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

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 …

hannahsingletonChocolate Ganache Tart with baked Almond “Shortcrust”

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 …

hannahsingletonDetox the mind in 2017

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 …

hannahsingletonCaramel Slice Nice Cream

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 …

hannahsingletonWattleseed Crackers

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 …

hannahsingletonMince Pies

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 …

hannahsingletonBaked Sweet Potato with Saffron Coconut Yoghurt

‘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 …

hannahsingleton‘Caramel’ Fondant

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 …

hannahsingletonGluten free: it’s not just for Coeliacs

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

Mayan Spice Nicecream

The latest addition to the @healthsynergy x @coconutandbliss nice cream series. This recipe was inspired by our Mayan Hot Chocolate from our Ebook – The Ultimate Chocolate & Caramel Collection (available to download here). For a more ice cream-like consistency, we recommend making this recipe a day ahead, freezing overnight and then leaving to soften in the fridge just before serving. For a …

hannahsingletonMayan Spice Nicecream

Spelt Pita Bread

Spelt pita bread is a great accompaniment to a Mediterranean inspired lunch or dinner. It is easy to make, contains minimal ingredients and is lower in gluten than traditional store-bought pita. We recommend serving with hummus, our spicy walnut and beetroot dip (recipe on our app), grilled halloumi, falafel and/or tabouli salad. Ingredients Serves 4 1 1/2 cups spelt flour …

hannahsingletonSpelt Pita Bread

Creamy Raspberry Nice Cream

This creamy, three-ingredient raspberry ‘nice cream’ can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and tastes a treat. We love adding superfoods for enhanced flavour and nutrients. You can add whatever you like according to personal preference and availability. Some of our favourites include freeze-dried acai powder, maqui powder and lucuma powder which are all available from health food stores. …

hannahsingletonCreamy Raspberry Nice Cream

The Gluten-free Backlash

Given the popularity of the gluten free diet and paleo diets, we thought it was time we dedicated a post to this controversial protein. Gluten is the collective name for proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. The name is latin in origin and means ‘glue’, aptly describing it’s characteristic properties. One only needs to think of …

hannahsingletonThe Gluten-free Backlash

Hawaiian Style Acai Bowl

Upon returning from Hawaii, Sophie (@coconutandbliss) and I made it our mission to recreate out favourite acai bowl of all time from Kalalea Juice Hale in Kauai. We were obsessed with the ‘King Kong’ acai, blended with banana, cacao and almond milk… but it was the toppings that really set it apart. The Kalalea bowl was topped with homemade granola …

hannahsingletonHawaiian Style Acai Bowl

Your Hawaiian Check-list

For those of you following myself and Sophie (@coconutandbliss) on Instagram and snapchat, we hope you enjoyed our many, many snaps as we travelled across beautiful Hawaii.  We searched high and low for the best acai bowls in town, authentic healthy cafes and the most majestic sights across Maui, Kauai and Oahu. We found some serious winners (including one cafe …

hannahsingletonYour Hawaiian Check-list

Why Cold Pressed Juice Should Be Part of Your Morning Ritual 

By Katharine McCarthy, Founder and Director of Mod Cold Press Everyone has a little ritual for getting his or her morning off to a good start. Coffee, energy drinks or something sweet and carby are all popular choices in a fast paced world. These go-to’s may provide a quick boost in energy, but do they really set your body and …

hannahsingletonWhy Cold Pressed Juice Should Be Part of Your Morning Ritual 

Warming Apple and Cinnamon Oats

This nourishing porridge recipe is perfect on a cool Winter’s morning. Cinnamon is a delicious and warming spice that also helps to regulate blood sugar and apple adds natural sweetness. We have also added superfood lucuma powder which creates a creamy texture and enhances nutrient profile. If you’re a little time poor, you can buy organic apple puree from health food …

hannahsingletonWarming Apple and Cinnamon Oats

Health Synergy APP update

Hey guys! We have some very exciting announcements to make in the near future with relation to Health Synergy APP – all will be revealed soon. In order to make these changes we are currently in the process of migrating to a new server. This may result in a short down time  on Tuesday May 24 between 2pm and 10pm. The down …

hannahsingletonHealth Synergy APP update

Persimmon Tea Cake

When creating recipes, we love to be inspired by seasonal produce. The plentiful supply of vibrant persimmons currently available in Sydney prompted the creation of this delicious, spiced tea-cake. This cake is great served for afternoon-tea, dessert or even breakfast. It is packed with Vitamin A precursor, beta carotene and fibre which aids digestion. We have used almond meal to create …

hannahsingletonPersimmon Tea Cake
Nutrition facts and ballpoint pen. Close-up.

Understanding the limitations of nutrition panels

Nutritional panels are compulsory on all packaged foods, although legislation varies between countries.  Generally, required information includes calories and a break down of macro nutrients, being protein, fats (saturated and unsaturated) and carbohydrates.  More recently, there has been a further requirement or recommendation to break down some categories further.  For example, it is recommended that transfats be disclosed within fat …

hannahsingletonUnderstanding the limitations of nutrition panels