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    • Chocolate Peanut Smoothie Recipe



      Mix all together in a blender and enjoy!

      Add the Cacao Nibs to the top of the smoothie to create a bit of extra crunch and nutrition.


      This recipe is full of Nutrients, Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, and Good Fats.

      Recipe by Sahar Hajeb

      Nutritionist at our South Melbourne store

      BHSc of Nutritional Medicine.

    • Cold & Flu: What Can I Do?

      Everybody is coughing and spluttering. We are all crying out for help to fight off the nasty colds and flu's that are so prevalent this time of year.

      How Can I Avoid This?

      There are two equally great supplements that you can use to help prevent and help cure winter illnesses- Zinc and Vitamin C.

      Herbs of Gold Vitamin C 1000 plus Zinc and Bioflavonoids- a dose of four a day will provide you with 4000mg of Vitamin C and 32mg of Zinc. This means that it is a perfect product for cold and flu prevention.

      If your chest is filling up with phlegm and you are coughing, then adding something like Fusion Cough Lung Tonic to your daily supplements. It comes in both capsules and liquid and should help soothe your chest and help you cough the phlegm out.

      Maybe you are just suffering from the flu- aching, sore throat, possibly your second dose for the winter- (yes, central heating at work can be a problem) try taking Fusion Astra 8 Immune Tonic. This product comes in tablets or liquid and can help give your immune system a bit of a boost.

      Propolis can also be good to help prevent colds and flu's. Propolis and Manuka Honey together can be an effective combination as well.

      If your throat is really bugging you, Manuka Health's Manuka Honey and Propolis Suckles can be a very pleasant and helpful way to ease throat irritation.

      For a different approach, Hilbilby Cultured Food Fire Tonic could be the product for you. It contains raw Apple Cider Vinegar tincture, live with the MOTHER of vinegar. It also contains Turmeric, Horseradish, Ginger, Carrot, Celery, Garlic, Lemons, Juniper Berries, Parsley, Black Peppercorn, Oregano and Thyme. All these ingredients are brought together and made in Torquay, Victoria.

      For a range of immune issues including extreme tiredness and chronic fatigue symptoms, as well as for general prevention, an immune formula may be all you need. We highly recommend Natures Origins Immune Advanced.

      Get well quickly!

      Written by Ian Collins

      Owner of Evelyn Faye Nutrition

    • Miso, Tofu & Shiitake Broth Recipe

      Miso is a fermented soy bean paste, rich in nutrient density and beneficial probiotics to increase our gut microflora. The addition of medicinal mushrooms makes this winter soup a therapeutic and healthy addition to your work lunches or hearty dinners.


      • 1 Sachet of Instant White Miso or 1 Teaspoon of Miso Paste
      • 1/2 to 3/4 Cup of Extra Firm Tofu
      • 1 Handful of Kale, ripped up into small pieces
      • 1-2 Shiitake Mushrooms
      • A few Small Broccoli Florets
      • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Tamari or Soy Sauce
      • 2 Teaspoons of Honey
      • 1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil
      • 1 Cup of Boiling Water


      Mix the tamari and honey together in a small bowl. To this, add the tofu to marinade for a few minutes.

      Turn a small fry pan onto high heat, add the sesame oil.

      When heated, add the tofu, reserving the left over marinade in the bowl.

      Stir-fry for 5 minutes, until the edges are starting to look golden.

      At this point, add in the kale and half of the reserved tofu marinade. Continue to stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes. After this time, add the remaining tofu marinade to the fry pan.

      Empty the miso sachet into a large mug or small bowl, top with stir-fried tofu and kale.

      Pour in boiling water and stir thoroughly.

      Enjoy with some sesame seeds on top!

      Recipe by Kayla Elizabeth Miller

      Clinical Holistic Nutritionist at our South Melbourne store

      BHSc. Nutritional Medicine

    • Spotlight On: Turmeric

      In the natural health world, everybody seems to be talking about Turmeric. This wonder herb has been touted to help everything from arthritis to depression. So how does this herb work?

      One of the main active constituents of Turmeric is a polyphenol called curcumin (diferuloylmethane), and is what gives turmeric its bright yellow colour. It is a potent anti-inflammatory.

      Turmeric is a common ingredient used in curries, although curries contain a very small amount of curcumin and can vary significantly depending on the quality of the turmeric and how it has been processed.

