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6 Cold Pressed Juices for Super Skin Nourishment

Our  juices are deliciously flavoured, nutritionally designed and cold pressed to retain their active nutrients and enzymes. Beauty-boosting juices are a fast track to clear, glowing skin, more energy and a lighter, brighter feeling from the inside out.

Great along side our famous Breakfast Beauty Bar, here are our 5 signature cold pressed beauty juices you can try at home:

 Antioxidant boost

The Antioxidant Boost juice is an age defying super juice! Its ingredients will provide you the antioxidant boost your skins needs to brighten complexion and help improve wrinkles and fine lines. Raspberries are one of the top foods to help to fight blemishes and breakouts.  This provides an additional benefits to ensure your natural beauty shines throughout the day!

Orange – Vitamin C improves skin texture, tightening your complexion

Pomegranate – Ellagic acid to help repair skin and reduce wrinkles

Raspberry – Rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals

Turmeric – Potent anti-inflammatory, brightens and calms skin by decreasing skin puffiness and redness

Detox

Give your body a mini detox with this delicious rich juice filled with detoxifying ingredients like beetroot and lemon.  Helping to cleanse and rejuvenate your body, our Detox juice will give you the perfect start to your day.  The inclusion of apple also helps to protect your skin throughout the day from the suns damaging UV rays, keeping it smooth and bright while antioxidants in beetroot decrease redness and puffiness within your complexion.

Apple – High fibre aids digestion and removal of toxins

Beetroot – Detoxifies the skin by eliminating impurities via the liver

Ginger – Antioxidants neutralise damaging free radicals

Lemon – Strengthens skin cells, smoothing your complexion

Immunity kick

If you’re feeling exhausted and lethargic at the end of a working day, the Immunity Kick may be just what you need. When your body becomes run down it is more susceptible to getting sick – it is even more important if you are getting sick to stop the illness before it progresses…  This Immunity Kick will not only boost your immune system, it will also help to boost energy levels to keep you feeling your best inside and out.  The presence of ginger is the perfect touch with its high anti inflammatory properties.  Inflammation can increase when our body focuses on fighting off bacteria or viruses, ginger helps to protect your body and keep inflammation within you complexion at a minimum.

Apple –  You know what they say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away!’  plus gives a great vitamin C boost

Lemon – Antioxidant Vitamin C protects the bodys cells

Ginger – Eases headaches and sore throats

Cayenne – Immediate metabolism booster, also great for sore throats and irritating coughs

 Glow and go Green Smoothie

Our Glow + Go smoothie is most loved and best-selling juice.  Not only will give you a natural boost in energy to kick start your day, this smoothie also works to give you a healthy natural glow on the outside.  This juice is the perfect option for a busy morning when both you and your skin need a little pick-me-up.  The presence of chlorophyll helps to neutralise acids in your body and bring it back alkaline, helping to maintain balance.  It also boosts oxygen levels in your blood ensuring all your cells are nourished, while creating an energised and fresh feeling within.

Avocado – Luscious lipids with vitamin E to replenish moisture

Banana – Sustained energy boost

Coconut water – Natural electrolytes for a day on the go

Kale – Vitamin A to enhance skin tone and smoothness

Cucumber – Helps eliminate toxins for a radiant complexion

Lime – Vitamin C makes collagen and elastin

Mesclun – Chlorophyll to oxygenate and energise the body

Pineapple – Enzyme bromelain keeps the immune system in top shape

Super skin milk

This Super Skin Milk does exactly as the name suggests.  Delicious and moisturising, this pressed almond milk is the perfect addition to any breakfast and will help your skin maintain moisture and elasticity as well as reduce fine lines leaving it feeling smooth and soft for a flawless complexion.  The presence of vitamin E in almonds helps to promote tissue rejuvenation and healthy repair, creating a fresh and bright complexion.  It also helps to heal cracked lips or dry spots within your appearance.

