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Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe

Everyone knows that sipping a smoothie in the warm spring sunshine is bliss… But did you know they can help your skin to naturally glow too?

Try our Antioxidant Rich Spring Smoothie Recipe for a skin loving nutrient boost!  This smoothie is specially designed to contain foods bursting with antioxidants and provide your skin with a refreshing treatment from the inside, out.  Foods such as spinach, cacao and cherries are filled with a variety of antioxidants and are high on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) chart… Plus, they taste delicious together!

BEAUTY BOOST

Bursting with antioxidants, this smoothie is created to provide your skin the dose it’s been looking for!  With this degree of free radical neutralising power, you can say goodbye to skin damage and hello to a glowing complexion.  Did you know there is even evidence suggesting our body’s production of antioxidants may decrease as we age?  Our antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe is sure to do the trick!  Antioxidants help to destroy free radicals in our body which are unstable compounds.  Through reactions in the body, they can transfer electrons and leave behind new free radicals. They come from the suns UV rays, cigarette smoke, pollution, our own normal metabolism and toxins presents in pesticides and other household chemicals.  They damage cell function and its integrity which in turn leads to sagging, wrinkled skin, blemishes and a dull complexion. Antioxidants can help combat the damage by neutralising free radicals and stop them from damaging our skin! It’s like your very own anti-aging cream working inside your body. With ingredients bursting with antioxidants, such as cherries, spinach and cacao, this smoothie will leave you feeling young and energised, while helping to sustain bright, smooth skin.Antioxidant Rich Summer Smoothie Recipe

ANTIOXIDANT RICH SPRING SMOOTHIE RECIPE

5 minutes wo to go. Serves 1

YOU’LL NEED

3/4 cup cherries

1 banana

1 /2 cup spinach leaves

1/2 cup walnut milk (or milk of choice, try our recipe here!)

1 tablespoon of cacao powder

Handful of blueberries (optional for garnish)

HOW TO

1. Chop banana and spinach leaves roughly and add to blender.  Add remaining ingredients and blend for one minute or until smooth.

2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy, top with blueberries and ice cubes on a warm spring day!

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Use cherries fresh or frozen.  If using frozen you might need to add a touch more milk to the antioxidant rich spring smoothie recipe to ensure a creamy consistency.

 

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How to Stop Sugar Cravings for Clear Skin

We know that the less sugar we eat, the less we’ll crave…but why is it so hard for to get to that point in the first place?

Although eating foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrates such as biscuits and cakes can leave your taste buds satisfied and give a short term †˜buzz’… they cause a drop in blood sugar levels which leaves your body craving more to restore those levels.

The problem doesn’t arise when treating ourselves every now and again; the issue is when we over consume these sweet treats, most of the time without even knowing it.  This is easy to do in today’s society as sugar is added to many processed foods, even ones we might consider to be healthy, such as yoghurt, breads and juices. In this post we’ll show you how to help you curb your sweet tooth in the instant they hit and quit sugar cravings for good not only for your health but for your skin.

Here is just a few ways over consumption of sugar can impact your complexion:

DAMAGING EFFECTS OF SUGAR AND YOUR SKIN
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles: When an excess intake of sugar and simple carbohydrates (like white bread, baked goods etc) are consumed advanced glycation end products are produced.  Collagen and elastin in our skin are targeted by AGEs (the name suits right?!) damaging their strength and elasticity and bringing on wrinkles.
  • Redness and Puffiness: AGEs destroy antioxidants which protect us against free radicals and help to fight inflammation. This makes our skin more susceptible to damage from both inflammation and from the sun’s UV rays.  Along with the quick changes sugar can cause to your blood sugar levels this combination causes havoc for your appearance, increasing redness and puffiness within your complexion.
  • Acne: Excess sugar signals your hormones to make your skin glands work in overdrive.  This creates blocked pores and oily skin.  Along with increased inflammation the perfect environment for pimples is created and breakouts begin to occur!

But it’s not all bad news!  With some simple changes we can prep our body to sustain a radiate, youthful glow for more of our… not so youthful years.

QUICK FIXES FOR SUGAR CRAVINGS

#1 Brush your teeth! The taste of chocolate and toothpaste does not mix.

#2 Have an herbal tea with spices like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom as this will not only quench thirst but also reduce that need for a sweet taste in your mouth.

#3 Have a go-to mantra you tell yourself when sugar cravings hit that you KNOW will work. Our fav is †œYou can make excuses or you can make it happen†

#4 Chew a piece of gum, not only will it keep your mouth busy but again reduce that need for a sweet taste.

