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Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

Roast Beetroot & Pumpkin Dip – eat your antioxidants!

[recipe] Serves 6 |  75 mins go-to-woe

BEAUTY BOOST
So much beauty in colour! The vibrant purple flesh of beetroot is full of antioxidants and minerals that will look after your skin both inside and out. The minerals iron, potassium and zinc detoxify by creating healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to skin cells for regeneration, repair and renewal. The antioxidants fight against inflammation which treats puffy and red complexions. Pumpkin’s bright orange colour is a sign that this veggie is loaded with beta-carotene. This plant carotenoid gets converted to vitamin A and acts as a very powerful antioxidant to neutralise free radicals thereby helping to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin moist and looking youthful. And the omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E of walnuts are another moisturising, wrinkle-fighting beauty boost to your skin.

YOU’LL NEED
2-3  beetroots – remove leaves, leave skin on but get rid of those rough bits at the top and bottom

2 chunks or 1/3 butternut pumpkin –  chopped into cubes

2/3rd cup walnuts

1/3 – 1/2 cup olive oil

1-2 cloves of garlic

1/2 tbspn black mustard seeds

1/2 tspn cumin seeds

salt and pepper to season

TO MAKE

  1. Turn oven on 180C.
  2. Place beetroot and pumpkin on baking tray lined with  non-toxic baking paper, drizzle with some extra olive oil, toss and place into. Roast for an hour.
  3. Halfway through roasting the beetroot add the garlic, walnuts, black mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the tray.
  4. Remove tray from oven when beetroot & pumpkin has roasted and garlic, walnuts and seeds are lightly toasted.
  5. Leave to cool before removing most of skin from the pumpkin.
  6. Add all roasted and toasted ingredients to blender or food processor and whiz until creamy.
  7. Add oil to mixture and blend until desired texture of dip has been reached. Season.
Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

TIP & TRICKS

Toasting the walnuts, mustard seeds and cumin seeds and roasting the garlic by popping them into the oven while the beets are baking develops the flavour of the ingredients and infuses the beetroot with a spiced, nutty, garlicky deliciousness!

TO SERVE
Simply serve with a colourful array of fresh veggies and a variety of crackers.

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beauty benefits of watermelon

beauty food watermelon

Watermelons are known for their vibrant green skin and lush pinky red flesh.  They grow on vines and are native to Africa, thriving in tropical locations.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants such as beta carotene, lycopene, vitamin C and vitamin A, vitamin B6, thiamin, citrulline, copper, magnesium and potassium.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF WATERMELON:

Watermelon is high in citrulline which is converted to the amino acid, arginine in your body.  Arginine soothes your muscles while increasing blood flow which is fabulous for promoting hair growth as it ensures a healthy scalp and encourages circulation of blood and nutrients. Watermelons are also alkaline foods which balance the acidity levels in your body.  They are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and lycopene all of which help to protect your skin and body from free radical damage, leaving your skin feeling fresh and revitalized.

COOK:

Watermelon has a high water content of 92% which makes it a great snack and helps to keep you hydrated. Watermelon rind and seeds can also be eaten, they’re high in iron and zinc, but compared to the flesh they don’t have a very appealing taste!

TIP:

Don’t forget to allow your watermelons ripen! The highest concentration of lycopene and beta carotene is found in a ripe watermelon, when it turns to a more redish colour.  A ripe watermelon is heavy, and slightly dulled when compared to it’s shiny unripe skin.

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beauty benefits of carrots

Although usually orange, carrots can also be found in purple, red, white and  yellow shades. And they’re not just for rabbits! The beauty benefits of carrots come from their vivid orange colour, which gives this root vegetable their nourishing, wrinkle fighting benefits.

