Raw Spicy Thai Green Papaya Salad

This incredible salad is the last of the amazing dishes that I discovered during my stay at the Amatara Wellness Resort in Thailand! It takes just a few moments to throw together and is an iconic dish from this beautiful country.

The salad itself contains an abundance of ingredients that pack a healthy punch, and the pumpkin seed garnish gives it an extra nutritious boost! Also, if spicy isn’t really your thing then you can always make this salad without the addition of the chilli!

Pumpkin seeds are rich in healthy fats, as well as being an excellent source of magnesium and zinc. Studies have suggested that regularly consuming pumpkin seeds could help to keep your blood pressure down and to promote an optimum sleep cycle.

Papaya is another exciting ingredient from this exotic dish, and may not be one that you consume often! Papaya is a rich and colourful source of nutrients, in fact – it has one of the highest vitamin C counts of all of the fruits! It is also an excellent source of potassium, beta-carotene, and lycopene! As well as being a delicious addition to salads, you can also simply enjoy this fruit on its own, or as a juice!

Ready to make this salad for two people?

Ingredients:

Salad

  • 50g long beans, sliced diagonally in 1-2cm pieces
  • 100g green papaya, fine julienne
  • 50g carrot, fine julienne
  • 10g chilli, fine julienne
  • 10g coriander leaves

Dressing

  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ Tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp coconut nectar
  • 2 tsp tamari soy sauce
  • 5g garlic, minced

Garnish

  • 10g pumpkin seeds

Method:

Place all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl and lightly mix with a wooden spoon. Next, to make the dressing, mix lime juice, coconut nectar, sea salt, garlic and tamari soy sauce together. You can then pour the dressing over the salad and mix lightly.

Serve your salad onto plates and garnish with a few pumpkin seeds. So simple!

Raw Spicy Thai Green Papaya Salad Julie Montagu

Wellness for Women

If you have seen my wellness for women membership site – Truly Julie – then you will know that I am on a mission to inspire and motivate women to become healthier and happier – and I would love it if you would join me on this journey as we keep moving through 2018!

Also, if you wan to learn about how eating more plant-based foods can enhance your health and your energy levels, then click here now to check out my starter guide!

Mango “Cheeze” Cake

This incredible “Cheeze” Cake is another of the amazing dishes that I discovered during my stay at the Amatara Wellness Resort in Thailand! It makes for such a beautiful dessert and the added bonus is that it packs a healthy punch too! Continue reading Mango “Cheeze” Cake

BFree Foods Brand Ambassador

I have a big announcement to share here on my blog! As you probably know, healthy eating is one of my biggest passions, and this is a concept that I am always excited to share with other people. This is something that I am now eager to do within my role as Brand Ambassador for BFree Foods!

The BFree Foods Story

In case you don’t know much about this incredible company, here is why I decided to become their Brand Ambassador.

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BFree Foods was created in order to make delicious, healthy foods much more easily available. Absolutely all of their products are allergen free, which means if you have an allergy or sensitivity to a particular food, then you can consume anything from the BFree Foods range without worrying!

Although the focus of the BFree Foods range is wheat-free and gluten-free foods, their products are additionally free from soya, dairy, eggs and nuts!

As well as providing allergen free choices, BFree Foods strive to create healthy options. Their ambition with doing so is to make it easier for you to get the nutrients you need whilst also avoiding the ingredients you don’t want!

Shop Online

If you head to the BFree Food online store now then you’ll be able to see for yourself the exciting range of foods available. You can also check out their recipe section for some great suggestions on how to best enjoy their products.

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Also, if you have any questions about allergen free eating then feel free to leave a question in the comments and I’ll get back to you!

Gut Health and Your Diet

In recent years there has been an emergence of research that has shown just how important the health of the gut is! When your digestive system isn’t doing its thing, all other areas of your health can soon become compromised. Continue reading Gut Health and Your Diet

The Value of a Plant-Based Diet

The value of a plant-based diet is something that I am always excited to talk about! I was recently given the opportunity to do just that by Foody Direct!

Below you can see the first few questions I discussed with them and you can then click here to read the full interview!

How did you become so passionate about healthy foods and a healthier lifestyle, and why did you start a blog around it?

Growing up, I’ve never had a real taste for meat, so it was an easy transition for me to go plant-based. But the catalyst to that happening was reading Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s book The China Study. That did it in a heartbeat!

When I first began a plant-based diet almost 8 years ago, the biggest challenge was finding tasty recipes! And that’s why I started my blog, The Flexi Foodie, almost 5 years ago to document the recipes I created for my 4 kids and husband. Those recipes must have tasted pretty decent, as that blog got me my first cookbook deal!

