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GREEN SMOOTHIE SKIN FOOD | Avocado, Mango, Banana, Kale + Chia Seeds

[recipe] Makes 4 large glasses | 5 mins wo-to-go | No Cook

We made this gorgeous green smoothie last friday in my inaugural “Beauty Wellbeing Workshop”. It was creamy smooth and delicious even tho it sounds an unusual combination. We drank it as an appetizer in the glam gold glasses as we prepped our lunch. Kelly’s scarlet nails look a treat next to it! You could also do shot glasses and pop a few edible decorative goodies on top.

I love to cook by looking at the ingredients I have on hand rather than following a recipe (hence the combo) and Ursula got to experiment with the ‘turbo charged’ cocktail blender I have  had for eons but rarely use – there was not a spec of kale in sight. So go ahead, experiment using this recipe as a guide.

BEAUTY BOOST:  Anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, immune boosting, vitamin ACEK rich, EFA’s.  

Avocados for essential fatty acids and Vitamin E to keep skin soft and smooth. More on avo. Mango are rich in the carotenoid antioxidants + vitamins A&C – keeping your skin tight and toned. They also contain silica – a food active nutrient that acts as an internal moisturiser. Undeniably bananas are high in sugar (about 20g in a ripe one) and give you an energy burst (yeh if you are tired), but they also contain a high amount of fibre including the prebiotic inulin, which feeds our beneficial (probiotic) gut bacteria, the first line of defence for the immune system. Keeping your gut bacteria healthy can prevent inflammatory conditions like eczema and support the digestion and absorption of nutrients needed to retain optimal health and keep you looking and feeling younger. The high level of potassium ( ~ 400mg) they contain helps transport O2 round the body to renew and revitalise the skin. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins AC & K – all essential for skin health and Chia seeds are an excellent non-animal source of skin loving omega 3 to keep skin looking moist and plump.

YOU’LL NEED…..

1 ripe avocado

1 banana

1 mango (optional)

3-4 kale leaves

3 stems fresh mint leaves

1/4 whole lemon

2 tspns chia seeds

1 cup ice

1 cup chilled water or coconut water

TO MAKE….

Put  all ingredients in blender. Mix on high til smooth and creamy.

Serve in classes with a spoon or thick straw! Garnish if you have guests!

TIPS & TRICKS

  • For a more liquid smoothie add more water or if you don’t want the flavour diluted another high water content vegetable such as cucumber or a liquid such as coconut water, almond milk or dairy milk.
  • For more dimension and an extra hit of Vit C (support collagen synthesis) add a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • For a bite add a dash of tabasco sauce.
  • Add some probiotics via an unsweetened yoghurt.
  • If you want a lower sugar content – remove one or all of the fruits. I like it as is and because I don’t eat much food with added sugar.
  • You can sub in fresh pineapple for mango, parsley or spinach for kale etc.
  • Chia seeds swell to 10times their size so they have a real thickening effect on the smoothie. For a more liquid smoothie –  sprinkle on top instead of adding in.

KIDS 

I will let you know once mine have had a go at making & tasting it!

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Grilled Vegetable and Lentil Salad Recipe

 This grilled vegetable and lentil salad is a staple ‘go-to’ recipe for a quick, filling lunch or a busy school night to make eating healthy easy. 

If you struggle to buy or make a salad that just doesn’t fill you up enough or give you the energy you need, this grilled vegetable and lentil salad will do the trick. Rich in protein and fibre, this salad will not only satisfy your lunch time hunger but will nourish your skin from the inside out. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any vegies you have sitting in the fridge!

BEAUTY BOOST

Lentils are packed full of fibre to help to sooth digestion while ensuring as many nutrients are absorbed into your body as possible. It also helps to balance blood sugar levels making this grilled vegetable and lentil salad a perfect meal for the middle of the day. They are also high in protein and iron to keep you energised.

Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fats for  a radiant, plump complexion.  They help skin cells to lock in both nutrients and moisture and are great for maintaining glossy strong hair.

Parsley contains both vitamin A and vitamin K  to brighten eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles.

