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lük breakfast beauty bar recipe

lük Breakfast Beauty Bar

[RECIPE] 15 Serves | 45mins go-to-wo | VEG WF DF (NF)

Delicious and easy-to-eat on the go this breakfast beauty bar contains essential beauty nutrients: omega 3 to fight inflammation & moisturise skin, essential amino acids for cell regeneration, vitamins, minerals & of course fibre to help nutrient absorption and remove toxins. I created the recipe for the lük beautifood bar at the Growers Market, they were well received so we will make them every month! Obviously it had to be low sugar and most importantly I did not want it to taste like bird food.

Teamed with a lük Glow+Go Green Smoothie (add a spoon of yoghurt for probiotics & an egg for complete protein) and you have the perfect start to the day.

If you bake them at the beginning of the week and wrap up little bundles you’ll have something to grab as you run out the door. They are handy for breakfast, to fill kids lunch boxes or to snack on.

BEAUTY BOOST:

So many skin loving goodies packed into one delicious bar. Wholegrains contain B vitamins that are required for every aspect of metabolism in your skin, without them your complexion will have a dull appearance as the skin cells can’t regenerate quickly. The seeds and nuts contain skin vital essential fatty acids (esp. harder-to-get omega 3) and key beauty mineral antioxidants (zinc, magnesium, calcium & selenium) and vitamin E. Shredded coconut and coconut oil provide a super skin moisturising boost and anti microbial benefits.

YOU’LL NEED…..

Organic if you can:

1/2 cup oats – quick

1/4 cup flaxseeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup poppy seeds

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut – fine

1/2 cup ground nuts (eg almond, walnuts or brazil nuts) or a flour eg organic spelt flour

1/3 sugar (panela or rapadura – evaporated unrefined cane juice)

1/2 tspn baking soda

1/2 tspn salt flakes (crushed Maldon or Murray River)

zest of 1/2 lemon

1 tspn cinnamon

8-10 medjool dates – chopped (optional)

1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

1 egg

1/3 cup coconut oil

TO MAKE….

  1. Add dry ingredients to bowl. Mix well – use a big balloon whisk. Ensure dates are separated and coated in the dry mix.
  2. Add whisked egg and (melted) oil. Stir / cut through with a knife for several minutes til well combined – every bits and piece will be well coated and it almost clumps together in your hand. This step is important.
  3. Line ‘lamington tin’ ( 9″ x 13”) with unbleached baking paper and empty in mix.
  4. Spread mix evenly and firmly press down and into the tin. The surface will be smooth and firm. I use a flat pastry scraper to flatten out and compress the mix.
  5. Cook for 20-30 minutes on 170C or until surface is golden brown. Check cooking half way thru and turn tray if necessary – ie you may have hot spots in your oven.
  6. Cool slightly, cut the slice into bar size portions. Note it will seem a bit ‘crumbly but just press/poke back into shape – it will firm up on cooling. Leave in tin to cool.
  7. Once cool go over the cuts to ensure they are clean so you have individual pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight tub upto a 3 weeks.

TIPS + TRICKS

  • If you don’t have all the ingredients, don’t despair – mix and match. Eg Swap the oil or seeds or nuts
  • For school lunch boxes – omit the nuts 🙁
  • Pre-wrap the bars in unbleached baking paper and pop on a sticker so the family can ‘grab and go’ – it makes them extra special.
Mixing the ingredients in the lük bar

fabulous mix of nutrient rich nuts and seeds

lük beauty breakfast bar

pressed firmly into the tray

Serving the Breakfast Beautifood Bar by the slice

Serving our Breakfast Beauty Bar by the slice

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Puffed Millet & Coconut Granola recipe from East Coast Health

I couldn’t keep all the deliciousness for myself – I simply had to share Maddie (from East Coast Health’s) Puffed Millet & Coconut Granola recipe with my green beauty warriors!

Maddie has been so kind enough to allow us to showcase her step-by-step guide to creating this tastebud tantaliser, and she’s even included one of my nourishing, delicious Chai Shimmer lipsticks (good enough to eat!) in the picture. What a lass!

“I made this parfait shortly before jetting off on a quick flight to DC for the weekend, and was super excited that my shipment from lük Beautifood had arrived the week before †” their lip nourish sticks (and other products) are made with 100% natural ingredients, including natural fruit extracts!”

