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Naked Glow Hot Chocolate Recipe

Unlike traditional hot chocolate recipes – potentially sugar laden and low in nutrients, this Naked Glow Healthy Hot Chocolate recipe is packed with goodies to get your cheeks glowing! 

What more can you ask for… warmth in winter, flavanols galore and a delicious drink to bring it all together! There is no need to feel guilty with this hot chocolate and sit back, relax and indulge as it nourishes, calms and creates radiant beauty!

Gone are the days of commercial hot chocolates with loads of fortification, powered dairy substitutes, flavour and emulsifier additives. This new gourmet health conscious era heralds many types of milks, sweeteners, boosters, raw cocoa and organic chocolates which when blended or melted make a smooth, rich and divine hot chocolate.

To make it easy to DIY your own drink I have created this Hot Chocolate Formula Chalkboard.

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BEAUTY BENEFITS

Here are a few of the delicious skin food ingredients on the board.

Dark Chocolate: Providing the perfect boost of flavonols to nourish your body, these antioxidants help to fight against free radicals, preserving a youthful, bright complexion. They work to protect your skin from the suns damaging UV rays  while helping maintain it’s elasticity.  The cacao in chocolate slows collagen breakdown by  naturally reducing the amount of stress hormones released.

Raw Cacao: The unheated/ minimally processed base from which dark chocolate is made. Raw cacao is full of flavonols to protect and tighten your skin.  Raw cacao provides a much higher amount of these antioxidants, therefore a greater benefit in your body! Magnesium helps to relax your body and mind while phenylethylamine is a natural mood enhancer, helping you to stay positive!

Mesquite Powder: This high protein powder is the perfect addition to maintain stable blood sugar levels. It is low in GI and contains a natural sweetness to tickle your taste buds. It is also filled with vitamins including calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc helping to boost the nutrient content of your healthy hot chocolate.

Maca Powder: A healing herb from Peru. Known for the power to energise and revitalise, some like to call maca there very own superfood! It is a complete source of essential amino acids as well as containing alkalising properties. This helps to restore and balance the body, reducing its acidic state while working to maintain correct body processes.

Chia Seeds: Although they may be small, chia seeds are packed with goodness and help thicken your chocolate drink. Their high in omega three fatty acid content is ideal for both your brain and body! They work to reduce inflammation and keep skin cells hydrated to create a gorgeous plump complexion. They also ward off wrinkles as well as help acne – perfect for maintaining a bright, youthful complexion. Chia seeds also have a high protein content which helps to build and rejuvenate cells, creating a fresh and glowing appearance.

Cinnamon: Works to help skin neutralise free radicals, preventing them from causing damage and triggering inflammation, cinnamon is full of protecting antioxidants. It helps to brighten your complexion, as well as tightening and smoothing your skin! 

NAKED GLOW HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

To make the perfect hot chocolate for glowing skin – simply refer to the chalkboard image and start experimenting with ingredients and quantities for this hot chocolate recipe.
Here, I give you a little more detail on the making!

In a Vitamix or high speed blender that heats as it blends thru friction and creates the most creamy smooth texture, combine ingredients and whiz on high until mixture has heated up and is well blended. You can use traditional chocolate pieces as they will melt as it heats. Fill the bowl 2/3rds max.

On the stove. Heat hot chocolate recipe mixture in a saucepan whisk until all ingredients are combined and or melted.

To Serve: Create a little ritual around the making of your hot chocolate recipe. Select an earthen wear bowl or mug, lay a little tray and find a special place to savour your drink.

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Luk Beautifood Blissballs

Glow Balls Recipe | the perfect, protein-packed, portable snack

[RECIPE] Makes lots! | 15 mins

This recipe is a craving buster, and contains no added sugar, is gluten free, protein-packed and makes the perfect go-to portable snack. Oh, and did we mention that it will boost your brain and nourish your skin. What more could you want!

BEAUTY BOOST

These little bliss balls are just packed full of goodness! Firstly raw cacao is full of flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants. In fact, raw cacao has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world! These antioxidants protect the body from ageing and disease by neutralising free radicals before they damage the structures of your skin that keep it tight and youthful looking. The fibre in the dates helps to keep your blood vessels healthy so that it can provide your skin with these nourishing antioxidants along with oxygen and other nutrients.

Walnuts are wonderful. These little cerebral shaped nuts are funnily enough excellent for brain health! Also their protein content is excellent for stabilising blood sugar while their omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect that can stop the causes of wrinkles before they start. The cytokinins in coconut regulate the cell growth, which minimises the ageing of skin cells, balances PH levels and keeps the connective tissues strong and hydrated.  A high fibre and manganese content assists in digestion and absorption of all these important nutrients mentioned.

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YOU’LL NEED

– 1 cup fresh seedless ‘medjool’ dates

– 1/4 cup raw cacao (use Loving Earth – you can find this in most health food stores)

– 1 cup raw walnuts

– 1 cup of almonds or other nuts (hazelnuts are wicked) & / or seeds such as sesame, pumpkin, sunflower.