FOOD ACTIVES:

vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin B6, vitamin B3 (also known as niacin), vitamin K, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, fibre

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CARROTS:

Eating carrots is like nurturing your eyes! The beauty benefits of carrots start with their abundance of beta carotene.  They provides a fabulous boost, working to restore and nourish your eye sight. This occurs as beta carotene can be converted into vitamin A in the body, crucial for good eyesight and night vision. Carrots are also high in antioxidants enabling both your body and complexion to be defended against free radical damage. Vitamin C is vital for the maintenance of collagen production in the skin. It helps maintain skin elasticity while preventing ageing by preserving a smooth, radiant complexion.

COOK:

Carrots can be added to many dishes easily- steamed, fried or baked, added to salads, smoothies or juices, and even in cakes or as a quick raw snack.

TIP:

As beta carotene is fat soluble, drizzling a little bit of oil over carrots  before cooking enables your body to absorb much more, helping you to reap the beauty benefits of carrots!

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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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beauty food parsley

beauty food for glowing skin | parlsey

Originating from Europe, this lush dark green herb is often used as a garnish but contains more nutrients and health benefits than people realise! Whether it be flat leaf or curly, beauty food parsley is fantastic for your skin’s health and is super easy to grow…

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B9, vitamin K, riboflavin, beta carotene, iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, folate and chlorophyll.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Due to its antibacterial properties, beauty food parsley is fabulous for cleansing your body and strengthening your immune system.  Its mix of vitamin A and vitamin K rejuvenate your eyes to help them appear brighter while vitamin K reduces darkness circles on the skin underneath! Parsley also contains chlorophyll which boosts oxygen levels in your blood.  This helps to energise your body and promote radiant skin, allowing you to feel fresh and revitalised!

COOK:

Available fresh or dried, beauty food parsley can be added to soups, salads, baked dishes or simply to add colour! When cooking, add it towards the end to retain its gorgeous colour, taste and nutrients. Flat leaf parsley is often preferred when cooking as it holds its flavour and colour better.

TIP:

Choose parsley which is dark green in colour, looks fresh and crisp and has firm stems. Store it in the refrigerator or grow your own! Keep fresh grown parsley in a moist, well drained pot or in the garden and make sure it receives full sun to thrive!

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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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Quick Soup Recipe – Nourishing Lentil and Vegetable

Looking for winter warmers in less than an hour? Try this nourishing lentil and vegetable quick soup recipe to warm your soul and moisturise your skin at the same time!  

Cooler weather means dry skin and a craving for comfort food! However, comfort food doesn’t need to be tedious or time consuming …this quick soup recipe is easy to make on a busy weeknight leaving you free to worry about things other than what your eating.  Packed with vitamin A-rich veggies this quick soup recipet will  help nourish your complexion and ease dry skin to keep you looking your best!

BEAUTY FOOD BOOST

Carrots and tomatoes contain a fab combination of vitamin A, beta carotene and lycopene to fight against wrinkle causing free radicals – those  pesky ‘oxidisers’ that can also cause early ageing. Without enough vitamin A your skin can become dry especially as wind and cool weather imbalance the surface.  Maintaining a sufficient level of this fat soluble vitamin is key to ensuring a smooth, glowing appearance. Tomatoes also contain vitamin K which works to brighten dark patches under the eyes and encourage a radiant complexion.  The mix of iron and vitamin C in broccoli aids your complexion by working to keep skin from sagging while assisting in the formation of collagen in cells. Turmeric helps to keep redness and puffiness under control with its anti-inflammatory properties while celery aids the body to remove toxins through its high fibre content.  This nourishing yet quick soup recipe is the perfect winters’ day skincare treatment to keep your complexion on track!

QUICK SOUP RECIPE

50 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1 carrot, peeled and diced

2 medium ripe tomatoes, quartered

3/4 cup broccoli, diced

2 celery sticks, diced

1 red onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, crushed

2 cups vegetable stock

400g can brown lentils, rinsed and drained

250mL natural yoghurt

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

salt & pepper

fresh chives, snipped to garnish

HOW TO

1. Prepare ingredients.  Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add tomatoes, mushing and squashing with a wooden spoon.  Simmer, stirring regularly for 2 minutes.

2.  Add carrot, broccoli celery and onion and cook for 6-8 minutes or until soft.  Add garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.

