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Glow Balls Recipe | the perfect, protein-packed, portable snack

[RECIPE] Makes lots! | 15 mins

This recipe is a craving buster, and contains no added sugar, is gluten free, protein-packed and makes the perfect go-to portable snack. Oh, and did we mention that it will boost your brain and nourish your skin. What more could you want!

BEAUTY BOOST

These little bliss balls are just packed full of goodness! Firstly raw cacao is full of flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants. In fact, raw cacao has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world! These antioxidants protect the body from ageing and disease by neutralising free radicals before they damage the structures of your skin that keep it tight and youthful looking. The fibre in the dates helps to keep your blood vessels healthy so that it can provide your skin with these nourishing antioxidants along with oxygen and other nutrients.

Walnuts are wonderful. These little cerebral shaped nuts are funnily enough excellent for brain health! Also their protein content is excellent for stabilising blood sugar while their omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect that can stop the causes of wrinkles before they start. The cytokinins in coconut regulate the cell growth, which minimises the ageing of skin cells, balances PH levels and keeps the connective tissues strong and hydrated.  A high fibre and manganese content assists in digestion and absorption of all these important nutrients mentioned.

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YOU’LL NEED

– 1 cup fresh seedless ‘medjool’ dates

– 1/4 cup raw cacao (use Loving Earth – you can find this in most health food stores)

– 1 cup raw walnuts

– 1 cup of almonds or other nuts (hazelnuts are wicked) & / or seeds such as sesame, pumpkin, sunflower.

– 1 tspn cacao butter or coconut oil (melted)

Optional

– zest of lemon or orange, or

– scraped vanilla bean pod / pure essence, or

– spice – chai or cinnamon, and/or

– handful cacao nibs

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TO ROLL balls in

One or any of the following:

– organic shredded coconut, cacao, chia seeds, sesame seeds, goji berries,

TO MAKE

Throw all these ingredients in to a food processor and whizz until mixture is like a dough. Roll mix into small balls, roll balls in the shredded in coconut and keep in the fridge until firm.

TIP & TRICKS

Have fun by mixing up the textures and flavours of your Glow Balls. Maybe add a bit of lemon rind to the mixture for a zesty twang of flavour. Or instead of rolling in coconut, maybe try cacao, chia seeds, sesame seeds or goji berries create a beautiful look on the platter & to feed your skin!

TO SERVE

Make up a platter with a variety balls or pop 1 or 2 onto a pretty little plate and serve with a cup of re-balance tea.

Enjoy your nibbles!

Cindy

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beauty benefits of camu camu

beauty food camu camu

Often found in powdered form, camu camu berries are native to the Amazon, South America.  They are tiny grape like berries, bursting with phytonutrients and are reddish in colour.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Phytonutrients such as anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and amino acids  including valine, leucine and serine.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CAMU CAMU:

Camu camu berries contain one of the highest levels of vitamin C, second to kakadu plum. This means they are perfect for protecting against signs of early ageing! Camu camu works to enhance collagen production in which vitamin C is a co-factor to create firm, youthful skin, warding off wrinkles and sagging. It also supports the immune system, keeping you feeling and looking your best! The presence of amino acids aids muscle growth and recovery keeping you energised after a long week.

COOK

Camu camu is sold in powdered or tablet form.  Try adding it in to dishes to give them some gorgeous berry like flavour such as smoothies, yoghurts and desserts.

TIP

Look for beauty products containing camu camu, either online or at your local beauty store.  It is a gorgeous natural food ingredient and its high vitamin C content will really make a difference!

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beauty benefits of garlic

beauty food garlic

With gorgeous purple tones, garlic adds flavour, aroma and nutrition to dishes.  It is a close relative of onions and is native to Central  Asia.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, manganese, selenium, calcium, copper, phosphorus and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF GARLIC:

Garlic’s beauty benefits are predominantly from sulfur compounds, like Allicin which helps to provide both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial protection to the body.  This helps to control bacteria and viruses while supporting your immune system to keep you looking and feeling great. It also helps to promote clear skin, cleansing your body and soothing inflammation.

COOK:

Try to include at least half a clove in an individual serving, if you’re cooking for 4 that means at least 2 cloves in the recipe. Finely dice or crush the garlic and add it to dishes either raw or cooked, you can even bake it whole.

TIP:

Allicin is released when the clove is chopped, crushed or chewed. Letting the garlic sit for a few minutes after chopping or crushing allows as much allicin to released as possible – once it begins to cook, no more will be released.

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beauty benefits of zucchini

beauty food zucchini

Also known as a courgette or a summer squash, zucchini is dark green in colour and is related to both squash and pumpkin.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and zinc.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF ZUCCHINI:

Zucchini’s high water content helps to revitalise and hydrate your skin while manganese helps the body to develop strong bones and teeth.  Vitamin A in zucchini also protects the skin by being present within the epidermal layer, acting to absorb the suns UV rays to help maintain healthy, bright skin. It also helps to prevent age spots, wrinkles and sagging from forming.

COOK:  

Usually served cooked, zucchini can be steamed, grilled, baked and fried.  A quick cook is all it needs, drizzle with some oil or throw it into a stir fry.

TIP:

Try cutting long and flat slices of zucchini.  Quickly fry, bake or grill the strips with oil and roll up some mixed veg inside,  creating sushi made from zucchini!

