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Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

Do you ever get a sinking feeling thinking about the cooler months, knowing they are bound to bring some sort of cold or flu?  The immune system is your body’s natural way to defend itself against bugs and prevent illness so by keeping it in top shape you better your chances of remaining flu-free, energised and feeling your best.

Here are our top 10 ways to naturally boost your immune system this winter:

1. Exercise as a family

We know it’s cold outside, but to keep your body functioning optimally, ensure you and your family exercise regularly.  Regular activity can increase the amount of †˜killer cells’ in your body which search and attack viruses and bacteria, helping to keep your immune system in functioning at its best, plus it’s a great way to bond and have fun together. Try bike riding, backyard cricket, hiking or even do a fun-run together!

2. Get your 8 hours 

Feeling tired and exhausted? Sleep deprivation can decrease the production of cells which work to destroy microbes and fight off illness.  Make sure you and your family get the right amount of sleep each night (at least 8 hours) to ensure your body has enough energy to defend itself against illness.

3. Eat probiotic foods

Probiotics are fantastic at keeping your body and digestive system healthy, allowing your immune system to function smoothly. Fight bacteria with bacteria through eating yoghurt and fermented foods.

4. Eat Your Vitamins

Vitamin C, while maintaining a plump, youthful complexion also makes the spread of bacteria or viruses more difficult. The tightening of cells works to strengthen their membranes making sure only the good things can get through. This means your body can destroy the bacteria or virus before it can get any worse.

Vitamin A promotes a healthy mucous function, which helps to stop the entrance of bugs into the body.  When this occurs, the body doesn’t have to work as hard to prevent illness.

boost your immunity with fresh food

Boost your immunity with vitamin rich fresh vegetables and herbs

 

5. Relax

Stress induces a toll on your body, whether long term or short term, and lowers the body’s ability to fight off illnesses.  While some stress triggers are unavoidable, some are often manageable.  Does your house become stressful in the mornings, with getting the kids ready for school packing lunches, answering phone calls etc? Take a few minutes the night before to pack bags, lay out clothes and get organised to start your day off on a relaxing note.  Same with afternoons, being prepared and having a flexible routine, especially with kids is necessity to remain organised and therefore calm. We understand things don’t always go to plan so if you forget the school bake sale, didn’t respond to that email or burnt dinner – laugh it off! Things happen that don’t always go to plan, so just ask yourself †˜does this really matter?

6. Make friends with healthy fats

Omega 3 fatty acids are just what your body needs to maintain healthy cell membranes.  This is important to stop the spread of viruses while working to create resistance to toxins, which may enter the body. It is recommended to eat foods high in omega three fatty acids every day, such as walnuts, chia seeds and salmon.

7. Stay Hydrated

Water enhances the production of lymph, which helps to transport immune cells around your body. Maintaining a smooth lymph function means your body can race to defend itself when viruses or bacteria enter. Try adding some freshly squeezed lemon juice to your water to enhance the flavour and boost your vitamin C intake.

8. Eat foods rich in Zinc 

Zinc promotes function of the thymus gland, which helps to control your immune system.  By consuming zinc in your diet, it enhances the production and activity of infection fighting cells (also known as white blood cells).  This means your body can rush to destroy microbes such as a viruses before begins to show symptoms. High sources of zinc include beef, lamb, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, lentils and spinach.  Plus it’s fantastic for maintaing clear skin!

9. Season with garlic 

A powerful immune booster, garlic is a rich source of phytonutrients and contains sulphur compounds that help to stimulate the production of white bloods cells as well as containing anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. Add garlic to a variety of dishes including mixed with a salad dressing or marinated over meat to give your immune system a boost.

Boost your immunity with garlic

Boost your immunity with sulphur rich  garlic

 

10. Stay Balanced 

The best way to stay healthy and control infection is to minimise stress by eating clean wholefood, exercise regularly, get sufficient sleep and make sure you balance out work, life and play. Recognise when you have met your limits and if you do become unwell to take time to rest and allow your body to recover.

Providing yourself and your family with a healthy lifestyle to ensure overall health and happiness, sets up lifelong healthy habits for your children.

Have you got any more tips, tricks or remedies for winter colds and flus? Share it with us in the comment section below or on our Facebook page!

