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 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

Kamalaya Coco Loco – Watch The Video

He’s one of my favourite banana smoothie recipes that I love to make for a healthy breakfast. This recipe comes from my favourite health spa – Kamalaya in Koh Samui Thailand. It’s a nourishing grounding smoothie that’s high in potassium, calcium, and minerals to support healthy bones and nervous system. 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... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy Chef In Clean Eating Magazine

Check out this month’s issue of CLEAN EATING MAGAZINE with me on the cover ! I share my healthy cooking philosophy, my secret tips and advice on how to cook quick easy meals at home.  I also share my most favourite recipes designed for people who are passionate about food and eating clean. I don’t follow extreme diets or people who push strict dietary ideologies. I find that most people stress over finicky nutrition details rather than focusing on the broader picture... 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

Bircher Muesli w/ Pink Lady Apple, Orange, Vanilla + Pomegranate

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

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

SuperCharged Scrambled Eggs

This is a delicious recipe from my new book “Perfect Digestive Health”. It’s a staple in my home and it makes a quick and healthy protein-rich meal any time of the day. My Super Charged Eggs sustain lean muscle and support digestion and a healthy immune system. Eggs also boost recovery after exercise because they are rich in protein and potassium. My Super Greens Pesto adds life and freshness to this delicious breakfast. It’s rich in chlorophyll that... 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

Perfect Digestive Health

I’m pleased to announce the launch of my new book ‘Perfect Digestive Health“. It’s the beginning of a new year and many of us have embarked on the journey 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, as this is 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... Read More

Breakfast In A Glass

This is a fabulous breakfast that I’ve been enjoying over the Christmas break. Filled with the goodness of summer fruits that are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fibre that the body can easily absorb. I LOVE BANANAS ! It’s important that you use ripe frozen banana for this recipe as it will make the final result thick and creamy – similar to eating a cone of soft serve. You can pretty much top this with any fruits you fancy but I take advantage of fresh sweet... Read More

Beetroot Salad With Pomegranate + Pistachio

I love making this salad as part of my festive Christmas lunch or dinner.  The delicate sweetness of golden and red beetroot is captured when they are roasted in the oven then allowed to cool gently as they slowly develop their flavours.  Serve warm or cold tossed with peppery leafy greens such as rocket and accentuated with a sprinkle of pistachio and a cultured yoghurt style labna or grilled haloumi.  Serve with a home made citrus sured gravlax or scallop ceviche for a light... Read More

How To Enjoy Healthy Chef Protein + Organic Superfood – Watch the Video !

Check out my video on the 3 best ways I love to use my Healthy Chef Protein and Organic Superfood.  Read More

Refuel With Naked Chocolat

Want A Sugar-Free Chocolate Milk ? Then this is the time to refuel and cool down with Australia’s premium drinking chocolate! 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 the endocrine and immune systems and contributes to hormonal balance. Not only does Naked Chocolate promote optimal wellbeing – it tastes amazing too! Chocolate milk an amazing... 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

Stress Buster Smoothie

 I designed this smoothie recipe for myself and hubby due to our heavy work schedules. We needed some quick healthy nourishment that would energise and revitalise our minds and body. I love to create this antioxidant rich smoothie made with berries and other super-food ingredients, as they help support my adrenals and stabilise my energy level. Stress can keep cortisol levels in the blood elevated for longer, which in turn can affect metabolism, suppress thyroid function and... 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

Feel Like A Super Hero Every Day

My main aim at The Healthy Chef is to get people cooking, eating healthier and looking after their body, so we can all live better lives that are filled with health and happiness. Life can be pretty tough these days and a lot of times it’s difficult trying to have a work life balance. I know for me personally, my Polish nature makes me focus on work, work and more work, leaving very little “me” time.  I need to remind myself to take some time every day to either... Read More

Cacao Kapow

This purely delicious power smoothie comes from Bella Clinton – the grand prize winner of our Healthy Chef Spring into Health Competition. In Bella’s words: ” I have converted even the blokiest of blokes to enjoy this smoothie… after hours of surfing in the heat, my boyfriend, his mates and I are always thirsty, hungry and exhausted. So, bring on the CACAO KAPOW!!  Throw all ingredients into a blender, reenergise and revitalise with this delicious and nutritious... Read More

Superfood Muesli

  This is such a simple and purely delicious dish that I just had to share it. My superfood muesli with lush summer berries is my favourite breakfast of the moment. It takes just one minute to prepare and what I love about it is that it makes the perfect portable food so you can easily prepare it into a glass jar and take it to work to enjoy at your leisure.  I love to vary my base recipe and use a good organic natural yoghurt, coconut kefir or even a silky cashew cream.... 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

Healthy Chef Wellness Board

This is my all time favourite Wellness Board.  It’s a dish I make when I’m entertaining with friends for breakfast or lunch or even dinner. I love the elements and textures in this dish and how the vegetables of the moment capture the essence of the season.  At first glance, my Wellness Board may look a little complicated, but if you look closer – it’s really not that hard to create. It’s important to have all your miss en place ready to go before... Read More

