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Vegan Lime & Coconut ‘cheesecake’

Posted on: September 2nd, 2017 by Bar3EAdm1n

When your mum brings you a bag of limes and a bag of ripe avocados from a local farm, it means time to get in the kitchen and get creative! As these two fruits are a couple of my favorites, I thought that combining them could very well be the delicious way to go. I was correct ūüėČ

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This recipe contains ingredients that are all super skin foods in their own right, but combined, not only taste delicious but are a veritable treasure trove of good fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, all which are crucial for great skin health. It is also incredibly easy to make. Just remember to soak your cashews over night or during the day. If you make this yummy dessert, don’t forget to take a great pic and tag us on instagram! @bare_beauty_essentials #barebeautyessentials

Here is a breakdown of the main ingredients and how they benefit the health of your skin.

  • Nuts ~ Nuts are a great source of fatty acids, fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins, all which are crucial to healthy skin cell renewal.
  • Vanilla ~ Vanilla is a good source of essential oils, vitamins & minerals especially vitamin B and can help improve the look of your skin tone. Great source of antioxidants.
  • Coconut ~ High in good fatty acids which strengthen connective tissue and helps your skin shed dead cells. It is also high in manganese and copper both which support collagen production. Coconut oil is naturally high in fibre which will help improve your digestive system. You need a healthy digestive system to have healthy skin. (or anything else!) Also high is antioxidants. We use coconut oil in EVERYTHING!!!
  • Maple ¬†Syrup ~¬†contains some important antioxidants and minerals like¬†zinc¬†and manganese.
  • Lime¬†juice is enriched with Vitamin C. It has 9.2mg of Vitamin C per oz. It contains many other important nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium, Choline, Phosphorus, and Betaine.

Vegan Lime & Coconut ‘cheesecake’ recipe

Base~                                                                                                                                                                                            250 gm Mixed nuts ( I use nuts that activate such as almonds, macadamias, cashews, pecans and walnuts)

50 gm Pure maple syrup

50 gm Coconut ( I prefer shredded)

Good pinch of Himalayan salt

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Filling

200 gm cashews which have been soaked all day or over night

75 gm lime juice and pulp

1 good sized Avocado

100 gm Pure maple syrup

100gm melted Virgin coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

zest from 1 lime

vegan lime cheesecake filling

Method

Line a loaf tin with baking paper. I use a thermomix to make this but a food processor will work fine as well.             Put all of the base ingredients into thermomix 15 seconds on speed 5. Scrape down sides and repeat. Press mix  into bottom of lined tin.                                                                                                                                                                            Combine filling ingredients except for the zest for 60 seconds speed 6 until smooth. Scrape down sides. Add lime zest, put in butterfly attachment and whip for 1 minute on speed 4. Pour on to base, smooth top and refrigerate until firm. Sprinkle with toasted shredded coconut. Enjoy!

Vegan lime and coconut cheesecake

 

 

Super Nutritious Fluffy Vegan Brownies

Posted on: August 27th, 2017 by Bar3EAdm1n

SUPER NUTRITIOUS FLUFFY VEGAN BROWNIES

We all want beautiful, dewy looking skin. Most people spend ridiculous amounts of money on fancy serums and creams in an attempt to retain that youthful glow.  Even though skin care products help to improve the texture and appearance of your skin,  your skin will really only ever look as healthy as the food you eat. The more nourishing your diet, the healthier your skin will look and feel. This means a diet with plenty of foods high in good fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. All things vital to the health of your bodies largest organ.

Even delicious snacks and desserts can benefit rather than hinder your health.  A good example are these amazing guilt free brownies which are moist and fluffy, free from refined anything and vegan.

Vegan Brownies

Here is a breakdown of the main ingredients and how they benefit your skin from the inside out!

  • Cocao ~ High in antioxidants which are key in blocking harmful free radicals in the body and protects against premature aging. High in vitamin C & magnesium which protects your skin & keeps it healthy. Cocao contains omega 6 fatty acids, which help in cellular healing & promotes blood flow.
  • Nuts ~ Nuts are a great source of fatty acids, fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins, all which are crucial to healthy skin cell renewal.
  • Vanilla ~ Vanilla is a good source of essential oils, vitamins & minerals especially vitamin B and can help improve the look of your skin tone. Great source of antioxidants.
  • Dates ~ Dates are a natural source of vitamin B5 which is highly beneficial for skin cells as it repairs damage caused by free radicals. Medjool dates contain Vitamin A which helps to eliminate dry & dead skin cells and regenerate new ones. Loaded with vital nutrients, dried dates can nourish the skin and improve texture.