On your site, you describe your transformation after embracing yoga and a plant-based diet. How would you describe the difference in how you felt after the change to someone who has never had that experience?

Moving, breathing, meditating and eating a whole foods diet has ramped up my energy levels, my moods, and my happiness! I’ve never looked back.

Don’t forget to click and head to the Foody Direct website to read the full interview!

 

Chickpea and Avocado Salad

This salad is so incredibly simple to make that even with the busiest of schedules you could still whip it up for lunch for yourself every day! Gathering and preparing the ingredients will take less than five minutes and then you will be enjoying it in no time! This salad contains a delicious range of ingredients that are all bursting with nutrients. Choosing this recipe for lunch is a great way to boost your energy levels and your mood as you head into the afternoon, especially if you have begun to feel your energy drop mid-morning.

Cumin is a super nutritious spice and, in my opinion, isn’t used nearly enough in cooking! It is most popular in cuisines from the Middle East and India, but it brings such a great punch of flavour that it can really improve a wide range of dishes, both in terms of taste and nutrition. Studies have been conducted into the possible anti-diabetic properties of this healthy little seed. The results of these studies demonstrate that cumin can help to reduce low blood sugar. Cumin has been used throughout history to aid the digestive process and ease indigestion. It is also rich in magnesium which you must obtain through dietary sources as the body does not produce it.

Chickpea and Avocado Salad2.pngTo make this salad for two people you will need the following ingredients:

1 ripe avocado, diced
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 cup of black olives
2 cups of pre-cooked quinoa
400g of canned chickpeas, drained
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
A handful of fresh coriander, chopped
1/2 a cup of raw cashew nuts
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
A dash of salt and pepper

Chickpea and Avocado SaladSimply add all of the ingredients into a big salad bowl and mix together well before serving onto two plates. It’s that simple! 

This is a recipe from an upcoming course on my e-learning portal, The Flexi Foodie Academy – head there now to check out what’s already on offer!

Broccoli and Cauliflower Pilaf

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower have unique nutritional properties compared to other vegetables. This is because they are packed with phytonutrients—potent anti-cancer agents.

Broccoli is great for fighting disease in the body and can really help to keep you healthy when you consume it regularly. As with many foods, it is best for your body if you eat it raw, but there are still health benefits to be gained when you cook it first. Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C as well as vitamins A, E and K! Cauliflower is also fantastic for your health and can be very beneficail when consumed often. Cauliflower is particularly good for the immune system because of the folates and vitamin C found within. Your heart also stands to benefit when you eat cauliflower because it helps to lower your cholesterol levels.

To make this dish for two to three people, you will need the following ingredients:

1 tbsp of coconut oil
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1 /2 a cup / 3oz / 100g of broccoli
1/2 a cup / 3oz / 100g of cauliflower
1 inch (2.5cm) of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 cups / 14oz / 400g of brown rice, cooked to packet instructions
1 tsp of ground turmeric
1 tsp of ground curry powder
1 tsp of ground chilli powder
1 tbsp of ground cilantro (coriander)
1⁄2 cup / 2 3 ⁄ 4oz / 75g of cashew nuts, chopped

Broccoli and Cauliflower Pilaf2To get started you will need to place the coconut oil in a large saucepan on a high heat to warm for a couple of minutes. You can then add the garlic and then gently sauté for two to three minutes.

The next step is to add the cauliflower and broccoli and continue to cook for 10 minutes, or until it becomes slightly crisp. You can then add the ginger and brown rice to the pan before stirring in the turmeric, curry powder, chilli, and cilantro. You must then reduce the heat and cook on a low setting for a further 10 minutes, adding a splash of water if the mixture becomes dry. Finally, divide between plates, garnish with cashew nuts, and serve immediately.

This is one of the recipes from my book – Eat Real Foods – which was released this week!!! You can order your copy in the UK by clicking here and order your copy in the U.S by clicking here!

Red Coconut Cakes

Beets are incredibly sweet and that is why they work so well in cake recipes. These cakes are sort of like red velvet cupcakes, but they filled with all things good. Also, these cakes are soft, moist and just perfectly delicious.

The nutritious make-up of beets is also a great reason to use them in your baking. They are high in potassium, magnesium, fiber, iron and phosphorous. Additionally, they contain high levels of vitamins A, B & C as well as folic acid. They are great as an inclusion in every diet but they are especially great for pregnant people because of the vitamin B, iron and folic acid. Because of the presence of betaine and tryptophan in beets, they are also beneficial for your mental health. They can also help to lower your blood pressure and boost your energy.

