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

Matcha Body Shaping Smoothie Bowl

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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

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 Amazing Health Benefits Of Drinking Tea

Whether you enjoy a cup of tea with some morning teacake or to unwind after a long day, the benefits of drinking tea go beyond the ritual of savouring the moment. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT TEA In fact, I have copious amounts of tea because it’s an absolutely therapeutic and relaxing way I can boost my health and wellbeing. For instance, I love to sip a hot cup of Healthy Chef ceremonial grade Matcha tea to start my day because it’s infused with many anti-ageing and body shaping properties... Read More

Highlights from The Healthy Chef Organic Tea Launch!

I had the best time launching the new Healthy Chef Organic Tea Collection last week at our healthy High Tea event! Our new Organic Tea Collection has been years in the making, so it was so exciting to finally introduce the teas during an afternoon High Tea and discuss the amazing health and wellbeing benefits of all the 9 hand-crafted blends. Our point of difference compared to other teas is that our range is fresh, vibrant and delicious, with ingredients sourced from the finest... Read More

What Healthy Chef Tea Is Best For You?

I’m delighted to introduce our new Organic Tea Collection that has been years in the creation. Our point of difference compared to other teas is that our range is prepared and made to order, so it’s as fresh, vibrant and delicious as nature intended. It’s also made entirely from wholefood ingredients that are free from chemicals, artificial flavours, colours and added sugars which is how it’s supposed to be.   “Simplicity is our secret. Nature... Read More

Introducing Our New Organic Tea Collection!

I’m delighted to introduce our new Organic Tea Collection that has been years in the creation. Our point of difference compared to other teas is that our range is prepared and made to order, so it’s as fresh, vibrant and delicious as nature intended. It’s also made entirely from wholefood ingredients that are free from chemicals, artificial flavours, colours and added sugars which is how it’s supposed to be.   “The Healthy Chef premium organic teas help support... 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

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

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

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

Amazing Health Benefits Of Turmeric + Easy Recipes

Turmeric has to be one of my go to spices in the kitchen. It’s a superfood hero that’s loaded with anti-inflammatory and immune boosting healing properties, as well as helping to boost flavour and colour to the recipes I create. I always make sure my spice rack is stocked with turmeric and if you can get it in its fresh natural form – that’s even better. I often make a calming turmeric milk or anti-inflammatory smoothie when my immune system is a little... 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

Superfood Powders: What You Need To Know

Good nutrition is the fundamental building block for a healthy body. The foods you eat have the potential to nourish every cell in your body and is your nutritional insurance policy to live longer, feel energised and perform at your optimum best. Superfoods are the five star foods because of their special ability to support good health. They give us whopping doses of antioxidants and fibre to boost the immune system and help fight illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes,... 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

A delicious diabetic-friendly dinner

                                                              Up to 2.5 million Australians are undiagnosed and at risk of developing diabetes, which is the fastest growing disease in Australia. But by making a few simple changes to how you cook, the ingredients you choose, and your portion size, you can make improvements to... 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

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

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

3 Lean + Green Recipes for St Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with these purely delicious green dishes to keep you healthy and feeling great! Each of these recipes are super easy to make and are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Great for casual entertaining or to enjoy and pack for lunch the next day! 1. Green Pea + Spinach Risotto  A simple and nourishing meal that is purely delicious comfort food and makes you feel great from the inside out. Green peas are loaded with antioxidants... 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

My Top 5 Beauty Boosting Recipes

You don’t need fake bronzer or anti-ageing pills for gorgeous skin and a healthy body. For me, beauty comes from the food you eat as well as your lifestyle. Eating your way to glowing skin and a beautiful body is really simple. As long as you include antioxidant rich leafy greens, good fats and protein in your diet, you’ll be getting the nutrients to give strength and structure to your skin to help it glow, and the fuel your body needs for youthful energy and vitality. Here... 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

Persian Watermelon Salad

Icy cold, juicy, ruby-fleshed watermelon is so hot right now and I just love being on the watermelon bandwagon, creating refreshing salads, gelato and icy smoothies to keep my body cool in the summer heat. I love salads made from watermelon and often marry thick cut wedges with rocket leaves, fresh chopped parsley and Persian feta. This is a delicious watermelon salad that’s loaded with electrolytes and the perfect dish for a hot summer day ! Enjoy on it’s own or... 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

How To Make The Perfect Baba Ghanoush

The secret to a great Baba Ghanoush is simplicity. The seedless variety of eggplants are available at the moment and what’s great about them is that the taste is sweet and velvety,  which makes for a smooth and creamy Baba Ghanoush. I aways roast my eggplant in a hot oven in preference to charing on top of a stove. Mainly because I prefer the cleaner flavours over the smokiness of traditional versions and the subtle hint of lemon and freshness shines through. If you do prefer... 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