The ingredient which makes them fluffy is aquafaba. This is something that I have only just started playing around with and so far I am totally impressed and amazed that I haven’t come across it sooner. Aquafaba is the reserved liquid from (usually) chickpeas or any bean or legume really. You whip it with a little bit of cream of tartar or baking powder just like you would with egg whites until it forms stiff peaks and use it as a replacement. 3 tablespoons of aquafaba is equal to one egg white. It is magic!!

                      

RECIPE

Preheat oven 180 degrees fan forced. Line a square cake pan with baking paper.

DRY:

1 cup gluten free S/R flour

1/2 cup cocao powder

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bi carb soda

1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

Sift together flour and cocao powder. Add remaining dry ingredient and blend well.

WET:

1 cup pitted medjool dates packed

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

3 tbsp nut butter (to make nut butter simply blend 1 cup of nuts with 1 tsp oil and 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt until smooth)

1/2 cup apple sauce

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Blend together until smooth.

Add to dry ingredients, do not over mix.

AQUAFABA:

1/2 cup aquafaba from chickpeas or some other bean or lentil.

1/4 tsp baking powder or cream of tartar

In a dry and very clean bowl add the aquafaba and baking powder or cream of tartar and whip with mixer on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. This usually takes around 3-6 minutes depending on how thick it was to begin with. Using tinned aquafaba usually works best.

Gently fold the mixture into the batter, being careful not to over mix as you want it to remain fluffy.

Spoon batter into prepared pan, gently smooth top and top with chopped nuts, berries, cocao nibs or whatever you feel like decorating it with. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when pricked. Allow to cool completely. Enjoy.

‘You are what you eat’. Truer words were never never spoken!

An orange a day keeps dull skin at bay!

Posted on: June 28th, 2017 by Bar3EAdm1n

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The humble orange is not only juicy and delicious, it also has a whole range of health benefits as well as having many positive effects on your skin. Not only does eating them give you a great boost of vitamin A and C, which your skin needs to be healthy, but the citric acid found in an orange’s juices can be used to exfoliate your skin which helps with acne. Basically, eating or juicing an orange a day keeps dull skin at bay!

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Oranges are rich in vitamin C, which your body needs to make collagen. According to the Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, collagen is a structural component in your blood vessels, tendons and ligaments. However, it is also an important part of your skin. Collagen synthesis naturally slows as you age, and sun exposure over your lifetime can further impair its production, leading to skin damage. Eating a medium orange provides vitamin C and citric acid, both of which can stimulate collagen production.¬†Vitamin C also protects cells from damage by free radicals which is one of the main causes of premature aging. Do yourself a favor and squeeze a couple of oranges into a glass to drink each day (organic or spray free is of course the best!). If you are feeling really adventurous, freeze some fresh juice ice cube trays and rub them on your skin to brighten dull and lack luster skin.

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Acne Prevention

Oranges also contain high levels of vitamin A, which helps your skin protect your body from invading bacteria and viruses. According to the National Institutes of Health, vitamin A is used in acne treatments. Vitamin C also helps reduce skin swelling, which may reduce the appearance of pimples. The citric acid found in oranges is also part of the chemical group alpha acids, which are powerful exfoliators that remove dead skin cells and cleanse your pores, helping prevent acne.

  • Oranges have a high content of citric acid which is effective in drying away acne. Orange peels contain a high amount of dietary fiber, which regulates bowel movements, thus eliminating harmful wastes and toxins from the body. This will prevent acne breakouts by getting rid of toxins.
  • You can prepare a face mask by grinding orange peels to make a paste and apply it all over your face. This will not only keep acne at bay but also combat skin oiliness. With regular usage, you can see a visible reduction in pimples and its marks. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Image result for oranges mask

 

ORANGE PEEL, OATMEAL, TURMERIC AND BAKING SODA FACE MASK:

Mix 2 teaspoons of orange peel powder (dry orange peels without the white part in the sun for a few days then grind in blender or coffee grinder) with 1 teaspoon of oatmeal and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the mix. Add water or milk and gently stir the mixture to get a paste. Gently apply on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. This face mask if useful to get rid of acne and dead skin cells. Oatmeal exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells. Baking soda cleanses the skin and removes the impurities

Aging

Citric acid, part of the alpha hydroxyl acid group, is a key component in skin products that reduce wrinkles and soften your skin. Citric acid, found in oranges, grapefruits and other citrus fruits, is used in chemical peel products, which remove dead cells to make your skin look younger. Furthermore, when applied topically, vitamin C can increase skin hydration, which reduces wrinkles and adds to a youthful appearance.

