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Traditional Chai Tea Recipe

Nurture and nourish yourself this Winter with our traditional chai tea. Filled with skin loving herbs and spices, it’s the perfect guilt-free treat to warm and soothe your body. 

Originating from South Asia and also known as masala chai (mixed-spice tea), chai tea is a creation of different herbs and spices in different ratios to create a  personalised treat that is one of the most enriching and  anti-inflammatory teas you can drink. I found whilst savouring my chai [and quiet moment to myself], I was warmed from the inside out and could almost feel myself begin to glow from all those nourishing ingredients. Even the ritual of creating and brewing the chai tea recipe was a lovely way to relax and recharge. This chai tea recipe is perfect for the cooler months to help you look and feel beautiful.  We’ve also got you covered from the outside in with our Chai Shimmer Lip Nourish, try it today to protect your lips this winter!

BEAUTY FOOD BENEFITS

This traditional chai tea recipe is full of nourishing goodies to nurture you from the inside out. The combination of herbs and spices work together to provide a natural and healthy pick me up through the presence of threobromine. They also provide powerful antioxidants for your body to fight free radicals that cause wrinkles,  while its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce redness and puffiness. Not only helping your complexion, the ginger in chai also boosts your immune system to help fight against colds, aids digestion, relieves headaches and inflammation and even improves  the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body.

TRADITIONAL CHAI TEA RECIPE

15 minutes go to whoa. Makes 1 cup.

YOU’LL NEED

2 whole black peppercorns

3 cardamon pods

3 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

Just over 1cm of fresh ginger

1 whole nutmeg

1 tbspn black tea

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup milk of choice [we recommend cold pressed almond milk]

Optional: 1 tbspn of honey

HOW TO

1. To prepare the spice, gently smash cardamon with the side of a knife, peel and thinly slice the ginger, then combine all spices in a saucepan.

2. Add water and milk to the saucepan and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring regularly to ensure the milk is not burning.

3. Add the black tea to the saucepan, continuing to simmer for a further 5 minutes.

4. Strain the chai tea mixture using a fine strainer, into a gorgeous mug and enjoy while warm!

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Use this chai tea recipe as a base, don’t be afraid to try different ratios of the ingredients to find your perfect style!
  • In this chai tea recipe, you can choose to only add the water to the saucepan.  You can then heat the milk separately and add to your mug. Note, simmer time will be reduced if choosing to do this.
  • These spices may be ground together and kept in an air tight container to store until you next use this chai tea recipe!

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Pear and Berry Crumble Recipe

(from the archive)

This pear and berry crumble packed with vitamin C and antioxidants makes the perfect winter treat!

And who does not love fruit topped crumble? Working to boost your immune system and fight wrinkles, our pear and berry crumble recipe with a nut, oat and coconut oil topping takes less then an hour to make – 20 mins to cook / mix and 20 mins to bake making it an effortless way to end a cool winters day.

BEAUTY BOOST

Strawberries: Looking to reduce acne?  Strawberries are naturally rich in salicylic acid – a common ingredient in commercial acne creams! They also help to whiten your teeth and provide a radiant smile.

Blueberries: Full of antioxidants, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant counts of everyday fruit. They have been proven to fight wrinkle formation by neutralising free radical damage to tissues in the skin, including collagen and elastin.

Pears: Vitamin C works to produce and maintain collagen in your skin helping to keep it plump and feeling smooth.

Raspberries: They are a rich source of dietary fibre to flush out toxins and create clearer skin while helping to fight blemishes or breakouts.

Oats: Also high in fibre, oats help to regulate blood sugar levels while vitamin B aids the regeneration of skin cells for a fresh, revitalised appearance. The iron in oats allows the skin to recieve oxygen to grow and repair, keeping it strong and wrinkle free!

PEAR AND BERRY CRUMBLE RECIPE

40 minutes wo to go. Serves 4

YOU’LL NEED

3 cups berries (fresh or frozen)

2 pears, peeled, cored and chopped

3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup almond meal

1/4 cup rapadura sugar

1/4 cup nuts, crushed (almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts etc)

1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)

HOW TO

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.

2. Heat a saucepan over low heat.  Add pears, berries, orange juice, cinnamon and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, grease the sides of a baking dish with a small amount of coconut oil.  In a large bowl mix oats, almond meal, sugar, nuts and remaining coconut oil.

4. Pour berry mix into the baking dish and top with oat mix. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden.  Serve pear and berry crumble warm.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Make extra crumble topping and simply top with a few fresh berries and yoghurt for breakfast the next day!
  • Use fresh or frozen berries.
  • Save a teaspoon of the warm berry mix and blend with 1/4 cup of walnuts and 1 frozen banana for a delicious ice cream!
Berry Crumble

Pear and Berry Crumble with a dollop of unsweetened natural yoghurt

 

 

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Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder Recipe

Who doesn’t love a simple, slow cooked one pot dinner recipe that nourishes your body and soul?  This tender, hearty, slow roasted lamb shoulder recipe will warm you from the inside out – goodbye winter chills and hello kitchen goddess as another dish enters your family’s favourite list! 

Perfect for a weekend family dinner or entertaining friends this style of cooking will be a winner.  This slow roasted lamb shoulder is easy to prepare and cook, allowing you to spend more time out of the kitchen and with those you love!

Don’t worry that it takes 4 hours to bake, the slow roasted lamb shoulder requires minimal attention and provides a beautiful flavour with fall-off-the-bone-meat. The aroma as it bakes builds anticipation!

