Welcome to the Healthy Luxe Nutrition, Food and Travel Blog

Healthy Luxe 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, and …

2 bowls of carrot and sweet potato soup garnished with micro herbs and served in coconut bowls

Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

A winter necessity. This week is set to be one of the coldest weeks Sydney has ever seen, so we are getting prepared with a big batch of this warming and flavoursome Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup. We recommend buying organic produce wherever possible. A fantastic service we have recently discovered is Community Organics. It is a fruit and veg …

Hannah taking a photo of the 12 apostles in Melbourne

3 days on the Great Ocean Road

Having had this highly acclaimed trip on our bucket list for some time, we can truthfully say that our expectations were exceeded. We drove through ever changing landscape from the expansive ocean to dense forest and grazing pastures, stopping to see iconic sights such as The 12 Apostles, The Grotto, Gibson’s Steps and London Bridge, as well as venturing inland …

7 Questions with Rosie Luik

For those who don’t know Rosie (@rosie_luik), she is something of a super human.  She is beautiful, intelligent, kind, with a strong desire to help and motivate others.  Rosie is also a model, a social media influencer, a mother to four children, as well as being an altruistic surrogate to twins.  After the birth of the twins, and again after …

Float your stress away

Recently, we were treated to a rejuvenating ‘recovery’ experience at the Koa Recovery and Wellness Centre in Waterloo. Our indulgent treatment comprised a ‘Float Therapy’ session as well as ‘Compression Therapy’. How did Koa Recovery begin? Driven by his own positive experience, Koa owner and athlete, Shaun, wanted to introduce others to the range of techniques which helped him on his …

Sweet Potato Brownies

If you are yet to jump on board the sweet potato brownie bandwagon, we absolutely insist that you do. I was a little hesitant to try it, I’ll admit, but these well and truly exceeded my expectations. They are rich and chocolatey, fudgey and delicious. For those concerned, you can’t actually taste the sweet potato. It just adds to the …

Holding an acai bowl from bentwood Fitzroy in Melbourne

Top 5 healthy cafes in Melbourne

Melbourne is an absolute haven for anyone who enjoys good, clean food and quality coffee. There seems to be a cool, quirky coffee shop on every corner, often accompanied by an extensive superfood menu. We are lucky enough to have regular(ish) meetings in Melbourne so we can slowly but surely work our way through our cafe list. The difficulty is …

Mocha nice cream served in coconut bowls with chocolate sauce on top and cacao nibs

Mocha Nicecream

Calling all Mocha-holics! This has been one of our most in demand nice cream recipes so we decided it was only fair we share it. There’s a secret to this one, too. To create that extra thick and creamy texture, we blended most of the ingredients in advance and transferred to ice cube moulds to freeze. We then place the …

Strawberry & Fig Cheesecake

The latest addition to our vegan cheesecake collection. It never ceases to amaze us how creamy and ‘cheesecake-like’ they are without having any dairy, and just how easy they are to make. The only time-consuming element is soaking the cashews (this helps to offset physic acid, as well as making it easier on your blender) and waiting for the cake to set. Aside from …

Photo of nice cream in a coconut bowl

Tropical Nice Cream

It might be cooling down in Sydney but that certainly hasn’t curbed our nice cream obsession! This one is so fresh and fruity – it’s the perfect palate cleanser after a meal. We know some people are reluctant to consume too many bananas because of their high sugar content. While it is true that all sugars should be consumed in moderation, …

Photo of Paperbark camp luxe tent

Paperbark Camp

Slowing down to be in harmony with nature is not easy in modern society. We are immersed in constant stimuli with our busy city lives… Even when we sleep, there will often be a steady hum of traffic; low levels of external light often seep into our bedrooms and we are surrounded by electromagnetic appliances, hindering restful sleep. Escaping to …

Jane Iredale: Our favourite natural make up

We first discovered Jane Iredale mineral make up some years ago whilst indulging in a facial in the serenity of Ikatan Spa in Noosa. At the end of the facial, the beauticians matched our skin tone to one of the many mineral makeup shades Jane Iredale have. We were truly amazed by the coverage and ‘glow’ it gave to our …

Chocolate Ganache Anzac Tartlets

Anzac cookies and rich chocolate ganache is the ultimate combo. We’ve adapted our Anzac Biscuit recipe to use as the base of these tartlets complete with a raw chocolate cheesecake centre. All ingredients for this recipe can be purchased from The Source Bulkfoods. If you’re an Aussie they’re bound to have a store near you with so many stores across …

Fats: Your Questions Answered

If you are confused about whether fats are good or bad, or which types of fats are ok or not, it is hardly surprising… Ultimately, fats are essential macronutrients and need to be consumed in balance with other macronutrients, fibre and a wide range of foods containing micronutrients, i.e. vita-mins, minerals and other anti-oxidant compounds. Demonised for many years, many …

Spiced Cacao Brownies

Fudgey spiced cacao brownies that just happen to be vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free… But you would never guess it! We’ve used Amazonia Spiced Cacao Powder (technically meant to be used for lattés but it can actually be used in so many different ways). It is a delicious infusion of cacao powder and traditional Ayurvedic spices including ginger, cinnamon …

Creamy Mango Smoothie Bowl

This Mango Smoothie Bowl is an absolute life saver on these scorching hot Aussie summer days. So refreshing and has the added creaminess of Coyo mango and passionfruit yoghurt (takes it to a whole new level!) Coyo is a dairy-free yoghurt alternative made from organic coconut. We’ve been big fans since they first launched but they just keep getting better and …

Cherry Ripe Nicecream Sandwich

Making the most of cherry season with these decadent Cherry Ripe Nicecream Sandwiches. So delicious and refreshing – an ideal summer day treat without any added nasties. They are vegan, refined sugar free, gluten free and made using whole food ingredients. For all our basic ingredients (nuts, flour, sweeteners, coconut oil etc.) we shop at The Source Bulkfoods – a no-waste shopping experience. They have …

Kale and Pesto Toast

Kale on toast may not sound too appetising… but pair it with some basil pesto, shallots and goats cheese and you have yourself a delicious meal for anytime of the day. We love making this recipe for a quick, simple and nutritious dinner. It contains minimal ingredients and takes less than half an hour to prepare. Want to know the health …

‘Creamy’ Avo Dip

Guacamole with a twist… We’ve added cashew butter (a newer addition to the Pic’s range – they do more than just PB!)  which creates the delicious, smooth texture. We recommend serving with corn chips as an entrée or spread on rice crackers as a snack. So easy to make and so good! Ingredients 2 avocados 3 tbsp macadamia oil or olive …

The KX Pilates Way

With New Years right around the corner, it is that time of year we start to think about our resolutions. For many (myself included), resolutions are centred around ways in which we can better our health including making better dietary choices, drinking more water, going to bed earlier and last but certainly not least, committing to an exercise regime. I …

Gingerbread Donuts

Festive, delicious and healthy. These ginger spiced donuts are gluten free, dairy free and sweetened with just a touch of coconut sugar. A great healthy treat just in time for Christmas. For a protein boost, we have added Amazonia plant-based vanilla protein powder. We love adding this to our desserts to enhance the nutrient density without altering the taste.   This recipe can …