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With these 10 foods you can eat yourself younger!

We all crave that illusive youthful glow that radiates with true vitality, the kind that looks as though we’ve been sipping on green juices and basking in regular Bikram yoga sessions. But between the natural ageing process, stress and environmental factors, not to mention the toxins found in certain foods and via the products that we ingest, sometimes the appearance of our skin, hair and nails can look a little worse for wear.

Luckily there exists a host of protective superfoods and antioxidant-rich ingredients that have the ability to slow and even reverse the ageing process – how awesome is that?!

Add these little wonders to your diet and notice improvements to the texture, tone and health of your skin over time.

Chia seeds – to hydrate and protect

Because they’re chockablock with essential fatty acid Omega-3s, chia seeds are powerhouses at keeping skin hydrated and glowy as they work to repair the protective barrier that keeps moisture locked in. Sprinkle some into your morning smoothie for an energy boost.

Spinach – to nourish dry skin and prevent breakouts

Dark leafy greens like spinach supply the skin with bioflavonoids, Vitamin E and folate, which helps reduce the risk of disease and nourishes dry skin. Other antioxidant-rich greens like kale, watercress and swiss chard are high in Vitamin A, which has been shown to help lower the production of oil that causes breakouts. Try to integrate leafy greens at every meal on a daily basis.

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Lemons – to cleanse and alkalise

The bright and beautiful lemon is a surefire saviour at getting the internal system functioning at an alkaline state. Because they are high in Vitamin C, lemons are great at prompting speedy skin repair and the production of collagen, the vital protein that keeps skin looking young. Sip on warm water with a squeeze of lemon and turmeric (a great metabolism booster) or try adding this citrusy delight to any of your main meals.

TIP: Try my Tea Rose Lip Nourish Lipstick for softer-than-soft youthful kissers.

Salmon – to ward off inflammation

A potent source of skin food is salmon. It’s considered one of the healthiest sources of protein and its Omega-3s will work to keep skin inflammation at bay. Don’t be afraid to eat salmon at least three times per week – try scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, a Nourish Bowl topped with canned salmon for lunch and/or Crisp Skin Salmon with Asian vegetables for dinner.

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Almonds – to fight acne & keep you agile

Almonds are high in healthy fats that keep the skin healthy and acne-free. They’re also packed with hard-to-get vitamin E (just one small handful delivers half your daily dose), a nutrient that keeps you agile and graceful by neutralising those troublesome free radicals in both your muscles and nervous system. Keep a handful on you at all times for a healthy go-to snack.

Pumpkin seeds – to strengthen hair and nails

Most nuts and pumpkin seeds are high in Biotin, which is the active that aids in strengthening hair and nails. Add raw pepitas to your smoothies and cereal mixes for a beauty booster.

Spices – to maintain a youthful glow

Certain spices (especially cinnamon and ginger) are high in the antioxidants necessary to maintain youthful skin since they help fight the free-radical damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and loss of firmness.

TIP: Try my Mandarin Spice Lip Nourish Lipstick for a pillowy pout.

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Garlic to get your glow on

High in sulphur compounds (a must for gorgeous skin) garlic will help fight free radicals and keep blood flow healthy, two critical contributors to youthful skin. It also boosts immunity, is a powerful antibiotic and detoxifier and promotes circulation to help skin glow naturally. Combine raw honey, lemon slices, fresh ginger and garlic to help ward away the sniffles.

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Strawberries – to keep skin smooth and firm

A cup of strawberries has up to 130% of the DV of Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that boosts production of collagen fibres that help keep skin smooth and firm.

TIP: The 100% Pure Juicy Lip Gloss in Sheer Strawberry will keep your kissers glossy and full.

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Cacao – to counter free radicals

A true blue holistic hero, Cacao has the ability to keep wrinkles, fine lines and keep sagging skin at bay. That’s because the active compounds found in cacao – flavonoids, theobromine, epicatechin, antioxidants and caffeine – have a protective effect on the brain, and increase blood flow to areas around the body for healthy skin functioning.

TIP: Try my 100% Pure Dark Chocolate Mascara for healthy, lustrous lashes.

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Which superfoods and holistic ingredients do you love chomping on for healthier skin? Leave a comment natural beauties x

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The beauty benefits of goji berries

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Also known as wolfberry, these bright red †˜superfruit’ berries have been used for thousands of years in China and Tibet as a culinary and medicinal ingredient. Member of the deadly nightshade family (Solonaceae) which includes tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant.

FOOD ACTIVES: Over 21 trace minerals – calcium, magnesium, selenium, iron (x15 amout in spinach), zinc, all amino acids (unique for a fruit), thiamin,  and fibre. Jam packed full of antioxidants (esp carotenoids and vitamin C) they rank top of the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) chart.

