Simone Denny

As a busy mum, businesswoman, wife and friend, I understand the daily demands of being a woman. From this understanding came the need to create a community (a hub) for women’s health and wellbeing and the necessity to make it easy and convenient to access women’s natural health products, nutritious recipes and wellbeing tips.

After years of working in the finance industry in many cities around the world, I was fortunate to become a mum in 2011. This experience has made me very aware of the importance of remembering to take care of your own health and wellbeing when there is very little time for you.  The understanding that if I am happy and healthy, then everyone in my life benefits has been a great impetus for starting the Nourishing Hub.


Recipes by Simone Denny


Delicious Sri Lankan Dahl

2 cups of red lentils3 cups of water2 cups of coconut milk (or half coconut milk and half coconut cream)1 tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil1 onion finely chopped2 cloves of garlic finely chopped/crushed2 green chillies finely chopped1 sprig of fresh curry leaves (if available)2 teaspoons of good quality curry powder (ideally unroasted)1 teaspoon of cumin seeds3 cinnamon quills (broken...

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Fig and Hemp Protein Balls

These Fig and Hemp Protein Balls are highly nutritious and a delicious little snack to enjoy at anytime of the day. The hemp seeds are an excellent source of complete plant protein, they also contain Omega 3 and Omega 6, which are essential overall health.  Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free  1 cup of raw almonds2 cups of dried figs1 cup...

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Spicy Lentil Salad with Maple Walnuts

This is one of my all time favourite salads, partly because it so tasty and partly because it makes a generous size, so it's great of entertaining.  Lentils are wonderfully nutritious and versatile, I have given a few different options of ingredients so you can pick and choose your preference.  If you are sugar free you can use walnuts without...

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Pea, Mint and Courgette Soup

A beautiful nourishing soup and an excellent way to get your greens in. It is quick and easy to make and has a delicious minty flavour.          1 medium onion 2 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (or oil of your choice500 gms of courgettes ( zucchini) 3 cups of peas (frozen or fresh) 1...

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Gluten Free Pear and Fresh Ginger Loaf

This is a delicious gluten free pear loaf. I love the subtle flavour of fresh ginger and sweetness of the pear. The loaf is perfect for morning or afternoon tea and keeps well for a few days.    Ingredients: 21/2 pears  11/2 cups of gluten free flour  2 teaspoons of baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 heaped tablespoon of...

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Mint Cheesecake

This Chocolate Mint 'Cheesecake" is a delicious decadent healthy dessert that has a beautiful combination of the chocolate and peppermint flavours. It is gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free and vegan.  Raw cheesecakes can be quite pricey to make due to their combination of nutrient dense ingredients (especially the nuts). It's not an everyday dessert but the perfect treat...

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Turmeric Chai Bliss Balls

I love these little morsels, not only are they delicious with and have the added health benefits of Turmeric, they are also super quick to make and they don't require a food processor. You can read about the health benefits of Turmeric. Ingredients 1 ½ cups of almond meal 1 ½  cups desiccated coconut ½ cup of coconut oil ½ cup maple syrup or rice...

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Smoked Salmon, Dill and Caper Dip - Super Quick To Make

This dip is a great option when you need to whip up something quickly for guests, it literally takes a few minutes to make. I recently made it for some friends and everyone asked for the recipe, so here it is.  I have included two recipes here. One the traditional recipe, which is made with greek yogurt and is very...

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CHALET CANNELLE BLACK BEAN VEGGIE BURGERS

CHALET CANNELLE BLACK BEAN VEGGIE BURGERS This recipe has been lovingly created by Andy and Lorraine, owners of the beautiful French ski lodge Chalet Cannelle. Black beans are an excellent source of fibre, folate and potassium.  This recipe is loved by both vegetarians and meat eaters! After  after trying quite a few vegetarian burgers and finding most of them having either a dry or mushy...

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Stir Fried Muesli

I have to say I’m quite proud of this recipe – not because it is any kind of culinary creation (it is far from that) but because I proved to myself that it is possible, on very limited resources, to create a healthy alternative when the odds are against you.  I managed to pull this muesli together in a remote...

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French Lentil Stew - Made in Provence

I love this dish. It is a flavorsome hearty dish that is a meal in itself or perfect as a side dish. Although I had made this dish before back in Sydney, I thoroughly enjoyed making it here in Provence on a balmy later summer evening with a glass of rose in hand, in a kitchen full of beautiful fresh herbs and ingredients...

