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5 Easy Ways to Eat More Greens

We all know that we should eat more vegetables. And honestly, it’s not that difficult, at least not when you love all things green. But if you don’t like vegetables, adding more greens to your diet is probably easier said than done. Some will need a hand to hold and some tips to get started. Others will stick to their bloody beef no matter what.

This list is for some and others.

1 Smoothie. Add healthy greens with little or no taste, like spinach for example. Or avocado, which will make any smoothie creamy and dreamy. Add some apple or mango if you think the taste is too green.

2 Make green dressings or sauces – hummus, guacamole, pesto. Easy, delicious and whipped up in a flash.

3 Make vegetarian bolognese with lentils instead of meat. Too big a step for you? Start by adding some extra vegetables to your regular bolognese. Grated carrots chopped into tiny pieces, zucchini (zero taste), and different kinds of onions will do. These are tiny healthy changes you (and your kids) won’t even notice.

4 Our kids love our mashed potatoes 2.0. Boil potatoes with cauliflower or parsnip, and let cool. Mash with black pepper, salt and olive oil.

5 Soups. We eat soup several times a week. Our all time favorite is lentil soup, and there are hundreds of variations. Still too green? Add 0.5-1 cup coconut milk and you will have a creamy soup that’s very, very hard not to like.

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Food Pharmacy’s Number One Favorite: Turmeric

If we ever have the pleasure to meet, you should know that you have the green light to look at our yellow hands. There are only two conclusions to be drawn, either 1) we’re utterly addicted to smoking, or 2) we love turmeric (find the correct answer below).

Turmeric is one of the most anti-inflammatory spices on the planet. One of our most inflammatory genes is called COX-2, and for centuries researchers have been on the hunt for a drug that would inhibit COX-2. So far, all the drugs have been associated with a lot of side effects. Turmeric, on the other hand, has proven to be a strong and non-toxic COX-2 inhibitor.

Like this: turmeric contains a small but complete soccer team, consisting of strongly anti-inflammatory antioxidants named curcumenoids. The team’s Zlatan is called curcumin. But the antioxidants in the turmeric are team players, and they all need to work together in order for them to score.

Fresh turmeric root can be hard to find. We love both the fresh one and the ground spice! And, we almost forgot: The correct answer is of course 2) we love turmeric.

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EAT For All – Tonight’s the Night!

Hats off to EAT and Gunhild Stordalen! EAT is a non-profit founded by the Stordalen Foundation, Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Wellcome Trust. Their mission is to transform our global food system through sound science, impatient disruption and novel partnerships.

In 2014, the first ever EAT Stockholm Food Forum took place, an annual and unique conference that gathers the brightest minds from science, politics, business and civil society from over 50 countries. The EAT food forums seek to drive progress and coordinate action across sectors and disciplines to tackle the intertwined challenges of the global food system. Amazing! The 2018 EAT forum is this week at Annexet and Quality Hotel Globe i Stockholm.

But, how can we create a more sustainable food system? Luckily, we’re not the only ones interested in knowing the answer to this. Thank you Gunhild Stordalen, for EAT Foundation, for gathering experts and organizations, and for tackling the complex health and environmental challenges presented by our global food systems.

We cannot believe it’s true, but we’ve actually been asked to take part in this year’s conference, in our own way. We recently kicked off a collaboration with Clarion Hotel and together, we wish to create awareness and bring attention to the importance of food sustainability, and the connection between food and health. It’s time to get started!

Tonight, we are the co-hosts of EAT For All, an event at Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm. We start off with a lecture, and then dinner – Green Table Dinner – by chef Marcus Samuelsson and Kitchen & Table Norrmalm.

Tonight’s the night! We have so many butterflies in our stomachs. Hope to see you there!

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