Sun Protection

The antioxidants vitamin A and C may also help reverse sun damage, protecting your skin from cancer and other negative effects. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, sun exposure breaks down vitamin A in your skin, leading to skin damage. However, an orange can help replace vitamin A and repair damage. Furthermore, vitamin C has been shown to build immunity to the sun in your skin. This helps to prevent damage from occurring in the first place.:

Treatment Of Dark Spots And Blemishes

  • Orange peels have a higher content of vitamin C than the fruit itself. Instead of throwing away the peels, you can dry them in the sun and grind them to prepare orange peel powder. This can be used as a body scrub.
  • You can mix the above scrub with milk and milk cream and apply it on your face. This will provide an instant glow to your face as well as reduce dark spots and blemishes on your skin.

A few of the health benefits of eating oranges are:

  • They have been found to help prevent kidney stones
  • Lower bad cholesterol
  • Help prevent diabetes by regulating blood sugar
  • Anti inflammatory so a glass of fresh juice a day helps with arthritis
  • High in fire so aids digestion
  • Vitamin C protects cells from damage by free radicals which can help fight cancer
  • Fibers, Hesperidin and folate in Oranges keep your heart healthy.
  • Folic acid present in Oranges helps in Brain growth development
  • Vitamin C present in Oranges increases the production of white Blood Cells which further¬†improves your immune system.
  • Flavonoids and polyphenols in Oranges help you fight viral infections.
  • Calcium rich Oranges help you maintain healthy bones and teeth.

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Super Skin Food Smoothy

Posted on: February 5th, 2017 by Bar3EAdm1n

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Doing the breakfast shift for my last couple of cheffing jobs meant that I got into the habit years ago of eating on the go, something that I still do to this day. Massaging most days and spending all day on my feet making potions and lotions means that I like to have something nourishing, filling and energy boosting to start my day. The smoothie I make each morning is all these things and more…it is also incredibly good for nourishing your skin from the inside. Here’s why..

Organic mixed berries~ easily found in the freezer section at Coles Woolies are your local health food shop (and even better if you can find a local fresh source and freeze them yourself) organic mixed berries are the basis of my smoothie. including raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and sometimes cranberries, putting in a handful of these little treasures adds antioxidants which is key to keeping your skin looking great.

Banana~ Being from Coffs Harbour, we have bananas in abundance and can easily find some at a great price at the local markets or on the side of the road. Try to get organic if possible as bananas are heavily sprayed with all sorts of nasty chemicals and sprayed to rapidly ripen them. Full of potassium pectin and fibre, they are also a good source of antioxidants, magnesium and B6. All things that help with cell regeneration and absorption of nutrients.

Kale~ Of all the super healthy greens, kale is the king. It is definitely one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods in existence. Kale is loaded with all sorts of beneficial compounds… some of which have powerful medicinal properties. It is jammed packed with vitamins and minerals especially beta-carrotenn (which the body turns into vitamin A) and C.

  • Vitamin A plays a pivotal role in repairing the tissues underneath your skin and prevents damage caused by free radicals.¬† A diet lacking in Vitamin A can lead to dry and flaky skin.
  • Vitamin C too helps reduce damage caused by free radicals, which is mostly likely to occur when your skin is overexposed to the sun. In other words, Vitamin C helps prevent premature aging of the skin and helps you stay younger-looking for a longer period of time.

Coconut Milk~ Whether ingested or applied topically, coconut milk is great for your skin. It is rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and natural proteins which contribute to a smooth and radiant skin.

Coconut Kefir~  Is a probiotic that greatly assists with improving your gut health, which in turn means that it helps to cleanse the liver. In chinese medicine the liver rules the skin, eyes, and joints. coconut kefir eases aches and joint pains. Many people report having a prettier complexion. They experience the brown liver spots on the skin fading away and skin tags, moles, or warts drying up and disappearing.

