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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!

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Watermelons are known for their vibrant green skin and lush pinky red flesh.  They grow on vines and are native to Africa, thriving in tropical locations.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants such as beta carotene, lycopene, vitamin C and vitamin A, vitamin B6, thiamin, citrulline, copper, magnesium and potassium.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF WATERMELON:

Watermelon is high in citrulline which is converted to the amino acid, arginine in your body.  Arginine soothes your muscles while increasing blood flow which is fabulous for promoting hair growth as it ensures a healthy scalp and encourages circulation of blood and nutrients. Watermelons are also alkaline foods which balance the acidity levels in your body.  They are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and lycopene all of which help to protect your skin and body from free radical damage, leaving your skin feeling fresh and revitalized.

COOK:

Watermelon has a high water content of 92% which makes it a great snack and helps to keep you hydrated. Watermelon rind and seeds can also be eaten, they’re high in iron and zinc, but compared to the flesh they don’t have a very appealing taste!

TIP:

Don’t forget to allow your watermelons ripen! The highest concentration of lycopene and beta carotene is found in a ripe watermelon, when it turns to a more redish colour.  A ripe watermelon is heavy, and slightly dulled when compared to it’s shiny unripe skin.

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PRINT TO KEEP HANDY

PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

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

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Quick Soup Recipe – Nourishing Lentil and Vegetable

Looking for winter warmers in less than an hour? Try this nourishing lentil and vegetable quick soup recipe to warm your soul and moisturise your skin at the same time!  

Cooler weather means dry skin and a craving for comfort food! However, comfort food doesn’t need to be tedious or time consuming …this quick soup recipe is easy to make on a busy weeknight leaving you free to worry about things other than what your eating.  Packed with vitamin A-rich veggies this quick soup recipet will  help nourish your complexion and ease dry skin to keep you looking your best!

BEAUTY FOOD BOOST

Carrots and tomatoes contain a fab combination of vitamin A, beta carotene and lycopene to fight against wrinkle causing free radicals – those  pesky ‘oxidisers’ that can also cause early ageing. Without enough vitamin A your skin can become dry especially as wind and cool weather imbalance the surface.  Maintaining a sufficient level of this fat soluble vitamin is key to ensuring a smooth, glowing appearance. Tomatoes also contain vitamin K which works to brighten dark patches under the eyes and encourage a radiant complexion.  The mix of iron and vitamin C in broccoli aids your complexion by working to keep skin from sagging while assisting in the formation of collagen in cells. Turmeric helps to keep redness and puffiness under control with its anti-inflammatory properties while celery aids the body to remove toxins through its high fibre content.  This nourishing yet quick soup recipe is the perfect winters’ day skincare treatment to keep your complexion on track!

QUICK SOUP RECIPE

50 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1 carrot, peeled and diced

2 medium ripe tomatoes, quartered

3/4 cup broccoli, diced

2 celery sticks, diced

1 red onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, crushed

2 cups vegetable stock

400g can brown lentils, rinsed and drained

250mL natural yoghurt

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

salt & pepper

fresh chives, snipped to garnish

HOW TO

1. Prepare ingredients.  Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add tomatoes, mushing and squashing with a wooden spoon.  Simmer, stirring regularly for 2 minutes.

2.  Add carrot, broccoli celery and onion and cook for 6-8 minutes or until soft.  Add garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.

3.  Add stock and cover, bringing to the boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

4.  Add lentils and cook for 3 minutes or until warm.  Add yoghurt, parsley, turmeric and season, stir, simmer gently for a further 3 minutes.

5.  Serve warming lentil and vegetable soup immediately, topped with chives.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Spice up this quick soup recipe with some chilli, cumin or smokey paprika.
  • Save any left overs in an air tight container in the fridge and reheat for tomorrows lunch!
  • Cook once, eat twice: double the quick soup recipe batch and freeze for an extra quick and easy dinner.
  • Like your soup smooth and creamy…especially so little ones will eat it? Just blend before serving.
  • Oh an don’t forget to combat dry lips and use Lip Nourish daily to soothe redness and protect against cooling, drying weather!
Puree Soup to hide veggies for any fussy eaters!

Puree Soup to hide veggies for any fussy eaters!

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Homemade Tomato Passata

Treat your skin for the year with this delicious homemade Passata recipe – the perfect way to use the glut of tomatoes in late summer!

