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lük breakfast beauty bar recipe

lük Breakfast Beauty Bar

[RECIPE] 15 Serves | 45mins go-to-wo  | VEG WF DF (NF)

Delicious and easy-to-eat on the go this breakfast beauty bar contains essential beauty nutrients: omega 3 to fight inflammation & moisturise skin, essential amino acids for cell regeneration, vitamins, minerals & of course fibre to help nutrient absorption and remove toxins.  I created the recipe for the lük beautifood bar at the Growers Market, they were well received so we will make them every month! Obviously it had to be low sugar and most importantly I did not want it to taste like bird food.

Teamed with a lük Glow+Go Green Smoothie (add a spoon of yoghurt for probiotics & an egg for complete protein) and you have the perfect start to the day.

If you bake them at the beginning of the week and wrap up little bundles you’ll have something to grab as you run out the door.  They are handy for breakfast, to fill kids lunch boxes or to snack on.

BEAUTY BOOST:

So many skin loving goodies packed into one delicious bar. Wholegrains contain B vitamins that are required for every aspect of metabolism in your skin, without them your complexion will have a dull appearance as the skin cells can’t regenerate quickly. The seeds and nuts contain skin vital essential fatty acids (esp. harder-to-get omega 3) and key beauty mineral antioxidants (zinc, magnesium, calcium & selenium) and vitamin E. Shredded coconut and coconut oil provide a super skin  moisturising boost and anti microbial benefits.

YOU’LL NEED…..

Organic if you can:

1/2 cup oats – quick

1/4 cup flaxseeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup poppy seeds

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut – fine

1/2 cup ground nuts (eg almond, walnuts or brazil nuts) or a flour eg organic spelt flour

1/3 sugar (panela or rapadura – evaporated unrefined cane juice)

1/2 tspn baking soda

1/2 tspn salt flakes (crushed Maldon or Murray River)

zest of 1/2 lemon

1 tspn cinnamon

8-10 medjool dates – chopped (optional)

1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

egg

1/3 cup coconut oil

TO MAKE….

  1. Add dry ingredients to bowl. Mix well – use a big balloon whisk. Ensure dates are separated and coated in the dry mix.
  2. Add whisked egg and (melted) oil. Stir / cut through with a knife for several minutes til well combined – every bits and piece will be well coated and it almost clumps together in your hand. This step is important.
  3. Line ‘lamington tin’ ( 9″ x 13”) with unbleached baking paper and empty in mix.
  4. Spread mix evenly and firmly press down and into the tin. The surface will be smooth and firm. I use a flat pastry scraper to flatten out and compress the mix.
  5. Cook for 20-30 minutes on 170C or until surface is golden brown. Check cooking half way thru and turn tray if necessary – ie you may have hot spots in your oven.
  6. Cool slightly, cut the slice into bar size portions. Note it will seem a bit ‘crumbly but just press/poke back into shape – it will firm up on cooling. Leave in tin to cool.
  7. Once cool go over the cuts to ensure they are clean so you have individual pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight tub upto a 3 weeks.

TIPS + TRICKS

  • If you don’t have all the ingredients, don’t despair – mix and match. Eg Swap the oil or seeds or nuts
  • For school lunch boxes – omit the nuts 🙁
  • Pre-wrap the bars  in unbleached baking paper and pop on a sticker so the family can ‘grab and go’ – it makes them extra special.
Mixing the ingredients in the lük bar

fabulous mix of nutrient rich nuts and seeds

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pressed firmly into the tray

Serving the Breakfast Beautifood Bar by the slice

Serving our Breakfast Beauty Bar by the slice

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Avocado as Lip Scrub

Natural Remedies for Dry Lips – DIY Lip Scrub

Say goodbye to parched lips for good! If you want smooth, hydrated lips all year round, the natural way, follow these handy tips and our special chapped lips DIY lip scrub. 

LIP LESSONS 101

The lips have it rough, quite literally. That’s because they’re virtually naked in comparison to other areas of the face and body and are therefore more prone to dryness. While you face features a thick, protective layer of skin, the lips often need an extra helping hand to remain smooth and moist. They have no oil or sweat glands, and they’re constantly exposed to irritants: the saliva, our food and drinks, environmental pollutants, the weather, the list goes on and on!

