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beauty food for glowing skin | chai spice

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Also known as Masala Chai (mixed-spice tea), chai is known for its exotic taste and nourishing benefits. A traditional chai spice mixture usually contains cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom, black pepper and black tea. This combination is incredibly nourishing from the inside out and is even a natural stimulant, encouraging and facilitating balanced energy production within the body.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and threobromine.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Packed with antioxidants, chai spices prevent free radical damage that cause premature ageing. The gloves, ginger and cinnamon all contain strong anti-inflammatory benefits which reduce redness and puffiness in your complexion whilst soothing your digestive system. The mixture of ginger and cardamom also help to fight against colds and strengthen your immune system!

COOK

For a delicious warm drink, chai spices can be boiled with black tea and water, strained and served with warm milk.

TIP:

Adding different ratios of each can allow you to create your own personal mixture! Refined sugar or honey can be added as an optional extra.

We love the beauty benefits of chai so much, we even made a Chai Shimmer Lip Nourish  to protect and nourish your lips from the outside in!

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beauty food for glowing skin | quince

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Rock hard and yellow in colour quinces are almost like a cross between a pear and an apple. Dating back centuries, quinces were even found in ancient Greek and Roman times. Although sometimes are hard to find, your local supermarket or farmers markets should have them throughout autumn months.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, folate, riboflavin, calcium, iron, copper, potassium, zinc, magnesium and fibre

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Quinces reduce inflammation from the inside out, by soothing the digestive system and reducing puffiness in your complexion. Full of vitamin C, quinces also help to boost your immune system and ward off wrinkles – helping you to look and feel great! Iron and copper work together to maintains healthy, lush hair without any grey strays. Copper also helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation or sun spots to provide a clear, youthful complexion.

COOK:

Quinces can be eaten raw but are less tart after being cooked. Bake or cook in a saucepan, similar to a pear until warm and soft for a delicious treat on a cool night.

TIP:

When selecting the fruit, quinces should be firm and yellow with minimal green colouring. And don’t forget to remove the seeds before cooking!

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beauty food | pomegranate

beauty food for glowing skin | pomegranate

Pomegranate – that exotic fruit some of us shy from. Don’t, because once you discover its jewels you’ll wonder why you took so long! Packed with antioxidants it is considered to be one of the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) values of any fruit, making it determined to smooth those wrinkles.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin C, ellagic acid, and anthocyanins, vitamin A, vitamin K, folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Say goodbye to skin damage and hello to a beautiful complexion. Pomegranate contains ellagic acid, vital for facilitating your skin to repair itself and helping your body to keep wrinkles at bay. It also protects your skin from the suns damaging UV rays and the formation of suns spots – think of it as your very own sunscreen! It keeps elasticity in your skin while potassium flushes toxins from the body, helping your complexion to remain smooth and glowing.

COOK:

Pomegranate seeds (arils) are great for adding to salads, with rice or even in cakes and biscuits. Its juice can be added as a dressing or for make a vitamin by mixing with fresh mint leaves and ice in mineral water! So pretty too.

TIP:

There are various ways to remove pomegranate seeds but it’s important to find one which suits you! It is recommended to cut the pomegranate in half. Gently push the center upwards from the outside while gripping onto the sides (as if you are trying to stretch it open). Then hit the back of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon and voila, enjoy! (And do this in the sink and make sure you remove the white membrane !)

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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 | pumpkin

beauty food | pumpkin

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Deep orange to yellow, pumpkins symbolise the colours of beta carotene – vibrant and ready to nourish your skin.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants including vitamin A, vitamin C, zeaxanthin and beta carotene and vitamin E, copper, calcium, potassium, iron and dietary fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Not only containing a large amount of vitamin A, pumpkin also contains beta carotene which can be converted to vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is crucial for fighting free radicals and without enough of it our skin can become dry. This boost will help to moisturise your skin and ward off wrinkles preserving a smooth, glowing appearance, especially as the months  become cooler. The addition of iron will also help to keep your skin tight as it is essential to the formation of collagen.

COOK:

Pumpkin is best steamed to keep in all the nutrients, however can also be baked, boiled or stir fried. The seeds can also be roasted and eaten as a snack or sprinkled on top of a salad. Sauté the seeds in smokey paprika and salt.

TIP:

When cutting a whole pumpkin, it is easiest to slice it in half, beginning at the end with the stem.

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Passata Making clean food luk beautifood

Homemade Tomato Passata

Treat your skin for the year with this delicious homemade Passata recipe – the perfect way to use the glut of tomatoes in late summer!

