Meatless Monday Fresh Veggielicious Vietnamese Spring Rolls!

FoodGirlUK Veggielicious Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Not only is this recipe refreshingly delicious its healthy and easy to prepare and most importantly full of nutritional goodness.

Meatless Monday is an everyday growing campaign and has been picking up power and influence across the globe rapidly. The aims of Meatless Monday are endless! It not only encourages you to eat more vegetables and less meat benefiting your health but this reduction in consumption also aids in reducing your carbon footprint thus helping the environment at the same time. As a planet we have a lot to offer especially in the 21st century, as a nation we eat far too much meat, which simply isn’t necessary (nor is it healthy). By cutting meat from out diets just once a day over a prolonged period of time we are helping reduce the risk of potentially fatal diseases such as heart diseases and diabetes.

A comparison study was carried out comparing the dietary data from meat-eaters, meat-reduces and vegetarians with the hypothesis being, the less meat you eat, the small your impact on the environment and the longer you live!

The results of the study found the mortality rate for meat-eaters was found to be 20% higher than vegetarians and semi- vegetarians.

Although, for someone who eats meat on a daily basis, this statistic should be enough to turn you vegetarian completely, going Meatless Monday is classed as semi- vegetarian, which still dramatically improves your health and prolongs your life expectancy. You have nothing to lose by attempting Meatless Monday once a week in fact you only have things to gain! Mix it up a little incorporate more vegetables into your diet and less meat. That way it’s a win win situation; your life expectancy goes up, you’ll feel much healthier yet you can still satisfy those cheeky meat cravings (if you have them).

 

The power of the avocado

Since this delicious mouth-watering recipe features avocado, I thought you’d be interested to know a few benefits of the almighty powerful avocado!

Coronary heart disease is still the biggest killer in the UK, avocado is a great source of monounsaturated oleic acid that research has shown that it reduces cholesterol, strengthening your heart as well as containing high level of potassium which regulates blood pressure.

Aside from internal health benefits avocados are great for getting that beautiful summer glow that everyone desires so much. The healthy fats in avocado moisturize your skin making it feel soft and healthy. Omega-9, which is a key oil in avocados, can help reduce skin redness and irritation as well as help repair damaged skin cells. It’s also great for protecting your skin from wrinkles with its antioxidant carotenoids and vitamin E.

In a nutshell avocados taste amazing, they’re great for your skin, heart health, diabetes, they help with weight loss they even help with arthritis. So give them a shot – experience the wonders for yourself!

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Veggielicious Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Ingredients:

1 package rice paper wrappers
1 head green leaf lettuce
1 bunch cilantro (leaves and tender stems)
1 carrot, julienned
1 cucumber, julienned thin
1 avocado
1 young spring onion

Instructions:

1.  Wash and slice the vegetables. Use a non stick surface like a plastic cutting board for wrapping the rolls. The lettuce leaves should be sliced into manageable strips and dried once washed. Use only the soft tips of the leaves. Chop the cilantro leaves coarsely.

2. Fill a large bowl with hot water to soften the rice paper wrappers. Do this one wrap at a time. Don’t be surprised if you ruin a few wrappers before getting it just right. Submerge a single dry wrapper in the warm water completely. It will begin to soften and turn transparent. Once the wrapper is very supple, gently lift it out with both hands. It will get sticky quickly, so take care not to let it fold in on itself. Place the wrapper flat on the plate.

3. Put a little of each filler item into the wrapper. You should create a little oblong mound of filling items just to one side of the center of the wrapper on the side closest you.

4. Wrap the roll up by taking the edge closest to you and flipping it up over the little mound of filling. Gently roll the filling up until you’ve just past the halfway point, then pull the sides in and roll it the rest of the way.

5. Take a sharp large knife and dip it in hot water, then slice one roll at a time into sushi-like pieces. Do this one roll at a time to keep the knife wet and hot making it easier to cut the rice paper clean.

OPTION:

Spicy Peanut Dip:

1 tbsp natural organic peanut butter
1/4 cup low sugar Hoisin sauce
1 tsp chili flakes

 

Paleo Turkey Pizza!

FoodGirlUK Turkey Pizza Ingredients

Well as promised, here is what I made with the ingredients I showed above…did you guess right?

This is an incredibly tasty, healthy and easy dish to make that will impress the entire family. I love making this dish as I am super busy and always on the run so making this for myself lasts me 3-4 meals – I can eat it at anytime of the day, dress it up with a side salad or other veg, or simply grab a slice and go! It’s full of lean protein, low in bad fats and no refined sugars! It’s a bread free pizza in fact! Check out how I did it:

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ATTENTION ALL HUMANS: Plants and animals have declared independence!

Attention readers: plants and animals declare independence! You can watch the breaking story as it unfolds here:

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Have you been fooled by these sneaky labeling tricks? A look at the latest craze in vitamin waters.

The truth about vitamin water REVEALED…

FoodGirlUK Vitamin Water Warning

As a nation the second we mention vitamins we all go crazy to have these “enhanced”, “health boosting” products. However, these vitamin packed products are not as great as they sound. In fact, many are simply masking the garbage that is actually inside!

