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.



Quinoa & chickpea burgers

I make these burgers whenever I have leftover quinoa, they are so easy to make and a great meatless option that still contain a lot of protein within them. I love serving them with some homemade caramelised onion, sweet potato chips and a dollop of paleo mayo!

Makes 8 large patties


  • 1 can chickpeas, drainedQBIMG_0759
  • 1 cup Flahavan oats
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt & black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • ½ large zucchini, grated
  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 free range egg
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar
  • Zest of 1 lemon and juice of ½ lemon
  • A handful of parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • Olive oil to cook


  • Prepare all your ingredients before you begin.
  • In a food processor add the drained can of chickpeas with the ground cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper and oats and blitz until it is a smooth paste.
  • In a large mixing bowl, place the 2 cups of cooked quinoa, lemon zest and juice, carrots, zucchini, onion, garlic, mustard, balsamic vinegar, egg, parsley and coconut flour. Give it a big stir and then add in the chickpea mixture from the blender.
  • Make sure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and shape each portion into a patty.
  • Place the patties on a piece of baking paper, cover and allow to sit in the fridge for an hour before cooking. Chilling the patties will help them hold together during the cooking process.
  • Once refrigerated, remove from the fridge and place the patties in a hot saucepan with some good quality olive oil. Allow to cook on a medium to low heat for about 4 minutes each side!
  • Serve on a bed of rocket with your favourite chutney and mayo!

Rise and shine

Waking up in the morning is something that a lot of people struggle with, I certainly used to. These days, I am up between 5-6am every week day and I can truthfully say I tend to bounce out of bed even during these cold winter months. I don’t let my mind begin to even think ‘its 5am I should still be asleep’ because that negative mentality is not healthy for myself or my day ahead.

I do however, have a few things I do each morning to help the process and easier one. Below are my top 6 tips to help you rise and shine in the morning.

  1. Get some good Zzz – Ensure you get a good night sleep by going to bed at a decent hour. Try turning off the TV 30 minutes before bed and picking up a book instead. I don’t allow my laptop in bed with me nor do I have a TV in my room because even though you may find you can fall asleep in-front of a screen, your sleep will most likely still be affected preventing you from getting a quality night sleep, making waking up a lot harder to do!
  2. Do not hit the snooze. Whatever you do, do not snooze – it does more harm than good. An extra 15 minutes in bed will more often than not leave you feeling groggy! I like to use the 5,4,3,2,1 method. As soon as your alarm goes off, count down in your head 5, 4, 3, 2 and then jump out of bed on the 1. You will feel so much more energised!
  3. Rehydrate immediately. After a long nights sleep, your body will be thirsty. I like to have a warm glass of lemon water mixed in with some apple cider vinegar each morning to help kick-start my digestion, quench my thirst and get some nutrients into my body!
  4. Don’t scroll through social media until you have gotten up and done something that day. Don’t make scrolling through your phone the first thing you do in the morning as it really isn’t a healthy habit for you or your mind. Endlessly scrolling can also waste a lot of precious time first thing!
  5. Stretch & Breathe By stretching first thing in the morning you are instantly improving your brain activity by increasing the blood flow to your brain which helps to sharper your concentration, circulation and energy levels! Stretching each day is also a really great way to improve your flexibility and mobility.
  6. Make your bed Making your bed in the morning is such a small task however it can make such a big difference to your day ahead. I love the small feeling of accomplishment when the bed is made and my room looks clean and tidy! A decluttered space makes for a decluttered mind.

So, start incorporating these healthy habits into your morning routine to help you kick-start your day on the right foot!

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Perth’s fitness scene  

If you are heading to Perth for a holiday and want to keep in shape, then I have got you covered with the best fitness classes around Perth outlined below! If you live in Perth and haven’t yet tried these awesome classes then I’d get your bottom into gear and give these studios a go!

Bodies By Ryan  (@bodies_by_ryan)

Top of my list and for a good reason, it was the one place in Perth I found myself constantly returning to. Gyms can be very intimidating places for some – even for me – but Ryan and the team are so welcoming. You can tell Ryan is extremely passionate about what he does, not only does he know every single one of his members along with their likes and dislikes but he goes above and beyond in pushing them accordingly.

Ryan offers circuit based classes as well as strength and conditioning classes which are all really well thought out and planned in advance.  Just take one look at Ryan’s Instagram account (@bodies_by_ryan) and you will instantly see the hard work and dedication he puts into his clients, from their training to their nutrition.

There is a real sense of community at this gym and I met some very lovely people whilst attending the classes here.

If you want a challenging workout and to transform yourself then look no further – this is the place for you!