3.  Add stock and cover, bringing to the boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

4.  Add lentils and cook for 3 minutes or until warm.  Add yoghurt, parsley, turmeric and season, stir, simmer gently for a further 3 minutes.

5.  Serve warming lentil and vegetable soup immediately, topped with chives.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Spice up this quick soup recipe with some chilli, cumin or smokey paprika.
  • Save any left overs in an air tight container in the fridge and reheat for tomorrows lunch!
  • Cook once, eat twice: double the quick soup recipe batch and freeze for an extra quick and easy dinner.
  • Like your soup smooth and creamy…especially so little ones will eat it? Just blend before serving.
  • Oh an don’t forget to combat dry lips and use Lip Nourish daily to soothe redness and protect against cooling, drying weather!
Puree Soup to hide veggies for any fussy eaters!

Puree Soup to hide veggies for any fussy eaters!

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beauty food chilli

beauty food for glowing skin | chilli

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There are a large variety of chilli with different colours and flavours, so whether you like it hot (or not!) there is a one for everyone. Cayenne are long, red and fiery, birds eye are mild and sweet, ranging from red to yellow while jalapenos are a thick, green and very hot!

FOOD ACTIVES:

Capsaicin, Vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, beta carotene, folate, potassium, magnesium and iron.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Chillis aren’t just for spice! Capsaicin which gives beauty food chilli its spicy flavour also helps to reduce inflammation and redness from your complexion, it also reduces muscle and joint pains.  Beta carotene and vitamin A work together, protecting your skin from the suns damaging UV rays.  This nurtures your skin while outdoors, maintaining a firm and glowing complexion. It is also a great metabolism booster!

COOK:

Used fresh or dried, red, green or yellow! Sprinkle into salads or stir-fry for that extra kick or add to curries to bring out flavour.  Be sure to wash your hands after touching them as capsaicin can cause your skin to become irritated.

TIP:

It can be difficult to pick the perfect beauty food chilli due to variety of flavours and spice levels.  In general make sure they are bright in colour and slightly glossy. Their skin should also be firm and taut, not wrinkled or discoloured.

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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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Adobada Chilli Chicken Recipe

Not just for fabulous flavour… our adobado chilli chicken recipe is the perfect body-boosting meal!

Tho adobado – means ‘marinated’ in Spanish we have cheated to make this an easy weeknight dinner still full of flavour.  It’s perfect for those busy week nights when there’s ironing to be done or those last few emails to get stuck into!  This adobado Chilli Chicken recipe is a ‘one dish bake’ with little prep.

This chilli chicken variation of  a traditional Mexican dish, works wonders for your metabolism.  Capsaicin (which gives chillis their spice) causes your body to release heat when digesting, leading to a boost in your metabolism.  It results in your body burning more energy and can also help to make you feel fuller, helping to prevent you eating too much!

BEAUTY BOOST

Their spicy hot flavour isn’t a downfall for chillis. Along with the benefit of kick starting your metabolism, chillis also contain beta carotene and vitamin A which work together, protecting your skin from the suns damaging UV rays.  This nurtures your skin while outdoors, maintaining a firm and glowing complexion.  Chilli is also a great source of vitamin C which works to sustain a glowing, tight complexion by protecting the collagen and elastin in your skin cells from free radical damage…not to mention helping to make these 2 key ‘scaffolding’ protein structures of skin.

Garlic and onion work to decrease inflammation within the skin and are packed with antioxidants helping to maintain  smoother skin and reduce redness! This adobado Chilli Chicken recipe is the perfect skinfood for winter.

ADOBADO CHILLI CHICKEN RECIPE

1.5 hrs wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

8 – 12 small chilli (stem and seeds removed )

1.5 cups chicken stock

3 cloves garlic

1 onion

Juice of half a lemon

1 tspn dried oregano

1 tbsp basil or coriander (fresh, chopped)

600g chicken thigh (boneless and skinless)

1/2 avocado

HOW TO

1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.