GRILLED VEGETABLE AND LENTIL SALAD RECIPE

30 minutes wo to go.  Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

1/2 cup green/brown lentils, rinsed

4 cups water

2 zucchini

2 capsicum, cored and seeded

1 small egg plant

2 cups of rocket (or 1 small bag)

1/3 cup toasted walnuts, crushed

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Pinch of salt

HOW TO

1.  In a medium saucepan combine the lentils, water and salt.  Bring to the boil and reduce heat, simmering uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender.

2.  Meanwhile, cut zucchini, capsicum and eggplant into thin strips, coating lightly with olive oil.  Grill vegetables on medium heat until tender and slightly charred, about 5 minutes each side (Capsicums may take slightly longer).

3. Place rocket into a large salad bowl.  Chop vegetables into cubes and add into a large bowl, on top of the bed of rocket.

4. Strain the lentils, rinsing with some fresh water.  Stir in walnuts, parsley and red wine vinegar and transfer the mixture into the salad bowl.  Stir gently and serve.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Make extra of the lentils and save in an air tight container in the fridge for tomorrow.
  • Top grilled vegetable and lentil salad with some avocado and natural yoghurt for a delicious mix!
  • Don’t have any dried lentils on hand or running short on time? A can of (organic) brown lentils will do the trick, just rinse and add.
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Either serve Grilled vegetable and lentil salad in a big salad bowl or leave veggies whole and serve with some wholemeal wrap bread!

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green smoothie

GREEN SMOOTHIE SKIN FOOD | Avocado, Mango, Banana, Kale + Chia Seeds

[recipe] Makes 4 large glasses | 5 mins wo-to-go | No Cook

We made this gorgeous green smoothie last friday in my inaugural “Beauty Wellbeing Workshop”. It was creamy smooth and delicious even tho it sounds an unusual combination. We drank it as an appetizer in the glam gold glasses as we prepped our lunch. Kelly’s scarlet nails look a treat next to it! You could also do shot glasses and pop a few edible decorative goodies on top.

I love to cook by looking at the ingredients I have on hand rather than following a recipe (hence the combo) and Ursula got to experiment with the ‘turbo charged’ cocktail blender I have  had for eons but rarely use – there was not a spec of kale in sight. So go ahead, experiment using this recipe as a guide.

BEAUTY BOOST:  Anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, immune boosting, vitamin ACEK rich, EFA’s.  

Avocados for essential fatty acids and Vitamin E to keep skin soft and smooth. More on avo. Mango are rich in the carotenoid antioxidants + vitamins A&C – keeping your skin tight and toned. They also contain silica – a food active nutrient that acts as an internal moisturiser. Undeniably bananas are high in sugar (about 20g in a ripe one) and give you an energy burst (yeh if you are tired), but they also contain a high amount of fibre including the prebiotic inulin, which feeds our beneficial (probiotic) gut bacteria, the first line of defence for the immune system. Keeping your gut bacteria healthy can prevent inflammatory conditions like eczema and support the digestion and absorption of nutrients needed to retain optimal health and keep you looking and feeling younger. The high level of potassium ( ~ 400mg) they contain helps transport O2 round the body to renew and revitalise the skin. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins AC & K – all essential for skin health and Chia seeds are an excellent non-animal source of skin loving omega 3 to keep skin looking moist and plump.

YOU’LL NEED…..

1 ripe avocado

1 banana

1 mango (optional)

3-4 kale leaves

3 stems fresh mint leaves

1/4 whole lemon

2 tspns chia seeds

1 cup ice

1 cup chilled water or coconut water

TO MAKE….

Put  all ingredients in blender. Mix on high til smooth and creamy.

Serve in classes with a spoon or thick straw! Garnish if you have guests!

TIPS & TRICKS

  • For a more liquid smoothie add more water or if you don’t want the flavour diluted another high water content vegetable such as cucumber or a liquid such as coconut water, almond milk or dairy milk.
  • For more dimension and an extra hit of Vit C (support collagen synthesis) add a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • For a bite add a dash of tabasco sauce.
  • Add some probiotics via an unsweetened yoghurt.
  • If you want a lower sugar content – remove one or all of the fruits. I like it as is and because I don’t eat much food with added sugar.
  • You can sub in fresh pineapple for mango, parsley or spinach for kale etc.
  • Chia seeds swell to 10times their size so they have a real thickening effect on the smoothie. For a more liquid smoothie –  sprinkle on top instead of adding in.