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beauty benefits of cashews

beauty food cashews

Cashews come from a fruit known as a cashew apple which is a tropical plant native to Brazil called a cashew tree.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Riboflavin, zeaxanthin, Vitamin E, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, selenium and zinc.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CASHEWS:

Cashews contain are powerful combination of selenium and vitamin E. Selenium works to boost hair growth and maintain a healthy scalp which in turn stops dandruff, whilst Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection for your hair and creating a natural shine. Cashews are also high in magnesium which helps to relax the body and mind. It is also vital for healthy bones and teeth.

COOK:

As a popular snacking food both raw, salted or roasted, cashews can also be ground to make pastes, help to thicken stews and used as a base for desserts. Add it to salads, stir fry’s or even make your own nut butter.

TIP:

Mix cashews in some oil, sprinkle on some spices such as cumin and salt and roast at around 150 degrees for half an hour. These are perfect for nibbles when entertaining.

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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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beauty benefits of pineapple

beauty food pineapple

A symbol of paradise, pineapples with their sweet tropical flavour are indigenous to south America. They contain tough, waxy leaves with a distinct, green to yellow patterned skin with fibrous yellow flesh and a darker yellow, edible core.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamin, folate, bromelain, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF PINEAPPLE:

The key beauty benefits of pineapple stem from the enzyme known as bromelain.  Bromelain is anti-inflammatory which softens skin and helps to reduce redness or swelling. It can help with digestion, working to ease bloating. With its high vitamin C, pineapple is also great to tighten and plump skin for radiant, glowing skin.

COOK:

This vibrant fruit can be eaten fresh or cooked.  Pineapple is great when juiced, added to a fruit salad, or even in savoury dishes!

TIP:

Once picked, pineapples become juicier but not sweeter so be sure to pick one with a sweet aroma and healthy green leaves. Try to pluck a leaf from the center, if it comes out it is ripe but if it comes out too easy it is over ripe.   Once cut,  cover and refrigerate for 2 days.

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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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beauty benefits of snow peas

beauty food snow peas

Snow peas contain an edible pod that contains immature peas.  This legume is similar to a snap pea but with a thinner pod wall.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, riboflavin, thiamin, calcium, manganese,  magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, folic acid and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF SNOW PEAS:

Beauty benefits of snow peas begin through their naturally high flavonoid content.  These work in the body as antioxidants protecting both your insides and outsides!  They help to fight off and reduce exposure of free radicals which in turn can reduce the appearance of premature ageing. Beauty benefits of snow peas also include their high Vitamin K content which helps reduce dark circles under the eyes while folate aids the renewal of hair cells, keeping your locks strong and shiny! Beauty benefits of snow peas will revitalise your appearance and support a glowing complexion.

COOK:  

Snow peas are a fantastic addition to stir frys,add them towards the end of cooking to maintain a delicious crunch, adding texture to your dish.  They also a great addition to any salad.

TIP:

When buying snow peas look for bright and shiny, crisp pods, making sure they are blemish free.  Wash them before adding them to your dish and don’t forget to trim or snap off the ends.

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beauty benefits of honeycomb

beauty benefits of honeycomb

Honeycomb is produced from a hexagonal wax structure of cells built by bees. It is chewy, sweet and contains natural honey within its cells. Honey is naturally sought from honeycomb and is used in many traditional medicines for thousands of years, both topically and internally.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants including vanillin, niacin, riboflavin, potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese and iron.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF HONEYCOMB:

A natural energy booster, honey also works to soothe the digestive system. Beauty benefits of honeycomb include its antibacterial and antioxidant properties.  These help to remove toxins from the body and skin while fighting free radicals to promote a warm, natural glow and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Bees also add enzymes to the honey while making it which creates the antibacterial properties. These beauty benefits of honeycomb help to soothe the presence of blemishes and acne as well as sore throats and coughs.

COOK:

Stir with warm water and a dash of lemon juice for a morning cleansing elixir, or use a healthier alternative to sweeten your favourite dessert.

TIP:

Look for raw unheated and organic honeycomb at your local health shop to receive the top beauty benefits of honeycomb. Or you can try a bee farm close by for fresh lush honeycomb. Honey from honeycomb is in its most natural form – straight from the hive and totally delicious!

Learn more about the natural ingredients used in Luk Lip Nourishes and how honeycomb helps to keep your lips gorgeous in our ingredients section!

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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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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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beauty food parsley

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Originating from Europe, this lush dark green herb is often used as a garnish but contains more nutrients and health benefits than people realise! Whether it be flat leaf or curly, beauty food parsley is fantastic for your skin’s health and is super easy to grow…

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B9, vitamin K, riboflavin, beta carotene, iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, folate and chlorophyll.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Due to its antibacterial properties, beauty food parsley is fabulous for cleansing your body and strengthening your immune system.  Its mix of vitamin A and vitamin K rejuvenate your eyes to help them appear brighter while vitamin K reduces darkness circles on the skin underneath! Parsley also contains chlorophyll which boosts oxygen levels in your blood.  This helps to energise your body and promote radiant skin, allowing you to feel fresh and revitalised!

COOK:

Available fresh or dried, beauty food parsley can be added to soups, salads, baked dishes or simply to add colour! When cooking, add it towards the end to retain its gorgeous colour, taste and nutrients. Flat leaf parsley is often preferred when cooking as it holds its flavour and colour better.

TIP:

Choose parsley which is dark green in colour, looks fresh and crisp and has firm stems. Store it in the refrigerator or grow your own! Keep fresh grown parsley in a moist, well drained pot or in the garden and make sure it receives full sun to thrive!

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

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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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