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lük breakfast beauty bar recipe

lük Breakfast Beauty Bar

[RECIPE] 15 Serves | 45mins go-to-wo  | VEG WF DF (NF)

Delicious and easy-to-eat on the go this breakfast beauty bar contains essential beauty nutrients: omega 3 to fight inflammation & moisturise skin, essential amino acids for cell regeneration, vitamins, minerals & of course fibre to help nutrient absorption and remove toxins.  I created the recipe for the lük beautifood bar at the Growers Market, they were well received so we will make them every month! Obviously it had to be low sugar and most importantly I did not want it to taste like bird food.

Teamed with a lük Glow+Go Green Smoothie (add a spoon of yoghurt for probiotics & an egg for complete protein) and you have the perfect start to the day.

If you bake them at the beginning of the week and wrap up little bundles you’ll have something to grab as you run out the door.  They are handy for breakfast, to fill kids lunch boxes or to snack on.

BEAUTY BOOST:

So many skin loving goodies packed into one delicious bar. Wholegrains contain B vitamins that are required for every aspect of metabolism in your skin, without them your complexion will have a dull appearance as the skin cells can’t regenerate quickly. The seeds and nuts contain skin vital essential fatty acids (esp. harder-to-get omega 3) and key beauty mineral antioxidants (zinc, magnesium, calcium & selenium) and vitamin E. Shredded coconut and coconut oil provide a super skin  moisturising boost and anti microbial benefits.

YOU’LL NEED…..

Organic if you can:

1/2 cup oats – quick

1/4 cup flaxseeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup poppy seeds

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut – fine

1/2 cup ground nuts (eg almond, walnuts or brazil nuts) or a flour eg organic spelt flour

1/3 sugar (panela or rapadura – evaporated unrefined cane juice)

1/2 tspn baking soda

1/2 tspn salt flakes (crushed Maldon or Murray River)

zest of 1/2 lemon

1 tspn cinnamon

8-10 medjool dates – chopped (optional)

1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

egg

1/3 cup coconut oil

TO MAKE….

  1. Add dry ingredients to bowl. Mix well – use a big balloon whisk. Ensure dates are separated and coated in the dry mix.
  2. Add whisked egg and (melted) oil. Stir / cut through with a knife for several minutes til well combined – every bits and piece will be well coated and it almost clumps together in your hand. This step is important.
  3. Line ‘lamington tin’ ( 9″ x 13”) with unbleached baking paper and empty in mix.
  4. Spread mix evenly and firmly press down and into the tin. The surface will be smooth and firm. I use a flat pastry scraper to flatten out and compress the mix.
  5. Cook for 20-30 minutes on 170C or until surface is golden brown. Check cooking half way thru and turn tray if necessary – ie you may have hot spots in your oven.
  6. Cool slightly, cut the slice into bar size portions. Note it will seem a bit ‘crumbly but just press/poke back into shape – it will firm up on cooling. Leave in tin to cool.
  7. Once cool go over the cuts to ensure they are clean so you have individual pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight tub upto a 3 weeks.

TIPS + TRICKS

  • If you don’t have all the ingredients, don’t despair – mix and match. Eg Swap the oil or seeds or nuts
  • For school lunch boxes – omit the nuts 🙁
  • Pre-wrap the bars  in unbleached baking paper and pop on a sticker so the family can ‘grab and go’ – it makes them extra special.
Mixing the ingredients in the lük bar

fabulous mix of nutrient rich nuts and seeds

lük beauty breakfast bar

pressed firmly into the tray

Serving the Breakfast Beautifood Bar by the slice

Serving our Breakfast Beauty Bar by the slice

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luk beautifood Cranberry and Citrus Tea

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

Green Tea Face Mist

DIY Green Tea and Rose Face Mist

[BEAUTY]

As the Spring days get warmer and our skin restores from whipping winds and indoor heating, this is the ideal ‘pick me up’ to refresh and rejuvenate. Create your own Green Tea and Rose Face Mist made from skin-loving ingredients to pick you up and cool down you down on the go.

Green tea is a great anti-inflammatory and soother and is full of antioxidants to give you ‘the glow’. If you suffer from breakouts due to increased sweat production in the warmer months, green tea also has antibacterial properties to help calm irritated skin. It can also be used to soothe and rejuvenate sun burnt skin.

