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6 Cold Pressed Juices for Super Skin Nourishment

Our  juices are deliciously flavoured, nutritionally designed and cold pressed to retain their active nutrients and enzymes. Beauty-boosting juices are a fast track to clear, glowing skin, more energy and a lighter, brighter feeling from the inside out.

Great along side our famous Breakfast Beauty Bar, here are our 5 signature cold pressed beauty juices you can try at home:

 Antioxidant boost

The Antioxidant Boost juice is an age defying super juice! Its ingredients will provide you the antioxidant boost your skins needs to brighten complexion and help improve wrinkles and fine lines. Raspberries are one of the top foods to help to fight blemishes and breakouts.  This provides an additional benefits to ensure your natural beauty shines throughout the day!

Orange – Vitamin C improves skin texture, tightening your complexion

Pomegranate – Ellagic acid to help repair skin and reduce wrinkles

Raspberry – Rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals

Turmeric – Potent anti-inflammatory, brightens and calms skin by decreasing skin puffiness and redness

Detox

Give your body a mini detox with this delicious rich juice filled with detoxifying ingredients like beetroot and lemon.  Helping to cleanse and rejuvenate your body, our Detox juice will give you the perfect start to your day.  The inclusion of apple also helps to protect your skin throughout the day from the suns damaging UV rays, keeping it smooth and bright while antioxidants in beetroot decrease redness and puffiness within your complexion.

Apple – High fibre aids digestion and removal of toxins

Beetroot – Detoxifies the skin by eliminating impurities via the liver

Ginger – Antioxidants neutralise damaging free radicals

Lemon – Strengthens skin cells, smoothing your complexion

Immunity kick

If you’re feeling exhausted and lethargic at the end of a working day, the Immunity Kick may be just what you need. When your body becomes run down it is more susceptible to getting sick – it is even more important if you are getting sick to stop the illness before it progresses…  This Immunity Kick will not only boost your immune system, it will also help to boost energy levels to keep you feeling your best inside and out.  The presence of ginger is the perfect touch with its high anti inflammatory properties.  Inflammation can increase when our body focuses on fighting off bacteria or viruses, ginger helps to protect your body and keep inflammation within you complexion at a minimum.

Apple –  You know what they say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away!’  plus gives a great vitamin C boost

Lemon – Antioxidant Vitamin C protects the bodys cells

Ginger – Eases headaches and sore throats

Cayenne – Immediate metabolism booster, also great for sore throats and irritating coughs

 Glow and go Green Smoothie

Our Glow + Go smoothie is most loved and best-selling juice.  Not only will give you a natural boost in energy to kick start your day, this smoothie also works to give you a healthy natural glow on the outside.  This juice is the perfect option for a busy morning when both you and your skin need a little pick-me-up.  The presence of chlorophyll helps to neutralise acids in your body and bring it back alkaline, helping to maintain balance.  It also boosts oxygen levels in your blood ensuring all your cells are nourished, while creating an energised and fresh feeling within.

Avocado – Luscious lipids with vitamin E to replenish moisture

Banana – Sustained energy boost

Coconut water – Natural electrolytes for a day on the go

Kale – Vitamin A to enhance skin tone and smoothness

Cucumber – Helps eliminate toxins for a radiant complexion

Lime – Vitamin C makes collagen and elastin

Mesclun – Chlorophyll to oxygenate and energise the body

Pineapple – Enzyme bromelain keeps the immune system in top shape

Super skin milk

This Super Skin Milk does exactly as the name suggests.  Delicious and moisturising, this pressed almond milk is the perfect addition to any breakfast and will help your skin maintain moisture and elasticity as well as reduce fine lines leaving it feeling smooth and soft for a flawless complexion.  The presence of vitamin E in almonds helps to promote tissue rejuvenation and healthy repair, creating a fresh and bright complexion.  It also helps to heal cracked lips or dry spots within your appearance.