MAKE THE CHANGE

1.  Prepare yourself a standby snack! If you’re reaching for a sweet treat or afternoon pick-me-up make sure you have a substitute on hand so the decision is a no-brainer. Having a small container of trail mix or activated nuts in your handbag is a great go-to or for something a little more exciting try one of our super easy snack ideas.

2. Here’s for the chocoholics – If you consider yourself to be a chocoholic and you feel you couldn’t possibly go a day without it… now is the time to listen! Buying chocolate rich in cocoa (>70%) will not only reduce your sugar intake it will also boost your antioxidant intake when compared to †˜normal’ or milk chocolate.  A square or two is all you will need to fight sugar cravings, especially if it’s a rich dark chocolate. If you find yourself going back for more, your body may just be hungry or thirsty! Cold pressed almond milk is a great option, as it will not only satisfy hunger and quench thirst, but you can add beautiful spices like cinnamon or cloves to create a decadent sugar-free treat.

3. Distraction may be the key. Sugar cravings generally only last a small amount time and are often born out of boredom. If you feel a sugar craving coming on take it as a sign to involve yourself in something more intently for the next 10-20 minutes. Whether it’s going for a walk, browsing your fav blog, having a chat or making a herbal tea, find something that is enjoyable and works for you.

4.  Eat regularly! It is much harder to fight those sugar cravings when we’re hungry as well. After not having eaten for a while your blood sugar levels begin to drop. Which causes your brain to search for something that will provide a quick fix to boost your blood sugar levels. Eating regularly will help to avoid these situations, enabling you to keep your sugar cravings at bay.

5.  Eat fresh, wholefoods… Make sure you are providing your body with enough protein, fats and complex carbohydrates. Foods high in protein such as fish, lentils or eggs and carbohydrates such as brown rice will keep you fuller for longer and allow a slow release of natural sugars ensuring your blood sugar levels do not dip.  Eating unprocessed produce also makes it easier to steer clear of sneaky added sugars which can be hidden in the nutritional information panel on the back! Beat your sugar cravings while nourishing your skin!

If you are purchasing a packaged food, look out for sugar in disguise that can come under these names: corn syrup, dextrin, maltodextrin, fruit juice concentrate, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, galactose, glucose, hydrogenated starch, mannitol, honey, molasses, sorbitol, sucrose, and xylitol.

So there we have it, excess consumption of sugar is not only bad for your body it’s also terrible for your skin! Remember to consume sugar in moderation. It is recomended to consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is around 26g.  Checking nutritional information panels of foods is important to ensure you are within this acceptable amount.

 

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DIY Beauty Recipes for Glowing skin

Transform your skin in 3 ingredients or less.

Naturally nourish and feed your skin from the outside in with these simple, DIY beauty recipes for an effortless natural GLOWA glow that comes from radiant, clear skin combined the happiness that comes from a little relaxation and pampering, is just one of our ingredients in the luk recipe to being a natural beauty.

Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs 60% of what you put on it.  The amazing team at the Environmental Working Group have research supporting that the average woman uses 12 personal care products per day, containing about 168 ingredients…that’s a lot of potentially toxic stuff  being absorbed by your body. But there is a healthier (and less expensive!) alternative – nature offers complex and powerful ingredients whose benefits cannot be replicated in the laboratory and just like the food you eat, they need to be clean, whole and unprocessed to  work effectively.

Many of your everyday pantry basics pack serious glow power, mix a few together and you’ve made yourself a little DIY skin luxe – with no toxic chemicals, busy car parks, or massive price tags.

Here are 7 of our easiest, most effective DIY beauty recipes using the beauty foods we know you’ve always got on hand. Grab a cup of herbal tea and your bestie and make your bathroom into a mini spa getaway and nourish your body and soul.

dividers R1-rough thin grey1. GREEN TEA TONER – all skin types

Green tea is a great anti-inflammatory while aloe vera juice is incredibly soothing to irritated skin. If you are prone to breakouts and/or oily skin green tea and lemon also have antibacterial properties to help calm, soothe and reduce excess oil.

How to |
  1. Brew a fresh pot of [preferably organic, loose leaf] green tea or use matcha (green tea powder)
  2. Strain and pour into a cup and wait to cool
  3. Add a small squeeze of fresh lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice and stir
  4. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool and transfer into a small spray bottle [doesn’t have to be fancy, a plastic one from the discount store will do!]
  5. Spray on face to face, being careful to avoid eyes and any broken skin.

matcha powder - powdered green tea

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2. MILK AND HONEY CLEANSING MASK  – all skin types

Ground oats [or oatmeal] provide gentle exfoliation and are extremely cleansing, healing and softening to the skin. They are also full of Vitamin B to regenerate skin cells for a fresh faced complexion, while milk’s [as well as yoghurt and buttermilk] natural lactic acid helps remove dead skin cells and its inherent fat content (4%) soothes dry, irritated skin.

