5 Reasons Why You’re Constipated – And How To Fix It

  There are many contributing factors that effect digestion and the elimination of wastes from your body. Factors such as diet, food intolerances, stress, hormones, lifestyle, emotional disposition, anxiety, chemicals, bacteria, medications, and sleep will affect the state of your health and how your body works. Having battled my own share of digestive issues since I was young, I’m driven to help people on their journey to better digestive health – the reason why I wrote... Read More

My Top 3 Portable Snacks For Busy Movers + Shakers

My life is pretty hectic these days, so I make sure I’m prepared with quick, easy healthy snacks that will nourish and fuel my body on the run. I make sure they are rich in protein so that I can easily enjoy them for a quick breakfast or lunch at my desk. The best thing is that they all take less than a few minutes to make, and they can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 week. Perfect to enjoy with a cleansing green juice or energy boosting matcha latte. TO CURB CRAVINGS: ... Read More

The Ideal Day On My 80/20 Diet

Are you looking for a fresh start this summer? I find that a lot people make plans to eat healthily around this time but then crumble at temptation as soon as they see the cheese platter or chocolate cake. I know that it can be mentally tough to stick to a new diet, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ve long held the belief that the most important aspect of any diet is that it should be practical and deliciously healthy enough to follow. If you’re feeling hungry or deprived... Read More

My Most Effective Body Shaping Secrets

I’ve been into fitness and healthy cooking my whole life and over time I’ve come to realise it’s not all about doing ballistic workouts to achieve overall fitness and body shaping. In my 20s and 30s I used to do weight training, road cycling, kickboxing, submission wrestling, surf lifesaving and I’d be hitting the gym most days of the week. No wonder I was so tired, anxious and not digesting and absorbing my nutrients properly! These days I’m more into Pilates... Read More

What I Eat For Perfect Digestive Health

We’re well into spring, and many of us have goals to improve our health + wellbeing in some way or another – but did you know that all good health starts by having a healthy digestive system? Nutritional medicine places a great emphasis on the digestive tract — the primary area where we receive the goodness from the foods that we consume.   A healthy digestive system means you’re able to effectively break down and absorb food, fuelling it with the nutrients it needs... Read More

10 Steps For Effective Detoxing

Spring is here which means it’s the perfect time to shed old habits and let go of your winter routine. But before you consider doing a detox, it’s important to know if you’re enhancing your overall health, or depriving your body it of what it really needs. THE TRUTH ABOUT DETOX The word “detox” is the umbrella term used to describe many different types or approaches to detoxification. Many of them are disciplined fasting programs that can add additional stress for the... Read More

Why Protein Helps With Weight Loss

Protein is essential for our bodies. It’s needed for balancing hormones, assisting in weight loss, supporting detoxification and digestion, and supporting a healthy immune system. Protein is also the key nutrient that helps you get ageless glowing skin and lean toned muscles. WEIGHT LOSS Protein can work effectively to regulate the appetite, increase satiety and encourage significant weight loss. When attempting to keep total calories down during dieting, protein supplementation... Read More

3 Foods To Avoid For A Healthier Gut – And What To Eat Instead

Nutritional medicine places a great emphasis on the digestive tract — the primary area where we receive the goodness from the foods that we consume. A healthy digestive system leads to a healthier body and mind. The primary role of the digestive system is to break down and absorb food, providing our body with the fuels and nutrients it requires to function optimally. What we eat and drink builds the foundation of our health. We eat to obtain nutrients for our muscles and organs,... Read More

The Healing Benefits Of Bone Broth

Last week I finally bought myself a slow cooker with a good ceramic base….. I’ve got to say, now I’m hooked and I’ve been making the most amazing bone broths and soups to help support and nourish my digestive and immune system. I have always been making my own broths and stocks using my usual 10 litre stainless steel stock pot – but now it’s so easy I just set and forget.  Making your bone broth is as easy as making a bowl of porridge –... Read More

How To Make The Perfect Nut Butter

Spoonfuls of creamy nut butter blended into a lush Chocolate Smoothie Bowl, or generously spread on a slice of freshly baked banana bread, are just some of the ways I adore using this lovely staple comfort food.  Nut butters can be used as a topping, a binding ingredient for cakes and the yummiest protein balls the list is endless. They are packed with protein, minerals and B vitamins as well as heart healthy fats your body needs. The best thing is that it doesn’t get much... Read More

