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 MATCHA CAN HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS

Welcome to Week 3 of my 4 week Body Shaping plan! If you’ve just joined me this week, you can read my Week 1 and Week 2 Body Shaping tips.  This week is about reconsidering your daily coffee, latte or store bought snacks. It’s easy to overlook those sneaky and unnecessary kilojoules in your diet that can be holding you back from your body shaping and weight loss goals. On my Body Shaping Plan this week, I recommend: Swapping your coffee, milky café beverage or store bought... Read More

BODY SHAPING WEEK 2: THE MAGIC INGREDIENT

Welcome to Week 2 of my 4 week Body Shaping plan! In case you missed your Week 1 tip, you can read it here. The focus this week is having enough protein in your diet to support your body shaping and weight loss goals. Protein is essential for our bodies. It’s needed for balancing hormones, supporting detoxification and digestion, and supporting a healthy immune system. It also helps to effectively regulate the appetite, increase satiety and encourage significant weight loss.... Read More

Body Shaping Plan: Week 1

Welcome to my special series of Body Shaping – a 4 week plan to help support your body shaping and weight loss goals. I find that so many people are looking for a quick-fix to lose weight, which can often lead to following diets that are not sustainable, too restrictive and overlook possibly the most balanced and realistic advice: sticking to fresh whole foods most of the time – your 80% – and allowing for a bit of indulgence now and then – your 20%. This... 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

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

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

The Anti-Inflammatory Drink That Boosts Your Immune System

This healing golden milk is the perfect nourishing blend to boost your immune system this winter. Laced with anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric and ground ginger, this spicy winter blend makes the most grounding and nourishing drink for morning or afternoon tea. The best thing is that it doesn’t get much easier than whipping up your turmeric latte. You can give this recipe even more of a superfood boost by adding Healthy Chef Natural Immune Support which contains x... 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

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

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

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

What I Eat For Gorgeous Skin and Hair

    As I age, I’m all about nourishing my body, stressing less and having more ‘me’ time. I also think that every meal and every drink is an opportunity to fight ageing naturally, without having to resort to extreme makeovers or expensive facials or serums. Long before I launched my own range of superfood and protein blends, I’ve always believed that the health of your skin and hair is a reflection of your overall diet. That’s why I’m so passionate about... 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

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

The Ultimate Shopping List For The Time Poor

Our lifestyles can be pretty hectic these days and the oft-delivered excuse for people not cooking is LACK OF TIME. Well, that pretty much won’t wash anymore. The healthiest meals are often the easiest to make and I have shared my foolproof way that will make healthy cooking in your kitchen an absolute breeze. I live by the motto: Keep it fresh – keep it simple – make it yourself. I personally would much rather make myself a simple meal at home, than eat out as I know exactly... Read More

How To Make The Best Gluten-Free Bread

My purely delicious Quinoa + Chia Bread is gluten free, dairy free, egg free + sugar free, making it perfect for anyone with a food allergy or intolerance. Not only is it included in my new book Purely Delicious, but it’s one of the most clicked recipes on my site and I’ve also shared it with Kamalaya Health Retreat and it features daily on their menu. The most important steps would be to soak and rinse your quinoa and chia separately overnight before starting the... Read More

A Fish Recipe For Easter

This is a glorious recipe featured in my new cookbook, Purely Delicious. A simple and classic recipe that takes just a few moments to prepare. You can use any fish you like for this recipe – some good examples are Australian salmon, flathead, whiting, sea mullet or tailor.  I remember when I was about 10 yrs old, my dad would take me me fishing most weekends. I had my own hand-line and my own little fishing rod and it was the best family time ever! I also loved to watch... Read More

Top 10 Ingredients For A Delicious Dairy-Free Milk

When I design my recipes, I always like to use a variety of milks and it all depends on what I’m making. I love to use grass fed organic milk or yummy dairy free alternatives made from nuts and seeds. Nut and seed milks are a delightful lactose-free alternative to traditional dairy. They can easily be incorporated into healthy diets and provide your body with essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc to nourish the immune system. A dairy-free milk is basically... Read More

What A Day Of Clean Eating Looks Like

There’s a lot of confusion and conflicting information out there with the modern day “nutrition gurus” promoting all sorts of diets and latest eating plans.  When it comes to fat loss, it’s all about switching your body to burn more energy, revving up your metabolism and eating the right kind of nutrient-dense foods for your activity level and healthy lifestyle. For weight loss to work effectively, it’s important that you look at it as a lifestyle, not a diet — a... 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

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

Summer Berry Crunch

This is a yummy breakfast trifle that will nourish and energise your body. It’s rich in whole food antioxidants, protein and probiotics that will support optimum health. I absolutely love this on-the-go breakfast as it takes just a few minutes to make. You can make it up in to glass mason jars and take to work or enjoy as a healthy breakfast for impromptu entertaining. This recipe is featured in my Purely Delicious Cookbook and it’s one that I’ll be making these... Read More