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup puffed millet
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Method: 

  1. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  2. Stir together all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan, mix together coconut oil, vanilla, and maple syrup. Heat over a low heat until just combined.
  4. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients.
  5. Pour granola mixture onto a parchment or silpat lined baking tray and place in the oven. Bake for 2.5-3 hours or until just crispy.
  6. Remove from the oven and pour onto a cool surface. Granola will crisp up even more as it cools down!
  7. Enjoy on its own by the handful, with almond milk or non-dairy yogurt, or as a parfait layered with seasonal fruit and more puffed millet.

Check out Maddie’s website here. And her Instagram page here.

Cindy

Will you be baking this natural beauties? x

Jaffa Overnight Oatmeal Recipe from Panaceas Pantry

When the gorgeous Jade & Kath from Panaceas Pantry shared this decidedly delicious snap of their Jaffa Overnight Oatmeal bowl with my yummo Chai Shimmer Lip Nourish Lipstick (sold out at the moment, but will be back in!), I was over the moon! What better way to highlight the nourishing + delicious benefits of the lipstick itself, than with an equally tasty treat for the tastebuds. The caption also happened to make my smile stretch from ear to ear:

Just another shot of out jaffa oats, cos it was delicious. Plus, thanks to the team at Luk Beautifood for keeping our lips soft and tasty! I am not one for using many ‘beauty’ products, but these guys offer basically edible products, made from plants (note: some products have beeswax), and are completely free from terrible ingredients like carnitine and chemicals.They are gluten free, use fruit to pigment their products and the packaging is ultra divine. I dig it!”

Naturally, I had to hunt down the recipe for this bowl of goodness, and the lovely ladies have been kind enough to share it exclusively with you all.

YOU’LL NEED

– 3/4 cup oats (or more, or less… whatever amount you want!)
– 3/4 cup of your favourite nut milk
– 1/4 cup full fat (preferably organic) coconut milk
– 1 tsp orange zest
**If you are a sweet tooth perhaps add a little maple syrup or coconut sugar**
DIRECTIONS
1. Combine in a bowl, mixing well, and leave to soak overnight, so it’s all ready to go in the morning.
2. Transfer to a saucepan, add a little more nut milk and gently heat, then transfer back to a bowl.
OPTIONAL: To turn basic oatmeal into Jaffa goodness, add;
– 1-2 Tbsp Loving Earth chocolate coconut butter (this will melt, then you can stir it through to make it all delicious and chocolatey- alternatively, use raw cacao powder)
– Juice of 1 orange, plus extra zest if you love orange like we do
3. Finally, add your favourite toppings. We used quinoa puffs, Simply raw coconut rough bars and home-dried plums.

Enjoy!

Will you be whipping this up in the kitchen natural beauties? Tell me in the comments x

lük breakfast beauty bar recipe

lük Breakfast Beauty Bar

[RECIPE] 15 Serves | 45mins go-to-wo | VEG WF DF (NF)

Delicious and easy-to-eat on the go this breakfast beauty bar contains essential beauty nutrients: omega 3 to fight inflammation & moisturise skin, essential amino acids for cell regeneration, vitamins, minerals & of course fibre to help nutrient absorption and remove toxins. I created the recipe for the lük beautifood bar at the Growers Market, they were well received so we will make them every month! Obviously it had to be low sugar and most importantly I did not want it to taste like bird food.

Teamed with a lük Glow+Go Green Smoothie (add a spoon of yoghurt for probiotics & an egg for complete protein) and you have the perfect start to the day.

If you bake them at the beginning of the week and wrap up little bundles you’ll have something to grab as you run out the door. They are handy for breakfast, to fill kids lunch boxes or to snack on.

BEAUTY BOOST:

So many skin loving goodies packed into one delicious bar. Wholegrains contain B vitamins that are required for every aspect of metabolism in your skin, without them your complexion will have a dull appearance as the skin cells can’t regenerate quickly. The seeds and nuts contain skin vital essential fatty acids (esp. harder-to-get omega 3) and key beauty mineral antioxidants (zinc, magnesium, calcium & selenium) and vitamin E. Shredded coconut and coconut oil provide a super skin moisturising boost and anti microbial benefits.

YOU’LL NEED…..

