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beauty benefits of celery

beauty food celery

Light green in colour, celery contains long straight stalks which branch into a lush leafy top.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Phytonutrients, vitamin K, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin C, apiuman, calcium, potassium, magnesium, molybdenum, silica and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CELERY:

Celery is in rich vitamin K with a high water content which works to brighten your skin by reducing darkness from under your eyes, dullness and helping to keep skin cells plump. It also contains apiuman, a polysaccharide which provides anti-inflammatory benefits while silica strengthens your nails, encouraging healthy growth. Celery is also an alkalizing vegetable, meaning it helps to decrease acidity in your body and restore balance.

COOK:  

All of celery is edible! Commonly used for its petiole (stalk), the leaves of celery are also full of nutrients. Use celery in soups, stews or salads.

TIP:

Choose celery that looks crisp and crunchy. To regrow celery from scraps, chop the base of the celery about 10cm from the end and place it in a dish of water in a sunny area. After around three weeks you can transplant it into the garden.

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beauty benefits of green tea

beauty food green tea

Originating from china and spreading throughout Asia, green tea has been used for medicinal properties including regulating body temperate and improving digestion.Green tea leaves undergo minimal manufacturing and can be grown or harvested in different ways to alter the flavour naturally.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Green tea is rich in powerful antioxidants called polyphenols such as catechins,  vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, theanine, potassium, calcium, zinc, molybdenum and fluorine.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA:

Catechins in green tea fight bacteria, preventing the onset of tooth decay and removing any bacteria in your throat. They also soothe digestion by maintaining a healthy gut bacteria while reducing inflammation.  Packed with polyphenols, these powerful antioxidants work to keep collagen and elastic in your skin strong, helping to maintain a tight and smooth complexion. Although containing caffeine, green tea contains much lower amounts than coffee or black tea.

COOK:  

Brewing time for green tea ranges from 30 seconds to five minutes. When using tea leaves, it is best to mix 1 teaspoon of leaves per every cup of water.  Mix with some ginger, honey or lemon for delicious, exotic flavour.

TIPS:

Trial and error is key when perfecting your cup of green tea as it will largely depend on your personal taste.  If it is brewed too hot or left for too long the tea will turn bitter, loosing is soothing flavour.

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Gluten Free Savoury Pancake Recipe – with chickpea flour

The lightness and delicate nature of these gluten free savoury pancakes won’t leave you feeling bloated as they nourish your body inside out – the perfect light meal or substantial snack. 

We all know how important it is to live in balance – mixing up your staples and feeding your body with a variety of ingredients is paramount.  Although wheat is a common staple in the western world, it doesn’t have to be used as the main grain in every meal (think cereal, bread, crackers, biscuits, pasta) – we tend to be brain washed into thinking that wheat is our only choice.  This gluten free savoury pancke recipe allows you to explore using wheat free flour, even if you don’t require gluten free dishes for gut sensitivity issues.

Chickpea flour crepes are derived from the glorious socca recipe.  Socca is made from chickpea flour, oil and water and is a common street food eaten in the south of France.  It is baked in either an oven or over a wood fire to create a yummy thick pancake.

I have a taken the traditional recipe and made it into an easy-to-cook and eat thin batter.  This savoury pancake recipe can be prepared ahead of time and filled and wrapped with lots of fresh goodies.

BEAUTY BOOST

Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein!  Protein is vital for both the growth and maintenance of cells within your body. That means it is key to giving you a glowing appearance by replacing dead skin cells with new fresh, strong ones as well as maintaining healthy hair and nail growth.  Chickpeas also contain molybdemum which assists to cleanse the liver and detoxify the skin. This allows your complexion to radiate (even more!) from the inside out!

Turmeric is our go-to spice to beat inflammation! It works to reduce redness and puffiness while maintaining an even skin tone for a bright complexion. Turmeric even helps to preserve strong, lush hair by protecting your follicles from damage.