There are numerous benefits of Rosehip oil, but in short it’s a great moisturiser as it’s full of omega fatty acids to keep skin supple and repair damage and also protects against free radical damage.

As an alternative, feel free to grab a lemon and zest some skin into the recipe. As well as being ‘uplifting’ and antibacterial it’s ideal for oily skin and acne or if you suffer from scars and age spots. As lemon juice is a natural exfoliant you may like to add some too. The citric fruit acid acts as a gentle “skin peel” that removes the top layer of dead skin cells, results in a smooth complexion. I like to use a few drops of lemon oil on my skin at night before moisturising.

Green Tea Rose Face Mist

HOW TO

1. Brew a fresh pot of [preferably organic, loose leaf] green tea

2. Pour into a small cup and add 3-4 drops of organic Rosehip oil

[OPTIONAL: you can grate some fresh lemon into the mix]

3. Stir well

4. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool and transfer into a small spray bottle [doesn’t have to be fancy, a plastic one from the discount store will do!]

5. Voila! Close your eyes and spray you face 1-3 times as many times as you like during the day

Relax and Enjoy

Refrigerate up to a week to keep the spray fresh.

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • You can keep the spray in your handbag and use it at room temperature, but I personally love that cooling effect of keeping it in the fridge
  • If you like, you can add vitamin E oil as well.
lük breakfast beauty bar recipe

lük Breakfast Beauty Bar

[RECIPE] 15 Serves | 45mins go-to-wo  | VEG WF DF (NF)

Delicious and easy-to-eat on the go this breakfast beauty bar contains essential beauty nutrients: omega 3 to fight inflammation & moisturise skin, essential amino acids for cell regeneration, vitamins, minerals & of course fibre to help nutrient absorption and remove toxins.  I created the recipe for the lük beautifood bar at the Growers Market, they were well received so we will make them every month! Obviously it had to be low sugar and most importantly I did not want it to taste like bird food.

Teamed with a lük Glow+Go Green Smoothie (add a spoon of yoghurt for probiotics & an egg for complete protein) and you have the perfect start to the day.

If you bake them at the beginning of the week and wrap up little bundles you’ll have something to grab as you run out the door.  They are handy for breakfast, to fill kids lunch boxes or to snack on.

BEAUTY BOOST:

So many skin loving goodies packed into one delicious bar. Wholegrains contain B vitamins that are required for every aspect of metabolism in your skin, without them your complexion will have a dull appearance as the skin cells can’t regenerate quickly. The seeds and nuts contain skin vital essential fatty acids (esp. harder-to-get omega 3) and key beauty mineral antioxidants (zinc, magnesium, calcium & selenium) and vitamin E. Shredded coconut and coconut oil provide a super skin  moisturising boost and anti microbial benefits.

YOU’LL NEED…..

Organic if you can:

1/2 cup oats – quick

1/4 cup flaxseeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup poppy seeds

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut – fine

1/2 cup ground nuts (eg almond, walnuts or brazil nuts) or a flour eg organic spelt flour

1/3 sugar (panela or rapadura – evaporated unrefined cane juice)

1/2 tspn baking soda

1/2 tspn salt flakes (crushed Maldon or Murray River)

zest of 1/2 lemon

1 tspn cinnamon

8-10 medjool dates – chopped (optional)

1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

egg

1/3 cup coconut oil

TO MAKE….

  1. Add dry ingredients to bowl. Mix well – use a big balloon whisk. Ensure dates are separated and coated in the dry mix.
  2. Add whisked egg and (melted) oil. Stir / cut through with a knife for several minutes til well combined – every bits and piece will be well coated and it almost clumps together in your hand. This step is important.
  3. Line ‘lamington tin’ ( 9″ x 13”) with unbleached baking paper and empty in mix.
  4. Spread mix evenly and firmly press down and into the tin. The surface will be smooth and firm. I use a flat pastry scraper to flatten out and compress the mix.
  5. Cook for 20-30 minutes on 170C or until surface is golden brown. Check cooking half way thru and turn tray if necessary – ie you may have hot spots in your oven.
  6. Cool slightly, cut the slice into bar size portions. Note it will seem a bit ‘crumbly but just press/poke back into shape – it will firm up on cooling. Leave in tin to cool.
  7. Once cool go over the cuts to ensure they are clean so you have individual pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight tub upto a 3 weeks.

