so I didn’t have time to take a picture.

Green strawberry smoothie

3-4 cups of fresh strawberries with stems

2-3 handfuls of  greens of your choice (for this one I took a couple of handfuls of spinach and about half a handful each of red chard and green oak leaf lettuce)

2-3 dates

About 1 cup filtered water depending on how thick you want your smoothie

Tiny pinch of sea salt

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. I normally start with one or two dates and add one more if I want a sweeter smoothie. If you prefer your smoothie cold, add ice and blend again. Enjoy!

Last week was melon week, but I have a feeling that this week will be all about strawberries 🙂

Have a fantastic week!

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