Whole Foods to boost your mood and make you happy

Food can be a comfort, a reward, a guilty pleasure, a bit of nostalgia. Antidepressants are as common today as pain relievers and nighttime sleep aids, but does this mean they’re the best option for our health? Of course not! We weren’t intended to need or rely on drugs 


Quinoa is a great natural anti-depressant. This mighty little seed is high in magnesium, iron, B vitamins, and all essential amino acids. Quinoa is a wonderful gluten-free replacement to couscous and also more nutritious.  Quinoa’s high mineral content directly plays a part in the release of serotonin, GABA, and even melatonin which helps you sleep easier. Its natural carbohydrates are also slow-releasing which is optimal for blood sugar and a longer lasting happy mood.  Quinoa comes in white, red and black.  for a burst of texture combine all 3.  Cook it in water, stock and even coconut milk.  Add it to soups, salads and stir fries.  Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Because it’s so high in nutrients, it also helps fight fatigue and anxiety. Hence, the hype is real — quinoa really is a superfood.

Chia Seeds

Healthy chia Seeds

 Chia seeds are packed with amino acids, iron, and contain B vitamins that are must-haves for a healthy brain. Because they’re a complete protein they also assist with optimal neurotransmitter function and the production of serotonin in the body. Finally, they’re a great source of omega-3’s and fiber.

Chia seed is a very versatile ingredient that can be used in many ways.They change their texture after being soaked and become softer, silky and velvety. You can blend them with your smoothies, shakes or cold coffee. You can also sprinkle some over your breakfast cereal.

Dark chocolate

Healthy eating at HideAway Haven

Dark chocolate boosts mood because it raises endorphin levels.  Choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao. and no milk products.   Dark chocolate is rich in minerals such as magnesium and copper. These minerals aid in regulating normal blood pressure and subsequently maintaining proper heartbeat levels.  Eating a delicious piece of chocolate can possibly reduce stress levels; it works by stimulating the production of endorphins that may give rise to a happy feeling. The serotonin level in dark chocolate may act as an effective anti-depressant. It contains serotonin, which has nearly identical qualities of anti-depressants. In addition, the dark variety of chocolate contains stimulants such as theobromine and caffeine, which are major stimulants.

Keep this in mind: The recommended dose is 28 grams per day.

Sweet Potato

Healthy Food Alternatives for depression

Sweet potato is one of the best natural sources of carbohydrate. Carbohydrates promote the production of serotonin, our number one feel-good brain chemical. They contain L-tryptophan, an amino acid directly related to helping prevent depression and anxiety. They are easily available, a great alternative to standard potatoes for its richness in fibre and helping in keeping the blood sugar steady. It’s also super rich in Vitamin B6. Low levels of vitamin B6 have been associated with symptoms of depression. weet potatoes are also high in magnesium and potassium which reduces cortisol and high blood pressure that increases with stress.

Flax Seeds

Antidepressant food

Flax is  one of the best sources of omega-3s, even higher in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) than chia.  Flax is also packed with fiber to reduce blood sugar levels and contributes to better blood pressure too. Sprinkle a little flax on your foods however you can; it has a great nutty taste, and it can be added to everything from veggies to healthy desserts!  Flax Seeds have omega-3, alpha linoleic acid, lignans, and fiber. It’s also conveniently accessible as oil, grounded, flour, or powder. We now have a dehydrator and are making our own flaxseed crackers.  I have read some warnings about the overuse of flaxseed in your diet. As with everything, please do your own research.

Source:  One Green Planet,  Natural Alternative Remedy, 

Enjoying Your Gluten-free Lifestyle

Enjoying Your Gluten-free Lifestyle

Whether you have a wheat allergy, celiac disease or some other form of gluten intolerance or sensitivity, trying to structure your life around a new health condition can be daunting. Most people on gluten-free diets quickly adapt; making a few changes to a recipe here, choosing an alternative product there, learning which items to avoid and which can safely be consumed.

Eating Out

It can be challenging when you first start eating out, but again, most people find local cafes and restaurants that can accommodate their needs. If you're based in a larger metropolitan area, you may be lucky enough to find a gluten-free speciality restaurant near you. If not, don't despair. A growing number of people are aware of the problems faced by gluten-sensitive individuals, and if you ask the staff they may be able to offer you gluten-free options. Many dishes are already naturally free of gluten, or can be made gluten-free with a few small changes -- leaving the croutons off your salad, for example.