How to |
  1. Soak 1/2 a cup of oatmeal in milk overnight (use skim milk for oily skin and full fat for dry)
  2. Add a teaspoon of organic raw honey to the mix
  3. Stir well
  4. Gently massage the paste onto your skin using circular movements to gentle exfoliate then leave for 10-20minutes
  5. Wet a face towel with warm water and use to gently remove the cleanser
  6. Rinse your face with cool water to close the pores and pat dry
Tips:
  • You can add some essential oils such as lavender to make it more fragrant
  • You can also substitute milk for yoghurt

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3. SKIN LIGHTENING TREATMENT
– for mature, sun damaged or acne prone skin

Apple cider vinegar helps to inhibit the production of melanin, the pigment in the skin that creates dark spots and helps them to appear lighter over time. It’s also a great natural option for those who suffer from breaks outs as it is a natural source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids [a mild acid used in many face creams] which helps to remove dead skin cells and balance the PH levels of the skin. Lemons are also a fantastic natural skin lightener as they are packed full of  antioxidants which are proven to reduce the amount of melanin that is produced when applied to your skin and used regularly. Apple cider vinegar can trigger irritation for those with sensitive skin so we recommend doing a patch test first.

How to |
  1. Combine 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother) with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  2. Stir well
  3. Dab onto areas of pigmentation, age spots or acne scars before bed and rinse in the morning
Tips:
  • Patch test first to ensure you do not react with the apple cider vinegar
  • Obviously lemon can sting so avoid any areas of the skin that maybe broken, scabbed or raw

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4. ANTIOXIDANT REPAIR MASK
– for mature, dull or dry skin

Pomegranate is packed full of rich antioxidants which protect collagen thereby slowing down the appearance of fine lines caused by sun exposure. They also contain ellagic acid, which helps to prevent wrinkles. Pomegranate combined with yoghurt is also incredibly soothing for those with dry, irritated skin.

How to |
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of organic unflavoured yoghurt with 1 teaspoon of runny honey
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of home made or store bought pomegranate juice and stir well
  3. TIP: for extra moisturising benefits add 2-3 drips of rosehip oil
  4. Stir well
  5. Apply to face and leave for 10-20 minutes
  6. Rinse face with warm water and pat dry.

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5. OIL CLEANSER  – all skin types

Sweet almond oil not only intensely nourishes the skin, but acts as an extremely gentle and effective makeup remover- even for stubborn eye make up! Combine with the moisturising properties of jojoba oil and honey this is the perfect, quick and easy cleanser

How to |
  1. Combine 3 drops of sweet almond oil with 3 drops of jojoba oil and add ½ teaspoon of runny honey
  2. Mix well
  3. Massage on to damp face
  4. Remove with a warm, wet cloth and pat dry

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6. CITRUS BODY SCRUB  – all skin types

Mandarins are rich vitamin C to keep skin smooth and plump plus they smell just fabulous when combined with antioxidants rich cinnamon. You can use oranges instead of Mandarins.

How to |
  1. Combine ½ a cup of panela or brown sugar with roughly 2 tablespoons of chosen oil (we used olive oil)
  2. Squeeze the juice of mandarin into mixture and stir
  3. Finely grate some zest off the mandarin – add as desired
  4. Stir in a pinch of cinnamon
  5. Check consistency: you want the sugar to be †˜wet’ but not too sloppy & check the aroma is zingy, sweet and uplifting. YUM
  6. Pour into a container** to keep in the shower
  7. Whilst showering, scrub all over your body and rinse with warm water.
Tips:
  • Panela sugar is evaporated organic cane sugar juice. It still retains its nutrients and its finer crystal are softer, more delicate on your skin.
  • ** We love glass for its purity and look but be careful with it in the shower.

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7. REPAIR AND CARE HAIR MASK  
– dry, damaged and colour treated hair

The intense moisturising properties of coconut oil and Argan oil combined with egg yolks for shine and lustre, is the easiest and most effective treatment for dry, damaged, colour treated and split ends.