Organic if you can:

1/2 cup oats – quick

1/4 cup flaxseeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup poppy seeds

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut – fine

1/2 cup ground nuts (eg almond, walnuts or brazil nuts) or a flour eg organic spelt flour

1/3 sugar (panela or rapadura – evaporated unrefined cane juice)

1/2 tspn baking soda

1/2 tspn salt flakes (crushed Maldon or Murray River)

zest of 1/2 lemon

1 tspn cinnamon

8-10 medjool dates – chopped (optional)

1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

1 egg

1/3 cup coconut oil

TO MAKE….

  1. Add dry ingredients to bowl. Mix well – use a big balloon whisk. Ensure dates are separated and coated in the dry mix.
  2. Add whisked egg and (melted) oil. Stir / cut through with a knife for several minutes til well combined – every bits and piece will be well coated and it almost clumps together in your hand. This step is important.
  3. Line ‘lamington tin’ ( 9″ x 13”) with unbleached baking paper and empty in mix.
  4. Spread mix evenly and firmly press down and into the tin. The surface will be smooth and firm. I use a flat pastry scraper to flatten out and compress the mix.
  5. Cook for 20-30 minutes on 170C or until surface is golden brown. Check cooking half way thru and turn tray if necessary – ie you may have hot spots in your oven.
  6. Cool slightly, cut the slice into bar size portions. Note it will seem a bit ‘crumbly but just press/poke back into shape – it will firm up on cooling. Leave in tin to cool.
  7. Once cool go over the cuts to ensure they are clean so you have individual pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight tub upto a 3 weeks.

TIPS + TRICKS

  • If you don’t have all the ingredients, don’t despair – mix and match. Eg Swap the oil or seeds or nuts
  • For school lunch boxes – omit the nuts 🙁
  • Pre-wrap the bars in unbleached baking paper and pop on a sticker so the family can ‘grab and go’ – it makes them extra special.
Mixing the ingredients in the lük bar

fabulous mix of nutrient rich nuts and seeds

lük beauty breakfast bar

pressed firmly into the tray

Serving the Breakfast Beautifood Bar by the slice

Serving our Breakfast Beauty Bar by the slice

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Puffed Millet & Coconut Granola recipe from East Coast Health

I couldn’t keep all the deliciousness for myself – I simply had to share Maddie (from East Coast Health’s) Puffed Millet & Coconut Granola recipe with my green beauty warriors!

Maddie has been so kind enough to allow us to showcase her step-by-step guide to creating this tastebud tantaliser, and she’s even included one of my nourishing, delicious Chai Shimmer lipsticks (good enough to eat!) in the picture. What a lass!

“I made this parfait shortly before jetting off on a quick flight to DC for the weekend, and was super excited that my shipment from lük Beautifood had arrived the week before †” their lip nourish sticks (and other products) are made with 100% natural ingredients, including natural fruit extracts!”

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup puffed millet
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Method: 

  1. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  2. Stir together all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan, mix together coconut oil, vanilla, and maple syrup. Heat over a low heat until just combined.
  4. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients.
  5. Pour granola mixture onto a parchment or silpat lined baking tray and place in the oven. Bake for 2.5-3 hours or until just crispy.
  6. Remove from the oven and pour onto a cool surface. Granola will crisp up even more as it cools down!
  7. Enjoy on its own by the handful, with almond milk or non-dairy yogurt, or as a parfait layered with seasonal fruit and more puffed millet.

Check out Maddie’s website here. And her Instagram page here.

Cindy

Will you be baking this natural beauties? x

Jaffa Overnight Oatmeal Recipe from Panaceas Pantry

When the gorgeous Jade & Kath from Panaceas Pantry shared this decidedly delicious snap of their Jaffa Overnight Oatmeal bowl with my yummo Chai Shimmer Lip Nourish Lipstick (sold out at the moment, but will be back in!), I was over the moon! What better way to highlight the nourishing + delicious benefits of the lipstick itself, than with an equally tasty treat for the tastebuds. The caption also happened to make my smile stretch from ear to ear:

Just another shot of out jaffa oats, cos it was delicious. Plus, thanks to the team at Luk Beautifood for keeping our lips soft and tasty! I am not one for using many ‘beauty’ products, but these guys offer basically edible products, made from plants (note: some products have beeswax), and are completely free from terrible ingredients like carnitine and chemicals.They are gluten free, use fruit to pigment their products and the packaging is ultra divine. I dig it!”

Naturally, I had to hunt down the recipe for this bowl of goodness, and the lovely ladies have been kind enough to share it exclusively with you all.