Almonds – Maintain skin elasticity for smooth, soft dewy skin

Cardamom – Eliminates wastes which can cause dryness

Cinnamon – Encourages tight and smooth skin for a youthful complexion

Dates – Iron helps to provide oxygen to our cells creating a radiant complexion

Water – Hydrates and plumps skin cells

Nutmeg – Reduces acne for clear skin

Sea salt – Aids the removal of toxins from cells for fresh, bright skin

Vanilla bean – Helps smooth fine lines for a youthful appearance

 

Which one will be your favourite!?

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Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe

Everyone knows that sipping a smoothie in the warm spring sunshine is bliss… But did you know they can help your skin to naturally glow too?

Try our Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe for a skin loving nutrient boost!  This smoothie is specially designed to contain foods bursting with antioxidants and provide your skin with a refreshing treatment from the inside, out.  Foods such as spinach, cacao and cherries are filled with a variety of antioxidants and are high on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) chart… Plus, they taste delicious together!

BEAUTY BOOST

Bursting with antioxidants, this smoothie is created to provide your skin the dose it’s been looking for!  With this degree of free radical neutralising power, you can say goodbye to skin damage and hello to a glowing complexion.  Did you know there is even evidence suggesting our body’s production of antioxidants may decrease as we age?  Our antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe is sure to do the trick!  Antioxidants help to destroy free radicals in our body which are unstable compounds.  Through reactions in the body, they can transfer electrons and leave behind new free radicals. They come from the suns UV rays, cigarette smoke, pollution, our own normal metabolism and toxins presents in pesticides and other household chemicals.  They damage cell function and its integrity which in turn leads to sagging, wrinkled skin, blemishes and a dull complexion. Antioxidants can help combat the damage by neutralising free radicals and stop them from damaging our skin! It’s like your very own anti-aging cream working inside your body. With ingredients bursting with antioxidants, such as cherries, spinach and cacao, this smoothie will leave you feeling young and energised, while helping to sustain bright, smooth skin.Antioxidant Rich Summer Smoothie Recipe

ANTIOXIDANT RICH SPRING SMOOTHIE RECIPE

5 minutes wo to go. Serves 1

YOU’LL NEED

3/4 cup cherries

1 banana

1 /2 cup spinach leaves

1/2 cup walnut milk (or milk of choice, try our recipe here!)

1 tablespoon of cacao powder

Handful of blueberries (optional for garnish)

HOW TO

1. Chop banana and spinach leaves roughly and add to blender.  Add remaining ingredients and blend for one minute or until smooth.

2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy, top with blueberries and ice cubes on a warm spring day!

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Use cherries fresh or frozen.  If using frozen you might need to add a touch more milk to the antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe to ensure a creamy consistency.

 

5 Top Natural Beauty Tips for Autumn

Top 5 Natural Beauty Tips for Autumn

The temperatures become cooler, the days are shorter, the morning air is crisp and it’s time to start thinking about woolly jumpers and hats. Autumn is officially here, bringing with it a harvest of yummy foods and exciting Autumn beauty trends. But after months of sun, sand and sea exposure, Autumn also summons the need for some serious TLC.

Our 5 top Autumn beauty skin, hair and health tips will keep you in glowing condition top to toe through the change in seasons with a range of post-summer beauty rituals, natural foods and remedies to prepare your skin from the inside out and outside in.

1. Exfoliate often!

Autumn is the perfect time to focus on repairing and caring for your skin and health, especially if you’ve spent time at the beach in previous months. To save your skin from becoming dull, lacklustre and dehydrated during the colder months, up your exfoliation to twice a week. The exfoliation process increases cell turnover rate and promotes more radiant skin by removing dead skin cells that can prevent the absorption of any moisturisers or serums.

For the body, we recommend Dry Body Brushing regularly, which works to invigorate your lymphatic system and rid the skin of lumps and bumps. By starting to ‘dry brush’ you’ll not only exfoliate and boost your circulation and refine your skin tone, but also create more energy in the body and a feeling of general wellbeing. Check out this handy tutorial on how to dry body brush the skin.

When it comes to the face, try one of our favourite at-home pantry beauty recipes – Honey & Oats Deep Cleansing Mask, which is extremely cleansing, healing and softening to the skin, not to mention smells and tastes delicious! You’ll have a youthful glow this season in no time.