To make 12 of these tasty cakes, you will need the following ingredients:

1¼ cups / 6 ¼ oz / 190g of whole wheat (all-purpose) flour
¼ cup /1 ¾ oz / 50g of coconut sugar
2 tbsp of raw cacao
2 – 3 large beets, steamed and pureed until smooth
½ cup / 6oz / 175g of organic runny honey
2 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp of lemon juice
1 tsp of vanilla extract

Before you get started, preheat the oven to 425F / 220C / gas mark 7 and line a 12-cup muffin tray.

You can then sift the flour, coconut sugar, raw cacao, and baking powder into a large bowl. Mix until well combined, and then set aside.

Place the pureed beet, honey, coconut oil, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a blender or food processor and blitz for one to two minutes until it is smooth. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well to combine.

Next, spoon the mixture into the muffin tray before placing in a preheated oven. You can then bake for approximately 20 minutes. After this time, check the muffins have cooked all the way through. If they are not quite ready yet then return to the oven for another five minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool before serving.

The cakes will store for three days in an airtight container. Serve with your favourite cup of herbal or green tea and enjoy.

This is one of the recipes from my soon to be released book – Eat Real Foods! You can pre-order your copy in the UK by clicking here and pre-order your copy in the U.S by clicking here!

Green Goddess Soup

If you have made my Green Goddess Salad Bowl before then you will know how delicious and nutritious dishes with the Green Goddess label are! This soup is absolutely bursting with flavour thanks to the amazing ingredients it is created with.

Purple sprouting broccoli is great to use in cooking and is in season in the UK from January to May. When you select yours, make sure it is fresh and firm, as opposed to being dried out, as this makes for the best taste! Broccoli is thought to help prevent cancer, lower blood pressure and help to protect against cardiovascular disease – with several studies to support these ideas! Broccoli is especially high in vitamins A and C as well as folate, fibre and calcium!

To make a big batch of this soup, you will need the following ingredients:

1 litre of veggie stock
200g of silken tofu
250g of purple sprouting broccoli
2 good handfuls of Swiss chard and kale
1 heaped Tbsp. of white miso
Sea salt and pepper to taste
A large handful of pumpkin seeds, toasted

IMG_4796To get started, bring the veggie stock to the boil and then add in the broccoli.  You can boil the broccoli in the stock for five to seven minutes until the broccoli becomes soft. At this point you can lower the heat to a gentle simmer.

Once the stock is simmering, add in the tofu, Swiss chard, kale and white miso. Continue to simmer for another ten minutes and season with the pepper and sea salt. The next step is to either transfer the contents of the pan into your high speed blender, or simply use a hand blender to puree in the pan. You can then pre-heat your grill, place the pumpkin seeds on the top tray and toast for five to seven minutes. Finally, spoon the green soup into four bowls and sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds. Also, if you like, you can add the red colourful stems of the chard as a garnish too!

For more great recipes like this, as well as extensive information about optimum nutrition, head over to The Flexi Foodie Academy

Lemon Coconut and Radish Noodle Salad

This dish is fantastic if you want a light and refreshing yet filling meal that is full of flavour! It doesn’t take long to make and is a great excuse for getting your spiralizer out! I often make it as an accompaniment when I’m having people over for dinner but it also works as a main dish.

Radishes are incredibly under-appreciated when it comes to cooking and making an effort to eat them more brings variety to your meals as well as nutrition to your body! They have a crunchy texture and are actually naturally cooling which helps to keep your body temperature steady. In just a few months radishes will be in season, making them the perfect choice to include in spring dinner party dishes. If you are suffering with a sore throat or are experiencing poor digestion then radishes can help to improve both of these things! They are also very useful at preventing viral infections because of their high vitamin C content. Add to that, that they work to eliminate toxins in the body, as well as protecting against certain cancers, and you have an all-round amazing vegetable!

The following ingredients will serve two people as a main dish or four people as a side:

2 x watermelon radishes
1 small cauliflower
Zest of 1 lemon
A large handful of desiccated coconut

For the dressing:

Juice of 1 lemon
1 ripe avocado
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. olive oil
A small handful of coriander
A dash of sea salt and pepper

IMG_4347The first thing you will need to do is peel the watermelon radishes and use a spiralizer to turn them into spaghetti noodles. Once complete, place the noodles in a large salad bowl. You must then chop the cauliflower into small florets and place in your food processor. Next, pulse the cauliflower until it looks like white rice and add it to the salad bowl. 

You can then sprinkle the radish noodles and cauliflower rice with the desiccated coconut. Next, in a small bowl, mash the avocado and add the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and torn coriander.  This can then be seasoned with sea salt and pepper. The final step is to mix the dressing into the noodle salad and garnish with the lemon zest. Delicious! 

To learn more about which foods are great for your body, head over to The Flexi Foodie Academy!