Overindulgent kids free time and a green kale, avocado and pineapple smoothie

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Last weekend was a rare and lovely event of nearly 48 hours of me and husband time without the kids. Not that I don’t love spending time with my kids but I find it important for us as a couple to recharge, regroup and just being two people in a relationship rather than just mummy and daddy sometimes. We spent a month looking forward to it which in itself is a treat. ( it’s always good to have things to look forward to ) I’m very lucky to have a sister and brother-in-law who are willing to sacrifice their weekend peace and quiet for us to have some is time.

We decided to not go away for our weekend but to actually be tourists at home in London and we turned into two kids in a candy shop and tried as many restaurants, bars and coffee places that we could possibly try in a weekend. All these places that you can’t go to with a buggy and 2 kids that are unable to sit still for no more than 10 minutes!

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Although the weekend was amazing it wasn’t exactly amazingly healthy. I have a fairly addictive personality to put it mildly, it’s all or nothing, on or off, do or don’t. (Yes I have been betting on most games during the World Cup! ; )
I’m working hard to learn moderation but didn’t succeed this weekend so after a hedonistic 48 hours I’m getting back to my latest favourite, smoothie meals! Sometimes I have one for breakfast, sometimes for lunch and if I don’t have time for a proper sit down meal in the evening I might even squeeze in a smoothie for dinner. I always thought I would go hungry having just a smoothie as a meal but if you do it right then it can be very filling.

Advantages of a smoothie as a meal;
You’re giving your digestive system a well-deserved break, it’s fast and easy and it’s easy to load the smoothie with nutrients.

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Green breakfast smoothie with quinoa and kale

Serves 1

1 cup of kale (roughly 2 medium leaves)
1 cup of coconut water
1 cup of chopped pineapple
1 oz of cooked quinoa
1 tablespoon of wheatgrass
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1/3 of an avocado

Cook the quinoa. If you’re having the smoothie for breakfast the quinoa can be cooked the day before to save time in the morning. Crush the chia seeds a little bit to get the most omega 3 out of them. Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth. Breakfast is served!

Gym evaluation and an alkaline raw porridge

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I have now finished my one month of testing how the gym makes me feel and as I said I will now evaluate it. Just as I really started to get into it and had created some sort of a routine, I have to leave which is a bit annoying but as they say; do something for 21 days and it becomes a habit. Exercise is now a habit ( so precious and I need to make sure I don’t loose it ) Next I am going to test Hot yoga!

So how was the gym experience;
Fairly good I must say, absolutely amazing to get to use my muscles for something other than doing zoom zoom zoom with my kids (which is pretty amazing too but only works the arms….and stomach….and legs) Also really enjoyed some good cardio to get the heart pumping. Now to the evaluations categories.

How much have my spirits lifted ( do I feel on top of the world? )
Quite regularly I do feel on top of the world whilst being at the gym. The happy happy techno/ disco music and the full-on positive self-talk, that I learnt after my MS diagnosis, makes me feel that way. 8/10

How happy do my muscles feel (stretched, no pain, stronger etc)
I feel stronger, muscles are aching in both a positive and negative way. I do get little aches and pains from the gym, especially if I don’t stretch properly which isn’t so good. 4/10

How calm and at peace do I feel
As calm as a testosterone-filled, Duracell bunny rabbit on jugs of Java! But I guess I do loose a bit of negative energy 3/10

How happy does it make me feel
I do feel happier. Healthier hence happier ; ) but not ridiculously happy hormone levels 5/10

How clean and refreshed do I feel
Sparkly clean! I love the sauna and shower straight after gym combo. I know I know since I have MS apparently I shouldn’t use the sauna but hey apparently I should take medicine to suppress my immune system rather than eating lots of healthy stuff to make my immune system as strong as possible, so…….I don’t always believe everything being said about how to deal with MS. Please note if you have MS, don’t take my word for it. Sauna works for me but might not for everyone. I do take it fairly easy in the sauna and make sure I regularly leave the sauna for ice-cold showers. 10/10

Fitness and cardio levels
Stronger and easily did a 4k run on Thursday so very happy with fitness and cardio. My body is slowly starting to be less of a Picasso painting and more like….well less like a Picasso painting at least! 8/10