2. Swap coffee and sugary drinks for herbal tea

As tricky as it is to give up your morning coffee, herbal tea will do all kinds of wonder this Autumn, especially when it comes to your skin. Caffeine in coffee and some caffeine rich teas dehydrates the skin, which can ultimately leads to ageing and a dull skin tone.

Similarly, the high level of sugar in drinks like hot chocolate and lemonade can also be damaging to your skin, causing blemishes and break outs. In older women, sugar consumption can lead to the production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), proteins that become glycated causing skin ageing, wrinkles and lines, so avoid as best as possible.

For the perfect substitute try this warming Chai Tea recipe, which is packed with antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and theobromine, the kinds of chai spices that prevent free radical damage that can lead to premature ageing. There isn’t anything better than a warm cup of herbal tea to ward away cold weather blues, don’t you think?

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3. Increase hydration

As the season changes and the temperature plummets, it’s important to keep hydration at the top of your skincare regime. The skin repairs itself at night, and during this process, loses a huge proportion of its moisture. Throw heating into the mix, and we have ourselves a recipe for extreme dehydration.

Aim to use skin-loving nutrient rich hydrating balms that encourage and contain vital ingredients like Vitamin C, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. You might also want to layer your balms with serums to supercharge the thirst-quenching benefits or pop on an overnight mask for radiant skin by morning.

If your complexion has lost its glow, try this DIY Banana and Avocado Face Mask to nourish, plump and boost radiance or if you’ve experienced sun damage from a long, hot summer, then give this DIY Mask for Summer Spots a whirl.

Always opt for products that do not contain pore blocking ingredients such as mineral oil, drying alcohol, fragrance and preservatives that prevent your skin from breathing naturally.

And don’t forget your hands – as the skin on your hands doesn’t produce as much natural oil as the rest of your body, it’s much more prone to dryness, especially in colder weather. Pamper your hands with a deeply hydrating rescue remedy enriched with natural ingredients like Jojoba oil and soothing Marshmallow root.

Likewise, sun and sea can leave hair dry and damaged. Use the cooler months to nurture it back to health with powerhouse ingredients like coconut oil and argan oil for gorgeous, softer-than-ever tresses that remain hydrated and healthy.

4. Use natural lip care

It’s no secret that the chill in the air can be taxing on the lips, drying them out and leaving them a little worse for wear. Luckily, there’s a few key ways to keep them in tip top shape this season.

Firstly, the number one rule for keeping lips luscious is to not lick them to moisten them. Saliva is full of enzymes designed to aid digestion, not hydrate lips, so stay mindful to avoid lip licking.

Next, minimise the amount of salty and spicy foods you’re consuming which can trigger inflammation.

Thirdly, avoid products containing synthetic flavours and fragrances. Although it’s tempting to reach for a tub of petroleum jelly to protect chapped lips from the chill, it’s not as helpful as you think. As a by-product from the oil industry, petroleum jelly is not compatible with our skin and applying on your lips is like wrapping your skin in cling film, preventing it from breathing and potentially making the area even more sore and chapped.

Give your lips an even better edge against the elements with a super hydrating and nourishing lip balm like our Lip Nourish, which is made with avocado and citrus oils and natural emollients to keep your lips soft, smooth, hydrated and protected. For everyday wear, try Nude Cinnamon or Chai Shimmer, or even our best-selling Rose Lime. The unique melting texture of each crème-smooth balm will allow the lips to feel hydrated with a wash of sheer, delicious colour that will take you from day to night.

A handy tip is to coat your lips with Lip Nourish at night to awake with a soft, nourished lips by morning.

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5. Eat for beauty

You can make a big difference to your skin by making some small changes to your diet when the new season arrives. In particular, consuming clean, fresh food will give you the best beauty benefits.

Sweet potatoes, pumpkins, beetroot, apples, and pumpkin seeds are all in season during Autumn, and contain Vitamins A and C not to mention a plethora of healthy nutrients and antioxidants to reduce inflammation, slow down the ageing process and aid in the creation of new skin cells.