Our lips need just as much care as the rest of our skin, if not more, so keep reading to find out how to fight off some of the most common lip problems. 

Let us explain in a bit more depth†¦

Lips have a layer of skin (stratum corneum) that is exceptionally thin and transparent, barely covering the vulnerable mucous membrane underneath.

When lips are moist on the surface from your saliva, they attract moisture from deep within the skin which evaporates into the dry air. Adding to this, when you lick your lips, the digestive enzymes in saliva break down the skin, causing the corners to crack, so it is not just the outside elements that cause painful chapping. In fact, water loss on the lips is three to ten times higher than other parts of the face or body!

Lips also have minimal to no sebaceous glands and zero sweat glands.  These physiological facts combined with climate changes all contribute to making dry lips a recurring, persistent problem. Have you ever wondered why lips can turn blue in the winter? It’s because in extremely cold weather, blood vessels in the lips become poorly oxygenated, making the lips change colour as a result.

WHAT TO AVOID DOING

Avoid repetitively licking the lips in a futile attempt to restore moisture. Even though it may make them feel better, it is actually making matters worse! Your tongue transfers saliva from your mouth to your lips which actually eats away and destroys the thin layer of skin covering the lips which leads to soreness and chapping. Try drinking water instead or applying a nourishing balm.

Avoid being constantly out in the sun which can also have a really debilitating effect on the pout as the harsh UV rays can be quite ageing and lip-shrinking. Natural sunscreen ingredients or a layer of Lip Nourish will go a long way toward keeping your lips looking and feeling beautiful.

Avoid using matte lipsticks or long-wearing lip stains as these can cause some damage. Try to also avoid using lip plumpers that contain harmful irritants like menthol and mint oils.

Avoid any lip products that contain fragrances and synthetic colours as these can wreak absolute havoc on the sensitive, thin layer of the lips.

Avoid marketing spin! There are some brands out there which are a chemical cocktail for disaster, and despite claiming to soothe the lips, they actually contain ingredients have no benefit for the lips and end up compounding the problem. Most often they are poorly formulated and lack beneficial oils, emollients, and repairing ingredients, therefore your lips will remain dry.

ARE YOU EATING FOR HEALTHY LIPS?

While a good lip balm can help, so can your diet. The key to preventing chapped lips is eating more of the good stuff! Different vitamins and minerals found in food ca be helpful to your skin by rejuvenating and restoring its healthy glow. Some nutrients serve as antioxidants, which reduce the effect of free radicals on your lip cells.

In particular, the Omega-3 fats in walnuts and fish help regulate cell turnover to keep the lips moist and beautiful.

Avocados are also one of the most important moisturising nutrients you can have to improve the appearance of your skin and lips. 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 beauty-fying nutrients and phytochemicals.

Plenty of water is also important, as the lips are often the first place you’ll see signs of dehydration.

THE CURES FOR CHAPPED LIPS

The very best thing you can do to treat and prevent chapped lips, aside from maintaining a balanced and healthy diet and not licking your lips constantly, is to slather your lips in a hydrating and nourishing lip balm, like Lip Nourish.

When chapping is severe or if you notice flaking along with a dry feeling, using a gently lip scrub (which we’ll get to soon!) prior to applying any other products can work wonders. The scrub quickly removes dead, dry, flaky skin and leaves a smooth surface for lip balm application. If you haven’t done this before, prepared to be surprised at the results!

Right before you go to bed, you might also want to apply a swipe of crème-soft Lip Nourish to your lips. You’ll no doubt awake with the most hydrated set of smackers going around!

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KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS

Use products that contain healthy ingredients which will keep your lips moist and reinforce their delicate protective barrier.

Just like the skin on the rest of your face, the lips benefit from cell-communicating and skin-identical ingredients, and antioxidants. That’s why it’s important to ensure your lip products are 100% all-natural and include nutrient-rich ingredients like avocado oil, cocoa butter and nourishing citrus and almond oils. What better way to guarantee the purity of what’s going on your skin and into your body than with healthy, natural products that don’t pose any dangers to your health?!

DO IT YOURSELF

Everybody’s lips deserve a spa day †” a lip facial, if you will! So to help you ease your poor, peeling, flaking pout, we’ve assembled together this super delicious chapped lips home remedy lip scrub that you can do a few times a week to gently remove dead skin cells and moisturises the lips all at once.

