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luk beautifood Cranberry and Citrus Tea

Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea | Natural Beauty Boost

[RECIPE] Makes tea for two | 30 mins

For a superfood burst of flavour and antioxidants

This gorgeous ruby and aromatically spiced tea made with fresh cranberries and citrus is perfect for Spring. It’s not only cheerful and cooling, it’s caffeine-free too – so all kids, and kids at heart, can join in the fun.

A much-loved staple for Thanksgiving in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve re-imaged the recipe as the perfect tonic and delicious iced tea in the our warmer months.

BEAUTY BOOST

A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory tonic, this Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea helps prevent cell damage by free radicals and boosts the immunity to protect against a wide range of winter aliments. It also has stress-relieving properties to help to relieve tension and stress.

 

BEAUTY BITE

A year round superfood, cranberries contain a high nutrient and antioxidant content and are an  excellent source of vitamin C, fibre, vitamin E, vitamin K and manganese.
Cranberry also boast an impressive array of phytonutrients which are naturally occurring plant chemicals that offer the anti-inflammatory properties and protection from harmful free radicals.

Did you know: Sailors would carry cranberries on their ships to avoid scurvy due to the high vitamin C content and ease of storage when dried.

Iced Cranberry and Citrus Tea

Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • Generous handful cranberries – frozen (if dried use 1/3 cup)
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ½ or 1 cinnamon stick
  • Peel of orange, 2x 5cm x 1cm piece
  • Squeeze lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar if desired
  • Additional cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

Method (It’s super simple!)

  1. Pop cranberries pot with water, cloves and cinnamon sticks and orange peel. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Add lemon juice. Sweeten to taste. Strain out cranberries if you like.
  3. Add cinnamon sticks for garnish if you like and serve hot or cold.

Enjoy

GLOW + GO Green Smoothie | Natural Beauty Boost

[RECIPE] Makes 900ml | 3 serves  5 mins Wo-to-Go.

For a Healthy Glow & Get UP & Go

In Summer when with the warm weather we’re naturally outside and active more.

Our home juicing menu has taken a turn from our staple red juice (beet, carrot, apple, ginger celery) to green juice to invigorate our body for ‘get up & go and a healthy glow.’

The ingredients used to make a green smoothie are all light, and non starchy which makes them easy to digest giving you an instant dose of beautifying food. And because there is no waste in making a smoothie you are getting a massive does of active beauty nutrients to feed your beauty including fibre to keep your digestive system moving quickly to remove toxins and increase nutrient absorption. There is no other way to get such a vast serve of fruit & vegetables that are quick to eat and keep you full for longer.

Making a green smoothie can be fun because there is such a fast array of green fruit and vegetables available to use.

  • Start with green leaves (kale, spinach, lettuce,) | think Vitamin A for complexion + chlorophyll  
  • Add beauty minerals  rich vegetables (celery, cucumber, [avocad0], fennel) 
  • Add a ‘sweetner’ (pear or green apple -pineapple is gorgeous) for flavour, fibre + antioxidants
  • Pop in some Citrus for vitamin C – we love it for collagen production and alkalising the body 
  • Toss in ‘active flavours’ for depth & fragrance – ginger, mint, parsley, fresh turmeric 
  • Liquify with water, ice, coconut water (for a sweeter, more fragrant style), green tea (antioxidants) or almond milk (to increase skin moisturising essential fatty acids and protein). 
  • You can always add ‘boosters’ such as flax seed oil, probiotics (the simplest is natural yoghurt), protein (an egg is great) or seeds such as pumpkin (zinc) or Chia (omega 3)

BEAUTY BOOST
The green pigment in plants – Chlorophyll – is an all round superfood. It helps neutralise acids in your body, seriously stimulates your digestion(!), boosts oxygen levels in your blood allowing your cells to receive more nutrients & energises your body. It helps to extract nasty toxins from your liver, essentially improving liver function + detoxes and cleanses your blood which promotes radiant skin.  It also reduces the signs of ageing as its antioxidant properties help neutralise free radicals. It’s super-rich in enzymes which promote cell rejuvenation. And lastly, it is alkalising and anti-inflammatory effect on your body alleviates skin disorders such as eczema, dryness, puffiness and redness. What are you waiting for?

