Day on a Plate: Merrymaker Sisters

Healthy Q&A's

Self-confessed ‘health and happiness advocates’, the Merrymaker Sisters are partners in crime – and by crime, we mean all things delicious food and recipes! With a serious social media following and website filled with yummy smoothie bowls and decadent raw treats, they have an eye for capturing divine dishes! Read on to find out what a day on their plate looks like!


  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself – who you are and what you do.

We’re Emma and Carla Papas, aka ‘Merrymaker Sisters’. In a (macadamia) nut shell… we help people live happier, healthier, more merrier lives.



  1. What was the ‘uh ha’ moment that inspired you to get in to health and wellbeing?

When we realised we’d been letting food and guilty feelings run our lives for over 10 years, we knew we had to make a change. Finding a real food lifestyle and adding our less stress is best approach was the change that well… changes our entire lives!


  1. Talk us through a typical day in your life…

We wake up at about 5.30am have our greens, magnesium and vitamin B supps! Then we head to yoga or pilates (seriously love pilates barre at the moment!), for exercise we always make sure it’s FUN, that’s our general ‘rule’ for life!

From there we go and grab a coffee from our fave cafe, BSKT on the gold coast (coconut flat white for us!).


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Then it’s back to the office/AKA Merrymaker Land, we usually enjoy a smoothie, this one is our fave at the moment: we add pea protein for extra energy and yum factor!



Then, depending what’s on our ‘list’ we might be working on our app, books, challenges, partnerships or creating epic recipes for our blog!

For lunch, if we’re not out and about, we’ll usually bake up some veggies at the start of the week and enjoy a big salad with avocado, tuna or chicken.



In the afternoon we’ll be sure to see the sun, or go for an ocean swim (actually, we’ve been trying to surf lately… key word… TRYING!).

If we’re still feeling inspired in the afternoon we’ll continue with some fun tasks, head to yoga or do a quick weights session!

When dinner time hits, it’s delish dinner time! Depending what we feel like, we might make something easy like our chicken zughetti or lamb meatballs. OR if it’s really hot (and it has been lately) we might enjoy another smoothie… we try not to do this… but sometimes it’s just too hot and sweaty!



  1. Coffee or tea?

Coffee! We love a good coconut milk flat white!


  1. What is your indulgence of choice?

We love celebrating with corn chips and cocktails! We have this amazing restaurant on the Gold Coast, called Bonita Bonita, it is our absolute FAVE!


  1. Three foods you can’t live without?

Avocado, 1 because it’s so darn delish, 2 it tastes amazebites, 3 it’s full of good fats and we just feel awesome from eating it and 4 it makes our smoothies extra creamy! Sweet potato: ahhh what a versatile food! We’re kind of (no we most definitely are) obsessed with making sweet potato chippies! Paired with a delish guacamole = heaven!  Cacao – we guess we’ve listed our favourite ingredients! Cacao gives us good energy vibes and make things taste like chocolate (why wouldn’t you love it?!).



  1. What’s your go-to snack for those days on the run?

We love making spiced pumpkin seeds! We roast some up with macadamia oil, paprika, cinnamon, rosemary and salt! Tasty and oh so good for you.


  1. … And any last words of advice or tips for those starting out on their health journey?

Don’t be intimidated by the ‘no list’ concentrate on what you can eat and filling your plate with good stuff. 2. Try new food, recipes, websites, cook books, cooking styles and make the whole process fun and enjoyable. 3. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all when it comes to being healthy. Find what works for you and what makes you feel good!



To see more of their delicious creations, follow the girls on Instagram!




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Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My  copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time.  My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.

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I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.

When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.

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Hey Jessica!
I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again

- Jacinta

I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!


Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.

– Sophie

Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!


I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).

– Helene

I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud

Michelle Curtis

My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.