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Pear and Berry Crumble Recipe

(from the archive)

This pear and berry crumble packed with vitamin C and antioxidants makes the perfect winter treat!

And who does not love fruit topped crumble? Working to boost your immune system and fight wrinkles, our pear and berry crumble recipe with a nut, oat and coconut oil topping takes less then an hour to make – 20 mins to cook / mix and 20 mins to bake making it an effortless way to end a cool winters day.

BEAUTY BOOST

Strawberries: Looking to reduce acne?  Strawberries are naturally rich in salicylic acid – a common ingredient in commercial acne creams! They also help to whiten your teeth and provide a radiant smile.

Blueberries: Full of antioxidants, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant counts of everyday fruit. They have been proven to fight wrinkle formation by neutralising free radical damage to tissues in the skin, including collagen and elastin.

Pears: Vitamin C works to produce and maintain collagen in your skin helping to keep it plump and feeling smooth.

Raspberries: They are a rich source of dietary fibre to flush out toxins and create clearer skin while helping to fight blemishes or breakouts.

Oats: Also high in fibre, oats help to regulate blood sugar levels while vitamin B aids the regeneration of skin cells for a fresh, revitalised appearance. The iron in oats allows the skin to recieve oxygen to grow and repair, keeping it strong and wrinkle free!

PEAR AND BERRY CRUMBLE RECIPE

40 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

3 cups berries (fresh or frozen)

2 pears, peeled, cored and chopped

3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup almond meal

1/4 cup rapadura sugar

1/4 cup nuts, crushed (almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts etc)

1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)

HOW TO

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.

2. Heat a saucepan over low heat.  Add pears, berries, orange juice, cinnamon and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, grease the sides of a baking dish with a small amount of coconut oil.  In a large bowl mix oats, almond meal, sugar, nuts and remaining coconut oil.

4. Pour berry mix into the baking dish and top with oat mix. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden.  Serve pear and berry crumble warm.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Make extra crumble topping and simply top with a few fresh berries and yoghurt for breakfast the next day!
  • Use fresh or frozen berries.
  • Save a teaspoon of the warm berry mix and blend with 1/4 cup of walnuts and 1 frozen banana for a delicious ice cream!
Berry Crumble

Pear and Berry Crumble with a dollop of unsweetened natural yoghurt

 

 

Beauty Benefits of camu camu beauty food camu camu luk beautifood

beauty benefits of camu camu

beauty food camu camu

Often found in powdered form, camu camu berries are native to the Amazon, South America.  They are tiny grape like berries, bursting with phytonutrients and are reddish in colour.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Phytonutrients such as anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and amino acids  including valine, leucine and serine.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CAMU CAMU:

Camu camu berries contain one of the highest levels of vitamin C, second to kakadu plum. This means they are perfect for protecting against signs of early ageing! Camu camu works to enhance collagen production in which vitamin C is a co-factor to create firm, youthful skin, warding off wrinkles and sagging. It also supports the immune system, keeping you feeling and looking your best! The presence of amino acids aids muscle growth and recovery keeping you energised after a long week.

COOK

Camu camu is sold in powdered or tablet form.  Try adding it in to dishes to give them some gorgeous berry like flavour such as smoothies, yoghurts and desserts.

TIP

Look for beauty products containing camu camu, either online or at your local beauty store.  It is a gorgeous natural food ingredient and its high vitamin C content will really make a difference!

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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.

be delicious.... inside and out

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Grilled vegetable and lentil salad recipe clean food luk beautifood

Grilled Vegetable and Lentil Salad Recipe

 This grilled vegetable and lentil salad is a staple ‘go-to’ recipe for a quick, filling lunch or a busy school night to make eating healthy easy. 

If you struggle to buy or make a salad that just doesn’t fill you up enough or give you the energy you need, this grilled vegetable and lentil salad will do the trick. Rich in protein and fibre, this salad will not only satisfy your lunch time hunger but will nourish your skin from the inside out. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any vegies you have sitting in the fridge!

BEAUTY BOOST

Lentils are packed full of fibre to help to sooth digestion while ensuring as many nutrients are absorbed into your body as possible. It also helps to balance blood sugar levels making this grilled vegetable and lentil salad a perfect meal for the middle of the day. They are also high in protein and iron to keep you energised.

Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fats for  a radiant, plump complexion.  They help skin cells to lock in both nutrients and moisture and are great for maintaining glossy strong hair.

