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Avocado and lime dressing recipe

Avocado Lime Dressing

It’s good to have some go-to recipes, ones that you don’t much thinking about as you know they will tick your healthy eating criteria boxes: 

You know what I mean – this recipe for Avocado Lime Dressing is one of those. We simply take healthy everyday ingredients and turn simple into a little bit special: avocado is creamy and silky rich and limes are exotic (grown in warm tropical climate unlike winter lemons), together they make a magic combination and give green salad leaves a new look and taste.

 BEAUTY BENEFITS

Antioxidants such as vitamin C and limonoids found in limes as well as vitamin E, carotenoids and zeaxanthan found in avocado will work to boost your body’s protection, fighting against damaging free radicals.  This will help to reduce inflammation, sagging and wrinkles while keeping your complexion radiant and smooth. Vitamin C also boosts the production of collagen, keeping skin smooth and tight. Limonoids remain in the body for a longer period of time, maintaining protection for your body, hair and skin. Skin – healthy lipids help to revitalise your appearance, retaining moisture in your skin to keep it soft and silky. Potassium aids your kidney to flush toxins from your body while fibre helps to absorb essential nutrients leaving your body ‘cleansed’.

AVOCADO LIME DRESSING RECIPE
YOU’L NEED

1 perfectly ripe avocado

1 lime – juice and zest

garlic – just a little, crushed

fresh finely chopped herbs – 1 or more of mint, parsley, basil, chives, coriander

1 tspn dijon mustard

S&P

oil (olive, walnut, flaxseed)  – just a dash to create the desired consistency & flavour

HOW TO
  1. Mash the  avocado in a bowl.
  2. Add lime juice, zest, garlic, s&p, mustard – whisk in til avocado is smooth and creamy
  3. Add herbs – as little or much as you desire. Eg 1 tblspn or 1/4 cup.
  4. Adjust: add a touch of oil and whisk in. If too sour, add a dash of something sweet & or a bit more salt to balance the sweet, sour, salt ratio – the key to a good dressing.
TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Serve avocado and lime dressing over green leaves, chopped herbs and shaved fennel.
  • If you like give your salad a beauty boost with a sprinkle of plant protein rich nuts (eg toasted pinenuts or almonds) or seeds (pumpkin – zinc or chia seeds – omega 3’s) For more ideas on creating a green salad repertoire – click here. 
Detox salad with avocado lime detox dressing

Make sure you have mandolin on hand to quickly whip up a green + white salad.

 

Don't toss your salad you are ready to serve.

Don’t toss your salad you are ready to serve.

 

Avocado Luscious Lipids

Lip Nourish Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado Luscious Lipids

Sure, we know avocados are delicious on pretty much everything, but did you also know that avocados are one of the most important moisturising nutrients you can have to improve the appearance of your skin? That’s because avocado lipids are luscious, they contain lots of skin-healthy polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats and because of these luscious lipids, avocados house lots of important beautifying nutrients and phytochemicals.

Avocado Science 

Moist skin ensures you have a smooth consistent and radiant complexion, a lack or loss of moisture can promote the appearance of wrinkles, as well as inflammation, redness, unevenness and puffiness. Avocados contain more of thecarotenoid lutein (and Zeaxanthin that works alongside lutein) than any other fruit, their antioxidant effect may protect your skin from UV-B-induced damage & their vitamin E content (the most important fat-soluble antioxidant in the skin as fats are a major component of skins moisture) protect lipids from oxidation which would damage skin structure and lead to dryness and wrinkles.

Avocados are also rich in B vitamins, which help with metabolism and energy. They also contain Vitamin C which may improve the health of your skin, as well as prevent the premature formation of wrinkles by improving the integrity of collagen, your skin cell’s scaffolding.

Better yet, avocados contain antioxidants called polyphenols as well which fight free radicals that cause cell damage. They also are a good sources of vitamins K, potassium ( more than bananas) which is essential for fluid balance – a lack can result in puffy or dry skin and fibre which is essential for keeping a ‘well cleansed’ digestive system.

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SKIN FOOD ACTIVES:  Carotenoids Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Vitamins E, K & C, B Vitamins – B1, B2, B3, B5,  Biotin, Folate, Potassium.

BEAUTY BENEFITS  OF AVOCADO:  Luscious lipids replenish skins natural moisture barrier to keep soft and hydrated. Vitamin C boosts collagen production and antioxidants fight free radicals that cause inflammation, dryness and tissue deterioration.

LIP NOURISH: Yep, I use cold pressed avocado oil in my Lip Nourish Lipsticks! The omega 3+6 essential fatty acids boost the lips’ natural process of moisture regulation, helping to soothe, soften and restore suppleness.

