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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)

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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Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

Roast Beetroot & Pumpkin Dip – eat your antioxidants!

[recipe] Serves 6 |  75 mins go-to-woe

BEAUTY BOOST
So much beauty in colour! The vibrant purple flesh of beetroot is full of antioxidants and minerals that will look after your skin both inside and out. The minerals iron, potassium and zinc detoxify by creating healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to skin cells for regeneration, repair and renewal. The antioxidants fight against inflammation which treats puffy and red complexions. Pumpkin’s bright orange colour is a sign that this veggie is loaded with beta-carotene. This plant carotenoid gets converted to vitamin A and acts as a very powerful antioxidant to neutralise free radicals thereby helping to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin moist and looking youthful. And the omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E of walnuts are another moisturising, wrinkle-fighting beauty boost to your skin.

YOU’LL NEED
2-3  beetroots – remove leaves, leave skin on but get rid of those rough bits at the top and bottom

2 chunks or 1/3 butternut pumpkin –  chopped into cubes

2/3rd cup walnuts

1/3 – 1/2 cup olive oil

1-2 cloves of garlic

1/2 tbspn black mustard seeds

1/2 tspn cumin seeds

salt and pepper to season

TO MAKE

  1. Turn oven on 180C.
  2. Place beetroot and pumpkin on baking tray lined with  non-toxic baking paper, drizzle with some extra olive oil, toss and place into. Roast for an hour.
  3. Halfway through roasting the beetroot add the garlic, walnuts, black mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the tray.
  4. Remove tray from oven when beetroot & pumpkin has roasted and garlic, walnuts and seeds are lightly toasted.
  5. Leave to cool before removing most of skin from the pumpkin.
  6. Add all roasted and toasted ingredients to blender or food processor and whiz until creamy.
  7. Add oil to mixture and blend until desired texture of dip has been reached. Season.
Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

TIP & TRICKS

Toasting the walnuts, mustard seeds and cumin seeds and roasting the garlic by popping them into the oven while the beets are baking develops the flavour of the ingredients and infuses the beetroot with a spiced, nutty, garlicky deliciousness!

TO SERVE
Simply serve with a colourful array of fresh veggies and a variety of crackers.

beauty food | pomegranate

beauty food for glowing skin | pomegranate

Pomegranate – that exotic fruit some of us shy from. Don’t, because once you discover its jewels you’ll wonder why you took so long! Packed with antioxidants it is considered to be one of the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) values of any fruit, making it determined to smooth those wrinkles.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin C, ellagic acid, and anthocyanins, vitamin A, vitamin K, folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Say goodbye to skin damage and hello to a beautiful complexion. Pomegranate contains ellagic acid, vital for facilitating your skin to repair itself and helping your body to keep wrinkles at bay. It also protects your skin from the suns damaging UV rays and the formation of suns spots – think of it as your very own sunscreen! It keeps elasticity in your skin while potassium flushes toxins from the body, helping your complexion to remain smooth and glowing.

COOK:

Pomegranate seeds (arils) are great for adding to salads, with rice or even in cakes and biscuits. Its juice can be added as a dressing or for make a vitamin by mixing with fresh mint leaves and ice in mineral water! So pretty too.

TIP:

There are various ways to remove pomegranate seeds but it’s important to find one which suits you! It is recommended to cut the pomegranate in half. Gently push the center upwards from the outside while gripping onto the sides (as if you are trying to stretch it open). Then hit the back of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon and voila, enjoy! (And do this in the sink and make sure you remove the white membrane !)

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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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DIY Mandarin & Cinnamon Body Scrub

DIY Mandarin & Cinnamon Brown Sugar Body Scrub

[BEAUTY]

For a gorgeous moisturising scrub to use over Easter try our super quick and easy mandarin and cinnamon  body scrub to soften and soothe skin. Mandarins (rich in vitamin C) are in season and their scent is fabulous when combined with the spice of cinnamon.

Use as an all over body scrub for me some ‘me’ time in a hot shower or simply use on your hands to give yourself a mini manicure. Read more

smashed-peas

SMASHED GREEN PEA & POTATO CAKES – natural face-lifting food

[RECIPE]  serves 4 | 30 min wo to go

Need a foolproof recipe to provide a bit of variety to cooking repertoire that all the family & YOUR SKIN will love? These green pea and potato cake (or fritters if you prefer) are quick & easy, delicious & nutritious. Left over cold ones make great sandwich fillers.

BEAUTY BOOST 

PEAS are the latest way to get a nonsurgical facelift & leave your skin looking youthful and radiant!

They contain Vitamin C, Folic Acid (folate) and vitamin B6 – the hero’s of natural face- lifting food. The latter two nutrients help prevent the build up of homocysteine, a by-product of fat metabolism that can prevent collagen cross linking. We all know collegen keeps your skin strong, firm and toned. The vitamin C protects your skin’s structure from damage, as a powerful antioxidant it fights free radicals that like to damage collagen & elastin.   Other nutrients they contain support tone, tighten and beautify skin: they are a very good source Vitamin  K (minimises under eye darkness), manganese (activates vitamin C), dietary fibre & Thiamin (B1) and also contain protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 and the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron (energy metabolism), zinc (essential for immune system + cell renewal) and potassium (fluid balance).

POTATOES should NOT be scorned, this root vegetable is packed with nutrients that help your skin prevent damage – damage from inflammation which can cause your skin to be appear red and puffy. Potatoes contain the flavanoid antioxidants in levels that rival broccoli  spinach & brussel sprouts, vitamin C (about 1/4 of oranges), copper, B6, folic acid kukoamines – a rare compound found in one other food only – goji berries – and may have blood pressure lowering potential. Copper works with vitamin C to help make elastin – a component of the skin structure that keeps it looking strong smooth and youthful.

