Foodie Friday: Melissa Ambrosini

Posted April 13, 2012

She’s acted on Home and Away and Packed To The Rafters, presented on the red carpet at the Logie Awards and the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, and started creating her own wellness TV show, but where Melissa Ambrosini really shines is in the kitchen. Sealing her passion for health by earning herself certification as a holistic health coach, Melissa proves that the glamorous life and the healthy life can co-exist nicely.

I’m so excited to introduce you guys to Melissa today. Not only is she a beautiful presence in the wellness world, but she is also one of my very good friends. It is also her birthday today, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL!


What was the catalyst that turned you into a health foodie?

A few years ago, I was hit with a whole host of health issues which placed me in and out of the hospital for over a year. The doctors suggested I take antibiotics indefinitely. I declined the offer and begin my research on how I could heal myself and get my body back into balance. I knew it was my liestyle and how I was treating my my body that was causing all these problems so it was now my turn to take back control.


What are your non-negotiables when it comes to your diet?

There are some things I budge on. For instance, if I am going to a friends for dinner and they are cooking with non-organic vegetables I will not kick up a stink. Nor, will I storm out. I feel so grateful someone else is doing the cooking. But I will not eat non-organic animal products. I always buy local grass fed and grass finished meats.


If you were trying to convert someone to your dietary philosophy, what would you make for them?

I would serve them my famous 10 hour slow roast lamb, with coconut and rosemary roasted vegetables. Plus, a beautiful green garden salad overflowing with superfoods, like chia seeds, quinoa and goji berries. Followed up coconut ice cream for dessert.


How do you stay healthy while travelling?

Before I go anywhere I do research. I search out the local organic farmer’s markets. I also make sure to stop there as soon as I get to my destination. This way I have an abundance of fresh food I can keep in my hotel room. Also, I never eat plane food. I usually take a little goodie bag of treats when I travel. So, this way I am never caught unprepared. Preparation is key!


What are your go-to meals and snacks when you are super busy?

Eating well is a priority for me so I am never too busy for that. I always plan and prepare on the weekend so I am never caught empty handed. For example, I will make a huge bowl of quinoa and a few boiled eggs. I also always have cut up celery, cucumber and carrot sticks in my fridge. I make sure I have a homemade hummus or guacamole too, for a quick snack.


Juices or smoothies: Which do you prefer? What’s your favourite combination?

Mmmmm that’s a toughie! I love fresh green juices first thing in the morning. But I also have a weak spot for smoothies. My favourite receipe is coconut water, a handful of blueberries, and a teaspoon of cinnamon or organic vanilla bean powder. The electrolytes from the coconut make it extremely hydrating and refreshing post-workout.


What’s the biggest nutrition misconception you are always having to clear up for people?

That fats are bad. Our brain is made up for 60-70% saturated fat: we need good fats! Yet, so many people are buying low fat this and low fat that. People are scared to death of fats. I really work on educating my clients on the importance of good fats, like acocado, salmon and coconut oil.


If you could prepare a meal for anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you make?

Again that’s a tough one, there are too many. But I guess I would love to dine with my soul sister Kimberly Snyder or Gabby Bernstein, oh or Louise Hay. And I’d whip up my raw zucchini spaghetti, followed by my raw berry cheese cake.


What does being a Wellness Warrior mean to you?

Being a wellness warrior means spreading the word about health and wellness to as many people as I possibly can. Walking my talk and sharing all the knowledge and wisdom I learn along my journey.



A Recipe From Melissa:


Raw Goji + Ginger Chocolate Fudge



What you need:

1/2 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons organic non-hulled tahini
1 cup cacao powder
1 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecan and macadamia nuts
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger (use ½ a tablespoon if you don’t like ginger)
9 pitted Medjool dates
1/3 cup warm water
1/3 cup desiccated coconut (for topping)
1/3 cup goji berries (for topping)

What to do:

1. Place dates in a food processor with water, and blend until creamy.
2. Measure out all ingredients and set aside (so the chocolate will not harden).
3. Over medium heat melt the coconut oil and tahini in pan.
4. Remove from heat and add cacao powder, vanilla, coconut, pecans, macadamias, ginger and date mixture. Then, stir until it is well combined.
5. Pour into 8″x8″ parchment lined pan.
6. Spread evenly and sprinkle with coconut and goji berries. Gently pressing the gojis so they stay put.
7. Chill until firm.



Connect with Melissa on:

Her website:
Twitter: @Mel_Ambrosini


Positive affirmation for the day: There is nowhere I need to be but right here, and there is no one I need to be but me. Everything is exactly the way it is supposed to be.






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Jenny says:

It must be something about people born on the 13th April as it’s my birthday as well. I too have had to reevaluate my health and i must say Jess it started with you over a year ago. Your Aussie humour along with your thirst for knowledge on natural health is truly inspiring. So a big thank you from me.

The Raw Goji + Ginger Chocolate Fudge looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

Sophie says:

I think this picture of Melissa represents and radiates health! She is glowing :)

Jenni says:

Happy Birthday Melissa! I love this recipe.
Unfortunately, my 3 y/o daughter is alergic to sesame (and cashews, aagh!!!) do you think almond paste would work in place of the tahini? :)

Melissa says:

Absolutely Jenni. It will taste amazing with almond paste.

Kristin says:

This looks amazing…who knew being healthy would taste so good!

Lisa (Yrlocalmarkets) says:

I’m going to try this recipe but use dried organic blueberries in place of the goji berries… Can’t wait, thanks for the post & recipe!

Kaz says:

Made this recipe but it turned out very thin (unlike the photo above) and extremely bitter tasting. Just wondering if the quantities were right or if some ingredients were left out by mistake. Followed the recipe exactly.

I can’t wait to make this – I love the combination of ingredients, and I’ll bet it’s very versatile. I also love that it looks just like a baked chocolate cake!

IdaPie says:

And yeah, ‘fat is bad for you’ – that’s always hilarious. But of course ppl think that when all they eat are the bad fats! Silly world :D