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Now onto the fun stuff…

This basic recipe matches my criteria for the perfect avocado ensemble! It’s healthy, quick, and easy and the kids will love it! Did I mention they it only requires five staple ingredients?

YOU’LL NEED

– Whole grain sourdough bread

– Ripe avocado

– Rocket

– Goats cheese

– Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

– Slice and/or toast bread

– Spread on avocado

– Top with rocket leaves

– Crumble or ‘dab’ on goats cheese

– Season with salt & pepper (optional: chilli flakes, a drizzle of olive oil)

TIP: Normally avocados take a week to ripen but can be accelerate in a paper bag with an apple. They also taste delicious in an amazing green smoothie!

Enjoy!

Cindy

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GLOW + GO Green Smoothie | Natural Beauty Boost

[RECIPE] Makes 900ml | 3 serves  5 mins Wo-to-Go.

For a Healthy Glow & Get UP & Go

In Summer when with the warm weather we’re naturally outside and active more.

Our home juicing menu has taken a turn from our staple red juice (beet, carrot, apple, ginger celery) to green juice to invigorate our body for ‘get up & go and a healthy glow.’

The ingredients used to make a green smoothie are all light, and non starchy which makes them easy to digest giving you an instant dose of beautifying food. And because there is no waste in making a smoothie you are getting a massive does of active beauty nutrients to feed your beauty including fibre to keep your digestive system moving quickly to remove toxins and increase nutrient absorption. There is no other way to get such a vast serve of fruit & vegetables that are quick to eat and keep you full for longer.

Making a green smoothie can be fun because there is such a fast array of green fruit and vegetables available to use.

  • Start with green leaves (kale, spinach, lettuce,) | think Vitamin A for complexion + chlorophyll  
  • Add beauty minerals  rich vegetables (celery, cucumber, [avocad0], fennel) 
  • Add a ‘sweetner’ (pear or green apple -pineapple is gorgeous) for flavour, fibre + antioxidants
  • Pop in some Citrus for vitamin C – we love it for collagen production and alkalising the body 
  • Toss in ‘active flavours’ for depth & fragrance – ginger, mint, parsley, fresh turmeric 
  • Liquify with water, ice, coconut water (for a sweeter, more fragrant style), green tea (antioxidants) or almond milk (to increase skin moisturising essential fatty acids and protein). 
  • You can always add ‘boosters’ such as flax seed oil, probiotics (the simplest is natural yoghurt), protein (an egg is great) or seeds such as pumpkin (zinc) or Chia (omega 3)

BEAUTY BOOST
The green pigment in plants – Chlorophyll – is an all round superfood. It helps neutralise acids in your body, seriously stimulates your digestion(!), boosts oxygen levels in your blood allowing your cells to receive more nutrients & energises your body. It helps to extract nasty toxins from your liver, essentially improving liver function + detoxes and cleanses your blood which promotes radiant skin.  It also reduces the signs of ageing as its antioxidant properties help neutralise free radicals. It’s super-rich in enzymes which promote cell rejuvenation. And lastly, it is alkalising and anti-inflammatory effect on your body alleviates skin disorders such as eczema, dryness, puffiness and redness. What are you waiting for?

Avocados for essential fatty acids and Vitamin E to keep skin soft and smooth. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins AC & K  – keeping your skin tight and toned. Celery & cucumber contain silica – a food active nutrient that acts as an internal moisturiser. Other beauty minerals include calcium, iron, manganese and potassium. Potassium & iron help transport O2 round the body to renew and revitalise your skin.

YOU’LL NEED
avocado – 1/2
kale – 3 leaves inc. stem
english spinach – 1 ‘root ‘with 6-8 leaves & stems
cucumber – 1/2 chopped in 4
celery – 1 stick  inc. leaves
parsley – 3 stems
mint – 2- 3 stalks with leaves
pears – 2 chopped inc seeds (no stem) or green apples
lemon – 1/2 with no rind + 1/4 strip rind
ginger – 1-2 thin slices
water – 1.5 cups (or coconut water or green tea + dash apple juice if you are inclined)
ice – 1 cup (needed for texture + flavour enhancement)
TO MAKE
Simply pop all ingredients in the Vitamix, turn on & increase speed to high. Blend for about a minute til smooth and creamy.
You may need to pulse the mix to begin with depending on what order ingredients went in or will need to use your tamper stick.
This recipe makes 3 good size jars so pop the spare/s ones in the fridge for the next day. They will last at least 2.
TIP & TRICKS

– the ice gives the smoothie a fabulous melt-in-your-mouth texture + keep the smoothie chilled as high powered blenders add so much energy when mixing it can warm up the smoothie!

