Julie Morris is a superfood chef and a New York Times best-selling author. She has already released three cook books in the UK (Superfood Juices, Superfood Snacks and Superfood Smoothies) and has recently launched her 4th, Superfood Kitchen! Julie’s books are based around incorporating superfoods into everyday recipes; from smoothies to starters to desserts. Julie’s mission is simple: to share recipes and nutrition tips that make a vibrantly healthy lifestyle both easy to achieve and delicious to follow. I sent her over some interview questions to find out more
Congratulations on the release of your new book Julie! Can you briefly describe what people can expect to find inside?
Thank you! This is a book that celebrates the incredible power of superfoods – the most nutrient-dense, benefit-rich foods on the planet – in both a nutritional and culinary sense. Inside you’ll find an in-depth look at what superfoods are, why they’re so important (now, more than ever before), and all about their remarkable powers to energize, promote radiant good health, as well as high performance. And most importantly, you’ll learn how to use them! There’s 100 crave-worthy recipes inside, ranging from breakfasts like banana hempseed bread, to entrees like black-eyed pea and kale soup … to everything in between! Best of all, these are recipes that make you feel as good as they taste.
You have written four books on superfoods including this one, what led you to become a superfood expert and at what point did you decide to share your knowledge with everyone?
I got into superfoods when I was 20 … 14 years ago now (yikes!). I was randomly suffering from symptoms of chronic fatigue, and after a tremendous amount of research, began to use superfoods to restore my energy levels. Not only did it work, truly changing my life, but it was a profound moment in time for me: I realized not only could these foods help others, but it was absolutely criminal that these amazing ingredients weren’t used in recipes more. When I got a bag of goji berries, for example, I had no idea what to do with them! (There weren’t any recipe books out there.) So, I changed paths in life and made it my mission to spread the word of superfoods, and try and motivate others to use them through innovative recipes … nothing is as convincing as “delicious!” I started working in the natural food industry with different superfood companies as an educator and recipe developer, and have been deeply involved ever since.
What do you think the health benefits are of including superfoods in our everyday meals?
There are so many, but a huge one is what I call “balanced energy” – aka just feeling overall GOOD, most of the time! Superfoods are so rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, that they nourish our bodies on a very deep level – eating them doesn’t simply leave use feeling full, it leaves us feeling truly satisfied. When consumed regularly, the positive results of this balance of micronutrients are extraordinary, including helping to maintain a healthy immune system, provide increased healing and detoxification, and promoting a balanced weight, to name a few.
What inspires you in your cooking/baking and in life in general?
I love art in all forms, which means there’s so much that inspires me. Sometimes it’s as basic as eating a fantastic dish with an interesting flavor combination and wanting to apply it to one of my projects, and sometimes it’s as abstract as looking at a painting that reminds me of sauces. There’s a very technical side to cooking, but a lot of it is extremely intuitive as well, and I love toggling between those two places.
What do you eat on a typical day?
Always a superfood smoothie in the morning (although the contents regularly change), lots of snacks during the day (and nibbles on whatever I’m making in the test kitchen), a green juice in the afternoon as a pick-me-up, and at night, a giant green salad usually accompanied by a soup or some kind of protein-rich entrée. And… usually a glass of wine. And dark chocolate to cap things off.
If you had one piece of advice on diet what would it be?
One, don’t be on a diet – our relationship with food has collectively become so sad. Food is NOT an enemy that we have to deny! (And there’s no such thing as a “perfect diet” anyway.) Two, if you eat with nutrient-density in mind, everything else, with time, will fall into place. Start looking at what foods can really truly offer you – not with calories, but with vitamins and minerals … those micronutrients tell the story. Seek the best choices you can get your hands on, and treat yourself like healthy royalty when it comes to what you put in your body.
There are a lot of cookbooks out there at the moment based around superfoods, what do you think makes your new book stand out?
Well, I will first of all say that I’m thrilled to see the newfound momentum within the superfoods movement. Finally! However, I am not just jumping on a trendy superfood bandwagon here – this is a subject I have been intimately involved in for over a decade. Because I work with these ingredients day-in and day-out, my research and recipes are crafted to bring out the very best in these foods, from a nutrition and flavor standpoint. There is a level of quality there, and I think it shows.
What is your favourite recipe from Superfood Kitchen and why?
The Hearty Kale Salad, which has huge umami flavor from crumbled nori and avocados, is something I make at least once a week – I absolutely crave it. Also the Chipotle Chili with Avocado Sour Cream is so hearty and satiating! Oh — and the Sacha Inchi Buckeyes are one of the yummiest desserts ever … sorry that was 3, but what can I say, there are so many gems! Superfoods make everything so incredible!
I recommend you pick up a copy of Julie’s beautiful book Superfood Kitchen for lots of healthy inspiration! If you already have a copy let me know your favourite recipes!