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GLOW + GO Green Smoothie | Natural Beauty Boost

[RECIPE] Makes 900ml | 3 serves  5 mins Wo-to-Go.

For a Healthy Glow & Get UP & Go

In Summer when with the warm weather we’re naturally outside and active more.

Our home juicing menu has taken a turn from our staple red juice (beet, carrot, apple, ginger celery) to green juice to invigorate our body for ‘get up & go and a healthy glow.’

The ingredients used to make a green smoothie are all light, and non starchy which makes them easy to digest giving you an instant dose of beautifying food. And because there is no waste in making a smoothie you are getting a massive does of active beauty nutrients to feed your beauty including fibre to keep your digestive system moving quickly to remove toxins and increase nutrient absorption. There is no other way to get such a vast serve of fruit & vegetables that are quick to eat and keep you full for longer.

Making a green smoothie can be fun because there is such a fast array of green fruit and vegetables available to use.

  • Start with green leaves (kale, spinach, lettuce,) | think Vitamin A for complexion + chlorophyll  
  • Add beauty minerals  rich vegetables (celery, cucumber, [avocad0], fennel) 
  • Add a ‘sweetner’ (pear or green apple -pineapple is gorgeous) for flavour, fibre + antioxidants
  • Pop in some Citrus for vitamin C – we love it for collagen production and alkalising the body 
  • Toss in ‘active flavours’ for depth & fragrance – ginger, mint, parsley, fresh turmeric 
  • Liquify with water, ice, coconut water (for a sweeter, more fragrant style), green tea (antioxidants) or almond milk (to increase skin moisturising essential fatty acids and protein). 
  • You can always add ‘boosters’ such as flax seed oil, probiotics (the simplest is natural yoghurt), protein (an egg is great) or seeds such as pumpkin (zinc) or Chia (omega 3)

BEAUTY BOOST
The green pigment in plants – Chlorophyll – is an all round superfood. It helps neutralise acids in your body, seriously stimulates your digestion(!), boosts oxygen levels in your blood allowing your cells to receive more nutrients & energises your body. It helps to extract nasty toxins from your liver, essentially improving liver function + detoxes and cleanses your blood which promotes radiant skin.  It also reduces the signs of ageing as its antioxidant properties help neutralise free radicals. It’s super-rich in enzymes which promote cell rejuvenation. And lastly, it is alkalising and anti-inflammatory effect on your body alleviates skin disorders such as eczema, dryness, puffiness and redness. What are you waiting for?

Avocados for essential fatty acids and Vitamin E to keep skin soft and smooth. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins AC & K  – keeping your skin tight and toned. Celery & cucumber contain silica – a food active nutrient that acts as an internal moisturiser. Other beauty minerals include calcium, iron, manganese and potassium. Potassium & iron help transport O2 round the body to renew and revitalise your skin.

YOU’LL NEED
avocado – 1/2
kale – 3 leaves inc. stem
english spinach – 1 ‘root ‘with 6-8 leaves & stems
cucumber – 1/2 chopped in 4
celery – 1 stick  inc. leaves
parsley – 3 stems
mint – 2- 3 stalks with leaves
pears – 2 chopped inc seeds (no stem) or green apples
lemon – 1/2 with no rind + 1/4 strip rind
ginger – 1-2 thin slices
water – 1.5 cups (or coconut water or green tea + dash apple juice if you are inclined)
ice – 1 cup (needed for texture + flavour enhancement)
TO MAKE
Simply pop all ingredients in the Vitamix, turn on & increase speed to high. Blend for about a minute til smooth and creamy.
You may need to pulse the mix to begin with depending on what order ingredients went in or will need to use your tamper stick.
This recipe makes 3 good size jars so pop the spare/s ones in the fridge for the next day. They will last at least 2.
TIP & TRICKS

– the ice gives the smoothie a fabulous melt-in-your-mouth texture + keep the smoothie chilled as high powered blenders add so much energy when mixing it can warm up the smoothie!

– need to know more about juicing & making smoothies? Read more…

– or try my avocado & banana recipe

 

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Shakshuka Baked Eggs Recipe

Put a delicious, exotic spin on your morning eggs with this shakshuka baked eggs recipe. Super easy to make, enjoy this recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner! 

Shakshuka baked eggs are great for trying different styles and flavours. Mix it up by adding in some different herbs or spices, or a touch more cayenne pepper for extra kick. You can even use it as a way to clear out the crisper before the Sunday groceries by adding different vegetables into the mix!

BEAUTY BOOST

Eggs are a great source of protein, containing essential amino acids to build and repair tissue, meaning they keep skin both firm and smooth and your muscles in top form. They also contain choline which maintains plump cell membranes and lutein which helps to ensure skin elasticity, together they make eggs the perfect skin superfood.

But it’s the herbs and spices that really make this dish. Parsley is fabulous for cleansing your body while vitamin A and vitamin K work to brighten the eyes and rejuvenate skin. Paprika contains vitamin B6 aiding healthy and lush hair.

SHAKSHUKA BAKED EGGS RECIPE

30 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 brown onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely diced

6 tomatoes, diced

1 cup mushrooms, diced

1 capsicum, diced

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 large eggs

1/4 fresh parsley

pinch of salt and pepper

HOW TO

1. Heat oil in a skillet or fry pan over medium heat. Add onion and stir for 5 minutes, add garlic and stir regularly for a further minute.

2. Add the capsicum and mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring regularly for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for a further 3 minutes.

3. Begin to squash the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.  Add paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper and stir. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Crack the eggs on top of the tomato mixture and cover the pan (foil will do the trick if no cover is available). Simmer the mixture for desired time.  4 minutes for runny yolks, 6 to 7 minutes for soft yolks and 10 minutes for hard yolks.