How to |
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of organic cold pressed coconut oil (you may need more depending on length of hair) with 3-4 drops of argan oil
  2. Whip an egg yolk (2 if you have long hair) and add to mixture
  3. Stir well
  4. Apply mask to ends of hair and leave for up to an hour
  5. Rinse with warm water and follow with regular shampoo and conditioner routine

And of course the number one beauty recipe is our gorgeous lip nourish made from delicious beauty foods to moisturise lips and give the perfect hint of colour for any look.

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Fabulous Fig Jam Recipe clean food luk beautifood

Fabulous Fig Jam Recipe – a little sweet treat

This fabulous fig jam recipe is perfect when figs are flourishing! Yes jam is made from sugar but a spoonful of slow cooked lush fruit mixed with organic sweeteners and eaten on your favourite sourdough weekend toast is a treat. Eating well is about making choices. Where would you like your daily spoonfuls of sugar to come from…I know this is top of my list. 

Figs are delicate fruits and can be difficult to locate – even when in season which is end of summer, early autumn.  The reason for this is because figs can only be stored for a few days before over ripening,  they are easily squashed and bruised making them difficult to transport.  A good way to preserve fig if you see them going cheap or find yourself with a bowl full of over ripe ones is to make this fig jam recipe, it only takes an hour.

BEAUTY FOOD BENEFITS

Figs are rich in calcium and are one of the richest sources of this essential beauty mineral.  The combination of potassium and calcium is perfect for keeping bones and teeth strong and maintaining a gorgeous smile. Their high fibre content helps to increase the absorption of essential nutrients and assists in the removal of toxins to help create a clear complexion.

Lemons are powerful antioxidants which help to prevent free radicals from damaging our body.  Their high vitamin C content works well to protect collagen and elastin from damage, helping to maintain a smooth, tight appearance. Ginger also helps to tighten skin while reducing redness due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

FABULOUS FIG JAM RECIPE

1 to 1.5 hrs wo to go.  Makes 1 cup

YOU’LL NEED

450g fresh figs, washed, stems removed and cut into quarters

1/2 cup organic honey

1/2 cup rapadura sugar

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 tspn lemon zest

1 1/2 tspn ground ginger or a little freshly grated ginger or finely chopped glace ginger (optional)

HOW TO
  1. Place figs, honey, sugar and water in a large saucepan. Let sit, unheated for about 15 minutes.
  2. Over medium to high heat, with lid on bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Turn down to a simmer, ensure all sugar on pan is dissolved.
  3. Cook slowly for 30 to 45 minutes, as the water evaporates, the sugar will start to caramelise so be careful and stir occasionally to stop sugars from burning.
  4. Add lemon juice, zest and ginger and stir, cooking for another 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
  5. Spoon your fig jam into your (sterilised) jar, place on the lid and allow to cool completely before placing it into the fridge.
TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Enjoy this fig jam recipe spread over wholesome sour dough toast. You can also dollop on top of warm breakfast cereals. Eg oats or quinoa porridge.
  • For dessert a dollop of this fig jam recipe is fabulous with natural unsweetened yoghurt.
  • Try a smidgen with organic goats cheese and crackers. You could even make your own home made crackers!
  • Search around local stores or markets and see if you can find your honey made locally to use in you fig jam recipe.

 

 

Place figs, honey, sugar and water in a large saucepan. Let sit, unheated for about 15 minutes.

Place figs, honey, sugar and water in a large saucepan. Let sit, unheated for about 15 minutes to soften the fruit.

Over medium to high heat, bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, bringing down to a simmer.

Over medium to high heat, bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, bringing down to a simmer.

Cook for 45 minutes at a low simmer, stirring often to stop honey from burning.  Over time, the figs will begin to break down, you can mash them a few times to achieve a desired consistency.  But remember, there is no need to mash it all up as a few big chunks create a gorgeous texture.

Cook for 45 minutes at a low simmer, stirring often to stop honey from burning. Over time, the figs will begin to break down, you can mash them a few times to achieve a desired consistency…big chunks create a gorgeous texture too.

Add lemon juice, zest and ginger and stir, cooking for another 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to cool.

Add lemon juice, zest and ginger and stir, cooking for another 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to cool.

Spoon your fig jam into your jar, place on the lid and allow to cool completely before placing it into the fridge - or enjoy straight up!

Spoon your caramelised  fig jam into your jar, place on the lid and allow to cool completely before placing it into the fridge.

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beauty food figs

Grown since ancient times, figs have a sweet taste and aroma and are native to western Asia. They range from a lush dark purple, to a mixture of pale green, pale purple and a pale brown colour. The entire fruit is edible (except the stem!) and provides your body with a rich nourishment of calcium and dietary fibre.