Avocados for essential fatty acids and Vitamin E to keep skin soft and smooth. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins AC & K  – keeping your skin tight and toned. Celery & cucumber contain silica – a food active nutrient that acts as an internal moisturiser. Other beauty minerals include calcium, iron, manganese and potassium. Potassium & iron help transport O2 round the body to renew and revitalise your skin.

YOU’LL NEED
avocado – 1/2
kale – 3 leaves inc. stem
english spinach – 1 ‘root ‘with 6-8 leaves & stems
cucumber – 1/2 chopped in 4
celery – 1 stick  inc. leaves
parsley – 3 stems
mint – 2- 3 stalks with leaves
pears – 2 chopped inc seeds (no stem) or green apples
lemon – 1/2 with no rind + 1/4 strip rind
ginger – 1-2 thin slices
water – 1.5 cups (or coconut water or green tea + dash apple juice if you are inclined)
ice – 1 cup (needed for texture + flavour enhancement)
TO MAKE
Simply pop all ingredients in the Vitamix, turn on & increase speed to high. Blend for about a minute til smooth and creamy.
You may need to pulse the mix to begin with depending on what order ingredients went in or will need to use your tamper stick.
This recipe makes 3 good size jars so pop the spare/s ones in the fridge for the next day. They will last at least 2.
TIP & TRICKS

– the ice gives the smoothie a fabulous melt-in-your-mouth texture + keep the smoothie chilled as high powered blenders add so much energy when mixing it can warm up the smoothie!

– need to know more about juicing & making smoothies? Read more…

– or try my avocado & banana recipe

 

lük Beauty Boosting Green Smoothie | GLOW & GO

lük Beauty Boosting Green Smoothie | GLOW & GO

Monday Motivation: Cleanse for vitality

Happy Monday my natural beauties!

Here in the Southern Hemisphere we’re in the throes of Autumn with Winter right around the corner, and dare I say †˜flu season’ is upon us. When the weather gets colder, you can bet your bottom dollar the tissues start to make their return and the throaty coughs begin to emerge. But this year, we’re going to avoid that, aren’t we my loves?

Here are my tips on cleansing for vitality over the next few months to ensure you remain healthy and happy from the inside out and maintain your highest state of conscious living.

  1. Choose eco friendly chemical free household cleaning products or DIY simple products like baking soda and vinegar.
  2. Use pure essential oils, not perfumes, to fragrance your home.
  3. Make sure products aren’t tested on animals (more so for peace of mind than anything!).
  4. Grow your own herb and vegetable garden – a vertical wall if space is tight.
  5. Ditch plastic wraps and pre-packed products for a rubbish-free lunch box.
  6. Buy your food from farmer’s markets or a co-op to support local food growers.
  7. Eat fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables and ensure they’re nice and colourful to optimise your nutrient intake.
  8. Reuse, repurpose and recycle properly – chickens are a great way to get rid of food scraps, OR
  9. Set up a worm farm – the compost you make will be great for helping your garden grow!
  10. Remedy colds or flus the all-natural way – sip on ginger, honey and lemon tea and indulge in steamy showers, lots of water and plenty of sleep.
  11. Take advantage of the great outdoors to feel rejuvenated. Get back to nature. Even if it’s cold outside, throw on some gum boots and feel the crisp air against your skin!
  12. Eat the rainbow! Whip up healthy wholesome soups jam-packed with as many lentils, greens, grains and vegetables as possible.
  13. Dissolve stress and increase happiness in minutes by going for a bike ride or walk.
  14. Make a concerted effort to slow down and relax. Long soaking baths, deep breathing, meditating, and other forms of †œquiet time† will help.
  15. Boost your energy levels and elevate your mood, while detoxifying your body with regular green juices.
  16. Maintain the balance of your skin flora by only using beauty products you’d eat. What goes on, goes in – don’t forget!

Image via Instagram

What are your tips for living a life bursting with vitality natural beauties? xo

cindy luken signature

The vitality SHow glow skin food cindy luken

lük beautifood at the Vitality Show

On Friday the 10th of October, lük beautifood will be taking the stage for the first time at the Sydney Vitality Show. 

The Vitality Show is the ultimate event in Australia to empower women through health, wellness and beauty.