TIPS + TRICKS

  • If you don’t have all the ingredients, don’t despair – mix and match. Eg Swap the oil or seeds or nuts
  • For school lunch boxes – omit the nuts 🙁
  • Pre-wrap the bars  in unbleached baking paper and pop on a sticker so the family can ‘grab and go’ – it makes them extra special.
Mixing the ingredients in the lük bar

fabulous mix of nutrient rich nuts and seeds

lük beauty breakfast bar

pressed firmly into the tray

Serving the Breakfast Beautifood Bar by the slice

Serving our Breakfast Beauty Bar by the slice

be delicious lower case

luk beautifood Cranberry and Citrus Tea

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

Green Tea Face Mist

DIY Green Tea and Rose Face Mist

[BEAUTY]

As the Spring days get warmer and our skin restores from whipping winds and indoor heating, this is the ideal ‘pick me up’ to refresh and rejuvenate. Create your own Green Tea and Rose Face Mist made from skin-loving ingredients to pick you up and cool down you down on the go.

Green tea is a great anti-inflammatory and soother and is full of antioxidants to give you ‘the glow’. If you suffer from breakouts due to increased sweat production in the warmer months, green tea also has antibacterial properties to help calm irritated skin. It can also be used to soothe and rejuvenate sun burnt skin.

There are numerous benefits of Rosehip oil, but in short it’s a great moisturiser as it’s full of omega fatty acids to keep skin supple and repair damage and also protects against free radical damage.

As an alternative, feel free to grab a lemon and zest some skin into the recipe. As well as being ‘uplifting’ and antibacterial it’s ideal for oily skin and acne or if you suffer from scars and age spots. As lemon juice is a natural exfoliant you may like to add some too. The citric fruit acid acts as a gentle “skin peel” that removes the top layer of dead skin cells, results in a smooth complexion. I like to use a few drops of lemon oil on my skin at night before moisturising.

Green Tea Rose Face Mist

HOW TO

1. Brew a fresh pot of [preferably organic, loose leaf] green tea

2. Pour into a small cup and add 3-4 drops of organic Rosehip oil

[OPTIONAL: you can grate some fresh lemon into the mix]

3. Stir well

4. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool and transfer into a small spray bottle [doesn’t have to be fancy, a plastic one from the discount store will do!]

5. Voila! Close your eyes and spray you face 1-3 times as many times as you like during the day

Relax and Enjoy

Refrigerate up to a week to keep the spray fresh.

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • You can keep the spray in your handbag and use it at room temperature, but I personally love that cooling effect of keeping it in the fridge
  • If you like, you can add vitamin E oil as well.

GLOW + GO Green Smoothie | Natural Beauty Boost

[RECIPE] Makes 900ml | 3 serves  5 mins Wo-to-Go.

For a Healthy Glow & Get UP & Go

In Summer when with the warm weather we’re naturally outside and active more.

Our home juicing menu has taken a turn from our staple red juice (beet, carrot, apple, ginger celery) to green juice to invigorate our body for ‘get up & go and a healthy glow.’

The ingredients used to make a green smoothie are all light, and non starchy which makes them easy to digest giving you an instant dose of beautifying food. And because there is no waste in making a smoothie you are getting a massive does of active beauty nutrients to feed your beauty including fibre to keep your digestive system moving quickly to remove toxins and increase nutrient absorption. There is no other way to get such a vast serve of fruit & vegetables that are quick to eat and keep you full for longer.

Making a green smoothie can be fun because there is such a fast array of green fruit and vegetables available to use.