GLUTEN FREE SAVOURY PANCAKE RECIPE

30 mins wo to go.  Serves 4 (makes 10 thin pancakes)

YOU’LL NEED

1 1/4 cup besan (chickpea) flour  (store bought at your local supermarket – sometimes called garbanzo)

1 cup water

1 cup milk of choice (try our walnut milk)

good pinch salt + pepper if desired

2 eggs

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ teaspoon turmeric

½ teaspoon oregano

1 tablespoon lemon juice

HOW TO

1. Mix Flour, salt, turmeric and oregano together in a large bowl, creating a well in the center.

2. Add water, milk, eggs, oil and lemon juice , whisk until combined and smooth. Mixture should be runny but well beaten.

COOKING YOUR PANCAKES

It’s important to note, these are crepe-style pancakes not thick ‘brunch’ ones hence the batter is runny and producing deliciously delicate pancakes.  We recommend using a typical ‘light weight’ pancake frypan or crepe pan to give a finished pancake size of about 170mm. The pan needs to be light enough to swirl the batter to the edges and to shape and  ‘flip’ the pancake rather using a large pan.

3. Heat fry pan over medium heat. Once hot add drizzle or ‘brushing’ of olive oil to the pan.  Pour in a ladles worth (around ¼ cup 6oml of  batter) and quickly swirl the pan around to spread the batter out to the edges.

4. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes and flip your chickpea flour pancake – you’ll see bubbles form, cooking for a further 1 to 2 minutes.

5. Serve warm or room temperature with desired toppings!

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Mix and match different herbs to change up the flavour of the savoury pancake recipe. Add in some crushed garlic and fresh oregano, or try rosemary or fresh parsley or even smokey paprika. Cumin and or coriander are my favourite aromatic spices that work well with besan too.
  • Top or fill. eg tomato salsa with a crumble of goats cheese, some tuna and avocado with a fresh lemon zest or sour cream and fresh rocket.
MAKING YOUR OWN CHICKPEA FLOUR

1. Pour 250g of dried chickpeas into a Vitamix or food processor and process for 3 minutes, or until powdery.

2. Sift the mixture to filter out the large pieces, blending them again.  You can also use a coffee or spice grinder to grind the left over large pieces into a beautiful powder.

3. Once ground several times, sift the flour mixture to remove any small granule type pieces.  These will not blend easily and can be thrown out.

4.  When using in the batter, only 1 cup is needed as it is slightly thicker than besan flour. Experiment – if the batter is too thin it will go lacy and break so add more or if too thick the batter won’t spread by itself in the pan so add more liquid.

5. Store left overs in an air tight container and save for the next time you make this gluten free savoury pancake recipe!

Chickpea Flour

If making your own chickpea flour – remove granules with a sieve.

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Make this savoury pancake recipe ahead of time and rewarm when ready

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beauty benefits of chickpeas

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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Lima beans, baby roma tomato & basil salad + red wine vinaigrette

SUMMER LIMA SALAD | beans means beauty

[recipe] Serves 4-6 | 3+ hrs wo-to-go dried beans or 10mins wo-to-go canned beans 

A simple & beautiful salad of lima beans (often called butter beans because of their creamy texture and colour), ripe tomatoes and fresh basil leaves.

I am not sure why I don’t use ‘pulses’ more in my cooking, but I suspect it revolves around forming habits!  I am making a concerted effort to include pulses like lima beans and chickpeas in my weekly repertoire because they are packed with beauty-boosting goodness.

BEAUTY BOOST: Lima beans contain the lesser know trace mineral molybdenum, essential for synthesizing DNA – your cells genetic makeup, play a key role in enzymatic de-toxifying of cells and is a good source of B vitamins thiamin and folate which help cells make energy.  Their iron content (25% RDI in one cup) helps transfer oxygen into your cells & their high fibre content helps absorbs and facilitate quick removal of waste, both contributing to a brighter complexion. They contain trace mineral & antioxidant manganese which helps fight free radicals that can damage the skin, trigger inflammation and affect your complexion – and not in a good way!

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