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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

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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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Beauty Benefits of pineapple beauty food pineapple luk beautifood

beauty benefits of pineapple

beauty food pineapple

A symbol of paradise, pineapples with their sweet tropical flavour are indigenous to south America. They contain tough, waxy leaves with a distinct, green to yellow patterned skin with fibrous yellow flesh and a darker yellow, edible core.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamin, folate, bromelain, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF PINEAPPLE:

The key beauty benefits of pineapple stem from the enzyme known as bromelain.  Bromelain is anti-inflammatory which softens skin and helps to reduce redness or swelling. It can help with digestion, working to ease bloating. With its high vitamin C, pineapple is also great to tighten and plump skin for radiant, glowing skin.

COOK:

This vibrant fruit can be eaten fresh or cooked.  Pineapple is great when juiced, added to a fruit salad, or even in savoury dishes!

TIP:

Once picked, pineapples become juicier but not sweeter so be sure to pick one with a sweet aroma and 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 cut,  cover and refrigerate for 2 days.

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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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Shakshuka baked eggs recipe luk beautifood clean food

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!

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Adobada Chilli Chicken Recipe

Not just for fabulous flavour… our adobado chilli chicken recipe is the perfect body-boosting meal!

Tho adobado – means ‘marinated’ in Spanish we have cheated to make this an easy weeknight dinner still full of flavour.  It’s perfect for those busy week nights when there’s ironing to be done or those last few emails to get stuck into!  This adobado Chilli Chicken recipe is a ‘one dish bake’ with little prep.

This chilli chicken variation of  a traditional Mexican dish, works wonders for your metabolism.  Capsaicin (which gives chillis their spice) causes your body to release heat when digesting, leading to a boost in your metabolism.  It results in your body burning more energy and can also help to make you feel fuller, helping to prevent you eating too much!

BEAUTY BOOST

Their spicy hot flavour isn’t a downfall for chillis. Along with the benefit of kick starting your metabolism, chillis also contain beta carotene and vitamin A which work together, protecting your skin from the suns damaging UV rays.  This nurtures your skin while outdoors, maintaining a firm and glowing complexion.  Chilli is also a great source of vitamin C which works to sustain a glowing, tight complexion by protecting the collagen and elastin in your skin cells from free radical damage…not to mention helping to make these 2 key ‘scaffolding’ protein structures of skin.

Garlic and onion work to decrease inflammation within the skin and are packed with antioxidants helping to maintain  smoother skin and reduce redness! This adobado Chilli Chicken recipe is the perfect skinfood for winter.

ADOBADO CHILLI CHICKEN RECIPE

1.5 hrs wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

8 – 12 small chilli (stem and seeds removed )

1.5 cups chicken stock

3 cloves garlic

1 onion

Juice of half a lemon

1 tspn dried oregano

1 tbsp basil or coriander (fresh, chopped)

600g chicken thigh (boneless and skinless)

1/2 avocado

HOW TO

1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.

2. Finely dice chilli, garlic and onion and add to baking dish with chicken stock.

3. Add lemon juice, oregano and mix well.

4. Trim chicken thighs and add to the baking dish, making sure to spoon the sauce over the top to coat the chicken.

5. Bake in the oven for 80 minutes or until chicken is tender.

6. Remove from oven and garnish with a fresh basil or coriander leaves and avocado.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Serve adobado Chilli Chicken recipe with steamed green beans, brown rice or quinoa and /or greek yoghurt with chopped mint.
  • Make sure you wear gloves when handling the chillies for this adobado Chilli Chicken recipe.

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beauty benefits of oranges

beauty food oranges

beauty food for glowing skin | orange

beauty benefits of oranges

A family favorite, juicy, sweet oranges are known for their high vitamin C contentto strengthen your immune system and to give you a serious antioxidant boost for a smooth youthful complexion.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Like others in the citrus family, oranges are packed with vitamin C which works as a powerful antioxidant due to its water solubility. This means vitamin C is able to be put to work inside cells helping to protect both their strength and structure to maintain a smooth, wrinkle free complexion. The fibre content in oranges also helps to reduce spikes in blood sugar levels while aiding the removal of toxins from the body.

