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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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Shakshuka baked eggs recipe luk beautifood clean food

Shakshuka Baked Eggs Recipe

Put a delicious, exotic spin on your morning eggs with this shakshuka baked eggs recipe. Super easy to make, enjoy this recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner! 

Shakshuka baked eggs are great for trying different styles and flavours. Mix it up by adding in some different herbs or spices, or a touch more cayenne pepper for extra kick. You can even use it as a way to clear out the crisper before the Sunday groceries by adding different vegetables into the mix!

BEAUTY BOOST

Eggs are a great source of protein, containing essential amino acids to build and repair tissue, meaning they keep skin both firm and smooth and your muscles in top form. They also contain choline which maintains plump cell membranes and lutein which helps to ensure skin elasticity, together they make eggs the perfect skin superfood.

But it’s the herbs and spices that really make this dish. Parsley is fabulous for cleansing your body while vitamin A and vitamin K work to brighten the eyes and rejuvenate skin. Paprika contains vitamin B6 aiding healthy and lush hair.

SHAKSHUKA BAKED EGGS RECIPE

30 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 brown onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely diced

6 tomatoes, diced

1 cup mushrooms, diced

1 capsicum, diced

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 large eggs

1/4 fresh parsley

pinch of salt and pepper

HOW TO

1. Heat oil in a skillet or fry pan over medium heat. Add onion and stir for 5 minutes, add garlic and stir regularly for a further minute.

2. Add the capsicum and mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring regularly for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for a further 3 minutes.

3. Begin to squash the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.  Add paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper and stir. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Crack the eggs on top of the tomato mixture and cover the pan (foil will do the trick if no cover is available). Simmer the mixture for desired time.  4 minutes for runny yolks, 6 to 7 minutes for soft yolks and 10 minutes for hard yolks.

5. Garnish with parsley and some salt and pepper and serve warm.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Serve with some warm crusty bread for dipping in the tomato sauce.
  • Try adding a touch more cayenne pepper to spice up this shakshuka baked eggs recipe. You can add some cumin in place of oregano, or even top with coriander.  You could even add in some mince or lentils for a lunch time or dinner meal.
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Serve with some warm crusty bread to scrape up the last bits of tomato sauce!

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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beauty food | turmeric

beauty food for glowing skin | TURMERIC

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Turmeric, commonly known as †˜haldi’ in India, is a spice derived from the roots of the curcuma longa plant, a rhizome belonging to the ginger family. Since times immemorial it is considered as an herbal remedy due to its anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties. Used extensively to flavour and colour curries in Sth East Asia.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Curcumin, manganese, iron, vitamin B6, copper, potassium.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Curcumin is the key active in turmeric that gives it anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. To sustain a bright youthful appearance, turmeric reduces redness and puffiness – especially under the eyes by working to reduce inflammation.  Its antibacterial properties help fight acne and reduce skin pigmentation to keep your skin smooth and glowing. Curcumin’s antioxidant ability also preserves strong lush hair by aiding your scalp and preventing damage to hair follicles.

COOK:

Use every day in beverages such as a tea or almond milk. Mix with brown rice or lentils, egg salad or even sautéed apples or pop into poached pears. And of course – add to curries.

TIP:

Turmeric is often used in powdered form but is now available fresh in Australia. Can be grated or used like ginger. Watch out the colour is intense!

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PRINT THIS BEAUTY FOOD BITE TO KEEP HANDY

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 beauty food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

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Cherry tomato and feta omelette

Cherry Tomato & Feta Omelette

Omelette’s (see beautifood | eggs) are great for both breakfast and dinner as they are healthy and high in ‘complete’ protein whilst taking little time to prep and cook. So if you’re tired but still want to feed yourself (or family) a delicious (& oh so French) nutritious meal, try an omelette! You can add whatever fillings you have in your fridge or pantry, feel free to add whatever is handy at the time. This omelette is a simple recipe with cherry tomatoes and feta. Read more

smashed-peas

SMASHED GREEN PEA & POTATO CAKES – natural face-lifting food

[RECIPE]  serves 4 | 30 min wo to go

Need a foolproof recipe to provide a bit of variety to cooking repertoire that all the family & YOUR SKIN will love? These green pea and potato cake (or fritters if you prefer) are quick & easy, delicious & nutritious. Left over cold ones make great sandwich fillers.

BEAUTY BOOST 

PEAS are the latest way to get a nonsurgical facelift & leave your skin looking youthful and radiant!