Almonds – Maintain skin elasticity for smooth, soft dewy skin

Cardamom – Eliminates wastes which can cause dryness

Cinnamon – Encourages tight and smooth skin for a youthful complexion

Dates – Iron helps to provide oxygen to our cells creating a radiant complexion

Water – Hydrates and plumps skin cells

Nutmeg – Reduces acne for clear skin

Sea salt – Aids the removal of toxins from cells for fresh, bright skin

Vanilla bean – Helps smooth fine lines for a youthful appearance

 

Which one will be your favourite!?

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Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe

Everyone knows that sipping a smoothie in the warm spring sunshine is bliss… But did you know they can help your skin to naturally glow too?

Try our Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe for a skin loving nutrient boost!  This smoothie is specially designed to contain foods bursting with antioxidants and provide your skin with a refreshing treatment from the inside, out.  Foods such as spinach, cacao and cherries are filled with a variety of antioxidants and are high on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) chart… Plus, they taste delicious together!

BEAUTY BOOST

Bursting with antioxidants, this smoothie is created to provide your skin the dose it’s been looking for!  With this degree of free radical neutralising power, you can say goodbye to skin damage and hello to a glowing complexion.  Did you know there is even evidence suggesting our body’s production of antioxidants may decrease as we age?  Our antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe is sure to do the trick!  Antioxidants help to destroy free radicals in our body which are unstable compounds.  Through reactions in the body, they can transfer electrons and leave behind new free radicals. They come from the suns UV rays, cigarette smoke, pollution, our own normal metabolism and toxins presents in pesticides and other household chemicals.  They damage cell function and its integrity which in turn leads to sagging, wrinkled skin, blemishes and a dull complexion. Antioxidants can help combat the damage by neutralising free radicals and stop them from damaging our skin! It’s like your very own anti-aging cream working inside your body. With ingredients bursting with antioxidants, such as cherries, spinach and cacao, this smoothie will leave you feeling young and energised, while helping to sustain bright, smooth skin.Antioxidant Rich Summer Smoothie Recipe

ANTIOXIDANT RICH SPRING SMOOTHIE RECIPE

5 minutes wo to go. Serves 1

YOU’LL NEED

3/4 cup cherries

1 banana

1 /2 cup spinach leaves

1/2 cup walnut milk (or milk of choice, try our recipe here!)

1 tablespoon of cacao powder

Handful of blueberries (optional for garnish)

HOW TO

1. Chop banana and spinach leaves roughly and add to blender.  Add remaining ingredients and blend for one minute or until smooth.

2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy, top with blueberries and ice cubes on a warm spring day!

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Use cherries fresh or frozen.  If using frozen you might need to add a touch more milk to the antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe to ensure a creamy consistency.

 

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Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea | Natural Beauty Boost

[RECIPE] Makes tea for two | 30 mins

For a superfood burst of flavour and antioxidants

This gorgeous ruby and aromatically spiced tea made with fresh cranberries and citrus is perfect for Spring. It’s not only cheerful and cooling, it’s caffeine-free too – so all kids, and kids at heart, can join in the fun.

A much-loved staple for Thanksgiving in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve re-imaged the recipe as the perfect tonic and delicious iced tea in the our warmer months.

BEAUTY BOOST

A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory tonic, this Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea helps prevent cell damage by free radicals and boosts the immunity to protect against a wide range of winter aliments. It also has stress-relieving properties to help to relieve tension and stress.

 

BEAUTY BITE

A year round superfood, cranberries contain a high nutrient and antioxidant content and are an  excellent source of vitamin C, fibre, vitamin E, vitamin K and manganese.
Cranberry also boast an impressive array of phytonutrients which are naturally occurring plant chemicals that offer the anti-inflammatory properties and protection from harmful free radicals.

Did you know: Sailors would carry cranberries on their ships to avoid scurvy due to the high vitamin C content and ease of storage when dried.

Iced Cranberry and Citrus Tea

Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • Generous handful cranberries – frozen (if dried use 1/3 cup)
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ½ or 1 cinnamon stick
  • Peel of orange, 2x 5cm x 1cm piece
  • Squeeze lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar if desired
  • Additional cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

Method (It’s super simple!)

