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

How To Stay Healthy When Travelling

These days, I tend to travel quite a bit – not only for work, but to visit my family in WA. Eating well and staying healthy while travelling can be a little tricky, but after years of travelling, I’ve learnt how to incorporate a few packing essentials and rituals into my routine (both on the plane and when I get to my destination) that help keep me energised, hydrated and free from the dreaded jet lag. Make the most of your trip with my top practices for healthy travel: BOOKING ACCOMMODATION… I... Read More

Watch Me Make Hummingbird Cake!

Last weekend I hosted my lovely High Tea event showcasing my NEW organic tea collection. I also whipped up my popular Hummingbird Cake – a tropical spring baking recipe exclusive to The Healthy Chef Recipe App! It was a lovely afternoon where I talked about the amazing health and wellbeing benefits of all my 9 hand-crafted organic tea blends. The Healthy Chef team and I prepared a selection of decadent, healthy high tea treats such as Olive Oil Pound Cake, Chocolate Chip... Read More

You’re Invited To My Afternoon High Tea!

My HIGH TEA events on the 3 rd and 24th of September have now been SOLD OUT. Lots of new and exciting events coming up over the next month so please keep checking the home page of the web site as well as weekly newsletters.   To celebrate the NEW Healthy Chef Organic Tea Collection, you’re invited to my purely delicious afternoon High Tea on Saturday, 24th September! I’d love you to come and discover the amazing health benefits of all 9 hand-crafted tea blends, along... Read More

The Drink Of The Samurai: Matcha

Matcha Tea is the champion of green tea and uses the young leaves of green tea that have a higher concentration of antioxidants. This means that it’s a potent superfood powder that’s great for your health. Throughout history monks, samurai warriors, and Japanese royalty have enjoyed Matcha as part of their daily routines. Buddhist monks, for example, have used Matcha for centuries to help keep them mentally focused, and to give them a mild, long-lasting energy boost during... Read More

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Drinking Tea

Whether you enjoy a cup of tea with some morning teacake or to unwind after a long day, the benefits of drinking tea go beyond the ritual of savouring the moment. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT TEA In fact, I have copious amounts of tea because it’s an absolutely therapeutic and relaxing way I can boost my health and wellbeing. For instance, I love to sip a hot cup of Healthy Chef ceremonial grade Matcha tea to start my day because it’s infused with many anti-ageing and body shaping properties... Read More

Highlights from The Healthy Chef Organic Tea Launch!

I had the best time launching the new Healthy Chef Organic Tea Collection last week at our healthy High Tea event! Our new Organic Tea Collection has been years in the making, so it was so exciting to finally introduce the teas during an afternoon High Tea and discuss the amazing health and wellbeing benefits of all the 9 hand-crafted blends. Our point of difference compared to other teas is that our range is fresh, vibrant and delicious, with ingredients sourced from the finest... Read More

Introducing Our New Organic Tea Collection!

I’m delighted to introduce our new Organic Tea Collection that has been years in the creation. Our point of difference compared to other teas is that our range is prepared and made to order, so it’s as fresh, vibrant and delicious as nature intended. It’s also made entirely from wholefood ingredients that are free from chemicals, artificial flavours, colours and added sugars which is how it’s supposed to be.   “The Healthy Chef premium organic teas help support... Read More

How To Get Glowing Skin

I believe that food is most healing when it has properties to repair and nourish the body, while still being purely delicious to eat. Unfortunately, many people can get caught up on the latest superfood or diet trend that they can overlook the simplest ingredients necessary for vibrant health and glowing skin. One of these is protein. Protein is the key nutrient for ageless, beautiful skin. Your skin, hair and nails are made up of protein, so it’s important to include it in... Read More