Parsley contains both vitamin A and vitamin K  to brighten eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles.

GRILLED VEGETABLE AND LENTIL SALAD RECIPE

30 minutes wo to go.  Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

1/2 cup green/brown lentils, rinsed

4 cups water

2 zucchini

2 capsicum, cored and seeded

1 small egg plant

2 cups of rocket (or 1 small bag)

1/3 cup toasted walnuts, crushed

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Pinch of salt

HOW TO

1.  In a medium saucepan combine the lentils, water and salt.  Bring to the boil and reduce heat, simmering uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender.

2.  Meanwhile, cut zucchini, capsicum and eggplant into thin strips, coating lightly with olive oil.  Grill vegetables on medium heat until tender and slightly charred, about 5 minutes each side (Capsicums may take slightly longer).

3. Place rocket into a large salad bowl.  Chop vegetables into cubes and add into a large bowl, on top of the bed of rocket.

4. Strain the lentils, rinsing with some fresh water.  Stir in walnuts, parsley and red wine vinegar and transfer the mixture into the salad bowl.  Stir gently and serve.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Make extra of the lentils and save in an air tight container in the fridge for tomorrow.
  • Top grilled vegetable and lentil salad with some avocado and natural yoghurt for a delicious mix!
  • Don’t have any dried lentils on hand or running short on time? A can of (organic) brown lentils will do the trick, just rinse and add.
Grilled vegetable and lentil salad recipe clean food luk beautifood

Either serve Grilled vegetable and lentil salad in a big salad bowl or leave veggies whole and serve with some wholemeal wrap bread!

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Berry Crumble recipe clean food luk beautifood

Pear and Berry Crumble Recipe

(from the archive)

This pear and berry crumble packed with vitamin C and antioxidants makes the perfect winter treat!

And who does not love fruit topped crumble? Working to boost your immune system and fight wrinkles, our pear and berry crumble recipe with a nut, oat and coconut oil topping takes less then an hour to make – 20 mins to cook / mix and 20 mins to bake making it an effortless way to end a cool winters day.

BEAUTY BOOST

Strawberries: Looking to reduce acne?  Strawberries are naturally rich in salicylic acid – a common ingredient in commercial acne creams! They also help to whiten your teeth and provide a radiant smile.

Blueberries: Full of antioxidants, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant counts of everyday fruit. They have been proven to fight wrinkle formation by neutralising free radical damage to tissues in the skin, including collagen and elastin.

Pears: Vitamin C works to produce and maintain collagen in your skin helping to keep it plump and feeling smooth.

Raspberries: They are a rich source of dietary fibre to flush out toxins and create clearer skin while helping to fight blemishes or breakouts.

Oats: Also high in fibre, oats help to regulate blood sugar levels while vitamin B aids the regeneration of skin cells for a fresh, revitalised appearance. The iron in oats allows the skin to recieve oxygen to grow and repair, keeping it strong and wrinkle free!

PEAR AND BERRY CRUMBLE RECIPE

40 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

3 cups berries (fresh or frozen)

2 pears, peeled, cored and chopped

3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup almond meal

1/4 cup rapadura sugar

1/4 cup nuts, crushed (almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts etc)

1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)

HOW TO

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.

2. Heat a saucepan over low heat.  Add pears, berries, orange juice, cinnamon and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, grease the sides of a baking dish with a small amount of coconut oil.  In a large bowl mix oats, almond meal, sugar, nuts and remaining coconut oil.

4. Pour berry mix into the baking dish and top with oat mix. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden.  Serve pear and berry crumble warm.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Make extra crumble topping and simply top with a few fresh berries and yoghurt for breakfast the next day!
  • Use fresh or frozen berries.
  • Save a teaspoon of the warm berry mix and blend with 1/4 cup of walnuts and 1 frozen banana for a delicious ice cream!
Berry Crumble

Pear and Berry Crumble with a dollop of unsweetened natural yoghurt

 

 

Beauty Benefits of camu camu beauty food camu camu luk beautifood

beauty benefits of camu camu

beauty food camu camu

Often found in powdered form, camu camu berries are native to the Amazon, South America.  They are tiny grape like berries, bursting with phytonutrients and are reddish in colour.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Phytonutrients such as anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and amino acids  including valine, leucine and serine.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CAMU CAMU:

Camu camu berries contain one of the highest levels of vitamin C, second to kakadu plum. This means they are perfect for protecting against signs of early ageing! Camu camu works to enhance collagen production in which vitamin C is a co-factor to create firm, youthful skin, warding off wrinkles and sagging. It also supports the immune system, keeping you feeling and looking your best! The presence of amino acids aids muscle growth and recovery keeping you energised after a long week.