  1. Pop cranberries pot with water, cloves and cinnamon sticks and orange peel. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Add lemon juice. Sweeten to taste. Strain out cranberries if you like.
  3. Add cinnamon sticks for garnish if you like and serve hot or cold.

Enjoy

What's in your Beauty Bag - Nat Kringoudis

What’s in your beauty bag – Nat Kringoudis, Founder of The Pagoda Tree

Bio:

Nat Kringoudis is a bona fide women’s health revolutionist and fertility fixer with a big heart for natural healthcare.  She is a Dr of Chinese Medicine, an author, speaker and the founder and owner of The Pagoda Tree.  Nat has stepped up to champion fertility BEFORE it becomes an issue. With the belief of ‘Why wait until it’s broken?’ Nat is helping women in their twenties to lay a gangbuster ‘healthy hormone’ foundation, knowing that this is the way forward in the world of women’s health.

Through her blog, she educates women on the benefits of alternative therapies and nutrition for happy hormones.  Nat is also the producer and co-host of the online web series HealthTalks and from time to time you’ve seen her in your favourite glossy mag or appearing as a health expert on your telly.

Nat has penned three books Well & Good, Eat Fat, Be Thin and Eat Fat, Be Lean.

And she tours Australia regularly, holding workshops and speaking at other events to help women get clued up on their bodies and take control of their hormone health.

You can drop by and say hi to Nat on Facebook, Twitter or her favourite way – via Instagram.

www.natkringoudis.com

 

Nat’s Beauty Bag:

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My beauty bag is a constantly changing situation.  I’m currently obsessed with red lipstick and as a red head, I would have never thought that possible!  Here’s what is in my bag currently:

From top right hand side , clockwise.

  • Pure Papaya Care is my go-to fix for dry skin, lip care and all things in-between.
  • Ere Perez Blush in ‘my blush’
  • Very well used eye pencils!  Black is Inika & the brown is Ere Perez.
  • RMS Beauty living luminizer
  • W3ll People Narcissit Foundation – medium neutral
  • Innika Mineral Foundation  – nurture 04
  • Black mascara
  • Mineral shaddows
  • Luk Lip Nourish in Cranberry Citrus – Fave Red Lippy.

 

*NB: lük beautifood supports our natural beauty community to genuinely share ‘what’s in their beauty bag’ – we don’t endorse products or contents or gain financially or otherwise from this series.

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Hot Chocolate

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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DIY beauty tips to nourish yourself this Valentine’s Day

February is the ideal time to invest in nourishing yourself…inside and out. To make it easy, and fun, we’ve gathered our top 5 DIY beauty tips to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day, especially for summer whipped lips or winter weary skin.

  1. Nourish your lips

Say goodbye to parched lips for good! If you want smooth, kissable lips all year round (the natural way!), these handy tips and our very special chapped lips home remedy luscious lip scrub will keep your pout in tip top form!

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  1. Get your skin glowing – the fast and easy way

I’m of the belief that we all deserve deliciously glowing skin that exudes pure vitality and radiance, but achieving complexion nirvana is not always an easy feat. Thankfully all you need is a bit of a boost, some healthy balance and the right nourishing practices to master a flawless canvas and heal your skin from the inside out.

  1. Supercharged Food Earth Mask & Scrub

Supercharged Food, Earth Mask & Scrub is a unique combination of the highest grade Diatomaceous Earth from the USA and Volcamin from the iconic outback town of Lightning Ridge in Australia. It works as both a face mask and an oh-so-gentle yet effective exfoliating scrub and provides superb results to leave the skin instantly nourished, feeling softer, smoother and looking more radiant.

  1. DIY Refreshing Green Tea Face Mist

With the days still hot and humid, sometimes you need that little ‘pick me up’ to refresh and rejuvenate. Try our DIY green tea face mist made from skin-loving ingredients to cool down you down on the go.

  1. Deep conditioning hair mask

With the heavenly combination of coconut oil, banana and honey, you can get healthy, luscious locks with our DIY Nourishing Hair Mask that takes just minutes to make.

Enjoy nourishing yourself inside and out.