On the go

While it's easy enough to eat wheat and gluten-free at home or in your favourite eaterie, things can get a little more complicated when you're out and about. At work or running errands, it can be more difficult to find things that are safe for you to eat and drink. Deciding to go gluten-free may mean passing up your usual fast food or takeaway options. Instead, look for prepackaged foods in supermarkets and grocers, or find quick and simple recipes that you can prepare at home and bring with you.

Further afield

The real challenges often begin when you leave your usual locale and travel somewhere unfamiliar. It can be tricky to find safe places to enjoy a meal or a drink. Going self-catering is one option. If you prepare your own meals, you can be sure you're not accidentally eating anything you shouldn't -- but the extra effort can make a holiday feel less relaxing for some. Fortunately, there are some hotels and holiday resorts that make a special effort to provide delicious gluten-free dining as part of their overall experience. It may take a little research, but you can find wonderful holiday options that don't involve the worry and extra effort of trying to find gluten-free foods. Support organisations for gluten and wheat sensitive individuals can often help.

At HideAway Haven we cater for a range of dietary requests, requirements and lifestyles.  We make our own gluten free bread and have a range of milks for those who have a dairy intolerance or who are vegan. Our raw afternoon treats are all gluten free and vegan.

Going gluten-free doesn't mean giving up the things you enjoy. With a few creative changes, you can live life to the full.


Article written by Sally Perkins - Freelance Writer and mother of a gluten intolerant daughter.

What matters most to our guests

If you’re a luxury traveller, attention to detail counts — the kind of detail that is often missing with even higher end properties, hotels and apartment rentals.  

Bliss in the Bush at HideAway Haven in Albany, Western Australia.

Champagne if you’re celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary or a cake for your birthday; plush white bathrobes and slippers; reservations at hard to get into restaurants. HideAway Haven is a true vacation from the everyday, with thought put into your entire experience. Let us sweat the details so that you don’t have to.  We will actually anticipate your needs, not just respond to them as we are the experts in creating a tailored experience for you. 

If you’re travelling with your special someone, you deserve to stay somewhere exceptional. Nothing sets the stage for romance quite like a change of scenery. Plan a getaway for you and your sweetheart to give yourselves the time to relax, catch up, and enjoy each other’s company. Whether honeymooning or a new couple, time away together provides a way to cement your relationship, pamper your partner and create memories which will last a lifetime. HideAway Haven will provide you with the perfect ambience for love and romance.  We will make you feel special with the care and attention you deserve without having to ask. We offer you a personal and exclusive experience. 

At the end of the day we ensure your room will look like as if you are entering it for the first time.  In the winter the heater will be turned on, lights switched on and afternoon tea is waiting for you.   There is a guest room where you can socialise with other guests if you wish, sharing stories of your day, places not to miss and finding common ground.

When you wake up, enjoy breakfast on your own private deck surrounded by expansive and peaceful views with abundant bird life,  the perfect environment for precious time out and intimacy. You will feel as though you are a million miles away from anywhere, HideAway Haven is so peaceful and private.  Leave the rest of the world behind you and spend some precious time alone with your loved one.

expansive and peaceful views at HideAway Haven in Albany, Western Australia

Trying to eat healthy while travelling can be a big challenge

Travelling and eating new foods is incredibly exciting and enjoyable. Experiencing new foods is all part of the fun, and helps you get to know the new place you’re in. But, you need to maintain balance, and reduce exposure to foods that may not make you feel that great.

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Cream and roasted sweet potatoes. Healthy, Vegan and Delicious Breakfast Bowl

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Cream and roasted sweet potatoes. Healthy, Vegan and Delicious Breakfast Bowl

At HideAway Haven, we make it easy for you to eat healthy and feel great while you are travelling, with many healthy options offered during your stay.  Our healthy options include Chia Breakfast Pudding with local fresh berries, maple syrup and toasted almond flakes.  We make our own toasted muesli packed with dried fruits, nuts and healthy grains.  We serve home-made bread including Sour Dough, Wholemeal, Dinkle Seed, Khorasan and Gluten Free. Or try one of our many varieties of smoothies made from 100% local fresh fruit.  For those who enjoy a hot breakfast, poached eggs from our local bio dynamic farmer, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms.  We now offer healthy spiralised veggie breakfast bowls.

