Monthly Guest Blog: Samantha Gowing
11 Sep

Monthly Guest Blog: Samantha Gowing

Samantha Gowing is the Dr Seuss of health and nutrition. She has dedication and enthusiasm, knowledge and belief, which is second to none. Renowned for her sharp wit, word play, and sense of humour, she has a wonderful take on life and the way she explains things.

Australia’s top spa chef Samantha Gowing is a powerful influencer among healthy lifestyle audiences. Her Byron Bay based global wellness company Gowings Food Health Wealth creates culinary programs for luxury hotels, spas and health retreats worldwide.

FHW offers dynamic wellness business solutions that help food and health entrepreneurs create successful and sustainable businesses. Sam has paved the way for the new genre of wellness enthusiasts since 2000.

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Her dynamic, transformational mentoring programs help naturopaths, nutritionists, food and health professionals become successful business owners and entrepreneurs, by utilising her proven methods of Wellness Business Solutions. She also helps cooks, chefs, artists, musicians and writers self publish their own books and realise their dreams of becoming an author. Sam is the author of The Healing Feeling – recipes and Remedies from Australia’s Leading Spa Chef. Available here

You can see why we are so excited to have Samantha as our September Guest Blogger. Enjoy!

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The Healing Feeling

So here’s the thing, I was never a fan of raw food – because of its cooling and abrasive effect on the digestive system for some – until I moved up to Byron Bay and then established the kitchen for a new health retreat. I started to investigate the merits of living foods and over the past four years I have created my signature Surf Spa Food based around the local produce, lifestyle and environment.

Surfing is a daily connection that becomes a part of your existence. It provides a deeper respect for the ocean and the Zen-like experience that it delivers when you are tuned into the immediate experience of what you are doing. Not before, not after, the right here and now. Laser focus, safety and skill combine with the negative ions of the water, the force and energy of the wave – a constant measure of energy, yet this is one we can measure and witness unlike those which are graphed.

In this part of the world there is a temperate climate and not the extreme polarity of my hometown Melbourne’s weather. Devising  menus for luxury hotels and spas around the world need to be very low in sugar, no dairy and must focus on creating optimal vitality for the guests. This came naturally in my stride once I got the hang of what replaces what such as coconut oil can replace butter in many cases. To my delight, raw desserts often mimic their conventional counterparts with an impressive masquerade. Ultimately it’s all about taste and texture when it comes to imitation.

Immune Boosting Smoothie

Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit with its very high vitamin C guarantees that this smoothie is bursting with flavour, antioxidants and all-important immune boosting activity while the low G.I. count ensures balanced energy throughout the day. The Zespri SunGold Smoothie is a great way to start your day or to enjoy as a pick-me-up after an awesome surf.


  • 1 heaped cup of SunGold Kiwifruit, peeled and quartered
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple chunks, peeled, core removed
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated turmeric
  • Small handful mint leaves, washed and dried
  • 1 teaspoon organic maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon organic coconut oil
  • 1 litre coconut water
  • Ice – optional


  • Place all ingredients in your awesome Vitamix and process on full speed until completely smooth and creamy


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Recipe image credit Nelly le Comte

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