MVMT Society  (@mvmtsociety)

A ‘new’ style of mat pilates, one that is guaranteed to get your body hurting in places you didn’t know were physically possible. Each class is held with such professionalism. The classes always start and finish on time and are instructed with fluidity. Elise manages to give attention to everyone in the class, correcting their form along the way whilst cueing the next move in a very clear manner. Leave the class feeling like you have seriously worked your core and glutes, grown an inch taller and re-aligned your body.  Love it!

Bike Bar  (@bikebarfitness)

A cardio party on a bike. For those of you who don’t know, I really love my spinning classes so I was really looking forward to getting my behind on a bike again as it had been a while!

So, I decided to book myself into an early morning class at Bike Bar as I had only heard great things since they opened in November. I walked into the studio for my first class looking a bit lost and clearly had ‘first timer’ written across my forehead but not to worry as the lovely owners, Lauren and JD were quick to introduce themselves  and show me around their beautiful studio.

Zara was the instructor for the class, she had a killer playlist which made the class so much fun, she really knew how to motivate everyone whilst keeping the energy in the room really high. The class was such fun that it was over before I knew it – 45 minutes of cardio, the best way to start the day!

Fierce Fitness Australia  (@fierce_fitness_austalia)

If you want to get your sweat on then head to Fierce Fitness Australia for a boxing or a strength and conditioning class. The classes here are great and are targeted at all fitness levels. Starting the class off with some skipping, then onto boxing drills and combinations which are designed to build strength, get you sweating and de-stressed before finishing with some core strengthening exercises. I had an awesome class with Brad who I would highly recommend!

Cardea Pilates  (@cardeapilates)

Cardea pilates is a beautiful new reformer pilates studio which offer dynamic classes to help strengthen and elongate your body. Em was an amazing instructor, her classes focus on integrating more dynamic forms of exercise into the practice, meaning that they are more demanding than your usual reformer pilates classes. Improve your strength, balance and flexibility all in the one class! The studio is fresh, clean and is filled with beautifully scented candles.

Movement hub  (@movementhub_hilton)

The classes at Movement Hub are great if you want to improve your technique in strength based exercises and movements. The trainers have such great knowledge and will be able to help you improve or even help start your strength based journey. The classes here are for everyone, so don’t be intimidated by Olympic lifting or Crossfit style workouts, the team will help you reach your potential as an individual.

The great outdoors – (Jacobs ladder, Kings park, beach walk)

When in Australia, get active outdoors! You don’t need to spend your money to keep fit and healthy in Perth. With its breath-taking coastline and beautiful parks, Perth has something for everyone. Go for an early morning swim or jog along the beach, a walk through kings park and if you’re really up for a challenge (with a view I might add) then hit Jacobs ladder which is a set of steps on cliff street in Kings Park, 242 steps from the top to the bottom – work on your stamina and try and do as many rounds as possible.


Revolution sports

Revolution sports is an affordable gym with various locations around Perth – they even offer indoor cricket! They have a wide range of equipment suited to everyone’s different training styles and the staff are always so helpful and friendly.

Other studios in Perth that I really enjoy and haven’t mentioned here are 5th Element fitness, Core Focus Pilates, Pure Moves, Box and Bike, Power living yoga, LA Fit and Goodlife health clubs for another gym.  As you can see – spoilt for choice and no excuse not to get up and get moving!

(Pictured here is Tamara Yoga and 5th Element Fitness)


Bali’s best plant based cafes!

I am very lucky to be able to call the beautiful island of Bali home. My mum lives in Bali so every time I visit her, I am fortunate enough to dine at some of the best restaurants and cafes on the tropical island! Although I am a meat eater, I thoroughly enjoy eating plant based meals on a regular basis. I spend a lot of time in Bali each year and find I frequently have a lot of people asking me for my foodie tips. So here are my top 6 plant based cafes in Bali.

Peloton Supershop – Located in Berawa

Peloton is a trendy vegan café in Berawa (located between Seminyak and Canggu). It has a wide variety of food on the menu that would appeal to not only vegans but meat eaters too.  Peloton has a really great vibe, the staff are all so friendly and welcoming from the minute you walk in and the food is consistently good.  The portions are large and the menu is creative ranging from smoothie bowls, tacos, salads, burgers, lasagne and much more! There really is something about this place, the vegan food is absolutely delicious and the coffee with their homemade coconut milk is out of this world.  No wonder it is always so busy – clearly a very popular spot with expats, locals and of course tourists. Pictured is their green smoothie bowl with a mangosteen shot and coconut latte.

Kynd community – Located in Seminyak

This cute, trendy pink café in Seminyak is divine! Kynd Café will make anyone fall in love with vegan food, the smoothie bowls are out of this world and always beautifully presented as are the salad bowls. I have been to Kynd several times and almost every time I have been, people are clicking away on their phones taking pictures of the beautifully presented food  – it will put a smile on anyone’s face, as it doesn’t only look phenomenal but tastes great too!