KIDS 

I will let you know once mine have had a go at making & tasting it!

Grilled vegetable and lentil salad recipe clean food luk beautifood

Grilled Vegetable and Lentil Salad Recipe

 This grilled vegetable and lentil salad is a staple ‘go-to’ recipe for a quick, filling lunch or a busy school night to make eating healthy easy. 

If you struggle to buy or make a salad that just doesn’t fill you up enough or give you the energy you need, this grilled vegetable and lentil salad will do the trick. Rich in protein and fibre, this salad will not only satisfy your lunch time hunger but will nourish your skin from the inside out. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any vegies you have sitting in the fridge!

BEAUTY BOOST

Lentils are packed full of fibre to help to sooth digestion while ensuring as many nutrients are absorbed into your body as possible. It also helps to balance blood sugar levels making this grilled vegetable and lentil salad a perfect meal for the middle of the day. They are also high in protein and iron to keep you energised.

Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fats for  a radiant, plump complexion.  They help skin cells to lock in both nutrients and moisture and are great for maintaining glossy strong hair.

Parsley contains both vitamin A and vitamin K  to brighten eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles.

GRILLED VEGETABLE AND LENTIL SALAD RECIPE

30 minutes wo to go.  Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

1/2 cup green/brown lentils, rinsed

4 cups water

2 zucchini

2 capsicum, cored and seeded

1 small egg plant

2 cups of rocket (or 1 small bag)

1/3 cup toasted walnuts, crushed

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Pinch of salt

HOW TO

1.  In a medium saucepan combine the lentils, water and salt.  Bring to the boil and reduce heat, simmering uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender.

2.  Meanwhile, cut zucchini, capsicum and eggplant into thin strips, coating lightly with olive oil.  Grill vegetables on medium heat until tender and slightly charred, about 5 minutes each side (Capsicums may take slightly longer).

3. Place rocket into a large salad bowl.  Chop vegetables into cubes and add into a large bowl, on top of the bed of rocket.

4. Strain the lentils, rinsing with some fresh water.  Stir in walnuts, parsley and red wine vinegar and transfer the mixture into the salad bowl.  Stir gently and serve.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Make extra of the lentils and save in an air tight container in the fridge for tomorrow.
  • Top grilled vegetable and lentil salad with some avocado and natural yoghurt for a delicious mix!
  • Don’t have any dried lentils on hand or running short on time? A can of (organic) brown lentils will do the trick, just rinse and add.
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Either serve Grilled vegetable and lentil salad in a big salad bowl or leave veggies whole and serve with some wholemeal wrap bread!

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beauty benefits of chickpeas

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are either black, green, red, brown or beige in colour. The most common type of chickpea is the kabouli variety which is beige in colour and an irregular circular shape.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, molybdenum, manganese, copper, phosphorus, zinc, iron, fibre and protein!

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CHICKPEAS:

Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, necessary for growth and maintenance of cells within the body. Protein encourages a glowing appearance by replacing dead skin cells as well as maintaining healthy hair and nail growth. Beauty benefits of chickpeas also include the presence of the phytonutrient called saponin which acts as an antioxidant to destroy free radicals.  Molybdemum assists to cleanse the liver and detoxify the skin.  Beauty benefits of chickpeas help the body sustain a radiant, smooth complexion.

COOK:

Canned chickpeas are easily accessible from your local supermarket.  If buying dried, just soak them in water overnight or while you’re at work and then place in a saucepan with some fresh water and bring to the boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until plump and tender. Mix with some tomatoes parsley, lemon juice and olive oil for a quick snack!

TIP:

Cooked chickpeas will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for a few days while dried will keep in a cool dark place for months.

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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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Healthy Potato and Sweet Potato Chips Recipe

We’ve made over the humble potato and sweet potato chips so you can feel good knowing they are cooked with healthy fats and packed full of deliciousness. 