YOU’LL NEED

– 3/4 cup oats (or more, or less… whatever amount you want!)
– 3/4 cup of your favourite nut milk
– 1/4 cup full fat (preferably organic) coconut milk
– 1 tsp orange zest
**If you are a sweet tooth perhaps add a little maple syrup or coconut sugar**
DIRECTIONS
1. Combine in a bowl, mixing well, and leave to soak overnight, so it’s all ready to go in the morning.
2. Transfer to a saucepan, add a little more nut milk and gently heat, then transfer back to a bowl.
OPTIONAL: To turn basic oatmeal into Jaffa goodness, add;
– 1-2 Tbsp Loving Earth chocolate coconut butter (this will melt, then you can stir it through to make it all delicious and chocolatey- alternatively, use raw cacao powder)
– Juice of 1 orange, plus extra zest if you love orange like we do
3. Finally, add your favourite toppings. We used quinoa puffs, Simply raw coconut rough bars and home-dried plums.

Enjoy!

Will you be whipping this up in the kitchen natural beauties? Tell me in the comments x

oat-apricot-cookie

OAT, APRICOT & MAPLE SYRUP BIKKIES

[RECIPE] Makes 25 (5cm) cookies | 30 mins go to woe  (Prep 10 mins. Baking 20mins)

Quick, easy wholesome recipe for kids lunch boxes & healthy snacks on-the-go.  This is a variation of the Crispy Oat & Cranberry Cookie  , it’s thinner and uses apricots instead of cranberries + maple syrup replaces panela sugar.

YOU’LL LOVE IT BECAUSE….

  • Maple Syrup – natural and un-refined, mineral rich sugar syrup
  • Oats: regulate your appetite so you feel fuller for long and as well as help lower cholesterol. Read more
DIY Deep Cleansing Mask

DIY Deep Cleansing Mask with oats & honey

Revitalise and clear your skin with lük’s DIY deep cleansing mask. This super quick [and cheap!]  mask is made up of oats, milk and honey and will rid the skin of pore clogging debris and leave your skin soft, soothed, moisturised and glowing.

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.

Milk’s [as well as yoghurt and buttermilk] natural lactic acid helps remove dead skin cells and its inherent fat (4%)  soothes dry, irritated skin.

Honey will help to open up the pores whilst moisturising the skin and giving it a hit of beauty nutrients for a glowing complexion.

HOW TO

1. Soak 1/2 a cup of oatmeal [almond meal can also be used] in milk suited to your skin type overnight

2. Add a teaspoon of organic raw honey to the mix

3. Stir well

4. Gently massage the paste into your skin using circular movements and leave for 5-10 minutes

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

7. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and follow with your favourite natural moisturiser.

Relax and Enjoy

Click here to find more of our DIY spa recipes to nourish your skin, hair and body.

Aimee-Lili x

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Discard leftovers after 1-2 days
  • You can add some essential oils such as lavender to make the cleansing mask more fragrant
  • You can also substitute milk for yoghurt

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Why not finish off your fresh, healthy glow with a sheer colour luk Lip Nourish in nude?

Chai Shimmer

Sheer natural lipstick made from clean active foods complete your healthy fresh faced look.

 

Beauty Pantry Basics: Milk It

[FOOD]

Whether it’s for cooking, baking, making your morning latte, pouring on your cereal, dunking cookies in or simply enjoying by itself, ‘milk’ is a key part of our diet. We’ve come a long way since Daisy and her milkmaid; in this day and age it seems that every form of rice, nut, grain, seed and bean has a milk to its name. Every type has its pros, but which is best for you? We focus on the beauty benefits of five different milks so you can decide for yourself.

Cow Milk

Constantly under attack by the diet community as fattening and cholesterol forming, the market is now saturated with refined low-fat and no-fat milk versions. But it’s the minimally processed, keep-it-real full-cream (still only 4.6% fat) that is naturally nutrient rich and contains a small amount of fat that is an important element in enabling digestion of milk proteins and fat-soluble vitamins.  A good source of..

Calcium: Supports the new cell production and enhances the health and complexion of your skin by acting as a regulator of cell turnover which prevents the accumulation of dead cells. Also moisturising and hydrating, this nutrient will keep your skin looking soft and smooth.

Vitamin B12: Encourages the formation of red blood cells that carry oxygen to the body and helps blood vessels to function proper. The oxygen transported through the red blood cells helps grow healthy and beautiful hair

Vitamin D: Important for maintaining the immune system, which is key to preventing skin infection and diseases.