  • Start with green leaves (kale, spinach, lettuce,) | think Vitamin A for complexion + chlorophyll  
  • Add beauty minerals  rich vegetables (celery, cucumber, [avocad0], fennel) 
  • Add a ‘sweetner’ (pear or green apple -pineapple is gorgeous) for flavour, fibre + antioxidants
  • Pop in some Citrus for vitamin C – we love it for collagen production and alkalising the body 
  • Toss in ‘active flavours’ for depth & fragrance – ginger, mint, parsley, fresh turmeric 
  • Liquify with water, ice, coconut water (for a sweeter, more fragrant style), green tea (antioxidants) or almond milk (to increase skin moisturising essential fatty acids and protein). 
  • You can always add ‘boosters’ such as flax seed oil, probiotics (the simplest is natural yoghurt), protein (an egg is great) or seeds such as pumpkin (zinc) or Chia (omega 3)

BEAUTY BOOST
The green pigment in plants – Chlorophyll – is an all round superfood. It helps neutralise acids in your body, seriously stimulates your digestion(!), boosts oxygen levels in your blood allowing your cells to receive more nutrients & energises your body. It helps to extract nasty toxins from your liver, essentially improving liver function + detoxes and cleanses your blood which promotes radiant skin.  It also reduces the signs of ageing as its antioxidant properties help neutralise free radicals. It’s super-rich in enzymes which promote cell rejuvenation. And lastly, it is alkalising and anti-inflammatory effect on your body alleviates skin disorders such as eczema, dryness, puffiness and redness. What are you waiting for?

Avocados for essential fatty acids and Vitamin E to keep skin soft and smooth. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins AC & K  – keeping your skin tight and toned. Celery & cucumber contain silica – a food active nutrient that acts as an internal moisturiser. Other beauty minerals include calcium, iron, manganese and potassium. Potassium & iron help transport O2 round the body to renew and revitalise your skin.

YOU’LL NEED
avocado – 1/2
kale – 3 leaves inc. stem
english spinach – 1 ‘root ‘with 6-8 leaves & stems
cucumber – 1/2 chopped in 4
celery – 1 stick  inc. leaves
parsley – 3 stems
mint – 2- 3 stalks with leaves
pears – 2 chopped inc seeds (no stem) or green apples
lemon – 1/2 with no rind + 1/4 strip rind
ginger – 1-2 thin slices
water – 1.5 cups (or coconut water or green tea + dash apple juice if you are inclined)
ice – 1 cup (needed for texture + flavour enhancement)
TO MAKE
Simply pop all ingredients in the Vitamix, turn on & increase speed to high. Blend for about a minute til smooth and creamy.
You may need to pulse the mix to begin with depending on what order ingredients went in or will need to use your tamper stick.
This recipe makes 3 good size jars so pop the spare/s ones in the fridge for the next day. They will last at least 2.
TIP & TRICKS

– the ice gives the smoothie a fabulous melt-in-your-mouth texture + keep the smoothie chilled as high powered blenders add so much energy when mixing it can warm up the smoothie!

– need to know more about juicing & making smoothies? Read more…

– or try my avocado & banana recipe

 

lük Beauty Boosting Green Smoothie | GLOW & GO

lük Beauty Boosting Green Smoothie | GLOW & GO

Monday Motivation Quotes – when life gives you lemons….

Sydney dished up stunning weather on the weekend, so much so it inspired me to pick the plump ripe and not-so-perfect but delicious lemons on our tree.

It is the first time in 15 years that we have a crop of fruit, so that called for a special treat: cooking them every which way I could. Our pantry is now packed with lemon curd, marmalade, cordial (it’s for my 5 year old’s upcoming party), glazed zest (great for topping cakes or natural yoghurt) and preserved (salted) lemons for winter tagines and ‘spicing up’ quinoa.

Winter is the time for lemons and many other citrus fruit, their high vitamin C content is known to boost your immune system and in the Beauty Kitchen we love it for fighting wrinkles! Vitamin C is:

  1. Co-factor for making collagen and elastin – those 2 proteins essential for providing the structure of your skin so it can stay plump, smooth and toned.
  2. Powerful antioxidant – prevents the formation of free radicals that damage the skin and cause inflammation.
  3. And, it is excellent for breaking the cycle of acne / psoriasis conditions.

That’s my excuse for always having a jar of home made lemon curd on hand. By the way it has a quarter of the sugar content of jam making it a better choice as a toast topping if you crave sour dough for your weekend brunch.

So …

“When life gives you lemons, make lemon curd’

Have a fabulous week. x

 

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lemon marmalade

A massive batch of lemon marmalade in recycled jars. Who wants some? x

 

DIY Strawberry Face Scrub

For bright, glowing skin, it’s just as important to exfoliate as it is to moisturise. Without exfoliating, dead skin cells start to pile up on the skin’s surface leaving it looking dull, dry and ‘rough’. Try our super easy strawberry face scrub and let your skin shine!