I am about a month late sharing this recipe as tomato season in Australia peaks at the end of summer in February, but there is no reason why you can’t slowly ripen egg tomatoes now and start a few passata making batches to keep over autumn and winter for when you feel like a little summer sunshine. I was introduced to the passata making ‘ritual’ by a good foodie friend when my kids were toddlers…it was a fun family passata making affair where thru trial and error we worked out how to bottle tomatoes.

Traditional passata is simply ‘pureed ripe tomatoes’. It’s skin delicious!

TOMATO BEAUTY BENEFITS

Packed full of lycopene, this homemade passata recipe is a savior for your skin. It’s high fat solubility makes it especially effective in your skin.  This provides us with a better protection against damaging UV rays and creates the ultimate protection against sagging and wrinkles. Vitamin A acts to add shine to your hair and keep it strong while also protect your eyes and maintain their brightness. The process of cooking the tomatoes in this passata allows more lycopene to released, providing you and your skin with the best possible beauty food. 

HOMEMADE TOMATO PASSATA MAKING RECIPE

You need to have the right equipment – a food mill for separating the skin and seeds from the flesh, glass bottles and lids to bottle the sauce and a large sauce pan and strong gas burner to ‘boil’ the bottles are mandatory.

YOU’LL NEED

Box/es of ripe tomatoes – roma are best because of rich flavour and high level of solids which makes thicker more robust sauce.

HOW TO
  1. Wash the tomatoes and plunge them in hot water to loosen the skin.
  2. Pop into a colander to drain. You don’t want to dilute your sauce.
  3. Feed the tomato flesh through a food mill. This separates the skin and seeds from the pulp, unlike a food processor, which mangles them all up rather than making a fine flavoured sauce.
  4. The thicker the  liquid – the better the passata. If thin liquid runs – try to catch it separately and out aside.
  5. The passata is bottled, capped (tight), and placed in a large pot (lined with tea towels to prevent the jars cracking as they jostle). The bottles don’t need to be pre-heated to sterilised as the heating does that.
  6. Fill the large saucepan with warm water couple and boil for couple of hours to sterilise and preserve the passata. Make sure the whole of the bottle is covered.
  7. Take care when removing the jars (or leave them to cool in the water), and store in a cool, dark place.
TIPS

Make passata making into a day event  with lunch and get another family or 2 to come along. It will need a little organising -eg 4-6 boxes of tomatoes, large bowls, lots of jars, gas burner to set up outside to boil the jars, large mill to get the volume of sauce thru.  Lots of red wine, home made pasta, green salads…you get the idea!

Most importantly ensure the tomatoes are ripe..buy them at least 10 days before you make the passata to ensure they are deep red and ripe – this way the passata is sweeter, richer and more balanced.

I have lots of beautiful photos from the two times we have made passata but I can’t find them, one day I am sure they will turn up.

 

Freshly Bottled Tomato Passata

Tomatoes are rich in the fat soluble antioxidant lycopene which helps filter the suns UV rays from the inside out. Image source: Pinterest

 

Passata Making

Skinning the tomatoes in hot water for passata making. Image via Pinterest – City Hippy Farm Girl

 

Featured image on Pinterest via Vaniglia

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BEAUTY FOOD FOR GLOWING SKIN | TOMATO

Tomatoes are a delicious skin food protecting skin from UV rays and free radicals for a smooth, even glowing appearance whilst helping to diminish lines.

Bright red and juicy, tomatoes are the world’s most popular fruit – and yes, we know what you’re thinking, they are technically a fruit.   Because there are so many ways you can prepare and eat tomatoes, there is no reason why can’t feed your skin this delicious fruit every day.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants such as lycopene, vitamin A and vitamin C, fibre, vitamin K, copper and potassium.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Lycopene is twice as effective an antioxidant as vitamin A, making it a savior for your skin! It’s high fat solubility makes it especially effective in tissues which are full of fats and lipids such as our skin. This makes it perfect for UV protection as it is always ready to protect the skin from the suns rays. Vitamin A acts to add shine to your hair and keep it strong by protecting it from free radicals. It also works protect your eyes and maintain their brightness, vitamin K lessens darker patches which can form under the eyes, both working to refresh your complexion with an all natural glow.

 COOK:

Tomatoes can be eaten in so many ways such as raw, canned or cooked making it easy for you to protect your skin.

TIP:

Cooking tomatoes allows more lycopene to be released providing a greater protection against free radicals.