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So for today’s recipe I want to add a raw food porridge that I have become totally hooked on. A friend recommended this breakfast that she had got from a fab Swedish website that talks about the alkaline diet, smartamaten.se. As you probably know I’m not a big fan of putting a name on how you are eating but if there’s one “diet” out there that makes sense to me this would definitely be it. This is pretty much how I believe one should eat to be healthy. A humongous amount of plant based food, and a low amount of meat, dairy and gluten. But with the alkaline diet there’s no no-no foods. As long as you eat alkaline food 80% of the time you can eat acid food 20% of the time. If you want to read more about it here’s an article in the Telegraph. For you Swedes out there, do check out smartamaten.se where you can read more, get a free ph-list and subscribe to getting more great recipes.

Raw food porridge

Serves 1

1 banana
1/2 an apple or pear
A handful of raspberries ( I use frozen )
A handful of almonds
A handful of pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon of crushed sesame seeds
2 Brazil nuts
A couple of teaspoons of cacao nibs ( I use Creative Nature )

Mix everything apart from the cacao nibs with a handheld blender. Sprinkle the cacao nibs over. Enjoy! This breakfast keeps me full until lunch!

I put all the nuts and seeds to last me for ten breakfasts or more in a large jar which makes the mornings much easier

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My 10 favourite recipes from last year

So my white month started today , also my no sugar, no dairy and no gluten month. I know I only mentioned booze, the evil white stuff and dairy but what the heck if I’m going to be good I might as well be very good.
I’m probably also feeling inspired to be very good because I watched a fairly cheesy ( I cried a lot in the end ) but also very inspiring Australian/ American documentary last night called Fat, Sick & Nearly dead. It’s about a guy, Joe Cross, who goes on a 60 day juice fast to heal himself and take the one foot that he has in the grave out of the grave. He also meets another man with the same issues as himself. Can he convince him to start the fast as well? If you want some motivation for living a healthier life, this is a good film to watch.

Anyway, I have gone through the recipes that I wrote about on my blog last year to find out which ones do I keep coming back to over and over again! It always annoys me whenever tv-series do these episodes when the characters are just thinking back to things that has happened previously. I always get the feeling that the writers must have been very busy so they haven’t had time to write something new. And it’s sort of true for me as well, I have been very busy preparing for my meeting with the Neurologist tomorrow. I want to be armed to the teeth when I go there. But me being busy isn’t the only reason I have done a “10 favourite recipes” I also find it’s good to evaluate your year when it has come to an end so here we go;

My favourite 10

Peanut butter smoothie
This smoothie is fantastic! It’s a great combo of being that perfect healthy treat and a pre-sports drink, snack! It contains both short-term and long-term energy and is also quite filling. For me it has been more of a healthy treat but since I’m going to be doing more exercise this year……..

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Raw cacao, macadamia, goji and coconut balls
I’m hooked on these yummy little things. Full of anti-oxidants! They are lovely to eat straight out of the freezer so great to have handy if you are craving some chocolate.

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Roasted parsnip and garlic soup
My latest addition to my soup collection and I love it. It’s soo good for keeping those pesky flu-germs away given all the garlic. And delicious!

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Pineapple, ginger, chia seeds and coconut water smoothie
Refreshing and ideal before or after sports due to the coconut water. Also very good if your stomach is upset or as a hangover cure.

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Mozzarella, quinoa, peach, chilli and pomegranate salad
Haven’t made this in a while given how hard it is to find decent peaches this time of the year but it’s a great salad that I make lots of when good peaches are plentiful

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Macademia nut butter smoothie with mint dark chocolate covered macademia nuts
This is quite high in fat and calories so shouldn’t be eaten everyday but it’s a lovely, very nutritious and good for you treat. Waaaaay better for you than my old pals Ben & Jerry

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Fake sushi
A super nutritious and very easy way of making sushi.

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Beetroot goat cheese salad
Good enough to be eaten throughout the year. Perfect for lunch since beetroot is an energy booster

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Liquorice smoothie
A recipe from Ascension kitchen.com. Delicious and so good if you are feeling a bit stressed out

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Giving up coffee
Isn’t obviously a recipe but it’s one of the best things I did last year. Believe me next time I go to Sicily I won’t say no to that perfect espresso. But on a regular basis I feel more balanced, focused and calmer without it.

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