The BEST Dressing EVER!

I am always super excited to find new products that make it easier to get the nutrients my body needs without all the time consuming preparation of always eating fresh! The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens by Welleco is one such product that I’ve recently discovered and now  I can not get enough of it! I aim to include a dose in diet every day and as well as helping to keep me healthy, it also brings a dose of flavour when used in smoothies and other basic recipes. 

The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens by Welleco is an all-in-one plant-based daily supplement that has been developed by leading nutritional doctors around the world. During the creation of this supplement, these doctors use only premium, bio-available nutrients from whole foods! What does this mean exactly? Well, bio-available nutrients are those that are alive, intact and absorbable! This means that you are getting all of the good stuff with none of the synthetic nasties!

By using this incredible supplement every day you can expect your overall nutrition to improve and the function of your immune system to become better also! Furthermore, you will notice that your energy levels are much more consistent and that your hair, nails and skin will all have a healthy glow.

One of the things I love most about this supplement is that it is totally vegan and totally gluten-free, which means practically anyone and everyone can use it and benefit from it!

When you consume The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens by Welleco your body will also have the advantage of having the help it needs to keep within a healthy alkaline range. Your body will also enjoy the wealth of Omega-3 and vitamins and minerals contained within – meaning you will have to pay less attention to getting these things from other sources.

Finding fun ways to include healthy supplements in your diet is a great thing to do and my recipe for The BEST Dressing EVER helps you to do just that!

The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens by Welleco2.pngTo make a batch for yourself you will need the following ingredients:

1/2 an avocado
2 tsp. of Super Elixir Alkalising Greens
4 tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil
60 ml of freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. of lemon juice
A pinch of salt and pepper

All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in your food processor and whizz until the dressing is smooth.

Taking care of your body doesn’t have to be a difficult concept and over at my e-learning portal – The Flexi Foodie Academy – you can find all the help you need!

A Day in the Life (of me!)

I get asked this a lot…. how do I fit it all in and I’m here to give you guys a glimpse into my a typical day and what keeps me going and going and going! As a working mum of four my schedule tends to be quite hectic seven days a week! However, life has become slightly easier this year as my youngest is now old enough to take the school bus! This means that for the first time in almost 14 years I no longer have to do the school run. This change to my routine has certainly been shocking but I’m absolutely not complaining!  I wake up and first thing I do is stick my legs up my bedroom wall and breath for 5 minutes.  Inhaling, pressing my belly into my hand for 4 seconds and exhaling drawing my belly back towards my spine for six seconds. This breathing exercise really wakes me up first thing in the morning and also helps to created space between the many thoughts going around in my head! I then climb out of bed onto my floor and do 5 Sun Salutation A’s and 3 Sun Salutation B’s before heading to the shower. Afterwards, not only do I make sure my kids have a good, hearty and healthy breakfast but I also make sure I get in a quick mug of hot water, lemon and ginger followed by either a big bowl of yummy granola or avocado on toast!

So, once all four of my kids are out of the house (around 7:45am) my day can begin. The first thing I do is check my inbox to respond to emails and then I get on my bike and cycle to teach my first yoga class of the day.

julie-montagu-yoga-lesson-londonAfter teaching yoga at triyoga and slipping into taking a class myself, I usually have a meeting to get to followed by a quick and healthy lunch at one of my few favourite places in London such as JuiceBaby or The Good Life Eatery or Nama.  Check them out!

After lunch I’ll either spend a few hours working on my new Wellness Membership Site all about those small moments of self-care – called Truly Julie or filming for Ladies of London, or creating new recipes in the kitchen or I’ll be editing my next book out in 2018! Whatever it is I’m up to, I always make sure to be home by 5pm when all of the kids will get home from school.

Supper gets made and  I usually let the kids pick one recipe a week from my either of my two cookbook ‘Superfoods’ and ‘Superfoods Superfast’, homework gets done and then on two nights of the week I’ll get back on my bike to go and teach an evening yoga class. Once back home, I always end my day with a hot Epsom Salt bath, some candles and a good book!

julie-montagu-cycling-londonAs you can see, my days are jam-packed but I totally love being busy and being able to do the things I love! Regardless of how busy my days are, I always try to make time for breakfast, lunch and dinner – with the odd snack added here and there.

On an average day I will cycle between 12 and 15 miles, and on some days I teach yoga for up to five hours! So, as you can imagine, I need my fuel! And, ‘good for you’ food is always my go-to fuel. Also, I find that making the time for three meals a day also allows you to create space for you. When you sit down for a meal you automatically start to rest your body and your digestive system can do its thing – just what I need most days – 3 x a day!

julie-montagu-breakfast-avocado-toastA typical day would involve avocado on toast on the morning with a big mug of green tea. Next, for lunch I’ll enjoy a huge bowl of hearty all veggie and whole grain soup – especially if it’s cold outside and I’m cycling around lots (as I usually am). And finally my dinner obsession at the moment is veggie burgers with sweet potato fries! When it comes to snacks in between meals I’m currently really into making my own green balls using Welleco Alkalising greens – check back later in the week for the recipe and why I swear by this green powder!

Plant-Based Protein

If you follow a plant-based diet then the chances are you have heard that dreaded question before – “Where do you get your protein?”

Proteins, often a hot topic in the nutrition world, are necessary for all of us. Without them the cells in our body can’t repair and regenerate themselves. When we consume protein, our body breaks it down into amino acids, which is what our cells are made of!

Plant protein comes packaged in healthy fibres and carbohydrates that your body needs to fuel itself. Animal-based protein sources are often high in cholesterol and animal fats. Despite animal proteins often being advertised as ‘complete’ sources of healthy protein, they often aren’t always so healthy after all!

When we look a little closer at the wide range of plant-based foods available to us, we can see that complete proteins can be found within these foods too. The definition of a complete protein is when it consists of all of the necessary amino acids that the body needs.

However, it is important to remember that not all protein is the same: different sources contain different amounts of amino acids. And, that’s why it is important that we mix and match!

Most amino acids are pretty easy to get from any balanced plant-based diet, but some are tougher, such as lysine. If you eat tofu, beans and tempeh, you’ll surely be just fine. But if these things are not a part of your diet then you should pay attention to your lysine intake. Another limiting factor could be methionine. But fear not! By combining your pulses and beans with grains, you are pretty much guaranteed to get enough of them both. 

One thing is obvious: variety is the key! Different foods contain different amino acids and thus a balanced and a varied diet ensures you have covered all of the bases. Not all of the ingredients need to be complete proteins, as long as your daily intake is covered.

Here are a few simple tips to give you a head-start when it comes to fulfilling your protein quota on a plant-based diet! 

First of all, mix your rice with beans. The beans complement the low lysine content of the rice and the rice compliments the beans’ methionine. Check out my delicious recipe for making baked beans at home! 

Secondly you can eat your bread with humous to create another a lysine-methionine power couple. Alternatively, try peanut butter. A two slice sandwich with two tablespoons of peanut butter contains an impressive 15 grams of protein!

Finally, add more spirulina into your diet. You can effortlessly do this by adding a dash to your grains and oats. Spirulina on its own lacks cysteine and methionine, but that’s nothing a tasty green porridge can’t fix!

To put it simply: you probably don’t have to worry about your protein count if you are eating a healthy and varied plant-based diet!

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