Running from the 10-12th of October at the Royal Hall of Industries + Hordern Pavilion, the Vitality Show is the perfect excuse for a day out with your best girlfriends to explore, relax, learn, be pampered and have fun! Because Vitality understands that as women when we feel great, we look great and vice versa.

You can get moving in the fitness and yoga zone, be inspired at the empowerment stage, relax in the treatment zone and nourish your body from the inside out with lük at the cooking and nutrition stage!

Not only will you receive an exclusive goodie bag and samples of our famous go + glow green smoothie and super skin milk but you will learn the secrets of eating for clear skin and a healthy glow.

From 14.20-14.50pm, natural makeup formulator and founder of lük beautifood, Cindy Luken will help you discover the beauty in food. She will take you through the specific nutrients in fresh food that work at a cellular level to nourish your skin and show you how you can get your daily dose of beauty foods with handouts, demonstrations, recipes and samples.

We hope to see you there!

xx

Here is a quick interview with Cindy after her talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gjjq8aVjAk

be delicious.... inside and out

luk beautifood Cranberry and Citrus Tea

Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea | Natural Beauty Boost

[RECIPE] Makes tea for two | 30 mins

For a superfood burst of flavour and antioxidants

This gorgeous ruby and aromatically spiced tea made with fresh cranberries and citrus is perfect for Spring. It’s not only cheerful and cooling, it’s caffeine-free too – so all kids, and kids at heart, can join in the fun.

A much-loved staple for Thanksgiving in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve re-imaged the recipe as the perfect tonic and delicious iced tea in the our warmer months.

BEAUTY BOOST

A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory tonic, this Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea helps prevent cell damage by free radicals and boosts the immunity to protect against a wide range of winter aliments. It also has stress-relieving properties to help to relieve tension and stress.

 

BEAUTY BITE

A year round superfood, cranberries contain a high nutrient and antioxidant content and are an  excellent source of vitamin C, fibre, vitamin E, vitamin K and manganese.
Cranberry also boast an impressive array of phytonutrients which are naturally occurring plant chemicals that offer the anti-inflammatory properties and protection from harmful free radicals.

Did you know: Sailors would carry cranberries on their ships to avoid scurvy due to the high vitamin C content and ease of storage when dried.

Iced Cranberry and Citrus Tea

Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • Generous handful cranberries – frozen (if dried use 1/3 cup)
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ½ or 1 cinnamon stick
  • Peel of orange, 2x 5cm x 1cm piece
  • Squeeze lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar if desired
  • Additional cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

Method (It’s super simple!)

  1. Pop cranberries pot with water, cloves and cinnamon sticks and orange peel. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Add lemon juice. Sweeten to taste. Strain out cranberries if you like.
  3. Add cinnamon sticks for garnish if you like and serve hot or cold.

Enjoy

GLOW + GO Green Smoothie | Natural Beauty Boost

[RECIPE] Makes 900ml | 3 serves  5 mins Wo-to-Go.

For a Healthy Glow & Get UP & Go

In Summer when with the warm weather we’re naturally outside and active more.

Our home juicing menu has taken a turn from our staple red juice (beet, carrot, apple, ginger celery) to green juice to invigorate our body for ‘get up & go and a healthy glow.’

The ingredients used to make a green smoothie are all light, and non starchy which makes them easy to digest giving you an instant dose of beautifying food. And because there is no waste in making a smoothie you are getting a massive does of active beauty nutrients to feed your beauty including fibre to keep your digestive system moving quickly to remove toxins and increase nutrient absorption. There is no other way to get such a vast serve of fruit & vegetables that are quick to eat and keep you full for longer.

Making a green smoothie can be fun because there is such a fast array of green fruit and vegetables available to use.

  • Start with green leaves (kale, spinach, lettuce,) | think Vitamin A for complexion + chlorophyll  
  • Add beauty minerals  rich vegetables (celery, cucumber, [avocad0], fennel) 
  • Add a ‘sweetner’ (pear or green apple -pineapple is gorgeous) for flavour, fibre + antioxidants
  • Pop in some Citrus for vitamin C – we love it for collagen production and alkalising the body 
  • Toss in ‘active flavours’ for depth & fragrance – ginger, mint, parsley, fresh turmeric 
  • Liquify with water, ice, coconut water (for a sweeter, more fragrant style), green tea (antioxidants) or almond milk (to increase skin moisturising essential fatty acids and protein). 
  • You can always add ‘boosters’ such as flax seed oil, probiotics (the simplest is natural yoghurt), protein (an egg is great) or seeds such as pumpkin (zinc) or Chia (omega 3)