I am about a month late sharing this recipe as tomato season in Australia peaks at the end of summer in February, but there is no reason why you can’t slowly ripen egg tomatoes now and start a few passata making batches to keep over autumn and winter for when you feel like a little summer sunshine. I was introduced to the passata making ‘ritual’ by a good foodie friend when my kids were toddlers…it was a fun family passata making affair where thru trial and error we worked out how to bottle tomatoes.

Traditional passata is simply ‘pureed ripe tomatoes’. It’s skin delicious!

TOMATO BEAUTY BENEFITS

Packed full of lycopene, this homemade passata recipe is a savior for your skin. It’s high fat solubility makes it especially effective in your skin.  This provides us with a better protection against damaging UV rays and creates the ultimate protection against sagging and wrinkles. Vitamin A acts to add shine to your hair and keep it strong while also protect your eyes and maintain their brightness. The process of cooking the tomatoes in this passata allows more lycopene to released, providing you and your skin with the best possible beauty food. 

HOMEMADE TOMATO PASSATA MAKING RECIPE

You need to have the right equipment – a food mill for separating the skin and seeds from the flesh, glass bottles and lids to bottle the sauce and a large sauce pan and strong gas burner to ‘boil’ the bottles are mandatory.

YOU’LL NEED

Box/es of ripe tomatoes – roma are best because of rich flavour and high level of solids which makes thicker more robust sauce.

HOW TO
  1. Wash the tomatoes and plunge them in hot water to loosen the skin.
  2. Pop into a colander to drain. You don’t want to dilute your sauce.
  3. Feed the tomato flesh through a food mill. This separates the skin and seeds from the pulp, unlike a food processor, which mangles them all up rather than making a fine flavoured sauce.
  4. The thicker the  liquid – the better the passata. If thin liquid runs – try to catch it separately and out aside.
  5. The passata is bottled, capped (tight), and placed in a large pot (lined with tea towels to prevent the jars cracking as they jostle). The bottles don’t need to be pre-heated to sterilised as the heating does that.
  6. Fill the large saucepan with warm water couple and boil for couple of hours to sterilise and preserve the passata. Make sure the whole of the bottle is covered.
  7. Take care when removing the jars (or leave them to cool in the water), and store in a cool, dark place.
TIPS

Make passata making into a day event  with lunch and get another family or 2 to come along. It will need a little organising -eg 4-6 boxes of tomatoes, large bowls, lots of jars, gas burner to set up outside to boil the jars, large mill to get the volume of sauce thru.  Lots of red wine, home made pasta, green salads…you get the idea!

Most importantly ensure the tomatoes are ripe..buy them at least 10 days before you make the passata to ensure they are deep red and ripe – this way the passata is sweeter, richer and more balanced.

I have lots of beautiful photos from the two times we have made passata but I can’t find them, one day I am sure they will turn up.

 

Freshly Bottled Tomato Passata

Tomatoes are rich in the fat soluble antioxidant lycopene which helps filter the suns UV rays from the inside out. Image source: Pinterest

 

Passata Making

Skinning the tomatoes in hot water for passata making. Image via Pinterest – City Hippy Farm Girl

 

Featured image on Pinterest via Vaniglia

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BEAUTY FOOD FOR GLOWING SKIN | TOMATO

Tomatoes are a delicious skin food protecting skin from UV rays and free radicals for a smooth, even glowing appearance whilst helping to diminish lines.

Bright red and juicy, tomatoes are the world’s most popular fruit – and yes, we know what you’re thinking, they are technically a fruit.   Because there are so many ways you can prepare and eat tomatoes, there is no reason why can’t feed your skin this delicious fruit every day.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants such as lycopene, vitamin A and vitamin C, fibre, vitamin K, copper and potassium.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Lycopene is twice as effective an antioxidant as vitamin A, making it a savior for your skin! It’s high fat solubility makes it especially effective in tissues which are full of fats and lipids such as our skin. This makes it perfect for UV protection as it is always ready to protect the skin from the suns rays. Vitamin A acts to add shine to your hair and keep it strong by protecting it from free radicals. It also works protect your eyes and maintain their brightness, vitamin K lessens darker patches which can form under the eyes, both working to refresh your complexion with an all natural glow.

 COOK:

Tomatoes can be eaten in so many ways such as raw, canned or cooked making it easy for you to protect your skin.

TIP:

Cooking tomatoes allows more lycopene to be released providing a greater protection against free radicals.

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PRINT YOUR TOMATOES BEAUTY FOOD BITE

PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the  skin food image .

Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!

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

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Ain’t No Juice Like a Cold Pressed Juice

As an avid user of a Vitamix I don’t have twang of guilt in advocating this ‘cold pressed’ style of juicing because it is so different. And you are going to hate me but if you have an older style clunker of a centrifugal juicer (like me) move it on.