– need to know more about juicing & making smoothies? Read more…

– or try my avocado & banana recipe

 

lük Beauty Boosting Green Smoothie | GLOW & GO

lük Beauty Boosting Green Smoothie | GLOW & GO

Super Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe from Plant Fueled

We adore when our Luk Beautifood community shares with us their favourite recipes! We also get so excited when they feature our range of products in said recipes, like the wonderful Anna from @plant_fueled who expressed her love for the Tea Rose Lip Nourish and 100% Pure Watermelon Lip Glaze Lipstick on her blog:

“If you’d like to do something good to your lips, get your hands on one of those lipsticks! They are my absolute favourites now and I am using them daily! It’s great to have such a hydrated lip feeling!”

Here’s how to whip up Anna’s special Super Green Smoothie Breakfast Bowl:

INGREDIENTS

– 1 banana

– 1 apple

– 1/2 pear

– 1/4 avocado

– 1/2 cup oat milk

– 1 tbsp chia seeds

– 1/2 tsp moringa powder

DIRECTIONS

1. Blend all ingredients together until you get a super creamy smoothie consistency!

2. Top with your favourite fruits and berries. Enjoy!

Cindy

Will you be creating this healthy concoction natural beauties? x

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GREEN SMOOTHIE SKIN FOOD | Avocado, Mango, Banana, Kale + Chia Seeds

[recipe] Makes 4 large glasses | 5 mins wo-to-go | No Cook

We made this gorgeous green smoothie last friday in my inaugural “Beauty Wellbeing Workshop”. It was creamy smooth and delicious even tho it sounds an unusual combination. We drank it as an appetizer in the glam gold glasses as we prepped our lunch. Kelly’s scarlet nails look a treat next to it! You could also do shot glasses and pop a few edible decorative goodies on top.

I love to cook by looking at the ingredients I have on hand rather than following a recipe (hence the combo) and Ursula got to experiment with the ‘turbo charged’ cocktail blender I have  had for eons but rarely use – there was not a spec of kale in sight. So go ahead, experiment using this recipe as a guide.

BEAUTY BOOST:  Anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, immune boosting, vitamin ACEK rich, EFA’s.  

Avocados for essential fatty acids and Vitamin E to keep skin soft and smooth. More on avo. Mango are rich in the carotenoid antioxidants + vitamins A&C – keeping your skin tight and toned. They also contain silica – a food active nutrient that acts as an internal moisturiser. Undeniably bananas are high in sugar (about 20g in a ripe one) and give you an energy burst (yeh if you are tired), but they also contain a high amount of fibre including the prebiotic inulin, which feeds our beneficial (probiotic) gut bacteria, the first line of defence for the immune system. Keeping your gut bacteria healthy can prevent inflammatory conditions like eczema and support the digestion and absorption of nutrients needed to retain optimal health and keep you looking and feeling younger. The high level of potassium ( ~ 400mg) they contain helps transport O2 round the body to renew and revitalise the skin. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins AC & K – all essential for skin health and Chia seeds are an excellent non-animal source of skin loving omega 3 to keep skin looking moist and plump.

YOU’LL NEED…..

1 ripe avocado

1 banana

1 mango (optional)

3-4 kale leaves

3 stems fresh mint leaves

1/4 whole lemon

2 tspns chia seeds

1 cup ice

1 cup chilled water or coconut water

TO MAKE….

Put  all ingredients in blender. Mix on high til smooth and creamy.

Serve in classes with a spoon or thick straw! Garnish if you have guests!

TIPS & TRICKS

  • For a more liquid smoothie add more water or if you don’t want the flavour diluted another high water content vegetable such as cucumber or a liquid such as coconut water, almond milk or dairy milk.
  • For more dimension and an extra hit of Vit C (support collagen synthesis) add a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • For a bite add a dash of tabasco sauce.
  • Add some probiotics via an unsweetened yoghurt.
  • If you want a lower sugar content – remove one or all of the fruits. I like it as is and because I don’t eat much food with added sugar.
  • You can sub in fresh pineapple for mango, parsley or spinach for kale etc.
  • Chia seeds swell to 10times their size so they have a real thickening effect on the smoothie. For a more liquid smoothie –  sprinkle on top instead of adding in.

KIDS 

I will let you know once mine have had a go at making & tasting it!

The Best Foods for Dry Skin

Winters mark the advent of cold air, early sundowns, hot tea, big blankets and dry skin.

Almost everyone’s skin suffers in some way during winter with cool, dry air causing complexions to appear dull, flaky, parched and pale. Not only that, but severe dryness can also lead to uncomfortable irritation and itchiness, that not even the best moisturisers, serums, balms, lotions or potions will fix, no, this is an inside job. Help your skin to retain moisture from the inside out by eating the right foods so you can have glowing, dewy skin all year round.

