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, …

A Guide to Bali

After a very action-packed 10 days in Bali with my best friend Sophie (@coconutandbliss) we have come away with some incredible memories, lots of stories to tell and many tips to share. Of course, our trip revolved around seeking out the best health food cafes, quality coffee shops, cocktail bars and day spas, and I can tell you now (spoiler alert) …

Quick Tips on Boosting the Immune System

Our immune system, when working as it should, is our defence system, working hard to protect us against disease causing viruses and bacteria. During the cooler months of the year, we need to give our immune systems a bit more love to help keep us in good health. The reality is we are constantly surrounded by ‘germs’, however whether or …

Vanilla and Buckwheat Waffles

Healthy never looked so good.  These buckwheat and vanilla waffles are great for a weekend breakfast or brunch, especially when topped with assorted coyo ice-cream flavours – they are dairy free, refined sugar free and so delicious! The ‘sea salted caramel’ and ‘coco latte’ are my two favourites. If you have any supplements you take such as protein powder or superfood …

Our road trip to Chablé Resort, Mexico

Whilst we were not quite ready to leave our sublime beachside location at the extraordinary BeTulum Hotel (read more about our Tulum adventures here), we had another very special treat in store… The mystical Chable Resort and Spa. We had been spellbound by their website and noticed that Tulum did not look too far on the map. We also noticed that the …

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup is a winter essential. So nourishing. The secret to the ‘creamy’ consistency is the inclusion of our own homemade cashew milk. To make your own simply blend 1 cup raw cashews with 3 cups filtered water and voila! Too easy. We’ve also added the warming and medicinal spice, ginger. Ginger is said to help with digestive complaints and …

Super Berry Bowl

All our acai bowls are pretty antioxidant packed… But this one is next level containing pitaya, acai, maqui, blueberries and strawberries. We use Amazonia frozen acai (unsweetened) and frozen pitaya  – Australia’s first certified organic pitaya. We really haven’t found anything else on the market that comes close in terms of both taste and quality… We are addicted! Starting the day …

Caramel Slice Pancakes

It has been a while since we took part in #pancakesunday so last weekend decided it was time for a comeback. This had us seriously questioning why we ever stopped… The pancakes are “caramel” flavoured with a date/tahini/mesquite blend to create that sweet taste we all love. Then they are drizzled with a decadent raw chocolate sauce and sprinkled with our …

Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

It might be winter in Sydney but that certainly hasn’t curbed our smoothie bowl addiction. This Pitaya (deep pink pink dragon fruit) smoothie bowl is made using Amazonia frozen Pitaya sachets – Australia’s first certified organic pitaya! It is loaded with antioxidants and has an exceptional nutritional profile, containing good levels of Vitamin C, iron and B-vitamins. Such a delicious …

Sydney Restaurants: Top Picks

As I’m sure you can tell, we are always on the look out for healthy cafes whether it be in Sydney or during our travels. What you may not know is that when we are not eating acai or sipping green juice, we also love exploring the Sydney restaurant scene. We are lucky enough to be located near the city, …

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 …