Strawberries are a proven beauty enhancers, containing vitamin C, salicylic acid, antioxidants and natural exfoliating properties to brighten skin and clear complexion. Salicylic acid removes dead cells from the face whilst vitamin C works to improve collagen production.

Strawberries also contain alpha-hydroxy acids, which, when applied to the skin, help to break up the outer layer of dead skin.

By adding a small squeeze of lemon to the mix you’ll get an extra kick of vitamin C and antioxidants. Lemon also contains a natural acid which helps remove the dead layer of skin from the face while the sweet almond oil in this recipe will moisturise, nourish the ‘new’ skin cells.

This recipe is safe for those who suffer from acne as both lemon and strawberries are both great natural disinfectants and help to heal up blemishes, sores, acne scars, and skin rashes.

HOW TO

1. Finely mash with a fork or puree three to four fresh, preferably organic, strawberries [with the tops cut off]

2. Add in a small squeeze of fresh lemon

3. Add a tablespoon of brown sugar and about two teaspoons of sweet almond oil

4. Stir well.

5.  Gently massage into clean skin [I cleansed my skin and removed all make up first] and wash off with warm water. Follow with your preferred moisturiser or try one of our DIY face masks if your skin is particularly dry.

Relax and Enjoy

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Store in an air tight container in the fridge but do not keep for longer than a day or two.
  • You can grate some fresh lemon into to the mix

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The Green Goddess Dip | tighten, brighten and moisturise your skin

[RECIPE] Serves 4-8 |  10 mins go-to-wo

I created this dip with my good friend & chef extraordinaire Jo for the Balmoral Boatshed Beauty Food Bar evenings. I had a desire to show the beauty in food by using several coloured dips on a plate to demonstrate how each colour has different ‘active nutrients’ and how each of these can benefit the skin in different ways. There are lots of versions of “green goddess’ dip, some use cream cheese instead of avocado some don’t use herbs….but I created this one using my favourite ingredients that are always on hand. Because I have a kitchen garden I selected 5 different herbs. Don’t go to the expense of doing that if you don’t grow your own. Just select a herb or 2 who’s flavour your like or ones that go with what you are cooking.

BEAUTY BOOST
Avocado is fantastic for your skin! Luscious lipids & Vitamin E moisturise the skin by replenishing the skin’s natural moisture barrier to keep it soft and hydrated, vitamin C firms the skin by boosting collagen production and antioxidants smooth the skin by fighting free radicals that cause inflammation, dryness and tissue deterioration. Whether you choose spinach or watercress (or both!), the vitamin A content of these green leaves along with herbs is very high and promotes healthy skin by allowing for proper moisture retention. This helps to fight psoriasis, acne and dry skin. The zinc content of pumpkin seeds also aids in the fight against inflammation while the iron helps to brighten up those cheeks!

YOU’LL NEED
1 avocado

lemon – tablespoon or 3 of its juice

5 ‘half bunches’ of herbs (eg parsley, coriander, chives, basil, mint, dill – whatever you prefer!)

1/3 bunch green leaves (eg. watercress or spinach)

pumpkin seeds (couple tablespoons optional)

a good glug of avocado oil, grape seed oil or olive oil

1 sml clove garlic

salt & pepper to taste

TO MAKE

  1. Add the ‘well picked’ greens and garlic to food processor or blender and whiz until fine. Add pumpkin seeds (if desired) at this stage too.
  2. Use some oil to help the mix combine.
  3. Add the avocado and blend until a creamy consistency.
  4. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. (use lots to get intensity and balance of flavour)
  5. Adjust consistency with oil.

TIP & TRICKS
Experiment with the flavour of your dip mixing the type and ratio of greens !

TO SERVE

As a dip, sandwich filler or canape base. 
If serving as a dip,  surrounded with fresh and crisp veggies and crackers.

Green goddess dip - who can resist?

Green goddess dip – who can resist?

colour me beautiful dips

colour me beautiful dips

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The Fruity Beauty Mocktail | liquid antioxidant

[RECIPE] Serves 6 |  30 mins go-to-wo

A fabulous colourful drink to welcome guest to a summer party. It’s made from fresh fruit, herbs, juice, hydrating sparkling water / soda and a little syrup to balance the flavour and sweeten. Served in a large glass jug, or glass urn, or bowl, it looks oh-so-pretty and is better-for-you than more concentrated alcoholic drinks.

