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beauty bar cake

BEAUTY BAR CAKE | more-ish and moist

[recipe] Makes 1 loaf | 60 mins wo-to-go

This is one of those recipes that not only boosts your beautifood intake but helps you feel good whilst making and eating it! It is a moist, more-ish cake filled with nutrient rich goodies. The only ‘added’ sugar comes from 2 tblspns of honey as the dates are cooked down til icky & sticky + sultanas are added to sweeten. It’s gluten free because quinoa and almond flours are used and what’s more there is a cup of finely grated carrot  – that cannot be seen or tasted but provides vitamin A &  fibre and keeps it moist.

This beauty bar cake offers your skin nutrients to help fight wrinkles & look radiant. It’s wholesome ingredients keep you feeling fuller longer, after giving you an initial boost of energy….it is a ‘slow release cake.’

YOU’LL NEED…..

1 cup dates  – pitted and chopped  + water

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Avocado Salad

AVOCADO | a quick bite for lunch or brunch

[recipe] Serves 2 | 5 mins go-to-wo

Such a delightfully simple, skin-savvy and delicious snack. There is something about the warmth of the toast and the avocado ‘melting’.

BEAUTY BOOST:  Do I need to say anything?  Fibre & B vitamins from the bread, a dose of fresh greens, calcium from the cheese and beautiful healthful fats, vitamin E & C and potassium from the avocados…not to mention free radical fighting antioxidants. For more on why your skin loves avocados here: beautifood bite or beauty benefits the avocados luscious lipids post 

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avocado-oil

Product Love | Avocado Oil infused with Lime

What is it?   Cold pressed avocado oil with a hint of oil extracted from lime rind. Made in NZ by Avocado Oil New Zealand Ltd under the brand Grove.

Why is it good? It’s the ‘perfect’ dressing oil to add to your ‘salad repertoire: tastes gourmet delicious with little effort or cost. It’s just like an avocado oil + freshly grated lime zest mixed together.  Dark green, rich, smooth and oozing with skin beautifying goodies. See avocado post & beautifood bite for details on why avocados are skin loving.

How to use? I love it drizzled over green salad leaves (with a squeeze of citrus juice or a mild vinegar), added to a dressing for asian style noodle salads or  ‘fancy pants’ plate decorating a piece of fish. The makers say to cook with it but …I think the delicate flavour would be wasted.

Where to buy? I found mine in Woolworths for <$10.00 in the oil section.  See www.avocado-oil.co.nz

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Beauty Benefits | avocados luscious lipids

I just read these avocado beauty tips and nutritional info  from the Australian Avocado Organisation’s website and it compelled me to dig thru my resources to find out and share bit more with you on why avocados live up to their to ‘mean green moisturising machine’ reputation and make the perfect package for busy mums!

I love Avocado oil so much it is one of the key food active moisturising oils I have used in my range of skin delicious lippies that will launch in August 2012! 

Even tho avocados have on average around a 20% fat content, there is absolutely no reason why you should avoid eating them. Eating fat is good for you as long as you know not all fats are the same, ‘healthy’ or ‘good’ fats like avocados are one of the most important skin-moisturising nutrients you can have to improve the appearance of your skin. Why? Because avocados lipids are luscious, they contain lots of skin-healthy polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats (see below nutritional profile from Avocado Australia) not long chain saturated fats found in many animals and dairy products or processed and/or hydrogenated fatty acids. And because of their luscious lipids, avocados house lots of important beauty-fying nutrients and phytochemicals.

Moist skin ensures you have a smooth consistant and radiant complexion, a lack or loss of moisture can promote the appearance of wrinkles, as well as inflammation, redness, unevenness and puffiness. Avocados contain more of the carotenoid lutein (and Zeaxanthin that works alongside lutein) than any other fruit, their antioxidant effect may protect your skin from UV-B-induced damage & their vitamin E content (the most important fat-soluble antioxidant in the skin as fats are a major component of skins moisture) protect lipids from oxidation which would damage skin structure and lead to dryness and wrinkles.  Avocados are also rich in B vitamins, which help with metabolism and energy. They also contain Vitamin C which may improve the health of your skin, as well as prevent the premature formation of wrinkles by improving the integrity of collagen, your skin cell’s scaffolding. Avocados contain antioxidants called polyphenols as well which fight free radicals that cause cell damage. They also are a good sources of vitamins K, potassium ( more than bananas) which is essential for fluid balance – a lack can result in puffy or dry skin and fibre which is essential for keeping a ‘well cleansed’ digestive system.

For morsels of useful information to print out and keep on your kitchen pinboard see beautifood bite | avocados.

Enjoy, Cindy x

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