Don’t forget the fatty acids. Research shows people deficient in essential fatty acids often have dry lips and skin. So, it makes sense to boost your EFA intake in Autumn. Nuts, seeds, avocados and oily fish can help resolve parched skin, and embracing lipsticks containing EFA-rich avocado (Vitamin E), walnut and flaxseed oils (linoleic acid) have been scientifically proven to heal and hydrate.

If you’re not already taking an organic natural food booster, Autumn is a great time to begin. These not only gives your immune system a much needed pre-winter boost, but also works wonders to hydrate, smooth and protect your skin.





10 DIY Beauty Recipes




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Blood Orange Raw Cheesecake Recipe

Healthy, delicious, gluten free and vegan friendly, this divine raw blood orange ‘cheesecake’ made with cashew nuts will be an all round crowd pleaser at any event! 

Not only visually stunning and delicious, this raw ‘cheesecake’ made without cheese! is simple to make. Cashews, coconut oil and coconut milk are used in place of cheese to create a creamy smooth and skin-loving filling. Keep some in the freezer for when friends show up without notice, you will never have to worry again!

BEAUTY BOOST

Cashews are rich in healthy fats similar to those in olive oil which help to keep your skin soft and smooth.  They also contain selenium which keeps your scalp nourished, encouraging healthy hair growth for long lush locks. Vitamin E also aids your hair by providing antioxidant protection.  This prevents your hair cells from damage by free radicals which in turn maintains a gorgeous, natural shine.

Blood oranges are high in anthocyanins, which is also found in blueberries. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants which protect both your inside and outside from free radical damage.  Along with vitamin C, blood oranges work to prevent signs of premature ageing such as sagging and wrinkles, helping you to look and feel younger! They also contain folic acid which enables our body to create healthy red blood cells helping to create a natural glow and enable correct brain functioning.

BLOOD ORANGE RAW CHEESECAKE RECIPE

30 minutes plus freezing time

YOU’LL NEED

For the Base:

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup almonds

9 dates (just under a cup)

For the Cake

1 1/2 cup cashews (soaked for a min of 4 hours beforehand)

Juice of 3 blood oranges

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/3 cup coconut milk

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup lemon juice

HOW TO

1. Process dates and nuts in a food processor or blender until a sticky mixture forms. Spread the mixture onto the bottom of a cake pan (using either the bottom of a spoon or your hands) and place in the fridge.

2. Blend all ingredients for the cake together on high until the mixture is smooth and creamy – make sure there are no lumps.

3. Pour the creamy cake  mixture onto the base layer and place in the freezer for around 3 hours or until frozen.  When ready to serve, remove from the freezer and place in the fridge for ten minutes before serving. Top with some pistachios, blood orange slices or even make your own blood orange glaze.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • To make the glaze: Blend 1 date, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil and the juice of 1 blood orange
  • Throw on some pistachios and a few blood orange slices moment before service (or it will run) for a gorgeous finish to you raw cheesecake recipe!
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Raw cashew cheesecake with a blood orange glaze

With these 10 foods you can eat yourself younger!

We all crave that illusive youthful glow that radiates with true vitality, the kind that looks as though we’ve been sipping on green juices and basking in regular Bikram yoga sessions. But between the natural ageing process, stress and environmental factors, not to mention the toxins found in certain foods and via the products that we ingest, sometimes the appearance of our skin, hair and nails can look a little worse for wear.

Luckily there exists a host of protective superfoods and antioxidant-rich ingredients that have the ability to slow and even reverse the ageing process – how awesome is that?!

Add these little wonders to your diet and notice improvements to the texture, tone and health of your skin over time.

Chia seeds – to hydrate and protect

Because they’re chockablock with essential fatty acid Omega-3s, chia seeds are powerhouses at keeping skin hydrated and glowy as they work to repair the protective barrier that keeps moisture locked in. Sprinkle some into your morning smoothie for an energy boost.