BEAUTY BOOST
This fruity mocktail has a very high antioxidant content and is fabulous for your skin. Pomegranates are considered a superfood with the one of the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) values of any fruit. With this degree of free radical neutralising power, you can say goodbye to skin damage and hello to a beautiful complexion. This delicious drink also comes with added sun protection! This is accredited to the high levels of ellagic acid in pomegranate and the high vitamin C content in oranges and lemons that help to protect skin from sun damage. This means prevention against sun spots and photo-ageing from the inside! The vitamin C of the citrus fruits will also assist in creating clearer, firmer skin by promoting the production of collagen and reduction of inflammation.

YOU’LL NEED
1L pomegranate juice (not from concentrate)

1 fresh pomegranate (autumn fruit but are available for the festive season from USA)

2-3 oranges

1 bunch mint

1 lemon (optional)

elderflowerberry syrup or maple syrup

1L soda water

TO MAKE

  1. Remove leaves from the mint. Put the stalks and a 1/3 of mint leaves into the sturdy glass jug or large bowl you will be using to hold your mocktail.
  2. Prep oranges; one to have zest sliced off big curved pieces (see pic) then cross sliced and other to be cut into 8 segments. Put the zest and segments of orange into the jug/bowl.
  3. Muddle the mint and 8 segment of orange in the bowl by crushing and mixing them up (a rolling pin or a pestle will do the job perfectly!)
  4. Add syrup and muddle some more. Remove most mint stalks.
  5. Add the pomegranate juice.
  6. Add a squeeze of lemon to taste
  7. Stir and taste! Get this flavour balanced to your liking.
  8. Add 500ml soda water. Taste. Add more if it is too sweet or flavoursome.
  9. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, slices of orange and pomegranate jewels (see below for how to remove seeds from fruit)

TIP & TRICKS
Best method to remove pomegranate seeds:

  • Cut off top and bottom of fruit then slice into quarters.
  • Using a gentle scraping motion with your fingertips or spoon remove the jewels and place into bowl. Discard the white membrane & ‘husk’.
  • Note: pomegranate juice and seeds stain so do this in the sink and remember to wear gloves!

Mint leaves when crushed or pressed will bruise and go dark, so make sure the leaves used for garnish have been untouched in order to maintain the vibrant, pretty green colour for decorating your mocktail.

TO SERVE
Ladle the vibrant mocktail mix into glass tumblers over ice. Remember to include a nice mixture of the fruity, leafy garnish not just to make it look gorgeous but for an extra hit of flavour!

Lucy Iona serving the mocktail at our Beauty Food Bar at Balmoral Boatshed as part of the SMH Good Food Month Festivities

Lucy Iona serving the mocktail at our Beauty Food Bar at Balmoral Boatshed as part of the SMH Good Food Month Festivities

The mocktail looks fabulous served in a large glass vase

The mocktail looks fabulous served in a large glass vase

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Super Skin Milk | recipe for soft, smooth skin

[RECIPE] 3 x ~285ml serves  | 5 minutes wo-to-go (+12hrs soaking of nuts)

This is an easy ‘skin drink’ to make that’s scrumptious, satiating + skin-moisturising. I first saw a variation of this recipe demonstrated on the cold pressed juicer and new with a few tweaks it would make a fabulous ‘milk’ to moisturise skin inside out.

Nut milks provide a delicious base and if you have the right machine they are quick and easy to make. Why not pre-make a few little jars in one batch and sip each day as part of your morning beauty regime.

Sadly the consumption of fat in our everyday diet has taken a massive battering over the last 2 decades. Fat is essential for our bodies to function optimally, so enjoy the healthy monounsaturated and essential fatty acids in this drink. It contains approximately 7% fat ..the same as greek yoghurt, 3% sugar & protein…so what are you waiting for ?

BEAUTY BOOSTING

Moisturising your skin from the inside out is essential to keep it soft and smooth. Lipids such as the those found in almonds coat cell membrane to keep cells smooth, plump and hydrated.