Supercharge Your Immune System Naturally

Food is one of the most powerful tools we have to help prevent disease and a healthy body begins with a healthy immune system.  It maintains homeostasis by defending against viruses and bacteria which can cause inflammation in the body, illness and disease. Our body also produces antibodies that can help destroy the virus and assist our body to heal. Nutritional deficiencies can impair immune function, increasing both the risk and severity of infection. Vitamin C, for... Read More

Superfood Powders: What You Need To Know

Good nutrition is the fundamental building block for a healthy body. The foods you eat have the potential to nourish every cell in your body and is your nutritional insurance policy to live longer, feel energised and perform at your optimum best. Superfoods are the five star foods because of their special ability to support good health. They give us whopping doses of antioxidants and fibre to boost the immune system and help fight illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes,... Read More

Does A Gluten Free Diet Make You Healthier?

When I opened my first cafe some years back, I tailored my menu for those with sensitivities to gluten. I baked gluten-free banana bread using almonds and coconut, made gluten free pancakes from buckwheat and chia, and even had a gluten free porridge made with LSA meal, grated apple, cinnamon and sun-dried raisins. Now, when I design recipes for my cookbooks or blog, I still provide substitute ingredients. Personally, I don’t strictly follow a gluten free diet because I’m... Read More

The Secret To Anti-Ageing: Matcha Tea

If I could bottle up my own magic pill for youthful skin and an ageless body, matcha green tea would be my main ingredient. This is because matcha green tea is brimming with powerful antioxidants and anti-ageing properties – even more than pomegranates and blueberries – the Chinese have coined it “the elixir of immortality”. What is matcha tea? Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea is the finest grade of green tea available. It’s a potent superfood powder obtained by... Read More

Fight The Cold Naturally

When I’m a little stressed and run down, my immune system gets a little hammered, so I make a conscious effort to avoid getting sick with immune boosting foods and nutrients. Food is one of the most powerful tools we have to help prevent disease and a healthy body begins with a healthy immune system. Over 70% of your immune system resides in your gut and what you eat forms the foundation of your health. If it’s not supported with the right foods, it becomes more susceptible... Read More

My Top 5 Beauty Boosting Recipes

You don’t need fake bronzer or anti-ageing pills for gorgeous skin and a healthy body. For me, beauty comes from the food you eat as well as your lifestyle. Eating your way to glowing skin and a beautiful body is really simple. As long as you include antioxidant rich leafy greens, good fats and protein in your diet, you’ll be getting the nutrients to give strength and structure to your skin to help it glow, and the fuel your body needs for youthful energy and vitality. Here... Read More

Top 12 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

When I’m a little stressed and run down, my immune system get’s a little tired, so I make a conscious effort to improve the sorts of food I’m getting into my body. Food is one of the most powerful tools we have to help prevent disease and a healthy body begins with a healthy immune system. Over 70% of your immune system is in your gut and what you eat forms the foundation of your health. Your immune system maintains homeostasis by defending against viruses and bacteria... Read More

9 Ingredients I Don’t Want In My Protein Powder

  The key nutrient for fat loss and body shaping is protein as it’s essential to regulate the appetite, support lean muscle, boost metabolism and encourage significant weight loss –  but not all protein is created equal. Protein is essential because your body required adequate amino acids for the construction of enzymes that are integral to the detoxification pathways. A quality protein drink made from whole food ingredients can benefit your health in a number... Read More

Persian Watermelon Salad

Icy cold, juicy, ruby-fleshed watermelon is so hot right now and I just love being on the watermelon bandwagon, creating refreshing salads, gelato and icy smoothies to keep my body cool in the summer heat. I love salads made from watermelon and often marry thick cut wedges with rocket leaves, fresh chopped parsley and Persian feta. This is a delicious watermelon salad that’s loaded with electrolytes and the perfect dish for a hot summer day ! Enjoy on it’s own or... Read More