Spinach – to nourish dry skin and prevent breakouts

Dark leafy greens like spinach supply the skin with bioflavonoids, Vitamin E and folate, which helps reduce the risk of disease and nourishes dry skin. Other antioxidant-rich greens like kale, watercress and swiss chard are high in Vitamin A, which has been shown to help lower the production of oil that causes breakouts. Try to integrate leafy greens at every meal on a daily basis.

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Lemons – to cleanse and alkalise

The bright and beautiful lemon is a surefire saviour at getting the internal system functioning at an alkaline state. Because they are high in Vitamin C, lemons are great at prompting speedy skin repair and the production of collagen, the vital protein that keeps skin looking young. Sip on warm water with a squeeze of lemon and turmeric (a great metabolism booster) or try adding this citrusy delight to any of your main meals.

TIP: Try my Tea Rose Lip Nourish Lipstick for softer-than-soft youthful kissers.

Salmon – to ward off inflammation

A potent source of skin food is salmon. It’s considered one of the healthiest sources of protein and its Omega-3s will work to keep skin inflammation at bay. Don’t be afraid to eat salmon at least three times per week – try scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, a Nourish Bowl topped with canned salmon for lunch and/or Crisp Skin Salmon with Asian vegetables for dinner.

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Almonds – to fight acne & keep you agile

Almonds are high in healthy fats that keep the skin healthy and acne-free. They’re also packed with hard-to-get vitamin E (just one small handful delivers half your daily dose), a nutrient that keeps you agile and graceful by neutralising those troublesome free radicals in both your muscles and nervous system. Keep a handful on you at all times for a healthy go-to snack.

Pumpkin seeds – to strengthen hair and nails

Most nuts and pumpkin seeds are high in Biotin, which is the active that aids in strengthening hair and nails. Add raw pepitas to your smoothies and cereal mixes for a beauty booster.

Spices – to maintain a youthful glow

Certain spices (especially cinnamon and ginger) are high in the antioxidants necessary to maintain youthful skin since they help fight the free-radical damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and loss of firmness.

TIP: Try my Mandarin Spice Lip Nourish Lipstick for a pillowy pout.

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Garlic to get your glow on

High in sulphur compounds (a must for gorgeous skin) garlic will help fight free radicals and keep blood flow healthy, two critical contributors to youthful skin. It also boosts immunity, is a powerful antibiotic and detoxifier and promotes circulation to help skin glow naturally. Combine raw honey, lemon slices, fresh ginger and garlic to help ward away the sniffles.

CLICK HERE for more garlic beauty benefits

Strawberries – to keep skin smooth and firm

A cup of strawberries has up to 130% of the DV of Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that boosts production of collagen fibres that help keep skin smooth and firm.

TIP: The 100% Pure Juicy Lip Gloss in Sheer Strawberry will keep your kissers glossy and full.

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Cacao – to counter free radicals

A true blue holistic hero, Cacao has the ability to keep wrinkles, fine lines and keep sagging skin at bay. That’s because the active compounds found in cacao – flavonoids, theobromine, epicatechin, antioxidants and caffeine – have a protective effect on the brain, and increase blood flow to areas around the body for healthy skin functioning.

TIP: Try my 100% Pure Dark Chocolate Mascara for healthy, lustrous lashes.

CLICK HERE for more cacao beauty benefits

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Which superfoods and holistic ingredients do you love chomping on for healthier skin? Leave a comment natural beauties x

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Pear and Berry Crumble Recipe

(from the archive)

This pear and berry crumble packed with vitamin C and antioxidants makes the perfect winter treat!

And who does not love fruit topped crumble? Working to boost your immune system and fight wrinkles, our pear and berry crumble recipe with a nut, oat and coconut oil topping takes less then an hour to make – 20 mins to cook / mix and 20 mins to bake making it an effortless way to end a cool winters day.

BEAUTY BOOST

Strawberries: Looking to reduce acne?  Strawberries are naturally rich in salicylic acid – a common ingredient in commercial acne creams! They also help to whiten your teeth and provide a radiant smile.

