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 media and communications graduate from the University of Sydney with a strong interest in social media/digital marketing, …

Nutrition & depression

Every year, on 7 April, World Health Day commemorates the establishment of the World Health Organisation and focuses on a particular health issue. This year, 2017, the issue is depression. We all know it is a condition that has debilitating and sometimes devastating consequences. The symptoms range from sleep disturbances, poor concentration and general apathy to pervasive feelings of worthlessness …

Chocolate Mousse Nice Cream

The nice cream addiction continues… yep, even in winter. I will sit practically in the fire with a hot water bottle in hand just so I can still enjoy my daily nice cream/smoothie bowl… Totally normal. As we always say we love to add some kind of superfood ingredient to boost the nutritional value of our nice cream/smoothie recipes. This time, …

Chocolate Mylkshake

The ultimate chocolate indulgence. We’ve included the nutrient-packed superfood maca powder in this recipe for it’s many health benefits – balancing hormones, increasing immunity, boosting energy and focus, just to name a few. To make it even healthier we’ve also included our trusty Pro Plenish marine collagen which promotes healthy hair, skin and nails. We have it every day in our morning smoothie bowl or …

Welcome to #Kalefornia

California, or as it is becoming known, #KALEfornia is an absolute haven for acai-loving, green juice drinking, kale chip eating individuals, such as myself. This was very clear after a short stroll down Union street and Chestnut street in San Fransisco where every second shop was showcasing cold-pressed juices and vegan desserts… I was most definitely in my element. Of …

Tulum Travels

With our limited time in Mexico, we had chosen Tulum (pronounced Teloom), as our first stop and headed there straight from the airport – it is about an hour and 30 minutes drive. The trip itself was underwhelming, not very scenic until we approached Tulum and landscape became more lush.  Arriving at our hotel, Betulum Resort and Spa, was a jaw …

Detox Nice Cream

Nice cream just got healthier. It might sound a little strange but the addition of charcoal powder really enhances the nutritional profile of this recipe. It is great for detoxification, aids digestion, promotes healthy skin and helps to whiten teeth… Some say it can even prevent hangovers! As well as that we’ve added our trusty ProPlenish marine collagen. For anyone who follows …

48 hours in Santa Monica

With only a very short time to spend in Los Angeles, we decided we were best to focus our time on really getting to know the area we were staying, Santa Monica, rather than trying to see everything… I had no idea LA was quite so big, and everywhere we put in maps seemed to be at least an hour …

Miso Eggplant

This miso paste is a Health Synergy staple – it is quick and easy to make and goes well with so many things (especially eggplant!) We recommend serving with sesame seeds, sprouts and Power Superfoods organic wakame flakes. Wakame seaweed is one of our favourite ways to add flavour and nutrients to our savoury dishes… It contains Vitamin A, B2, B9, …

Nurturing Gut Health

As we’ve written about previously, gut health and virtually all other systems of the body are intrinsically linked. This evidently contributes to our overall wellbeing. There have been numerous studies conducted to highlight the relationship between gut health and brain function/mood. For more information about these studies feel free to read our article ‘The Brain and The Micobiome’. With modern …

Rainbow Buddha Bowl

What better way to get in some veg. This is one of our most popular savoury dishes, packed with flavour, nutrients and it has that ‘clean’ finish that leaves you feeling nourished and satisfied. We have added Power Superfoods organic nori flakes, a mild tasting seaweed harvested by hand from pristine waters off Canada.  Nori is very low in calories and …

Why we Love Pure Naturally Coconut Oil

For anyone who has our app or has looked at the recipes on our blog, you will notice that coconut oil is a staple ingredient of ours. However, coconut oils can vary greatly from brand to brand depending on the extent of processing they have undergone. One of our favourite brands is Pure Naturally. Aside from the great taste of …

Blueberry Nice Cream

And the nice cream addiction continues. This is yet another three ingredient recipe – perfect for rushed weekday mornings. We of course recommend adding superfood powders to enhance the nutritional profile, but this of course is optional. We have added blue spirulina which contains rare and potent antioxidants, not found in other types of spirulina (which is usually green in colour). It is also …

The Sprout Market Way

“We should stop asking why organic food is so expensive and start asking why junk food is so cheap” One of the reasons most often given for not choosing organic food is the cost.  Whilst we believe the cost to our health when not choosing organic, healthy foods is far greater, we are delighted to see that Sprout Market are addressing …

The Mosaic Experience

Delicious food, friendly staff and an atmosphere reminiscent of old world elegance is what you’ll find at Mosaic Restaurant. Located on the first floor of the glamorous Westin Sydney, you’ll be seated overlooking the stunning interiors of the heritage-listed General Post Office building. Mosaic is the Westin’s signature restaurant that offers a buffet breakfast and a delicious lunch and dinner …

Espresso Nice Cream

Two of our favourite things combined… Coffee & Nice Cream. And what a delicious combo it is. We don’t know about you, but we struggle to think of a better start the day. If you’re more of a mocha drinker, add 2 tablespoons of cacao powder and a medjool date. Otherwise, you can top with our chocolate-tahini sauce for added decadence. We’ve included mesquite …

Anzac Biscuits

With Anzac Day just around the corner, we wanted to share our recipe for these delicious Anzac Biscuits to mark the occassion. They contain oats, so are not gluten free however it is possible to source gluten free oats if you prefer. They are also made with rolled amaranth (or amaranth flour) – a gluten free seed with a unique nutty flavour and soft …

Sydney’s Best Acai Bowls

When it comes to acai, I am first to admit that I am a little (very) picky. Unsweetened, preferably Amazonia, with peanut butter (and lots of it, preferably Pics), super thick, clustery granola on top… and the list goes on. I usually make my own acai (if you haven’t already tried our Hawaiian Style Acai you’re missing out big time!) …

Shakshuka

This dish is great for a weekend brunch or a quick and easy weeknight dinner. We have used biodynamic organic eggs however you can substitute with tofu for a vegan alternative or halloumi for an egg-free option.   We recommend serving with toasted sourdough bread, fresh herbs, chilli, a sprinkle of cumin and parmesan cheese. Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil …

Are we going too far with veganism?

We wrote recently about the shift towards increased demand for gluten free products. Another dietary regime gaining popularity at an exponential rate is the vegan trend. The increased demand for vegan produce is driven largely by an ethical decision to not harm or exploit animals, as well as environmental concerns. We have much to thank the vegan community for in …

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! …