Kale and Tomato Breakfast Wraps

Breakfast wraps are a great, healthy way to bring some variety to your morning meal. They involve surprisingly minimal preparation and the fantastic combination of ingredients can really help you to start the day in the best way possible! One of the many great things about my breakfast wraps is that you can make them right before you head out of the door and then enjoy them on your way to work!

As you will already know from visiting my blog before, kale is an absolute powerhouse of nutrition and I recommend getting lots of it into your diet! With these wraps you get a whole cup into your body before the day has even really begun! This little leaf is full of so many antioxidants, not to mention high amounts of vitamins A, C and K.

The addition of basil to this recipe compliments the existing flavour as well as providing an additional dose of goodness. This herb has quite a distinct aroma and contains beneficial amounts of vitamin K, manganese and magnesium! Growing basil at home for yourself is so easy to do and you can more than likely grab yourself a plant from your local supermarket with your weekly shop. This will mean that you always have fresh basil to hand, and also that your kitchen will be full of the delicious smell it is loved for.

Kale and Tomato Breakfast Wraps3To make this dish for two people you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups of fresh kale
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 small onion, diced
1 large tomato, sliced
1/2 a medium avocado, mashed
The juice of half a lemon
2 tablespoons of fresh basil
2 whole-wheat tortillas

Kale and Tomato Breakfast Wraps2The first step is to heat the coconut oil in a skillet and then fry the onion and tomato at a medium heat. While this is cooking you can take the tortillas and spread the mashed avocado over each one.

Once the onions have started to brown, remove the contents of the pan and spoon onto the tortillas. Add half of the lemon juice to each tortilla with the basil, and then place the kale on top. Fold the tortillas and serve – it’s as simple as that!

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Creamy Super Soup

This creamy soup is a super simple way to eat spirulina without having to taste it! If you are a fan of raw foods then just skip heating the soup—it tastes great either way.

If you have heard me talk about spirulina before then it is most likely in a smoothie recipe as it is great for adding a burst of nutrition to smoothies! However, you can also add it into soups to give them a healthy boost. Far from just being good for your body, spirulina is good for your brain too.

Spirulina is a type of bacteria that grows in both fresh and salt water. Its use as a superfood dates all the way back to the Aztecs, and with good reason. Just one tablespoon of spirulina contains an impressive four grams of protein, as well as beneficial amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, copper and iron! It also contains smaller, but still beneficial, amounts of a wide range of other nutrients that the body needs.

Experts have argued that gram for gram, this could actually be the most nutritious food on the planet!

To make this soup for two people, you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups of raw cashew nuts
2 cups / 16fl oz / 450ml of water or vegetable stock
2 cups / 5oz / 140g of kale
2 cups / 5oz / 140g of spinach
1 avocado, peeled and de-stoned
A handful of fresh cilantro (coriander), trimmed
1 inch (2.5cm) fresh root ginger, peeled
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 tbsp of spirulina
1 tsp of cumin

First you will need to place the cashew nuts and water into your blender and blitz for about five minutes. By this time your mixture should be smooth, but if it’s not then keep going until it is!

Next, add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and continue to blend until everything is completely smooth. This should take between one and two minutes. You can then pour the soup into a medium saucepan and heat on a low heat for 10–15 minutes. Finally, divide into two bowls and serve immediately. As I mentioned before, if you want to consume the soup without heating it up then that is totally fine too!

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Superfood Smoothie

Here you have two of my favourite superfoods in one super smoothie! But don’t forget that just like goji berries and raw cacao, you have a few other ‘super’ foods in this one too, such as kale, blueberries, and even lucuma. Essentially, it’s an all-round winner for your health!

Goji berries are one of the best berries you can include in your diet and also bring a touch of colour to recipes. They are especially high in vitamin C and fibre, whilst also being a great plant-based source of iron and vitamin A. They also pack a decent dose of protein and are fairly low calorie.

Blueberries are another fantastic type of berry and are generally more well-known than goji berries. Blueberries are bursting with antioxidants and research has shown that they are particularly good for brain health and the nervous system. Certain studies have even suggested they can help to improve memory function. When you freeze blueberries you will preserve the nutrients within, so it’s always a good idea to stock up when they are in season and enjoy throughout the year. A one cup serving of these berries will provide your body with ample vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C, fibre and copper, among many other health boosting vitamins and minerals.

Superfood Smoothie2To make enough of this super smoothie for one or two people, you will need the following ingredients:

1 tbsp of goji berries
2 cups / 16fl oz / 450ml of coconut water
1 banana, peeled
1 tsp of lucuma powder
1 tsp of raw cacao
1/2 cup / 2oz / 55g of blueberries
A handful of kale

You will first need to pre-soak the goji berries in a bowl of cold water for ten minutes before draining and rinsing. You can then place the berries in a blender with the rest of the ingredients and blitz for one to two minutes, or until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Hemp Seed Smoothie Bowl

Think of this as almost like a chocolate milkshake but one that is actually filled with all things good! You might think that this is impossible…..but give this one a go and I think you’ll agree it’s thick, creamy, and slightly chocolatey too!