BEAUTY BENEFITS: A natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal food. The antioxidants fight free radicals and reduce inflammation to maintain a smooth radiant complexion warding off signs of ageing.  The presence of magnesium and thiamin helps to improve your quality of sleep and feeling of wellbeing, allowing you to radiate beauty from the inside, out.

COOK:  Readily available as dried fruit. Perfect addition to smoothies or on top of a breakfast bowl or added to tea.

TIP:  When adding to a recipe, simply soak for 5 to 10 minutes, helping to make them plump and juicy. Keep the soaking juice as a tonic.

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PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood infobite photocard to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the infobite image left.

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) photopaper.

Step 4. Be at printer for your gorgeous beautifood infobite card!

Step 5. File in a handy place in your kitchen.

Strawberry Smoothie (love shake) recipe

Love shake | strawberry smoothie for Valentine’s Day

A little inspiration for Valentine Day

Why not make this dairy free strawberry smoothie with almond milk and chia seeds for breakfast in bed! Not only are strawberries luscious to eat they are packed full of skin loving ingredients to help you glow even more!  Made the night before and pop into a jar, tie with red ribbon and you’ll be set to surprise your loved one…..even on a work day!

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DIY facial in a jar – will he discover the true reason why he is being spoilt!

Vitamin C, E and ellagic acid found in strawberries work to ward off wrinkles by protecting your skin from free radical damage.  These antioxidants promote a soft and illuminating complexion by keeping the skin soft, smooth and nurtured. Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids which help the body to reduce inflammation. Inflammation can cause red puffy skin, making it especially important to preserve a bright, youthful appearance, helping you to look and feel restored.  Using almond milk means an extra dose of antioxidants (Vitamin E this time – seriously your skin can’t get enough!) as well as a moisturising effect from essential fatty acids to help you feel refreshed and glowing.

YOU’LL NEED

1 punnet of Strawberries

2 cups (500ml) Almond milk

2 tspns Chia seeds

2-3 tspns Honey (or sweetener of your desire – eg rice malt syrup, stevia, agave nectar)

HOW TO 
  • Hull the strawberries and pop into blender along with remaining ingredients.
  • Blend on high for a couple minutes til silky smooth. Pour into jars.

The chia seeds take 10-15 minutes to thicken up so if you are going to drink it immediately let it sit then stir before pouring into serving glasses over ice. Otherwise refrigerate to chill and give your jars a good shake before serving.

TIPS
  1. Ideal for gluten or lactose intolerant, vegan or vegetarian.
  2. Use 1/2 cup ice in the blender if you are going to drink immediately, or
  3. Make the night before and pop into glass jars.
  4. Decorate with red ribbon and heart card – don’t forget the straws to sip together!
  5. Make with fresh almond milk – far more taste and ‘clean’ ingredients* see recipe card below
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Toss washed and hulled strawberries into the blender

Add fresh almond milk, chia seeds and sweetener of your desire

Add fresh almond milk, chia seeds and sweetener of your desire

Blend the 4 ingredients for a couple of minutes

Blend the 4 ingredients for a couple of minutes

 

It turns a pretty pink colour with our the addition of other ingredients

It turns a pretty pink colour naturally  – without the addition of nasty food colouring!

Pour into jars ready to share.

Pour into jars ready to share.

Decorate with a ribbon, write on a card and serve with another punnet of strawbs....even chocolate dipped ones! (organic of course)

Decorate with a ribbon, write on a card and serve with another punnet of strawbs….even chocolate dipped ones! (organic of course)

Making fresh almond milk is really simple with a cold pressed juicer - no straining involved.

Making fresh almond milk is really simple with a cold pressed juicer – no straining involved.

 

 

 

DIY Papaya and yoghurt spring cleanser

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Here is our first DIY spa recipe of Spring!

Our cleanser combines in-season, handpicked ingredients to feed your skin for Spring.  Vitamin C rich papaya and lime to restore elasticity and help make collagen for smooth, toned skin, honey to naturally clean and detoxify your skin plus creamy yoghurt & the enzymes in papaya to moisturise and dissolve dead skin cells for a healthy glow. Simply follow our 5 easy steps, it will only take you minutes to make!

HOW TO

1. Puree approximately a 1/4 of papaya using a blender, Vitamix or even just a fork or potato masher.  Easy!

2. Combine the puree with half a cup of organic natural yoghurt and mix well..

3. Stir in a tablespoon of runny honey and one squeeze of lime.

[TIP: If it is too runny then add a teaspoon of chia seeds – they gel by absorbing 10 times there own weight in 5 mins and are packed with omega 3 EFA’s, antioxidants and beauty minerals]

4. Gently massage into your skin.

5. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry with a face towel.

Relax and Enjoy

You can keep any left overs in an air tight glass jar in your fridge but it should not be kept longer than two days….you could always have it for breakfast too!  Or pop into 2 jars and give one to a friend.  🙂

Happy weekend. x
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