MY SECRET TO MAKING THE PERFECT PROTEIN PACKED SMOOTHIE OR BOWL

A few weeks ago I wrote the ultimate guide on choosing the best protein powder to suit your different requirements and goals. It’s no secret that I am a big advocate of incorporating protein into my diet every day, which is why I’m continuing my protein series this week with Part 2 – the secret to making my ultimate protein smoothie. Protein has supported my own health journey over the last few years, especially when dealing with my own chronic digestive issues. This... Read More

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

Immune-Boosting Congee

When I’m feeling a little run down and need nourishing comfort food, I head to the kitchen and make my congee. Slow Cooked Brown Rice Congee With Ginger + Shallots which is featured in my cookbook Purely Delicious is the perfect warming dish to keep you healthy this winter. Serve steaming hot in generous bowls, enjoy the goodness and instantly feel the healing benefits of this magnificent yet simple soup. What’s Great About It: Ginger is a potent detoxifying and antiviral... 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

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

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

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

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

Chia Coconut Pudding With Passionfruit

  My chia coconut pudding is power packed with omega 3, fibre, protein and super food antioxidants. It makes a quick, healthy, portable breakfast that I can easily take to work for a delicious breakfast or light lunch. When making your pudding, it’s important you give it a little time and allow it to set properly. I normally make this the night before allowing it to set and develop in the fridge.  The next morning, you’ll notice that the chia has expanded into... 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

Super Greens Vitality Smoothie

This is the ultimate Super Greens Vitality Smoothie that’s bursting with antioxidants and alkalising goodness. It’s the real deal, the get me super healthy type of smoothie that will have you bouncing off the walls and feeling energised. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are more potent through whole food consumption which is why drinking green smoothies are the perfect way to nourish your body. A good diet has always played a vital role in supporting health, which is why... Read More

Vegetable Curry

Nutritious, delicious and power packed with goodness !  Here is a yummy vegetarian based curry that I love to make when I need healthy comfort food to feed my body. It’s loaded with goodness and packed with vegetables and anti-inflammatory spices that are slowly simmered until tender. I love to serve mine topped with fresh micro herbs or sprouts then serve with sides such as organic yoghurt or smashed avocado and lime. This is a perfect dish for meat free Mondays or to... Read More

Naked Chocolat Butter

Chocoholics rejoice! Now you can indulge in my purely delicious Naked Chocolat Butter. Scented with Dark Chocolate, vanilla bean and a hint of sea salt, this decadent and sophisticated spread is perfect straight out of the jar. All natural and 100 % good for you. there are no excuses to buy store bought chocolate butters ever again. Macadamia nuts make the most amazing butters because they are so deliciously creamy and high in anti-inflammatory mono-unsaturated fats similar to... Read More

Beauty Boosting Vitality Salad w/ Figs + Pomegranate

I always try and enjoy one big salad every day. I use whatever fresh greens are in season at the time and I like to vary the leaf variety to get a combination of flavours that just sing in your mouth when you eat it. For this salad, I’ve used a delicate micro-green salad mix, which are a combination of baby lettuce and herbs that are harvested when they are very young. They add an amazing flavour and marry perfectly with baby spinach, ripe autumn figs and delicate jewels of... 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

My Delicious Baked Christmas Pudding

This is a beautiful baked and partially steamed pudding that is scented with everything that is magical about Christmas. Orange and spice infused with notes of vanilla bean and apricot dance in your mouth and what I love about my pudding is that it’s unbelievably light, making it the highlight of any Christmas gathering. This pudding is also flourless making it gluten free and I’ve used the delicate crumbs from blanched almond meal in place of the usual flour mixture.... Read More

The Many Benefits Of Protein

  Protein is a vital nutrient for human survival. However there are many factors such as dietary preferences, health conditions including allergies, general food quality and convenience that may prevent people from gaining an adequate amount of protein on a daily basis. A clean protein supplement is ideal for improving skin and digestive health, a strong immune system, improved sports performance and recovery as well as supporting sustained weight loss diets. 
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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

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

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

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

Raw Muesli

I find nothing more rewarding than making my own muesli. And with the weather warming up, this delicious raw muesli is ideal for those sunny mornings when I crave a lighter breakfast. It’s ready in minutes, and with just four simple ingredients, is a perfect quick and healthy start to my busy day. Whats great about it: Blueberries are rich in vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin firm by aiding collagen production. Collagen gives strength and structure to your skin and... 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

The 2014 Perth Fitness Expo!