BEAUTY BOOST
The green pigment in plants – Chlorophyll – is an all round superfood. It helps neutralise acids in your body, seriously stimulates your digestion(!), boosts oxygen levels in your blood allowing your cells to receive more nutrients & energises your body. It helps to extract nasty toxins from your liver, essentially improving liver function + detoxes and cleanses your blood which promotes radiant skin.  It also reduces the signs of ageing as its antioxidant properties help neutralise free radicals. It’s super-rich in enzymes which promote cell rejuvenation. And lastly, it is alkalising and anti-inflammatory effect on your body alleviates skin disorders such as eczema, dryness, puffiness and redness. What are you waiting for?

Avocados for essential fatty acids and Vitamin E to keep skin soft and smooth. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamins AC & K  – keeping your skin tight and toned. Celery & cucumber contain silica – a food active nutrient that acts as an internal moisturiser. Other beauty minerals include calcium, iron, manganese and potassium. Potassium & iron help transport O2 round the body to renew and revitalise your skin.

YOU’LL NEED
avocado – 1/2
kale – 3 leaves inc. stem
english spinach – 1 ‘root ‘with 6-8 leaves & stems
cucumber – 1/2 chopped in 4
celery – 1 stick  inc. leaves
parsley – 3 stems
mint – 2- 3 stalks with leaves
pears – 2 chopped inc seeds (no stem) or green apples
lemon – 1/2 with no rind + 1/4 strip rind
ginger – 1-2 thin slices
water – 1.5 cups (or coconut water or green tea + dash apple juice if you are inclined)
ice – 1 cup (needed for texture + flavour enhancement)
TO MAKE
Simply pop all ingredients in the Vitamix, turn on & increase speed to high. Blend for about a minute til smooth and creamy.
You may need to pulse the mix to begin with depending on what order ingredients went in or will need to use your tamper stick.
This recipe makes 3 good size jars so pop the spare/s ones in the fridge for the next day. They will last at least 2.
TIP & TRICKS

– the ice gives the smoothie a fabulous melt-in-your-mouth texture + keep the smoothie chilled as high powered blenders add so much energy when mixing it can warm up the smoothie!

– need to know more about juicing & making smoothies? Read more…

– or try my avocado & banana recipe

 

lük Beauty Boosting Green Smoothie | GLOW & GO

lük Beauty Boosting Green Smoothie | GLOW & GO

Monday Motivation: Cleanse for vitality

Happy Monday my natural beauties!

Here in the Southern Hemisphere we’re in the throes of Autumn with Winter right around the corner, and dare I say †˜flu season’ is upon us. When the weather gets colder, you can bet your bottom dollar the tissues start to make their return and the throaty coughs begin to emerge. But this year, we’re going to avoid that, aren’t we my loves?

Here are my tips on cleansing for vitality over the next few months to ensure you remain healthy and happy from the inside out and maintain your highest state of conscious living.

  1. Choose eco friendly chemical free household cleaning products or DIY simple products like baking soda and vinegar.
  2. Use pure essential oils, not perfumes, to fragrance your home.
  3. Make sure products aren’t tested on animals (more so for peace of mind than anything!).
  4. Grow your own herb and vegetable garden – a vertical wall if space is tight.
  5. Ditch plastic wraps and pre-packed products for a rubbish-free lunch box.
  6. Buy your food from farmer’s markets or a co-op to support local food growers.
  7. Eat fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables and ensure they’re nice and colourful to optimise your nutrient intake.
  8. Reuse, repurpose and recycle properly – chickens are a great way to get rid of food scraps, OR
  9. Set up a worm farm – the compost you make will be great for helping your garden grow!
  10. Remedy colds or flus the all-natural way – sip on ginger, honey and lemon tea and indulge in steamy showers, lots of water and plenty of sleep.
  11. Take advantage of the great outdoors to feel rejuvenated. Get back to nature. Even if it’s cold outside, throw on some gum boots and feel the crisp air against your skin!
  12. Eat the rainbow! Whip up healthy wholesome soups jam-packed with as many lentils, greens, grains and vegetables as possible.
  13. Dissolve stress and increase happiness in minutes by going for a bike ride or walk.
  14. Make a concerted effort to slow down and relax. Long soaking baths, deep breathing, meditating, and other forms of †œquiet time† will help.
  15. Boost your energy levels and elevate your mood, while detoxifying your body with regular green juices.
  16. Maintain the balance of your skin flora by only using beauty products you’d eat. What goes on, goes in – don’t forget!