COOK:

Oranges are great added to fruit salad or as an easy snack.  They can also be juiced and mixed with some mint to create a refreshing (healthy!) cocktail.

TIP:

Commercial oranges currently have a high pesticide use so try and buy organic oranges when possible!

Head to our Recipe and Ingredient section to find out how oranges can keep your lips soft and smooth!  Have you tried an Orange and Juniper Lip Nourish yet? With a gorgeous dusty pink shade it is the perfect addition to protect your lips

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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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Pumpkin soup recipe clean food luk beautifood

Pumpkin Soup with Asian Aromatics

Pumpkin soup is a favourite of everyone’s. Why not tickle it up a bit with extra vegetables, coconut and some aromatic spice for a change? This pumpkin soup takes around an hour to cook – perfect for a week night dinner.

 BEAUTY FOOD BENEFITS

Pumpkin is fabulous for its high vitamin A and beta carotene!  Vitamin A fights against free radicals which can damage our body and bring on wrinkles. Without enough vitamin A our skin can become dry, this pumpkin soup is a great way to boost your vitamin A content and maintain soft smooth skin whilst creating an easy meal all the family (especially kids) will love.

PUMPKIN SOUP RECIPE

YOU’LL NEED

1 butternut pumpkin – peeled, chopped roughly. (set seeds aside for toasting later)

1 onion – roughly chopped

Drizzle of oil to saute (eg coconut)

1/4 tspn cumin seeds

1/4 tspn coriander seeds

water or 1 litre chicken stock

1 tblspn coconut

2 tblspn cashews (optional in case of allergies)

ginger – few slices

1 clove garlic

salt & pepper

other veggies if on hand – roughly choppep – a stick of celery, a few slices red capsicum, a tomato, or carrot.

HOW TO
  1. Fry onions to til soft. Add spices and fry for a minute to release aromatics. Add all other ingredients, bring to boil. Turn down to simmer for an hour.
  2. Puree with a turbo charged stick or in a blender. If too thick – add some more liquid – water, milk, nut milk or stock.
  3. Whilst the soup is cooking gently pan fry the pumpkin seeds in olive oil and salt.
  4. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt, sour cream or a drizzle of tahini & a sprinkle of the seeds.
TIPS AND TRICKS
  • I love to use chicken stock as it adds another dimension to the soup – Campbell’s 1 litre tetra packs are fine if you don’t have time to DIY for this pumpkin soup.
  • If the pumpkin seeds are too tough with their husk then saute the commercially bought green pepitas (inside seed).
  • Cashews help make the pumpkin soup creamy
Cooking pumpkin soup

Takes just a few minutes to get this pumpkin soup ready (if you buy peeled pumpkin!)

Add a few different vegetable, spices and a tablespoon of coconut

Add a few different vegetable, spices and a tablespoon of coconut to your pumpkin soup.

I love to use the Vitamix to puree the cooked vegetables. It makes it sooo creamy and smooth

I love to use the Vitamix to puree the cooked vegetables. It makes it sooo creamy and smooth

Served with a dollop of yoghurt and the freshly toasted pumpkin seeds.

Served pumpkin soup with a dollop of yoghurt and the freshly toasted pumpkin seeds.

 

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beauty food bite | lime

beauty food | limes

beautifood bite | lime

beauty food bite | lime

Limes are a delicious skin food. High in vitamin C and limonoids, limes beauty boosting antioxidants protect skin and maintain a smooth, glowing complexion.

This bright green citrus fruit native to SE Asia is full of goodness and low in sugar, flourishing in the warmer months of the year….unlike winter lemons.