 Beauty benefits of Super Skin Milk ingredients

ALMONDS: Amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamin E and powerful antioxidants keep skin moisturised and younger looking. By soaking almonds you activate the enzyme inhibitors and improve digestibility.
PEAR: Good source vitamin C + high fibre to maintain digestive health for the removal of toxins and increased uptake of nutrients from foods.
GINGER: Full of anti-inflammatory fighting substances to aid digestion for better nutrient uptake
LEMON: Rich in vitamin C, essential for making collagen for firmer skin. Body Alkalising and cleansing.
WATER: Hydration to keep cells plump and skin smooth.

YOU’LL NEED…

90 (110g) Almonds   (equivalent of 18 / 100ml water)

1-2   Pears (unripe is better as they don’t discolour)

1      Ginger slice – small – 1cm x 2cm x 3mm

2      Lemon slices with skin

500ml filtered water

HOW TO…

1) Cold Pressed Machine (eg Kuvings Silent Juicer)

  1. Soak almonds overnight to soften & activate
  2. Drain and discard water
  3. Process almonds thru juices with water, keeping 100ml.
  4. Follow with pears and lemon and ginger.
  5. Flush thru remaining water.
  6. Mix, taste (adjust if necessary) and serve.

Note: You may like to chill before drinking or serve with ice.

2) Vitamix

  1. Soak almonds overnight to soften and activate
  2. Drain and discard water
  3. Process almonds with water to make almond milk.
  4. Strain milk through nut bag or fine sieve.
  5. Give jug a quick rinse and put milk back in.
  6. Add pears, lemon and ginger.
  7. Mix on high for 40 seconds til all ingredients finely blended.
  8. Mix and serve.

Note: You may like to chill before drinking or serve with ice.

3) Ladyship

  1. Ideally – soak almonds overnight to soften & activate
  2. Drain and discard water
  3. Add sieve (#1) to jug.
  4. Add water, almonds, pears, lemon and ginger.
  5. Mix for 30 seconds til all ingredients finely blended.
  6. Whilst blending, open tap and mix continuously til empty.

INGREDIENT VARIATIONS

–       Fresh turmeric is fabulous for an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory boost

–       Add an egg for protein for a natural face lift – amino acids are the building blocks of skin + cell repair and maintenance.

–       Add a dollop of yoghurt for probiotics to keep you digestive tract in order to help remove toxins and for better absorption of nutrients. If you don’t like dairy try some of the fabulous natural coconut yoghurts that are around now. (be aware they are 20% fat…ie 4 times more than regular so keep in mind to rebalance your food intake if you swap to it)

–       Instead of water use coconut water for electrolytes and immunity.

–       Cinnamon or vanilla can be added for extra aromatics.

–       Use any other nut – cashews, macadamia’s or brazil (particularly good source of silica to strengthen nails and hair)

TIPS + TRICKS

–       Pre-make a few little jars in one batch and sip everyday as part of your morning beauty regime.

–       Depending on what beauty benefits you require, swap or add ingredients to suit your personal needs. EG add some pumpkin seeds for zinc if you are have pimples.  Zinc helps to heal skin.

If you like to read nutritional panels, I calculated this one for you to see the macro nutrients.

NIP of almond super skin milk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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soaked almonds going into the cold pressed machine

super skin milk

These jars of Organic Super Skin Milk were made at the Growers’ Market Pyrmont – we are there with a Beautifood Bar first saturday of every month

Italian Salsa Verde

SALSA VERDE | gorgeous green sauce

Monday is shopping day for me and that means fresh fish to kick off the week feeling healthy.

Why not try this oh-so-simple herb salsa? Salsa verde means green sauce in Italian and it is a great accompaniment with grilled or pan fried chicken, fish and steak. Drizzle the salsa verde over your protein and taste the deliciously simple things in life.

Finely chop 1 bunch of basil, 1 bunch of flat leaf parsley and a handful of mint leaves. Add to the herbs 1 clove of finely chopped garlic and a handful of chopped capers. Pour in a good amount of extra virgin olive oil until the herbs are covered in oil and the mixture has turned into a loose paste. Add a dash of dijon mustard, a splash of white wine vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice at the end and stir through. Season with S&P and serve with your favourite grilled meat. Enjoy!

And because you have made so much….pop into a jam jar and share with your neighbour or a friend. It will make them smile. 🙂

 

Image: Pinterest via Eclectic Recipes