If you haven’t heard the hype about hemp seeds yet then you are certainly missing out! They are loaded with goodness, from healthy fats to an abundance of protein and essential nutrients. The omega-3 fatty acids found within hemp seeds are great for nourishing your mind as well as your heart. This kind of fat reduces inflammation in the body as well as promoting cognitive function and memory. For this reason, having one of my hemp seed smoothie bowls first thing in the morning can really help you to start the day with your best foot forwards!

Hemp seeds are also amazing because they contain all of the essential amino acids. This makes them a complete source of protein which is fantastic for those on a purely plant-based diet. Just three tablespoons of these seeds equates to 10 grams of seriously high-quality protein!

Hemp Seed Smoothie Bowl2To make this smoothie bowl for two people, you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups / 5oz / 140g of spinach
2 cups / 5oz / 140g of kale
1/2 a cucumber, roughly chopped
1 ripe banana
1/2 an avocado, peeled and de-stoned
1 tbsp of hemp seeds
1 tsp of spirulina
1 cup / 8fl oz / 225ml of coconut milk
1 tbsp of raw cacao
A handful of ice (optional)

Hemp Seed Smoothie BowlTo make this smoothie bowl, all you need to do is place all of the ingredients (except the ice) into a blender. You can then blitz for approximately two minutes, or until the mixture becomes thick and creamy.

If you want to chill the smoothie, you can then add the ice to the blender and blitz again. Once everything is combined together, spoon it into bowls and serve immediately.

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Spicy Kale Chips

Kale has boomed in popularity in the last few years – and for good reason! It is not only incredibly nutritious but also super versatile and can be included in countless dishes. Chuck it in your morning smoothie, add it to your lunch time salad or top your dinner with it. However you choose to eat it, doing so is great for your health! It has such an amazing nutritional profile, with Vitamins A, C and K being present in extremely beneficial amounts! It is also a fantastic source of calcium, magnesium, iron and those all important antioxidants!

Almond Butter Kale Chips Julie Montagu4So, munch out on this super-healthy snack that has all the crunch of potato chips (that’s crisps for those outside of the U.S!) but with all the good stuff and none of the bad!

To make a dish of my spicy kale chips that will serve two to three people, find the following ingredients:

1 big bunch of kale
1½ tbsp of almond butter
1 tbsp of olive oil
½ tsp of ground cumin
½ tsp of chilli flakes
½ tsp of pink Himalayan sea salt

Almond Butter Kale Chips Julie MontaguGet started by first preheating the oven to 350F/180C/gas mark 4. You can then wash and dry the kale. Make sure you dry it completely and then tear it into large pieces. As you do so, make sure to remove the thick stalks and set them aside.

Almond Butter Kale Chips Julie Montagu5Next, in a large bowl, mix together the almond butter, olive oil, cumin, chilli flakes and sea salt until well combined. You can then place the kale leaves into the bowl and toss in the almond butter mixture. Mix this together well until all of the kale leaves are evenly coated.

The next step is to spread the kale leaves on a non-stick baking tray and place in your preheated oven for 10–15 minutes or until crisp. After this time, remove the tray from the oven and transfer the spicy kale chips into a bowl.

Almond Butter Kale Chips Julie Montagu3You can either eat them straight from the oven or, if you want to eat them later, then they will stay fresh stored in an airtight container for three days.

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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!

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Burnt Corn, Kale and Lime Salad

Creating delicious variations on the traditional side salad is something that I love to do in the kitchen! This recipe requires minimal preperation and can be put together in the ten minutes before you serve your main meal. Kale is an ingredient that I tend to use a lot at home because of its amazing nutritious value. For those of you who don’t know, kale is among the healthiest foods in the world! With over 45 different flavonoids contained within, it provides a range of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It is also great for lowering LDL cholesterol levels and lowering risk factors for cancer development.

Adding the juice of one lime to the salad dressing not only helps to bring out the flavour of the other ingredients but also brings a healthy boost to this side dish. They are a fantastic source of vitamin C and folic acid, the latter of which is important for cell growth and metabolism.

To make enough of this salad to serve six people, you will need the following ingredients:

2 x corns on the cob
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. cumin
250g kale, shredded
Sea salt
1 avocado, cut into small chunks
A squeeze of honey

For the dressing:
The juice of 1 lime
A handful of coriander, torn

Burnt Corn, Kale and Lime Salad2Firstly, using a sharp knife, cut the corn away from the cobs and separate the corn into kernels. In a frying pan, dry fry the corn with the paprika and the cumin for about 10 minutes until the corn starts to blacken! Next, remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool.

In a large bowl, massage the kale with sea salt for ten minutes or until it becomes soft. Add the burnt corn, the avocado, the lime and the coriander. Toss well and serve!