Serve slow roasted lamb shoulder with a melange of roasted root vegetables such as potato, beetroot and pumpkin and a simple mixed green leaf & fresh herb salad drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice and a grating of zest and everyone will be smiling.

BEAUTY BOOST

Lamb is an fabulous source of protein which is vital for growth and maintenance of every cell in your body.  It helps to heal cuts and wounds, ensures healthy growth of  hair and nails and works relentlessly to replace dead skin cells to ensure a radiant appearance.  Premature ageing of the skin is caused by the destruction of collagen in skin cells.  Collagen is made up of proteins and when lacking in the diet, it can cause the collagen to weaken.  This leads to sagging of the skin or muscles and the formation of wrinkles.

Iron present in the slow roasted lamb is easily absorbed by the body. This helps to move oxygen through the body, assisting in maintaining a glowing, bright complexion. The presence of zinc aids the immune system while selenium provides an extra boost of antioxidant to protect your body against damaging free radicals.  Want to learn more about immune boosting tips? Click here.

Garlic works to reduce inflammation in your body helping to maintain an even skin tone by reducing redness in your complexion, while its antioxidants work towards maintaining smooth skin by frighting wrinkle cause free radicals!

SLOW ROASTED LAMB SHOULDER RECIPE

4.5 hrs  wo to go. Serves 4-6

YOU’LL NEED

1 lamb shoulder (medium)

1-2 tblspns olive oil

1 tablespoon salt

good grind pepper

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1/4 cup thyme leaves (half a bunch – stripped)

2 tablespoons honey (optional)

2 tablespoon lemon juice

water

HOW TO

1. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees.  Score the skin of the lamb with a sharp knife.

2.  Rub salt, pepper and oil onto the lamb, completely covering and sit skin side up into a baking tray. Pour two cups of water into the tray.

3. Cover the tray with foil and place in the oven, roasting for 4 hours. Baste the lamb a couple of times if you are around.

4. Meanwhile, mix honey, lemon juice, garlic and thyme together. After 3 hours of roasting remove the lamb from the oven.  Brush the honey mix over both sides of the lamb and re-cover with foil.

5. Return to the oven and cook for the remaining hour.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • You can add sprigs of thyme and whole garlic cloves to the water at the beginning then simple add the honey and lemon towards the end to ’round’ off the flavours – you can also omit the honey altogether if you are reducing your level sugars.
  • Why not try adding vegetables such as onion, carrot and celery to the baking dish aside the slow roasted lamb shoulder.
  • If the water evaporates during the cook add more to ensure you keep it moist. (you can also add wine – white is best with the lemon and honey.)
  • Don’t be put off by a layer of fat on the lamb when buying it, it provides flavour and tenderness. Look for pasture fed lamb.
  • Drizzle some of the juices / fat  from the baking tray onto the lamb when serving for some extra moisture and flavour.
  • Midweek meal? Make this recipe the night before and store in the fridge, it will be even more flavoursome!
  • You can’t go wrong with this dish. Mix it up. Cindy cooks her slow roasted lamb shoulder for at least 8 hrs with half a bottle red white wine and a couple cups of water in Le Creuset. (does not finish it with lemon & honey but adds the garlic and thyme with rough sliced onion and chopped carrots at the beginning).

 

Preheat the oven to 140 degrees.  Rub salt, pepper and oil onto the lamb, completely covering and score the skin with a sharp knife.

Preheat the oven to 140 degrees. Score the skin with a sharp knife, rub salt, pepper and oil into the lamb.

Place desired vegetables into a baking tray, sitting the lamb on top (skin side up). Pour two cups of water into the tray and cover with foil.  Place in the oven, roasting for 4 hours.

(optional) Place desired vegetables into a baking tray, sitting the lamb on top (skin side up). Pour two cups of water into the tray and cover with foil. Place in the oven, roasting for 4 hours.

Meanwhile, mix honey, lemon juice, garlic and thyme together. After 3 hours of roasting remove the lamb from the oven.  Brush the honey mix over both sides of the lamb and re-cover with foil. Return to the oven and cook for the remaining hour.

Meanwhile, mix honey, lemon juice, garlic and thyme together. After 3 hours of roasting remove the lamb from the oven. Brush the honey mix over both sides of the lamb and re-cover with foil. Return to the oven and cook for the remaining hour.

When the lamb has finished cooking, remove it from the oven and rest it for 15 minutes with the foil still covering the tray.

Dinner is ready!

The Best Foods for Dry Skin

Winters mark the advent of cold air, early sundowns, hot tea, big blankets and dry skin.

Almost everyone’s skin suffers in some way during winter with cool, dry air causing complexions to appear dull, flaky, parched and pale. Not only that, but severe dryness can also lead to uncomfortable irritation and itchiness, that not even the best moisturisers, serums, balms, lotions or potions will fix, no, this is an inside job. Help your skin to retain moisture from the inside out by eating the right foods so you can have glowing, dewy skin all year round.

SLIDESHOW - best foods for dry skin

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and Seeds for dry winter skin

Spinach

Spinach for healthy, glowing skin

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil - the ultimate skin food inside and out

Fish

Salmon is one of the few sources of omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for glowing skin

Celery

Silica rich celery for healthy skin and nails

Eggs

Eggs are the perfect all-rounder for inside and out

And if you’re thinking how on earth am I going to get my dose of all these foods?! Try our Go and Glow Green Smoothie (with spinach, avocado, celery and flaxseed oil) or have a crack at one of our delicious skin loving recipes!

(…or as we say,  if you can’t eat it, wear it with our 100% natural makeup – that not only looks amazing but nourishes your skin, lashes and lips!)

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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!