 

Follow these DIY natural beauty tips with your favourite lip nourish 100% natural lipstick made from food. Try our bestseller Tea Rose for a universally flattering sheer shade or Chai Shimmer for a nude look – they will look, and taste, good enough to eat!

 

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Chia Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding | the ultimate guilt-free, low sugar, raw dessert

Serves 1  | 15 mins go-to-wo

There is no guilt in eating a (chia seed) pudding, right? This nutritious and body-delicious recipe is so quick, easy and fail proof to make! 

BEAUTY BOOST

Chia seeds are one of nature’s superfoods and these little seeds have more than enough goodness packed inside them – 30% omega 3 + 23% protein – mind you they are incredibly light so you need to eat heaps. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are ideal for your brain and body – they help to reduce inflammation, fight against wrinkles by keeping skin cells hydrated (form a membrane) and can radically alleviate symptoms related to skin disorders like acne and psoriasis. Chia seeds also contain high amounts of calcium and phosphorus, both of which help to maintain bone and oral health. And, we love the high protein content to help build, grow, repair and rejuvenate the cells in skin, hair and nails.

Antioxidants are in abundance in the almond milk and raw cacao. The vitamin E in particular helps protect cells from free radical damage by protecting collagen and elastin structures. They also keep skin fats healthy which keeps skin moisturised and promotes a soft and glowing complexion. And even dates, the natural candy fruit, are just so nutritious being packed full of fibre to aid your digestion and absorption of all these fantastic vitamins and minerals.

YOU’LL NEED

(Multiply this recipe by number people you need to serve)

1 cup almond milk (store bought or homemade)

2-3 pitted dates (depending on how sweet you like it – dates are >60% sugar)

2-3 tablespoons raw cacao powder (depending on how chocolatey you like it!) note: I personally love the brand Loving Earth – you can find this in most health food stores

3 tblspn chia seeds

Spices eg  ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract or pinch of cinnamon or chai spices

TO MAKE

  1. Place the almond milk, dates, vanilla and cacao in blender until completely smooth.
  2. Pour chia seeds into medium bowl and add almond milk mixture. Stir immediately.
  3. Allow to sit for 10 minutes with intermittent stirring until it thickens…. and the Chia seeds remain in suspension.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. Add tasty toppings like cacao nibs, berries, shredded coconut, or chopped nuts.

TIP & TRICKS

  • Experiment with the taste and texture of the puddings! Vary the ratios of the dates, spices and cacao in the almond milk mixture and try an array of different and delicious toppings.
  • All you need to remember is 1 cup liquid = 3 tablespoons of Chia seeds and you can make anything! Eg for a vanilla pudding, omit the cocoa and dates and add 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup and  vanilla bean.

TO SERVE
Serve Chia seed pudding in individual pots with whatever garnish you wish: a sprinkling of berries looks gorgeous while nuts or toasted coconut add an awesome crunch to the pudding.

 

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Spring Salad

3 delicious Spring Salad Recipes for inside out health

We couldn’t be more chuffed with the beautiful Spring sunshine at the moment and with gorgeous vegetables like asparagus and spinach in season, salads are our number one go-to dish! They help to cleanse and nourish our bodies and leave our skin feeling smooth and looking healthy.

The flowers are thriving, the cooler months are behind us and so are the dark chilly mornings – how can the days not seem brighter! We all know that the right foods can heal the body so it’s time we embrace the beautiful fresh produce that’s around at the moment and nourish our bodies from the inside out for glowing skin and bountiful energy.

We’ve gathered together a list of our top 3 lük Spring salad recipes that will revitalise your insides and tantalise your tastebuds, so you look and feel light and glowing.

Whether you’re packing for a picnic, meeting friends for a BBQ or nurturing your family with lunch on the deck, we’ve got you covered with these simple, in season and most importantly, delicious salad recipes!

BEAUTY BOOST

Salads are full of nourishing goodies to nourish and protect your skin. They work to cleanse the body of toxins, leaving us feeling light yet satisfied to help us spring into Spring!

Greens such as spinach and rocket are high in phytonutrients. They contain antioxidants to protect against early signs of ageing such as wrinkles and sagging, as well as vitamins such as vitamin C to help maintain collagen structure and keep your skin firm!