FOOD ACTIVES

Potassium, calcium, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, limonoids and dietary fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS

High in vitamin C and limonoids, limes provide a great boost of antioxidant activity. They protect your skin from free radicals which can damage collagen and elastin and help to maintain a smooth, charming complexion. Vit C is also a co-factor to collagen production, that fabulous protein that keeps you skin smooth and wrinkle free. Limonoids are able to stay in your body longer than many other antioxidants, giving you the best protection from free radicals. Potassium assists your kidneys to flush toxins from the body while fibre aids the absorption of essential nutrients keeping your body clean and nourished.

COOK

Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron into the body so why not try adding it to meat dishes to make full use of the iron you are consuming.

TIP

Recipes often require limes to be juiced. By leaving them out of the fridge or warming in hot water, more juice is able to be collected… Helping to squeeze out those last extra benefits!

 Try a Luk Lime & Ginger Lip Nourish Natural Lipstick to protect lips with a boost of antioxidants!

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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.

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Quinoa breakfast bowl + goji berries and walnut milk

Looking for a gluten free,  antioxidant and protein packed breakfast that’s easy to make, this quinoa breakfast bowl with fruit is perfect. 

I love changing what I eat for breakfast most mornings and making a non-wheat, non dairy, plant protein rich breakfast bowl is high on the must have list. If you have a rice cooker that is even better as you can turn it on and walk away to get showered and dressed! Short on time for cooking fruit for your quinoa breakfast bowl, toss in some chopped dates as the quinoa cooks and serve with fresh fruit. For a longer, lingering weekend brunch you can add a DIY granola by Lee Holmes  – recipe on our blog / She’s Delicious interview!

BEAUTY BENEFITS

Protein for breakfast is a necessity but it can be difficult to find quick to prepare foods which contain it.  Providing you with a complete protein source and packed full of goodies, this breakfast recipe is much needed starter to the day ahead, keeping your complexion glowing.  A morning boost of antioxidants from goji berries will keep your skin smooth and toned while also working to ease inflammation. Restoring moisture lost over night, essential fatty acids found in nut milk help to nourish your skin.  An added benefit for morning exercise sessions, the beta carotene in the goji berries works to protect your body from the suns UV rays while iron provides oxygen to your cells maintaining a bright appearance. The quinoa’s high fibre content aids absorption of all these essential nutrients while also helping to cleanse your body, giving you a fresh start to the morning.

You can make your very own omega rich, anti-inflammatory walnut milk (recipe and info here) to create a delicious lactose free quinoa breakfast bowl.

QUINOA BREAKFAST BOWL RECIPE

serves 1 (generously)

YOU’LL NEED

1/2 cup quinoa (blonde)

1 cup walnut milk (or nut or dairy milk)

Stewed Summer fruits with Goji Berries: eg 1 ripe pear, 1 tblspn dried goji berries, 1/2 stick cinnamon, 1 cup water.

HOW TO
  1. Cook pear – quarter and core a ripe pear, add a the goji berries, cinnamon stick and water to a small saucepan.Simmer gently 10-15 mins until pears are soft and water has reduced into a light syrup.
  2. Cook Quinoa – Add quinoa and 3/4  of the walnut milk to rice cooker and set to cook. When cooked, stir in remaining walnut milk slowly to create the desired consistency. ie grainy or creamy (you can add a little water too)
  3. Serve quinoa warm with poached pears and goji berries on top, drizzled with the syrup from the pears.
TIPS
  • If creating this quinoa breakfast bowl without the addition of fruit, an extra date (diced) can be added when cooking to sweeten.
  • If you don’t have 15 minutes then make porridge with quinoa flakes – note that the flavour is a little bitter and will definitely need chopped dates and lots of spice!
  • The quinoa can be gently cooked on a stove top with a lid. May need an extra 1/4-1/2 cup of water.
  • If you don’t have a pear, replace with any ripe stone fruit or apple to add to your quinoa breakfast bowl.