My Favourite Anti-Ageing Superfoods

We all know that too much sugar, saturated fat, processed foods and alcohol can cause chronic inflammation, which is the body’s way of addressing imbalances and illness in the body. In turn, this can speed up the ageing process and leave you feeling run down and tired. This is why I’m a big advocate of getting my anti-ageing nutrients from the foods I eat. When I’m eating good food, looking after myself and keeping my stress levels under control, it’s reflected in... Read More

My 7 Steps To Better Health

It’s no surprise most of my time revolves around healthy food. If I’m not creating recipes, hosting a cooking masterclass, or designing the next product for my functional food range, I’m recipe testing for my next meal or writing a chapter for my next book. Having to build my business and work crazy hours means a healthy work-life balance is a big challenge. With this, I’ve come to realise that health is not only about feeding your body healthy nourishing foods. Health... Read More

How To Have Chocolate For Breakfast

While chocolate is often eaten as a treat or for dessert, I love how you can actually have chocolate for breakfast, too! Yes I’m a bit of a chocaholic and love to submit my taste buds to some chocolate therapy any time of day.  I love using ingredients such as my Naked Chocolat Mylk because you’re getting a dose of antioxidants, minerals and health-promoting compounds that just taste delicious. So if you’re craving for something healthy and chocolatey, this super... Read More

Feel-Good Foods To Fight Stress

Those that know me would probably describe me as being highly strung, driven, a workaholic, anxious, creative and always on move.  I guess it’s just been part of my nature from when I was growing up, I even remember asking my aunt to knit me a jumper with the words ‘JUST RELAX’ on the front. When I feel like I’m working myself to the ground, my immune system weakens, energy levels plummet and my digestive health just doesn’t function properly. My cortisol... Read More

7 Steps To Get Your Beauty Sleep

These days, I have to really focus on getting enough sleep to get me through my busy week. I have a tendency to be a bit of a workaholic….writing emails or blog posts at 10 pm at night and then dragging myself out from bed at 5 or 6 am the next morning just to get my day started.  It’s certainly not good for my health and if I do this too often and my body let’s me know by weakening my immune system and removing that outward glow I strive for. Getting adequate... 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

Apple Pie With Spelt + Oatmeal Shortcrust

  It’s apple season, and there’s nothing I love more than indulging in some homemade apple pie scented with just a hint of cinnamon and vanilla! For this recipe, I created a purely delicious shortcrust made from organic spelt and rolled oats. The spelt shortcrust is one of my favourites and I love the richness of the pastry as it provides a decadent texture when you bite into it. What’s great about it: Apples are high in fibre (around 5 g each) they contain both soluble... Read More

Can Eating Chocolate Make You Healthier?

Easter is just around the corner and while it’s synonymous with chocolate, that doesn’t mean missing out on a bit of chocolate therapy! In fact, I love nothing more than spreading my Naked Chocolat Butter onto fresh made Hot Cross Buns or  sipping on a mug of creamy home-made Hot Chocolate made from full cream milk – there’s just something so pleasurable in surrendering to some velvety indulgence. The good news is that you don’t need to feel guilty – you could... Read More

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

There is nothing quite like baking chocolate choc chip cookies! The seductive aromas of vanilla and chocolate fills the home, and excited family members can’t wait to take that first bite. This recipe makes the perfect Christmas gift. A one bowl cookie mix that takes minutes to make and the end result is 12 delicious cookies made with love…! I love the idea of sharing good health, encouraging friends and family into the kitchen and enjoying the finished recipe together... 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

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

Naked Chocolat Pudding

This Naked Chocolat Pudding ROCKS ! If you’re craving something sweet, healthy and chocolatey, then this protein packed pudding is just what you need ! Packed full of 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 and optimal well being, and not only that; it tastes amazing too! What’s Great about it: Naked Chocolat... Read More

Christmas Pudding – My Healthy Chef Secret Recipe

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a traditional pudding.  I love the fragrant aroma of cinnamon, vanilla, orange and nutmeg infused into plump sun-dried fruits then finished off with a home made proper egg custard poured over the top.  This is a recipe I designed especially for YOU !  It features in the December issue of Women’s Fitness Magazine  and  it needed to fit into the healthy chef philosophy and be Purely Delicious ! For those who prefer a more traditional... 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