COOK

Camu camu is sold in powdered or tablet form.  Try adding it in to dishes to give them some gorgeous berry like flavour such as smoothies, yoghurts and desserts.

TIP

Look for beauty products containing camu camu, either online or at your local beauty store.  It is a gorgeous natural food ingredient and its high vitamin C content will really make a difference!

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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.

be delicious.... inside and out

Beauty Benefits of camu camu beauty food camu camu luk beautifood
Grilled vegetable and lentil salad recipe clean food luk beautifood

Grilled Vegetable and Lentil Salad Recipe

 This grilled vegetable and lentil salad is a staple ‘go-to’ recipe for a quick, filling lunch or a busy school night to make eating healthy easy. 

If you struggle to buy or make a salad that just doesn’t fill you up enough or give you the energy you need, this grilled vegetable and lentil salad will do the trick. Rich in protein and fibre, this salad will not only satisfy your lunch time hunger but will nourish your skin from the inside out. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any vegies you have sitting in the fridge!

BEAUTY BOOST

Lentils are packed full of fibre to help to sooth digestion while ensuring as many nutrients are absorbed into your body as possible. It also helps to balance blood sugar levels making this grilled vegetable and lentil salad a perfect meal for the middle of the day. They are also high in protein and iron to keep you energised.

Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fats for  a radiant, plump complexion.  They help skin cells to lock in both nutrients and moisture and are great for maintaining glossy strong hair.

Parsley contains both vitamin A and vitamin K  to brighten eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles.

GRILLED VEGETABLE AND LENTIL SALAD RECIPE

30 minutes wo to go.  Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

1/2 cup green/brown lentils, rinsed

4 cups water

2 zucchini

2 capsicum, cored and seeded

1 small egg plant

2 cups of rocket (or 1 small bag)

1/3 cup toasted walnuts, crushed

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Pinch of salt

HOW TO

1.  In a medium saucepan combine the lentils, water and salt.  Bring to the boil and reduce heat, simmering uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender.

2.  Meanwhile, cut zucchini, capsicum and eggplant into thin strips, coating lightly with olive oil.  Grill vegetables on medium heat until tender and slightly charred, about 5 minutes each side (Capsicums may take slightly longer).

3. Place rocket into a large salad bowl.  Chop vegetables into cubes and add into a large bowl, on top of the bed of rocket.

4. Strain the lentils, rinsing with some fresh water.  Stir in walnuts, parsley and red wine vinegar and transfer the mixture into the salad bowl.  Stir gently and serve.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Make extra of the lentils and save in an air tight container in the fridge for tomorrow.
  • Top grilled vegetable and lentil salad with some avocado and natural yoghurt for a delicious mix!
  • Don’t have any dried lentils on hand or running short on time? A can of (organic) brown lentils will do the trick, just rinse and add.
Grilled vegetable and lentil salad recipe clean food luk beautifood

Either serve Grilled vegetable and lentil salad in a big salad bowl or leave veggies whole and serve with some wholemeal wrap bread!

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Monday Motivation Quotes – when life gives you lemons….

Sydney dished up stunning weather on the weekend, so much so it inspired me to pick the plump ripe and not-so-perfect but delicious lemons on our tree.

It is the first time in 15 years that we have a crop of fruit, so that called for a special treat: cooking them every which way I could. Our pantry is now packed with lemon curd, marmalade, cordial (it’s for my 5 year old’s upcoming party), glazed zest (great for topping cakes or natural yoghurt) and preserved (salted) lemons for winter tagines and ‘spicing up’ quinoa.

Winter is the time for lemons and many other citrus fruit, their high vitamin C content is known to boost your immune system and in the Beauty Kitchen we love it for fighting wrinkles! Vitamin C is:

  1. Co-factor for making collagen and elastin – those 2 proteins essential for providing the structure of your skin so it can stay plump, smooth and toned.
  2. Powerful antioxidant – prevents the formation of free radicals that damage the skin and cause inflammation.
  3. And, it is excellent for breaking the cycle of acne / psoriasis conditions.

