Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

Roast Beetroot & Pumpkin Dip – eat your antioxidants!

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

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.

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


  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


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!

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

Beauty benefits of paprika luk beautifood beauty food paprika

beauty benefits of paprika

beauty benefits of paprika

Paprika is a spice made from dried, ground chili.  It can vary from  orange to deep red in colour and is generally less spicy than chilli or cayenne powder.  Paprika can range from mild to hot in spiciness with either a smoked or sweeter flavour.


Vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin K, carotenoids, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and folate.


Beauty benefits of paprika stem from its carotenoids galore! The mixture of lutein and zeaxanthin works to maintain a healthy eye sight. Paprikas carotenoids work  to enhance radiant skin instead of a dull tone while vitamin K helps to remove the darkness under your eyes. Beauty benefits of paprika also maintain healthy and gorgeous hair as iron enhances oxygen delivery, to allow the hair to continue to grow while Vitamin B6 helps to prevent hair loss by stimulating healthy growth of cells. This creates a healthy environment for hair growth, revitalising your cells for strong, shiny locks!


Paprika is used to both colour and season meals, such as soups, rice and stews.  Combine with garlic or cayenne powder to rub over chicken, meat or fish or lightly sprinkle with oil over potatoes, carrots or cauliflower before roasting.


Looking to bring out gorgeous flavour, colour and beauty benefits of paprika? Paprikas properties are more pronounced when it is heated with a small amount of oil and then mixed into the dish.

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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.

be delicious.... inside and out

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beauty food - goji berries

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The beauty benefits of goji berries

beauty food - goji berries

Also known as wolfberry, these bright red †˜superfruit’ berries have been used for thousands of years in China and Tibet as a culinary and medicinal ingredient. Member of the deadly nightshade family (Solonaceae) which includes tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant.

FOOD ACTIVES: Over 21 trace minerals – calcium, magnesium, selenium, iron (x15 amout in spinach), zinc, all amino acids (unique for a fruit), thiamin,  and fibre. Jam packed full of antioxidants (esp carotenoids and vitamin C) they rank top of the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) chart.

BEAUTY BENEFITS: A natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal food. The antioxidants fight free radicals and reduce inflammation to maintain a smooth radiant complexion warding off signs of ageing.  The presence of magnesium and thiamin helps to improve your quality of sleep and feeling of wellbeing, allowing you to radiate beauty from the inside, out.

COOK:  Readily available as dried fruit. Perfect addition to smoothies or on top of a breakfast bowl or added to tea.

TIP:  When adding to a recipe, simply soak for 5 to 10 minutes, helping to make them plump and juicy. Keep the soaking juice as a tonic.

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PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood infobite photocard to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach 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?


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

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


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!


Reduce inflammation with beetroot



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


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


Brighten your complexion with orange


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






4 Vegetable Mash

4 Vegetable Mash

I love mash and so do my kids. There is nothing wrong with potatoes, so don’t have a carb phobia, just get creative and mix up your veggies.

With winter around the corner why not try this take on mashed potato using pumpkin, sweet potato, potato and carrot. You can also substitute cauliflower (to get the crucial cruciferous family into your diet) or celariac. Read more


PURPLE PASSION JUICE | a perfect start

[Recipe] Makes 2-4 |   10mins wo-to-go (inc cleaning up!)

If you find it really hard to get your daily dose of nutrient rich vegetables then drinking juice is a fab-U-lous way. And, if you have the time to ‘shop fresh’ regularly and/or have the space to store your goodies in the fridge then DYI, Alternatively drop by your local juice bar for a ‘made-on-the-spot’. Like anything,  you need to get into the habit or you won’t commit. Before kids we use to juice every morning after our early morning walk (!)… it is just a weekend treat, but I am hoping that will change as the kids get older.

BEAUTY BOOST: Beetroot’s deep red colour is thanks to its high level of anthocyanins – potent antioxidants that fight inflammation – a natural process that results in a red, puffy complexion.They do it by neutralising enzymes that destroy connective tissue and by repairing proteins in blood vessel walls. The orange colour in carrots is what makes it a wrinkle-fighting food as the carotenoid antioxidants protect against free radicals that damage the proteins & lipids in our skin cells. Apples contain the antioxidant group flavonoids, in particular  quercetin battles free radicals to prevent them from damaging your skin. Celery is rich in silica, a mineral that is important to skin’s tone & firmess. The juice is a good source of Vitamin C, another nutrient known to give you a ‘natural facelift’ by working with collegen – your skins natural scaffolding, it also contains fibre, essential for the removal of waste and toxins from your body + water to hydrate and plump your cells resulting in clearer, smoother, glowing skin.


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