The Shady Shack – Located in Canggu (vegetarian)

I love going to the Shady Shack for a nice, quiet, healthy lunch whilst sitting in their tropical garden. The menu provides a range of options which makes it really hard to choose from. One things for sure is that all the food is nutritious, beautifully presented and you can’t go wrong! The relaxed atmosphere and gorgeous setting makes for the perfect place to unwind in and enjoy some fresh tasting food. I have eaten numerous meals at The Shady Shack and I am yet to find something I don’t like – the wraps are very delicious as is the jack fruit burger!  Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.

The Spicy Coconut – Located in Batubelig (between Seminyak and Berawa)

The Spicy Coconut is the perfect spot to refresh yourself and escape the heat for an hour. I have only ever enjoyed the smoothie bowls at The Spicy Coconut but each one I have had has been spot on, beautifully presented with great customer service! This eco-friendly café’s simple interiors and colourful food will make anyone feel at home.

Down to Earth – Located in Seminyak and Ubud

If you are looking for really healthy food in Bali, then Down to Earth is the place for you. The menu is extensive and the atmosphere chilled and inviting. The seitan burger is a win as is the roasted vegetables rosemary tofu wrap! I love their coconut kefir, smoothies and Kombuchas to quench my thirst on a hot day.  They also have a mini super market were you can pick up an array of supplements, beauty products, packaged superfoods and snacks as well as takeaway raw treats.


Alchemy – Located In Ubud & they have a small branch in Seminyak at Potato Head

The raw salad bar followed by a raw cake or two is the ultimate lunch combo! Nice sized portions, top quality, tasty food in a very relaxed atmosphere! I would have lunch over breakfast at Alchemy though as the menu is more varied at lunch time and the portions larger. There is even a shop inside the café where you can stock up on natural beauty products, supplements and health food products. This review is based in the Ubud location.



Creamy organic oat milk

Oat milk is rapidly becoming one of my favourite milk alternatives, it is rich in fibre and has such a creamy consistency to it. This recipe is very low in calories too, containing only 175 calories for the whole jug!!


  • ½ cups organic oats – I like to use Flahavans oats
  • 5 cups filtered water
  • A few drops of liquid stevia, or sweetener of your choice
  • 2 teaspoons orgamic vanilla essence
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • Sterilised glass bottle


  • Pour all the ingredients into the blender and blend on high speed for around 3-5 minutes.
  • Strain the oat milk by pouring it through a nut milk bag, cheese cloth or very fine sieve and discard the oat pulp that remains. Do this process 2-3 times so you end up with a nice light milk.
  • Pour the oat milk into a sterilised glass bottle and keep refrigerated.
  • Make sure you shake thoroughly before using it.


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.



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!

The benefits of meal preparation – Part 1

My top tip to clients, friends and family when it comes to eating healthy, losing weight and fuelling your body is to plan ahead and cook your meals – always be prepared! I don’t mean a bit of chicken with some boiled broccoli in a Tupperware either – meal prep doesn’t have to be tasteless and boring! It will take a little work and getting used to but the benefits are most certainly worth it.

There are so many benefits to preparing your meals in advance. I have outlined a few of these for you below –

  1. Nutrition – You can’t out-train a bad diet, knowing exactly what you put in your mouth is far more important than what you do in the gym. Preparing your own meals means you can nourish your body with lots of healthy ingredients with no hidden nasties which will fuel your body the right way for your daily activities.
  2. Portion control – Going to the supermarket on an empty stomach at lunch time is never a good idea as we tend to reach for far more food than what we actually need. By preparing your meals in advance, you can’t over eat. Meal prepping once a week allows you to divide up your meals and snacks evenly allowing you to curb over-eating because once the container is empty, you just stop eating.
  3. Penny saver – It may seem like you are spending a lot of money in one big food shop on the weekend however I can guarantee you will spend less money in one big shop rather than grabbing something on the go every day. We have all been guilty of going into a supermarket for a couple of things and coming out with a bag full of goodies which we don’t need. By doing one big shop and avoiding the supermarket during your lunch break, you will avoid being tempted by ‘cheap snacks’.
  4. Avoid unhealthy choices – Having a mid-morning or afternoon snack planned in advance will save you from that 4pm afternoon slump where you could potentially reach out for some chocolate, cookies or even cake so make sure you have snacks ready for when you need a quick pick me up!
  5. Less stress & more time – Preparing food in bulk on a Sunday for the week ahead means you have one less thing to have to think about during the week. Meal prep does take a bit of time but preparing your meals in bulk will take less time than prepping, cooking and cleaning each day.

So, stay on track with your goals by planning ahead and preparing your meals as you can see from the above it is not only a great investment into your health but also your bank account!

Stay tuned as next week, I will be releasing Part 2 of this article on some top tips on how to get started along with some of my favourite snack and meal suggestions!