Green smoothie goodness

Green Smoothie

Part of my lunch today (sorry about the messy glass, I had already taken a sip!) – a green smoothie! I’ve always been a huge fan of smoothies and I enjoy them almost daily, but I had never really had a green smoothie until today. I got on a bit of a health kick over my small holiday and started to think up ways to bring more healthy things into my life. I do love many veggies, fruit & berries and the latter I can rarely get enough of, but I could certainly use more green things in my diet. That said, I bravely decided to try a new approach to greens – put them into a smoothie. I found a few good recipes (and pinned some of them), but ended up having to improvise a bit as my pears weren’t quite ripe yet…

Here’s what’s in my smoothie (per portion):

1 large handful of fresh spinach (salad style)
1 large handful of romaine lettuce
1 banana
4 ice cubes
some apple juice (about 1 cup)
1 tbsp of honey

Absolutely delicious and certainly healthy – though I would advice to use some caution with spinach and apply some extra calcium in your diet as spinach has calcium-absorbing qualities. It is packed with vitamins, such as K, A, C and B6 and folic acid, magnesium, selenium and potassium – so you can pretty much skip your vitamin pills if you consume about 50g of spinach. Some sources suggest not eating raw spinach but the soft, thin and salad style spinach should be fine as it is. Some sources also suggest consuming raw spinach no more than twice a week, which may be what I’ll do.

Do you enjoy healthy smoothies? What’s your favorite?

Peppersmith Chewing Gum

I just had to share this. My favorite chewing gum package ever, I think. The taste isn’t bad either!

Yesterday on my way back from a very unpleasant doctor’s appointment (he was beyond rude and unprofessional), I stopped at Ruohonjuuri (“Grassroots”) eco shop that I often visit when I go to the city. I was there to pick up some more coconut oil, but since I needed a little pick-me-up after that miserable appointment, I picked up a fresh white-green package of chewing gum that was on sale – though still priced at nearly 3 euros for the 10 pieces. I wouldn’t normally drop 3 euros on a simple, small package of chewing gum, but I thought the packaging was kind of cool and I wanted to see what natural gum would taste like, if there would be any difference to the usual stuff you pick up from any grocery store or gas station.

Well, I have to first talk about the packaging because, as mentioned, I think it’s my favorite ever. It’s certainly a very innovative and creative way to package gum – and entertaining. The package looks very simple and quite plain, but upon closer inspection, it reveals this little… booklet, if you will. A collection of small pieces of paper designated for the chewed up gums to be thrown away in – clever! That’s clever enough, but they also filled the “pages” with information on the gum in question as well as some other fun facts and tidbits, such as “Etiquette experts say that chewing gum in public is acceptable behaviour as long as it’s not done with too much gusto.” – haha.

The gum itself gives a really delicious mint taste, apparently thanks to the “fine English peppermint” grown by a farmer named Ian. I love mint, as everyone probably knows by now and I have to say that this is probably the best tasting gum I’ve ever tried. Unfortunately the flavor melts away quite quickly, which is sad because it’s just so delicious! The texture is a bit stronger and chewier than that of your average gum, causing your mouth to work harder at it. I don’t really mind that. I enjoy the burst of freshness these give, even if the taste doesn’t last forever – which is probably due to the very natural ingredients: xylitol (from Birch trees – Finnish invention!), natural chicle gum, calcium carbonate, black mitcham peppermint oil (from Hampshire, UK), gum arabic, vegetable glycerol, rapeseed lecithin and carnauba wax.

I had to go and look up the brand online and when I noticed that they had an online shop, I couldn’t resist… I put in a test order for 6 boxes of mints! I love mints and usually prefer them over gum because you don’t have to look around for something to dispose them into afterwards… We’ll see how long it takes for them to get to Finland and how tasty they may be!

Have you guys tried the Peppersmith chewing gum?

31 Day Blog Challenge – Day 21

My 10 favorite foods

This is actually really hard! I can’t place foods in a certain order and I’m not sure if these should be actual dishes or just food items… Perhaps I’ll use both!

