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Pumpkin Pie With Oatmeal Gingersnap Shortcrust

I love to get into the pumpkin pie spirit this time of year so I’ve been going pumpkin crazy here at Healthy Chef Headquarters – baking, mixing and testing my ultimate recipe for pumpkin pie. The balance needs to be just right when creating the perfect pumpkin pie.  The crust just the right balance of flaky and melt in the mouth.  The filling – not too sweet, just velvety and smooth with aromatics of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg tantalising every bite. I remember... 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

DASH to health

Two of the most important lessons I was taught as a chef was to always taste my food and season with salt before I served it.  A pinch of salt in cooking can enhance the flavour of your food and in small quantities, it’s essential for health. Sodium facilitates the movement of muscles (one of the main reasons it comes out in sweat), balancing body fluids and transmitting information to the nervous system; however like most things, if we add too much, it’s not good for... Read More

What to Eat Before + After Exercise

  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... Read More

Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potato

I love my sweet potatoes, especially oven roasted with generous amounts of cinnamon and a little sea salt. You don’t need to do too much to prepare them – they practically make themselves and the final result is truly delicious! What’s Great About It: Sweet potatoes are a healthy low GI carb source that’s high in beta-carotene the precursor to vitamin A  important for eye health.  It’s also rich in potassium which is necessary for muscle contraction, nerve transmission,... Read More