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beauty food for glowing skin | chilli

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There are a large variety of chilli with different colours and flavours, so whether you like it hot (or not!) there is a one for everyone. Cayenne are long, red and fiery, birds eye are mild and sweet, ranging from red to yellow while jalapenos are a thick, green and very hot!

FOOD ACTIVES:

Capsaicin, Vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, beta carotene, folate, potassium, magnesium and iron.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Chillis aren’t just for spice! Capsaicin which gives beauty food chilli its spicy flavour also helps to reduce inflammation and redness from your complexion, it also reduces muscle and joint pains.  Beta carotene and vitamin A work together, protecting your skin from the suns damaging UV rays.  This nurtures your skin while outdoors, maintaining a firm and glowing complexion. It is also a great metabolism booster!

COOK:

Used fresh or dried, red, green or yellow! Sprinkle into salads or stir-fry for that extra kick or add to curries to bring out flavour.  Be sure to wash your hands after touching them as capsaicin can cause your skin to become irritated.

TIP:

It can be difficult to pick the perfect beauty food chilli due to variety of flavours and spice levels.  In general make sure they are bright in colour and slightly glossy. Their skin should also be firm and taut, not wrinkled or discoloured.

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beauty food chai

beauty food for glowing skin | chai spice

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Also known as Masala Chai (mixed-spice tea), chai is known for its exotic taste and nourishing benefits. A traditional chai spice mixture usually contains cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom, black pepper and black tea. This combination is incredibly nourishing from the inside out and is even a natural stimulant, encouraging and facilitating balanced energy production within the body.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and threobromine.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Packed with antioxidants, chai spices prevent free radical damage that cause premature ageing. The gloves, ginger and cinnamon all contain strong anti-inflammatory benefits which reduce redness and puffiness in your complexion whilst soothing your digestive system. The mixture of ginger and cardamom also help to fight against colds and strengthen your immune system!

COOK

For a delicious warm drink, chai spices can be boiled with black tea and water, strained and served with warm milk.

TIP:

Adding different ratios of each can allow you to create your own personal mixture! Refined sugar or honey can be added as an optional extra.

We love the beauty benefits of chai so much, we even made a Chai Shimmer Lip Nourish  to protect and nourish your lips from the outside in!

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Citrus Baked Quince Recipe

Luscious autumn comfort food for the cooler weather, this quince recipe is more than a skin saviour.

Baking or pot roasting quinces brings out the most intense flavour. Although this quince recipe takes a few hours, it requires little attention besides basting and turning the fruit once or twice. You can be off doing something else and return to a truly luscious treat. Because the quince season is short it is waited for with anticipation. Until you have experimented with quinces yourself you have no idea what you are missing out on. 

BEAUTY FOOD BENEFITS

Full of vitamin C, quinces help to keep your skin firm and smooth. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals which can damage your collagen and elastin (who wants wrinkles and saggy baggy skin?), it also is  essential for the production of collagen. Quinces are also a good source of iron transporting oxygen through the body via red blood cells to produce a radiant complexion and encourage the growth of healthy, lush hair.  The copper in quinces works to ward off any grey strands (!) while encouraging the reduction of pigmentation or sun spots on the skin, providing a more youthful complexion. Quinces can also work to reduce inflammation within your body and skin – especially puffiness or redness.

CITRUS BAKED QUINCE RECIPE

2 hours wo to go. Serves 4.

YOU’LL NEED

4 quinces, peeled and cut into quarters

1 lemon (juice and peel)

1 orange (juice and peel)

2 cinnamon quills

2 fresh rosemary sprigs

1/2 cup organic maple syrup

HOW TO

1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Place peeled and quartered quinces into an oven proof baking tray.

2. Pour over lemon and orange juice and add peel, cut into thick strips.  Add cinnamon quills and pour over maple syrup.  Cover with a lid or foil and bake for 1 hour.

3.  Remove quinces from the oven and stir to cover with juices. Turn the pieces, re-cover and return to oven.  Turn the oven down to 150 degrees and roast for a further 45 minutes to an hour.  The quinces are ready when they have turned a gorgeous deep pink to amber colour and are tender.

4. Serve warm or leave to cool.  When serving drizzle with some sauce from the bottom of the tin.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • In this quince recipe you can core the quinces before or after roasting… keep in mind though, when cutting beforehand the quinces are rock hard and it can be difficult to remove the core and capture all the grainy bits.
  • A couple dollops of butter in the dish of your citrus baked quince recipe makes then even more luscious.
  • Try and retain the elegant natural shape of the fruit rather than topping and tailing if you are serving to guests.
  • This baked quince recipe is perfect with with a dollop of natural yoghurt and toasted walnuts.
  • Also delicious for a weekend brunch.
  • Don’t forget to look at our beautifood bite on quinces that tells you why this citrus baked quince recipe is body-delicious.
Pour over lemon and orange juice and add peel, cut into thick strips.  Add cinnamon quills and pour over maple syrup.  Cover with a lid or foil and bake for 1 hour.

Pour over lemon and orange juice and add peel, cut into thick strips. Add cinnamon quills and pour over maple syrup.

The quinces are ready when they have turned a deep pink to amber colour and are soft to touch.

The quinces are ready when they have turned a deep pink to amber colour and are soft to touch.

