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Strawberry Sensation Smoothie

Strawberry Sensation Smoothie recipe via Nina Loves Summer

This Strawberry Sensation Smoothie recipe from Nina Loves Summer is a great way to pack a powerful dose of healthy nutrition into your daily grind. Tucked beneath the mouthwatering ingredients, a wealth of health and beauty benefits awaits you! Consider it your early Summer escape.

YOU’LL NEED

1 cup frozen mango

2 bananas

1 cups strawberries

1-2 cups vegan milk

¼ cup raw cashews

1 tbs coconut oil

TOPPINGS

Coconut yoghurt

Fresh seasonal fruit

DIRECTIONS

1. Add sliced mango, banana and strawberries to blender with vegan milk.

2. Add raw cashew nuts and coconut oil.

3. Blend until smooth and pour into glass.

4. Top with 2 tbs coconut yoghurt and fresh seasonal fruit. Enjoy!

So now that the smoothie has been whipped up and chugged down, why not shop the Nude Cinammon Lip Nourish Lipstick pictured here next to Nina’s legendary beverage? Your lips will thank you for it! Click here!

This recipe is from Nina’s Super Simple Smoothie eBook which will be released by the end of this month. Head to www.nutritionbythebeach.com.au to find out more information.

What is your favourite healthy smoothie recipe natural beauties? Share below!

green smoothie

GREEN SMOOTHIE SKIN FOOD | Avocado, Mango, Banana, Kale + Chia Seeds

[recipe] Makes 4 large glasses | 5 mins wo-to-go | No Cook

We made this gorgeous green smoothie last friday in my inaugural “Beauty Wellbeing Workshop”. It was creamy smooth and delicious even tho it sounds an unusual combination. We drank it as an appetizer in the glam gold glasses as we prepped our lunch. Kelly’s scarlet nails look a treat next to it! You could also do shot glasses and pop a few edible decorative goodies on top.

I love to cook by looking at the ingredients I have on hand rather than following a recipe (hence the combo) and Ursula got to experiment with the ‘turbo charged’ cocktail blender I have  had for eons but rarely use – there was not a spec of kale in sight. So go ahead, experiment using this recipe as a guide.

BEAUTY BOOST:  Anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, immune boosting, vitamin ACEK rich, EFA’s.  

Avocados for essential fatty acids and Vitamin E to keep skin soft and smooth. More on avo. Mango are rich in the carotenoid antioxidants + vitamins A&C – keeping your skin tight and toned. They also contain silica – a food active nutrient that acts as an internal moisturiser. Undeniably bananas are high in sugar (about 20g in a ripe one) and give you an energy burst (yeh if you are tired), but they also contain a high amount of fibre including the prebiotic inulin, which feeds our beneficial (probiotic) gut bacteria, the first line of defence for the immune system. Keeping your gut bacteria healthy can prevent inflammatory conditions like eczema and support the digestion and absorption of nutrients needed to retain optimal health and keep you looking and feeling younger. The high level of potassium ( ~ 400mg) they contain helps transport O2 round the body to renew and revitalise the skin. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins AC & K – all essential for skin health and Chia seeds are an excellent non-animal source of skin loving omega 3 to keep skin looking moist and plump.

YOU’LL NEED…..

1 ripe avocado

1 banana

1 mango (optional)

3-4 kale leaves

3 stems fresh mint leaves

1/4 whole lemon

2 tspns chia seeds

1 cup ice

1 cup chilled water or coconut water

TO MAKE….

Put  all ingredients in blender. Mix on high til smooth and creamy.

Serve in classes with a spoon or thick straw! Garnish if you have guests!

TIPS & TRICKS

  • For a more liquid smoothie add more water or if you don’t want the flavour diluted another high water content vegetable such as cucumber or a liquid such as coconut water, almond milk or dairy milk.
  • For more dimension and an extra hit of Vit C (support collagen synthesis) add a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • For a bite add a dash of tabasco sauce.
  • Add some probiotics via an unsweetened yoghurt.
  • If you want a lower sugar content – remove one or all of the fruits. I like it as is and because I don’t eat much food with added sugar.
  • You can sub in fresh pineapple for mango, parsley or spinach for kale etc.
  • Chia seeds swell to 10times their size so they have a real thickening effect on the smoothie. For a more liquid smoothie –  sprinkle on top instead of adding in.

KIDS 

I will let you know once mine have had a go at making & tasting it!

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Your ‘How-To’ Guide on Pineapples

As a hero ingredient of spring, pineapples are fabulous for tightening, softening skin and maintaining a gorgeous complexion through the warmer months. 

