Garlic and Thyme mushrooms

I have fallen head over heels for mushrooms lately, oh my they are so yummy especially when they are whipped up with some garlic and thyme! Mmmm Mmm!

Mushrooms are high in antioxidants, selenium and vitamin D and B.

This is such an easy recipe which takes a matter of minutes to make. I have served this as a side dish to dinner or even on-top of some smashed avocado on toast for breakfast – the dream.



  • 300 grams mushrooms (I used portobeliini)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon tamari
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 6 sprigs thyme leaves
  • Cracked pepper


  • Wash the mushrooms and slice them.
  • Heat up the olive oil in a sauce pan over a medium heat, add in the garlic and mushrooms and cook for a few minutes.
  • Next place in the coconut milk, tamari, thyme leaves and cracked pepper.
  • Allow to cook for a further few minutes until the liquid has slightly evaporated.
  • Serve with some additional fresh thyme and season with salt and pepper if it needs it.



Japanese inspired miso dressing

If you want to serve a dish with that ‘wow’ factor than this is the dressing you need! It will make anything taste delicious and will leave you wanting more. The best thing about this recipe is you really can’t stuff it up!

Drizzle this sauce onto any Asian inspired stir-fried dishes, salads, chicken and fish to really enhance the flavours or even over a classic San Choy Bau recipe – yum!


  • 4 tablespoon white miso paste (Clearspring)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Thumb size knob of ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons warm water (you may need more)
  • Few drops of liquid stevia or honey
  • Zest and juice of a lime
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes


  • Combine all ingredients in a large sterilised jar and give it a good shake to make sure all the ingredients are well combined.


Bali’s fitness scene

Bali’s fitness scene has certainly sky rocketed over the last few years making it an even more appealing holiday destination for some. I know it is not for everyone but I certainly love keeping fit on holiday as I think it is a great way to try new things and get out of my routine.

Outlined below are my top picks on where to keep fit in Bali, from yoga to crossfit to surfing.



Where: Desa Seni in Berawa

This eco-friendly, boutique resort has the most amazing vibe to it as soon as you walk through their doors. It truly is a slice of heaven and a nice, peaceful change to the hustle and bustle of the streets of Bali. At Desa Seni there is something for everyone and at all levels. They offer a wide range of classes including yin yoga, power yoga, kundalini, Hatha yoga, Vinyasa, meditation and more. The yoga classes are held in the most beautiful setting, an open air yoga studio over-looking their lush tropical gardens. The yoga teachers are welcoming and inspiring – all egos are left at the door!



Where: Wanderlust in Canggu

Don’t be scared or intimidated by the word ‘crossfit’ as this place is easy going and welcoming. I’d go as far as saying that the best thing about this place is the community spirit. Wanderlust offers crossfit, metcon, olympic lifting and movement classes as well as an open gym – where you can use their amazing facilities and equipment without signing up to a class. Each workout can also be scaled up or down, meaning they are suitable for all ages and physical conditions.

The owner David along with the other coaches are super friendly, professional and motivating. From locals to expats and international travellers Wanderlust is the perfect place to go and meet other people from all over the world.  One thing is for sure, you will be dripping in sweat in a matter of minutes – don’t expect air-con here!



Where: Sunset Pilates – 2 locations (Legian and Berawa)

Sunset Pilates have two gorgeous locations, Legian and Berawa. They have been in Bali for over 10 years and there is a reason for it – they are the best Pilates studio in Bali with a phenomenal reputation! The Pilates classes in Berawa are held in a beautiful Joglo style building with lots of natural light, cool air conditioning and with gorgeous teachers.

The facilities here are wonderful – The studio is spotless and the equipment is of the best quality. The whole experience here is fabulous. Their studio in Berawa is an absolute must visit if you love Pilates, it actually has just started offering roof top yoga too – so why not try both and once you are done you can head to their raw juice bar.  They also have a kiddies playground and great restaurant.