– 1 tspn cacao butter or coconut oil (melted)

Optional

– zest of lemon or orange, or

– scraped vanilla bean pod / pure essence, or

– spice – chai or cinnamon, and/or

– handful cacao nibs

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TO ROLL balls in

One or any of the following:

– organic shredded coconut, cacao, chia seeds, sesame seeds, goji berries,

TO MAKE

Throw all these ingredients in to a food processor and whizz until mixture is like a dough. Roll mix into small balls, roll balls in the shredded in coconut and keep in the fridge until firm.

TIP & TRICKS

Have fun by mixing up the textures and flavours of your Glow Balls. Maybe add a bit of lemon rind to the mixture for a zesty twang of flavour. Or instead of rolling in coconut, maybe try cacao, chia seeds, sesame seeds or goji berries create a beautiful look on the platter & to feed your skin!

TO SERVE

Make up a platter with a variety balls or pop 1 or 2 onto a pretty little plate and serve with a cup of re-balance tea.

Enjoy your nibbles!

Cindy

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Snow peas contain an edible pod that contains immature peas.  This legume is similar to a snap pea but with a thinner pod wall.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, riboflavin, thiamin, calcium, manganese,  magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, folic acid and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF SNOW PEAS:

Beauty benefits of snow peas begin through their naturally high flavonoid content.  These work in the body as antioxidants protecting both your insides and outsides!  They help to fight off and reduce exposure of free radicals which in turn can reduce the appearance of premature ageing. Beauty benefits of snow peas also include their high Vitamin K content which helps reduce dark circles under the eyes while folate aids the renewal of hair cells, keeping your locks strong and shiny! Beauty benefits of snow peas will revitalise your appearance and support a glowing complexion.

COOK:  

Snow peas are a fantastic addition to stir frys,add them towards the end of cooking to maintain a delicious crunch, adding texture to your dish.  They also a great addition to any salad.

TIP:

When buying snow peas look for bright and shiny, crisp pods, making sure they are blemish free.  Wash them before adding them to your dish and don’t forget to trim or snap off the ends.

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PRINT 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 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 | dark chocolate

beauty food | dark chocolate

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Highly regarded as the best quality, dark chocolate is traditionally made with Dutch-processed cocoa powder, cocoa butter, cream, refined sugar and additives. Its quality is measured by the % of cocoa solids (higher the better and with it increased bitterness).  Now we are seeing cleaner, organic, dairy free, additive free, less sugar or the use of unrefined sugars (eg coconut nectar), and even raw cocoa variations which have amazing flavour and retain the intrinsic nutrients of the cacao.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Flavonols, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, selenium, phenylethylamine and theobromine

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Keeps you looking and feeling great with a boost of flavonols. These are antioxidants help fight against free radicals, preserving a youthful, bright complexion. They also work to protect your skin from the suns damaging UV rays while helping maintain its elasticity.  Dark chocolate can help minimise collagen breakdown by naturally reducing the amount of stress hormones released.  The magnesium helps to relax your body and mind while phenylethylamine is a natural mood enhancer, helping you to stay positive!

COOK:

Eat as is!  Chopped, broken or melted it’s fabulous for baking, making mousse, custards and hot chocolates†¦.or just nibble away!

TIP:

Look closely when buying chocolate – there are many. Find dark chocolate that contains 70% or more cacao (solids) and ideally organic. This will ensure you are getting the most antioxidants and nutrients possible without additives or too much sugar. Also look for chocolate with natural sweeteners such as stevia which will have a lower GI helping to control blood sugar levels. Or just have a few pieces only and savour the moment.

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PRINT 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 skin food card!

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

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Apple Pie with wholemeal shortcrust pastry

 Who does not love a wholesome apple pie and especially when you find out apples are a delicious skin food.

My family scream with joy when I mention apple pie, it is something about the ritual of baking and pouring custard over a steaming slice that gets them every time. Most of us dismiss making an apple pie and opt for a pre-made one instead. I’d like to challenge this notion knowing you can a) control your ingredients – ie less sugar and more fibre for clearer skin and b) forgot about being neat and go for rustic look with the pastry!

I have given Stephanie Alexander’s shortcrust apple pie pastry a little makeover, though I still use wheat flour I have swapped refined white flour for organic wholemeal flour.  I also don’t add any ‘wrinkle forming’ sugar to the pastry or filling. The apple pie pastry uses a lot of butter which gives it its melt-in-the mouth ‘crispness’ rather than the ‘shortness’ of sweet pastry.  The pastry  is perfect for both sweet and savoury pies and tarts.