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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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Capsicum & Cashew Dip | for beautiful hair, skin & nails

[RECIPE] Serves 4 |  30 mins go-to-wo

This dip looks gorgeous, tastes delicious and makes you look and feel fabulous. It’s another recipe I created for  the Balmoral Boatshed Beauty Food Bar . Enjoy

BEAUTY BOOST
Skin, hair and nails..this dip has got you covered! Capsicum is a rich source of vitamins A and C, which attack free radicals in the body and defend against damage to your skin’s structural integrity. Specifically red capsicum contains lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that help to maintain your skin’s youthful appearance by increasing skin’s elasticity while protecting the skin against the inflammation and damage of UVB radiation. Think of it as an internal sunscreen! Cashews are rich in copper, an essential component of many enzymes. One copper-containing enzyme in particular, tyrosinase, converts tyrosine to the pigment melanin, which gives hair and skin its colour. Cashews also contain good sources of protein, which is an essential to building healthy and strong hair and nails.

YOU’LL NEED
3-4 capsicums charred on the grill

1/3 cup olive oil

handful raw cashews

1/2 tspn smokey paprika

1 clove garlic

balsamic glaze or pomegranate molasses

salt & pepper to taste

TO MAKE

  1. Chargrill your capsicums in one of two ways (see TIPS & TRICKS below for two methods)
  2. Add capsicums, cashews, garlic, oil, paprika and glaze or molasses to food processor or blender and whiz until a creamy consistency.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste. Adjust consistency with more oil if you need it to be a bit runnier – remember it will firm up in the fridge.

TIP & TRICKS
Methods to chargrill capsicums..

OPTION ONE

  1. Take the whole capsicums and grill them on a naked flame, turning constantly until skins have blackened (charred) all over.
  2. Pop capsicum in a bowl and cover with plastic or into a plastic bag wrapped in a towel to steam, soften and cool down.
  3. Peel off the black skin, remove seeds and white membrane, chop roughly.

OPTION TWO ( less messy way to chargrill  but smokey flavour NOT as intense)

  1. Cut the top and tail off each capsicum, slice in half,  remove seeds and white membrane
  2. Brush the skin of each half with oil then place under the grill skin facing up.
  3. Grill until skin has blackened. (charred)
  4. Place warm capsicums into a freezer bag, close by twisting and then wrap this bag in a tea towel. The capsicums will steam themselves.
  5. Wait until the capsicums are soft then remove from bag.
  6. Remove the blackened skin, roughly chop.

TO SERVE
Serve on a platter with some veggies and crackers..simple as that!

 

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The Green Goddess Dip | tighten, brighten and moisturise your skin

[RECIPE] Serves 4-8 |  10 mins go-to-wo

I created this dip with my good friend & chef extraordinaire Jo for the Balmoral Boatshed Beauty Food Bar evenings. I had a desire to show the beauty in food by using several coloured dips on a plate to demonstrate how each colour has different ‘active nutrients’ and how each of these can benefit the skin in different ways. There are lots of versions of “green goddess’ dip, some use cream cheese instead of avocado some don’t use herbs….but I created this one using my favourite ingredients that are always on hand. Because I have a kitchen garden I selected 5 different herbs. Don’t go to the expense of doing that if you don’t grow your own. Just select a herb or 2 who’s flavour your like or ones that go with what you are cooking.

BEAUTY BOOST
Avocado is fantastic for your skin! Luscious lipids & Vitamin E moisturise the skin by replenishing the skin’s natural moisture barrier to keep it soft and hydrated, vitamin C firms the skin by boosting collagen production and antioxidants smooth the skin by fighting free radicals that cause inflammation, dryness and tissue deterioration. Whether you choose spinach or watercress (or both!), the vitamin A content of these green leaves along with herbs is very high and promotes healthy skin by allowing for proper moisture retention. This helps to fight psoriasis, acne and dry skin. The zinc content of pumpkin seeds also aids in the fight against inflammation while the iron helps to brighten up those cheeks!

YOU’LL NEED
1 avocado

lemon – tablespoon or 3 of its juice

5 ‘half bunches’ of herbs (eg parsley, coriander, chives, basil, mint, dill – whatever you prefer!)

1/3 bunch green leaves (eg. watercress or spinach)

pumpkin seeds (couple tablespoons optional)

a good glug of avocado oil, grape seed oil or olive oil

1 sml clove garlic

salt & pepper to taste

TO MAKE

  1. Add the ‘well picked’ greens and garlic to food processor or blender and whiz until fine. Add pumpkin seeds (if desired) at this stage too.
  2. Use some oil to help the mix combine.
  3. Add the avocado and blend until a creamy consistency.
  4. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. (use lots to get intensity and balance of flavour)
  5. Adjust consistency with oil.

TIP & TRICKS
Experiment with the flavour of your dip mixing the type and ratio of greens !

TO SERVE

As a dip, sandwich filler or canape base. 
If serving as a dip,  surrounded with fresh and crisp veggies and crackers.

Green goddess dip - who can resist?

Green goddess dip – who can resist?

colour me beautiful dips

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