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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

 

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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!

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?

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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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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

Frittata

FRITTATA | Leek, Zucchini & Herb

[RECIPE] Serves 3-4  |  20 mins wo-to-go

This is a quick, simple dish that everyones loves  –  it is now on my ‘don’t- have-to-think-repertoire’  for midweek dinners or lazy lunches with friends and families. I first made it from Bill Granger’s Bill’s Food in 2006 when I was pregnant with my first  – he calls it an open-faced feta & leek omelette. Frittata is simply the Italian name that we are more familiar with. I have changed the recipe round a bit to make it ‘fool proof’ and flexible depending on what you have in your fridge.

BEAUTY BOOST:  What can I say – it’s fabulous. Naturally low in fat and where a little is added its olive oil, high in protein from eggs, lots of anti-oxidant rich vegetables and herbs. YUM. Read more