The Perfect Christmas Salad

This is one of the simplest salads of all time to create. It’s from Purely Delicious - the cookbook and the perfect addition to a festive Christmas Lunch  The flavour of this magnificent salad depends solely on the quality of the ingredients you use. I especially enjoy making this over the summer months, as juicy, ripe tomatoes are bountiful and at their seasonal best. For me, healthy cooking is all about using real food and the simplicity of the ingredients. The aim is... 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

Chocolate Lovers Smoothie Bowl

This is one of the most yummiest superfood smoothie bowls you’ll ever make… It will satisfy that deep chocolate craving as well as fuel you with protein and antioxidants to make your body glow. This is what I make when I feel like some chocolate therapy! You can vary the thickness by adding less milk or adding more ice. Adding a little sprinkle of chocolate granola just gives it that extra crunch. You can also use a spoon of cacao nibs or roasted hazelnuts if you... Read More

How To Make A Great Smoothie Without A Blender !

  NO TIME TO BLEND ? If you’re busy and pressed for time, a blender free smoothie can often come in handy. At any time of day, you can quickly whip up a nutrient rich shake that’s loaded with protein, antioxidants and fibre to support your health and wellbeing and get you through your day. This post is due to the many emails we receive at Healthy Chef HQ  and while we absolutely love blended smoothies, there are those occasions where you find yourself without a... Read More

Wholesome Carrot, Apple + Oatmeal Muffins

If you crave a quick, healthy + delicious breakfast on the run then these wholesome muffins hit the spot in every way. They are packed with antioxidants, fibre and protein and make the perfect portable meal if you need some quick nourishment. I love to make them in advance when I know I’ve got a busy week in front of me. They marry perfectly with my hot matcha tea or ristretto long black and will sustain me all morning. You don’t need to fuss to much when making... 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

Health Crunch Cookies

This is a protein packed power cookie that makes the perfect portable snack any time of day. Perfect as breakfast on the move with your morning coffee or green smoothie and great to pack into lunch boxes or into the back of a cycling jersey. These cookies take around 5 minutes to mix up plus an additional 15 minutes to rest before baking. They are soft when you pull them out of the oven, so it’s important to let them cool completely before devouring. 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

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

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

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

Ricotta Pancakes w/ Blueberry Maple Syrup

Packed with protein and bursting with antioxidants to make your body glow from the inside out! These pancakes will enhance performance and reduce fatigue. The optimal recovery food to support a healthy active body.  The base to these pancakes is pure and simple and based around a classic bircher muesli where I love to fold in pillows of soft creamy curds of ricotta. The combination of oats and ricotta give these pancakes a decadence that allows the textures and flavours to... Read More

Home-Made Baked Beans

I start craving warm comfort foods this time of year and one of my favourite easy meals to make is my home made baked beans.  They take about 15 minutes to make and are so much better than your traditional store bought versions. I like to keep my recipes simple with the flavours fresh and uncomplicated – this recipe is no exception. Simplicity and purity is what you will taste with every mouthful. It’s important you use borlotti beans for this recipe as they give... Read More

How To Make Yoghurt Cheese – Labna

Labna is a fresh creamy cheese made from strained yoghurt and possibly one of the easiest most delicious cheeses you can make at home. I love to make this cheese regularly and use it instead of traditional cream style cheeses. Perfect to spread over rye or gluten free bread or served along side Mezze boards and vegetable based dishes such as my roasted carrot. It’s also a lovely whole food and nutritious cheese that can be made into the most glorious cheesecakes or... Read More

See You At The 2015 Melbourne Fitness + Health Expo !

We are so excited to be venturing down to Melbourne – it’s going to be a massive weekend of health, activity and fun! Join me at The Melbourne Fitness + Health Expo on my Healthy Chef Stand showcasing my natural functional food range ! WHEN: This Friday, Saturday + Sunday 10th – 12th April The Healthy Chef Stage R43. WHERE: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. I’ll be on our Healthy Chef stand whipping up delicious power smoothies and protein balls for you to... 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

Organic Chicken Bone Broth w/ Ginger Aromatics

This is my Purely Delicious slow cooked broth with clean nourishing flavours that helps to revitalise the body and restore good health. In cookery terms bone broth is basically just good home made stock.  We’ve been making stocks for centuries to be used for soups as well as the most magical sauces. As a chef, I like to slowly simmer my stock to extract all the wonderful flavour and goodness from the bones and vegetables I use. I love serving them in large bowls as main... Read More

Mango Chia Pudding

The tropical freshness of real mango, blended with sun ripened chia seeds and pure coconut – with no added sugar. My mango chia pudding makes a complete healthy energy boosting breakfast or snack any time of day. With only just 3 ingredients  my mango chia pudding is power packed with omega-3, fibre and protein as well as antioxidants which makes this the perfect start to your busy day. The chia gel is easy to make and it takes around 20 minutes to obtain a lovely gel... Read More