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Luk Beautifood Blissballs

Glow Balls Recipe | the perfect, protein-packed, portable snack

[RECIPE] Makes lots! | 15 mins

This recipe is a craving buster, and contains no added sugar, is gluten free, protein-packed and makes the perfect go-to portable snack. Oh, and did we mention that it will boost your brain and nourish your skin. What more could you want!

BEAUTY BOOST

These little bliss balls are just packed full of goodness! Firstly raw cacao is full of flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants. In fact, raw cacao has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world! These antioxidants protect the body from ageing and disease by neutralising free radicals before they damage the structures of your skin that keep it tight and youthful looking. The fibre in the dates helps to keep your blood vessels healthy so that it can provide your skin with these nourishing antioxidants along with oxygen and other nutrients.

Walnuts are wonderful. These little cerebral shaped nuts are funnily enough excellent for brain health! Also their protein content is excellent for stabilising blood sugar while their omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect that can stop the causes of wrinkles before they start. The cytokinins in coconut regulate the cell growth, which minimises the ageing of skin cells, balances PH levels and keeps the connective tissues strong and hydrated.  A high fibre and manganese content assists in digestion and absorption of all these important nutrients mentioned.

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YOU’LL NEED

– 1 cup fresh seedless ‘medjool’ dates

– 1/4 cup raw cacao (use Loving Earth – you can find this in most health food stores)

– 1 cup raw walnuts

– 1 cup of almonds or other nuts (hazelnuts are wicked) & / or seeds such as sesame, pumpkin, sunflower.

– 1 tspn cacao butter or coconut oil (melted)

Optional

– zest of lemon or orange, or

– scraped vanilla bean pod / pure essence, or

– spice – chai or cinnamon, and/or

– handful cacao nibs

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TO ROLL balls in

One or any of the following:

– organic shredded coconut, cacao, chia seeds, sesame seeds, goji berries,

TO MAKE

Throw all these ingredients in to a food processor and whizz until mixture is like a dough. Roll mix into small balls, roll balls in the shredded in coconut and keep in the fridge until firm.

TIP & TRICKS

Have fun by mixing up the textures and flavours of your Glow Balls. Maybe add a bit of lemon rind to the mixture for a zesty twang of flavour. Or instead of rolling in coconut, maybe try cacao, chia seeds, sesame seeds or goji berries create a beautiful look on the platter & to feed your skin!

TO SERVE

Make up a platter with a variety balls or pop 1 or 2 onto a pretty little plate and serve with a cup of re-balance tea.

Enjoy your nibbles!

Cindy

DIY face mask for salty summer skin

DIY Face Mask for Salty, Summer Skin

A full day of sun, sand and sea water, though incredibly nourishing for the soul, can be taxing on your skin and hair. Feed your dry skin with our moisturising, antioxidant packed pomegranate, yoghurt and honey face mask and follow with your favourite luk beautifood clean eating recipe to glow from the inside out.

Pomegranate is packed full of rich antioxidants which protect collagen thereby slows down the appearance of fine lines caused by sun exposure. They also contain ellagic acid which helps to prevent wrinkles.

Pomegranate combined with yoghurt is also incredibly soothing for those with dry, irritated skin – perfect if you’ve been in the sun and surf all day. Combined with the cleansing, moisturising properties of honey, this mask will have your skin looking radiant, soft and hydrated by dinner time, particularly if you have some organic rosehip oil on hand to add to follow after you’ve rinsed the mask off.

HOW TO

1. Combine 2 tablespoons of organic unflavoured yoghurt with 1 teaspoon of honey

2. Add 1 teaspoon of home made or store bought organic pomegranate juice and stir well

[TIP: for extra aroma and antioxidants you can add zest of a lime]

3. Stir well

4. Apply to face and leave for 10-15 minutes

5. Rinse face with warm water and pat dry. Follow with some organic rose hip oil or your favourite natural moisturiser

Relax and Enjoy

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1-2 days

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Thai Style Raw Zucchini Noodles Recipe

 Our Raw Zucchini Noodles Recipe is the perfect light go-to recipe that will leave you feeling revitalised and rejuvenated. 

With an exotic Thai style, this zucchini noodle, or ‘zoodle’ recipe will be your go-to recipe for a quick lunch, light dinner or easy meal for when company drops in. It’s not only quick and easy, but this recipe maintains the fun in eating ‘noodles’ without the bloated or ‘full’ you can sometimes be left with from gluten. All you need to do in this recipes is spiralize your zucchini, throw the ingredients into the pan and you have one delicious, nourishing dish which you can vary it by adding different herbs or vegetables and it will soon be your go to meal for a quick and healthy dish.

What does spiralize mean? This handy gadget will allow you to whip up a storm in minutes.  Spiralizers range from around $20 to $40 and can be bought online or sometimes found at farmers markets.  They allow you to twist vegetables such as zucchini or carrots to produce long spaghetti likes spirals.  This allows you to eat spaghetti while moving away from gluten.

BEAUTY BOOST

Zucchini‘s high water content makes it excellent for helping to revitalise and hydrate your skin.  It also contains vitamin A which protects your skin through the epidermal layer.  This means zucchini helps to absorb the sun’s UV rays which can otherwise damage your skin and cause signs of premature ageing such as wrinkles or age spots.

Chilli is not only a great metabolism booster, but it also helps to reduce inflammation. This helps to decrease the appearance of redness or puffiness and improve your skin tone.