Daily Green Juice

This is my ultimate detoxifying green juice that is packed with restorative antioxidants to reboot and re-energise your system. The recipe is from my book Purely Delicious and drinking it will help eliminate toxins from the body, boost metabolism,  enhance weight loss and support perfect health. I enjoy my Daily Green Juice most days.  Drink it in the mornings before a healthy breakfast and save any leftovers for a mid afternoon energising tonic.  This is a potent green juice,... Read More

Strawberry Mylk

If you need a power packed, detox friendly and refreshing icy cold drink then my strawberry mylk hits the spot. Power packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, my strawberry mylk will satisfy even the fussiest aficionados. Enjoy this mylk poured over ice and sip it slowly so that the nutrients can infuse straight into the body. Just one glass will revitalise and energise and it makes a wonderful light start to the day. When blending your strawberry mylk – I also... Read More

A Delicious Asparagus Salad

This is the perfect season to enjoy asparagus. I love this beautiful and simple salad that’s loaded with goodness and takes just a few minutes to prepare. You can serve this for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy topped with creamy thinly sliced feta. The slightly salty feta marries perfectly with the subtle earthy flavours of asparagus and a drizzle of lemon juice and cold pressed olive oil just brings it all together. This salad can be eaten hot or cold, so if serving... Read More

Matcha Coconut Smoothie

This is a power packed smoothie that I regularly enjoy for breakfast after a morning workout. It’s light on the palate and easy to drink without weighing you down, so you’re powered up and energised for a busy workday ahead. I’m a huge fan of smoothies and if the right ingredients are used, they make a perfect meal and can fill you up for hours.  I’ve used coconut water to make this recipe as it’s extremely refreshing and helps hydrate my body quickly... Read More

What I Know About Body Shaping

It’s no secret that exercise is important to me. It’s how I start each morning or unwind after a long day at my desk. It gives me an opportunity to clear my head, blow off steam and get some much-needed me time. I realized my passion for nutrition and healthy living when I left high school and started my chef’s apprenticeship. I was a chef in WA and joined the local gym to get fitter, feel more energized, tone my muscles and lose some body fat. I became interested in fitness... Read More

Why Matcha Is The New Coffee

Are you’re looking for a morning pick me up that’s similar to coffee but amazing for your health? Why not check out Matcha… the anti-ageing – antioxidant rich highly concentrated green tea that’s loaded with health benefits to keep you youthful and energized. Matcha has the ability to boost your immunity, control your stress and even assist in weight loss. One serve of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of steeped green tea. Whilst a cup of espresso in the morning will... Read More

The Perfect 10 Minute Meal

This is a delicious meal that is rich in super food goodness. High in antioxidants and restorative minerals to boost energy + vitality. It’s quick to make for a week day dinner and any leftovers can be taken to work the next day for lunch. I also love to vary the superfood greens that I use based on what’s in season or what I have lying around in the fridge. Kale, leek and spinach marry perfectly in this meal, and I also love using other greens such as asparagus... Read More

Avocado Mayonnaise

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been enjoying rejuvenating salads loaded with antioxidants and anti-ageing benefits that help nourish my skin and help cleanse the body. The finishing touch to all of them has been my creamy avocado mayonnaise that I generously dollop over the top. It takes around 1 minute to create and it’s scented with a drizzle of cold pressed olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of sea salt.  Store in the fridge for up to 3 days and serve over... Read More

A Simple Guide To Perfect Digestive Health

When your digestive system is off, your health can suffer in all sorts of ways. This includes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn or gas.  You may also experience food allergies, weight gain, skin problems and more. If unaddressed, these symptoms can easily manifest into more chronic health conditions such as adrenal burnout, thyroid conditions, motility issues, depression and more.  Here is a list of what helps me support my own digestive... Read More

My Top Superfoods To Support Perfect Digestive Health

Superfoods are natural whole foods (mostly plant based) that are packed full of phytochemicals necessary to boost the immune system and help fight illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. They also keep us feeling great and looking good!  A citrus fruit, for example, contains 170 phytochemicals that help the body fight disease. In the following list, I’ve listed my top super foods that help to support optimal digestive health, so enjoy a variety... Read More