Fitness Classes –

Motion fitness in Seminyak

If you want an array of fitness classes, then motion fitness is the place to go. They offer a full range of classes from high intensity interval training (fit flow & hyper shape classes) to dynamic Pilates, TRX and even yoga classes. From their expert teachers and well run classes they really know how to make working out fun! Don’t miss out on their Canggu café (Café Avocado) where they serve the most delicious, wholesome food so be sure to save some time to get that post workout meal in.


A health and fitness retreat

Where: The Retreat Lembongan in Nusa Lembongan

A full week of health and fitness in a fabulous tropical island setting! This amazing retreat has got you covered if you want to enjoy 7 days of fitness, food & relaxation all planned out for you. It will be held on Bali’s neighbouring island, the breath-taking Nusa Lembongan – just 30 minutes by fast boat from Bali mainland.  The retreat offers a range of activities throughout the week from stand-up paddle boarding, yoga, hiking, snorkelling, surfing, beach workouts, massages, meditation, wellness workshops and more – The Retreat Lembongan has something for everyone and the location is stunning! (


Surfing and Diving

Surfing – Because you’re in Bali! Warm water, great weather and playful waves, it would be rude not to give surfing a go on your visit to Bali. You can’t go wrong either, there are an abundance of surfing spots scattered across the island along with countless surf schools. Surfing is so much fun and surprisingly, it is a really tough workout too! There is nothing quite like that feeling of standing up for the first time and riding the waves. You can’t go to Bali and not give it a go!

Diving – Pristine waters, tropical fish, fabulous coral reef, manta rays and the amazing Mola Molas (sunfish).  It’s not for nothing that Indonesia was voted second year in a row the top diving spot in the world (Dive Magazine 2017 Travel Awards).  Maybe diving doesn’t quite fall under the category of fitness but if you are a diver you couldn’t possibly come to Bali and not dive – and if you are not a diver, this is your perfect opportunity to give it a go!

Gyms –  

If you are after a traditional gym and health club then be sure to check out the following places – Finns Recreational Gym, Soham Wellness Centre, Daily Gym and Hammerhead Gym! If you go to Daily Gym in Seminyak – be sure to speak to Anthony for one of the best boxing sessions in Bali!

Staying fit on holiday certainly isn’t for everyone, but for some people keeping up the exercise regime is a nice balance between sampling the local cuisine, quaffing delicious cocktails and lying by the pool all day.



Copenhagen – Healthy eats and coffee shop heaven!

Healthy eats and coffee shop heaven in Copenhagen, Denmark

I absolutely loved Copenhagen, such a trendy little city which did not disappoint at all. The people were super friendly, the coffee was strong, the food delicious and the streets were filled with lots of little boutiques! Mr T and I went over the bank holiday weekend in May which we booked in advanced and managed to get a really great deal with Easyjet which was a big win, as the weekend itself was going to be a fairly expensive one. Copenhagen isn’t a cheap city and you can end up forking out a lot of money so just be wary of that before you go! We stayed right next to Nyhavan which I thought was the perfect location to explore the city.  It really was the perfect city break!

I will be writing another Copenhagen blog called ‘A weekend in Copenhagen’ where I will be covering all the markets, site-seeing we did and other delicious restaurants we went to however for now check out my top healthy eats in Copenhagen outlined below.


42 degrees Raw – I have been very curious about 42 degrees raw for some time as I have been following them on social media ever since I made a turn into healthier eating. Having the pleasure of dining and treating myself to all of their vegan desserts as well as lunch one day and an Acai bowl (pictured) for breakfast another day was rather exciting. 42 Raw is a contemporary take on plant based eating, they have a few different locations around the city and they offer lots of raw, vegan light lunches, cakes, shakes, desserts, juices and snacks!