Riboflavin: This enhances metabolism processes for the formation and division of skin cells to keep you looking youthful and radiant!

cow's milk

Image Source: Pinterest via Creative Can

On the flip side, there are epidemiological studies that associate milk with inflammation, and ‘food sensitivity’  problems are growing – unwanted reactions that can cause diverse issues including digestive problems, asthma, eczema, joint pain, headaches and fatigue.

Soy Milk

This milk gets (undeservedly) bad press because of GM’s, thyroid issues (with a small but vocal portion of the population) and discussion on how high levels of phytic acid are thought to reduce the assimilation of key minerals. I like to take a ‘helicopter’ view of soy that it should not be popped into the “don’t eat” basket as it plays an important role in the diet of vegans and is native to Asia where it is consumed as part of the every day diet. Rich in plant sterols it’s believed to be one of the reasons why (along with green tea) Asian skin does not show the signs of ageing.  Relax and enjoy soy milk as a beneficial beverage….in moderation & GM free of course.

A good source of..

Calcium: It works with the skin to generate sebum that helps to maintain healthy moisture levels to keep it soft, smooth and hydrated.

Protein: This serves a major structural role in tissues such as muscle and skin as well as being vital to cell division necessary for growth, reproduction and healing. It is the building block for strong and healthy nails, hair and skin in which it aids in wrinkle prevention by reducing sagging and making the skin appear tighter.

Isoflavones: This is a class of very strong antioxidants known to have many beneficial effects on the skin. Anti-oxidative properties provide anti-inflammatory assistance to skin cells enhancing the appearance of the skin by preserving elasticity and producing collagen.

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Image: Pinterestvia Girl Cooks World

Almond milk

Almond milk has been gaining popularity in recent years not only due to it distinct and delicious nutty mild flavour but also because of its many health benefits. It shares the same excellent nutritional content as the highly nutrient dense almonds that it is made from. For the highest nutritional benefits you can very easily make your own from scratch.

A good source of..

Vitamin E: These anti-oxidants help prevent cells from free radical damage by protecting collagen and elastin structures. This fights the first signs of skin aging such as wrinkles, age spots and sagging. It prevents the loss of moisture in the skin and promotes a soft and smooth complexion by keeping the skin fats healthy while also acting as a mild protective agent from UV sun damage.

Omega-6+9 Fatty Acids: Overall this nutrient leads to smoother, younger-looking skin.

Glyocides: These antioxidants work together to fight free-radical damage, one of the main causes of wrinkle damage to the skin.

almond milk

Image: Pinterest via William Sonoma

Oat milk

If you aren’t keen on nutty tasting milks, the mild and naturally sweet flavour of oat milk may be for you.  Like almond milk, this milk contains all the nutrients of the nutritious food that it is derived from.

A good source of..

Iron: Plays a major role in oxygen movement in the body. When the skin receives proper oxygen supplies regeneration and repair of skin cells can happen and create thick, strong and wrinkle free skin that is youthful and glowing.

Manganese: This acts as an activator of many enzymes that enables the proper absorption and utilisation of antioxidants. One enzyme in particular it activates is called prolidase which increases the production of collagen which assists the body in healing wounds.

Thyamin: Promotes cell regeneration and cell division to support the skin in repairing damaged cells, making the skin stronger and healthier in appearance and reducing signs of wrinkles.

Fibre: The high fibre content (if you DIY) helps to regulate blood sugar levels and promote healthy bowel functions, which reduces toxins being present in the skin.

oat milk made in the Vitamix

 

Image Source: Pinterest via Oh She Glows

Coconut Milk

Made from the meat of the coconut this milk boasts a variety of nutrients as well as a creamy consistency and delicious taste. Whether you drink it or apply it topically, this milk will moisturise and nourish your body inside and out.

A good source of..

Vitamin E: Internally moisturises by keeping the skin fats healthy while anti-oxidants help to protect collagen and elastin structures, which prevents skin ageing and maintains a healthy, soft and smooth complexion.

Potassium: This balances fluids in the body, which allows maintenance of proper levels of moisture in the skin to keep it hydrated and smooth. It promotes cellular cleansing, particularly the elimination of wastes which allows for the regeneration of new cells and keeping the skin healthy, beautiful and radiant.

Phosphorus: Maintains good oral health by working with calcium to boost the strength of teeth.