This ‘no deep fry’ recipe allows you to sit back and relax, knowing that chips can still taste delicious and not inflame your body or skin!  And, you can mix and match herbs and spices with flavours you love.

BEAUTY BOOST

Potatoes are full of Vitamin C!  This helps your body to defend against free radicals that cause wrinkles and skin damage. They have also been said to even out skin tone. Potatoes contain a high fibre content which not only aids digestion but also allows your body to absorb as many nutrients as it can.

Turmeric works to sustain a bright, youthful appearance by reducing redness and puffiness.  It does this through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, helping to create an even tone and avoid early ageing skin. Turmeric also contains antibacterial properties which help to reduce acne and clear skin pigmentation.  This spice is easy to add and provides tons of gorgeous benefits! Read more about turmeric here.

HEALTHY POTATO AND SWEET POTATO CHIPS RECIPE

30 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

4 potatoes

1 large sweet potato (orange / Kumera)

1-2 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

generous pinches of salt flakes

ground pepper

HOW TO

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Peel and thinly slice potatoes.

2. Place sliced potato into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add spices and season sweet potato chips with salt and pepper.

3. Combine well – clean hands* work well for this job, and spread across a baking tray lined with baking paper.

4. Place into oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until sweet potato chips are golden in colour and slightly crunchy.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Needs a serious hot oven to dry out and surface of the potato and make them ‘puff’ up as the starch cooks and lets off steam it gets caught inside!
  • Or, finish off under the grill to crisp up edges.
  • Eat sweet potato chips immediately or, like baked potatoes they will go soft.
  • You can leave the skin on if you like for extra fibre and a rustic look
  • Mix up your spices – smokey paprika and oregano are a delicious combination too. As are garlic, rosemary & lemon zest.
  • Like a crunchier chip? Place potato slices in a large bowl of ice water about an hour before cooking.  This will remove some of the starches and help them crisp up! Before beginning step 2, dry slices with a tea towel and continue.
  • Serve sweet potato chips on the side of a main meal or whip together a quick dip with avocado and lemon juice!

* you may want to wear gloves if you use turmeric as it tends to leave everything yellow!!

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And don’t forget to beautify your lips with lemon and mint lip nourish!

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beauty food figs

beauty food figs

Grown since ancient times, figs have a sweet taste and aroma and are native to western Asia. They range from a lush dark purple, to a mixture of pale green, pale purple and a pale brown colour. The entire fruit is edible (except the stem!) and provides your body with a rich nourishment of calcium and dietary fibre.

FOOD ACTIVES

Antioxidants, vitamin B6, vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, fibre and tryptopphan

BEAUTY BENEFITS

Rich in calcium, figs contain one of the highest amounts when compared to any other fruit. The combination of potassium and calcium is perfect for keeping bones and teeth strong and maintaining a gorgeous smile. Their high fibre content helps to increase the absorption of essential nutrients into the body. It also assists the removal of toxins working to cleanse the body and create a bright complexion. Tryptophan, an essential amino acid works within your body through serotonin – a chemical which encourages feelings of calm and relaxation. Delicious and sweet, figs are fabulous for your body and your complexion.

COOK

Figs can be eaten raw, cooked or dried. They can be sprinkled over a warm breakfast cereal, added with yoghurt or to baked treats, or made into a jam.

TIP

Figs can be eaten raw, cooked or dried. They can be sprinkled over a warm breakfast cereal, added with yoghurt or to baked treats, or made into a jam.

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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.

be delicious.... inside and out

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DARK COCOA + WHITE CHOC COOKIES | lunch box love

[RECIPE] Makes 24 (5cm) cookies | 20 mins wo-to-go (Prep 5 mins. Baking 15mins)

I love baking, always have, always will. So does my family! I love how simple it can be for a max feel good factor: 20 out of 10 my little ones says! I am sure you find the same comments in your house. The trick is to achieve this 20/10 with the least amount of effort & time (mixing, moulding, cleaning up) and still stay high on the healthy food chart. Wholesome baked goodies are a low guilt treat for you & your kids.

This recipe is an Amazing Allrounder – one I created from scratch, late sunday afternoon in preparation for the (kids) week ahead.

YOU’LL LOVE IT BECAUSE….

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