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lük breakfast beauty bar recipe

lük Breakfast Beauty Bar

[RECIPE] 15 Serves | 45mins go-to-wo | VEG WF DF (NF)

Delicious and easy-to-eat on the go this breakfast beauty bar contains essential beauty nutrients: omega 3 to fight inflammation & moisturise skin, essential amino acids for cell regeneration, vitamins, minerals & of course fibre to help nutrient absorption and remove toxins. I created the recipe for the lük beautifood bar at the Growers Market, they were well received so we will make them every month! Obviously it had to be low sugar and most importantly I did not want it to taste like bird food.

Teamed with a lük Glow+Go Green Smoothie (add a spoon of yoghurt for probiotics & an egg for complete protein) and you have the perfect start to the day.

If you bake them at the beginning of the week and wrap up little bundles you’ll have something to grab as you run out the door. They are handy for breakfast, to fill kids lunch boxes or to snack on.

BEAUTY BOOST:

So many skin loving goodies packed into one delicious bar. Wholegrains contain B vitamins that are required for every aspect of metabolism in your skin, without them your complexion will have a dull appearance as the skin cells can’t regenerate quickly. The seeds and nuts contain skin vital essential fatty acids (esp. harder-to-get omega 3) and key beauty mineral antioxidants (zinc, magnesium, calcium & selenium) and vitamin E. Shredded coconut and coconut oil provide a super skin moisturising boost and anti microbial benefits.

YOU’LL NEED…..

Organic if you can:

1/2 cup oats – quick

1/4 cup flaxseeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup poppy seeds

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut – fine

1/2 cup ground nuts (eg almond, walnuts or brazil nuts) or a flour eg organic spelt flour

1/3 sugar (panela or rapadura – evaporated unrefined cane juice)

1/2 tspn baking soda

1/2 tspn salt flakes (crushed Maldon or Murray River)

zest of 1/2 lemon

1 tspn cinnamon

8-10 medjool dates – chopped (optional)

1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

1 egg

1/3 cup coconut oil

TO MAKE….

  1. Add dry ingredients to bowl. Mix well – use a big balloon whisk. Ensure dates are separated and coated in the dry mix.
  2. Add whisked egg and (melted) oil. Stir / cut through with a knife for several minutes til well combined – every bits and piece will be well coated and it almost clumps together in your hand. This step is important.
  3. Line ‘lamington tin’ ( 9″ x 13”) with unbleached baking paper and empty in mix.
  4. Spread mix evenly and firmly press down and into the tin. The surface will be smooth and firm. I use a flat pastry scraper to flatten out and compress the mix.
  5. Cook for 20-30 minutes on 170C or until surface is golden brown. Check cooking half way thru and turn tray if necessary – ie you may have hot spots in your oven.
  6. Cool slightly, cut the slice into bar size portions. Note it will seem a bit ‘crumbly but just press/poke back into shape – it will firm up on cooling. Leave in tin to cool.
  7. Once cool go over the cuts to ensure they are clean so you have individual pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight tub upto a 3 weeks.

TIPS + TRICKS

  • If you don’t have all the ingredients, don’t despair – mix and match. Eg Swap the oil or seeds or nuts
  • For school lunch boxes – omit the nuts 🙁
  • Pre-wrap the bars in unbleached baking paper and pop on a sticker so the family can ‘grab and go’ – it makes them extra special.
Mixing the ingredients in the lük bar

fabulous mix of nutrient rich nuts and seeds

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pressed firmly into the tray

Serving the Breakfast Beautifood Bar by the slice

Serving our Breakfast Beauty Bar by the slice

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Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

Roast Beetroot & Pumpkin Dip – eat your antioxidants!

[recipe] Serves 6 |  75 mins go-to-woe

BEAUTY BOOST
So much beauty in colour! The vibrant purple flesh of beetroot is full of antioxidants and minerals that will look after your skin both inside and out. The minerals iron, potassium and zinc detoxify by creating healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to skin cells for regeneration, repair and renewal. The antioxidants fight against inflammation which treats puffy and red complexions. Pumpkin’s bright orange colour is a sign that this veggie is loaded with beta-carotene. This plant carotenoid gets converted to vitamin A and acts as a very powerful antioxidant to neutralise free radicals thereby helping to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin moist and looking youthful. And the omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E of walnuts are another moisturising, wrinkle-fighting beauty boost to your skin.

