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Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea | Natural Beauty Boost

[RECIPE] Makes tea for two | 30 mins

For a superfood burst of flavour and antioxidants

This gorgeous ruby and aromatically spiced tea made with fresh cranberries and citrus is perfect for Spring. It’s not only cheerful and cooling, it’s caffeine-free too – so all kids, and kids at heart, can join in the fun.

A much-loved staple for Thanksgiving in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve re-imaged the recipe as the perfect tonic and delicious iced tea in the our warmer months.

BEAUTY BOOST

A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory tonic, this Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea helps prevent cell damage by free radicals and boosts the immunity to protect against a wide range of winter aliments. It also has stress-relieving properties to help to relieve tension and stress.

 

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A year round superfood, cranberries contain a high nutrient and antioxidant content and are an  excellent source of vitamin C, fibre, vitamin E, vitamin K and manganese.
Cranberry also boast an impressive array of phytonutrients which are naturally occurring plant chemicals that offer the anti-inflammatory properties and protection from harmful free radicals.

Did you know: Sailors would carry cranberries on their ships to avoid scurvy due to the high vitamin C content and ease of storage when dried.

Iced Cranberry and Citrus Tea

Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • Generous handful cranberries – frozen (if dried use 1/3 cup)
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ½ or 1 cinnamon stick
  • Peel of orange, 2x 5cm x 1cm piece
  • Squeeze lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar if desired
  • Additional cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

Method (It’s super simple!)

  1. Pop cranberries pot with water, cloves and cinnamon sticks and orange peel. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Add lemon juice. Sweeten to taste. Strain out cranberries if you like.
  3. Add cinnamon sticks for garnish if you like and serve hot or cold.

Enjoy

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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!

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beauty benefits of carrots

Although usually orange, carrots can also be found in purple, red, white and  yellow shades. And they’re not just for rabbits! The beauty benefits of carrots come from their vivid orange colour, which gives this root vegetable their nourishing, wrinkle fighting benefits.

FOOD ACTIVES:

vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin B6, vitamin B3 (also known as niacin), vitamin K, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, fibre

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CARROTS:

Eating carrots is like nurturing your eyes! The beauty benefits of carrots start with their abundance of beta carotene.  They provides a fabulous boost, working to restore and nourish your eye sight. This occurs as beta carotene can be converted into vitamin A in the body, crucial for good eyesight and night vision. Carrots are also high in antioxidants enabling both your body and complexion to be defended against free radical damage. Vitamin C is vital for the maintenance of collagen production in the skin. It helps maintain skin elasticity while preventing ageing by preserving a smooth, radiant complexion.

COOK:

Carrots can be added to many dishes easily- steamed, fried or baked, added to salads, smoothies or juices, and even in cakes or as a quick raw snack.

TIP:

As beta carotene is fat soluble, drizzling a little bit of oil over carrots  before cooking enables your body to absorb much more, helping you to reap the beauty benefits of carrots!

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beauty benefits of oranges

A family favorite, juicy, sweet oranges are known for their high vitamin C contentto strengthen your immune system and to give you a serious antioxidant boost for a smooth youthful complexion.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Like others in the citrus family, oranges are packed with vitamin C which works as a powerful antioxidant due to its water solubility. This means vitamin C is able to be put to work inside cells helping to protect both their strength and structure to maintain a smooth, wrinkle free complexion. The fibre content in oranges also helps to reduce spikes in blood sugar levels while aiding the removal of toxins from the body.

COOK:

Oranges are great added to fruit salad or as an easy snack.  They can also be juiced and mixed with some mint to create a refreshing (healthy!) cocktail.

TIP:

Commercial oranges currently have a high pesticide use so try and buy organic oranges when possible!

Head to our Recipe and Ingredient section to find out how oranges can keep your lips soft and smooth!  Have you tried an Orange and Juniper Lip Nourish yet? With a gorgeous dusty pink shade it is the perfect addition to protect your lips

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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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beauty food | pumpkin

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Deep orange to yellow, pumpkins symbolise the colours of beta carotene – vibrant and ready to nourish your skin.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants including vitamin A, vitamin C, zeaxanthin and beta carotene and vitamin E, copper, calcium, potassium, iron and dietary fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Not only containing a large amount of vitamin A, pumpkin also contains beta carotene which can be converted to vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is crucial for fighting free radicals and without enough of it our skin can become dry. This boost will help to moisturise your skin and ward off wrinkles preserving a smooth, glowing appearance, especially as the months  become cooler. The addition of iron will also help to keep your skin tight as it is essential to the formation of collagen.

COOK:

Pumpkin is best steamed to keep in all the nutrients, however can also be baked, boiled or stir fried. The seeds can also be roasted and eaten as a snack or sprinkled on top of a salad. Sauté the seeds in smokey paprika and salt.

TIP:

When cutting a whole pumpkin, it is easiest to slice it in half, beginning at the end with the stem.

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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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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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