FOOD ACTIVES

Antioxidants, vitamin B6, vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, fibre and tryptopphan

BEAUTY BENEFITS

Rich in calcium, figs contain one of the highest amounts when compared to any other fruit. The combination of potassium and calcium is perfect for keeping bones and teeth strong and maintaining a gorgeous smile. Their high fibre content helps to increase the absorption of essential nutrients into the body. It also assists the removal of toxins working to cleanse the body and create a bright complexion. Tryptophan, an essential amino acid works within your body through serotonin – a chemical which encourages feelings of calm and relaxation. Delicious and sweet, figs are fabulous for your body and your complexion.

COOK

Figs can be eaten raw, cooked or dried. They can be sprinkled over a warm breakfast cereal, added with yoghurt or to baked treats, or made into a jam.

TIP

Figs can be eaten raw, cooked or dried. They can be sprinkled over a warm breakfast cereal, added with yoghurt or to baked treats, or made into a jam.

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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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Pumpkin soup recipe clean food luk beautifood

Pumpkin Soup with Asian Aromatics

Pumpkin soup is a favourite of everyone’s. Why not tickle it up a bit with extra vegetables, coconut and some aromatic spice for a change? This pumpkin soup takes around an hour to cook – perfect for a week night dinner.

 BEAUTY FOOD BENEFITS

Pumpkin is fabulous for its high vitamin A and beta carotene!  Vitamin A fights against free radicals which can damage our body and bring on wrinkles. Without enough vitamin A our skin can become dry, this pumpkin soup is a great way to boost your vitamin A content and maintain soft smooth skin whilst creating an easy meal all the family (especially kids) will love.

PUMPKIN SOUP RECIPE

YOU’LL NEED

1 butternut pumpkin – peeled, chopped roughly. (set seeds aside for toasting later)

1 onion – roughly chopped

Drizzle of oil to saute (eg coconut)

1/4 tspn cumin seeds

1/4 tspn coriander seeds

water or 1 litre chicken stock

1 tblspn coconut

2 tblspn cashews (optional in case of allergies)

ginger – few slices

1 clove garlic

salt & pepper

other veggies if on hand – roughly choppep – a stick of celery, a few slices red capsicum, a tomato, or carrot.

HOW TO
  1. Fry onions to til soft. Add spices and fry for a minute to release aromatics. Add all other ingredients, bring to boil. Turn down to simmer for an hour.
  2. Puree with a turbo charged stick or in a blender. If too thick – add some more liquid – water, milk, nut milk or stock.
  3. Whilst the soup is cooking gently pan fry the pumpkin seeds in olive oil and salt.
  4. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt, sour cream or a drizzle of tahini & a sprinkle of the seeds.
TIPS AND TRICKS
  • I love to use chicken stock as it adds another dimension to the soup – Campbell’s 1 litre tetra packs are fine if you don’t have time to DIY for this pumpkin soup.
  • If the pumpkin seeds are too tough with their husk then saute the commercially bought green pepitas (inside seed).
  • Cashews help make the pumpkin soup creamy
Cooking pumpkin soup

Takes just a few minutes to get this pumpkin soup ready (if you buy peeled pumpkin!)

Add a few different vegetable, spices and a tablespoon of coconut

Add a few different vegetable, spices and a tablespoon of coconut to your pumpkin soup.

I love to use the Vitamix to puree the cooked vegetables. It makes it sooo creamy and smooth

I love to use the Vitamix to puree the cooked vegetables. It makes it sooo creamy and smooth

Served with a dollop of yoghurt and the freshly toasted pumpkin seeds.

Served pumpkin soup with a dollop of yoghurt and the freshly toasted pumpkin seeds.

 

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Turmeric & Almond Milk Drink

Turmeric and Almond Milk | super skin drink

This beauty-full turmeric and almond super skin drink recipe is packed with anti-inflammatory and skin moisturising benefits. We make this drink at our luk beautifood bar at the Sydney Morning Herald Growers Market held the first Saturday of every month at Pyrmont in Sydney. 7-11am.

Nut milks provide a delicious base and if you have the right machine they are quick and easy to make. Why not pre-make a few turmeric and almond milk batches stored in little jars and sip each day as part of your morning beauty regime.

Sadly the consumption of fat in our everyday diet has taken a massive battering over the last 2 decades. Fat is essential for our bodies to function optimally, so enjoy the healthy monounsaturated and essential fatty acids in this turmeric and almond milk drink. It contains approximately 7% fat- the same as greek yoghurt, 3% sugar & protein… so what are you waiting for ?