2. Finely dice chilli, garlic and onion and add to baking dish with chicken stock.

3. Add lemon juice, oregano and mix well.

4. Trim chicken thighs and add to the baking dish, making sure to spoon the sauce over the top to coat the chicken.

5. Bake in the oven for 80 minutes or until chicken is tender.

6. Remove from oven and garnish with a fresh basil or coriander leaves and avocado.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Serve adobado Chilli Chicken recipe with steamed green beans, brown rice or quinoa and /or greek yoghurt with chopped mint.
  • Make sure you wear gloves when handling the chillies for this adobado Chilli Chicken recipe.

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Pumpkin Soup with Asian Aromatics

Pumpkin soup is a favourite of everyone’s. Why not tickle it up a bit with extra vegetables, coconut and some aromatic spice for a change? This pumpkin soup takes around an hour to cook – perfect for a week night dinner.

 BEAUTY FOOD BENEFITS

Pumpkin is fabulous for its high vitamin A and beta carotene!  Vitamin A fights against free radicals which can damage our body and bring on wrinkles. Without enough vitamin A our skin can become dry, this pumpkin soup is a great way to boost your vitamin A content and maintain soft smooth skin whilst creating an easy meal all the family (especially kids) will love.

PUMPKIN SOUP RECIPE

YOU’LL NEED

1 butternut pumpkin – peeled, chopped roughly. (set seeds aside for toasting later)

1 onion – roughly chopped

Drizzle of oil to saute (eg coconut)

1/4 tspn cumin seeds

1/4 tspn coriander seeds

water or 1 litre chicken stock

1 tblspn coconut

2 tblspn cashews (optional in case of allergies)

ginger – few slices

1 clove garlic

salt & pepper

other veggies if on hand – roughly choppep – a stick of celery, a few slices red capsicum, a tomato, or carrot.

HOW TO
  1. Fry onions to til soft. Add spices and fry for a minute to release aromatics. Add all other ingredients, bring to boil. Turn down to simmer for an hour.
  2. Puree with a turbo charged stick or in a blender. If too thick – add some more liquid – water, milk, nut milk or stock.
  3. Whilst the soup is cooking gently pan fry the pumpkin seeds in olive oil and salt.
  4. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt, sour cream or a drizzle of tahini & a sprinkle of the seeds.
TIPS AND TRICKS
  • I love to use chicken stock as it adds another dimension to the soup – Campbell’s 1 litre tetra packs are fine if you don’t have time to DIY for this pumpkin soup.
  • If the pumpkin seeds are too tough with their husk then saute the commercially bought green pepitas (inside seed).
  • Cashews help make the pumpkin soup creamy
Cooking pumpkin soup

Takes just a few minutes to get this pumpkin soup ready (if you buy peeled pumpkin!)

Add a few different vegetable, spices and a tablespoon of coconut

Add a few different vegetable, spices and a tablespoon of coconut to your pumpkin soup.

I love to use the Vitamix to puree the cooked vegetables. It makes it sooo creamy and smooth

I love to use the Vitamix to puree the cooked vegetables. It makes it sooo creamy and smooth

Served with a dollop of yoghurt and the freshly toasted pumpkin seeds.

Served pumpkin soup with a dollop of yoghurt and the freshly toasted pumpkin seeds.

 

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beauty food | pumpkin

beauty food | pumpkin

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Deep orange to yellow, pumpkins symbolise the colours of beta carotene – vibrant and ready to nourish your skin.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants including vitamin A, vitamin C, zeaxanthin and beta carotene and vitamin E, copper, calcium, potassium, iron and dietary fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Not only containing a large amount of vitamin A, pumpkin also contains beta carotene which can be converted to vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is crucial for fighting free radicals and without enough of it our skin can become dry. This boost will help to moisturise your skin and ward off wrinkles preserving a smooth, glowing appearance, especially as the months  become cooler. The addition of iron will also help to keep your skin tight as it is essential to the formation of collagen.

