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Super Skin Food: Turmeric

Why are we so addicted to earthy, aromatic, pungent Turmeric? Not only have I noticed there’s been an influx of talk surrounding this orange spice of late, but people are starting to use it not only in their drinks, but in their skincare routines too! Why, you ask? Well natural beauties, Turmeric is a surefire beautifier and organ cleanser, in that it has the ability to:

  • Reduce inflammation internally and externally and calm skin conditions like eczema and rosacea
  • Balance oil production
  • Lighten and brighten pigmentation
  • Deliver antioxidants to all areas of the body
  • Cleanse the liver
  • Inhibit the production of melanin in human skin cells
  • Help prevent wrinkles, skin sagging and age spots

That’s because it contains naturally antibacterial qualities combined with oil balancing properties as well as food actives curcumin, manganese, iron, vitamin B6, copper and potassium for healthy insides. Better yet, the phytochemicals found in turmeric provide potent healing agents – the same kind found in plants. Interesting, eh? Sip on hot lemon water with ginger, cayenne, tumeric and honey, add to almond milk or mix with brown rice or lentils, egg salad or even sautéed apples and poached pears. And of course – add to curries!

Just as a little refresher, here is an oldie but a goodie: one of my favourite DIY Enzyme & Turmeric Masks which is excellent for reducing acne, evening out skin tone, calming redness and banishing skin woes.

YOU’LL NEED

– Greek Yoghurt (contains enzymes in the probiotic bacteria that work to hydrate and soften the skin)

– Turmeric (contains anti-inflammatories and antioxidants to help fight free radicals and allow new cell growth and keep the skin’s elasticity intact)

DIRECTIONS

1. Scoop two tablespoons of organic Greek yoghurt into a small bowl

2. Grate roughly one teaspoon worth of fresh turmeric root into the bowl, or you can use 2 teaspoons of store-bought turmeric powder

3. Stir well to combine the two

4. Spread an even layer over your [clean] face

5. Leave on for 10-20 minutes, though the longer you leave it, the more chance the yoghurt’s enzymes get to work their magic on your skin!

6. Wash off with warm water and gently pat the skin dry.

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.

Say hello to your new found radiance and baby-soft skin!

Cindy xx
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Healthy Potato and Sweet Potato Chips Recipe

We’ve made over the humble potato and sweet potato chips so you can feel good knowing they are cooked with healthy fats and packed full of deliciousness. 

This ‘no deep fry’ recipe allows you to sit back and relax, knowing that chips can still taste delicious and not inflame your body or skin!  And, you can mix and match herbs and spices with flavours you love.

BEAUTY BOOST

Potatoes are full of Vitamin C!  This helps your body to defend against free radicals that cause wrinkles and skin damage. They have also been said to even out skin tone. Potatoes contain a high fibre content which not only aids digestion but also allows your body to absorb as many nutrients as it can.

Turmeric works to sustain a bright, youthful appearance by reducing redness and puffiness.  It does this through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, helping to create an even tone and avoid early ageing skin. Turmeric also contains antibacterial properties which help to reduce acne and clear skin pigmentation.  This spice is easy to add and provides tons of gorgeous benefits! Read more about turmeric here.

HEALTHY POTATO AND SWEET POTATO CHIPS RECIPE

30 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

4 potatoes

1 large sweet potato (orange / Kumera)

1-2 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

generous pinches of salt flakes

ground pepper

HOW TO

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Peel and thinly slice potatoes.

2. Place sliced potato into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add spices and season sweet potato chips with salt and pepper.

3. Combine well – clean hands* work well for this job, and spread across a baking tray lined with baking paper.

4. Place into oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until sweet potato chips are golden in colour and slightly crunchy.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Needs a serious hot oven to dry out and surface of the potato and make them ‘puff’ up as the starch cooks and lets off steam it gets caught inside!
  • Or, finish off under the grill to crisp up edges.
  • Eat sweet potato chips immediately or, like baked potatoes they will go soft.
  • You can leave the skin on if you like for extra fibre and a rustic look
  • Mix up your spices – smokey paprika and oregano are a delicious combination too. As are garlic, rosemary & lemon zest.
  • Like a crunchier chip? Place potato slices in a large bowl of ice water about an hour before cooking.  This will remove some of the starches and help them crisp up! Before beginning step 2, dry slices with a tea towel and continue.
  • Serve sweet potato chips on the side of a main meal or whip together a quick dip with avocado and lemon juice!

* you may want to wear gloves if you use turmeric as it tends to leave everything yellow!!

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And don’t forget to beautify your lips with lemon and mint lip nourish!

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Quick Soup Recipe – Nourishing Lentil and Vegetable

Looking for winter warmers in less than an hour? Try this nourishing lentil and vegetable quick soup recipe to warm your soul and moisturise your skin at the same time!  

Cooler weather means dry skin and a craving for comfort food! However, comfort food doesn’t need to be tedious or time consuming …this quick soup recipe is easy to make on a busy weeknight leaving you free to worry about things other than what your eating.  Packed with vitamin A-rich veggies this quick soup recipet will  help nourish your complexion and ease dry skin to keep you looking your best!

