Chocolate and Sweet Potato Truffles

  Those who follow our blog would know we are obsessed with sweet potato. It's a great source of slow-release carbohydrate, packed full of fibre, vitamins and minerals. These truffles are great for kids, perfect as an adult snack for work or on the run, and would make a lovely gift for a breast feeding mumma! I created these truffles after a friend of mine was having trouble with her toddler suddenly refusing to eat vegetables. Now, I'm not a fan of hiding all veggies in all meals as this … [Read More...]

Chocolate Mug Pudding

This recipe is a one bowl wonder, only taking 5 minutes of your time. Best thing is, there's hardly any washing up. You will find gluten and dairy free options throughout the recipe. It's cooked in the microwave,  however if you don't like using a microwave you can simply bake in the oven on 180 degrees in a small oven proof dish. You'll have to experiment with baking times.   Ingredients 4 tbsp self raising flour (or almond meal for a gluten free alternative) 2 tbsp … [Read More...]

Everyone’s a Nutrition Expert

Some people are confused why I am so 'anti-celebrity-food-fads'. In a time where everyone is now a nutrition expert, let me explain why. It's because anyone giving nutrition advice has an ethical responsibility that the information they provide is 100% accurate and will not cause any harm, but they don't follow this ethic" I am writing this article because of the large amount of eating disorders and illness that I am witnessing, as a direct result of information given by unqualified … [Read More...]

Yoghurt Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta means set cream and is often served as a dessert. We love to make a yoghurt panna cotta and serve for breakfast in the warmer months. It's also the most wonderful dessert. It's healthy and delicious and a very simple recipe. We have a more decadent cream version here Print Yoghurt Panna Cotta Author: The Nutrition Guru and The Chef Prep time:  15 mins Cook time:  15 mins Total time:  30 mins Serves: 4   Ingredients 1 cup milk 1 cup … [Read More...]

Banana Bread {Gluten Free Dairy Free Nut Free}

Ya'll have been asking for a banana bread recipe that is gluten free, but also nut free so that the kidlets can take it to school for snackies. I put my thinking cap on and one day handed Baby Guru to The Chef, and started my mission in the kitchen. I've created a few versions. 1. Gluten and nut free using sunflower seeds to replace flour. Available from all supermarkets. The loaf is almost grain free. This is a rich, dense cake full of  flavour 2. Wholemeal Banana Bread light in texture … [Read More...]

Social Media Vs Reality – The REAL Nutrition Guru

Ever felt inadequate after flicking through Facebook or Instagram? Felt that your under eye circles were too dark whilst everyone else that you follow on Insta has a sparkling radiant complexion? Feel that your bowl of oats with milk for breakfast is not up to scratch with the 10 breakfast jars (yes always in jars) you saw posted this morning drowned in superfoods? Welcome to the unrealistic world of social media. I am a total social media addict. I love the way it inspires us in many areas of … [Read More...]

When healthy eating goes too far

Surely in today's obesogenic environment with alarming rates of chronic disease, there would be no such phrase as 'being too healthy' right? Let me introduce you to a condition becoming more and more prevalent,  now known as orthorexia. It is characterised by a a pre-occupation with avoiding foods perceived as being unhealthy. Sufferers only eat healthy foods and limit certain food groups in order to prevent ill health and disease.  Weight loss is also a motivator but not always the main … [Read More...]

The Truth About the Paleo Diet

Hugely popular, the Paleo diet has exploded onto the nutrition scene. Touted by followers as 'the way our body was designed to eat' it has become an industry of its own. What is the Paleo Diet? The Paleo diet is based upon eating the way our ancestors did in paleolithic times, between 2.5 million and 20,000 years ago. Generally, it is low in carbohydrates and high in protein and fats and omits the modern foods which were not available in the Paleolithic era. Paleo enthusiasts claim the diet … [Read More...]

