The highs and low of the festive season! If, like us, you over indulged during the Christmas break with endless feasting and far too many boozy brunches, a New Year health kick might just be what the doctor ordered. So, to put your 2019 #healthyeating goals into action, we've rounded up our most popular health food articles, to give you all the inspiration you need on where to shop, eat and drink for a green 2019. You are welcome.
Where to shop for healthy groceries
If you like your food organic, fresh and sourced locally then these food co-ops could be exactly what you need. With a focus on sustainable living, you can keep your footprint small by ordering your fresh produce online.
More than just a place to pick up your weekly dose of fresh produce, farmers’ markets have become a go-to destination for foodies. We've done all the legwork for you, so you can spend less time researching and more time taste-testing.
Organic produce has cemented itself in Sydney's food scene, and you can now choose the quantity of chia, cacao or coconut flour you desire, scoop it up and take it home. Not only is it a more enthralling shop, but you reduce waste and unnecessary packaging, too.
Sydney's work hard, play hard ethos (although almost always fun) can really start to take its toll when it comes to our health. So to help, we've found the most wholesome home delivery services to keep you in top shape, leaving more room to enjoy the simple pleasures.
I want to be healthy but enjoy dining out
There are restaurants from the city to the sea serving up fresh, delicious plant-based food that not only nourishes the body, but also satiates the tastebuds.
Sydney’s ever-growing foodie scene is so flexible it caters to just about every taste and diet preference. For now, let’s focus on gluten-free with our selection of the best cafés in Sydney to grab a gluten-free feed.
Sydney’s vibrant vegetarian scene is not to be underestimated; a fast growing demand for quality, plant-based plates has seen the industry flourish, and we couldn’t be more pleased about it.
Sydney has a slew of health food stores and restaurants to keep us in check when we’re out and about. But when it comes to cafés, the choices are endless. So to make things easy, we've pulled together an edit of health-conscious cafés – so you can let brunch do the hard work for you.
An essential kitchen ingredient – particularly during the summer – watermelon is as healthy as it is delicious. Use it in this simple-to-make summer salad, to give your skin and body a welcome health boost.
These deliciously moreish vegan bliss balls make the perfect snack for the entire family – including fussy little eaters who refuse to eat their veggies.
There's a lot to love about nice cream. Not only is it deliciously vegan-friendly, when it’s done right, it’s incredibly pretty to look at, and it's so nutritiously healthy, you can tuck in entirely guilt-free. Sophie Fisher from Coconut and Bliss (yes, that Coconut and Bliss, with the incredibly delicious Instagram feed that will convert you to veganism) has pulled together her favourite nice cream recipes, so that you too can whip up an array of gorgeous healthy treats.
The bowls are essentially a collection of colourful foods presented in an aesthetically pleasing way. No food groups are neglected here with grains, vegetables, greens, seeds and protein all placed in a bowl and topped with a delicious dressing.
Poke, pronounced poh-keh, is a traditional Hawaiian dish made up of raw fish that's been diced into cubes. The fish is then seasoned with a Japanese-style dressing, seaweed and spring onion – giving it a sashimi salad feel.
When served in bowl form, açaí powder (made from dried açaí berries) or frozen açaí pulp is blended with a mixture of frozen fruit, leafy greens and liquid (almond milk/coconut water/fruit juice) to help the blending process.
Smoothie bowls – offering the same benefits as superfood smoothies, but with a whole lot of added texture: think granola, muesli, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes and fruit.
The wholefood craze has well and truly swept Sydney, and with it, we’ve welcomed a whole new world of indulgence. Cafés and chefs are turning traditional sweets on their head, and coming up with creative alternatives that taste naughty, but are anything but. From cheesecakes and brownies to truffles and tiramisu, we have more options than ever for healthy, honest-to-goodness desserts.
This Japanese drink, which is used in Japanese tea ceremonies, is essentially ground green tea leaves. The result? A powder rich in antioxidants and chlorophyll. The amino acids in the powder prompt a slower release of caffeine, so you get a hit without those post-coffee jitters.
Kombucha is packed with probiotics to heal, detox and energise the body, support the nervous system, and kick-start digestion. It’s also bursting with flavour, thanks to the ‘SCOBY’ (live cultures) and the various fruits, spices and roots makers are adding to the mix.
Made with various milks and a blend of turmeric and other spices, such as ginger, cinnamon and pepper, the lattes are a vivid yellow-orange colour. They’re also bursting with flavour and health benefits thanks to turmeric’s gut-healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
We could wax on and on about Sydney’s coffee culture, but you already know it’s good. Over the past few years, our baristas have been busy stepping up their games, whipping up creative – and often colourful – cups of coffee. Think of them as supercharged coffees: those brews that have an edge; a little something extra that boosts their strength, health benefits, and/or their Insta-worthiness.
Jessica Sepel, JSHealth
Sophie Fisher, Coconut and Bliss
Teresa Cutter, The Healthy Chef
Mandy Sacher, The Wholesome Child
Ones to Follow
Chef, nutritionist, author, accredited fitness trainer and renowned media personality, Teresa Cutter has cemented herself as one of Sydney’s leading health and wellness gurus. Her wellness brand, The Healthy Chef, has become the go-to for all things delicious and nutritious.
From fad dieter to health and lifestyle Guru, 28-year-old Jessica Sepel (JSHealth) has become one of Sydney’s most popular voices in health and nutrition. After years of carb-restricting, artificially-sweetening and scale-fearing, Jessica has healed her turbulent relationship with food and her own body, through practicing self-love and viewing food as a source of nourishment – rather than the enemy.
It took an intense work and study schedule for Sophie Fisher from Coconut and Bliss to reassess how she fuels her body to stay energised. Inspired by Sydney’s healthy café scene, Sophie started playing around with her own vegan recipes, including raw caramel slice, smoothie bowls, vegan satay sauce and vegan pizza. Pair Sophie’s recipes with her love for photography, and you get one enviable Instagram feed that will convert even the biggest vegan sceptics to adopt a more wholesome diet.
Author, nutritionist, chef and founder of Sydney-based nutritional consultancy agency, Nutritional Edge, Zoe aims to help her clients embrace the benefits of food and deepen their understanding of nutrition. in order to live a long, healthy and fulfilling life.
Getting children to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet is no easy feat. As for the food battles, well who has time or patience for them? That’s where Mandy Sacher, Sydney-based pediatric nutritionist, SOS feeding consultant and author of ‘The Wholesome Child: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook’ comes in.