Image via Instagram

What are your tips for living a life bursting with vitality natural beauties? xo

cindy luken signature

The vitality SHow glow skin food cindy luken

lük beautifood at the Vitality Show

On Friday the 10th of October, lük beautifood will be taking the stage for the first time at the Sydney Vitality Show. 

The Vitality Show is the ultimate event in Australia to empower women through health, wellness and beauty.

Running from the 10-12th of October at the Royal Hall of Industries + Hordern Pavilion, the Vitality Show is the perfect excuse for a day out with your best girlfriends to explore, relax, learn, be pampered and have fun! Because Vitality understands that as women when we feel great, we look great and vice versa.

You can get moving in the fitness and yoga zone, be inspired at the empowerment stage, relax in the treatment zone and nourish your body from the inside out with lük at the cooking and nutrition stage!

Not only will you receive an exclusive goodie bag and samples of our famous go + glow green smoothie and super skin milk but you will learn the secrets of eating for clear skin and a healthy glow.

From 14.20-14.50pm, natural makeup formulator and founder of lük beautifood, Cindy Luken will help you discover the beauty in food. She will take you through the specific nutrients in fresh food that work at a cellular level to nourish your skin and show you how you can get your daily dose of beauty foods with handouts, demonstrations, recipes and samples.

We hope to see you there!

xx

Here is a quick interview with Cindy after her talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gjjq8aVjAk

be delicious.... inside and out

What is a Natural Beauty

NATURAL BEAUTY


Do you admire those women that glow inside and out, who ooze vitality and are happy?

Someone whose beauty does not the fit traditional convention of a glossy magazine. They don’t have perfect features but vitality and well being and a sense of confidence exudes from every blemish-free pore.

Look closer, at their beautiful smile, clear bright eyes, thick glossy hair and soft smooth skin not made over or covered up. Not only do they look good, they feel good too.  With a sense of commitment and contentment they pursue what they love – in business, pleasure and family. This is natural beauty – a women who is beautiful inside and out – physically, mentally, emotionally.

The first step in learning how to reach this state is to take care of your body with clean food – nutritious every day superfoods that feed your skin, active natural and organic beauty products without additives, fillers and toxic ingredients, and a nourished life filled with outdoor activities, relaxation and mindful experiences.

So, does a natural woman wear make up – of course she does. But for much of the time her foundation is clear and well moisturised skin, understated she knows she need only enhance her best features …with a touch of natural lipstick and flick of mascara. Going barefaced and letting people see the real you – sun spots, freckles and all is liberating & time saving…. for doing better things in life that return real pleasure and beauty.

All over the world women are embracing a more natural, toxin free life from catwalks to school yards, wellness warriors to mature mama’s and now a vast array of  eco chic quality products are available. And we have personally interviewed some of these extraordinaire and inspirational women in our She’s Delicious’ posts.

At luk we innovate. We take beautiful natural foods – pure oils, waxes and butters, add nothing we shouldn’t (like nasty synthetic preservatives and fragrances) and make a delicious menu of sheer natural lipsticks flavoured from real citrus fruit and culinary herbs and spices to nourish, hydrate and illuminate your lips.

We talk food actives – what beauty nutrients your hair and nails need, how to beat dry skin and slow down ageing and we look inside natural body care. We also help you brave a face and feel comfortable in your own skin empowered to live the life you love.

In our beauty kitchen you’ll learn about beauty foods and what skin loving vitamins, minerals and antioxidants do and where to find them plus learn how to eat yourself beautiful with clean eating recipes you can sort via beauty benefit, dish or key ingredient.

So if you’re ready to be a ‘natural beauty’, ditch the toxins and be conscious of what goes on your skin start by treating your lips in our online store. Here you can buy luk beautifood natural lipstick with confidence knowing it will not only enhance your natural beauty, but will be much better for your body inside and out. And, oh ….we post our orders for free and guarantee 100%.