BEAUTY FOOD BENEFITS

This turmeric and almond milk drink is exactly what your body needs to restore itself to optimal functioning for the day ahead!

TURMERIC: By working to reduce inflammation, puffiness and redness will be decreased and  glowing skin restored.  It’s antibacterial properties work to rid acne and ease skin pigmentation sustaining a smooth, youthful complexion . Lush hair is also preserved as your scalp is nourished via curcumin, an antioxidant present, while damage to hair follicles is reduced. ALMONDS: Amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamin E and powerful antioxidants keep skin moisturised and younger looking. By soaking almonds you activate the enzyme inhibitors and improve digestibility. PEAR: Good source vitamin C + high fibre to maintain digestive health for the removal of toxins and increased uptake of nutrients from foods. GINGER: Full of anti-inflammatory fighting substances to aid digestion for better nutrient uptake. LEMON: Rich in vitamin C, essential for making collagen for firmer skin. Body Alkalising and cleansing.WATER: Hydration to keep cells plump and skin smooth. Try this turmeric and almond milk super skin drink tomorrow and feel your body revitalise itself.

TURMERIC AND ALMOND MILK RECIPE

2 x 250ml serves  | 5 minutes wo-to-go (+ 12hrs soaking of nuts)

YOU’LL NEED…

90    (110g) Almonds   (equivalent of 18 / 100ml water)

1-2   Pears (not too ripe as they don’t discolour)

1      Slice of fresh turmeric – 2-3cm x 1cm diameter

1      Thin slice of fresh ginger

2-3  Slices of lemon with skin

500ml filtered (cold) water

METHOD

Cold Pressed Machine (eg Kuving’s Silent Juicer)

  1. Soak almonds overnight to soften & activate
  2. Drain and discard water
  3. Process almonds thru juicer with water, keeping 100ml.
  4. Follow with pears and lemon and turmeric.
  5. Flush thru remaining water.
  6. Mix, taste (adjust if necessary) and serve trumeric and almond milk on ice.
INGREDIENT VARIATIONS
  • Fresh turmeric is fabulous for an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory boost. YES it is bright yellow naturally.
  • Whisk in an egg at the end for protein natural face lift  food! Amino acids are the building blocks of skin + are essential for growth and repair of all your cells.
  • Add a dollop of yoghurt for probiotics to the turmeric and almond milk to keep your digestive tract in order to help remove toxins and for better absorption of nutrients fro clearer skin. If you don’t like dairy try some of the fabulous natural       coconut yoghurts that are around now.
  • Instead of water use coconut water for electrolytes and immunity.
  • Cinnamon or vanilla can be added for extra aromatics as the turmeric has quite an earthy taste.
  • Use any other nut – cashews, macadamia’s or brazil (particularly good source of silica to strengthen nails and hair)
TIPS + TRICKS
  • Pre-make a few little jars in one batch of turmeric and almond milk and sip daily as part of your morning beauty regime.
  • Depending on what beauty benefits you require, swap or add ingredients to suit your personal needs. EG add some pumpkin seeds to your turmeric and almond milk for zinc if you have pimples.  Zinc helps to heal skin.
Vibrant and powerful turmeric is available fresh and ground

Vibrant and powerful turmeric is available fresh and ground – like ginger it is a rhizome (root) on a leafy tropical bush native to SE Asia. It has awesome anti-inflammatory properties for fighting redness, puffy skin and acne.

Turmeric & Almond Milk Drink Ingredients include lemon, ginger and pear

Turmeric and almond milk drink ingredients include lemon, ginger and pear

 

Activated almondsurmeric & Almond Milk Drink Ingredients

Almonds have been soaked over night before making into turmeric and almond milk

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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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Natural Beauty Interview with Sommer Elston of www.gypsyjuice.me/

Meet the beautiful Sommer Elston from Gypsy Juice. Sommer’s passion for travel has taken her on a 14 year adventure around the world, inspiring her to create her own skin care range which she describes as the †œyummiest, most nutritious, delicious and organic, raw meal for your skin†.

Now residing in sunny Mallorca, Spain, Sommer hand makes her small range using ingredients which have been carefully selected to provide your skin with all the minerals, nutrients, fatty-acids and anti oxidants it needs. Not only do we love Sommer’s products and philosophy, but we admire her eco-friendly business, as she only uses chemical and solvent free inks, her website 100% powered by wind energy and all her products are organic and PETA certified.