Raw Protein Powder~ Amazonia Raw protein isolate Raw protein isolate is the first-to-market organic, raw, prebiotic, dairy-free protein with premium bioavailability. A gentle formula designed with optimum gut health in mind, enhanced with live digestive enzymes and prebiotics (food for good digestive bacteria) to support digestive balance, which assists with the breakdown and assimilation of protein for ultimate absorption. A healthy gut equals healthy skin.

Spirulina~¬†Spirulina is a blue-green algae. That doesn‚Äôt sound sexy, but this¬†super seaweed is a lifesaver for its skin-savvy fans. As most of us know, our outside beauty is directly related to our inside beauty. ‚ÄúRadiance is nothing more than happy, healthy cells, and¬†spirulina¬†is an easy way to sneak more ‚Äúbeauty nutrients‚ÄĚ into a busy lifestyle via diet,‚ÄĚ says Julie Morris, a natural foods chef and super food expert, author of¬†¬†Superfood Juices¬†and¬†Superfood Kitchen.

Maca Powder~ Is known to encourage healthy hormone production and stregthen the immune system. In addition to these and many other health benefits , organic maca powder is rapidly gaining a reputation for its ability to promote a healthy, radiant complexion and research has shown that it can structurally enhance the firmness of skin and boost its inherent protective abilities. Laboratory studies have demonstrated that maca root stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts in vitro, resulting in visibly younger looking skin.

 

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Super Skin Food Smoothie Recipe

  • Handful of mixed frozen organic berries
  • 1 Banana broken into chunks (frozen if you like)
  • 1/2 cup Coco Quench or any other type of coconut or nut milk. Coco Quench has the most amount of coconut in it compare to other coconut milk blends and it has no added sugar. (available at supermarket or health food shop)
  • 2 small kale leaves broken up. Try to grow some in a pot! Fresh, vitality rich greens are the best!!
  • 2 TBSP Raw Protein Powder (get from health food shop)
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder (get from bulk food or health food shop)
  • 1/2 tsp spirulina (get from bulk food or health food shop)
  • 1 heaped TBSP Coconut Kefir (health food shop)
  • Top up with filtered water

Blend all together in nutribullet or nutri ninja until smooth. You can add different fruits if you like. I like to put a few ice cubes in it to keep it cool while I am on the go.

There you have it, a creamy delicious brekkie smoothie which is full of skin nourishing nutrients that will keep you feeling and looking good, inside and out. Enjoy

Laura

Bare Beauty Chef¬†ūüėČ

 

Cranberry Snowballs

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by Bar3EAdm1n

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One last easy and scrummy recipe just in time for christmas!  These delicious Cranberry Snowballs (or Raw Coconut Macaroons the rest of the year!) are sooo quick and easy to make and taste like a little ball of heaven 

Best of all, the ingredients are super nourishing for your skin! Win win right???

Each recipe will have a breakdown of each key ingredient and how it benefits the health and appearance of your skin.

  • Coconut ~ High in good fatty acids which strengthen connective tissue and helps your skin shed dead cells. It is also high in manganese and copper bith which support collagen production. Coconut oil is naturally high in fibre which will help improve your digestive system. You need a healthy digestive system to have healthy skin. (or anything else!) Also high is antioxidants. We use coconut oil in EVERYTHING!!!
  • Cranberries ~ Contain high concentrations of vitamin C which repairs tissue damage & contains antioxidants.
  • Cocao ~ High in antioxidants which are key in blocking harmful free radicals in the body and protects against premature aging. High in vitamin C & magnesium which protects your skin & keeps it healthy. Cocao contains omega 6 fatty acids, which help in cellular healing & promotes blood flow. We used organic ark chocolate that is high in cocao.
  • Vanilla ~ Vanilla is a good source of essential oils, vitamins & minerals especially vitamin B and can help improve the look of your skin tone. Great source of antioxidants.
  • Maple Syrup ~Maple syrup‚Äôs¬†plant-based compounds reduce oxidative stress, which is responsible for aging us at a quicker rate and reducing the strength of our immune system. ¬†Maple syrup also supplies some trace minerals and antioxidants, while sugar lacks both of these.
  • Himalayan Salt ~¬†Himalayan salt rather than ordinary table salt or even sea salt¬†is mined from ancient sea beds, so it is pure from modern environmental toxins. It provides a whopping 84 trace minerals, plus a unique ionic energy that is released when the salt is mixed with water.

Raw Coconut Macaroons (Cranberry Snowballs)

Ingredients~

  • 3 cups Shredded Coconut
  • 4 Tbsp Organic Maple Syrup
  • 8 Tbsp Organic Raw Coconut Oil. Solid not melted.
  • 5 Tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 3 Tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Fine Himalayan Salt
  • Organic dark chocolate to melt, chopped.

