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HOW TO USE PROTEIN FOR SPORTS PERFORMANCE + RECOVERY

Welcome to Week 3 of The Healthy Chef Protein Series. I’m excited about this week because it’s all about the importance of protein in sports nutrition. It’s a topic I’m passionate about because my years of training for fitness figure and road cycling competitions has really shown me the benefits of including good quality protein into my diet to support my performance and recovery. Just as a high-performance sports car runs its best on premium fuel, your body needs the... Read More

PROTEIN FOR WEIGHT LOSS + BODY SHAPING

Welcome to my special 4 Week Protein Series. If you missed Week 1 last week, you can read The Smart Guide To Buying And Using Protein Powders here. This week I’m touching on having enough protein in your diet to support your weight loss goals. There are many studies that show that adequate protein in the diet is effective for fat loss. Protein is more satisfying than fat and carbohydrate and keeps us fuller for longer. When we feel more satisfied, we naturally eat less—and... Read More

HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT PROTEIN SMOOTHIE EVERY TIME

Welcome to my special 4 Week Protein Series. In case you missed the last post, you can read The Smart Guide To Buying + Using Protein Powders here. A high quality, clean and wholesome protein powder is a wonderful addition to your smoothies. They are easily absorbed by the body and can boost your morning smoothie into a complete meal replacement. You can literally blend any combination of ingredients into your smoothies, BUT there is a magic formula I like to follow when making... Read More

THE SMART GUIDE TO BUYING + USING PROTEIN POWDERS

Welcome to my special 4 Week Protein Series. I’ve wanted to do this series for a while now because I’ve come across so many people who are confused about protein powder. For the next 4 weeks, I’m going to look at the misconceptions and misinformation about protein powder and recommend the most simple and effective ways to use protein for your specific needs and goals. WHY DO YOU NEED PROTEIN? Protein is considered by many to be one of the most important macronutrients... Read More

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MYLK + DARK NAKED CHOCOLAT?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MYLK + DARK NAKED CHOCOLAT? We receive many emails at The Healthy Chef regarding the difference between our Mylk and Dark Naked Chocolat powders. This is a great question as many of our customers love chocolate but don’t know what flavour they will enjoy the most. If you’ve read my recent post about The Healing Power Of Chocolate, you will know that I’ve used only the highest grade of premium cocoa for Naked Chocolat. This means that you’re... Read More

THE HEALING POWER OF CHOCOLATE

When I became a chef, most of my time was spent working in the pastry kitchen. We had an exclusive temperature controlled chocolate room with marble bench tops for tempering and chocolate making. I took pleasure in creating treats such as red velvet chocolate cake and decadent chocolate soufflé for the fine dining restaurant, and it would always wow anyone eating it. My love affair with chocolate didn’t stop there. I love nothing more than indulging in a little chocolate... Read More

IS KETO THE KEY TO WEIGHT LOSS AND BETTER HEALTH?

I was introduced to a standard low carb diet also known as the “keto” way of eating in my early 20’s when I started lifting weights and training for fitness figure competitions. I am still fascinated at the body’s ability to change composition, based primarily on how you eat and how you train. In the early days, I was a real gym junkie…training 6 days a week and carefully monitoring my low carb diet to support the high-intensity workouts I was putting my... Read More

What To Do When Your Kids Don’t Like Veggies

Parents provide the environment in which eating behaviours are set. It makes me sad when I’m at the supermarket and see some parents shopping with their children, loading up the trolley with soft drinks, packets of chips and processed foods. Childhood obesity is an issue that hits home The number of overweight children is increasing each year. According to the latest NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS), 1 in 4 –  27% of Australian children aged... Read More

FLOURLESS BANANA MUFFINS

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WEIGHT LOSS, BODYSHAPING + WELLBEING WITH TERESA CUTTER – HIGHLIGHTS

My first Body Shaping event at HCHQ was held last week. It was a great evening that focused on how to effectively reach your weight loss and body shaping goals. Guests enjoyed one of my favourites teas, Genmaicha green tea (Uplifting Zen), on arrival, and got to sample a selection of the dishes showcased. The main points discussed were the three principles for any successful healthy eating or weight loss plan, which I call the “THE TRIANGLE FOR SUCCESS”. For more information... Read More

The One Detox Drink To Power Up Your Digestion

Earlier this week I wrote about what to eat for digestive health, detailing a one-day menu plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner on my Perfect Digestive Health plan. Today, it’s all about what I drink to support my digestive health, which is just as important as what to eat. You can have the healthiest diet, but if you’re drinking several cups of coffee or store-bought drinks a day, you could be compromising your digestion and the optimal absorption of nutrients your body needs... Read More

3 Great Ways To Enjoy Matcha

I have written about the amazing health benefits of matcha several times on my website and, for those who’ve missed my latest post on its weight loss benefits, you can find more info HERE. I love my matcha tea in the morning or after lunch when I need to focus on my work and productivity in the office. It’s a beautiful, smooth and energising drink. While it has taken me a bit of time and patience to master the art of perfecting the best ways to enjoy it, I can now share my... Read More

3 BEST TEAS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Being in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years now, I’m often asked what advice I can give on the best ways to lose weight – Should I go high protein, low carb? Should I have smoothies all day? Should I detox? I’ve long held the belief that the most important aspect to sustainable weight loss is sticking to daily healthy habits that will benefit you over the long-term. Consistency is key. While it’s no secret that you should be eating healthy and exercising,... Read More

7 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM

The basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the amount of energy (measured in kilojoules or calories) that the body needs to maintain itself, including all the normal day-to-day bodily functions like breathing, digestion, circulation, temperature regulation and tissue repair. The metabolic rate is the speed at which the body burns these kilojoules. Some of us are born with fast and efficient metabolisms, while others have slower metabolic rates. BMR also drops as we age. This is mainly... Read More

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Best Protein Powder – PART 1

Supplementing your diet with a quality wholefood protein powder is essential for those who are time poor or don’t get enough protein from quality food sources. Protein is important in maintaining healthy skin and digestive health. It also helps support pregnancy, a strong immune system, enhanced sports performance, sports recovery as well as sustained weight loss. I remember when I was first experimenting with protein powders in my early 20’s …..Everything I tried... Read More