This vibrant fruit is known for its enzyme, bromelain which works wonders for your skin and digestive system to allow your body to absorb nutrients and discard toxins. Read on to find our how to use pineapple to make your skin glow!

We also have here your go to guide on how to choose and cut pineapples + some delicious light recipes to create.

HOW TO CHOOSE PINEAPPLES

Ripe pineapples have a gorgeous, sweet aroma with healthy green leaves.  Try to pluck a leaf from the center, if it comes out it is ripe but if it comes out too easy it is over ripe. Once picked, pineapples become juicier but not sweeter. We recommend buying Bethonga Gold pineapples which are Australian grown and naturally sweet.  Read more about how to pick and choose pineapples in our beauty food glossary.

HOW TO CUT PINEAPPLES

1. With a sharp knife cut off both the top and bottom of the pineapple, about half an inch from each end.

2. Stand the pineapple upright, carefully cutting downwards to remove the layer of skin. Make sure to only cut a thin layer as this is the sweetest, juiciest part – don’t worry about the round eyes being left on they will be removed later.

3. Cut diagonally into the pineapple – you will see the left over eyes will line up.  When cutting, cut on an angle, making two cuts which will allow the strip of eyes to easily fall out.

4. Continue to move around the pineapple, cutting V shapes diagonally until all of the eyes are removed. Once done, you can cut it into smaller pieces either vertically or horizontally and cut out the core if you like.

DELICIOUS RECIPES WITH PINEAPPLE

Here our some of our favourite pineapple recipes. Try the salsa as a side for fresh fish or pre-make a gorgeous cool sorbet for a sunny spring afternoon.

PINEAPPLE SALSA RECIPE

YOU’LL NEED

1/2 medium sized pineapple

1/2 cup mint, chopped

2 limes, juiced

1 tablespoon lime zest

1 medium red onion, diced

2 small chillis, finely diced

HOW TO

1. Cut pineapple into strips and brush with olive oil.  Grill on medium heat for 2 minutes each side.

2. Cut pineapple strips into cubes and add onion, mint, lime juice, lime zest and chilli and serve.

PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE RECIPE

YOU’LL NEED

2 cups fresh pineapple chunks

1 cup fresh strawberries

1/2 cup ice cubes

mint leaves – optional

HOW TO

1. Place all ingredients into a super blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass an enjoy!

PINEAPPLE SORBET RECIPE

YOU’LL NEED

1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple juice

1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks

1/2 cup coconut milk

Optional: Coconut to sprinkle on top or  good squeeze of lime juice and some lime zest

HOW TO

1. Place pineapple pieces and juice into a container and freeze for about 3 hours or until partially frozen.

2. Place in a food processor or blender with coconut milk  and blend until smooth.

3. Return the mixture into the freezer for another two hours and then take out when ready to serve. You can keep it in the freezer until its all run out – but trust me it won’t take long!

 

For more beauty benefits of Pineapple…go to our Beauty Food Glossary.

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Try adding some mint leaves to this Pineapple Smoothie Recipe for both a flavour and benefits boost!

Healthy Snacking Ideas

The How-To on Healthy Snacking

For such a small part of our day, snacking can do its damage without us even realising.  

We often plan out our healthy dinners, pre-prepare lunches to bring to work and have our †˜go-to’ breakfasts, but it’s the little tummy grumble between meals that somehow ends up being our downfall. With spring in sight, our resident nutritionist Freyah has put together her top healthy snacking tips as well as some delicious and healthy snacking ideas that you and the whole family will love.

TIP #1:

Snacking can actually allow us to boost our nutritional intake and energy levels so make it count! If you know you don’t eat enough fruit and veggies (2 and 5) then make it up with a nutrient dense snack. Smoothies are a great way to add extra vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to your diet as well as nourish your skin from the inside out.  Make one in the morning and leave it in the work fridge so it’s ready for when you need it.  Try our glow and go smoothie for a little pick-me-up between meals.

TIP #2:

Eat snacks rich in protein when you feel extra hungry or if you know it will be a while until you can next eat. Try our protein glow balls or have small tin of salmon or tuna.  Other healthy snacking ideas also include roasted chickpeas, a boiled egg or vegetable sticks with a small amount of organic peanut butter.

TIP #3:

Stay hydrated! Reduce cravings and maintain mental clarity by keeping your body hydrated.  Sometimes just a simple glass of water is all you need to keep yourself going between meals.  Try adding a slice of lemon or some orange and mint to a glass of cold water for extra flavour and health benefits.

TIP #4:

Snacking isn’t unhealthy when done right. If your snack is a small amount of nutritious food it can stop you over eating at your next meal.  If you’re feeling like chocolate is the only thing on your mind†¦ stop, think and be aware of your cravings and why you’re feeling them, is it just boredom?  Browse through our healthy snacking ideas and make a conscious decision of what will fulfil your hunger.  If you are going to have chocolate, have a small amount which is rich in cacao (<70%), for an antioxidant boost.

