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green smoothie

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!

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Banana, Coconut and Chia Seed Bread

[RECIPE] Makes 1 loaf | 60 mins wo-to-go (Prep 10 mins. Baking 50 mins)

It’s almost time to go back to school so it time to ‘revamp’ the banana cake to make it more nutritious and delicious. This recipe is a  hand mixed ‘one bowl wonder’ and you don’t need to get your scales out – just a measuring cup and teaspoon.  It does not get much simpler than that! It’s even more fabulous because you can substitute the core ingredients based on what you have on hand, what †˜taste’* your like and the sort of nutrition** you are after. You can make a loaf,  †˜slice’ or muffin style. Leave it plain or †˜top it’ pre or post baking.

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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

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DIY Coconut Oil & Macadamia Nut Cleanser

This DIY beauty recipe was inspired from our 20th wedding celebration in Fiji last week, where I was given a homemade brown sugar and coconut oil body scrub to use in the open air shower  – every week we will now be posting DIY beauty treatments and recipes. From masks and moisturisers to serums and scrubs all treatments will be made from the foods in your pantry, accompanied with gorgeous essential oils, guaranteed to nourish your face and body. Read more

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CHEWY OAT, BANANA AND CRANBERRY COOKIES

[RECIPE] Makes 25 (5cm) cookies | 30 mins wo-to-go (Prep 10 mins. Baking 15-20mins)

Quick & easy healthy recipe can be whipped up for kids lunch boxes & healthy snacks to go with a cuppa.

YOU’LL LOVE IT BECAUSE….

  • Flours – A mix of organic spelt & gluten free wholemeal buckwheat –  gives it shortness  (a delicate bite)  & nutty flavour and tho spelt contains gluten it is eaten by many on wheat free diets. Read more