5. Garnish with parsley and some salt and pepper and serve warm.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Serve with some warm crusty bread for dipping in the tomato sauce.
  • Try adding a touch more cayenne pepper to spice up this shakshuka baked eggs recipe. You can add some cumin in place of oregano, or even top with coriander.  You could even add in some mince or lentils for a lunch time or dinner meal.
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Serve with some warm crusty bread to scrape up the last bits of tomato sauce!

The Green Goddess Dip | tighten, brighten and moisturise your skin

[RECIPE] Serves 4-8 |  10 mins go-to-wo

I created this dip with my good friend & chef extraordinaire Jo for the Balmoral Boatshed Beauty Food Bar evenings. I had a desire to show the beauty in food by using several coloured dips on a plate to demonstrate how each colour has different ‘active nutrients’ and how each of these can benefit the skin in different ways. There are lots of versions of “green goddess’ dip, some use cream cheese instead of avocado some don’t use herbs….but I created this one using my favourite ingredients that are always on hand. Because I have a kitchen garden I selected 5 different herbs. Don’t go to the expense of doing that if you don’t grow your own. Just select a herb or 2 who’s flavour your like or ones that go with what you are cooking.

BEAUTY BOOST
Avocado is fantastic for your skin! Luscious lipids & Vitamin E moisturise the skin by replenishing the skin’s natural moisture barrier to keep it soft and hydrated, vitamin C firms the skin by boosting collagen production and antioxidants smooth the skin by fighting free radicals that cause inflammation, dryness and tissue deterioration. Whether you choose spinach or watercress (or both!), the vitamin A content of these green leaves along with herbs is very high and promotes healthy skin by allowing for proper moisture retention. This helps to fight psoriasis, acne and dry skin. The zinc content of pumpkin seeds also aids in the fight against inflammation while the iron helps to brighten up those cheeks!

YOU’LL NEED
1 avocado

lemon – tablespoon or 3 of its juice

5 ‘half bunches’ of herbs (eg parsley, coriander, chives, basil, mint, dill – whatever you prefer!)

1/3 bunch green leaves (eg. watercress or spinach)

pumpkin seeds (couple tablespoons optional)

a good glug of avocado oil, grape seed oil or olive oil

1 sml clove garlic

salt & pepper to taste

TO MAKE

  1. Add the ‘well picked’ greens and garlic to food processor or blender and whiz until fine. Add pumpkin seeds (if desired) at this stage too.
  2. Use some oil to help the mix combine.
  3. Add the avocado and blend until a creamy consistency.
  4. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. (use lots to get intensity and balance of flavour)
  5. Adjust consistency with oil.

TIP & TRICKS
Experiment with the flavour of your dip mixing the type and ratio of greens !

TO SERVE

As a dip, sandwich filler or canape base. 
If serving as a dip,  surrounded with fresh and crisp veggies and crackers.

Green goddess dip - who can resist?

Green goddess dip – who can resist?

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colour me beautiful dips

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Italian Salsa Verde

SALSA VERDE | gorgeous green sauce

Monday is shopping day for me and that means fresh fish to kick off the week feeling healthy.

Why not try this oh-so-simple herb salsa? Salsa verde means green sauce in Italian and it is a great accompaniment with grilled or pan fried chicken, fish and steak. Drizzle the salsa verde over your protein and taste the deliciously simple things in life.

Finely chop 1 bunch of basil, 1 bunch of flat leaf parsley and a handful of mint leaves. Add to the herbs 1 clove of finely chopped garlic and a handful of chopped capers. Pour in a good amount of extra virgin olive oil until the herbs are covered in oil and the mixture has turned into a loose paste. Add a dash of dijon mustard, a splash of white wine vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice at the end and stir through. Season with S&P and serve with your favourite grilled meat. Enjoy!

And because you have made so much….pop into a jam jar and share with your neighbour or a friend. It will make them smile. 🙂

 

Image: Pinterest via Eclectic Recipes

Frittata

FRITTATA | Leek, Zucchini & Herb

[RECIPE] Serves 3-4  |  20 mins wo-to-go

This is a quick, simple dish that everyones loves  –  it is now on my ‘don’t- have-to-think-repertoire’  for midweek dinners or lazy lunches with friends and families. I first made it from Bill Granger’s Bill’s Food in 2006 when I was pregnant with my first  – he calls it an open-faced feta & leek omelette. Frittata is simply the Italian name that we are more familiar with. I have changed the recipe round a bit to make it ‘fool proof’ and flexible depending on what you have in your fridge.

BEAUTY BOOST:  What can I say – it’s fabulous. Naturally low in fat and where a little is added its olive oil, high in protein from eggs, lots of anti-oxidant rich vegetables and herbs. YUM. Read more

QUINOA SALAD | beauty building blocks

[RECIPE]  Serves 4-6 | 30min wo-to-go

I discovered this fabulous amino-rich plant seed when my husband & I were trekking in Peru in 2003. It was a popular staple of  Sth America (& sacred to the Incas), providing one of the few plant sources of complete protein (12-18% protein) , for the life of me I could not work out why it was so hard to get back in Australia. Fast – forward 2012 and everyone is talking  ‘Keen-wah’.

Like all things new, you wonder how to best use it. I’m only a couple weeks ahead of you in my experience and can share – it is almost ‘fool|fail’ proof & very quick|easy. It has an interesting texture -it’s soft, creamy & chewy all at once, it taste is mild, almost earthy, perhaps a little nutty.  I chose the red variety as it looks so pretty. Here I add lots of green & white crunch and a simple lemony dressing.

BEAUTY BOOST

This salad offers your skin nutrients to help fight wrinkles & look radiant. Read more