My Healthy Tasty Green Smoothie

If you’re after a green smoothie that tastes delicious, is simple to make and is loaded with nutrients that contribute to glowing skin and endless energy…..  Well you need to try my all time favourite recipe. After just one glass,  I promise you’ll be a green smoothie convert for life. A smoothie involves blending whole foods like fruits and vegetables into a liquid without removing the fibre. A heavy duty high performance blender is essential if you want... Read More

10 Foods To Always Keep In Your Fridge

My fridge is always bursting with fresh seasonal ingredients but I love to have a nice stash of my 10 fridge staples to nourish hubby and yours truly during the week. Having my 10 fridge essentials at hand,  allows me to plan my meals and be prepared for the week. Smoothies or eggs for breakfast, salads and veggies for lunch and nourishing soups for dinner….it’s a no fuss formula that creates quick, healthy meals that taste delicious. When I go shopping, I always select... Read More

Healthy Chef Recipe Competition

Here at The Healthy Chef we focus on SIMPLE, PURE and NATURAL whole foods.  As part of our commitment to helping you improve your health + wellbeing and also celebrating of the launch of my new cookbook “PURELY DELICIOUS” and healthy Recipe APP, I’m excited to be giving away a copy of my new Cookbook and a Healthy Chef Wellness Pack (total value $268.90) to one lucky reader each week for the next 4 weeks. All you need to do is create and send through your original and... Read More

Detox Protein Power Balls

If you need a protein rich, superfood snack… then you need to make my awesome Detox Protein Matcha Balls. Recharge and repair the body and energise the mind, these matcha balls will hit the spot with every bite. They take just 5 minutes to make and keep well for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. I love these as a grab and go protein rich light snack and I also love them blended with coconut water and frozen banana as a healthy power-packed breakfast smoothie. What’s great... Read More

My New Cookbook !

I’m in Koh Samui and I’ve just received two advanced copies of my New Cookbook from the printer ! They arrive in Sydney 7th September, so all advanced copies will be sent out as soon as they arrive at our warehouse. This gorgeous 500 page cookbook has been a year in the making and it’s full of all my  purely delicious, healthy recipes that I love to cook and make me feel nourished every day. Whether you’re gluten free, paleo, sugar free, vegetarian or just... Read More

Buckwheat Coconut Pancakes

These pancakes will nourish your body. They are vegan, gluten and dairy free and are delicious served with cashew or coconut yoghurt, banana and organic maple syrup. The recipe is inspired from the breakfast menu at Kamalaya Koh Samui where I’m staying this week. To make this recipe I’ve used the coconut water and meat from 1 young coconut which gives it a delicate sweetness. You can also use a good organic coconut milk in place of the 1 fresh coconut. It’s also important... Read More

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROTEIN POWDER

If you’re busy, protein powders can often come in handy. At any time of day, you can quickly whip up a shake and allow your body to be nourished and satisfied. A quality protein drink made from whole food ingredients can benefit your health in a number of ways. Protein powders can balance hormones, assist in weight loss, support detoxification and digestion, boost your immune system, and even support pregnancy. Protein is also the key nutrient that helps you get ageless glowing... Read More

Melon Breakfast Bowl

I’m always looking out for quick, healthy breakfast ideas that I can easily make at home and be nourished before I head off to the office. I was inspired to create this simple and delicious breakfast bowl at Kamalaya Health  + Wellness Sanctuary after being seduced by the plethora of fresh fruits and super foods that are available on the breakfast buffet. During the next few weeks I’ll be posting recipes and wellness posts from this amazing resort whilst I’m... Read More

The Ultimate Chocolate Smoothie

If you feel like a little chocolate therapy, then you need to make my ultimate chocolate smoothie, that’s loaded with super food goodness and it tastes purely delicious ! Made from Naked Chocolat, almond milk, Healthy Chef Protein, banana, avocado and a little honey. A pure indulgent chocolaty treat! What’s great about it: Bursting with antioxidants, mineral rich cocoa, carob, maca, cinnamon and pure vanilla bean, this potent blend provides sustained energy, supports... Read More