Why I Love My Smoothies + Juices

I am often asked whether I prefer juices or smoothies. Quite simply, I love both! I don’t think you need to choose one over the other. They both offer fantastic health benefits and have really helped me through some tough digestive issues over the years. Ultimately they provide a convenient hit of fresh nutrients – the perfect addition to a healthy diet. S M O O T H I E S A smoothie involves blending whole foods, like fruit, vegies, nuts, fluids, protein, into a liquid without... Read More

Beauty Boosting Smoothie

Good nutrition is the fundamental building block of a healthy body – both inside and out.  The food you eat has the potential to nourish every cell in your body and is your nutritional insurance policy to live longer, feel energised and look radiant. I love starting my day off with a super – smoothie that I’ve packed full of nutrient dense goodness that makes sure I give my body and my skin what it craves for each day. The secret to glowing skin is simple.... Read More

My Beauty Boosting Diet

Good skin starts from within and every meal is an opportunity to nourish your skin. That’s why I love to eat a diet full of antioxidant rich whole foods that give my skin the nourishment it craves. Eating well is the best way to keep your skin radiant, clear and wrinkle free. Here are some of my top anti-ageing, beauty boosting foods to make your skin glow… Antioxidant Bursting Berries are rich in vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin firm by aiding collagen production.... 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

Exercise Recovery – what you need to know

  When it comes to training for sport and endurance events, it pays to plan and prepare. Mapping out your meals and snacks ahead of time not only makes it easier for you to glide through a training-packed week but also ensures that you are refuelling your body sufficiently in between sessions. Inadequate refuelling is a recipe for burning out, as it can: Impair recovery Increase fatigue Deplete glycogen stores Impair protein synthesis Lower immune function Paying attention... 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

How To Make The Perfect Trail Mix

I’m nuts about nuts – and seeds. I eat them everyday…raw, activated, roasted, salted and spiced. They’re a staple in my kitchen and an important part of my diet. Most weeks I make up a big batch of trail mix, which is a lifesaver when I’m busy travelling or when I want a quick, high-protein meal at my desk. What’s great about it: Research shows there are many benefits of eating nuts and seeds regularly, including a lower risk of developing... Read More

Flower Pot Salad

I wanted to celebrate the first day of Spring by showcasing my deliciously healthy Flower Pot Salad. Everything in this flowerpot is edible – including the soil and I’ve designed this fun dish to be simple and effortless to make. Don’t be concerned by the many layers of ingredients – you can make this as simple or creative as you like. This is a perfect salad for kids, dinner parties or outdoor picnics with friends. The filling to this salad is quite simple and consists... Read More

RACE RECOVERY

  Taking part in a fitness event this weekend? Don’t forget the most important step in your race journey…RECOVERY. An endurance event like City2Surf places a huge strain on your body, generating: Muscle Fibre Damage Inflammation Fatigue Muscle Soreness Oxidative Cell Damage Suppressed Immunity Fluid + Nutrient Loss Depleted Fuel Stores Just take a moment to think how hard you’ve pushed yourself during the race…. probably to the max! Depending on the distance and... Read More

Calling All Fitness + Health Professionals in Perth

I’m so excited to be heading back to my home town Perth for the 2014 FITNESS SHOW on the 16th + 17th August. We’re putting the call out for all health professionals including naturopaths, dieticians, integrative health clinics and personal trainers who recognise the importance of providing their customers with the purest Australian made functional food products on the market. It’s a chance to get an up close and personal private demo of all my Healthy Chef products... Read More

Pancakes With Orange Blossom Honey

Here is a delicious gluten free and healthy recipe for pancakes that is  made from quinoa. They are perfect for a Sunday morning breakfast drizzled with the seductive flavours of orange and vanilla and even more indulgent when I’ve scattered over some lightly roasted hazelnuts. Feel free to use other toppings such as berries, roasted rhubarb, caramalized apple or just a light drizzle of honey.  It’s important to use the whole seeds when making these pancakes as... Read More

Green Goddess Smoothie

This delicious smoothie is a prebiotic powerhouse that will keep your good gut bacteria smiling !  I make this nourishing LOW FODMAP  smoothie most weeks as it helps cleanse my digestive system and just makes me feel awesome !  I encourage you to enjoy this smoothie every day for one full week and let me know how you feel  ! What’s great about it: Kiwi fruit contains an enzyme called actinidain that helps aid digestion and absorption of nutrients. Kiwi fruit also work as... Read More

How To Super-Charge Your Immune System

When I’m a little stressed and run down from work, my immune system get’s a little tired, so I make a conscious effort to improve the sorts of food I’m getting into my body. 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 is in your gut and what you eat forms forms the foundation of your health. Your immune system maintains homeostasis by defending... Read More

Steamed White Fish In Ginger + Turmeric

This is a delicious recipe from my book Perfect Digestive Health. I love the simplicity of the dish and the extraordinary flavour that marries so well with any type of seafood, especially delicate proteins such as fish.  You can choose to steam the fish in the classic French style en papilotte, that basically means “cooked in a bag”.  This method allows the food to hold in moisture and flavour as it steams inside it’s little pouch and it’s a clean and healthy way of... 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