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

Watch Me Make Hummingbird Cake!

Last weekend I hosted my lovely High Tea event showcasing my NEW organic tea collection. I also whipped up my popular Hummingbird Cake – a tropical spring baking recipe exclusive to The Healthy Chef Recipe App! It was a lovely afternoon where I talked about the amazing health and wellbeing benefits of all my 9 hand-crafted organic tea blends. The Healthy Chef team and I prepared a selection of decadent, healthy high tea treats such as Olive Oil Pound Cake, Chocolate Chip... Read More

What I Eat For Perfect Digestive Health

We’re well into spring, and many of us have goals 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? Nutritional medicine places a great emphasis on the digestive tract — the primary area where we receive the goodness from the foods that we consume.   A healthy digestive system means you’re able to effectively break down and absorb food, fuelling it with the nutrients it needs... Read More

10 Steps For Effective Detoxing

Spring is here which means it’s the perfect time to shed old habits and let go of your winter routine. But before you consider doing a detox, it’s important to know if you’re enhancing your overall health, or depriving your body it of what it really needs. THE TRUTH ABOUT DETOX The word “detox” is the umbrella term used to describe many different types or approaches to detoxification. Many of them are disciplined fasting programs that can add additional stress for the... Read More

You’re Invited To My Afternoon High Tea!

My HIGH TEA events on the 3 rd and 24th of September have now been SOLD OUT. Lots of new and exciting events coming up over the next month so please keep checking the home page of the web site as well as weekly newsletters.   To celebrate the NEW Healthy Chef Organic Tea Collection, you’re invited to my purely delicious afternoon High Tea on Saturday, 24th September! I’d love you to come and discover the amazing health benefits of all 9 hand-crafted tea blends, along... Read More

The Drink Of The Samurai: Matcha

Matcha Tea is the champion of green tea and uses the young leaves of green tea that have a higher concentration of antioxidants. This means that it’s a potent superfood powder that’s great for your health. Throughout history monks, samurai warriors, and Japanese royalty have enjoyed Matcha as part of their daily routines. Buddhist monks, for example, have used Matcha for centuries to help keep them mentally focused, and to give them a mild, long-lasting energy boost during... 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

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

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

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

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

3 Foods To Avoid For A Healthier Gut – And What To Eat Instead

Nutritional medicine places a great emphasis on the digestive tract — 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 primary role of the digestive system is to break down and absorb food, providing our body with the fuels and nutrients it requires to function optimally. What we eat and drink builds the foundation of our health. We eat to obtain nutrients for our muscles and organs,... 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

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

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

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

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

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

There is nothing quite like baking chocolate choc chip cookies! The seductive aromas of vanilla and chocolate fills the home, and excited family members can’t wait to take that first bite. This recipe makes the perfect Christmas gift. A one bowl cookie mix that takes minutes to make and the end result is 12 delicious cookies made with love…! I love the idea of sharing good health, encouraging friends and family into the kitchen and enjoying the finished recipe together... Read More

Nacho Beans

What I love about this recipe is that it’s budget friendly, it freezes well and it tastes so damn good !!!  I  often make this recipe for a casual weekday dinner and serve straight in the pan topped with chunks of avocado, lime and a dollop of thick yoghurt. You can serve them as is, or accompany with organic corn tortillas or a large leafy side salad. What’s great about them: Black beans are low GI, which will keep your blood sugar levels stable as well as keep you... Read More

Matcha Chocolate Latte

This is the ultimate winter warmer that’s high in super food antioxidants to support health, energy + vitality. The weather is cold outside and there is nothing better than sipping this very yummy chocolatey latte. I’ve used a mix of water and coconut milk to make this recipe, but you can use whatever milk you love such as almond or full cream dairy. The secret is to gently heat the milk in a small pot – be generous with your milk and adjust according to your... 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

Nut Free Protein Balls

So here’s my recipe for Nut Free Protein Balls, packed with superfood chocolaty goodness. These delicious balls contain organic, raw and natural ingredients to help keep you healthy + energised. I’ve designed them especially for the readers who have requested a version of protein balls for the kids to take to school or those with nut allergies. These protein balls are so delicious – they taste like a raw bounty bar and it’s hard to stop at one! What’s... 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

Naked Hot Chocolat

Chocoholics rejoice! Now you can indulge in these energising super foods. Bursting with antioxidants, mineral rich cacao, 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! Inspired by my love of quality chocolate (and the movie Chocolat), I set out to create my own drinking chocolate... Read More

ORGANIC SUPERFOOD – What’s Great About It ?