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Spiced Coconut Kale with Avocado

The key to making a proper kale salad taste good is to not cook the kale!  You just need to give it some love and soften it with an acidic ingredient or dressing. In my view this side is perfect for any main dish! Eating this dish regularly alongside your main meals also brings a nutrition boost to any meal. Kale is one of the healthiest leaves on the planet and can really help to reduce your LDL cholesterol levels. It has also been explored extensively for its potential cancer preventing abilities. It is believed to reduce the risk of developing at least five different cancers (bladder, colon, breast, ovary and prostate). With over 45 different flavonoids contained within, with both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, kale is an absolute winner for your the health of your body.

The addition of avocado and almonds to this recipe also ensures you are getting a good dose of good fat that is essential for many functions in the body. Getting an adequate amount of good fat through your foods can also help towards your weight loss goals. Both of these ingredients will also help to keep your cholesterol levels at an optimum level, and will also help to protect against heart disease!

 

kale avocado saladTo make a big bowl to divide between everyone at the dinner table, find the following ingredients:

For the salad:

 

A bunch of kale, torn into pieces and chunky stems removed

40g of coconut flakes
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
A large handful of almonds, toasted
 

For the dressing:

 

1 shallot, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp. of olive oil
1 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. of dried chilli flakes
1 tsp. of maple syrup
 

This is a really quick and easy one to make! First you have to do whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Once it is combined, put the kale in a large serving bowl and pour half the dressing over the top.  You can then use your hands to massage the dressing into the kale for a few minutes in order to soften it.  Next, add the coconut flakes, avocado and toasted almonds and mix together well. Finally, pour in the rest of the dressing and serve.  YUM!

 

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Garlic Peas and Kale with Smashed Avocado

This dish works well as a main meal for one or as a side dish for two or more. The combination of green vegetables with the healthy fats of the avocado mean that you are getting a dose of nutrition that’s difficult to rival! The four large handfuls of kale that you’ll use in this recipe are seriously beneficial for your body as kale is known to lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Not only that but it is also rammed full of vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamins A, C and K, manganese, copper and fiber among many others! The high antioxidant count of kale also makes it amazing for protecting your body against cancer – it is a leaf that truly deserves the superfood label!

The use of pumpkin seeds brings a massive serving of magnesium into this dish which is essential in keeping your heart, bones and teeth healthy, not to mention the proper function of your blood vessels and bowels. Pumpkin seeds are also a fantastic source of zinc which the body needs to keep your eyes and skin healthy, whilst also ensuring proper cell growth. The high omega-3 fatty acid count in avocados provides your body with the good kind of fat that it craves as well as a decent dose of protein. Fresh avocados contain a huge amount of antioxidants, most notably lycopene and beta-carotene which greatly help to reduce cell damage.

Sound like a meal that you want to enjoy?! Then make sure you have the following ingredients:

2 tbsp. of coconut oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 onion, thinly sliced
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
400g of frozen peas
4 large handfuls of kale, stems removed
1 avocado, roughly chopped
A handful of pumpkin seeds

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To begin, melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil has started to get hot, you can add the garlic, onion and peas until the garlic and onion start to soften. After a few minutes the peas should start to soften and cook too. Next, add the lemon zest and juice, kale, avocado and pumpkin seeds. You should then season with sea salt and ground pepper. The next step is to take a potato masher and roughly mash the mixture. Be sure to add in a decent drizzle of olive oil while you are doing so. Your Garlic Peas with Smashed Avocado is now ready to enjoy as it is or to add on to the side of another meal! The creamy mixture is sure to go down a treat with guests as an original addition to the menu!

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Where Are All The Antioxidants?

We all know that eating a varied diet full of natural foods is the key to good health, however, there is an abundance of such foods to choose from. It is normal that everybody has certain foods that they prefer, but in order to maximise the nutrition in your diet it is important to eat as wide a selection of plant-based foods as possible. By consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants, you are giving your body the ammo it needs to keep your immune system healthy and fight rogue free radicals.

Even though antioxidants can be found in a large number of foods, there are several that have a much higher count than others. By choosing to include these foods in your meals, and as snacks, your health will benefit dramatically. These foods are often referred to as superfoods because of the benefits of eating them! When you include these superfoods in your diet, you will be able to stop buying and consuming pricy supplements and get all of your nutrition directly from natural food sources.

Blueberries have been used in research to determine the best way to protect cells from damage. It has been suggested that consuming them every day will go a long way to protecting your body in this way. Blueberries are also good for lowering inflammation and boosting the immune system. In addition to having a high antioxidant count, blueberries also contain high numbers of phytochemicals that are believed to protect the body against certain diseases.

All nuts in their raw form are fantastic for the body. The problem comes when these nuts are cooked in refined oils and covered in salt. When eaten raw, any type of nut will provide health benefits to the body and a happy dose of antioxidants. One of the best advantages of eating nuts is that they contain high numbers of good fats which the body needs to function properly. All nuts are high in antioxidants but amongst the best for your health are almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts.

If you’ve visited my online learning portal then you’ll know that dark leafy green vegetables are an absolute favourite of mine – and for good reason! Crammed full of antioxidants, vitamins, calcium, magnesium and much more, dark leafy green vegetables are all-round winners for the body. If you don’t know which ones to choose, then give kale, spinach and broccoli a go to start!