 

Perfect mix - Pears, goji berreis and cinamon

Perfect mix to your quinoa breakfast bowl – pears, goji berries and cinnamon

 

plump glossy pears poached with vibrant goji berries

Naturally sweet pears poached with vibrant goji berries and cinnamon in water only

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Ain’t No Juice Like a Cold Pressed Juice

As an avid user of a Vitamix I don’t have twang of guilt in advocating this ‘cold pressed’ style of juicing because it is so different. And you are going to hate me but if you have an older style clunker of a centrifugal juicer (like me) move it on.

I’ve been testing the Kuving’s Silent Juicer because on 7th Sept (first sat of the month) we are setting up a luk beautifood bar at The Sydney Morning Herald’s Pyrmont Growers Market (more on that in another post!) and want to offer organic cold pressed beauty juices + green smoothies.

So what makes it so good? With this type of juicing a huge amount of pressure is applied to the fruits and vegetables to extract the nectar directly from the pulp without applying heat. This pressing action helps keep the nutrients and enzymes intact, as well as creating an incredible consistency to the juices. Like the blender (because every goes in) the nutrient content of the juice is the closest thing you’ll get to eating raw fruit and vegetables. And it’s those nutrients that are going to keep you looking and feeling beautiful.

And it loves fibrous vegetable like beetroot & carrot – 2 of my favourite veggies for juicing that don’t really suit the blender. Plus when you make almond milk you don’t have to strain it – make sure you soak your nuts overnight.

The magic is in the colour and the pure beauty of a single juiced vegetable, herb, fruit of nut. Keep them separate and blend to taste as required.

What do you want from your juices?

Anti-aging

You need: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, antioxidants (Lycopene)

Juice these: Kale, Spinach, Almonds, Kiwi, Blueberries, Apricots, Tomatoes

Moisturising

You need: B Vitamins, Vitamin E, Potassium, Luetin, Beta-Carotene, Carotenoids

Juice these: Avocado, Zucchini, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Almonds

Brighten your complexion

You need: Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin C

Juice these: Mint, Oranges, Strawberries, Carrots

Reduce inflammation

You need: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Anthocyanins

Juice these: Cucumber, Beetroot, Pears, Brocolli, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines

Read more about what these beauty nutrients can do for you here.

Some other positives of this style of juicing include the fact that the juice will not separate upon settling and will keep up to three days in the fridge, so you can save time with a bulk juicing session that will last you a few days. The insoluble & soluble fibre stays in suspension. I must also include the added benefit of juicing in silence; cringe no more at the early morning whizzing and whirring that dare disturb the slumber of the kids (or hubby!)…we wish! And of course the advantage of dry pulp comes second only to the simplicity of cleaning the thing!

I spent the afternoon cold-pressing a colourful variety of my favourite fruits and vegetables – everything from apples to avocados. The results were a vibrant rainbow of fruity and veggie liquids. The next part of the fun was mixing the juices to create an array of Beautifood mocktails balancing out the beauty benefits with taste & extraction output.

Here are some of my favourite mixes. Some of them may seem obscure but you must taste before you judge!

  • Almond, pear, ginger, tumeric and carrot
  • Pear, fennel, lemon juice & rind
  • Avocado, banana and mint + ice (thru the mincer add-on)

The juices looked so pretty you just new you were nourishing not only your body but your soul too.

The cold pressed juice experiment

The cold pressed juice experiment

So much juice, so few glasses..
So much juice, so few glasses..

Veggies are a girls best friend..

Veggies are a girls best friend..

Red cabbage
Red cabbage – skin puffiness protector!

Beetroot

Reduce inflammation with beetroot

 

Capsicum

Vitamin A&C = antioxidants = fight free radical = minimise wrinkles |  lutien & zeaxanthin protect skin from sun damage & increase skin elasticity

Carrot

Carotenoids + Vitamin A protect against free radicals and the skin wrinkling they cause.

Orange

Brighten your complexion with orange

Kale

The Vitamin A in kale helps stimulate collagen formation giving it a youthful, firm appearance.