I’ve been testing the Kuving’s Silent Juicer because on 7th Sept (first sat of the month) we are setting up a luk beautifood bar at The Sydney Morning Herald’s Pyrmont Growers Market (more on that in another post!) and want to offer organic cold pressed beauty juices + green smoothies.

So what makes it so good? With this type of juicing a huge amount of pressure is applied to the fruits and vegetables to extract the nectar directly from the pulp without applying heat. This pressing action helps keep the nutrients and enzymes intact, as well as creating an incredible consistency to the juices. Like the blender (because every goes in) the nutrient content of the juice is the closest thing you’ll get to eating raw fruit and vegetables. And it’s those nutrients that are going to keep you looking and feeling beautiful.

And it loves fibrous vegetable like beetroot & carrot – 2 of my favourite veggies for juicing that don’t really suit the blender. Plus when you make almond milk you don’t have to strain it – make sure you soak your nuts overnight.

The magic is in the colour and the pure beauty of a single juiced vegetable, herb, fruit of nut. Keep them separate and blend to taste as required.

What do you want from your juices?

Anti-aging

You need: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, antioxidants (Lycopene)

Juice these: Kale, Spinach, Almonds, Kiwi, Blueberries, Apricots, Tomatoes

Moisturising

You need: B Vitamins, Vitamin E, Potassium, Luetin, Beta-Carotene, Carotenoids

Juice these: Avocado, Zucchini, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Almonds

Brighten your complexion

You need: Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin C

Juice these: Mint, Oranges, Strawberries, Carrots

Reduce inflammation

You need: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Anthocyanins

Juice these: Cucumber, Beetroot, Pears, Brocolli, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines

Read more about what these beauty nutrients can do for you here.

Some other positives of this style of juicing include the fact that the juice will not separate upon settling and will keep up to three days in the fridge, so you can save time with a bulk juicing session that will last you a few days. The insoluble & soluble fibre stays in suspension. I must also include the added benefit of juicing in silence; cringe no more at the early morning whizzing and whirring that dare disturb the slumber of the kids (or hubby!)…we wish! And of course the advantage of dry pulp comes second only to the simplicity of cleaning the thing!

I spent the afternoon cold-pressing a colourful variety of my favourite fruits and vegetables – everything from apples to avocados. The results were a vibrant rainbow of fruity and veggie liquids. The next part of the fun was mixing the juices to create an array of Beautifood mocktails balancing out the beauty benefits with taste & extraction output.

Here are some of my favourite mixes. Some of them may seem obscure but you must taste before you judge!

  • Almond, pear, ginger, tumeric and carrot
  • Pear, fennel, lemon juice & rind
  • Avocado, banana and mint + ice (thru the mincer add-on)

The juices looked so pretty you just new you were nourishing not only your body but your soul too.

The cold pressed juice experiment

The cold pressed juice experiment

So much juice, so few glasses..
So much juice, so few glasses..

Veggies are a girls best friend..

Veggies are a girls best friend..

Red cabbage
Red cabbage – skin puffiness protector!

Beetroot

Reduce inflammation with beetroot

 

Capsicum

Vitamin A&C = antioxidants = fight free radical = minimise wrinkles |  lutien & zeaxanthin protect skin from sun damage & increase skin elasticity

Carrot

Carotenoids + Vitamin A protect against free radicals and the skin wrinkling they cause.

Orange

Brighten your complexion with orange

Kale

The Vitamin A in kale helps stimulate collagen formation giving it a youthful, firm appearance.

 

 

 

 

 

Roast Pumpkin, Pinenut & Coriander with balsamic glaze

ROAST PUMPKIN SALAD | colour me beautiful

[recipe] Serves 4-6 | 90min wo-to-go

Taste. Looks. Good-for-your skin, what  more do you want! Cheat and buy peeled pumpkin and you’re cooking for beauty in moments!

BEAUTY BOOST: Bright orange and red colours are your signal that this salad is loaded with beta-carotene (converted to Vit A in the body), lycopene & lutein, all highly powerful antioxidants that neutralize harmful free radicals in our skin, thereby helping to keep our skin moist and youthful. Lutein also increases skin elasticity, which plays a vital role in wrinkle prevention and it is thought to work with zeaxanthin (another antioxidant found in capsicum) to protect skin from damage & inflammation caused by the sun. This salad also contains 2 potent free-radical destroyers vitamin A (fat-soluble) & Vitamin C (water soluble), the first

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