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Raw Turmeric Chai Cheese Cake

(Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan) This nutrient dense dessert is so tasty it’s personally one of my favourite cheesecakes. It is a healthy combination of nuts, buckwheat, coconut and of course the health saint of the spice world – turmeric. Base: 1 cup of raw almonds ½ cup of dates (medjool or other) ½ cup of activated buckwheat...

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Turmeric Cashew Cheese

This recipe is incredibly nutrient dense, it is an excellent anti-inflammatory food, high in protein, fibre, B12 and folic acid. You can read the full blog post HERE Gluten Free, Paleo, Dairy Free, Vegan            Makes one medium jar. Ingredients: 1 cup of raw cashew nuts 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast 3 tablespoons of olive oil ...

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Highly Nutritious Pregnancy Smoothie

People often ask me what I add to my diet during pregnancy, so I thought I'd share my regular preggie smoothie along with some of the essential pregnancy nutrients. I like to try out the products I have on the Nourishing Hub and would only recommend them if I truly believe they have genuine health benefits.  Please note - this...

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Fig Caramel and Coconut Chia Parfait

This is a nutrient dense dessert that tastes very decadent with the fig and caramel sauce, the coconut crisp just tops it off. It is the perfect dessert you can make prior to an event and serve at anytime.  Chia seeds have the highest source of plant Omega 3s (a good brain food) they are also a great source of...

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Fragrant Red Fish Curry with Rocking Red Rice

I have made this red fish curry a few times recently and it really does take me back to times I have spent in Thailand. I used lots of fresh lemongrass, ginger and coriander which makes this curry full of flavour with a lovely aroma. The ingredients have many natural healing properties: for example lemongrass is known for it's anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities, ginger...

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Lee Holmes Gut Healing Smoothie

HAPPY GUT BANANA AND MANGO SMOOTHIE   Serves one Ingredients 1 frozen banana ½ cup frozen mango chunks 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice 1 tsp Heal Your Gut powder 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract Pinch cinnamon Pinch nutmeg 1/2 tsp turmeric Method Place all ingredients to a high-speed blender and whizz until combined and smooth Pour into...

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Raw Chocolate Salted Caramel Kisses

These little golden caramel filled raw chocolates were as close as I could get to creating a caramel easter egg this year. They also reminded me of hershey caramel kisses, which I remember sampling when living in the USA. My recipe however doesn't contain the artificial flavours or emulsifiers hershey does but it does contain antioxidant rich raw cacao powder,...

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Gluten Free Beetroot and Chocolate Love Cake

I have created this cake for Valentines day this year as it's such a rich chocolate treat to celebrate with but it can be used for all occasions (it's completely delicious). I have made it for my daughters birthdays as it's not too sweet and has lots of nutrient dense ingredients such as almonds, beetroot, avocado and coconut oil.   ...

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Cherry Berry Chocolate Ice Blocks

This a great little summer treat for the whole family to enjoy. These Cherry, Berry Chocolate Ice Blocks are quick to make (aside from the freezing time) and are an enjoyable way to get your essential nutrients. They are also an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamin C.                       Dairy Free,...

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Spicy Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

I have made this cauliflower salad so many times that I can't not share it with you! Cauliflower has had a real comeback in our house in forms but this recipe has to be my favourite.  It has a lovely flavour from the cinnamon, curry and cumin spices and is a great texture from the cauliflower, chickpeas and hazelnuts. You...

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Courgette, Pea and Mint Salad

This is a delicious light Courgette, Pea and Mint salad that goes with almost anything. It is fresh and full of raw goodness.                        Ingredients  4  medium courgettes (preferable organic) 100g of feta cheese  1.5 cups of peas (fresh or cooked frozen peas) 1 brunch of mint Optional 1/2 cup...

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Gluten Free Spinach and Feta Loaf

A big thank you to the lovely Susan Joy for sharing this delicious recipe from her recipe book the Joyful Table. This recipe is gluten and grain free and if using goats feta and cashew sour cream it is also paleo.  Be sure to check out more about Sue and her recipe book here. I made this recipe for my family...

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Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Cream - Gluten Free, Vegan, Paelo

This pumpkin pie has a spicy fragrant flavour and creamy custard like filling. The base is a light gluten free almond crust, that complements it nicely.  Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Paelo   Ingredients: Base  2.5 cups of almond meal 3 tablespoons of coconut oil (melted) 3 tablespoons of cold water  1 tablespoon of maple syrup   Filling: 2 cups...