Healthy fats from nuts and avocados will keep your skin soft and moisturised while iron, potassium and zinc from beetroot or broccoli provide oxygen to cells and ensure healthy regeneration and repair.  It is this variety of nutrients in salads that work together to keep our skin glowing and our body feeling great.

1. PEACH + GOATS CHEESE SALAD

INGREDIENTS

– 2 peaches, chopped, seed removed

– 1 cup rocket

– 1 cup baby spinach

– 1/3 cup goats cheese

– 1 cup chickpeas, cooked

– 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

– 1/2 red onion, chopped

– 3 tablespoons olive oil

– juice of 1 lime

– 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

HOW TO

1. In a large bowl place rocket and baby spinach.  Top with peaches, chickpeas, walnuts, red onion and goats cheese and gently mix.

2. In a small bowl mix olive oil, lime juice and vinegar.  Drizzle on top of salad and enjoy!

 

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2. QUINOA SPRING SALAD 

INGREDIENTS

– 1 cup quinoa, rinsed

– 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

– 2 cloves garlic, crushed

– 1 tablespoon oregano

– 1/4 cup olive oil

– 1 bunch asparagus, ends removed

– 1 cup shredded red cabbage

– ¼ cup fresh basil leaves

– ½ cup goats cheese, crumbled

– 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

– water

– salt & pepper

HOW TO

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In a bowl, mix tomatoes with garlic, oregano and olive oil. Roast tomatoes on a lined baking tray for 20 minutes, or until light brown.

2. Meanwhile cook quinoa in a rice cooker (see below) or  add quinoa and 3 cups of water to a medium saucepan, bringing to the boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes or until cooked.

3. Blanch asparagus in boiling water for about 30 seconds.  Transfer asparagus to a bowl of cold water or run under a cool tap for a further 30 seconds. Drain and roughly chop asparagus stems.

4. Drain quinoa and return to the saucepan, allowing it to sit covered for 10 minutes.

5. Fluff quinoa with a fork and place in a large bowl. Add asparagus, red cabbage and tomatoes, salt & pepper taste and stir in vinegar – drizzle with extra olive oil if needed.  Top with goats cheese + basil and serve.

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 3. MASTERCLASS  SALAD

HOW TO MAKE A SALAD WITH WHAT’S IN YOUR FRIDGE!

SELECT A STYLE

Asian: baby spinach, watercress, coriander, mint, mizuna, spring onions or chives

Italian: rocket (wild or large leaf), cos, basil, oregano, thyme, radicchio

French: witlof, chervil, parsley, dill, marche rosettes,

Classic butter, mignonette, iceberg, mixed leaves, cabbage, sprouts – mung beans & alfalfa, micro salad – eg mustard or broccoli

SUPERCHARGE IT

Fruit: pear slices, mango, lemon or lime zest, orange or grapefruit segments, avocado.

Vegies: tomatoes (sliced or baby), capsicum (fresh sliced or shaved – red or yellow), cucumber (thinly sliced), carrot or beetroot (grated raw – long & thin), finely sliced baby mushrooms, sugar snap peas, asparagus, shaved fennel, spanish onion.

Nuts and seeds: toasted pine nuts, sesame seeds &/sunflower seeds (toasted in tamari) or cashews, macadamia nuts, etc, toasted coconut.

Cheese: crumbled goats cheese, crumbed marinated fetta, slices of boccinicci, shaved parmesan.

DRESS TO COMPLIMENT

Oils: EV olive, avocado, avocado with lime oil, walnut, sesame.

Vinegars: balsamic, white balsamic, balsamic glaze, juice of lime or lemon or pink grapefruit or orange, raspberry vinegar,

Seasoning: Salt flakes such as Murray River or Maldon + ground black pepper, garlic.

Throw your greens in a large bowl, top with your supercharged goodies and drizzle with some dressing!