TIP #5:

Prepare your snacks in advance so you can control portion size. This also gives you a chance to mix it up and try new recipes! Try some frozen grapes, fresh fruit you wouldn’t normally buy or seasoning vegetables with lemon, herbs and spices. Trail mixes are also great healthy snacking ideas and can be made in big batches with lots of room for variation.

THE LUK GO-TO HEALTHY SNACKING IDEAS

 Go-to Healthy Snacks

lük beautifood bar at the SMH Growers’ Market

Last Saturday was the perfect morning for spring to boast its warm air and clear skies at the SMH Growers’ Markets held in the picturesque Pyrmont Bay Park. The city skyline and sparkling water made for a perfect backdrop for a morning of juicing and educating customers about the beauty in food.

We had a dream… to meet you, to inspire you, to create for you a new type of beauty food bar. A place where you could ‘nourish your body..inside and out”.

[behind the scenes] We arrived at the park for a 5am start and after a couple hours of setting up to the dim light of the street and Star City our stand was looking pretty dapper! Like pros come 7am we were set up and ready for business….but the pressure was on as we had never done anything like this before!

Our stand was as beautiful as it was eye-catching, with the bright yellow striped fabric being complemented by the wall of fresh organic produce and vivid display of cold-pressed ingredients made on the Kuvings silent juicer. (tx Andrew from Yes to Greens for looking after us). With such a colourful presence (& being NEW) we were one of the busiest stalls at the markets. The vibrancy of the jars of cold-pressed fruit and organic vegetables  (from Cindy’s 4am trip Eco Farms at Flemington) enticed people to get snap-happy with their iPhones and got them talking about the colour, the content and the desire to purchase them!

[on the menu] Our delicious ‘nourish your body inside out’ organic menu offered:

  • Berry Antioxidant Smoothie – Colour me beautiful with blueberries, orange, banana and mint
  • Red Detox Cleanse – Cleanse and renew with beetroot, carrot and lemon
  • Beauty Boosting Green Smoothie – For a healthy glow and get up and go with kale, spinach, avocado, cucumber, lemon, mint and parsley
  • Super Skin Milk – A moisturising boost with almonds, pear, lemon & ginger

All the juices were made fresh on the spot except for the cold-pressed ‘activated’ almond milk that we prepared to the rising sun earlier that morning. Each juice was quaintly presented in a 200 or 250ml jar with a tag informing customers of the beauty benefits they were receiving with every sip. And for only $5 each, they were flying out the Vitamix!  TX so much Vitamix for supporting our stand with your fab machine. We had wooden crates for recycling the jars and over 70 were returned. WOOHOO!

Also on the Inside Out beauty menu was

Breakfast Beautifood Bar; a delicious and energy-loaded mix of nuts and seeds that were showing to be a popular breakfast choice for everyone from toddlers to grandpas. Many came back for a second serving!

On the Outside In beauty menu was:

Our lovely Lip Nourish made up the other half of our stall where the seven delicious flavours and their raw ingredients sat on display. Customers were given the opportunity to try on each one and experiment with the mixing of colours and flavours while Cindy educated them about the all-natural, edible ingredients. Our Lip Nourish was just as popular as the juices with a crowd of people encircled around the display at any one time. With the selection of seven different citrus and spice mixes (Vanilla & Cinnamon, Orange & Juniper, Lemon & Mint, Lime & Ginger, Mandarin & Cinnamon, Tangerine & Vanilla, and Chai Shimmer) people were finding it too difficult to choose and would end up having to buy at least two.

By 11.15am we finally raised our heads and thought we’d be exhausted after our 5am start but with our  tummy’s full of vitalising juice coupled with the buzz from such a successful morning we felt ready to start our Saturday afternoon on an effervescent note. (Cindy did confess later she went home to bed as she’d be living on 4-5 hours sleep for several nights before!!)

Enticed by our delicious juice menu or want the chance to sample a Lip Nourish? Well we’ll be setting up shop every month down at the SMH Growers’ Markets from now on! AND next month is the 15 year birthday celebrations of the market + the first major event of October Good Food Month.

See you there

look feel be delicious

Aimee hard at work

The vibrant spectrum of cold-pressed juices

Our colourful display of cold-pressed juices showing the vibrant beauty in food

Serving the Breakfast Beautifood Bar by the slice

Serving the Breakfast Beautifood Bar by the slice

The Lip Nourish display

Our Lip Nourish display | nourish your beauty outside in