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Welcome to the Health Synergy Nutrition, Food and Travel Blog

Health Synergy is a mother-daughter team that evolved from a shared love and appreciation for health, wellness and travel.  Jen (mum) has been studying and/or practicing as a health professional for 20 years with qualifications in nutrition, psychotherapy and coaching psychology. Hannah (daughter) is a fourth year media and communications student with a passion for styling, photography and recipe development. …

hannahsingletonWelcome to the Health Synergy Nutrition, Food and Travel Blog
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Berry Beetroot Nice Cream

It may sound a little strange but trust us, it works. Beetroot powder is a great addition to smoothies and desserts because of its impressive nutrient profile. Aside from being low in calories and fat, beetroots are known for their role in detoxification processes in the liver and the pigment provides important anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds… And it tastes great too! …

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Ponzu Zoodles and Avocado Salad

A flavoursome Asian inspired salad, perfect on a hot day. This is an excellent accompaniment to serve with grilled salmon or your choice of protein. It is beneficial to have a good proportion of raw foods in our diets, which is much easier to achieve in the warmer months. Having said that, some people have difficulty digesting raw foods, in which …

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Fast Your Way to Wellness: Q&A with Lee Holmes

When we hear the word ‘fast’ we automatically think of deprivation or starvation. Lee Holmes, holistic nutritionist and author of many best selling books, has challenged this perception by promoting the concept of ‘intermittent fasting’. This involves restricting calories for two days a week, allowing the gut to rest and repair. Lee’s balanced approach to wellness, particularly her belief that we should eat foods as close to …

hannahsingletonFast Your Way to Wellness: Q&A with Lee Holmes
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Blue Nice Cream

This has perhaps been our most in-demand recipe ever… so you may be a little surprised to hear it contains only 3 ingredients. To create the beautiful blue colour we have used Blue Majik organic spirulina powder. While it does have a strong smell, it doesn’t have a strong taste so it’s really just like an extra-thick and creamy banana smoothie… just …

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Best spots for (almond milk) coffee in Sydney’s East

For any fellow almond milk coffee drinkers, you will know what I mean when I say that not all almond milks were made equal. I have only recently jumped on board the coffee bandwagon (before which I was a strictly green tea kind of gal) but it is surprising how quickly coffee has become a part of my daily routine, …

hannahsingletonBest spots for (almond milk) coffee in Sydney’s East
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Bubblegum Cheesecake

A little something we call “bubblegum” cheesecake. This dessert is naturally coloured with beetroot powder, blue spirulina and matcha powder. Not only does this create the beautiful colours but it also enhances the nutritional value as these ingredients are packed with antioxidants. We have used macadamias and coconut yoghurt for the base of this cake, however cashews can be used …

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Snickers Pancakes

Fluffy peanut butter pancakes with a creamy peanut-chocolate sauce, topped with roasted peanuts and raw caramel chocolate for that added ‘Snickers’-like crunch. Perfection. This recipe was created in collaboration with Sophie from @coconutandbliss. We highly recommend using Pics Peanut Butter for this (and all our other peanut butter recipes for that matter). We assure you it is unlike any other peanut butter …

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Guacamole

A simple yet very essential recipe. We love serving guacamole as a starter or snack with organic quinoa tortilla chips and/or vegetable sticks. It is also great with our walnut bolognese (recipe in the salads and sides category), our sweet corn and spinach waffles (recipe in breakfast) or as a dip with our cumin kumera chips. Aside from being delicious, …

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Best healthy cafes in Sydney

As much as we love creating healthy recipes and knowing exactly what is going into our food, sometimes it is nice to sit back and have someone else prepare the food for you. We love that there are now so many healthy cafes/restaurants in Sydney striving to use local, organic and seasonal produce as much as possible. In saying that, …

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Tropical Berry Nice Cream

Nice cream is a summer essential. It is the perfect alternative to ice cream with that creamy texture we all love, just without any of the added sugars, flavours and preservatives. The pineapple gives this nice cream a tropical and refreshing twist but if you prefer a more traditional strawberry flavour simply add 1 extra banana and omit pineapple. This recipe is …

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Billabong Retreat Sydney

Earlier this month we wrote about the importance of regulating our nervous systems and being able to slow down.  Often this is easier said than done, and we can delay the body’s screams to do this, perhaps thinking, ironically, that there is not enough time. Billabong Eco Nature Retreat, although technically in Sydney, feels very far away from the usual …

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Chocolate Ganache Tart with baked Almond “Shortcrust”

So simple, yet so delicious This recipe was created in collaboration with Sophie Fisher (@coconutandbliss). For anyone following us on Instagram, (or anyone who has our ebook ‘The Ultimate Chocolate and Caramel Collection‘) I’m sure you would have gathered by now we love a good chocolate collab! We have tried to give as many alternatives as possible so that this …

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Detox the mind in 2017

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. – Viktor Frankl New Year comes with the all the promise usually associated with new beginnings of any kind… with hope and optimism, a determination to change things that are not working in …

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Caramel Slice Nice Cream

This creamy, decadent nice cream recipe was inspired by the ‘caramel slice’ smoothie on Health Synergy app. To create the thick ‘ice cream’ texture it is important that you freeze the bananas in advance. We recommend cutting them into small pieces so it is easier on your blender. The combination of medjool dates, mesquite powder, hulled tahini and cashew butter creates …

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Wattleseed Crackers

These crackers couldn’t be easier to make thanks to The Source Bulkfoods‘ mixed seeds. Of course you can also choose your own seed mix however it is important that you include chia seeds and linseeds as this is what binds the mixture. They are such a healthy and delicious snack, and great for entertaining. We love serving them with smashed …

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Mince Pies

Christmas is a time to celebrate, spend time with family, eat, drink and indulge (and we don’t want anyone missing out). If you’re gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant, allergic to nuts or just simply like to eat healthy, we’ve got you covered with these delicious, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and even nut-free mince pies. And trust us, this does not mean compromising …

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Baked Sweet Potato with Saffron Coconut Yoghurt

This baked sweet potato with creamy saffron coconut yoghurt is an absolute must for your christmas table this year. It is easy to make, delicious and packed with nutrients. We are very excited to have this recipe featured in Table of Plenty‘s 2016 christmas e-book which contains so many inspiring ideas for this year’s christmas feast. It is free to …

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‘Caramel’ Fondant

After much demand on our Instagram feed, we decided it was only fair we share this decadent ‘caramel’ fondant recipe with you all. It has a delicious pudding like texture with that heavenly oozing centre… Not to mention it is entirely refined sugar free, gluten free and dairy free. We use Loving Earth salted caramel chocolate which can be purchased from …

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Gluten free: it’s not just for Coeliacs

Following on from our last EWB issue, relating to the popularity of the gluten free trend and ensuing criticism, we now explore other reasons gluten may not be an ideal food choice, particularly in quantities consumed, for a number of people, not just those with Coeliac Disease. Another less known autoimmune response to gluten is known as Gluten Ataxia.  In …

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ProPlenish: The ultimate beauty supplement for healthy hair, skin and nails

  For those of you following us on Instagram (@healthsynergy), you may have noticed us mentioning @proplenish in numerous posts, particularly our smoothies and nice creams. After experiencing the benefits of this product, we decided it was time to share some information about it – what it is, why we love it and how you can incorporate it into your …

hannahsingletonProPlenish: The ultimate beauty supplement for healthy hair, skin and nails