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Three Ways with Green Tea

 As a nutrient powerhouse, green tea is loaded with antioxidants to keep you looking and feeling gorgeous!

Green tea undergoes minimal oxidation processes when compared with other teas and coffees meaning it retains the majority of its nutrients and carries them through right into your cup. With so many brands on offer it is hard to know which to buy! Try a few and see what your personal taste prefers as some are more bitter or sweet than others.  Our favourites are sencha or matcha green tea. Sencha tea is a gorgeous, fresh Japanese tea consisting of  tea leaves used for brewing, while Matcha is a powdered form of Japanese green tea, used for flavouring in desserts, drinks or baked goods. Both are fantastic for rejuvenating and cleansing the body, soothing digestion and cleansing the palette.

No matter which strain or type of green tea you use, without the proper technique it could end up tasting far too bitter and overpowering. Here are some  simple tips to have you brewing the perfect cuppa:

TIPS FOR BREWING GREEN TEA
  • Fill the teapot until almost full with hot water.
  • Add cold water to fill up the tea pot, and let sit for a minutes.  This will bring the temperature down to around 80 degrees.
  • Scoop 1 teaspoon per person either into the infuser or teapot (an infuser will mean you won’t have to strain the tea while pouring).
  • Infuse for 1 to 2 minutes (it may change depending on the type of tea you buy, check the packet for instructions).
  • When pouring, pour a small amount into each cup, continuing until it is full (this allows the richer section to be distributed evenly).
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Here our some of our favourite green tea recipes to cleanse and nourish your body from the inside out!

REFRESHING ICED GREEN TEA WITH  BLUEBERRY

YOU’LL NEED

1 cup green tea, freshly brewed

1 tablespoon cup agave nectar (or honey depending on what you have on hand)

½ cup blueberries

4 cup fresh mint, chopped

1 cup ice cubes

HOW TO

1. In a blender, add green tea, agave nectar, blueberries, half the mint and ½ cup ice cubes. Blend for 2 minutes or until smooth.

2. Pour into a cup and add remaining ice cubes. Stir in remaining mint and enjoy.

MORNING CLEANSE GREEN TEA

YOU’LL NEED

1 cup water

1 tablespoon sencha green tea

1/2 teaspoon grated ginger

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon honey

RECIPE

1. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add ginger, cinnamon and lemon and reduce to a simmer for 4 minutes. Add green tea and simmer for a further minute.

2. Stir in honey and then strain into a gorgeous cup, serve warm.

MATCHA YOGHURT AND BERRY BOWL

YOU’LL NEED

1/2 cup natural yoghurt

1 tablespoon matcha powder

1/2 cup mixed berries

1/2 tablespoon chia seeds

Optional: a small drizzle of honey

HOW TO

1. In a small bowl add natural yoghurt.  Sift matcha powder into bowl and stir until well combined.

2. Top with berries, chia seeds and honey.

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Gorgeous and Refreshing Iced Green Tea with Blueberries

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Beauty food mint is a fresh aromatic and lush green herb, mint was traditionally used as a medicinal herb to treat and soothe the digestive tract. Today, mint is known for a variety of benefits with its oils being added to many beauty products.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants including vitamin C, carotene, magnesium, copper, iron, potassium, calcium.

MINT BEAUTY BENEFITS:

A member of the three A’s, mint is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants!  It works to cleanse your body and clear skin disorders by removing toxins from the skin.  Promoting a clear, fresh complexion, mint also works to soothe your body by reducing inflammation. Its antibacterial properties are perfect to freshen your breath whilst reducing inflammation to help keep your gums healthy.

COOK:

Fresh mint is used to liven up and add flavour bursts to Asian dressings, pretty fresh fruit vitamin waters and mocktails. Sprinkle on sweet pineapple pieces or add a surprise note to green leaf salads.

TIP:

Too much heat can turn mint bitter.  Make sure when cooking you add it at the end to ensure you keep its lovely, fresh aroma and taste.

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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 Deep Cleansing Mask

DIY Deep Cleansing Mask with oats & honey

Revitalise and clear your skin with lük’s DIY deep cleansing mask. This super quick [and cheap!]  mask is made up of oats, milk and honey and will rid the skin of pore clogging debris and leave your skin soft, soothed, moisturised and glowing.

Ground oats [or oatmeal] provide gentle exfoliation and are extremely cleansing, healing and softening to the skin. They are also full of Vitamin B to regenerate skin cells for a fresh faced complexion.

Milk’s [as well as yoghurt and buttermilk] natural lactic acid helps remove dead skin cells and its inherent fat (4%)  soothes dry, irritated skin.

Honey will help to open up the pores whilst moisturising the skin and giving it a hit of beauty nutrients for a glowing complexion.

HOW TO

1. Soak 1/2 a cup of oatmeal [almond meal can also be used] in milk suited to your skin type overnight

2. Add a teaspoon of organic raw honey to the mix

3. Stir well

4. Gently massage the paste into your skin using circular movements and leave for 5-10 minutes

5. Wet a face towel with warm water and use to gently remove the cleanser

6. Rinse your face with cool water to close the pores

7. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and follow with your favourite natural moisturiser.

Relax and Enjoy

Click here to find more of our DIY spa recipes to nourish your skin, hair and body.

Aimee-Lili x

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Discard leftovers after 1-2 days
  • You can add some essential oils such as lavender to make the cleansing mask more fragrant
  • You can also substitute milk for yoghurt

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Why not finish off your fresh, healthy glow with a sheer colour luk Lip Nourish in nude?

Chai Shimmer

Sheer natural lipstick made from clean active foods complete your healthy fresh faced look.