YOU’LL NEED
2-3  beetroots – remove leaves, leave skin on but get rid of those rough bits at the top and bottom

2 chunks or 1/3 butternut pumpkin –  chopped into cubes

2/3rd cup walnuts

1/3 – 1/2 cup olive oil

1-2 cloves of garlic

1/2 tbspn black mustard seeds

1/2 tspn cumin seeds

salt and pepper to season

TO MAKE

  1. Turn oven on 180C.
  2. Place beetroot and pumpkin on baking tray lined with  non-toxic baking paper, drizzle with some extra olive oil, toss and place into. Roast for an hour.
  3. Halfway through roasting the beetroot add the garlic, walnuts, black mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the tray.
  4. Remove tray from oven when beetroot & pumpkin has roasted and garlic, walnuts and seeds are lightly toasted.
  5. Leave to cool before removing most of skin from the pumpkin.
  6. Add all roasted and toasted ingredients to blender or food processor and whiz until creamy.
  7. Add oil to mixture and blend until desired texture of dip has been reached. Season.
Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

Beetroot and Pumpkin Dip

TIP & TRICKS

Toasting the walnuts, mustard seeds and cumin seeds and roasting the garlic by popping them into the oven while the beets are baking develops the flavour of the ingredients and infuses the beetroot with a spiced, nutty, garlicky deliciousness!

TO SERVE
Simply serve with a colourful array of fresh veggies and a variety of crackers.

How to Lighten your Toxic Load when it Comes to Lipstick

Don’t be fooled: some of your favourite lipsticks could contain more than just a splash of pretty pigment and glossy goodness, especially bright reds! Many mainstream lipsticks are in fact loaded with toxic metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and nickel, thereby heightening your risk of dangerous diseases and organ damage. Yikes!

Why should you think twice before swiping on just any old lipstick?

The average woman consumes anywhere between 4 to 10 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime (gulp). Those same sticks of lippie may contain toxic ingredients that could be doing more damage than good.

Exposure to certain metals has been linked to health concerns including reproductive, immune and nervous system toxicity. Symptoms can include headaches, weakness, constipation, fatigue, muscle and joint pain.

When bio-absorption of heavy metals occurs, each person is affected in different ways depending on their specific threshold and manifesting as different symptoms, but there’s still that risk. Wouldn’t you feel more at peace knowing you were limiting your toxic exposure as much as possible? The brain is not designed to cope with heavy metals, nor is the internal system, so it only makes sense to stay away from toxic ingredients in favour of safe, nourishing alternatives.

It’s not just heresy – there’s proof!

A recent study conducted by University of California found concerning levels of heavy metal content in 32 popular lipsticks and glosses. Lead turned up in 75% of products and about 30% of products contained levels of chromium higher than what’s considered safe when people applied them at the average daily rate. Alarming stuff!

What metals should you avoid?

Heavy metals like lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminium, zinc, chromium and iron are found in many lipsticks formulas.

High levels of cadmium can be stored in the kidneys and could lead to renal failure.

Lead is an enzyme inhibitor and over a long period of time it can build up and cause a plethora of health issues for its wearer or consumer.

Moreover, chronic exposure to nickel, arsenic, aluminium, chromium, iron and zinc can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, neurological deficits and developmental problems.

And there’s a big loophole too. Because certain heavy metals are considered a contaminant and not an ingredient, it doesn’t have to be listed on the label, so you might not even know what you are applying to your pout. To me, that’s the scariest part, not knowing what the heck is in all of your consumer products! How can you possibly protect yourself without such important information?

What ingredients should you be applying instead?

Yes, lipstick makes you feel beautiful and confident but it shouldn’t be making you sick or drying out your lips.

I am absolutely transparent about all of the ingredients my Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish Lipsticks are made from. These include skin-healthy foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins and free from synthetic dyes, fragrances and preservatives. Similarly, the 100% Pure makeup range that I stock contains only safe, healthy, natural, fruit pigmented ingredients that cause no harm to your external or internal health and you will never EVER find hidden nasty ingredients in either collection. That’s how makeup should be!