Follow with your favourite lip nourish natural lipstick (we recommend the Pink Juniper for a feminine touch or Chai Shimmer for a nude look) and they will look, and taste, good enough to eat!

The coconut oil in this recipe works to nourish the lips while honey locks in moisture and has anti-inflammatory properties to improve the look and texture of your kissers. Avocado oil contains antioxidants called polyphenols which fight free radicals that cause cell damage. This multi-tasking oil is also a good source of vitamin K and potassium which is essential for fluid balance in the lips.

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DIRECTIONS

1. Combine 1 tsp of coconut oil (at room temperature) and 1 tsp of avocado oil with 1 tsp runny honey

2. Stir in approximately 1 or 2 tsps of  brown or raw sugar. TIP: If the mixture is too runny, simply add more sugar, or if it is too dry add a little more coconut oil.

4. Gently massage the scrub onto clean lips.

5. Rinse with warm water and pat dry

6. Follow with your favourite lip nourish lipstick & pucker up!

TIPS AND TRICKS

Discard any leftovers as the sugar will soon dissolve and will be ineffective in exfoliating the lips.

Be gentle! Your lips are sensitive.

Do not use if the skin on your lips is broken or scabbed.

Featured image courtesy of dollarphotoclub.com

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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Coconut oil skin and beauty benefits

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Coconut oil skin and beauty benefits

Coconut oil is a delicious skin food nourishing, hydrating and protecting skin from microbes and creating a soft, glowing look whilst helping to diminish lines.

Harvested from palms, coconut oil is pressed from the meat of coconuts. In cooler climates (below 25 degrees Celsius) coconut oil solidifies but can be turned into a gorgeous glossy liquid by gently heating. Research has now shown that coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat that supports healthy body functions.

SKIN FOOD ACTIVES

Vitamin E, lauric acid, medium chain fatty acids, iron and copper.

COCONUT BEAUTY BENEFITS

Vitamin E present in coconut oil helps to moisturise and protect your hair and skin from everyday damage, while smoothing out any fine lines. Lauric acid works to diminish bacteria, cleansing your body. It can also be used topically as a moisturiser and illuminator for hair and skin. Test skin first, especially if using on your face.

HOW TO COOK

It is a fabulous oil to fry in due to its high heat stability meaning no skin-damaging free radicals are produced. Enrich a smoothie or substitute for butter when baking with chocolate or nuts.

TIPS & TRICKS

Coconut oil can be brought from your local supermarket and wholefood store. Look for the healthiest option – cold pressed, unrefined and/or †˜virgin’ coconut oil as no chemicals or high temperatures have been used during processing.

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PRINT YOUR COCONUT BEAUTY FOOD BITE

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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Blueberry Chocolate Brownie recipe clean food luk beautifood

Fudgey Blueberry Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Inspiration for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day can mean just three things – lips, love and chocolate. So why not make this divine sticky, fudgey blueberry chocolate brownie that is not too sweet and indulge a little treat knowing your baked goodies are made with delicious beauty foods in body loving proportions. In case you don’t know, it is the high level of sugar and fat in brownies that gives you the ooey gooeey texture you love!

Quick-to-make and with blueberries, cacao, coconut oil and hazelnuts, why not whip up a batch and indulge in a little sunset picnic?

BEAUTY BENEFITS

When sugars make up a large part of our diet we should be worrying about our complexion as sugar ages your skin by speeding up the breakdown thru glycation of elastin and collagen, 2 key proteins that provide the ‘elasticity’ and ‘scaffolding’ of skin. But eating sugar sensibly, every so often in small amounts and with more complex carbohydrates and other macro nutrients such as fat and protein is something our body can handle because this combination slows down and minimises our insulin levels spiking that causes glycation. Tho this brownie recipe contains a cup of rapadura – organic evaporated cane sugar – it also contains a large proportions of pureed fruit high in fibre, nut meal, coconut oil and fresh eggs.

Vitamin E in coconut oil and hazelnuts moisturises and rejuvenates your skin, while helping to protect your hair, keeping it strong and lush. Cacao powder ranked at the top of the antioxidant rating ORAC chart (oxygen radical absorbance capacity chart), is a super food packed full of antioxidants to keep your skin smooth and radiant promoting your natural beauty. Blueberries contain anthocyanains, a phytonutrient which prevents your retina from damage from UV rays from the sun. This will help your eyes maintain a bright appearance, perfect for love gazing! While hazelnuts contain calcium and magnesium which work to build and retain strong teeth.