Warm Turmeric Milk

This time of year, our immune system needs some TLC to help ward off colds and flu. I head straight to the kitchen and make restorative drinks that provide me with a concentrated source of nutrients that the body can easily absorb. I include anti-inflammatory ingredients such as turmeric and ginger which play a starring role and are potent aromatics that help the body eliminate toxins, stimulate circulation, aid digestion and boost immune function. One restorative drink that... Read More

Chia Coconut Pudding With Passionfruit

  My chia coconut pudding is power packed with omega 3, fibre, protein and super food antioxidants. It makes a quick, healthy, portable breakfast that I can easily take to work for a delicious breakfast or light lunch. When making your pudding, it’s important you give it a little time and allow it to set properly. I normally make this the night before allowing it to set and develop in the fridge.  The next morning, you’ll notice that the chia has expanded into... Read More

Chocolate Granola

Sometimes you just want a little chocolate therapy without all the nasties. I’ve designed that special indulgent treat that will surely satisfy when the afternoon munchies hit. This chocolate granola ROCKS ! Scented with vanilla and all things yummy this grain free, gluten free granola is packed with almonds, cashews, coconut and cacao.  I love making my own granola at home and I’ve used 100%  pure gluten & dairy free ingredients that contain healthy brain... Read More

How To Make My Simple Bone Broth

A bone broth is simply a stock. We’ve been making stocks for centuries to use them in soups as well as the most magical-tasting sauces. As a chef, I like to slowly simmer my stock to extract all the wonderful flavours and goodness from the vegetables and bones I use. Stocks are super nutritious when they are homemade with quality ingredients such as grass-fed meat, organic chicken or wild-caught fish and have amazing healing effects on the body. Benefits include reducing inflammation,... Read More

Matcha Chocolate Latte

This is the ultimate winter warmer that’s high in super food antioxidants to support health, energy + vitality. The weather is cold outside and there is nothing better than sipping this very yummy chocolatey latte. I’ve used a mix of water and coconut milk to make this recipe, but you can use whatever milk you love such as almond or full cream dairy. The secret is to gently heat the milk in a small pot – be generous with your milk and adjust according to your... Read More

Nut Free Protein Balls

So here’s my recipe for Nut Free Protein Balls, packed with superfood chocolaty goodness. These delicious balls contain organic, raw and natural ingredients to help keep you healthy + energised. I’ve designed them especially for the readers who have requested a version of protein balls for the kids to take to school or those with nut allergies. These protein balls are so delicious – they taste like a raw bounty bar and it’s hard to stop at one! What’s... Read More

Meatballs In Smashed Tomato Sauce

These meatballs contain all the essential nutrients such as protein and antioxidants needed to build muscle, fight disease and support a healthy body. You can use your choice of grass-fed beef, veal, pork or turkey mince in this recipe. I’ve also mixed in a few spoonfuls of ricotta which lightens the meatballs so they are tender and gorgeous when you eat them.  For those who are dairy free you can add one fine-grated potato in place of the ricotta and mix it through the... Read More

Superfood Energy Bowl

My breakfast of the moment is called the Superfood Energy Bowl. It takes just 1 minute to prepare and is loaded with vitality boosting super foods that nourishes your body from the inside out.  What I love about it is that it makes the perfect portable breakfast or snack so you can easily prepare it into a glass mason jar and take it to work to enjoy at your leisure. I use a good thick Greek Style natural yoghurt as my base, and for those who are dairy free you can use coconut... Read More

How To Make The Perfect Dairy Free Milk

When I cook, I always use full fat or organic milk in my recipes and I always try to cater for people who have intolerances such as to lactose or dairy. Nut and seed milks are a delightful lactose-free alternative to traditional dairy. They can be incorporated into healthy diets and provide your body with essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc to nourish its immune system. Fermented dairy such as yoghurt and kefir with live cultures can normally be tolerated by... Read More

Naked Hot Chocolat

Chocoholics rejoice! Now you can indulge in these energising super foods. Bursting with antioxidants, mineral rich cacao, carob, maca, cinnamon and pure vanilla bean, this potent blend provides sustained energy, supports the endocrine and immune systems and contributes to hormonal balance. Not only does Naked Chocolate promote optimal wellbeing – it tastes amazing too! Inspired by my love of quality chocolate (and the movie Chocolat), I set out to create my own drinking chocolate... Read More