+ Antifungal: Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system.

coconut milk

Image Source: Pinterest via cookingalalamel

The best thing about all these milks being popular is you can mix them up. This way you’ll be getting a fantastic assortment of vitamins and nutrients and an entire spectrum of amazing beauty benefits. So, grab yourself a glass and get drinking!

 

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Silica for love of skin, nails and hair

Silica | for love of skin, nails & hair

Why we Love the Food Active Mineral Silica…

Source: Found in the greens, asparagus, leeks, celery, beans, cucumber, strawberries and oats.

Beauty and Benefits: Silica promotes tissue firmness & healthy skin. It is essential for maintaining skin’s elasticity and makes your skin resilient and radiate. Silica deficiency can hamper the body’s ability to heal wounds. 

Morsel to Motivate: In maintaining connective tissue, silica aids not only the skin, but muscles, tendons, joints, hair, nails, cartilage and bone – it is one of the key ingredients in supplements for poor joints and cartilage.

 

buckwheat cookies

BUCKWHEAT & CRANBERRY COOKIES (+ optional choc drizzle!)

[RECIPE] Makes 25 (5cm) cookies | 30 mins wo-to-go (Prep 10 mins. Baking 20mins)

Quick easy healthier recipe for kids lunch boxes & healthy snacks on-the-go.  This is a variation of the Chewy Oat , Banana and Cranberry Cookie. By omitting the mashed banana and adding water you turn it in to a more traditional style cookie.

YOU’LL LOVE IT BECAUSE….

  • Nutrient dense – wholemeal flours, oats, un-refined sugar, cranberries Read more
Easy_Muesli

EASY PEASY MUESLI | your daily cleanse, inside out!

Serves (min 20) | 10mins wo-to-go

Instead of forking out a bucket load of time and money to buy all the ingredients from scratch, simply buy an off the shelf muesli and top it up with those ingredients you find hard to eat everyday.

BEAUTY BOOST: Kickstart your day feeling light, nourished & with heaps of energy to get you thru to lunch time! This muesli really gets you going because lots of the ingredients contain soluble and insoluble fibre (eg sunflowers | pectin) which help to keep the intestines well cleared and so can contribute to clear skin and less energy absorption.

Not only that, but I find it’s a fab way of getting your daily dose of seeds and nut which contain skin vital essential fatty acids (esp. harder-to-get omega 3) and key mineral antioxidants (zinc, magnesium, calcium & selenium) and vitamin E.

When topped with a natural yoghurt & fruit (eg frozen blueberries) you have given your body a huge ‘can-do’ boost.

YOU’LL NEED….

1 Box of ‘Table of Plenty’ muesli eg Velvet Vanilla (note: it’s half toasted for flavour | half untoasted for goodness) or Carmen’s

1 bag pumpkin seeds (eg 500g)

1 bag sunflower seeds (eg 500g)

2 bags of whole or chopped nuts (eg almonds and walnuts). (eg 1kg bags)

1 bag chia seeds ((eg 250g)

1 bag organic sultanas (ie no sulfate preservative eg. 500g ) or cranberries

1 bag ground linseed | flax seeds

TO MAKE…..

Into a big bowl add muesli and whatever quantity of the other ingredients looks good or empties the bag if they are smaller or already in use! Mix, pop into your favourite large re-sealable, preferably glass jar. Lasts til eaten!

TIPS

– you can add / substitute other goodies: eg sesame seeds, dried apricots (organic | ie no sulphur), brazil nuts

– buy these bigger, zip lock bags of seeds and nuts etc from your supermarket and use a quantity as desired – then you won’t have to measure to make this recipe and will always have lots on hand to make other body-delicious snacks or meals.

– Woolworth’s has a good selection under their brand Wholefoods brand. Organic is always best but I think it is great to just start eating better…

– both Woolies and Coles now sell kilo bags of nuts in their F&V section that are far more cost effect than those found in the cooking isle.

– really easy to mix and match your favourite ingredients and change it from batch to batch, season to season.

KIDS

– make sure you chop up the nuts or use a nut meal so they don’t complain about chewing.

– Intro muesli by sprinkling over weetbix + top with a crunchy but not too sweet flake such as cornflakes + plain yoghurt so they get the best of both worlds! (a taste / crunch they love  + slow realise energy)

–  If they complain about no added sugar yoghurt – drizzle a little bit of honey so YOU control how much sugar is added.