Self-Care Sunday – What’s Your Passion?

The latest topic in my Self-Care Sunday series is all about discovering for yourself what your passions are! This is the sixth week in the series and you can check out the previous videos below.

What’s Your Passion?

Knowing what it is you want to do with yourself, with your time, and with your life, can be quite an overwhelming thought process.

The first step is to find out what you are passionate about and to begin exploring these ideas. You may find that several things come to mind, or that you have to spend some time contemplating what these things are. This is something that there is no need to rush through, and it’s fine to let this evolve naturally over time.

Once you have a clearer idea of the things that you enjoy, the things that you love, and the things you take pleasure in, then you can find ways to make these things a more integral part of your life.

The Power of Positivity

Creating and maintaining a positive mindset is a fantastic step in working towards finding, believing in and building your passions. An optimistic outlook will help you to stay focused on the goals that you set for yourself. This itself is a difficult concept for some people! 

There is no one quick fix when it comes to embracing positivity. It is something that has to be developed in a number of different ways and considered regularly. Ask yourself often if the decisions that you are making are going to serve to enhance your happiness and your positivity, and if not then it’s time to re-evaluate your choices.

Find, Believe, Build

In the following video I talk more on the topic of finding, believing in and building your passions! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel whilst you’re there so you can be automatically alerted about future videos in my Self-Care Sunday series!

If you have seen my new 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 move towards the end of 2017!

Fennel and Pear Salad with Chilli Cashews and Avocado

Okay, so this is one literally one of those recipes where I looked in the fridge and was like….Oh my, we don’t have any food in the house except for fennel!  And so….. this recipe was created out of love for the fennel that was staring me back in the face, saying ‘Eat Me, I’m good for you!’  And yes, fennels are very very good for you as they help with indigestion, anaemia, constipation, heart disease, cancer, blood pressure and even brain function and bad breath!  However, I’ve learned that fennel is something you either love or hate.  It’s a super strong aniseed flavour, so quite bold in taste!  However, I’ve found that by mixing fennel with something sweet, like pear and then a bit spicy like the chilli flakes makes this salad not only deliciously nutritious but worth eating!

Serves 4 as a side and 2 for a main dish
1 Fennel
1 avocado
1 pear
1 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. chili flakes
large handful of cashews
1 lime, juiced
handful of fresh mint
Pre-heat the oven to 180C.  Once heated, coat the cashews in some coconut oil, sprinkle with chilli flakes and place in a baking tray and toast for 10 minutes until lightly browned.  Using a mandoline slicer, slice the fennel into thin slices.   De-seed the avocado and cut the avocado into thick chunks.   Place the fennel and avocado in a medium bowl or large plate.  Peel the pear and grate the pear over the fennel and avocado.  Add the lime juice over the salad to keep the pear from browning.  In the meantime, in a pan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil.  Once melted, toast the fennel and cumin seeds for about 3-5 minutes.  Toss the toasted seeds, cashews and fresh mint over the salad and enjoy!
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Would love to hear your comments below so please post away!  And remember to head to www.juliemontagu.com for more healthy eating tips, inspiration, online nutrition courses and of course, my new cookbook SUPERFOODS!

Radish Avocado Salad with Chia Tahini Dressing

I’m always looking for quick, easy salads that I can just chop up and whip together and this is one of them.   But lately I’ve been reading about the MANY benefits of radishes and wanted to incorporate them into something yummy and thus this recipe was born.  I get it, radishes aren’t the tastiest of all veggies out there, but combined with a killer dressing or dip, you’re getting a delicious treat with SOOOOOOO many benefits!

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So let’s talk radishes! First of all, they’re kind of pretty to look at and the health benefits are unbelievable……Radishes are a serious Super Hero Food that come in a little package.  Researchers at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University found that radishes induce apoptosis – meaning they kill cancer cells. Compounds called isothiocyanates and anthocyanins are found in abundance in radishes and have been proven effective in the fight against cancer in several studies.  If you have chronic bronchial flare-ups, sinus infections or asthma, radishes can act as a natural decongestant.  They’ve been shown to lower cholesterol, manage diabetes and regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels.  The water and fiber content make radishes surprisingly filling, and the lack of calories (19 calories per cup!) puts them at the top of the “best diet” foods. The surprising number of nutrients found in these small vegetables means you aren’t skimping on nutrition while cutting back on fats, sugars and carbs.  So, let’s eat this Super Hero food, like now!

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so if you’re anything like me…. I always wanted to make them work in a recipe but it’s sort of hard, right?  Well, not anymore.  Here is a quick and delicious recipe to whip up for lunch or even for a dinner party!

Serves 3-4

2 cups radishes, diced

1 cup red pepper, diced

large handful of black olives

large handful of coriander, chopped

1 small avocado, diced

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

1 spring onion, chopped

Chia Tahini dressing

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons tahini

1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds

juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoons fresh parsley

1/2 teaspoon tamari

1 tablespoon agave or honey

pinch of himalayan sea salt

pinch of chill powder

fresh coriander and spring onions for garnish

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In a large pretty bowl add all the ingredients for the salad.  Blend all the dressing ingredients in a food processor until smooth.  The dressing will be quite thick but when you mix it through the salad it will become thinner.  Toss until well combined and garnish with the coriander and spring onion.  Enjoy!

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Now this is what I call a truly Super Food, Super Hero Salad!  If you like this blog post then why not LIKE my Facebook page or check out my website at www.juliemontagu.com for more healthy lifestyle tips!

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Cauliflower, Sultana & Almond Salad with Turmeric Dressing

As crazy as this dish sounds, it is frickin’ unreal – like SO good!  So, I urge you to try it as soon as possible!  And the great news is that this dressing can be used to top a load of steamed or roasted veg as well.   I did an earlier post on turmeric called Turmeric is the New Kale!  So, check that one out to  read about all the amazing benefits of turmeric.  However,  I wanted to post just a quick blip on some of the benefits of turmeric anyhoo….. So check this list out below.

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Turmeric is SHAMAZING because…..

  1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
  2. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
  3. It’s a natural liver detoxifier.
  4. Turmeric may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
  5. It may prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
  6. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

P1080799But the reason I combined this turmeric dressing with cauliflower is this….When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.  So there you have it guys, let’s go and make this salad!

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Grab these ingredients which I bet most of which you probably already have in your kitchen!

For the Salad:

1 Cauliflower, broken into small florets

2 small red onion, sliced

1/2 cup sultanas

1/2 cup toasted, shaved almonds

large handful of chopped coriander

For the Dressing:

4 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Juice and zest of 2 lemons

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/4 large avocado

1 Tbsp. turmeric

1 Tbsp. raw honey

pinch himalayan sea salt

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Heat your oven to 180C.  Toss the cauliflower florets with coconut oil -really rub it into them.  Season with black pepper and sea salt and roast for 15 minutes.  After the 15 minutes, add in the sliced red onion and cook for another 15-20 minutes until nice and tender.  Once cooked, you can add the cauliflower and red onion mix to a bowl and toast the flaked almonds in the same heated oven for max. 5 min.  Watch them carefully so that you don’t burn them.  Combine the almonds, sultanas and chopped coriander to the cauliflower and red onion mix.

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For the dressing, combine all the yummy ingredients into your food processor or blender and blitz away until you get this amazing bright orange looking dressing.  It’s wonderful to look at and to taste!  Coat the cauliflower salad with this dressing and you are good to go.  This salad could be one of my all time favourites!  Enjoy!

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