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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

 

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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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SLOW COOKED LAMB SHANKS | winter comfort food

[RECIPE] Serves 4 | 5 mins prep only + 3-4 hours SLOW cook.

Divine cooked day before but not necessary.

I am baking this dish as I type but wanted to share the recipe straight away so you can pick up some shanks tomorrow and cook it across the (wet, cold Sydney) weekend. The aroma’s are enough to bring a smile to your lips. We will be eating the dish tomorrow night – 8 adults and 8 kids to celebrate end of term. The fire will be blazing, red wine on hand, a bowl of food + fork and hopefully we will have out old fashioned board games, relaxing together. We won’t explore the flip side!

I also made a similar dish last weekend so I know how good it is and how you can make up your own recipe based on what’s in your veggie draw & pantry. The trick is to slow cook it the day or night before. That way the flavours develop, and  if it is a concern to you can ‘scoop’ the set saturated fat off the top, carefully remove the shanks and reduce the sauce to further enrich the flavour. Read more

Silica for love of skin, nails and hair

Silica | for love of skin, nails & hair

Why we Love the Food Active Mineral Silica…

Source: Found in the greens, asparagus, leeks, celery, beans, cucumber, strawberries and oats.

Beauty and Benefits: Silica promotes tissue firmness & healthy skin. It is essential for maintaining skin’s elasticity and makes your skin resilient and radiate. Silica deficiency can hamper the body’s ability to heal wounds. 

Morsel to Motivate: In maintaining connective tissue, silica aids not only the skin, but muscles, tendons, joints, hair, nails, cartilage and bone – it is one of the key ingredients in supplements for poor joints and cartilage.

 

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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 (!)…..now 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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QUINOA SALAD | beauty building blocks

[RECIPE]  Serves 4-6 | 30min wo-to-go

I discovered this fabulous amino-rich plant seed when my husband & I were trekking in Peru in 2003. It was a popular staple of  Sth America (& sacred to the Incas), providing one of the few plant sources of complete protein (12-18% protein) , for the life of me I could not work out why it was so hard to get back in Australia. Fast – forward 2012 and everyone is talking  ‘Keen-wah’.

Like all things new, you wonder how to best use it. I’m only a couple weeks ahead of you in my experience and can share – it is almost ‘fool|fail’ proof & very quick|easy. It has an interesting texture -it’s soft, creamy & chewy all at once, it taste is mild, almost earthy, perhaps a little nutty.  I chose the red variety as it looks so pretty. Here I add lots of green & white crunch and a simple lemony dressing.

BEAUTY BOOST

This salad offers your skin nutrients to help fight wrinkles & look radiant. Read more