Whether you enjoy vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, paleo we have lots of varied options for you.  No matter how long your stay is with us, there are new options to choose from every morning.

We have been challenged while we have been travelling through the USA.  We made it a priority to stay at hotels that offered a mini-fridge in our room. This enabled us to stock healthy foods in our room for easy access and saved us big dollars by being able to purchase our own breakfast and snack foods.

At our hotel free breakfast buffet, the least healthy things are served such as bacon, watery scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausages, waffles, cranberry muffins and fruit flavoured yoghurts to name a few.

A choice of cereals such as Cheerios, Wheaties, Raisin Bran, Frosted Flakes and Fruit Loops, often stale, and sometimes with lukewarm milk to boot and nothing but sugary, dessert-like breakfast items such as Danish Pastries.

There is no variety and this is particularly pronounced as we stayed several days in our hotels. How many days in a row can you eat runny eggs, shrivelled up fatty sausages and bacon or very lame, yet highly fattening waffles with fake maple syrup?

As health conscious hostesses, we have taken the guesswork out of deciding how to manage a healthier style of travel, with countless options for healthy choices.  For those that still want bacon and creamy scrambled eggs, be assured they are still available at HideAway Haven and are freshly cooked to order. 


HideAway Haven - destination for food experiences

Research shows that Australia’s strongest associations with food and wine suggests fresh produce, fresh seafood, high grade meat and unique outdoor dining most heartily tempt the tastebuds of international travellers.  The research also showed that for people who have never visited Australia, only 26 per cent associate the destination with a good food and wine offering. However, for those who have visited, Australia is ranked second across the 15 major markets for its food and wine experiences (60 per cent) behind France and ahead of Italy (third). More importantly though, for visitors from China, USA, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the UK and South Korea, Australia is ranked as the number one destination for food and wine.  (Source Tourism Australia)

The enjoyment of food and wine is integral to the experience offered by HideAway Haven. Quality ingredients and fresh organic produce,  are a common theme enjoyed by all our guests.

Albany holds one of the richest, most undiscovered wine and food regions in Australia.  Why not enjoy the ultimate in food and escape to HideAway Haven,  and enjoy an incredible undiscovered food, wine and landscape experience.  

Gourmet Platter from Oranje Tractor wine

Hands on private cooking classes can be arranged with appropriate notice at an additional cost.  These include


Stretching our Culinary Ingenuity

Anyone who has food allergies such as gluten or lactose or follows a special diet (such as kosher or vegan) knows that sticking to your food routine can be frustrating, depressing and sometimes a little tricky -- especially when you're travelling.  Dietary restrictions don’t have to take the spontaneity out of your adventures; it just takes a little planning.

Welcoming guests into our HideAway Haven home is an invitation to be cared for and treated like family and preparing breakfast or dinner for you is an extension of that care. From vegans and vegetarians to guests who are gluten free, soy free or paleo-dieting,

Some dietary requests and restrictions have stretched our culinary ingenuity but over the years we've come up with a few knock-out breakfasts.

Coconut and Banana French Toast (vegan) made with Gluten Free Home Made Bread

Orange Chia Breakfast Pudding - RAW Vegan and Gluten Free

Pan Seared Oatmeal served with local fresh blueberries and drizzled with honey - Vegan, lactose and Gluten Free)

Waffles & Bubbles - Fundraising Breakfast

We love coming up with different ideas to fund-raise.   After a very successful Italian dinner, we decided to do what we do best.  Serve breakfast.  We raffled seats to the table and raised approximately $500 for Nicola's Clipper Around the World Yacht Race.

Becki did an amazing job of setting the table, it was a beautiful morning so our view was at its best.  What a way to enjoy a beautiful Sunday.

On the Menu

Chia Breakfast Pudding on arrival 



3 Cheese Soufflé served with Maple Infused Bacon, Creamy Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Becki’s  Spicy Baked Beans


Belgian Waffles served with Salted Caramel Sauce, Bananas and Toasted Pecans.

 This was a girls only event and we encouraged everyone to come in their PJ's.  Thank you to Oranje Tractor Wine for donating a couple of bottles of your bubbles.

Highlight of the morning was an auction to feed Sammie Jo.  We don't normally sell Sammie Jo but Nicola is her friend and she was ok with it.