BEAUTY FOOD BOOST

Carrots and tomatoes contain a fab combination of vitamin A, beta carotene and lycopene to fight against wrinkle causing free radicals – those  pesky ‘oxidisers’ that can also cause early ageing. Without enough vitamin A your skin can become dry especially as wind and cool weather imbalance the surface.  Maintaining a sufficient level of this fat soluble vitamin is key to ensuring a smooth, glowing appearance. Tomatoes also contain vitamin K which works to brighten dark patches under the eyes and encourage a radiant complexion.  The mix of iron and vitamin C in broccoli aids your complexion by working to keep skin from sagging while assisting in the formation of collagen in cells. Turmeric helps to keep redness and puffiness under control with its anti-inflammatory properties while celery aids the body to remove toxins through its high fibre content.  This nourishing yet quick soup recipe is the perfect winters’ day skincare treatment to keep your complexion on track!

QUICK SOUP RECIPE

50 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1 carrot, peeled and diced

2 medium ripe tomatoes, quartered

3/4 cup broccoli, diced

2 celery sticks, diced

1 red onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, crushed

2 cups vegetable stock

400g can brown lentils, rinsed and drained

250mL natural yoghurt

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

salt & pepper

fresh chives, snipped to garnish

HOW TO

1. Prepare ingredients.  Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add tomatoes, mushing and squashing with a wooden spoon.  Simmer, stirring regularly for 2 minutes.

2.  Add carrot, broccoli celery and onion and cook for 6-8 minutes or until soft.  Add garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.

3.  Add stock and cover, bringing to the boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

4.  Add lentils and cook for 3 minutes or until warm.  Add yoghurt, parsley, turmeric and season, stir, simmer gently for a further 3 minutes.

5.  Serve warming lentil and vegetable soup immediately, topped with chives.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Spice up this quick soup recipe with some chilli, cumin or smokey paprika.
  • Save any left overs in an air tight container in the fridge and reheat for tomorrows lunch!
  • Cook once, eat twice: double the quick soup recipe batch and freeze for an extra quick and easy dinner.
  • Like your soup smooth and creamy…especially so little ones will eat it? Just blend before serving.
  • Oh an don’t forget to combat dry lips and use Lip Nourish daily to soothe redness and protect against cooling, drying weather!
Puree Soup to hide veggies for any fussy eaters!

Puree Soup to hide veggies for any fussy eaters!

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beauty food for glowing skin | TURMERIC

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Turmeric, commonly known as †˜haldi’ in India, is a spice derived from the roots of the curcuma longa plant, a rhizome belonging to the ginger family. Since times immemorial it is considered as an herbal remedy due to its anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties. Used extensively to flavour and colour curries in Sth East Asia.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Curcumin, manganese, iron, vitamin B6, copper, potassium.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Curcumin is the key active in turmeric that gives it anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. To sustain a bright youthful appearance, turmeric reduces redness and puffiness – especially under the eyes by working to reduce inflammation.  Its antibacterial properties help fight acne and reduce skin pigmentation to keep your skin smooth and glowing. Curcumin’s antioxidant ability also preserves strong lush hair by aiding your scalp and preventing damage to hair follicles.

COOK:

Use every day in beverages such as a tea or almond milk. Mix with brown rice or lentils, egg salad or even sautéed apples or pop into poached pears. And of course – add to curries.

TIP:

Turmeric is often used in powdered form but is now available fresh in Australia. Can be grated or used like ginger. Watch out the colour is intense!

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PRINT THIS BEAUTY FOOD BITE 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 beauty food card!

Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.

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DIY Enzyme & Turmeric Mask

[BEAUTY]

Vanessa Gray’s mask to reduce redness and pigmentation

This mask, consisting of just Greek yoghurt and turmeric is fantastic for reducing redness and pigmentation whilst gently moisturising the skin. Vanessa recommends this mask for those especially with extremely dry, itchy and red skin, rosacea and broken capillaries. The enzymes in the Greek yoghurt (live in the probiotic bacteria) work to hydrate and soften the skin whilst the anti-inflammatories and antioxidants in turmeric help to fight free radicals and allow new cell growth and keep the skin’s elasticity intact. It is also great for lightning pigmentation and evening out skin tone. You’ll see and feel the benefits of this amazing combination immediately after you wash it off!

HOW TO

1. Scoop two tablespoons of organic Greek yoghurt (I have pigmentation and sun spots on my arms so I used a little extra) into a small bowl

2. Grate roughly one teaspoon worth of fresh turmeric root into the bowl, or you can use 2 teaspoons of store-bought turmeric powder

3. Stir well to combine the two

4. Spread an even layer over your [clean] face

5. Leave on for 10-20 minutes, though the longer you leave it, the more chance the yoghurt’s enzymes get to work their magic on your skin!

6. Wash off with warm water and gently pat the skin dry.

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.

TIPS + TRICKS 

  • Vanessa recommends to do some meditation and positive affirmations while you wait your 10-20 minutes
  • Use gloves when handling fresh turmeric root as it can easily turn your fingertips bright orange!
  • Use an old, or dark coloured face towel as the turmeric may stain a white one]

 

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Look at the gorgeous shades of food active turmeric, known for its anti-inflammatory + antioxidant benefits.

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