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Orange fennel salad by Sonia, the healthy foodie

Sometimes you come across a blog that instantly captures your attention and Sonia’s blog The Healthy Foodie is just one such blog. I love her recipes and her witty way of writing around those recipes and I think her photos are amazing too as you will see below! You’ll have to come and take a look for yourself as it’s one of the blogs I always go to first whenever I have time to browse through my backlog of things to read online! I was thrilled when she agreed to write a little something for Beetroot and Halloumi Junglefrog Cooking Simone’s Kitchen and below you can read all about it! And can I just say that I’m very flattered about all the words she wrote about me! Blushing behind the computer now! 😉

Giving it over to Sonia now!

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When I heard that Simone, who happens to be one of my most favorite bloggers and photographer extraordinaire, not only had decided to take a little walk down the healthy path, but had also decided to start blogging about her experience, I was ecstatic.

SoniaAfter spending all this time drooling over pretty much every single picture that she’s ever posted, I was finally gonna get to actually give her recipes a try! Big yay!

Now can you imagine my excitement when she asked me if I would consider writing a little piece to be featured on this new baby of hers? I just couldn’t believe it! Me? Making an appearance on one of Simone’s sites? No way!

I have to admit that I am extremely humbled to have my photography being featured in such close proximity to hers. You see, Simone would be one of the foodographers that I look up to the most: her pictures are always so amazing, so mouth watering, so perfect in every possible way. For me to be posting my work here, where her work resides, is an unbelievably humbling experience.

I thank you very much, Simone, for letting me expose my “beginner level art” in your top notch professional gallery.

Whoa, but wait a minute. How very rude of me. Here I am, jabbering away, while most of you don’t have the slightest idea who I am…

Well, my name is Sonia, I’m a 38 year old French Canadian from Québec (Canada), single mother of 2 fully grown kids, who’s recently turned her life around and decided to embrace embrace a healthier approach to living.

Now, if someone had told me, not even 5 years ago, that I would be sitting here today writing these very words, I’d have probably called them crazy.

The thing is, back then, my life was nothing like what it is today.

  • You see, I used to smoke… A LOT!
  • And drink… way too much!
  • Food? OH YEAH! I did lots of that too, of course. And my choices in that field were not always the greatest, really…
  • As for exercise… Well, that word was not even part of my dictionary!

I eventually had enough of all this and decided that things had to change.

Of course, I quit smoking, quit drinking and eventually, over time, started eating better and exercising. I became totally enthralled by this healthier lifestyle, and to help me stay on track while perhaps inspiring others to follow in my tracks, I eventually created a blog: The Healthy Foodie.

There, I share on a regular basis, thoughts and recipes that I find sit well with my perception of what healthy living can be.

Pears

For health, I think, is a very personal concept, really.

In fact, I believe that there are probably as many descriptions of the word as there are people using it. What I consider healthy might be totally unhealthy, to you, and what is healthy to you might be total junk to your neighbour

Where do I stand?

I personally tend to adhere more to the principles of “clean eating”. This, to me, is a form of health that is totally unrestrictive and super fun and easy to follow.

Quite simply, it implies eating food that is as close as possible to what nature intended. Choose whole, natural foods and try to avoid everything that’s highly processed or refined.

Just remember… Food does not grow in a box! Reach for fresh produce, lean cuts of meat and whole, unrefined grains.

Fruits

Also, try and include a form of lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fat in every one of your meals. Oh, and be careful not to drink your calories! Opt for water or herbal tea instead of sugar laden fruit juices or sodas!

Last but not least, being healthy implies that you stay active! Keeping your body moving is the best way to rev up your metabolism and get those calories working for you, instead of against you!

I guess, in the end, healthy is what you make it.

And to me, salads such as this one just SCREAM healthy.

Orange fennel salad
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 fennel bulb shaved paper thin
  • A few sprig fennel leaves
  • 2 navel oranges supremed
  • 1 bosc pear sliced
  • 45 g walnuts chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut the oranges into supremes, working over a bowl, in order not lose any of the juice. When you’ve got all your supremes done, make sure to squeeze all the juice out of the “membrane” that is left behind.
  2. In a medium to large mixing bowl, add all your ingredients, including orange juice.
  3. Give everything a quick toss and transfer to divide between 2 serving dishes.
  4. Garnish with fennel leaves, if desired.

Want more healthy recipe ideas? Head on over to The Healthy Foodie

Recipes

And here is a sample of a few recipes you can expect to find…

  1. Creamy Avocado Pasta
  2. Heavenly Healthy Matcha Green Tea Cake
  3. Almond Joy Chocolate Spread
  4. Chicken Goat Cheese Pizza
  5. Lean mean Green Pea and Cucumber Salad
  6. Crispy baked Chicken Tenders
  7. Home made spelt pasta and Healthy Fettucine Alfredo
  8. Ratatouille Pizza
  9. Pear, Blackberry and Blue Cheese salad

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