Super Foods Super Fast
Julie Montagu, the mind behind the healthy lifestyle recipe blog The Flexi Foodie, wants you to eat your vegetables — or anything plant-based for that matter: fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains.
For Montagu, eating healthy means knowing what your body needs. “For me, the concept of counting calories seems excessive and misinformed as your health and weight is dependent on much more than this,” she says. “When you eat a plant-based diet and avoid refined sugar, there is no need to calorie count in this way and you will find that your weight goals and optimum health become more easily obtainable.”
Montagu is certified in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University and is a certified holistic health counselor and yoga instructor. She practices what she preaches, has the authority to back it up, and lays it all out for us in her new cookbook, Super Foods Super Fast: 100 Energizing Recipes to Make in 20 Minutes or Less .
The Daily meal snagged some of her clean, plant-based recipes to share with you, and we chatted with Montagu about the release of her new book. Check it out below:
The Daily Meal: What is your philosophy of cooking?
Julie Montagu: Cook whole foods; ditch processed and packaged foods entirely and eat what makes you feel good on the inside.
How did your philosophy inspire the recipes you chose to include in this book?
I used ingredients in my recipes that I know do some serious good for the body. And when we eat foods, like the ones in my cookbook, that are good for the body, we will feel good on the inside and glow from the outside.
What is your favorite recipe in the book and why?
My take on Sloppy Joes for sure. I grew up eating “from a can” sloppy joes and actually loved them! Back then, we all thought the food companies and all the “new” processed and packaged foods were actually good for us, but we now know better so this Sloppy Joe recipe is not only super healthy but it tastes just as good, if not better!
How do you hope readers will use this book, what do you hope they take away?
I hope readers see that it is actually very easy and simple to make whole food recipes that are good for the body, contain a powerhouse of nutrition, tastes delicious… and you don’t have to break the bank or spend hours in the kitchen! Bonus: You only need 20 minutes or less to feed your body some good.
Is there anything else you would like the share?
I’ve recently created my new wellness membership site www.truly-julie.com where there are not only delicious recipes but these recipes have foods in them that help with one’s moods. Plus, the site is filled with all things good for your body that isn’t food… yoga, affirmations, meditations, and a huge supportive community of like-minded women who encourage each other to take those small moments of self-care.