Thanks to the power of technology, we were able to reach Sommer over in Spain (as much as we would’ve LOVED to have flown over there) and were thrilled for her to be our delicious woman of September.

If you’re wanting to give your beauty cupboard a spring clean, we suggest you head over to Sommer’s website and treat yourself…your skin will thank you!

SOMMER’S GORGEOUS BUSINESS

Tell us about your journey in creating Gypsy Juice; what was your inspiration?

 As an absolute health nut, loving to live an organic, chemical-free lifestyle, I was finding it terribly hard to find products that contained no nasties or fillers what-so-ever. My solution was to concoct my own skincare recipes, using the amazing and exotic ingredients that I came across in my travels. My aim was to create an organic skincare range that would be the yummiest, most nutritious, delicious and organic, raw meal for my skin.

With my little collection of label-less potions, it wasn’t long before people were asking about my skincare secret. I explained that I was making my own, which invariably received the response, †œcan you make some for me†. Knowing that each person has different skin types and skin needs, I began to create custom made products. This is when it struck me, †œThere must be others who would love a chemical free, custom made collection of their own†. And so, the evolution of Gypsy Juice had begun.

You have said that you have †œnomadic passions and vagabond ways† tell us about your travels?

My nomadic lifestyle has led me on many magical and unforgettable experiences. I started exploring this ever inspiring planet of ours in 1997 and have been happily roaming through many countries and experiencing their cultures ever since. There is a freedom in spontaneous travel that I truly love and which has brought me to enjoy some truly incredible journeys.

I sailed a 40ft catamaran from Portugal to New Zealand, tumbled down sand dunes in the Sahara Desert; swum with sea lions in the Galapagos; parasailed in Turkey; skydived in the Whitsundays; toured through Tuscany; tasted magnificent street food in Thailand; hot air ballooned across Mallorca; climbed Tai Shan (China’s most sacred mountain) and much more. I have also had the opportunity to be based in some of the world’s most exciting cities such as London, Moscow, Tokyo, Sydney and New York.

How do you keep a work/life balance?

I have created a little schedule for myself. My week is loosely mapped out and includes a balance of work, rest and play. This works really well for me and by the end of the week I have accomplished all my to-dos whilst having lots of fun along the way.

What is a typical work day for you?

My love and I share a superfood smoothie first thing in the morning. I then head off for my daily walk along the beach or do a little yoga. Back at home, I check and respond to emails and go on to make the orders I have received for that day. This involves hand blending each product with ingredients customised to my clients skin type and skin needs, labelling bottles, stamping my muslin cotton bags, writing my hand written letters and then packaging the goodies ready for their journey.

I then break for lunch. I absolutely love picnics, so many of my lunches are enjoyed picnicking in the park under my favourite olive tree. In the afternoon I hop on my bike and head down to the post office to ship off my parcels. I then take care of any other tasks that need to be completed. In the evening it’s generally a sunset walk or swim and time to cook a yummy, wholesome dinner.

For others out there wanting to start their own business, what is your advice?

Ensure that you are truly and utterly passionate about whatever it is you intend to create. The many, many hours you spend perfecting your business will then be a labor of love and not a chore.

BEAUTY

Tell us about the ingredients you use in your products and why?

My beautiful blends are created with the worlds finest 100% certified organic, cold pressed, unrefined oils, butters and botanicals which I have sourced from all corners of the earth. Each one has been especially chosen for it’s exquisite quality, purity and natural healing powers. My range was developed to provide your skin with all the minerals, nutrients, fatty-acids and anti-oxidants required for optimal skin health.

The Gypsy Juice range

The Gypsy Juice range

What is your daily †˜skin’ regime’?

Firstly I cleanse my face with my Gypsy Juice Luxurious Cleansing Oil. It is a lovely blend of protective and healing oils to soften, cleanse and promote skin elasticity.

Next, I indulge my skin and senses with my Rose Blossom Mist, it is made purely from 100% certified organic Bulgarian rose petals (I fly a lot and this is the most wonderful product for instant hydration on flights).

I then use my Antioxidant face oil and my Essential Vitamins Eye Balm to nourish my face.

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Sommer’s Essential Vitamins Eye Balm and Antioxidant Face Oil

What are your top 3 beauty tips?

1. Be happy, healthy and embrace your unique beauty.

Set aside a little time each day to take part in something you truly enjoy. Stress, worry, anger, frustration and negative feelings are all nasties for your health and in turn for your skin. Immerse yourself in activities such as yoga, meditation, reading a book or taking a walk in nature. It will do wonders for your mindset and give you an overall, happy glow.