That’s my excuse for always having a jar of home made lemon curd on hand. By the way it has a quarter of the sugar content of jam making it a better choice as a toast topping if you crave sour dough for your weekend brunch.

So …

“When life gives you lemons, make lemon curd’

Have a fabulous week. x

 

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lemon marmalade

A massive batch of lemon marmalade in recycled jars. Who wants some? x

 

Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Salad clean food luk beautifood

Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

This sweet potato and pomegranate salad is full of gorgeous colours and nourishing beauty nutrients to brighten your day!

Little sparkling red jewels providing bursts of antioxdiants… you don’t need to be a master chef to make this salad look or taste good!  Recipes like this sweet potato and pomegranate salad are great to keep on hand, especially when they provide the perfect mixture of nutrients to keep your skin looking its best.  This sweet potato and pomegranate salad is great to bring to family get togethers, catch ups with friends and even to add to your weeknight dinners.

There are various ways to remove pomegranate arils. I suggest cutting the pomegranate in half. Gently push the centre upwards from the outside while gripping onto the side (as if you are trying to stretch it open), then hit the back of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon and voila! (well OK – you have to separate the white membrane from some of the jewels!) Once you get the knack of it you will be bashing pomegranates every second day… like we do because my 5 year daughter thinks they are the prettiest of all fruits.

So say goodbye to damaged skin and hello to a beautiful complexion because these sweet potato and pomegranate salad ingredients work together to nurture and preserve bright, soft skin!

BEAUTY FOOD BENEFITS

Sweet potato: Packed with beta carotene, sweet potatoes are fabulous for restoring and nourishing your sight.  This salad isn’t just for gorgeous skin, magnesium works to relax and calm your body. This helps to ease life’s stress and with it the chance of premature ageing!  Pomegranate: Ellagic acid is vital for helping your skin to repair itself while warding off wrinkles.  It also acts as your very own sunscreen! Protecting your skin from damaging UV rays it prevents the formation of sun spots and fights free radicals. Potassium works with your liver to flush toxins from the body, cleansing and clarifying your skin from the inside. Olive oil: a saviour for your skin, it is full of antioxidants to fight those pesky free radicals (sun, smoke, pollution, fast food) and protect against damage. It also helps to strengthen your immune system as it contains healthy monounsaturated fats, helping you to look and feel great! Pepitas: High in zinc, they work to balance oil in your skin and fight off bacteria which may cause acne. Vitamin E works to keep your complexion glowing.  It promotes regeneration of skin cells to keep your appearance refreshed. Feta:  Calcium keeps teeth strong to preserve a flattering smile.  Also moisturising and hydrating, this nutrient will keep your skin looking soft and smooth.

SWEET POTATO AND POMEGRANATE SALAD RECIPE

serves 4 | 45 minutes wo-to-go

YOU’LL NEED

Salad:

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 cup pomegranate arils

1/2 cup pepitas (toasted in smokey paprika if you have some)

1/2 cup organic feta cheese

chopped mint & or parsley (optional)

Zest of lemon or orange (optional)

Dressing:

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

HOW TO

1. Pre-heat oven to 180C.

2. Place the diced sweet potatoes onto a large baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and toss until sweet potatoes are coated well.

3. Season with salt and pepper.  Stirring occasionally, roast for 30-35 minutes or until tender.

4. Remove from oven, cool and place sweet potatoes into a large bowl. Add pomegranate arils, pepitas and feta cheese.

5. In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Drizzle dressing over sweet potato and pomegranate salad and gently toss. Sprinkle with chopped herbs & citrus zest.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • This sweet potato and pomegranate salad is great as a side dish to a main meal or even by itself!
  • Can be served both warm and cold, depending on circumstance and preference.
  • The sweet potato and pomegranate salad goes great with chicken – while sweet potatoes are cooking, add some oil and mixed herbs to chicken breast. Fry until golden and place in the oven with sweet potatoes.  They should be finished around the same time.

 

Beautifully coloured Pomegranate Arils

Beautifully coloured Pomegranate Arils

Drizzle oil, salt and pepper and roast for 20-25 minutes

Drizzle oil, salt and pepper and roast for 30-40 minutes

Throw together the ingredients - Drizzle with some sauce and your salad is ready to go!

Simply toss together the ingredients  and dressing & /or sprinkle with chopped herbs & grated zest. #yum

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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.