  • Pizza (I’m being honest here.)
  • Fresh (homemade) bread. (come on over, carbs!)
  • Blueberries (Fresh!)
  • Smoothies (especially mango-banana-pineapple-coconut)
  • Grilled salmon & boiled potatoes with some dill (somehow summery & delicious)
  • Waffles (well come on now.)
  • Orange chicken with rice (my dad made really great chicken in orange sauce with porridg-y rice…)
  • Feta salad (feta cheese, greens of choice, cucumber, red peppers, avocado, cherry tomatoes & a garlic or vinegar dressing – yum!)
  • Breakfast (can I just say breakfast?) Okay fine, my dream breakfast: Earl Grey tea, croissants, plenty of fruits to choose from & a cup of natural yogurt… perhaps scrambled eggs.
  • Chocolate (yep.)

Here’s what I use for my favorite homemade pizza base:

1,5 dl of warm water
2 ts of dry yeast
4 dl of wheat flour (give or take some to achieve desired consistency)
a pinch of salt
2-3 tbs of olive oil (or other such oil)

Mix the yeast into the warm water and then add the rest of the incredients. Mix well and throw it on the table top for some rolling pin action. After the desired thickness has been achieved, top the base with your favorite toppings and shove it into 225 degrees (celcius) for about 15 minutes. Deeeelicious! (ps. This recipe makes approximately 1 large pizza – ideal for sharing!)

31 Day Blog Challenge – Day 12

What’s inside my fridge

I admit, we haven’t done much shopping this week with us only sitting down for a couple of meals together and both of us trying to cut down on the amount of food we’ve been eating (we’re on sort of a health kick at the moment). I actually haven’t really looked around the contents of the fridge for some time, but here it is:

Husband has done most of the shopping & cooking this week. We seem to be well stocked on mayo! Mike (the husband) has been making tuna salads – American style. We also seem to have an ample supply of eggs and some lean ground beef, probably for pasta. We very rarely eat red meat and when we do, it’s in the form of ground beef – either as cheeseburgers or in pasta. We also have some milk and orange juice which are pretty much exclusively for the smoothies we make every morning. We also always have yogurts, natural for me and banana for Mike. We don’t seem to really have vegetables at the moment (krhm), but we do have a TON of oranges and apples, it seems. Perhaps I should get on that?

Coconuts galore

I don’t even remember where I originally stumbled upon virgin coconut oil, I think it was a blog or an article somewhere in the depths of the Internet, but regardless, a while ago I got really interested in coconuts. I believe my interest was originally sparked by reading about using coconut oil as an excellent eye makeup remover. I honestly have no idea what my lashes are made of but even one coat of non-waterproof mascara is unbelievably hard to remove. The brand of mascara and the brand of eye makeup remover have nothing to do with how easy or hard it is to get rid of my mascara. I use an eye makeup remover that I consider to be very good and effective and it has been highly praised by bloggers around Finland – Maybelline New York Cils Demasq 2in1. It has also received a lot of positive reviews in pretty much any online store I’ve looked at. It is supposed to remove waterproof makeup with ease, so why the heck can I not get rid of any non-waterproof mascara with it?

Anyway, a couple of nights ago, before taking a shower, I removed my eye makeup to the best of my abilities (excluding insane rubbing) with this eye makeup remover. I hopped into the shower, washed my face and even my eye are with this foamy cleanser I have and stepped out of the shower. Looked into the mirror and… saw panda eyes. WHY?! I then proceed to use the eye makeup remover again to get rid of the panda and then I wipe my entire face, including my eyelids with my micellar water and my gods, I still get some mascara residue in that cotton pad… Oigh!

So, I purchased a tub of cold pressed organic virgin coconut oil for about 10 euros AND just out of curiosity, a drink of 100% pure coconut water, which I have never tried. Coconut water tastes very mild, slightly sweet and a hint coconut-y. Refreshing, but not something I’d like to actively consume. However, the oil I’m finding interesting. In room temperature it’s a solid hunk of… well, grease. As soon as it touches skin, however, it becomes oil. It’s surprisingly less annoying to spread onto your skin (I tried it on my hands first) than I expected. It’s not nearly as greasy or sticky as I would’ve thought. How did it fare as an eye makeup remover then? Well, you’ll find out soon enough.

In the meanwhile… I guess it’s time for me to swap these delicious pancakes…

pannarit

To a healthy smoothie… with a table spoon or two of coconut oil included!

kookossmoothie

Have you tried coconut oil?