It’s a choice. It starts with YOU.

Why are we still okay with applying potentially dangerous, irritating chemicals to our skin? Perhaps we think only a small amount won’t do much harm, perhaps there’s not enough education, or perhaps we’ve fallen victim to marketing codswallop from big consumer companies that think it’s okay to sell a bunch of toxins to the masses and mask it with glitz and glamour advertising tactics.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you. You choose what should go on (and therefore in!) your skin, and you choose how many chemicals and potential endocrine-disruptors you wish to be exposed to. But choose wisely, beauties.

Chances are, if you’ve read this article right to the very end, you’re beginning to think twice about some of your makeup and household product choices and I am glad!

Educate yourself

There are MANY resources out there on the interwebs. I’ve even created quite the library of further information about this topic (see below for a few key subjects):

The Dirty Thirty toxic beauty ingredients

How to detox your beauty routine

The list of hazardous and toxic beauty ingredients

I’m here to empower my natural beauties and inform you about what’s healthy, what’s safe and how you can safeguard yourself from harmful toxins effortlessly and easily, without skimping on quality when it comes to your makeup products. I’ll hold your hand and walk you through the process, because as women, we deserve to be anointed with the purest and safest of ingredients for a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Image via dollarphotoclub.com

Cindy

Got a question about this particular subject? Do you feel like there should be better regulation for certain cosmetics companies? Leave a comment below!

Beauty Benefits of acai beauty food acai luk beautifood

beauty benefits of acai

beauty food acai

Beauty Benefits of acai beauty food acai luk beautifood

These intriguing berries are grown in the amazon and are around 1cm in size. Acai berries are on the list of being gorgeous superfoods due to their remarkable antioxidant content!

FOOD ACTIVES:

Antioxidants including anthocyanin, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, folic acid, calcium, iron, zinc and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Its range of antioxidants, including anthocyanin’s makes acai a perfect addition to help prevent signs of ageing. Anthocyanins help to increase the circulation in our bodies meaning more oxygen is supplied to cells.  This allows healthy regeneration and repair, creating strong healthy hair cells and sustaining a bright, glowing complexion! This helps to reduce dullness associated with ageing and maintain strong lush hair. They also ward off wrinkles and nourish your brain – allowing you to look and feel young! Omega 3’s not only help to plump your skin cells, but also aid your brain by helping keep focus and improve memory.

COOK:

For anyone who doesn’t live locally to acai berries (everyone else), acai can be bought in powder form, frozen or as a juice.  Add some powder to your smoothie for a fabulous antioxidant boost!

TIP:

Acai is pronounced ah-sigh-ee and can be bought online. Or try searching the internet to find a local health or supplement store which stock acai.

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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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Beauty Benefits of peach beauty food peach luk beautifood

beauty benefits of peach

beauty food peach

With soft skin, sweet flesh and a pleasant aroma, peaches are the perfect addition to your summery days, bringing a gorgeous boost of antioxidants!

FOOD ACTIVES:

Phenols, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, copper, selenium and fibre.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF PEACH:

Peaches are high in both vitamin A and vitamin C which makes a gorgeous combination for your skin! These two antioxidants work to ensure healthy regeneration of skin cells to keep it soft and bright while greatly reducing damage done by free radicals. The presence of phenols in peaches protects your hair from the summer sun, protecting against damage from UV rays while selenium encourages hair growth for lush strong strands. They also help to cleanse your kidneys from toxins due to their diuretic nature.

COOK:

Eat peaches with their skin on, you can run them under cold water before eating to get rid of their slightly fuzzy texture. Warm them in a pan by slicing, removing the seed and sprinkling with cinnamon.

TIP:

When buying peaches, check to see how they feel. They shouldn’t be overly hard or mushy, when squeezed gently their skin should give slightly to the pressure.  Avoid ones with wrinkled skin and look for ones with a sweet aroma and buy organic when possible.

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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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Beauty Benefits of Zucchini beauty food zucchini luk beautifood

beauty benefits of zucchini

beauty food zucchini

Also known as a courgette or a summer squash, zucchini is dark green in colour and is related to both squash and pumpkin.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and zinc.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF ZUCCHINI:

Zucchini’s high water content helps to revitalise and hydrate your skin while manganese helps the body to develop strong bones and teeth.  Vitamin A in zucchini also protects the skin by being present within the epidermal layer, acting to absorb the suns UV rays to help maintain healthy, bright skin. It also helps to prevent age spots, wrinkles and sagging from forming.