Blueberries: Full of antioxidants, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant counts of everyday fruit. They have been proven to fight wrinkle formation by neutralising free radical damage to tissues in the skin, including collagen and elastin.

Pears: Vitamin C works to produce and maintain collagen in your skin helping to keep it plump and feeling smooth.

Raspberries: They are a rich source of dietary fibre to flush out toxins and create clearer skin while helping to fight blemishes or breakouts.

Oats: Also high in fibre, oats help to regulate blood sugar levels while vitamin B aids the regeneration of skin cells for a fresh, revitalised appearance. The iron in oats allows the skin to recieve oxygen to grow and repair, keeping it strong and wrinkle free!

PEAR AND BERRY CRUMBLE RECIPE

40 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

3 cups berries (fresh or frozen)

2 pears, peeled, cored and chopped

3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup almond meal

1/4 cup rapadura sugar

1/4 cup nuts, crushed (almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts etc)

1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)

HOW TO

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.

2. Heat a saucepan over low heat.  Add pears, berries, orange juice, cinnamon and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, grease the sides of a baking dish with a small amount of coconut oil.  In a large bowl mix oats, almond meal, sugar, nuts and remaining coconut oil.

4. Pour berry mix into the baking dish and top with oat mix. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden.  Serve pear and berry crumble warm.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Make extra crumble topping and simply top with a few fresh berries and yoghurt for breakfast the next day!
  • Use fresh or frozen berries.
  • Save a teaspoon of the warm berry mix and blend with 1/4 cup of walnuts and 1 frozen banana for a delicious ice cream!
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Pear and Berry Crumble with a dollop of unsweetened natural yoghurt

 

 

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Beauty Benefits of Eating Raw

You don’t need to undertake a fully raw lifestyle to reap the benefits of eating raw! Here we go deeper to find out what eating raw and how it can help you achieve that natural glow…

At lük we encourage you to nourish your body with beautiful food both raw and cooked to enhance your natural beauty. Balance and moderation is key to a healthy life, ‘crowding in’ and ‘swapping up’ the foods you eat underlies our eating philosophy. Eating raw doesn’t mean you have to change your mindset or diet completely to enjoy the benefits… but a raw food at every meal will provide your body with gorgeous benefits!

What is raw food?

Food that is raw! Meaning it has not been heated over 45  degrees Celsius to ensure the enzymes are not denatured meaning a loss in nutritional value. Raw food can be wholefoods and produce such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and oils which are eaten in their natural state. It can also be for example ‘raw’ crackers or dehydrated foods providing the temperature is control.  Raw food is also free from additives, preservatives, refined sugars and added fats and can include fresh juices, smoothies, nut milks or butters, soups, salads and sprouted grains.

What are the benefits of eating raw?

Raw foods are rich in enzymes which help our body to digest what we’re eating, convert it to energy, absorb nutrients and put them to use! Enzymes also work to make sure the processes in the body are running smoothly and ensure cells are repaired, meaning hair, skin and nails are kept strong and healthy. Eating raw food also aids the digestive system as a higher number of enzymes help break down the food, putting less pressure on your digestive system so energy can be spent elsewhere.

Eating ‘raw’ can help to flush toxins from your body by cleansing your cells in such a way your body is able to effectively fight against free radicals and repair any damage. By reducing the number of toxins your body to focus its energy on other things such as supporting your immune system or giving you focus and energy while maintaining and enhancing your natural beauty.

Not only does reducing the toxin load help your immune system, but the intake of a variety of vitamins and minerals from the fresh fruit and vegetables also helps to keep your immune system in tip top shape!  Eating food in its raw state means the chances of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals being destroyed is lower.  This reduces the chances of you becoming sick as your body is able to fight and destroy illnesses before they begin to show symptoms.

Eating ‘raw’ ensures you boost your fruit and vegetable intake helping you to increase your nutrients and receive a variety of vitamins, minerals and important beauty nutrients

Some key beauty nutrients include silicon, zinc, sulfur, iron and potassium.  Silicon allows strong, shiny nails as well as stronger hair.  Zinc helps to ward away acne while also helping to rebuild collagen in the skin, to fight sagging and wrinkles while potassium helps to maintain correct levels of moisture in the skin, allowing cells to stay plump and hydrated while creating a smooth complexion.