Healthy Christmas Cake

  There is nothing more satisfying than baking your own cakes, puddings and biscuits for Christmas. Around this time of year I’m in my kitchen a little bit more than usual baking cakes and cookies and packaging them up as presents for friends and family. This is an extremely delicious and simple Christmas cake to make. It’s a part of my great Aunty’s recipe file along with other yummy healthy treats. This is a dense and moist fruit cake with a high ratio of... Read More

Win a Health Spa Holiday to Kamalaya – Winner Announced

CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Whitting from South Australia ! You have won the prize of a lifetime and going to Kamalaya ! You will also be getting our Healthy Chef Wellness Pack  valued at $198 – so look out for it in the post ! The runner up for the competition was Kate O’Neil from Torquay – A Healthy Chef Wellness Pack will be coming your way ! Thanks to everyone who entered this fabulous competition and stay tuned for more exciting competitions at the healthy... Read More

Body Shaping Smoothie

This is the ultimate whole-food natural meal replacement and antioxidant formula! A delicious blend of cold pressed and blended organic fruit and vegetables to support optimum health and nourish your body from the inside out! What’s good about it: This smoothie is high in protein, antioxidants, folate, minerals and fibre to support a healthy metabolism. Studies show the berries contain antioxidants called polyphenols which are anti-inflammatory to the body and can promote... Read More

Banana + Chia Smoothie

He’s one of my favourite banana smoothie recipes that I love to make for a healthy breakfast. It contains a nut or a seed milk such as sunflower seed milk or almond milk which I make myself in my vitamix. If you’re a little time poor, a spoonful of almond butter blended with water is a good replacement. I add a frozen chopped banana which makes my smoothie yummy and creamy. Blended frozen bananas are a creamy, almost-decadent treat that are the perfect potassium boosting... Read More

Naked Chocolat Chip Cookies

Last week I promised everyone from my cooking masterclass at the fitness expo that I’d post this purely delicious recipe for my Naked Chocolat Chip Cookies. Well here it is….pure unadulterated goodness with every mouthful. It’s a great way of using up your left over almond mylk pulp if you regularly make your own almond milk.  Don’t despair if you don’t have any left over pulp !  I’ve also give you this amazing recipe using pure almond flour,... Read More

Thank You From The Healthy Chef !

This picture was taken yesterday after my Healthy Cooking Masterclass at the Sydney Fitness Expo. Please excuse the blurriness due to all the excitement of the event ! It was lovely to see you all there and I had so much fun cooking up a storm and sharing some of my delicious cooking tips and secrets. Your energy was electric !  I made my Naked Chocolat Almond Mylk, Naked Chocolat Chip Cookies (made from the almond pulp), the most amazing Cauliflower Rice infused with turmeric... Read More

Strawberries + Cream Chia Pudding

Reinvent your breakfast and enjoy my purely delicious super-healthy strawberries + cream chia pudding that will keep your  body nourished and sustained all morning !  I  can’t leave the house without a good breakfast to kickstart the day and that means I need to eat a breakfast with a nutritional boost of healthy fats, good carbs and protein and without refined sugar, wheat, gluten or dairy.  My power packed recipe will work wonders for your body – it will keep... Read More

Detox Papaya Smoothie

  This delicious smoothie is inspired by Kamalaya, my favourite health & wellness retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand. It’s a great start to the day and specifically designed for a healthy digestive system. I can feel the nourishing goodness infuse into my body almost immediately. Feel free to vary the yoghurt or use alternatives such as pumpkin seed milk. Boost the protein and amino acids by adding my Healthy Chef Protein, to help support intestinal function and nourish... Read More

Anzac Biscuits – Everyway you LOVE them!