COOK:  

Usually served cooked, zucchini can be steamed, grilled, baked and fried.  A quick cook is all it needs, drizzle with some oil or throw it into a stir fry.

TIP:

Try cutting long and flat slices of zucchini.  Quickly fry, bake or grill the strips with oil and roll up some mixed veg inside,  creating sushi made from zucchini!

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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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Beauty Benefits of Cashews beauty food cashews luk beautifood

beauty benefits of cashews

beauty food cashews

Cashews come from a fruit known as a cashew apple which is a tropical plant native to Brazil called a cashew tree.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Riboflavin, zeaxanthin, Vitamin E, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, selenium and zinc.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CASHEWS:

Cashews contain are powerful combination of selenium and vitamin E. Selenium works to boost hair growth and maintain a healthy scalp which in turn stops dandruff, whilst Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection for your hair and creating a natural shine. Cashews are also high in magnesium which helps to relax the body and mind. It is also vital for healthy bones and teeth.

COOK:

As a popular snacking food both raw, salted or roasted, cashews can also be ground to make pastes, help to thicken stews and used as a base for desserts. Add it to salads, stir fry’s or even make your own nut butter.

TIP:

Mix cashews in some oil, sprinkle on some spices such as cumin and salt and roast at around 150 degrees for half an hour. These are perfect for nibbles when entertaining.

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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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Beauty Benefits of green tea beauty food green tea luk beautifood

beauty benefits of green tea

beauty food green tea

Originating from china and spreading throughout Asia, green tea has been used for medicinal properties including regulating body temperate and improving digestion.Green tea leaves undergo minimal manufacturing and can be grown or harvested in different ways to alter the flavour naturally.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Green tea is rich in powerful antioxidants called polyphenols such as catechins,  vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, theanine, potassium, calcium, zinc, molybdenum and fluorine.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA:

Catechins in green tea fight bacteria, preventing the onset of tooth decay and removing any bacteria in your throat. They also soothe digestion by maintaining a healthy gut bacteria while reducing inflammation.  Packed with polyphenols, these powerful antioxidants work to keep collagen and elastic in your skin strong, helping to maintain a tight and smooth complexion. Although containing caffeine, green tea contains much lower amounts than coffee or black tea.

COOK:  

Brewing time for green tea ranges from 30 seconds to five minutes. When using tea leaves, it is best to mix 1 teaspoon of leaves per every cup of water.  Mix with some ginger, honey or lemon for delicious, exotic flavour.

TIPS:

Trial and error is key when perfecting your cup of green tea as it will largely depend on your personal taste.  If it is brewed too hot or left for too long the tea will turn bitter, loosing is soothing flavour.

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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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Beauty Benefits of Chickpeas Beauty food glossary beauty food chickpeas luk beautifood

beauty benefits of chickpeas

beauty benefits of chickpeas

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are either black, green, red, brown or beige in colour. The most common type of chickpea is the kabouli variety which is beige in colour and an irregular circular shape.

FOOD ACTIVES:

Vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, molybdenum, manganese, copper, phosphorus, zinc, iron, fibre and protein!

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF CHICKPEAS:

Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, necessary for growth and maintenance of cells within the body. Protein encourages a glowing appearance by replacing dead skin cells as well as maintaining healthy hair and nail growth. Beauty benefits of chickpeas also include the presence of the phytonutrient called saponin which acts as an antioxidant to destroy free radicals.  Molybdemum assists to cleanse the liver and detoxify the skin.  Beauty benefits of chickpeas help the body sustain a radiant, smooth complexion.

COOK:

Canned chickpeas are easily accessible from your local supermarket.  If buying dried, just soak them in water overnight or while you’re at work and then place in a saucepan with some fresh water and bring to the boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until plump and tender. Mix with some tomatoes parsley, lemon juice and olive oil for a quick snack!

TIP:

Cooked chickpeas will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for a few days while dried will keep in a cool dark place for months.

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Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6†x4†/10cmx15cm) photo paper.

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