Here are a few examples we love:

  1. Asian style bbq fish or chicken: baby spinach + mint + coriander + mango  (summer) + cucumber +  lime zest + lime juice + EVOO + S&P.
  2. BBQ lamb chops or NY steak: mixed baby leaves + avocado + parsley + toasted sunflower & sesame seeds + walnut oil + white balsamic vinegar + S&P.
  3. Pasta: Cos lettuce + tomato + basil leaves + olives + EVOO + balsamic glaze + shaved parmesan + S&P.
  4. Savoury tart or omelette: butter lettuce + radicchio + pear + pinenuts + EVOO + chives + raspberry vinegar + S&P

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Bon appetit natural beauties! And don’t forget to share your favourite Spring recipes in the comments x

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Healthy Mocktail Recipe – skin hydrating Watermelon

Perfect for entertaining – your friends will love sipping on this pretty watermelon healthy mocktail on a warm summers day!

This healthy mocktail recipe is a refreshing, guilt free way to hydrate and revitalise your body on any occasion.  As watermelon is 91% water, this recipe will leave you feeling fresh and light and with the added ice, will help to cool your body and bare the heat of a hot summers day whilst giving your skin a powerhouse of antioxidants.

BEAUTY BOOST

Watermelons are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and lycopene which work together as a hero combination for your skin. Lycopene is fat soluble meaning it is an especially effective antioxidant and helps to protect skin cells from damaging UV rays and free radical damage.  Vitamin C from watermelon and oranges is water soluble meaning  it helps combat wrinkles and sagging from the inside of your cells by strengthening collagen and elastin which works to keep your skin firm and tight.  Vitamin A and limonoids in limes provide  lasting antioxidant protection whilst mint provides a refreshing taste whilst reducing inflammation, helping to sooth the body and reduce redness within your complexion.

SKIN LOVING WATERMELON HEALTHY MOCKTAIL RECIPE

Takes 10 minutes. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

1/4 watermelon, (seedless or seeds removed)

2 oranges

1 lime

1/4 cup strawberries

2 1/2 cups ice

1/4 cup mint

HOW TO
  1. Juice oranges and lime, add to blender with chopped watermelon.
  2. Add strawberries and 2 cups of ice to the blender and blend for 1 minute or until smooth.
  3. Pour into glasses (or a large jug), stir in remaining ice cubes and mint into your healthy mocktail and enjoy!
TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Add vodka!!
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Enjoy your healthy mocktail on a warm summers day for some skin loving nutrients and cool, refreshing vibes!

Green Beauty

An Introduction to Clean, Green Non-Toxic Beauty

Clean, green beauty is considered to be 100% natural and/or organic cosmetics that are sustainably and ethically produced, and contain no synthetic or potentially toxic ingredients.

However, because there is no concrete definition or regulation body in the beauty industry, anyone can put something in a bottle and call it natural, non-toxic or green…. and they do.

Truly natural, clean or green beauty products should contain 90 percent naturally-derived ingredients and be free from all synthetics.  The natural ingredients must also manufactured “with appropriate processes” to maintain ingredient purity and should not be tested on animals. On the other hand, according to Australian Certified Organic (ACO) “for a product to be truly organic or certified organic, it must contain at least 95 percent organic content”. For a product to be allowed to have the “made with organic ingredients” statement it must contain 70-95% of organic content and also be from all toxic and synthetic ingredients.

This means that you need to be looking at your makeup labels the same way you look at your food labels to make sure you’re nourishing your skin with truly clean, green non toxic ingredients.

Why is going clean and non toxic so important?

1. Exposure to Chemicals

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), “we apply an average of 126 unique ingredients to our skin daily through our cosmetics and personal care products”. Most of which are toxins and synthetic chemicals that are known skin irritants, endocrine disrupters and carcinogens – not exactly what you want on your skin or in your body!

Research in 2009 by Bionsen amplifies this number by showing the average woman slathers, lathers, scrubs, rubs and sprays 515 different synthetic chemicals on her body each day.

And more recently local Beauty Development Chemist Amanda from Realize Beauty counted 250 in a DIY.

That’s still a lot of chemicals to absorb over a life time. You just have to think about the way nicotine patches work to realise that what you’re putting on your skin can be absorbed directly into your body.