Looking for a delicious Anzac Biscuit recipe? In this post you’ll find the Anzac Biscuit that suits your needs. For those who would love my Gluten Free or Paleo Anzacs, they are featured exclusively in my Healthy Chef Recipe App. Anzac biscuits are traditionally made with rolled oats, butter, sugar, golden syrup, white flour and coconut.  I’ve adjusted the original recipe to create a few different versions of this fabulous biscuit so that you’ll hopefully find the... Read More

Flourless Salted Chocolate Cake

This is the perfect time to bake my favourite chocolate cake from my new cookbook Purely Delicious! It’s simple to make and the secret to making this purely delicious is to use quality ingredients that taste absolutely amazing ! It’s important you use room temperature eggs that whip up creamy and velvety. Make the cake the day before you need it – I find that gives it plenty of time to settle and set after baking.  The cake is perfect for after dinner parties... Read More

Coconut Crepes Suzette

I remember first making Crepes Suzette when I was working as an apprentice chef in a French inspired fine dining restaurant.  It was a purely delicious and indulgent, retro style dessert that was made in front of the diner in spectacular fashion that also included the flambé of the sauce with a little orange liqueur. These days I love making crepes using coconut flour that take them to the next level. They are light, moist  and very moorish.  My orange sauce is light and... Read More

Cooking Up A Storm At The Australian Fitness + Health Expo !

Its full steam ahead at the Healthy Chef headquarters as we busily prepare for the Australian Fitness & Health expo April 4 th, 5th + 6 th. We are so excited to be venturing down to Melbourne – it’s going to be a massive weekend of health, activity and fun! I’ll be running daily healthy cooking masterclasses on the Healthy Living Stage and whipping up some of my favourite nourishing recipes like pancakes, power smoothies, chocolate power balls, organic egg omelettes... Read More

Golden Delicious Apple Pie

Apples are in season and it’s raining outside !  A perfect time for home made apple pie scented with just a hint of cinnamon and vanilla then encased in a purely delicious shortcrust made from organic spelt and rolled oats. The secret to my recipe is to firstly use sweet delicious apples – my favourites are pink lady and golden delicious. I don’t peel the apples so that the filling develops a lovely pink hue  that looks magnificent in your serving bowl. The... Read More

Cashew Cream with Tahitian Vanilla

I make my lush cashew cream on a weekly basis and love to spoon it over seasonal fruits, add to smoothies or fold through my bircher muesli made from apple, blueberry and a hint of cinnamon. For me it’s comfort food loaded with health benefits. A touch of vanilla takes the cream to the next level of yumminess. What’s great about it: Cashews are high in the amino acid tryptophan which helps to make serotonin – the FEEL GOOD hormone responsible for feelings of wellbeing... Read More

Peaches With Vanilla + Cashew Cream

This is a lovely summer recipe that makes a simple breakfast or purely delicious dessert. Stone fruits are in season and the peaches look magnificent. I just couldn’t resist creating some lush recipes with my favourite stone fruit. I love that it’s so simple to make with only a few ingredients.  You can even blend any leftovers with extra water, cinnamon, ginger and ice for a quick summer smoothie ! What’s great about it: Peaches have a low GI of 42 and they are... Read More

Organic Christmas Cake

It’s only a few days to go before Christmas so I thought I’d share a last minute recipe for my purely delicious Organic Christmas Cake made with plump sun-dried organic fruits, spelt, orange and vanilla. What I love about this cake is that it’s not like traditional Christmas Cakes that take weeks to make in advance – my version can be made and enjoyed in just a few hours. This wonderful cake is perfect for those last minute impromptu visits from friends... Read More

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Team Healthy Chef

WOW- what an AMAZING year it has been! I would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU all for your ongoing support throughout 2013. We are so lucky to have such an inspiring and enthusiastic network of supporters. Your passion for real, healthy food is the driving force behind Healthy Chef. YOU GUYS ROCK! It has been an enormous year expanding our functional food range, cooking up a storm at the fitness expos and creating a bundle of tasty wholefood recipes to share with... Read More