They contain Vitamin C, Folic Acid (folate) and vitamin B6 – the hero’s of natural face- lifting food. The latter two nutrients help prevent the build up of homocysteine, a by-product of fat metabolism that can prevent collagen cross linking. We all know collegen keeps your skin strong, firm and toned. The vitamin C protects your skin’s structure from damage, as a powerful antioxidant it fights free radicals that like to damage collagen & elastin.   Other nutrients they contain support tone, tighten and beautify skin: they are a very good source Vitamin  K (minimises under eye darkness), manganese (activates vitamin C), dietary fibre & Thiamin (B1) and also contain protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 and the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron (energy metabolism), zinc (essential for immune system + cell renewal) and potassium (fluid balance).

POTATOES should NOT be scorned, this root vegetable is packed with nutrients that help your skin prevent damage – damage from inflammation which can cause your skin to be appear red and puffy. Potatoes contain the flavanoid antioxidants in levels that rival broccoli  spinach & brussel sprouts, vitamin C (about 1/4 of oranges), copper, B6, folic acid kukoamines – a rare compound found in one other food only – goji berries – and may have blood pressure lowering potential. Copper works with vitamin C to help make elastin – a component of the skin structure that keeps it looking strong smooth and youthful.

YOU’LL NEED

2-3 potatoes, peeled & cooked (equivalent of 300g) eg pontiac, dutch cream

2 cups of peas – defrosted (& drained if need be)

2 eggs

2 tblspn chopped mint & parsley

2 tblspn besan flour

S&P

TO MAKE..

Add peas to bowl and mash with potato masher til squashy, don’t puree.

Add potato and mash in making sure you leave chunky bits.

Add remaining ingredients, mash in.

Add a dash of olive or grape seed oil to a heavy fry pan  heat til ‘sizzle’ point.

Take soup spoon size dollops of pea mix and spoon into pan – flatten out til pikelet size. (be careful not to burn)

Flip when starting to firm up on the underneath and are golden brown, cook other side, remove and sit on paper towel til ready to serve.

To serve, add a wedge of lemon for squeezing over or a tomato relish on the side. Great with salad and or pice of fish or lamb cutlet.

TIPS & TRICKS

  • Cast iron fry pan preferred – no stainless steel as they stick.
  • Add garlic or ground cumin for extra flavour
  • Sweet potato (kumera) would substitute in well.
  • Mix it up, add some grated carrot or beetroot.
  • Besan is chick pea flour available from health food stores. It’s used a lot in vegetable pakoras. You could use what ever you have on hand – spelt, buckwheat, coconut and even sub in a little almond. 
  • Great cold, squashed into a sandwich with avocado and salad. (tho my kids rejected this version!)

KIDS?

Mine loved them hot out of the pan with a piece of fish and some munch and crunch. They scored it 10/10 but they know the fast track to my heart!

 smashed pea and potato fritters with colourful veg

smashed pea and potato fritters with colourful veg

Frittata

FRITTATA | Leek, Zucchini & Herb

[RECIPE] Serves 3-4  |  20 mins wo-to-go

This is a quick, simple dish that everyones loves  –  it is now on my ‘don’t- have-to-think-repertoire’  for midweek dinners or lazy lunches with friends and families. I first made it from Bill Granger’s Bill’s Food in 2006 when I was pregnant with my first  – he calls it an open-faced feta & leek omelette. Frittata is simply the Italian name that we are more familiar with. I have changed the recipe round a bit to make it ‘fool proof’ and flexible depending on what you have in your fridge.

BEAUTY BOOST:  What can I say – it’s fabulous. Naturally low in fat and where a little is added its olive oil, high in protein from eggs, lots of anti-oxidant rich vegetables and herbs. YUM. Read more

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LITTLE POTS OF CREME BRULEE | guilt-free indulgence

[recipe] Serves min 10 | 10 mins prep + 25min bake + 4hrs cooling time

I don’t believe in missing out and I don’t believe in being miss piggy but sometimes you desire a dessert that’s creamy softness, smooth and sweet – especially if it’s the weekend and you have people over. Rather than getting stressed over a high sugar and high saturated fat level – just work around it. Make your serve size smaller, pop fruit on the side and to be honest you can skip the fiddly brulee part and have a thin nutty wafer bikkie to dip. And if you are still feeling you are breaking your new found mantra – substitute stevia for sugar. What are you waiting for?

BEAUTY BOOST: Um well – lets talk eggs because there is one in every 100ml of liquid in a brulee and they are fabulous little bundles of body beautifying nutrients. The obvious one is powerful protein – it contains all the essential amino acids that help build and repair the muscle and tissue below your skin, the stuff that supports how skin looks and we all know what well toned muscles look like! The yoke  is rich, rich, rich in fat soluble Vitamins A, E and naturally occurring D, lecithin and a spectrum of carotenoid antioxidants including lutein (great for increasing skin’s elasticity), recent research found it to be better bioavailable source than green veggies!  These food actives help neutralize free radicals, preventing damage to your skin.

So get cracking!

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