Facing the facts…

The goal of marketing the benefits of vitamins in such products as the new range of vitamin water’s available is to make it appear to be the new miracle drink. With such products packaged in bottles that are eye-catching, and the media portraying them as the latest and uber glamorous drink that we all need to have in our lives how can we not jump at the opportunity to try out their benefits. They claim these vitamin waters are supposed to give you lasting energy, taste great and focus your mind. So who wouldn’t want to drink this? But remember, there are no silver bullets, and if it sounds too good to be true – IT IS!

Vitamin water is fortified sugar water. Just reading the small print on the label will reveal the truth! However, the front of pack labels themselves are very sneaky, stating that there are “only” 50 calories insinuating that this is 50 calories per bottle when the bottle actually contains 2.5 servings!? How can a consumer shop in a reasonable amount of time with sneaky marketing like this without spending hours having to second guess products and reading labels and calculating labels. Instead, this seemingly low calorie, healthy drink turns into a drink containing a whopping 33 grams of sugar in the entire bottle (which would be a regular drink size any consumer would drink), which when compared to a bottle of Coke, which we all should know is horrendously unhealthy to consume regularly, has 100 calories and 30 grams of sugar! The vitamin water is actually worse for you than having a Coke! This just infuriates me! I cannot stand how food companies and retailers can get away with such blatantly sneaky claims – just because there are pumped in vitamins, it does not take away the health harms of all that sugar!

Diet Coke Plus Foodgirluk Alert

Consider Coke’s new “health branded” product, diet Coke plus, which follows the same principle as vitamin water; they fortify their sugar with chemically synthesized vitamins. Once again, a product like this, with chemically synthesized vitamins is not healthier! So many products make claims like this such as cereals claiming they have vitamin A and D or are whole wheat…it still doesn’t make these sugar laden products good for us! Its shocking what you can learn by taking time to read the label as the food companies bank on consumers grabbing items off the shelves and believing their smartly worded health claims. They are not interested in the health of the public…they want to sell more of their products and their interest is to attracting consumers by being sneaky. No one has the time to do comparisons while in the grocery store in order to read all the labels.

So don’t be fooled! Vitamin water isn’t what it seems! It is simply processed vitamins added to sugar water! The key is to think natural, a couple of squeezes of lemon or orange juice in sparkling water is the healthiest and it being sparkling water feels like it’s a treat!

 

 

 

Meatless Monday takes on a summer vegetable and goats cheese quiche!

 

Foodgirluk Meatless Monday Quiche
 This quiche is so versatile it can be used for brunch, lunch or dinner. It can be served hot or cold and is the perfect light and fresh dish, perfect on a hot summers day. It’ll be sure to win the whole family over!

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Why canned tomatoes should never cross your lips

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Canned tomatoes are one of the most popular kitchen staples; virtually everyone has them in their house right across the globe. But did you know opening up these convenient food stuffs could be poisoning you and your family slowly over time?
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Meatless Monday goes alfresco with veggie burgers!

Foodgirluk Meatless Monday burgers

Before we crack on with this amazingly tantalizing recipe, let’s discuss why anyone should consider going meatless Monday‘s?

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A True Canadian Tradition with a Twist: Canada Day Paleo Protein Pancakes

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Although pancakes are not unique to Canada, they are certainly a staple in our cultural cuisine. We have entire restaurants dedicated to eat them! Not to forget many of us grew up learning at a young age how to make these fluffy breakfast cakes or have visited maple syrup farms with our schools. It is definitely apart of our heritage- And I’m sure early settlers relied on some variation of fried dough cooked in cast iron skillets over campfires, or wood stoves across North America to get through the tough, cold winters. But today we enjoy them ALL the time! They are no longer restricted as a breakfast food and a huge variety of ways to make them are out there! As much as they are apart of my DNA and I too could eat them anytime-all the time, I also realise the traditional recipe is basically like eating fried cake with extra sugar on top for breakfast! So I have spent years playing with all sorts of recipes to get them right – low carb, high protein, nutritious and yet still delicious! See the recipe below and make sure to hug a Canadian today! ;)
Happy Canada Day!

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Whats lean, green and perfect for this years Canada Day and Independence Day Barbecue? Try this weeks Meatless Monday Courgette Fritters!

Foodgirluk Courgette

Its summer and we all want to feel light, fresh and glowing right?

One under-appreciated yet surprisingly powerful common produce can do just  that! The courgette is a powerhouse for better beauty and health. While commonly avocados are famous for their amazing fixes for your skin, hair and nails, courgettes are just as helpful – they just haven’t been raved about enough until now!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Celebrating 1 year of fighting foodcrimes!

Happy Birthday Foodgirluk.com

Today we are celebrating 1 year of fighting foodcrimes! One year ago today, foodgirluk.com was launched to help educate the public about the atrocious politics occurring in and around our food system and to expose the ways in which our health and human rights are being jeopardised for companies to save money and make more profits!

I want to thank you all for the support I have received over the past year and look forward to many more opportunities to help raise awareness about consumer and human rights around health related to diets and the ability to inspire many more people to do the same!

Thank you for following!

x Food Girl

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