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Scrumptious Caramel Corn - the healthier version

Store bought caramel corn is notoriously full of nasty ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, sugar, sodium benzoate, favours and preservatives to name a few.  Here I have created a homemade 'caramel' corn and amped it up with with a few nutrient dense ingredients.  This is not a crunchy caramel corn but it is none the less delicious. It's...

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Articles by Simone Denny


Benefits of Mediation with Kimberley Chan + Special Offer

Hello there, Do you meditate, or would you like to learn how? Meditation helps to cultivate your mind so that you can have more clarity and calmness in your day-to-day life.  With so much ‘noise’ and distraction in the outside world it is easy to feel overwhelmed or out of control in our internal world. Meditation helps to create inner stillness, which...

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Delicious Sri Lankan Dahl + My Personal Pics

As we dive deeper into winter here in New Zealand I am digging out some of my favourite warming curry recipes. Ironically I learned to make this curry in the warm Sri Lankan hill country at Ashburnham tea estate near Kandy, with one the most colourful chefs I have met - Reggie.As I gently stir the golden dahl while standing...

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Balancing your Masculine and Feminine Energy

Hello there,Some of us get to a point in our lives where we ask "what is this all about?". What is all this pushing, forcing, rushing and success obsession really all about? For me I was constantly looking at the next goal to achieve, the next deadline to beat, the next project to deliver - the focus was on achieving a result and not on...

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End of Year Sale - Be Quick!

CLEARANCE SALE 25% off the FULL RANGE of Dr Bronners, Vanessa Megan, Kiwiherb, Bliss Elixirs and Iris PracticeChoose any products in these categories and simply enter the CODE: JUNE2017Here are some of the products from our 25% off sale range: Bliss Elixir Yin Yang A centuries old Ceylonese secret for radiant health and smooth glowing skin, Iramusu gently cleanses the blood of impurities...

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Fig and Hemp Protein Balls + Why Eat Hemp

Hemp is an incredibly nutritious little seed. It contains all 20 amino acids, making it an excellent source of protein, and it is also high in Omega 3 and Omega 6. Hemp seeds are a rich source of essential minerals, including magnesium and phosphorus for bone health, zinc to help support the immune system, and iron for oxygenating the blood.Most of...

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Would You Like To Press Pause On Life And Come Away With Me?

Hello there, The last few months I have been busy preparing something that I am hugely passionate about in one of my favourite places in the world - I am so excited to finally share this with you.  Today I've stepped out of my comfort zone and created a video so I can really share more about this amazing journey that I would LOVE to take...

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Recipe, Health Tips and Thanks

Hello there, Firstly I wanted to thank you so much for completing my recent survey. It has been so insightful for me to read through the responses and to really understand what you want and need so I can serve you better. I have personally read each and every one of your responses and I'm so grateful and inspired by your honesty and your feedback. What...

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A New Season + Pea Courgette and Mint Soup

Hello there, Well autumn has arrived for us here in Southern Hemisphere. The calm blue crisp days feel like the breathing space between the long hot days of summer and cold darkness of the winter to come. Whether you are in autumn or spring, entering into a new season can be an analogy for the seasons we move through in ourselves. It reminds us that nothing stays the...

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Gift Ideas For Mumma Bear

Hello there, It's nearly that time again where we celebrate our Mumma's, or if you are a Mumma, hopefully, someone is celebrating you!These are our favourite products, all of which are made from 100% natural ingredients, are chemical free and are lovingly made by people who really care about what you put in and on your body.  Enjoy 10% off all products...

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10 Ways to Naturally Detox the Body

Hello there, Detoxing is a topic close to my heart, largely because I'm passionate about living life with more energy and vibrancy. So many of us feel tired and sluggish and long to spring out of bed in the morning like we once did. Even when we feel we are doing the 'right things', getting enough sleep, eating well, etc we continue to feel tired.One...

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Living Without Regret + Sale Time

Hello there,A friend once said to me that 'regret is a wasted emotion'. Part of me agrees - the past is the past and there is nothing we can do to change it. However regret can make us change our behaviour; it can inspire us to be a better version of ourselves and it can make us more aware of the consequences of...

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Gluten Free Pear and Fresh Ginger Loaf + A Time for Change

Hello there,As you may know last year I bid farewell to city life, and my family and I moved to an Island in New Zealand (my original home). Life has changed dramatically for me and continues to do so every day I am here. I had so much fear about leaving the city, my friends and my business that I overlooked...