BEAUTY BENEFITS

We all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away… who knew they ward off wrinkles too! Apples are packed with nutrients including antioxidants, fibre, potassium, manganese and vitamin B6. These nutrients work together to help protect your skin from fine lines forming and discourage sagging (oh no) skin.  With a high flavonoid content, apples contain the antioxidant quercetin which fights free radicals.  These free radicals can attack collagen and elastin which create your skins structure. By destroying these free radicals, your complexion will stay smooth and tight, maintaining a more youthful appearance.   Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen, allowing damaged skin cells to be restored and your complexion smooth and luminous. Soluble fibre in the apples and insoluble fibre in the pastry can enhance your complexion by absorbing and removing toxins from your body and improving nutrient absorption.

APPLE PIE RECIPE

This apple pie shortcrust pastry is really easy to make, the quantity is generous for a 24cm dish – top & bottom. It’s best to ‘blind’ bake it for 10 mins to form a seal before the filling is added, this will keep the pastry crisp and easy to serve.

YOU’LL NEED

2 cups organic wholemeal flour

180g butter – from fridge – ideally taken our 30 mins before you start

5 tbsp chilled water

10 green apples – peeled, quarterd, cored and sliced

1/2 cup water

3 cloves and/or cinnamon stick – optional

egg to glaze pastry top

cinnamon and sugar to sprinkle

HOW TO

Shortcrust Pastry

1.  On your bench top pour the flour into a pile. Chop the butter into small cubes and toss lightly in the flour.

2. Very lightly rub some of the butter in to the flour.

3. Make a well in the middle of the flour. Add water.

4. With a pastry scraper, work the butter into the flour to form a very rough heap of buttery lumps of dough.  Using the heal of your hand, quickly smear the pastry away form you across the bench top. It will combine lightly.

5. Gather together, form into 2 balls, flatten into discs, sprinkle with flour, wrap in glad wrap and pop in fridge for 20 minutes to relax and for the butter to firm up again.

6. Turn oven to 200C.

7. When required roll our one pastry disc into a circle and line 24 – 26cm ceramic dish or metal pie/flan. Leave a lot of over hang so it can shrink back during baking.

8.  Line pastry with a piece of non toxic baking paper, pop on some dried beans or what ever you use to blind bake.

9. Bake for 10 mins. Remove from oven. Remove paper and beans. If you are keen, pop back in for another 5 mins. Set aside to cool enough to be able to handle attaching the lid.)

10. Roll out 2nd disk making sure you have plenty of flour underneath to stop the pastry from sticking.

 Apple Pie Filling

1. Pop apples, water and (spices) into saucepan with lid on to cook.  Once boiling, turn to simmer and keep lid on til apples start to soften.

2. Remove lid to evaporate off the water. The apples will take from 15-30mins to cook depending on how much structure or mush you like. If you added spices remove half way through to they are not overpowering.

3. Set aside cooked apples to cool.

To Assemble

1. Into the cooled pastry shell, add the pie filling, smooth out.

2. Place over rolled out pastry. Gather up the over hang and pinch pastry in. Use 2 fingers in your left hand and push your thumb into the gap to make the pretty (rustic) pattern. Don’t worry if it looks messy or pieces drop off. See pic below.

3. ‘Wash’ pastry surface with a beaten egg and generously sprinkle over sugar and cinnamon mix.

4. Use your fork to add several sets of wholes to release the steam whilst baking.

5. Bake at 200C til pastry is golden brown. Approx 20 mins.

Serve warm or cold.

Mixing ingredients to make the pastry.

The pastry is simply 2 cups wholemeal flour, 180g butter (ie lots) and 5 tblspn cold water. The butter is smeared in with the palm of your hand….none of that time consuming rub in til resembles fine breadcrumbs stuff.

The pastry comes together very easily.

The apple pie pastry comes together very easily.

Apples left to create a warm tender mixture.

Apples are cooked with a little water for about 20 mins before left to cool. No sugar is added and you can spice it up with cinnamon or cloves.

Apple Pie

I love this rustic look because it means no fiddling with the pastry. That means less time in the kitchen.

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beauty food | apples

BEAUTY FOOD FOR GLOWING SKIN ~ APPLES
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We all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away†¦ who knew they ward off wrinkles too! With over 7000 varieties your beauty pantry has never looked better!

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants including vitamin C and quercetin, dietary fibre, potassium, manganese and vitamin B6

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Bet you did not know apples help to protect your skin from the suns UVB rays to keep it smooth! Packed with flavonoids, quercetin fights off free radicals that attack the skin cells and damage collagen and elastin, 2 key skin proteins which stop wrinkles and saggy looking skin. And the Vitamin C present helps your skin make collagen too. Biting into an apple stimulates your mouth to increase saliva  helping to reduce tooth decay and keep your smile bright while fibre aids your digestive system to remove toxins and improve nutrient absorption for vitality and glowing skin.

COOK:

Great for a quick snack, they can also be juiced for a wrinkle fighting treatment! In winter you can’t go past apple pie or crumble.

TIP:

Apples are among one of the highest fruits to be sprayed with pesticides. To reduce the chance of extra toxins in the body, purchase organic apples or wash before eating as the skin contains most beauty nutrients.

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PRINT YOUR APPLE 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.

be delicious.... inside and out

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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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