Classic Bircher Muesli

This is my signature muesli recipe that I love to enjoy as a healthy breakfast. Scented with orange and vanilla with a hint of pomegranate,  you’ll be in heaven with every mouthful. I often double the recipe and divide into glass jars so I have enough muesli to take to work for a few days. Enjoy. What’s great about it: Oats are a great source of soluble fibre that fills you up, so you feel fuller for longer. According to studies, the beta-glucan fiber found in oats can... Read More

Daily Green Juice

Here’s my delicious alkalinising Green Juice from my new book “Perfect Digestive Health“. It’s my daily tonic to kickstart the morning or as an afternoon vitality drink when I need some uplifting energy. I often make a double batch of this wonderful  juice and cold press it so it lasts a few days in the fridge.  Give my juice a go for a whole week and see how energised and revitalised your body will feel. There are many contributing factors that effect... Read More

Fruit Mince Pies

  OK, here they are! My purely delicious fruit mince pie recipe. I’ve tried to cover most bases such as gluten, wheat and dairy free which is why I’ve given you a few pastry options. My favourite pastry to make these lovely pies is the oatmeal shortcrust. It has a lovely crunch and wholesome sense of purity which I love. They last for days (up to 1 week) and they are perfect to complement your nutritious Christmas feast. The oats are low GI and provide good fibre... Read More

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM NATURALLY !

Healthy Chef Natural Immune Support is a wholefood blend of naturally occurring vitamin C + D, with antioxidants to help regulate immune function. ! One 7g serve of Natural Immune Support contains ten times the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C ( >450mg ) and the full-recommended daily intake of vitamin D (1000IU) and is suitable for both kids and adults. ! Natural Immune Support is an anti-inflammatory blend of fruits, vegetables and herbs, ideal for nourishing the body... Read More

Warm Roasted Pumpkin + Apple Salad

This is a beautiful marriage of seasonal flavours that evokes a hint of sweetness and spice. Rounds of pumpkin are roasted with olive oil and a touch of cinnamon which intensifies the delicious flavour.  I’ve also sliced red apple into generous rounds and pan roasted them until golden – the secret is to also squeeze over a little orange juice just before removing the pan off the heat which takes the flavour to another level and add extra freshness and aroma. I love... Read More

Classic Tomato Soup

This is a beautiful classic tomato soup that has been a part of my cooking repertoire for many years. When I make soups in my home, I go for simplicity and freshness, so that I can immerse my senses in the unadulterated flavour of the ingredients. I don’t use a vegetable stock, I use plain filtered water as I find that using stock can sometimes interfere and complicate that naturalness of this soup. Adding 1 red apple adds a wonderful hint of sweetness and a generous grind... Read More

Vitality Smoothie

This is the ultimate Super Greens Vitality Smoothie that’s bursting with antioxidants and alkalising goodness. It’s the real deal, the get me super healthy type of smoothie that will have you bouncing off the walls and feeling energised.  Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are more potent through whole food consumption which is why drinking green smoothies are the perfect way to nourish your body. A good diet has always played a vital role in supporting health,... Read More

Porridge with Vanilla Bean, Apple, Cinnamon + Hazelnut Crumble

There is nothing better than a warm bowl of nourishing porridge to start the day. I love this recipe, it’s simplicity and a delicious taste reminicent of apple strudel. What’s great about it is that it takes just a few minutes to cook up and if you’re a mover and shaker, you can easily combine all the ingredients into a bowl the night before and allow the oats and seeds to soften and absorb the milk and aromatics. Use whatever milk you prefer –  but the... Read More

Apple + Cinnamon Bread

My favourite fruit this time of year is the fuji apple. What I love about them is that they are wonderfully sweet and juicy to eat so they are the perfect ingredient to make my purely delicious apple + cinnamon bread.  This is the sort of no fuss – one bowl style of bread that can easily be whipped up in around 10 minutes. Your whole kitchen will smell amazing when it’s being baked as the cinnamon apple spice floats through the air.  There is no need to add any... Read More

Buckwheat Porridge

There is nothing better than my buckwheat porridge scented with vanilla bean, red apple and cinnamon which makes it taste just like apple strudel. I’ve added chia seed for extra goodness and muscatel adds a mild sweetness that makes it purely delicious. I’ve soaked all the ingredients the night before which makes the porridge quicker to cook the next morning – around 3 – 5 minutes. I vary my topping depending on what fruit and nuts I have in the fridge... Read More

PRIMAL CLEAN LIVING

My first experience with the Palaeolithic Diet or what’s also known as the  primal or Paleo Diet was about 20 years ago when I started competing in fitness figure competitions. I was working as a chef at the time and needed to lean up and get down to about 16% body fat in order for me to compete for my first competition. My trainer told me to cut out all processed foods (basically anything in a can, jar or packet) as well as grains, which included foods such as bread, pasta,... Read More

Fruit Mince

The post comes in 2 parts. Today I give you my recipe for my fruit mince and then later this week I’ll show you how to put it all together with a variety of pastry options.  Every year I make my own fruit mince so that I can create my own delicious fruit mince pies over the Christmas Break. The fruit mince is  very simple to make yourself and so much lovelier and healthier than store bought versions from the supermarket. The secret is all in the apple you choose.  Make... Read More