Gluten Free Sweet Potato, Coconut and Chai Loaf

Are you looking for something  nutritious and delicious? This Sweet Potato, Coconut  and Chai Loaf is a wonderful alternative to your normal every-day cake. You can simply omit or reduce the sugar, and you have a wonderful breakfast bread that toasts beautifully, or lunchbox snack. This loaf packs a nutritious punch with the base being sweet potato and ground almonds (see recipe for nut-free alternatives). This means that the loaf contains fibre for a healthy digestive system and will fill … [Read More...]

Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake

      I'm always told that I cook with strange ingredients and yes, it's true. They never complain though once they try it, they are always instantly converted into a 'strange ingredient' user as well. Cakes are normally void of nutrition, being made of processed flour, sugar and fat. This cake on the other hand replaces those non nutritious ingredients with power packed alternatives. This is still a cake however, and should be enjoyed as a special or … [Read More...]

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Five years ago, I came across a strange combination at an organic cafe that caught my eye. It was a Beetroot and Chocolate cake. I was intrigued and had to sink my teeth into a slice. I am so glad I did, as it was one of the most heavenly delights I had ever tried. The combination of sweet earthy beetroots with the familiar taste of chocolate was just heavenly. I returned a week later to find that it was no longer on the menu (unfortunately not enough patrons had crazy or adventurous taste buds … [Read More...]

The Truth about Coconut Oil

Did you know coconut oil does NOT have a high smoke point? Did you know that there is little scientific evidence to support its weight loss claims? If there is one food product that has exploded onto the health food scene over the last 12 months, it's coconut oil. Added to chocolate bars, pour it on your cereal, eat it with a spoon, or pour it on your salads. I've seen claims by health food companies that it will burn fat and help you to drop weight fast, reduce inflammation, make you happier, … [Read More...]

Is it your HOME or the SCHOOL that has the biggest impact on our child’s eating and exercise patterns?

Is it your home or is it the school that makes the biggest difference in teaching your child about healthy eating and exercise? Which venue makes more of an impact on the health of your children? You might be thinking, “My son’s day care doesn’t serve the most nutritious meals, so are they ruining his health?” Or maybe you are packing your kids lovely nutritious meals at school, but when they get home, they’re allowed to help themselves to the junk food in the cupboard? Meet Joyce Hidad, … [Read More...]

Lemon in Water – Can it Detox You?

Question: Can lemon in a glass of water each morning detox you? ANSWER: NO.   Tara is a university qualified nutritionist, renowned for her no-nonsense approach to nutrition and health. She helps people  learn how to live a healthy life without the need for fad diets or expensive crazy ingredients. Just real food.   … [Read More...]


Unmotivated to exercise, but really want to make that switch from procrastinating  - to actually doing? Chriss Tinslay - Personal Trainer shares her simple, yet effective tips to get you exercising today. They're practical and realistic, just the way I like it. Over to you Chriss... ----- Exercise…It's so good for our heart and lungs, our bones and brain, our energy levels, mood, strength and well being. I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.   We all know that … [Read More...]

Half of ‘natural’ foods unhealthy: report

  Shoppers are being urged to resist falling for unregulated health claims Australians are being urged to be wary of foods which claim to be 'natural' with new research showing that almost 5 in 10 'natural' products are high in saturated fat, sugar and/or salt. LiveLighter analysed the nutritional quality of 331 supermarket foods with the words 'natural' or 'nature' on the packaging and found that 154 (47%) were not a core part of a healthy diet, as recommended by the Australian … [Read More...]


Lemon in Water – Can it Detox You?

Can drinking a glass of water, with some lemon actually detox you?


Get cracking with these ten simple tips by trainer Chriss Tinslay


Zucchini Melts

My favourite dish from my childhood

Miso Braised Eggplant

This recipe is a simple way to jazz up eggplant. It’s salty, sweet and saucy. The Chef has created this simplified, cook at home version of his popular dish at Cherry Blossom Tree Japanese Restaurant Mooloolaba – one of their most popular dishes. You can find all of the ingredients in any supermarket, usually in the… 

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