I loved being back in my home town for the 2014 Perth Fitness Expo last Saturday and Sunday! My expert team and I showcased our unique 100% natural whole food nutrition supplements that I’ve designed to support optimum health + wellbeing and answered questions about diet, health and cooking. We also demonstrated how to make my super Immune Boosting Smoothies, Naked Chocolate Protein Balls, Paleo Granola and Protein Bread using our unique range of whole food products that... Read More

Roasted Carrot With Almond Dukkah + Labne

I absolutely LOVE this salad !  It’s a staple in my home and it’s delicious warm straight out of the oven or cold the next day for a delicious healthy lunch. Roasting brings out the natural flavours of the carrot and the dukkah intensifies the deliciousness. Simple to make and delicious to eat.  Enjoy. What’s great about it: Carrots contain vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (Beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system.  Almonds... 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

My Goodness Soup

This is a wholesome nourishing soup that I love to make when I need extra goodness for my body. It’s very economical and fuss free to make and I always cook up extra to last several meals. I love the simplicity of the ingredients and the light touch of star anise just makes this soup purely magical on the taste buds. What’s great about My Goodness Soup. Tuscan kale is part of the cabbage family and this wonderful vegetable is a good source of all three antioxidants:... Read More

Super C Immune Boosting Smoothie

    Here’s a delicious and simple immune boosting smoothie that I’ve been making at home over the last few weeks.  I find it helps revitalise my body when I’m a little stressed and run down with work and it’s a smoothie I can easily make ahead of time and pop it in the fridge when I get to work. I’ve used oranges in this recipe  - you can also use pineapple and it works really well. I’m a huge a fan of ginger and turmeric –... Read More

Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits

                                                                    This is the perfect cookie for gluten free diets that will satisfy that sweet cookie craving, it’s hard to stop at one. These cookies keep for about 4 – 5 days and make the perfect snack if you’re craving something sweet and healthy.... 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

Win A Healthy Chef Wellness Pack – see the winners

Thanks so much for entering my HEALTHY CHEF WELLNESS COMPETITION ! We had hundreds of entries to sort from and test – both for taste and wellness benefit. I will be announcing one winner each week for the next 3 weeks and posting their health giving recipes on the healthy chef. The first of the winning entries was from Stephen Paul Cooper from Queensland.  We loved the simplicity of his recipe as well as the healing benefit it had on the body.  Congratulations Stephen... 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

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

Vitality Smoothie

This is the ultimate Super Greens Vitality Smoothie that’s bursting with antioxidants and alkalising goodness. It’s the real deal, the get me super healthy type of smoothie that will have you bouncing off the walls and feeling energised.  Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are more potent through whole food consumption which is why drinking green smoothies are the perfect way to nourish your body. A good diet has always played a vital role in supporting health,... 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

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

How To Create Purely Delicious Festive Feasts

I wanted to share with you my Delicious festive recipes (pdf) from this month’s issue of Women’s Fitness Magazine.  I really wanted to make it fresh and wholesome using seasonal ingredients as well as making the menu very easy to prepare. You’ll love my oatmeal crusted gingerbread men and the caesar salads with green garden pea, organic egg and kale chips are to die for. I also decided to do a fresh take on the traditional Christmas puddings and designed an... Read More

Greek Salad

When I was growing up, my great aunt used to grow her own lush vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes.  I remember bowls full of these glorious tomatoes on her kitchen bench, picked straight from the vine and the quirky colours gave them life and character. She would slice and throw them into  simple summer salads married with fresh cucumber and dressed with wine vinegar, fine sliced red onion and fresh garden herbs, ready to serve for our lunch or dinner.  It was simple healthy... 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

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

Iced Strawberry Cashew Mylk

In the mornings, I’m often pulling out my blender and whipping up a healthy strawberry milkshake for my breakfast.  It’s a great convenient way of getting a good intake of plant based nutrients to energise and nourish my body.  I often make my milkshakes or power smoothies as complete meal replacements, so I make sure I boost them up with extra nutrients such as omega 3 and quality protein. I love freezing my fruit before blending as it results in a creamier milkshake. What’s... Read More

My Interview for YUM GLUTEN FREE MAGAZINE

Check out my interview and purely delicious recipes for YUM GLUTEN FREE MAGAZINE.  Just click on the image to take you to the story.    Read More