Paleo Nut Bar gluten free vegan

Paleo Seed & Nut Bars – No Bake (paleo/vg/gf)

These Paleo Seed & Nut Bars are quick, easy and all kinds of healthy delicious. Free from grains, gluten, refined sugar, dairy and eggs. Packed with protein, good fats, and fiber for healthy skin, hair and nails, as well as hormone, digestive and immune health. Perfect for a healthy afternoon snack and school lunch boxes to satisfy a sweet tooth!

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A Day at Cobram Estate + the health benefits of Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I recently had the privilege of spending a day at Cobram Estate‘s beautiful olive groves to learn and experience first-hand how olives are grown, harvested, and created into olive oil. We met with Rob McGavin, one of the very passionate owners of Cobram Estate, and learnt how Cobram Estate is committed to running as sustainable as possible. We spoke to a Nutritionist about the scientific research behind Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the health benefits (I’m big on clinical nutrition and food as medicine so I loved this). Oh and we were treated to delicious food and wine by a brilliant chef! As a self-confessed nutrition nerd and foodie (and someone who already loves and uses olive oil), I found this amazing!

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Cleansing Pumpkin, Carrot & Ginger Soup

Cleansing Pumpkin, Carrot & Ginger Soup (gf/vg/df)

Pumpkin soup is such an Autumn (or any time of year!) favourite. It’s quick, easy and nourishing and provides powerful antioxidants. The added carrot, ginger and Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil not only give it a refreshing taste, but add some great health benefits and aid liver cleansing and detox. Pumpkin soup is perfect for a light meal or entrée. If I’m having this as a main meal, I sometimes fill it out with a serve of shredded chicken and top with pumpkin seeds for a protein hit and a well balanced meal.

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Frogmore Creek Winery & Restau

3 days in the foodie city Hobart (Tassie part 1)

Hot coffees, cosy knits, fine food, wine and whisky. Waterfronts, wineries and weird art. Stunning views atop kunanyi/Mount Wellington, road trips, a hike or two, and being taken back in time for a lesson in Australian convict history. For a small city, Hobart has it all. Whether you’re a foodie, nature lover, adventure seeker or appreciate a fine drop of wine, you’ll love it as much as we have. Don’t let the weather hold you back either. Winter in Tassie is not only filled with events, but there is something magical about watching the clouds and fog roll in over the mountains and feeling the crisp air on your skin as you wonder past historic buildings.

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Coffee Long black and cappuccino cafe

Is Coffee Healthy?

There isn’t a black and white answer to whether coffee is healthy or not. Yes, coffee can provide several health benefits, but it can also pose risks. Ultimately it depends on many factors such as how you drink it, how much and how often, the quality of coffee consumed, and your individual biochemistry (age, weight, body fat, genetics). Each person’s sensitivity or tolerance to caffeine can vary, and can change depending on stress and energy levels, health or medical conditions (including pregnancy), food intake, medication, liver and kidney function, amongst other factors.

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Anzac Biscuits (GF/DF/V/refined sugar free)

You know when your friend calls and says she is popping around in half an hour for a cup of tea and you have no yummy treats? That’s me, always. Mostly because I don’t buy packaged foods like biscuits and honestly because when I do make whole food treats they NEVER last long… So here is a healthier vegan version of Anzac biscuits, using nutritious ingredients, free from refined sugar, dairy and gluten free. Plus an optional twist on a traditional favourite, half coated with homemade dark chocolate.

Afternoon tea with your bestie? Work or lunchbox treats? Problem solved.

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Garlic, Dill and Rock Salt Hassleback roast potato

Garlic & Dill Hassleback Roast Potatoes

Is there anything better than a side dish of delicious oven-roasted potatoes?! No matter whether you prefer sweet potatoes, white potatoes or any other variety. Roasted as chips, fries, whole baked, hassleback or chopped in chunks. Seasoned with herbs, spices, garlic, olive oil or simply salt & pepper. There is no denying the humble potato is versatile, incredibly delicious and so simple to cook! Here’s the low down the health benefits of potatoes, glycemic index, AND one of my favourite potato recipes!

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Buckwheat pasta fitness food

Nutrient Timing Revisited: The Science

Nutrient timing is dietary strategy whereby specific nutrients (usually protein &/or carbohydrates) are consumed in and around training. The post-exercise period is widely considered the most critical part of nutrient timing. Theoretically nutrient timing is designed to optimize the adaptive response to exercise – rebuilding damaged muscle tissue and restoring muscle glycogen reserves. It is considered this speeds recovery, improves performance, increases muscle hypertrophy and strength gains and improves body composition. It is believed that there may an “anabolic window” of opportunity, a short time after training where these improvements can be optimized if the right nutrients are consumed.

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