 NUTRITIONAL INFO

Amount Per Serve (Serving size = 4)

Energy: 967kJ

Protein: 1.2g

Fat: 0.5g

Carbohydrates: 48g

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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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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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beauty food | pomegranate

beauty food for glowing skin | pomegranate

Pomegranate – that exotic fruit some of us shy from. Don’t, because once you discover its jewels you’ll wonder why you took so long! Packed with antioxidants it is considered to be one of the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) values of any fruit, making it determined to smooth those wrinkles.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin C, ellagic acid, and anthocyanins, vitamin A, vitamin K, folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Say goodbye to skin damage and hello to a beautiful complexion. Pomegranate contains ellagic acid, vital for facilitating your skin to repair itself and helping your body to keep wrinkles at bay. It also protects your skin from the suns damaging UV rays and the formation of suns spots – think of it as your very own sunscreen! It keeps elasticity in your skin while potassium flushes toxins from the body, helping your complexion to remain smooth and glowing.

COOK:

Pomegranate seeds (arils) are great for adding to salads, with rice or even in cakes and biscuits. Its juice can be added as a dressing or for make a vitamin by mixing with fresh mint leaves and ice in mineral water! So pretty too.

TIP:

There are various ways to remove pomegranate seeds but it’s important to find one which suits you! It is recommended to cut the pomegranate in half. Gently push the center upwards from the outside while gripping onto the sides (as if you are trying to stretch it open). Then hit the back of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon and voila, enjoy! (And do this in the sink and make sure you remove the white membrane !)

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Pumpkin soup recipe clean food luk beautifood

Pumpkin Soup with Asian Aromatics

Pumpkin soup is a favourite of everyone’s. Why not tickle it up a bit with extra vegetables, coconut and some aromatic spice for a change? This pumpkin soup takes around an hour to cook – perfect for a week night dinner.

 BEAUTY FOOD BENEFITS

Pumpkin is fabulous for its high vitamin A and beta carotene!  Vitamin A fights against free radicals which can damage our body and bring on wrinkles. Without enough vitamin A our skin can become dry, this pumpkin soup is a great way to boost your vitamin A content and maintain soft smooth skin whilst creating an easy meal all the family (especially kids) will love.

PUMPKIN SOUP RECIPE

YOU’LL NEED

1 butternut pumpkin – peeled, chopped roughly. (set seeds aside for toasting later)

1 onion – roughly chopped

Drizzle of oil to saute (eg coconut)

1/4 tspn cumin seeds

1/4 tspn coriander seeds

water or 1 litre chicken stock

1 tblspn coconut

2 tblspn cashews (optional in case of allergies)

ginger – few slices

1 clove garlic

salt & pepper

other veggies if on hand – roughly choppep – a stick of celery, a few slices red capsicum, a tomato, or carrot.

HOW TO
  1. Fry onions to til soft. Add spices and fry for a minute to release aromatics. Add all other ingredients, bring to boil. Turn down to simmer for an hour.
  2. Puree with a turbo charged stick or in a blender. If too thick – add some more liquid – water, milk, nut milk or stock.
  3. Whilst the soup is cooking gently pan fry the pumpkin seeds in olive oil and salt.
  4. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt, sour cream or a drizzle of tahini & a sprinkle of the seeds.
TIPS AND TRICKS
  • I love to use chicken stock as it adds another dimension to the soup – Campbell’s 1 litre tetra packs are fine if you don’t have time to DIY for this pumpkin soup.
  • If the pumpkin seeds are too tough with their husk then saute the commercially bought green pepitas (inside seed).
  • Cashews help make the pumpkin soup creamy
Cooking pumpkin soup

Takes just a few minutes to get this pumpkin soup ready (if you buy peeled pumpkin!)

Add a few different vegetable, spices and a tablespoon of coconut

Add a few different vegetable, spices and a tablespoon of coconut to your pumpkin soup.

I love to use the Vitamix to puree the cooked vegetables. It makes it sooo creamy and smooth

I love to use the Vitamix to puree the cooked vegetables. It makes it sooo creamy and smooth

Served with a dollop of yoghurt and the freshly toasted pumpkin seeds.

Served pumpkin soup with a dollop of yoghurt and the freshly toasted pumpkin seeds.

 

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beauty food | pumpkin

beauty food | pumpkin

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Deep orange to yellow, pumpkins symbolise the colours of beta carotene – vibrant and ready to nourish your skin.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants including vitamin A, vitamin C, zeaxanthin and beta carotene and vitamin E, copper, calcium, potassium, iron and dietary fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Not only containing a large amount of vitamin A, pumpkin also contains beta carotene which can be converted to vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is crucial for fighting free radicals and without enough of it our skin can become dry. This boost will help to moisturise your skin and ward off wrinkles preserving a smooth, glowing appearance, especially as the months  become cooler. The addition of iron will also help to keep your skin tight as it is essential to the formation of collagen.

COOK:

Pumpkin is best steamed to keep in all the nutrients, however can also be baked, boiled or stir fried. The seeds can also be roasted and eaten as a snack or sprinkled on top of a salad. Sauté the seeds in smokey paprika and salt.

TIP:

When cutting a whole pumpkin, it is easiest to slice it in half, beginning at the end with the stem.

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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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Coconut oil skin and beauty benefits

beauty food | coconut oil

beauty food for glowing skin | coconut oil
Coconut oil skin and beauty benefits

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

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

SKIN FOOD ACTIVES

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

COCONUT BEAUTY BENEFITS

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

HOW TO COOK

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

TIPS & TRICKS

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

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