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

What’s The Perfect Protein Powder For You?

It’s important you choose the right protein powder that suits your needs and that supports your health in every way. It’s important they are un-denatured and free from chemicals and additives. If you find a clean protein powder, it can be used for a number of things, such as fitness, weight loss, body shaping, etc. However, you will use the protein differently depending on what your goal is. Find out below what the right kind of protein you need for your goals. 1. FOR WEIGHT... 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

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

  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 body and can often deprive the body of essential nutrients needed for optimal health. The truth is, detox is not a diet of lemon juice, cayenne pepper and B grade maple syrup – the human body needs much more than that to revitalise and restore cells back... Read More

Samurai Smoothie

This is my super healthy smoothie that will have you bouncing off the walls with energy. A revitalising blend of pineapple, lime, coconut and Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha. Fresh pineapples naturally contain the enzyme bromelain, renowned for supporting digestion. The addition of protein supports sports performance, sustained weight loss, a strong immune system and healthy skin. 1/2  cup pineapple, cut into chunks 1 cup ice 1/2 cup coconut water or coconut milk 1/2 teaspoon... 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

My Go-To 10 Minute Recipes for Busy Healthy Women

These days I’m a bit of a workaholic and tend to be spending long hours in the office at my desk or designing new recipes for my next cookbook. As most of you know, based on the recipes I design for this website, I’m not into spending long hours in the kitchen during the week after I get home from work because I’m tired and all I want to do is relax with a mug of hot chocolate. I live by the motto: Keep it fresh – keep it simple – make it yourself. I personally... 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

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

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

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

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

What Protein Powder Is Best For Me?

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. While natural whole foods are the best sources of protein – such as wild caught fish, organic eggs and chicken, nuts, seeds, beans, Greek style yoghurt and grass fed meats – getting your source of protein... Read More

Beauty Boosting Strawberry Smoothie

  My beauty smoothie is full of anti-ageing properties and it takes just 1 minute to prepare. What’s Great About It: Hibiscus tea and strawberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin firm by aiding collagen production. Collagen gives strength and structure to your skin and is vital for elasticity and firmness. Silica is also a trace mineral found in berries that assists with collagen formation, as well as helping improve your skin’s... 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

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

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

Natural Beauty Secrets

Here’s an interview from my friends at Beauiticate on how antioxidant rich whole foods can make your body glow. One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is about my skincare routine and what I eat, which helps keeps play an important role on how my skin looks.  The team at Beauticate recently took a sneak peak inside my home and got the scoop on my natural beauty tips, my skin care routine and my favourite whole foods to keep me nourished from the inside out. How... 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

A Super Smoothie For Glowing Skin

The secret to glowing skin is simple, eat lots and fruits and vegetables and make sure you are feeding it with antioxidants, healthy fats and protein to nourish your body from the inside out. As an additional benefit, you’ll also do wonders for the rest of your body such as lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, improve memory + concentration, reduce stress and basically feel amazing ! I love smoothies for breakfast  made with strawberries, raspberries, almond... 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

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 blender,... Read More

Healthy Recipe Competition Winners

Congratulations to the four winners of  THE HEALTHY CHEF RECIPE COMPETITION! We had hundreds of delicious entries to sort through and taste test! Each winner will receive a copy of my latest cookbook Purely Delicious PLUS…a Healthy Chef Wellness pack  that contains  a month’s supply of our best selling  Healthy Chef Pure Protein,  Natural Immune Support,  Organic Superfood + Blender Bottle to shake it all up perfectly. The perfect boost to your health ! Thank... 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

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

Nacho Beans

What I love about this recipe is that it’s budget friendly, it freezes well and it tastes so damn good !!!  I  often make this recipe for a casual weekday dinner and serve straight in the pan topped with chunks of avocado, lime and a dollop of thick yoghurt. You can serve them as is, or accompany with organic corn tortillas or a large leafy side salad. What’s great about them: Black beans are low GI, which will keep your blood sugar levels stable as well as keep you... 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

DETOX 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

Cinnamon Chai Cashew Milk

When the 3.30 pm munchies hit at Healthy Chef HQ we love to make cinnamon chai cashew milk.  It’s packed full of protein and all things yummy and good for the body, plus it satisfies that craving for something a little indulgent and sweet mid afternoon. I love mine over lots of ice to sip slowly at my desk, whilst the girls love theirs warm with a little extra water and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon. I love anything chai and infusing the warming and sweet spice of cinnamon... 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

What To Eat Before + After A Workout

When I was working as a personal trainer, not a week went by when I used to see people virtually collapsing on the floor half way during their workout and not being able to complete their full session, due to not fuelling their body correctly and running out of puff. Whether you are exercising just for general health, fat loss or an athlete in competition, the nutritional strategy you put in place before and after training can enhance performance and reduce fatigue and dehydration... 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