      Turmeric Health Benefits

      Curcumin can impact health by targeting a wide variety of biochemical mechanisms. It can affect the expression and activity of many enzyme pathways, including cyclooxygenase, lipoxygenase, glutathione-S-transferase, and cytochrome P450 as well as modulating transcription factors, growth factors, growth factor receptors, and their associated signaling pathways (such as epidermal growth factor receptor, fibroblast growth factor 2, AP-1, nuclear factor B, and Nrf2). In addition to this, it has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

      In recent years, curcumin has been researched extensively for its antioxidant, immunomodulatory, and anti-inflammatory properties, with compelling evidence to support its efficacy within a number of disease conditions.

      Alleviation of Arthritic Disease

      Animal studies have shown reduced tissue inflammation and inflammatory mediators as well as a decreased expression of inflammatory cytokines.

      Alleviation of Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders

      Clinical evidence suggests that curcumin may help alleviate the symptoms associated with gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, as well as reducing intestinal inflammation.

      Neurodegenerative Disorders and Cognition

      Curcumin has shown anti-inflammatory properties that could counteract neurodegeneration in vitro studies. Some animal studies suggest improved memory function and cognition in Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia and aging. Additional improvements in symptoms of dementia have been displayed by curcumin's ability to lower serum cholesterol and lipid peroxides, and inhibiting platelet aggregation.

      Counteracting oxidative stress and traumatic brain injury is also of related interest.


      Serotonin availability was originally thought to be the main implication in the cause of major depression, but studies have now shown that many different biological disturbances are involved. This has sparked interest in compounds such as curcumin that aim to target some of these different pathways, such as dysregulation in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, activation of immune inflammatory pathways, increased oxidative and nitrosative stress, neuroprogression, and mitochondrial dysfunction.

      Some other conditions where the use of curcumin have shown promising results include:

      • Diabetes and metabolic syndrome
      • Cardio-protective properties
      • Allergy


      If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or or comment on this post.

      Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.


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      Written by Tanya Lim

      Medical Herbalist & Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition

      360 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000

    • Lemon Coconut Delight Recipe


      • 3 Lemons (zested and juiced)
      • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil, melted
      • 1/3 Cup of Maple Syrup
      • 1-2 Tablespoons of Honey
      • 1/4 Teaspoon of Himalayan Rock Salt
      • 1 1/2 Cups of Almond Meal
      • 1 Cup of Desiccated Coconut
      • 1/2 Cup of Hemp Seeds
      • 1/2 Cup of Vanilla Protein Powder (of your choice)

      Topping/ Crumb

      • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
      • 1 Tablespoon of Honey
      • 2 Tablespoons of Hemp Seeds
      • 3 Tablespoons of Shredded Coconut
      • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil, melted

      Mix all ingredients together.


      You can either make this into a slice or into bliss balls.

      • Line a slice tin with baking paper and create room in your fridge for chilling the slice.
      • In a large bowl mix together the almond meal, coconut, hemp seeds, protein, rock salt and lemon zest until very well combined.
      • To this, add in the melted coconut oil, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Combine this together very well also.
      • Place the mixture into the lined slice tin.
      • Spread the icing mixture on top of the slice and place into the fridge.
      • Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. The slice will store well in the fridge for a week.

      Recipe by Kayla Elizabeth Miller

      Clinical Holistic Nutritionist at our South Melbourne store

      BHSc. Nutritional Medicine

    • The Human Microbiome: What Is It?

      There has been much hype recently about the microbiome and its effect on health, but what exactly is it, and how does it impact on our health?

      What Is the Microbiome?

      Put simply, the microbiome is the community of microbes in our gut. This community is sometimes known as the microbiota.

      Why Is It Important?

      Well, the human microbiome (all of our microbes' genes) outnumber our genome by about 100 to 1. Bacteria are 1000 times smaller than human cells, and weigh about 2% of our body mass, which is roughly 1.5kg in an adult. To put this into perspective, the human brain weighs approximately 1.4kg.

      How Does This Impact Our Health?