SLIDESHOW - best foods for dry skin

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and Seeds for dry winter skin

Spinach

Spinach for healthy, glowing skin

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil - the ultimate skin food inside and out

Fish

Salmon is one of the few sources of omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for glowing skin

Celery

Silica rich celery for healthy skin and nails

Eggs

Eggs are the perfect all-rounder for inside and out

And if you’re thinking how on earth am I going to get my dose of all these foods?! Try our Go and Glow Green Smoothie (with spinach, avocado, celery and flaxseed oil) or have a crack at one of our delicious skin loving recipes!

(…or as we say,  if you can’t eat it, wear it with our 100% natural makeup – that not only looks amazing but nourishes your skin, lashes and lips!)

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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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The Green Goddess Dip | tighten, brighten and moisturise your skin

[RECIPE] Serves 4-8 |  10 mins go-to-wo

I created this dip with my good friend & chef extraordinaire Jo for the Balmoral Boatshed Beauty Food Bar evenings. I had a desire to show the beauty in food by using several coloured dips on a plate to demonstrate how each colour has different ‘active nutrients’ and how each of these can benefit the skin in different ways. There are lots of versions of “green goddess’ dip, some use cream cheese instead of avocado some don’t use herbs….but I created this one using my favourite ingredients that are always on hand. Because I have a kitchen garden I selected 5 different herbs. Don’t go to the expense of doing that if you don’t grow your own. Just select a herb or 2 who’s flavour your like or ones that go with what you are cooking.

BEAUTY BOOST
Avocado is fantastic for your skin! Luscious lipids & Vitamin E moisturise the skin by replenishing the skin’s natural moisture barrier to keep it soft and hydrated, vitamin C firms the skin by boosting collagen production and antioxidants smooth the skin by fighting free radicals that cause inflammation, dryness and tissue deterioration. Whether you choose spinach or watercress (or both!), the vitamin A content of these green leaves along with herbs is very high and promotes healthy skin by allowing for proper moisture retention. This helps to fight psoriasis, acne and dry skin. The zinc content of pumpkin seeds also aids in the fight against inflammation while the iron helps to brighten up those cheeks!

YOU’LL NEED
1 avocado

lemon – tablespoon or 3 of its juice

5 ‘half bunches’ of herbs (eg parsley, coriander, chives, basil, mint, dill – whatever you prefer!)

1/3 bunch green leaves (eg. watercress or spinach)

pumpkin seeds (couple tablespoons optional)

a good glug of avocado oil, grape seed oil or olive oil

1 sml clove garlic

salt & pepper to taste

TO MAKE

  1. Add the ‘well picked’ greens and garlic to food processor or blender and whiz until fine. Add pumpkin seeds (if desired) at this stage too.
  2. Use some oil to help the mix combine.
  3. Add the avocado and blend until a creamy consistency.
  4. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. (use lots to get intensity and balance of flavour)
  5. Adjust consistency with oil.

TIP & TRICKS
Experiment with the flavour of your dip mixing the type and ratio of greens !

TO SERVE

As a dip, sandwich filler or canape base. 
If serving as a dip,  surrounded with fresh and crisp veggies and crackers.

Green goddess dip - who can resist?

Green goddess dip – who can resist?

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DIY Lük Lip Scrub

[BEAUTY]

Exfoliate your lips with our DIY Luk lip scrub and follow with your favourite Lip Nourish for naturally luscious lips.

Brown sugar works as a natural, gentle exfoliate while avocado oil will moisturise and soften the lips and grapefruit will increase collagen production for gorgeous lips in just minutes!

HOW TO

1. Combine a tablespoon of avocado oil and 2 teaspoons of brown sugar in a small bowl

2. Add a small squeeze of fresh grapefruit & a little grated zest for aromatic deliciousness

3. Mix well

4. Gently rub mixture into the lips [be careful not to ‘over-do’ it, your lips are sensitive and need to be treated with love!]

5. Wash lips with warm water, pat dry with a face towel and apply your favourite lip nourish to finish!

Relax and Enjoy

You can store can leftovers in a small, air tight glass or plastic container to use again or give to a friend, however this will not keep for more than 2-3 days as the brown sugar will start to dissolve because of the added juice.

TIPS & TRICKS

  • If your mixture feels too ‘oily’ simply add more brown sugar
  • Do not use if your lips are badly broken or cracked. Simply apply your favourite lip nourish over a number of days to quickly repair the damage and prepare your lips for this delicious scrub

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Banana and Avocado Face Mask

Need a quick ‘pick-me-up’ for your skin?

Try our nourishing, Banana and Avocado Face Mask recipes that will love all skin types. It only took me about 10 minutes to make this in the kitchen from ingredients I had on hand. I can feel the skin-loving ingredients working their magic on my face as I’m writing this. (mind boggles doesn’t it?) My skin really needed a nourishing moisture boost after spending most of the weekend in that balmy autumn Sydney sun and this is the perfect little pick-me-up. Read more