The secret to perfect health is simple “EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES” to feed and nourish your body from the inside out.  As an additional benefit, you’ll also lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, improve memory + concentration, reduce stress and basically feel amazing ! Healthy Chef Organic Superfood is the ultimate wholefood vitamin formula. A delicious blend of cold pressed organic fruit and vegetables designed to give you 30% of your recommended... Read More

Ricotta Pancakes w/ Blueberry Maple Syrup

Packed with protein and bursting with antioxidants to make your body glow from the inside out! These pancakes will enhance performance and reduce fatigue. The optimal recovery food to support a healthy active body.  The base to these pancakes is pure and simple and based around a classic bircher muesli where I love to fold in pillows of soft creamy curds of ricotta. The combination of oats and ricotta give these pancakes a decadence that allows the textures and flavours to... Read More

12 Simple Steps To Perfect Digestive Health

There are many contributing factors that effect digestion and it’s a process of elimination to discover what works for you and what doesn’t. Factors such as diet, food intolerances, stress, adrenal burnout, hormones, lifestyle, emotional disposition, anxiety, chemicals, parasites, bacteria, medications, relationships and sleep will affect the state of your health and how your body works. Combining a personalised diet and a balanced lifestyle with restorative therapies will... Read More

Healthy Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits are probably one of the most delicious biscuits you could ever eat. I love mine packed full of rolled oats and coconut, then scent them with a little vanilla and honey. I have designed many recipes for Anzac Biscuits, but the ones below have to be my ultimate favourite.  For those who would love my Gluten Free + Paleo Anzac Biscuits they are featured exclusively in my Healthy Chef Recipe App HERE I use a food processor to combine mine, but you can also just throw... Read More

Steel Cut Oats Porridge

The crisp cold weather has inspired me to make one of my favourite breakfasts – Steel Cut Oats Porridge, slowly simmered with vanilla and cinnamon and topped with sweet ripe banana and steaming hot milk.  I love the creamy and chewy texture of steel cut oats and warmth and goodness that you get from every mouthful. When serving this porridge, it’s important that you accompany with extra steaming hot milk to pour over so that eating them is purely delicious comfort... 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

Apple + Olive Oil Muffins w/ Creamy Vanilla Frosting

When the weather gets a little colder outside, I love nothing better than filling the home with warmth from the oven and fragrant aromatics of vanilla and cinnamon. These muffins are a favourite of mine and what I love about them is that they are so moist and delicious that they keep well for around 4 days. The olive oil adds a wonderful flavour, make sure to buy a light scented variety with a mild flavour and not too robust. You can choose to frost with icing or not as they... Read More

Purely Delicious Hot Cross Buns

Delicious and indulgent this is one of those breads that you just need to make on those special occasions. What I love about it is that it’s very simple to make and the lush ingredients of honey, citrus, quality butter and organic eggs give a fragrant and light dough that just melts in the mouth. Although I have other recipes for hot cross buns on my web site, I was compelled to share one inspired by my great aunt who was a fabulous baker and I also wanted to put my brand new... 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

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

Home-Made Creamed Corn w/ Sunny Side Egg

I’m loving this recipe at the moment. Perfect for a simple, quick and budget friendly brunch or dinner. I love to top mine with a crisp fried sunny side egg and grate over a generous amount of Parmesan just before I serve it.  This beats store bought versions hands down and it tastes so much better. I like to add a little cultured butter as it rounds out the flavour and gives it a smoother, richer mouthfeel.  Juicy, colourful corn is a good source of vitamin C, fibre,... Read More

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

Healthy Christmas Cake

There is nothing more satisfying than baking your own cakes, puddings and biscuits for Christmas. Around this time of year I’m in my kitchen a little bit more than usual baking cakes and cookies and packaging them up as presents for friends and family. This is an extremely delicious and simple Christmas cake to make. It’s a part of my great Aunty’s recipe file along with other yummy healthy treats. This is a dense and moist fruit cake with a high ratio of fruit,... 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

Chocolate Thickshake

If you want super power packed nutrition – then you need to try my power packed chocolate thick shake.  This makes a delicious healthy snack or light meal that’s perfect when you want to indulge in a little chocolate therapy.   What’s great about it: Naked Chocolat is 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... Read More