Eating raw food can boost your energy and fuel your cells which in turn creates a better gut health and a clear complexion so you can look and feel your best.  The abundance and variety of fresh fruit and vegetables helps to maintain the alkalinity of your body to prevent inflammation.

Ways to boost your raw food intake

Eating raw doesn’t have to be difficult, in fact it can actually make healthy eating easier.  Here are a few quick ways to include raw food into your diet:

  • Drink Green smoothies – Try our Luk Glow + Go green smoothie which is full of fresh ingredients and a boost of active beauty nutrients!
  • Make Salads and Nourishment Bowls – Whether as a side or as a main meal salads are a great way to include raw foods into your diet, like our Thai style raw zucchini noodles for a quick and simple, delicious dish.
  • Drink Nut Milks – Nut milks are a delicious, simple way to incorporate skin loving nutrients and added vitamins to you diet. Add exotic spices for a luxurious guilt-free treat and be sure to try our Super Skin Milk with almonds, pear, lemon and turmeric for a refreshing pick me up.
  • Create yummy raw treats – Start experimenting with delicious raw desserts which are still high in nutrients and enzymes to nourish your body, like our raw blood orange cheesecake recipe.
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Also known as a courgette or a summer squash, zucchini is dark green in colour and is related to both squash and pumpkin.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and zinc.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF ZUCCHINI:

Zucchini’s high water content helps to revitalise and hydrate your skin while manganese helps the body to develop strong bones and teeth.  Vitamin A in zucchini also protects the skin by being present within the epidermal layer, acting to absorb the suns UV rays to help maintain healthy, bright skin. It also helps to prevent age spots, wrinkles and sagging from forming.

COOK:  

Usually served cooked, zucchini can be steamed, grilled, baked and fried.  A quick cook is all it needs, drizzle with some oil or throw it into a stir fry.

TIP:

Try cutting long and flat slices of zucchini.  Quickly fry, bake or grill the strips with oil and roll up some mixed veg inside,  creating sushi made from zucchini!

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PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

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How to Stop Sugar Cravings for Clear Skin

We know that the less sugar we eat, the less we’ll crave…but why is it so hard for to get to that point in the first place?

Although eating foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrates such as biscuits and cakes can leave your taste buds satisfied and give a short term ‘buzz’… they cause a drop in blood sugar levels which leaves your body craving more to restore those levels.

The problem doesn’t arise when treating ourselves every now and again; the issue is when we over consume these sweet treats, most of the time without even knowing it.  This is easy to do in today’s society as sugar is added to many processed foods, even ones we might consider to be healthy, such as yoghurt, breads and juices. In this post we’ll show you how to help you curb your sweet tooth in the instant they hit and quit sugar cravings for good not only for your health but for your skin.

Here is just a few ways over consumption of sugar can impact your complexion:

DAMAGING EFFECTS OF SUGAR AND YOUR SKIN
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles: When an excess intake of sugar and simple carbohydrates (like white bread, baked goods etc) are consumed advanced glycation end products are produced.  Collagen and elastin in our skin are targeted by AGEs (the name suits right?!) damaging their strength and elasticity and bringing on wrinkles.
  • Redness and Puffiness: AGEs destroy antioxidants which protect us against free radicals and help to fight inflammation. This makes our skin more susceptible to damage from both inflammation and from the sun’s UV rays.  Along with the quick changes sugar can cause to your blood sugar levels this combination causes havoc for your appearance, increasing redness and puffiness within your complexion.
  • Acne: Excess sugar signals your hormones to make your skin glands work in overdrive.  This creates blocked pores and oily skin.  Along with increased inflammation the perfect environment for pimples is created and breakouts begin to occur!

But it’s not all bad news!  With some simple changes we can prep our body to sustain a radiate, youthful glow for more of our… not so youthful years.

QUICK FIXES FOR SUGAR CRAVINGS

#1 Brush your teeth! The taste of chocolate and toothpaste does not mix.