YOU’LL NEED

2-3 potatoes, peeled & cooked (equivalent of 300g) eg pontiac, dutch cream

2 cups of peas – defrosted (& drained if need be)

2 eggs

2 tblspn chopped mint & parsley

2 tblspn besan flour

S&P

TO MAKE..

Add peas to bowl and mash with potato masher til squashy, don’t puree.

Add potato and mash in making sure you leave chunky bits.

Add remaining ingredients, mash in.

Add a dash of olive or grape seed oil to a heavy fry pan  heat til ‘sizzle’ point.

Take soup spoon size dollops of pea mix and spoon into pan – flatten out til pikelet size. (be careful not to burn)

Flip when starting to firm up on the underneath and are golden brown, cook other side, remove and sit on paper towel til ready to serve.

To serve, add a wedge of lemon for squeezing over or a tomato relish on the side. Great with salad and or pice of fish or lamb cutlet.

TIPS & TRICKS

  • Cast iron fry pan preferred – no stainless steel as they stick.
  • Add garlic or ground cumin for extra flavour
  • Sweet potato (kumera) would substitute in well.
  • Mix it up, add some grated carrot or beetroot.
  • Besan is chick pea flour available from health food stores. It’s used a lot in vegetable pakoras. You could use what ever you have on hand – spelt, buckwheat, coconut and even sub in a little almond. 
  • Great cold, squashed into a sandwich with avocado and salad. (tho my kids rejected this version!)

KIDS?

Mine loved them hot out of the pan with a piece of fish and some munch and crunch. They scored it 10/10 but they know the fast track to my heart!

 smashed pea and potato fritters with colourful veg

smashed pea and potato fritters with colourful veg

avocado-oil

Product Love | Avocado Oil infused with Lime

What is it?   Cold pressed avocado oil with a hint of oil extracted from lime rind. Made in NZ by Avocado Oil New Zealand Ltd under the brand Grove.

Why is it good? It’s the ‘perfect’ dressing oil to add to your ‘salad repertoire: tastes gourmet delicious with little effort or cost. It’s just like an avocado oil + freshly grated lime zest mixed together.  Dark green, rich, smooth and oozing with skin beautifying goodies. See avocado post & beautifood bite for details on why avocados are skin loving.

How to use? I love it drizzled over green salad leaves (with a squeeze of citrus juice or a mild vinegar), added to a dressing for asian style noodle salads or  ‘fancy pants’ plate decorating a piece of fish. The makers say to cook with it but …I think the delicate flavour would be wasted.

Where to buy? I found mine in Woolworths for <$10.00 in the oil section.  See www.avocado-oil.co.nz

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Beauty Benefits | avocados luscious lipids

I just read these avocado beauty tips and nutritional info  from the Australian Avocado Organisation’s website and it compelled me to dig thru my resources to find out and share bit more with you on why avocados live up to their to ‘mean green moisturising machine’ reputation and make the perfect package for busy mums!

I love Avocado oil so much it is one of the key food active moisturising oils I have used in my range of skin delicious lippies that will launch in August 2012! 

Even tho avocados have on average around a 20% fat content, there is absolutely no reason why you should avoid eating them. Eating fat is good for you as long as you know not all fats are the same, ‘healthy’ or ‘good’ fats like avocados are one of the most important skin-moisturising nutrients you can have to improve the appearance of your skin. Why? Because avocados lipids are luscious, they contain lots of skin-healthy polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats (see below nutritional profile from Avocado Australia) not long chain saturated fats found in many animals and dairy products or processed and/or hydrogenated fatty acids. And because of their luscious lipids, avocados house lots of important beauty-fying nutrients and phytochemicals.

Moist skin ensures you have a smooth consistant and radiant complexion, a lack or loss of moisture can promote the appearance of wrinkles, as well as inflammation, redness, unevenness and puffiness. Avocados contain more of the carotenoid lutein (and Zeaxanthin that works alongside lutein) than any other fruit, their antioxidant effect may protect your skin from UV-B-induced damage & their vitamin E content (the most important fat-soluble antioxidant in the skin as fats are a major component of skins moisture) protect lipids from oxidation which would damage skin structure and lead to dryness and wrinkles.  Avocados are also rich in B vitamins, which help with metabolism and energy. They also contain Vitamin C which may improve the health of your skin, as well as prevent the premature formation of wrinkles by improving the integrity of collagen, your skin cell’s scaffolding. Avocados contain antioxidants called polyphenols as well which fight free radicals that cause cell damage. They also are a good sources of vitamins K, potassium ( more than bananas) which is essential for fluid balance – a lack can result in puffy or dry skin and fibre which is essential for keeping a ‘well cleansed’ digestive system.

For morsels of useful information to print out and keep on your kitchen pinboard see beautifood bite | avocados.

Enjoy, Cindy x

image source:  Pinterest via www.rivertea.com

sophie-citrus-slices

Vitamin C | powerful antioxidant + collagen’s bed mate!

Source: Lucky for you, it is present in almost every delicious fruit in sufficient dosage for your requirements so supplements are not necessary! Vitamin C can also be found in various veggies, predominantly most of the greens.

Beauty and Benefits: A hero for fighting off the common cold, vitamin C is necessary for your outer glow as well as inner wellbeing. Though frequently heard but less-frequently understood, vitamin C (C for collagen!) is a powerful antioxidant, a defender of the damaging effects of the oxidation which produces Read more