THAI STYLE RAW ZUCCHINI NOODLES RECIPE

10 minutes wo to go. Serves 2

YOU’LL NEED

2 Large zucchini, spiralized

2/3 cup bean sprouts

1 clove garlic

1 teaspoon grated ginger

1 small chilli, finely sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon tamari

2 teaspoons sesame seeds

1 tablespoon coriander

HOW TO
  1. Combine zucchini noodles, bean sprouts, garlic, ginger and chilli in a large bowl.
  2. Mix olive oil, lemon juice and tamari in a small bowl.
  3. Divide the zucchini into two bowls and top each with half of the olive oil dressing, sesame seeds and coriander.
TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Add in some more chilli for a spicy kick or add in a variety of herbs and vegetables such as red cabbage, finely chopped carrot, snow peas or cherry tomatoes to vary the zucchini noodles recipe.

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DIY Anti Aging Mask

DIY Green Goddess Anti-Ageing Mask

Improve the appearance of wrinkles and age spots with lük’s DIY Green Goddess Anti-Ageing Mask. This incredibly nourishing mask will promote collagen production, lighten pigmentation, deeply moisturise and remove dead skin cells for vibrant, smooth skin.  

Avocados are one of our top super skin-food’s & main oils used to make Lip Nourish.  Not only do they deeply moisturise the skin but they’re rich in carotenoid antioxidants  to boost collagen formation in the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  Rich in Vitamin E, avocados also help to reduce the appearance of age spots, relieve inflammation and helps heals scars.

 Jojoba is personally my favourite oil for the skin. Whilst deeply nourishing the skin, jojoba oil promotes new cell growth, rejuvenates the skin and promotes skin elasticity. Once the oil has absorbed, your skin will instantly look and feel softer, smoother and moisturised.

And finally lime, in my eyes this gorgeous green gem is underrated.  An antioxidant-rocket, lime can combat ageing of skin as they contain an inhibitor of melanin production [melanin is responsible for causing pigmentation and age spots]. The citric acid in limes also helps to remove dead cells making the skin more vibrant and clear and their high level of Vitamin C is a co-factor to collagen production, to keep your skin smooth and wrinkle free. 

HOW TO

1. Mash 1/2 avocado with a fork

2. Add 3-5 drops of organic jojoba oil

3. Stir in a teaspoon of honey

4. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of zest

[TIP: you can add some torn mint leaves for extra aroma and cleansing benefits]

5. Apply to clean face for 10-20 minutes and rinse with warm tepid water

6. Finish our natural green tea facial mist or invest in a high quality organic anti-ageing serum.

RELAX & ENJOY

Click here to find more of our DIY spa recipes to nourish your skin, hair and body.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Discard leftovers immediately after use
  • You can add some essential oils such as mint, orange blossom or lavender to make the mask more fragrant

Aimee-Lili x

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Simple Asian Cabbage Cups

Simple Asian Cabbage Cups

Cabbage is a great (winter) vegetable that is versatile both raw and cooked. The vegetable can be steamed, braised and roasted – the possibilities are endless! These cabbage cups are tasty and low-fuss for a weeknight. Cabbage is high in vitamin B5 which is a great anti-inflammatory vitamin which helps to prevent and treat acne and keeps skin looking youthful through cell reproduction. Read more

Brussel Sprouts Gratin

Gratin of Brussel Sprouts

With cooler weather we are seeing lots of small, sweet brussel sprouts in the markets and stores.

Did you know they are a key cruciferous vegetable that should be consumed at least 2-3 times a week?  Brussel sprouts have great anti-inflammatory qualities and are packed with vitamin K and vitamin C. Both of these vitamins are essential in preserving elastin in the skin in order to prevent the formation of wrinkles and helps to keep your skin healthy, plump and smooth. Read more

Veggie Burger

Vegie Burgers

YOU’LL LOVE…

This vegie burger is a great way to get your kids (and you too) to eat a variety of vegies in a simple burger patty. This patty is brimming with skin-loving vitamins and minerals, which through the chickpeas and kale, help to fight redness and puffiness whilst keeping the skin structure firm and toned to help keep skin healthy and youthful looking.

 You can add any vegies of your choosing to this recipe. Try this healthy burger for dinner tonight! Read more

Chicken Kebabs

Chicken skewers with 2 min dipping sauce

Kebabs add variety to your healthy dinner ‘repertoire’, grilled over charcoals they are easy to cook (not to mention no washing up!) & kids love the novelty. You can easily use beef or lamb instead of chicken and add ‘grillable’ vegetables like onion or mushrooms. Read more

Basil-Pesto

Glowing Green Pesto

Fresh pesto with wholemeal pasta (there are lots of organic & /or spelt varieties around now) is a delicious and nutritious weekday dinner that won’t take you long to make and you can make many different variations of it. Add a quick salad of shaved fennel, lemon zest + squeeze of juice & olive oil drizzle and dinner is on the table in 15  minutes.  Read more

Cherry tomato and feta omelette

Cherry Tomato & Feta Omelette

Omelette’s (see beautifood | eggs) are great for both breakfast and dinner as they are healthy and high in ‘complete’ protein whilst taking little time to prep and cook. So if you’re tired but still want to feed yourself (or family) a delicious (& oh so French) nutritious meal, try an omelette! You can add whatever fillings you have in your fridge or pantry, feel free to add whatever is handy at the time. This omelette is a simple recipe with cherry tomatoes and feta. Read more