Check this indulgent beauty brownie off your pamper list to keep you gorgeous for your special V day romances!

FUDGEY BLUEBERRY CHOCOLATE BROWNIE RECIPE

1 hr wo to go | gluten free | dairy free

YOU’LL NEED

3 eggs

1 cup rapadura sugar (loosely packed)

3/4 cup raw cacao

200ml coconut oil (melted)

1/2 tspn baking soda

1 tspn baking powder

2 tspn vanilla

2 cups blueberries (frozen &/or organic is perfect)

2 cups hazelnut meal (or almond or walnut – make sure it is really fine so the brownie is not bitsy)

HOW TO
  1. Turn oven on to 160C. Ensure shelf is in middle position.
  2. Into a medium size bowl (I use stainless steel) add the first 7 ingredients and whisk by hand til well combined. You can add eggs and sugar first – whisk really well then add others – it does not matter.
  3. Blend (I use a Vitamix) the blueberries til a fine pure.  Add to bowl.
  4. Mix in blueberry puree til well combined
  5. Add hazelnut meal, mix till well combined.
  6. Pour into lamington tin loosely lined with a piece of unbleached baking paper. Make sure you level the batter into the corner and flatten off. Drop tin seveal times on bench top to ensure you have got rid of any large air bubbles to create a fine , even texture.
  7. Bake for 25mins or until surface is soft to touch but springs back.
  8. When completely cool, frost.
  9. Store in fridge until eaten. Just cut off small squares – this is extremely rich.
FROSTING

In a bowl combine 1/2 cup raw cacao, 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted & cool), 2 egg yolks and 3 tblspns blueberry or maple syrup. Whisk until thick & glossy. Chill in fridge 10 minutes til firm then spread on brownie.

TIPS & TRICKS
  • Don’t over cook the blueberry chocolate brownie or you will dry it out.
  • It will be even more richer and stickier if made the day before, it gives the flavours a chance to intensify and the good oils to mingle.
  • Due to the egg yolks being used in the frosting to keep it smooth and creamy not a melty mess, the frosted brownies are best stored in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Cut the blueberry chocolate brownie up into squares after they have been chilled.
  • Instead of icing you could dust the blueberry chocolate brownie with a dried raspberry powder.
  • To keep the sugar per serve down, have a smaller portion. It is extremely rich so you really don’t need more than a bite or 2.
  • For Valentines Day – why not wrap up a blueberry chocolate brownie and make them into little love packages? Don’t forget to add a heart swing tag or sticker with a message.
Mixing Blueberry Chocolate Brownies

Vigorously whisking the batter for the Blueberry Chocolate Brownies

Mixing in the blueberry puree to the batter

Mixing in the blueberry puree to the batter

Blueberry Chocolate Brownie batter ready to go into the oven - don't worry too much about how you line the lamington tray.

Blueberry Chocolate Brownie batter ready to go into the oven – don’t worry too much about how you line the lamington tray.

Bake 25 mins until the top is springy to touch - don't over bake or they will dry out

Bake blueberry chocolate brownie for 25 mins until the top is springy to touch – don’t over bake or they will dry out

 

Low sugar glossy frosting.

Low sugar glossy frosting uses egg yolks to bind the coconut oil, syrup and raw cacao powder .

Moist, more-ish and not too sweet. Packed with healthy & beauty-full ingredients.

Moist, more-ish and not too sweet. This blueberry chocolate brownie is packed with healthy & beauty-full ingredients to treat  you and your loved ones. x

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Coconut Oil and Sand Foot Scrub plus Floral Foot Soak

Time to give your feet a treat!

Relax and pamper yourself this weekend with our super easy, mini pedicure. Start with the scrub to exfoliate the dry areas. The coconut oil will deeply moisturise and tea tree oil’s antimicrobial properties will refresh & protect your feet. Then light a candle, put on some relaxing music and follow with our gorgeous floral foot soak* that will indulge your senses and your feet. Read more

DIY Coconut & macadamia nut cleanser

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