Collagen Powder – Animal, Marine & Plant-Based

Collagen powder. Natural supplement. Marine collagen powder on the background of stones. Healthy lifestyle concept. Hydrolyzed collagen in a glass jar.

The collagen supplement business has exploded over the last couple of years. Suddenly it seems as if every major beauty brand and a whole army of social media influencers are either promoting a new collagen powder or attempting to convince you of the magical properties of a collagen cream. In this article, we’re going to … Read more

Protein Powder – Soy, Rice, Pea, Hemp, Collagen, Spirulina & Vegan Protein Powder Blends

Bodybuilder with plant-based protein powder against black background

Whether you wish to build muscle mass, supplement your regular diet, pack in nutrients as you train for a sporting event, compensate for skipping meals or are even trying to lose weight, there are many reasons to take protein powder. Why Choose a Vegan Protein Powder? There are just as many reasons why people choose … Read more

Best Cardio Exercises (aerobic workouts you can do at home)

@ men in a gym with skipping ropes. Jumping rope is one of the best cardio exercises.

Cardiovascular workouts are all about getting your heart pumping and whilst going for a run may be one of the easiest ways to do this, that’s not the only option available. Exercises To Get Your Heart Pumping My physiotherapist loves to tell me that running is the most natural form of exercise. Well not for … Read more

Burning Calories – 40 Tips for Burning Calories in Daily Life (Part 2),

A young couple prepping a meal together. Healthy food for burning calories.

If you want to lose weight, knowing how many calories are going into your body is only half the battle. You also want to know how to shift them. And if you can master burning calories as part of your everyday routine, even better! Understanding Calories and how to torch them This is Part 2 … Read more

Burning Calories – 40 Tips for Burning Calories in Daily Life (Part 1)

A young woman in her kitchen, holding broccoli in one hand and a book in the other, worrying about burning calories.

You want to get in shape and lose a couple of kilos. You’ve started counting the calories going in at meal times, but how do you take them off over the course of the day? Torching Calories the easy way Don’t disappear! Burning calories may be easier than you think, as we explain below. This … Read more

High Protein Banana Bread Recipe

High Protein Banana Bread Loaf, wrapped in brown paper and string, on a wooden table

Banana bread is a staple of cafes and bakeries the length and breadth of Australia and for good reason. It’s delicious and filling. And if you follow our high protein banana bread recipe, it can be virtually guilt-free as well! Many of us view banana bread as a healthy snack. After all, it’s got fruit … Read more

Easy Banana Oats Protein Pancakes

Banan oats protein pancakes recipe with fresh strawberries and nuts

In this delicious and simple recipe, bananas and oats are blitzed in the blender to make irresistibly fluffy protein pancakes. Confession time. I’ve been hearing about high protein pancakes made from naturally sweet, ripe bananas and low GI rolled oats, all knocked together in a blender, and it got me thinking. The idea of a … Read more

14 Benefits of Cardio

Benefits of cardio shown by a spin class working out in a row.

We all know that cardio exercise is good for us, but do you understand why? What are the benefits of cardio and how often should you do it? Cardio exercise. Love it or hate it we all know that we should be doing it. But whether you are a keen runner or a chilled-out rower, … Read more

Collagen Explained

A young woman touching her face. Collagen stops the wrinkles forming in the focus bubbles.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must be aware that all things collagen – from powders to serums – are everywhere at the moment. But what is collagen? Why is it suddenly being promoting by every Instagram influencer and beauty blogger under the sun? And what can it do for you? What is … Read more

The Dangers of ‘Dry Scooping’

A scoop of chocolate protein powder. SOme oyung people are dry scooping supplements

‘Dry Scooping’ is emerging as a new social media trend amongst the young. But what is this TikTok craze and is it safe? Here at SmartPlay we know that many of our readers use protein powders and sports supplements, either occasionally or regularly. There are many good reasons to take dietary supplements: whether you are … Read more

Chia Seeds – Worth their Weight in Nutritional Gold

Chia seeds in a metal tart tin on a wodden table with another scoop of chia seeds

When you start looking at chia seeds, you soon realise that they are really quite astounding. Measuring all of 2 mm in diameter, these tiny oval seeds are an absolute powerhouse of nutrients. Lots of foods are described as superfoods these days, but chia seeds definitely deserve the name. What Are Chia Seeds? Chia seeds … Read more

Best Protein Powder Overnight Oats Recipe

Best protein powder overnight oats recipe - layered with chocolate, banana and peanut butter fudge

Oats are a great way to start the day, but why not supercharge them by following our best protein powder overnight oats recipe? Overnight oats are an easy and nutritious breakfast and a delicious way of getting an extra scoop of protein powder into your body. Full of carbohydrates, dietary fibre, protein, vitamins and with … Read more

Eat the Rainbow with 4 Yummy Protein Bowls

Protein Bowls - Green Machine Protein Bowl garnished with kiwi, strawberries and passionfruit

Perfect to get you going in the morning as a quick and healthy breakfast. Ideal as a light lunch or energy boosting post-workout top up. Protein bowls are great any time of day. Is there an ingredient more fabulous than the humble banana? This nutrient-rich fruit contains decent amounts of Vitamins B6 and C, as … Read more

Guilt-Free Raspberry Mousse Protein Slice

Raspberry Mousse Protein Slice on a wooden table top with frozen raspberries and flowers

Healthy eating has never tasted better than our scrumptious raspberry mousse protein slice! Raspberries. I love them and always pop a packet in my shopping trolley when I pass the fruit section. Fresh raspberries and frozen raspberries. Raspberry jelly and raspberry sorbet. Raspberry ice cream and – one of my childhood favs – raspberry mousse. … Read more

Irresistible Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Brownie

Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Brownie

We all deserve a reward and there are few things as rewarding as our irresistible chocolate hazelnut protein brownie. Nourishing, but decadent! Chocolate and hazelnut. There’s a reason why it’s the flavour pairing behind one of the most famous spreads of all time. So what if you could take those divine flavours and turn them … Read more