COOK:

Pumpkin is best steamed to keep in all the nutrients, however can also be baked, boiled or stir fried. The seeds can also be roasted and eaten as a snack or sprinkled on top of a salad. Sauté the seeds in smokey paprika and salt.

TIP:

When cutting a whole pumpkin, it is easiest to slice it in half, beginning at the end with the stem.

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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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Ain’t No Juice Like a Cold Pressed Juice

As an avid user of a Vitamix I don’t have twang of guilt in advocating this ‘cold pressed’ style of juicing because it is so different. And you are going to hate me but if you have an older style clunker of a centrifugal juicer (like me) move it on.

I’ve been testing the Kuving’s Silent Juicer because on 7th Sept (first sat of the month) we are setting up a luk beautifood bar at The Sydney Morning Herald’s Pyrmont Growers Market (more on that in another post!) and want to offer organic cold pressed beauty juices + green smoothies.

So what makes it so good? With this type of juicing a huge amount of pressure is applied to the fruits and vegetables to extract the nectar directly from the pulp without applying heat. This pressing action helps keep the nutrients and enzymes intact, as well as creating an incredible consistency to the juices. Like the blender (because every goes in) the nutrient content of the juice is the closest thing you’ll get to eating raw fruit and vegetables. And it’s those nutrients that are going to keep you looking and feeling beautiful.

And it loves fibrous vegetable like beetroot & carrot – 2 of my favourite veggies for juicing that don’t really suit the blender. Plus when you make almond milk you don’t have to strain it – make sure you soak your nuts overnight.

The magic is in the colour and the pure beauty of a single juiced vegetable, herb, fruit of nut. Keep them separate and blend to taste as required.

What do you want from your juices?

Anti-aging

You need: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, antioxidants (Lycopene)

Juice these: Kale, Spinach, Almonds, Kiwi, Blueberries, Apricots, Tomatoes

Moisturising

You need: B Vitamins, Vitamin E, Potassium, Luetin, Beta-Carotene, Carotenoids

Juice these: Avocado, Zucchini, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Almonds

Brighten your complexion

You need: Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin C

Juice these: Mint, Oranges, Strawberries, Carrots

Reduce inflammation

You need: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Anthocyanins

Juice these: Cucumber, Beetroot, Pears, Brocolli, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines

Read more about what these beauty nutrients can do for you here.

Some other positives of this style of juicing include the fact that the juice will not separate upon settling and will keep up to three days in the fridge, so you can save time with a bulk juicing session that will last you a few days. The insoluble & soluble fibre stays in suspension. I must also include the added benefit of juicing in silence; cringe no more at the early morning whizzing and whirring that dare disturb the slumber of the kids (or hubby!)…we wish! And of course the advantage of dry pulp comes second only to the simplicity of cleaning the thing!

I spent the afternoon cold-pressing a colourful variety of my favourite fruits and vegetables – everything from apples to avocados. The results were a vibrant rainbow of fruity and veggie liquids. The next part of the fun was mixing the juices to create an array of Beautifood mocktails balancing out the beauty benefits with taste & extraction output.

Here are some of my favourite mixes. Some of them may seem obscure but you must taste before you judge!

  • Almond, pear, ginger, tumeric and carrot
  • Pear, fennel, lemon juice & rind
  • Avocado, banana and mint + ice (thru the mincer add-on)

The juices looked so pretty you just new you were nourishing not only your body but your soul too.

The cold pressed juice experiment

The cold pressed juice experiment

So much juice, so few glasses..
So much juice, so few glasses..

Veggies are a girls best friend..

Veggies are a girls best friend..

Red cabbage
Red cabbage – skin puffiness protector!

Beetroot

Reduce inflammation with beetroot

 

Capsicum

Vitamin A&C = antioxidants = fight free radical = minimise wrinkles |  lutien & zeaxanthin protect skin from sun damage & increase skin elasticity

Carrot

Carotenoids + Vitamin A protect against free radicals and the skin wrinkling they cause.

Orange

Brighten your complexion with orange

Kale

The Vitamin A in kale helps stimulate collagen formation giving it a youthful, firm appearance.