Café Livingstone – We walked to Café Livingstone on our last morning as we had been highly recommended it by a friend. Café Livingstone has a different concept which can be quite fun – build your own brunch! You are given a menu with a pencil to which you then choose between either 5 dishes or 7 dishes as a set menu. You then select all the different dishes, which range from smoked salmon, avocado, eggs and sausages to cinnamon rolls, grapefruit, Danish cheeses and cookies! It honestly has something to suit everyone, best of all it all comes out on small side plates so you can share everything too! Café Livingstone is also located right on the lake so depending on the time of year you can sit outside and enjoy some fresh air and a nice view whilst enjoying your brunch. It is also located in a trendy area of town so spend some time getting lost in the streets behind it for some awesome shopping and great vibes!  

Palaeo – Conveniently right next to one of the 42 degree raw branches. Palaeo is a completely paleo-diet based menu. The food here is delicious and the portions are generous, I opted for a wrap which came as an egg white wrap, a great idea which I will be taking home with me! The service here is fast, it’s healthy fast food on the go. They have a range of salads, wraps, sandwiches made from their homemade bread as well as signature dishes like the Palaeo burger and sweet potato fries which we tried. A great little place to have a quick meal at before an afternoon of exploring the city!


Atelier September – We tried several coffee shops in Copenhagen however Atelier September had to be my favourite! I loved the interiors and watching the staff who were so passionate about what they served. The coffee is some of the best coffee I have ever had, a must if you like your coffee and sitting in the window to people watch!


Koh Samui – My top 5 healthy cafés

Koh Samui was our first stop on our honeymoon! The island was a lot larger than what I was expecting and the perfect place to wind down in. It was a slice of paradise with crystal clear waters, white beaches and plenty of fresh coconuts. I do however think Koh Samui is for the less adventurous traveller compared to its neighbouring islands of Koh Tao (my fave) and Koh Phangnan. I almost feel like Koh Samui is a bit stuck in its way and slightly old school compared to the other islands and other parts of Asia – I will go into more detail in my next blog!

Anyways, as much as we loved diving into the local cuisine every night by eating an array of curries, soups, noodles and deep-fried dishes. I thought I would hunt down some fresh alternatives for lunch so we wouldn’t get sick of Thai food and to create some sort of balance in our diet.

If you are going to Koh Samui, go check out some of the below cafes!

Green Light Café

A beautiful little restaurant in the heart of Fishermans Village. I thoroughly enjoyed lunch here on more than one occasion. The menu is packed full of delicious options which are all vegan, vegetarian and paleo friendly! With so much variety there is something to suit everyone! I tried the pad thai bowl, spicy chicken bowl, sweet potato fries (which are baked), grilled salmon salad and washed it down with a kombucha or ‘bio fiz’ every time! You can also build your own Buddha bowl which is a great touch however their combination of salads were always so good, I never got round to it. Another benefit is that all of their chicken is free range and hormone free, their produce is all natural with no MSG and there are no preservatives in site!

Eating lots of local delicacies like fried rice, curries, fried food by night, I rather enjoyed the balance of having a nutritious meal which was packed full of flavour and made with love at lunch time.  I left feeling nourished and satisfied each time! A must if you are traveling to Koh Samui.

Art Café by June

Art Café by June is a little café just out of Fishermans village. It is not on the beach, it isn’t fancy, in fact it is located on the main road however it is absolutely brilliant. Simple, guilt free tasty food! Art Cafe caters for everyone with a variety of food options and an extensive menu. It has a real local feel about it, very rustic and welcoming! The staff are friendly and the food is delicious and cheap too!

Eating healthy really doesn’t have to be hard and it really doesn’t have to be boring however when you are on Koh Samui there isn’t much in the way of healthy food so finding this superb café was like winning the lottery. We ate here on several occasions (obviously) – and enjoyed the following dishes; rice paper rolls, salmon and avocado rolls, hummus dip and homemade fresh bread, the tofu scramble wrap, the chicken and veg brown fried rice…. Art café is unassuming, the food is wholesome and the staff are friendly… Another must go to if you like to nourish your body from the inside out!