VEGETARIAN CHRISTMAS FEAST

Here’s a Purely Delicious Christmas Feast that I designed especially for Women’s Fitness Magazine.  I wanted my menu to be  quick + easy to prepare, fresh, healthy and taste amazing. To be honest  – the whole Christmas spread took about 45 minutes total to prepare from start to finish. The food was tailor made to suit all eating styles so no matter if you were vegetarian or  gluten free you would be happily nourished. For fish or meat eaters all you need... Read More

The Healthy Chef Shopping List

Here’s a page from my new book called 101 ways to lose weight. It’s my healthy chef shopping list with some great info on how to read food labels and what to look for in the supermarket. My list is intended as a guide and based on my favourite healthy foods I love to eat. Buy seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables, as they are nutritionally better for your health and also less expensive. Shop at farmers’ markets, join a fresh food co-op or grow your own. When... Read More

Blueberry Muffins

I’ve been in a baking mood for the last week and thought I’d share another one of my favourites from the 80/20 ebook. These high protein  blueberry muffins are practically a meal in itself and are lovely for breakfast on the run served with your favourite cup of tea or long black. Enjoy! What’s good about it: Each muffin has just over 7 grams of protein which will help fill you up, keep blood sugars stable and support a healthy metabolism. I’ve made... Read More

Apple + Cinnamon Breakfast Cookie

These little cookies make a portable healthy breakfast or snack that go perfectly with your morning tea or coffee.  I’ve combined my apple + cinnamon porridge  recipe that contains rolled oats, hazelnut, vanilla + muscatel  with a little apple and heart healthy macadamia nut oil to make these delicious cookies. You can pump up the protein by replacing the raisins with omega 3 rich walnuts and make them gluten free by using rolled quinoa in place of the oats. I often... Read More

Golden Delicious Apple Cake

  My great Aunt was the queen of apple cakes. I would help her bake the most amazing apple cakes that were jam packed with seasonal golden delicious apples and scented with a hint of vanilla. What I love about this cake is that it’s packed with apples, allowing the natural sweetness to shine through. The best ones to use in this cake are golden delicious as they are naturally sweet and softer then most apples, so they work really well.  This apple cake is delicious... Read More

Quinoa Power Porridge

When I need something sustaining and warming for breakfast,  I make myself this awesome porridge which provides instant nourishment. The addition of apple and cinnamon makes this porridge taste just like apple strudel. YUM. What it’s good for: Technically quinoa is not a grain but a relative of green leafy vegetables like spinach. It’s gluten free and has a low GI of 53, +  it’s  a complete protein which means that it contains a good serving of all nine... Read More

Superfood Berry Smoothie Bowl

In the mornings, I’m often pulling out my Vitamix and whipping up a healthy power smoothie for breakfast.  It’s a great convenient way of getting a good intake of fresh fruit and veg as well as a good antioxidant, protein and fiber hit before I start work for the day. I try and vary the smoothies I make each day and use different types of whole fruits or vegetables that will help boost the immune system, and fill me up with plant based fiber. Fiber speeds up the movement... Read More

Muesli Muffins

Do you ever have those mornings where all you feel like for breakfast is a delicious muffin and a good cup of coffee to get you started. I often forgo the muffin because most are made from refined white flour, a decent amount of sugar and a generous amount of butter which is not the kind of fuel I’m wanting to put into my body first thing in the morning. I thought to myself “I need to design a healthy muffin recipe that’s just as good as a bowl of bircher muesli”... Read More

WIN A VITAMIX COMPETITION – Winners Announced !

I’m happy to announce the WINNERS of the second ‘WIN A VITAMIX COMPETITON” for this year.  Perfect timing for Christmas ! We had hundreds of entries ! Thank you so much to every body who entered their ultimate healthy smoothie. FIRST PRIZE WINNER:  NICOLE VALENTIC – for her creation called “THE HULK“ a delicious healthy smoothie made for her twin boys. Congratulations Nicole, you are now the proud owner of the amazing VITAMIX. THE WINNING SMOOTHIE... Read More

Gluten Free Apple Pie

There is nothing better than a warm slice of apple pie straight from the oven – topped with a dollop of thick yoghurt and a little honey. The pastry is made purely from ground almonds. Almonds also add a lovely flavour and texture to the pie which I really love and give the added bonus of being high in protein, low in cholesterol and a great source of vitamin E that research suggests can slow premature cellular ageing. The apples have been briefly cooked in a little apple... Read More

Gluten Free Paleo Porridge with Apple + Cinnamon

I love to start the day off with my favourite breakfast of all time….Apple and cinnamon porridge – which tastes just like apple strudel – only it’s healthy Make up a big batch of LSA  – as this is your porridge base and store in the fridge for maximum freshness. What it’s good for: Apple adds sweetness, high in pectin fibre that helps keep you fuller for longer as well as a mineral called boron that helps strengthen your bones and keep you alert. LSA can help... Read More