2. Create the ultimate, raw, organic meal for your skin.

By feeding your skin with organic, cold pressed, unrefined, oils, butters and botanicals, you will be supplying your skin with all the nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids it needs. Using ingredients suited to your skin type will help your skin become the loveliest, most vibrant, youthful and well balanced it can be.

3. Be a compassionate and conscientious consumer.

With so many skincare products on the market today, choose to support brands that employ ecofriendly and compassionate practices. Look out for recyclable packaging, fair trade ingredients as well as certifications stating they are a cruelty free company. By supporting these types of companies, you are contributing to a more positive and sustainable future. A happy healthy planet means a happy healthy self.

Have you got any †˜skin recipes’ you can share with us that we can make at home?

A nice and easy one is to simply cover your face with a thin layer of Manuka honey. Leave it on as you would a mask (15-20 minutes) then simply wash it off with a soft cloth.

Sommer's Essential Vitamins Eye Balm

Sommer’s Essential Mineral Eye Balm

FOOD

How do you nourish your body from the inside to keep yourself looking gorgeous on the outside?

By eating a large array of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans each day, while partaking in enjoyable exercise to revitalise my mind, body and soul.

Describe your day on a plate for us:

Dawn- Superfood Smoothie

Mid-Morning- Big fruit salad

Afternoon- Roasted vegetable salad with spinach, semi sun-dried tomatoes, hummus and lemon olive

oil dressing.

Late Afternoon- home-made Medjool Date bliss ball.

Night- home-made Lentil/vegetable/bean burgers with chunky avocado salad and salsas.

What are your top 3 †˜can’t’ live without’ ingredients when you cook?

1. Almonds (I make raw almond milk every second day and then make baked goods with the left over pulp)

2. Fruit

3. Vegetables

Can you share with us one of your favourite recipes?

Flourless Orange Cake

What you need

  • 2 oranges
  • 3 happy hen eggs
  • ¾ cup Agave nectar
  • 3 cups of left over almond pulp (well drained)
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder

Orange Syrup

  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup Agave nectar

How to

1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Brush a round 22cm (base measurement) spring form pan with cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil to lightly grease. Line base with non-stick baking paper.

2. Place the oranges in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil over medium heat.

3. Cook for 1.5 hrs.

4. Next Coarsely chop oranges (saving one for the syrup). Remove and discard any seeds.

5. Pop the oranges in a food processor/blender and process until smooth and whisk your eggies and agave in a bowl then add the oranges, almond pulp and baking powder then pop the well-mixed batter into your pan.

6. Bake for around 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside to cool.

7. While your cake is cooling peel the rind off your left over orange and then juice it’s contents. Pop it in a saucepan with your agave and heat until it becomes thick.

Lastly, pour syrup on top and ENJOY. x

LIFE

What is happiness to you?

A blissful state of mind. x

What is the best advice you have ever been given and how do you live it?

Be kind to yourself is probably one of my favourite ones. I follow this advice by fuelling my mind body and soul with a positive, nourishing and compassionate lifestyle.

What is your personal †˜Monday morning mantra’?

The thought of a brand new day full of fun adventures and new possibilities.

What are you are most grateful for in your life and why?

The list is honestly endless. My Love. The beautiful little man growing in my belly (I am due to give birth to my first little ray of sunshine in December). My family and friends. The smile upon my face each day. Kindness shown from others. The fact that I am able to create my beautiful products while living a nomadic lifestyle. The yummy, nourishing food that I enjoy each day. I am also grateful for all the beauty and colour that life brings.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future personally and for your business?

Personally; to continue living a fun, loving, wild + free, adventurous, compassionate, rewarding, fulfilling lifestyle with my growing little family. And in terms of my business? that I get to share my beautiful Gypsy Juice creations with more and more lovely people from all over the world.

Feeling inspired? We thought so.  If you’d like more of Sommer you can also check out her facebook page. 

DIY Coconut & Honey Cleanser

DIY Coconut and Honey Face Cleanser

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It’s the end of the week and it’s time to give your skin some love. Try our quick and easy cleansing cream to wash away make up, dirt and other impurities and give your face a fresh start for the weekend.

Pure food oils such as coconut, grapeseed and olive oil are known for their amazing ability to gently clean the skin, whilst honey will draw in moisture leaving your skin soft and nourished. A touch of gorgeous grapefruit zest and juice will give your skin that vitamin C boost (remember it’s collegens bed friend!) and act as an anti microbial agent to keep breakouts at bay. Read more