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HOW MY PASSSION FOR HEALTHY FOOD BEGAN

To celebrate International Women’s Day – a special tribute celebrating the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women, I would like to share a post on my childhood and the experiences that have shaped my path in creating The Healthy Chef. I learned to love food when I was four years old. I would watch my great aunt churn out babka (pound cake) and sernik (cheesecake) for our Polish family and friends and I’d help out in the kitchen – she would... 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

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

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

Gluten Free 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

How To Make The Perfect Dressing

A good dressing will turn any salad into a masterpiece.  I try to eat at least one large bowl of salad every day.  I make lunch my main meal of the day and pile a bowl full of leafy greens and thinly sliced raw seasonal vegetables into my favourite stainless steel mixing bowl – toss through my dressing and enjoy every mouthful.  If I’m at work and pressed for time,  I grab a couple of bags of fresh washed salad leaves from the supermarket, put them into a bowl... Read More

Gingersnap + Lemon Tea

In Natural Medicine, ginger is used as a potent detoxifying and antiviral herb that helps the body get rid of toxins, stimulate circulation and boost your immune system. It’s regarded as a natural antibiotic for the body and helps to reduce congestion and mucous production. Lemon is great mixed with the tea as it adds a lovely freshness and helps with the detoxification process.  Turmeric is a natural antiviral with potent anti anti-inflammatory properties. High in cur... Read More

6 Steps To Eating Seasonally

I love the change of season. Its revitalizing seeing the weather patterns shift and trees change colour, little signs to let us know that a new cycle is ready to begin. What most excites me though, is the availability of a whole new batch of beautiful seasonal produce. Time to experiment with different foods and flavours or rehash old favourite recipes that were enjoyed this time last year. Synchronising your diet with the seasons is certainly not a new concept. It was a necessity... Read More

Immune Boosting Green Smoothie

  What I love about making smoothies is that you get whole food ingredients that are easily digested in one glass.  This includes lots of plant based fibre that helps your body eliminate toxins as well as keeping you full and energised for hours after you drink it. To help boost my intake of immune boosting minerals, I also love to add pumpkin seeds or use a little of the pumpkin seed milk when making the smoothie. Coconut water or the addition of some pineapple is also... Read More

Macadamia Nut Milk

Macadamia nut milk is a purely delicious creamy milk that requires no straining and takes about 30 seconds to make.  It’s a staple in the healthy chef househould and I love making mine scented with vanilla bean and a touch of cinnamon. Soak for easier blending and more bio-availability, which is great for sensitive digestive systems. Use as you would regular milk such as in your next power porridge, smoothie, custard or Iced chocolat. What’s great about it: There... Read More

Healthy Hot Cross Buns

  Now is the perfect time for making these delicious hot cross buns made from wholemeal spelt, oats, muscatel, honey, cinnamon and vanilla. This is not the light fluff style of hot cross bun you may be used to in the supermarkets made from white flour and refined sugar. My version is full of fibre and the oats give it a wonderful chewy density that marries perfectly with the cinnamon and vanilla.  I’ve used large muscatel raisins in this recipe, but they are also delicious... Read More

Chocolate Truffles

Feel like a healthy chocolate fix ?  Well you just can’t go past these delicious chocolate truffles.  They take around 10 minutes and make a great healthy and sustaining snack.  Perfect for outdoor activities such as long bike rides, hiking, sailing, picnics, long walks on the beach or a healthy dessert to have with coffee. What it’s good for: Walnuts are a great source of anti-inflamatory omega 3 that is great for heart and brain health. Chocolate is associated... Read More

MAKE 2013 YOUR YEAR FOR HEALTH + WELLBEING

Ok guys – Christmas is over and we’re off and racing into the new year.  It’s time to focus and make this year YOUR year for health + wellbeing, after all you deserve it. Now is the time you can TAKE CONTROL of your own health and make the necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle that will help you stay lean, fit, healthy + strong. Many people ask me about the food I eat or what sort of fitness training I do.  To be honest when it comes to looking after... Read More

Gluten Free Gingerbread Men

When I was working as a pastry chef, making gingerbread was part of our weekly production schedule. We used to make the most amazing gingerbread houses glued together with chocolate or royal icing. They were so big that you could almost walk through one of the doors and sit down inside them. The cookie dough was pretty durable so it could hold up for about 4 weeks before the walls started caving in and it was made from a base of white flour, butter, eggs, spices and sugar. These... Read More

Soft Shell Fish Tacos

Around this time of year I start thinking of outdoor  BBQ’s and some healthy entertaining. For me personally, Mexican food is about subtle, fragrant, fresh  flavours with distinctive aromas and the use of fresh ingredients and  flavors that are bursting with goodness. I regularly make my soft shell tacos and what I love to do is just to keep it simple, arranging all the fresh ingredients in the middle of the table so that my friends can make up their own healthy taco.... Read More