      The microbes in our gut can impact health in many ways, including:

      • Digestion of food
      • Prevent pathogens from invasion
      • Enhance the function of the intestinal cell wall, improving tight junctions (which regulate the permeability of the intestinal barrier, which when compromised, can lead to leaky gut)
      • Modulate the immune system
      • Inhibit cell death

      The formation of our microbiome starts during the gestational period, so as part of a prenatal nutrition plan, it is worth considering supplementing with probiotics. Other ways of ensuring you give your children the best chance of a healthy microbiota include breastfeeding and frequent exposure to pets and animals. Another important consideration is to let your children play outside in the dirt (this is known as the hygiene hypothesis).

      Other Important Considerations


      After taking antibiotics your gut microbes, both good and bad, get killed off. That is why supplementing with a high dose multi-strain probiotic is important to recolonize the gut.

      Conditions that could benefit from supplementing with probiotics:

      • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
      • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
      • Infectious diarrhea
      • Eczema
      • Leaky gut
      • Candida
      • With/post antibiotic use

      Foods that contain probiotics include:

      • Yoghurt
      • Some soft cheeses
      • Miso
      • Tempeh
      • Kefir
      • Kim Chi
      • Sauerkraut
      • Pickled foods

      What About Strains?

      There are many different micro-organisms used in probiotic supplements, with different strains being used for certain health conditions. Talk to your naturopath, nutritionist or herbalist to discuss which probiotic may be most beneficial for you.

      Some Suggested Supplements

      NutriVital Premium 50 Billion Probiotic +

      Healthy Essentials Broad Spectrum Probiotic 10

      Gelatin Health Digestive Health


      If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or or comment on this post.

      Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.

      Written by Tanya Lim

      Medical Herbalist & Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition

      360 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000

    • Homemade Nut Milk

      Making your own nut milk is a great alternative to dairy milk. It is also a lot cheaper than buying nut milk from the store and allows you to avoid preservatives at the same time!


      • 3/4 Cup of Nut or Seed of your choice (e.g. almonds, cashews, shredded coconut, sesame, brazil, sunflower seeds etc.)
      • 1 Litre of Water (filtered if possible but not necessary)

      Nut Milk Bag (can be purchased from a health food store) or Cheesecloth also required.


      In a blender, combine the water and nuts.

      Once the mixture turns white, strain through the nut bag or cheesecloth and store in a sealed glass jug in the fridge.

      Store for up to 4 days. Feel free to halve the amount of nuts and water if you won't be drinking a litre in 4 days.

      Get creative by adding Goji Berries, Organic Vanilla Essence or Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon or Manuka Honey.

      Recipe by Kayla Elizabeth Miller

      Clinical Holistic Nutritionist at our South Melbourne store

      BHSc. Nutritional Medicine

    • Vegan Meatballs Recipe


      • 1/2 Cup of Lotus Organic Besan Flour
      • 1/4 Cup of Lotus Organic Sunflower Kernels
      • 2 teaspoons of Gourmet Organic Herb Italian Seasoning
      • 1/4 teaspoon of Gourmet Organic Herb Paprika (Sweet)
      • Pinch of Gourmet Organic Herb Chilli Flakes
      • 1/2 teaspoon of Lotus Fine Sea Salt
      • 1/2 teaspoon of Gourmet Organic Herb Pepper Black (Cracked)
      • 6 tablespoons of Lotus Savoury Yeast Flakes
      • 1 red onion, chopped
      • 2 cloves of Garlic
      • 2 tablespoons of Fresh Lemon Juice
      • Large handful of mixed green herbs (Basil, Parsley, Dill etc.)
      • 1/4 cup of Water (or as needed)


      Preheat your oven to 200°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

      Put all of the ingredients and half the water in a food processor or blender.

      Pulse until smooth, but still a little rough. If the batter is too thick to process, add more water as needed.

      Form the batter into balls with wet hands, and place them evenly on baking sheet.

      Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until the balls are crispy and slightly browned around the outside.

      Let them cool for a minute or two before removing from the sheet, and serve.

      Recipe by Kayla Elizabeth Miller

      Clinical Holistic Nutritionist at our South Melbourne store

      BHSc. Nutritional Medicine

    • Manuka Honey: Australia v New Zealand


      New Zealand Manuka Honey was considered the best, but new studies have shown that Australian Manuka Honey is at least as powerful against bacteria.

      The growing global crisis of antibiotic resistance (that we talked about in one of our previous posts), which is so often in the news now as it affects so many hospital stays, has further sparked interest in Manuka Honey.

      What's Different about Australian & New Zealand Manuka Honey?