#2 Have an herbal tea with spices like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom as this will not only quench thirst but also reduce that need for a sweet taste in your mouth.

#3 Have a go-to mantra you tell yourself when sugar cravings hit that you KNOW will work. Our fav is “You can make excuses or you can make it happen”

#4 Chew a piece of gum, not only will it keep your mouth busy but again reduce that need for a sweet taste.

MAKE THE CHANGE

1.  Prepare yourself a standby snack! If you’re reaching for a sweet treat or afternoon pick-me-up make sure you have a substitute on hand so the decision is a no-brainer. Having a small container of trail mix or activated nuts in your handbag is a great go-to or for something a little more exciting try one of our super easy snack ideas.

2. Here’s for the chocoholics – If you consider yourself to be a chocoholic and you feel you couldn’t possibly go a day without it… now is the time to listen! Buying chocolate rich in cocoa (>70%) will not only reduce your sugar intake it will also boost your antioxidant intake when compared to ‘normal’ or milk chocolate.  A square or two is all you will need to fight sugar cravings, especially if it’s a rich dark chocolate. If you find yourself going back for more, your body may just be hungry or thirsty! Cold pressed almond milk is a great option, as it will not only satisfy hunger and quench thirst, but you can add beautiful spices like cinnamon or cloves to create a decadent sugar-free treat.

3. Distraction may be the key. Sugar cravings generally only last a small amount time and are often born out of boredom. If you feel a sugar craving coming on take it as a sign to involve yourself in something more intently for the next 10-20 minutes. Whether it’s going for a walk, browsing your fav blog, having a chat or making a herbal tea, find something that is enjoyable and works for you.

4.  Eat regularly! It is much harder to fight those sugar cravings when we’re hungry as well. After not having eaten for a while your blood sugar levels begin to drop. Which causes your brain to search for something that will provide a quick fix to boost your blood sugar levels. Eating regularly will help to avoid these situations, enabling you to keep your sugar cravings at bay.

5.  Eat fresh, wholefoods… Make sure you are providing your body with enough protein, fats and complex carbohydrates. Foods high in protein such as fish, lentils or eggs and carbohydrates such as brown rice will keep you fuller for longer and allow a slow release of natural sugars ensuring your blood sugar levels do not dip.  Eating unprocessed produce also makes it easier to steer clear of sneaky added sugars which can be hidden in the nutritional information panel on the back! Beat your sugar cravings while nourishing your skin!

If you are purchasing a packaged food, look out for sugar in disguise that can come under these names: corn syrup, dextrin, maltodextrin, fruit juice concentrate, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, galactose, glucose, hydrogenated starch, mannitol, honey, molasses, sorbitol, sucrose, and xylitol.

So there we have it, excess consumption of sugar is not only bad for your body it’s also terrible for your skin! Remember to consume sugar in moderation. It is recomended to consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is around 26g.  Checking nutritional information panels of foods is important to ensure you are within this acceptable amount.

 

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Snow peas contain an edible pod that contains immature peas.  This legume is similar to a snap pea but with a thinner pod wall.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, riboflavin, thiamin, calcium, manganese,  magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, folic acid and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF SNOW PEAS:

Beauty benefits of snow peas begin through their naturally high flavonoid content.  These work in the body as antioxidants protecting both your insides and outsides!  They help to fight off and reduce exposure of free radicals which in turn can reduce the appearance of premature ageing. Beauty benefits of snow peas also include their high Vitamin K content which helps reduce dark circles under the eyes while folate aids the renewal of hair cells, keeping your locks strong and shiny! Beauty benefits of snow peas will revitalise your appearance and support a glowing complexion.

COOK:  

Snow peas are a fantastic addition to stir frys,add them towards the end of cooking to maintain a delicious crunch, adding texture to your dish.  They also a great addition to any salad.

TIP:

When buying snow peas look for bright and shiny, crisp pods, making sure they are blemish free.  Wash them before adding them to your dish and don’t forget to trim or snap off the ends.

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PRINT TO KEEP HANDY

PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

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