On top of that we eat at least 10kg lipstick in a lifetime! That’s what got me into the Beauty Kitchen creating Lip Nourish as most lipstick are made from petroleum based oils, silicones, synthetic fragrances and colours.  Who wants to digest those ingredients. And, again and again toxic metals are found in everyday lipsticks (the bright reds are more susceptible) Ref: Berkeley: Poison Lips: Troubling levels of toxic metals found in cosmetics .

If this isn’t enough to make you go green, a recent Australian report published in the International Journal of Chemistry compared natural beauty products to the chemical-based ones and determined that natural beauty products are actually better for your skin and show better results!

The sad fact is, most people have no idea that ingredients in makeup and skin care products can be harmful to their health…..until something happens.

But that is starting to change.

How do you go clean and non-toxic?

Here’s our guide to help you #maketheswitch to clean, non-toxic beauty products

1.    Watch the Story of Cosmetics. You’ll be amazed.

2.     Visit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics It’s a NFP launched in 2004 to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.

3.     Take a look at the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, the worlds largest and most popular product safety guide. Skin Deep assesses 68,000 personal care products using the most reputable science sources, and assigns each product a score from 0-10 (10 is most toxic).

4.    Look at your products ingredient statements. Decide how clean you want to go. Remember, stress is beauty’s enemy so be reasonable – change your products on your own terms, on finding similar performing offers and within your budget. Remember you have heaps of products: your make up purse, face care products, body balms, hand creams, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, exfoliators, toothpaste, nail polish, hand wash, body wash or soap.

5.    Eliminate products that contain ingredients on David Suzuki’s Dirty Dozen or choose the Dirty Thirty  or download the App ($7.50) for the Chemical Maze – Complete Ed. by Bill Statham. It’s your goto guide for cosmetics ingredients and food additives in Australia.

6.    Be careful when buying. Check the ingredient statements and if they are not disclosed online or on pack – don’t buy it – they are most likely hiding something.

7.    Simplify your beauty routine and discard the age old advice that we need to use so many products:  cleansers, toners, serums, day an night moisturisers, separate products for eyes and lips and hands and body…..!

8.    Start to make some of your own products Eg All over Body Moisturising oil rich in omega 3 + skin nourishing oils to use in the shower or a brown sugar scrub. Saves time and money and you’ll never have dry skin again.

9.    Have a look at your make up – what items do you use constantly? Foundation/tint/BB cream, lip sticks, balms and glosses, mascara, start making changes with the ‘highest’ impacting products.

10. Find products that work and you’ll love – look for product reviews that you trust, read recommendations and testimonials from users. Jump into a beauty forum. Ask for samples.

So exactly what ingredients should you be looking out for? Take a look at my guide on how to detox your makeup bag and  Toss the Toxins because at lük we are also about enhancing your natural beauty with truly natural, skin healthy makeup made from food,  and not covering it and layering with thick makeup and over the top colours.

2. Sustainable Packaging

The use of packaging which results in improved sustainability by reducing the environmental impact and ecological footprint is essential. Ideally products should look at the entire supply chain from product thru to marketing and then the end of the product life and rebirth. At luk we threw away the box and wrapped out lipstick in re-usable fabric that doubles as a glass cleaner.

3. Cruelty Free

Going green is also about adopt a cruelty-free ethic whereby products are not tested on animals. Most green beauty bands consciously and actively campaign for an end to animal testing of cosmetics, toiletries and other household products. Now that is something to smile about. At lük it is a given we are cruelty free.

So, next time you hit the beauty shelves, be sure to read the ingredients list, look at the product claims go green and be a natural beauty!

At lük that means a woman doesn’t need to cover up or hide behind makeup – she simply needs to highlight her natural beauty. Through eating the right foods, having a balanced lifestyle and nourishing your skin with the right products, you will glow…but not green!

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For more information search our site for blog posts that will keep you up to date to make your transition to  clean, non-toxic beauty products a little easier.

 

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Image source: Tx to our gorgeous customer Celeste of  jacuzzibubbles.com  all the way over on the French Riviera.