      Australia has more than 80 types of manuka trees growing, while New Zealand has only one species. The research from samples in New South Wales and Queensland from their flowering manuka (Leptospermum) trees found the nectar-derived chemical that gives New Zealand manuka honey its unique antibacterial properties, is also present in all Australian varieties.

      This research by Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation lead by Dr. Nural Coketin also found the antibacterial properties of Manuka Honey remain unchanged over several years when stored correctly.

      What's the Big Deal?

      All honeys have different flavours and different medicinal properties, depending on the flowers bees visit for nectar. What makes Manuka Honey so special is the exceptionally high level of stable antibacterial activity, arising from a naturally occurring compound (methylglyoxal [MGO]) in the nectar of manuka flowers; it is this ingredient that acts against golden staph infections and other "superbugs" resistant to current antibiotics.

      Australian Manuka Honey

      The best of the Australian Manuka Honey is called Manuka Gold. A wonderful range of honeys plus a range of Manuka Honey skincare products. It is definitely worth having a look at this range. Follow the links below to see their range of Manuka Honey's.

      100% Raw Australian Manuka Honey NPA 5+
      100% Raw Australian Manuka Honey NPA 10+
      100% Raw Australian Manuka Honey NPA 15+
      100% Raw Australian Manuka Honey NPA 20+

      New Zealand Manuka Honey

      In our store, we have found that the best New Zealand Manuka Honey on the market today is Ka Noa. This is because all their honey is UMF Certified, meaning that they all meet a set of criteria which includes the regular monitoring and auditing of their product. It is also because their honey is single source and are only available in limited runs.

      ka noa Manuka Honey 20+ UMF


      If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or or comment on this post.

      Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.

      Written by Ian Collins

      Owner of Evelyn Faye Nutrition

    • Skin Conditions: What Can Help Me?

      What Products Should I Use if I Suffer from a Skin Condition?

      Skin disorders can have a wide array of symptoms, and can be mild to more severe. Temporary issues such as an allergic rash that comes and goes can be a minor annoyance, however more permanent conditions can be painful to deal with.

      Different skin conditions have different causes, and can be situational or genetic. Some can be minor, and come can even be life threatening.

      Some Common Skin Conditions Include


      Eczema (sometimes called contact dermatitis) can be categorised as having itchy and inflamed patches of skin.

      Adults can experience eczema but it is more common amongst children and teenagers.

      Common areas where eczema can affect are inside the elbows and behind the knees.

      Seborrheic Dermatitis

      Seborrheic dermatitis could be thought of as a form of eczema that mainly affects the scalp. This condition can cause an itchy and flaky scalp, resembling dandruff. It can also cause dryness of the face, particularly near the skin folds, forehead, eyebrows and anterior hairline. It can also affect the ears, upper chest, back and neck. Most often, symptoms appear on areas of skin with high concentrations of sebaceous glands (oil glands).


      Psoriasis is a more serious skin condition and is thought to be autoimmune in nature. Severity can differ and can be slightly irritating to debilitating.

      Symptoms may include:

      • Thick, red patches on the skin
      • Pitted, ridged fingernails
      • Scaly, itchy scalp and hair loss
      • Stiff, painful joints



      Acne is one of the most common skin conditions and often begins in adolescence. It starts with a blockage at the hair follicle and oil gland, leading to whiteheads, blackheads and inflamed pus-filled spots. These can occur on the face, back, neck and chest where oil glands are most prevalent.

      Factors which can exacerbate skin conditions include:

      • Food or environmental allergies
      • Toxic load
      • Hormones
      • Stress
      • Parasites or fungus
      • Imbalance of gut bacteria
      • Weakened immune system
      • Infections
      • Viruses
      • Genetic factors



      If you are suffering from a skin condition, you may notice that some products do not react well on your skin. When choosing products to use on your sensitive skin, it is important to make sure the product is hypoallergenic and free of any chemical irritants known to irritate the skin.

      If your skin issues are disturbing your daily functioning, do not hesitate to contact your local naturopath, herbalist or nutritionist.

      In our store, we often suggest MooGoo Skincare. Their products are made from natural ingredients and are proudly Australian Made.


      Come in store, call, or email us for our range of MooGoo Skincare products.


      If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or or comment on this post.

      Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.

      Written by Tanya Lim

      Medical Herbalist & Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition

      360 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000

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