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My Love Gush + Raw Vegan Chocolate Mint Cheesecake

Hello there, It has been a while hasn't it? It has been a busy summer in my house with school holidays and a lovely flow of friends from overseas coming to visit us in our new home in New Zealand. Not much time for blogging unfortunately but plenty of time cooking and entertaining so I do promise plenty more recipes coming your...

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Turmeric Chai Bliss Balls + Happy New Year

Hello there,  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and relaxing holiday season.  I love this time of year between Christmas and New Year, where everyone seems to take a big sigh after the Christmas festivities and life seems to slow down to normal pace again. In our house we have completely lost track of what day f the week it is...

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24 hour FREE Shipping + Christmas Closure Dates

Hello there,  Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner! If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping we are offering one last chance for some nourishing gifts and FREE SHIPPING for the next 24 hours (expires this Friday the 16th at midnight). Plus FREE UPGRADE TO EXPRES POST for Australia post orders or depending on the region, we use...

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20 of the Best Healthy Christmas Desserts - Gluten free and Delicious

Hello there   I am delighted to share with you this wonderful round up of Healthy Christmas Desserts and Sweet Treats. If you are looking for some inspiration on what to make this Christmas look no further.  These recipes are gluten free, refined sugar free and made by some of my favourite health and wellness bloggers.     Gingerbread House by Mummy...

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Christmas Gift Ideas Under $20

Hello there, Here are our favourite gifts for under $20. All of them are made with 100% natural ingredients by people who care about what we put on and in our body.   Turmeric Blend Golden Grind Chili 100g Make your own golden lattes with a hint of chili. This perfectly proportioned blend of tastes delicious and you will be left wanting more.  This special blend creates...

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Following Your Passion + Veggie Bean Burgers

Hello there, One of the things I have loved most about traveling over the past 3 months has been meeting up with people in different corners of the world and hearing about their life stories. I'm fascinated by their back story and how they have followed their heart and their passion and made a bold life change.  You may remember from a previous blog we visited...

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Stir Fried Muesli - Island Style

Hello there,One thing I miss when I am on the road, particularly in parts of Asia, is a good bowl of homemade muesli. One often doesn’t have the option of a kitchen to cook in when travelling but on this occasion we did have access to the kitchen. Well, a gas burner to be precise. My girls welcomed the freshly...

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The Low Down on Low Tox Living

Hello there, Recently, when I was on holiday with a friend, she offered me her sunblock for my kids and said, 'you probably won't like what's in that but it works for us'. What people use on their bodies and their children's bodies is a personal choice and their own business. What I will question though is how informed are the choices we are making?...

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French Lentil Stew Made in Provence

The last few weeks we have been in South of France and I have really embraced the local lifestyle in this beautiful part of the world. We have been cooking a bit from home and I have enjoyed visiting the local French markets and stocking up on delicious fruit and veggies, fresh French cheeses, olives, tapenade, baguettes and olive oil.Needless to say we have...

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10 best ways to alleviate anxiety naturally

Hi there,  I'm delighted to have the wonderful Lisa Guy, naturopath and founder of Bodhi Organic Tea on the Nourishing Hub today. Lisa has some great tips on natural ways you can manage anxiety. Lisa's beautiful range of Bodhi Organic Teas include a number of the hand selected herbs and supplements she recommends below. Be sure to check our here website for...

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Raw Turmeric Chai Cheesecake From My Travels

Hello there, Sorry it has been a while but I am finally back on the blog after the last few weeks of travel through London, France, Switzerland and currently Italy.  I think I must be the only person who travels with a litre of coconut oil, some activated buckwheat and a packet of golden grind turmeric chai in my bag. Admittedly I...

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A Personal Note From Me And Why I'm Taking A Break

Hello there,Well here we are in the second half of the year - how did that happen? As John Lennon said 'life is what happens when you're busy making other plans'. I have certainly been busy making other plans and I have made a conscious decision to invite in more of the 'living' part and less of the busy part...

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Turmeric Cashew Cheese + EOFY Sale

Hello there,Well I was going to send this out yesterday but with the whole Brexit ordeal I got rather distracted. I also figured making Turmeric Cashew Cheese was probably rather trivial in comparison to the global economic situation that has followed Brexit. In saying that we all do go on eating, cooking, sleeping; life continues but with just a bit more uncertainty. I remember some years...

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