Sweet Sister Café

I unfortunately only managed to visit Sweet Sisters Café once on my trip due to it being on the South part of the Island. We stopped off here on our road trip after visiting the waterfalls. We enjoyed a Bio Fizz each, fresh vegetarian spring rolls and the Thai chicken wrap which was to die for. The menu was large featuring lots of healthy Thai & Burmese dishes as well as healthy takes on the western classics, raw desserts, free from treats and an amazing drink menu!

Sweet sisters café also has the additional bonus of a health food shop attached to it, which has shelves galore packed full of super foods, supplements, snacks, natural beauty products and more! I bought a sachet of Thai Green Chicken Curry paste to take home with me so I can re-create my favourite dish with the authentic spices when the holiday blues sink in! I really loved this café as it had a lovely charm about it, I only wished it was closer to where I was staying so I could have visited it on more than one occasion….

Fishermans House Café/ Coffee Lab

Fishermans House Café is a quaint little place in Fishermans Village which is also a coffee lab.  I have never seen a coffee menu quite like it, you name it they have it! Nitro coffee, hot and cold drip, espresso, cold brew along with all sorts of alcoholic coffee beverages I have never seen before! They also serve a wide variety of teas including my favourite Matcha lattes served with coconut milk. As you can tell by the picture, the presentation and effort they put into serving their specialities was perfect! We had an amazing buffet breakfast at the resort we were staying at so we didn’t get to eat at Fishermans House Café however as I was sipping away on my coffee the food coming out the kitchen looked absolutely delicious, clearly a very popular breakfast spot on the island too!

It’s your nature shop – Health food shop

Minding my own business on the back of the scooter, I spotted this sign and ordered Mr T to turn around immediately so I could have a little gander through this health food shop. I love traveling to different countries and going to local health food shops to see what they have on offer – I find Asia has some amazing ingredients I have never even heard of. If you are looking for supplements, detox remedies, healthy juices, kombuchas and all sorts of elixirs this is the place to go. I only purchased a coco-biotic juice which was packed full of delicious enzymes, probiotics and utter goodness!

Why you should start mobility training!

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live!”

 First things first – what is mobility and is it the same as flexibility?

So, mobility refers to our ability to move freely without stress on the body. Our flexibility is dependent on the range of motion of our muscles. The two are not the same, but are not mutually exclusive. Good mobility can assist your flexibility and vice versa.

So why is it so important to include mobility training and stretching into your exercise program? Most people overlook the importance of these two rather significant components of exercise and think they can get away with a few stretches before and after a session. As we get older our bodies tend to take longer to recover and our natural flexibility tends to decrease substantially every year. Basic movements can become laboured and difficult so it is extremely important to include a decent mobility program into your weekly exercise regime.

It is great to look good however if you can’t move freely without stress or pain then what good is that? The benefits of including a mobility training into your regime are increased performance, faster recovery, injury prevention and increase posture & general wellbeing. It is just as important if not more important as lifting weights or thrashing yourself on the bike for 45 minutes.

The amazing thing is, is it is never too late to start! As humans, we can reclaim our ability to move freely by incorporating a simple but effective program into our weekly routine. It is time to stop being lazy and to start making the effort to focus on your mobility training. Set aside 30 minutes, 3 x a week to stretch and work on mobility drills – I guarantee you, you will feel SO much better for it and your performance in the gym will drastically improve!

Mobility training should be an essential component of ANY exercise program. So take action by foam rolling, activating your muscles prior to working out (resistance bands are great for this), stretching with dynamic and static stretches, self-myofascial release and carrying out simple mobility drills. You may find it hard at first but your mobility and flexibility will rapidly improve each time, you will not only look better, you’ll feel better as well.

Do your future self a favour and don’t let your body suffer.