Pumpkin Pie With Macadamia + Coconut Shortcrust

Well this purely delicious pumpkin pie has to be one of my favourite inventions yet !  What I love about this pie is the simplicity of the macadamia nut crust and how it marries effortlessly with coconut and vanilla bean. I’ve used jap pumpkin to make this pie as it’s so naturally sweet, so it doesn’t require much work when it comes to sweetness. I also wanted to keep this pie very whole food and  plant based so I’ve used agar agar in place of the traditional... Read More

Berry + Coconut Celebration Cake

Today I thought I’d post my lush berry coconut cake that I often make for special occasions such as Christmas and birthdays. I love the simplicity of this cake and it’s perfect for those on low sugar, gluten free, digestive health diets or primal eating plans. It’s remodelled from the classic Victoria sponge cake that I used to make regularly as a pastry chef back in the day and the simple combination of berries and coconut is just purely delicious. I’ve... Read More

Smashed Berry + Vanilla Jam

One of my favourite things to make this time of year is my purely delicious smashed berry and vanilla jam. I love serving it in so many different ways like spooning over fresh made ricotta and serving with organic sourdough or enjoying a spoonful with lush organic yoghurt and healthy chef protein for a quick milkshake; I even love making a fabulous Christmas trifle with spoonfuls of smashed berry jam,  fresh coconut cream and almond crumble. My recipe takes about 5 minutes to... Read More

See Me Cooking up a Storm with Miguel. Tonight on the Living Room – 7.30 Channel 10

Tune into the Living Room tonight on Channel 10 to see me and Chef Miguel Maestre cooking up a storm in my kitchen. I’ll be whipping up my favourite Superfood Smoothie made with blueberry and Healthy Chef Protein and Miguel is making his secret granola recipe.  Read More

My Fruit Salad For Digestive Health

I was inspired to post my fruit salad for digestive health after last week’s MINDD foundation healthy cooking demonstration. Optimal DIGESTIVE HEALTH is something very personal to me and it’s what inspires my recipes I create every day or the products I develop for the healthy chef range. Food is most healing when it is close to it’s original state and has the properties to heal and nourish and what we eat and drink builds the foundation to our health. This... Read More

Perth Fitness + Health Expo

Well – We’ve finally recovered from the awesome Perth Fitness Expo that was held last week at Perth’s Convention and Exhibition Centre. It was a massive 2 days filled with Hard Bodies, Cross Fit Champions, Mixed Martial Arts and of course purely delicious food and our Healthy Chef Pure Protein and Organic Superfood. Thanks to everyone who came to visit us at our stand and see my healthy cooking demo on the main stage. Thanks to Hospitality Group Training and... Read More

Perth Fitness Show

  I live by the motto: Keep it fresh – keep it simple – make it yourself. Taking control of your kitchen and knowing how to cook up healthy meals could literally save your life Join me this weekend at the Perth Fitness + Health Expo held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre October 5h + 6th. It’s going to be a massive 2 days and I’l be cooking up a storm on the main stage as well as joining team Healthy Chef on stand C16 and whipping up purely delicious... Read More

Spring Into Health and Win a VITAMIX TOTAL NUTRITION CENTER – Winner Announced !!!

Congratulations to Bella Clinton ! You are the winner of the healthy chef SPRING INTO HEALTH competition with your purely delicious and healthy CACAO KAPOW POWER SMOOTHIE. One VITAMIX TOTAL NUTRITION CENTRE is coming your way, as well as a 6 PACK OF HEALTHY CHEF PROTEIN that will nourish your body from the inside out. HERE’S  BELLA’S GREAT RECIPE CACAO KAPOW!!!!! I have converted even the blokiest of blokes to enjoy this smoothie… after hours of surfing in the... Read More