Method~

Combine all ingredients except chocolate in a bowl. I like to use a fork or metal spoon as to do this with your hands will melt the coconut oil too much and make it hard to form balls.

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Work fast, forming 1 tbsp sized balls. Roll in coconut. Place in fridge to firm up

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Melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water till melted around the sides. Stir really well away from the heat until smooth and glossy. Don’t over heat as this will make the chocolate crumbly. See pics ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†snowballs5¬†snowballs6

Dip balls into the melted chocolate and place on a plate covered with grease proof paper. You can also drizzle the chocolate over the top with a teaspoon. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Remember to cook with love! Enjoy 

Click here to check out our OMG so delicious Super Easy antioxidant rich Choc Berry ‘Lamington’ squares.¬†

 

Super easy antioxidant rich Choc Berry ‘Lamington’ squares

Posted on: December 14th, 2016 by Bar3EAdm1n

OMG these are sooooo good! These antioxidant rich ‘lamington’ squares would have to be THE¬†easiest and one of the most delicious things that I create in my kitchen. And I love to create..

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In our Bare Beauty ‘skin food lab’ we are all about what beautiful oils and butters can do for the health and appearance of your skin. In our kitchens, we think about what we can put in our bodies not just to improve our health but to encourage great skin from the inside out.

With this in mind, we have decided to do a few blogs about super skin foods with recipes that help your skin from the inside out! After all, you are what you eat ūüėČ

Each recipe will have a breakdown of each key ingredient and how it benefits the health and appearance of your skin.

  • Cocao ~ High in antioxidants which are key in blocking harmful free radicals in the body and protects against premature aging. High in vitamin C & magnesium which protects your skin & keeps it healthy. Cocao contains omega 6 fatty acids, which help in cellular healing & promotes blood flow.
  • Berries ~
  • ~ Goji berries ~ Very high in antioxidants and amino acids, both which have a great impact on your skin. Amino acids increase your growth hormone levels which will help replenish the youth in aged skin and reduces inflammation by increasing blood flow.
  • ~Blue berries ~ Blue berries contain many different vitamins and nutrients which benefit the skin. These nutrients help with acne, broken capillaries and splotchy skin. The vitamins normalise oil levels in your skin, especially vitamin A. Also high in antioxidants and fibre.
  • ~Cranberries ~ Contain high concentrations of vitamin C which repairs tissue damage & contains antioxidants.
  • Coconut ~ High in good fatty acids which strengthen connective tissue and helps your skin shed dead cells. It is also high in manganese and copper bith which support collagen production. Coconut oil is naturally high in fibre which will help improve your digestive system. You need a healthy digestive system to have healthy skin. (or anything else!) Also high is antioxidants. We use coconut oil in EVERYTHING!!!
  • Vanilla ~ Vanilla is a good source of essential oils, vitamins & minerals especially vitamin B and can help improve the look of your skin tone. Great source of antioxidants.
  • Dates ~ Dates are a natural source of vitamin B5 which is highly beneficial for skin cells as it repairs damage caused by free radicals. Medjool dates contain Vitamin A which helps to eliminate dry & dead skin cells and regenerate new ones. Loaded with vital nutrients, dried dates can nourish the skin and improve texture.
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Now that the why of things has been sorted out, lets get cooking! (I tend to use organic ingredients where possible)

Super Easy Choc Berry Lamington Squares

Ingredients~

  • 350gm ¬† ¬†Dates (I use half medjool and half regular dates)
  • 60gm ¬† ¬† ¬†Shredded Coconut
  • 40gm ¬† ¬† ¬†Cocao
  • 150gm ¬† ¬†Berries (I used 50gm each of goji, blue berries & cranberries)
  • 2stp ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Vanilla Powder or Extract (I like to use powder)
  • 50gm ¬† ¬† ¬†Virgin Coconut Oil (Must be organic virgin for that yummy taste)

Method~

I use a thermomix but you can use a food processor as well.

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  • Put everything into the mixer and blend on medium high for 30 seconds. (maybe longer in a food processor)
  • Line a small lamington tin with cling wrap and put the mix on top of the cling wrap. Spread it around.
  • Place more cling wrap on top and press it firmly down right up to the sides of the pan.
  • Chill in fridge until firm. Cut into squares and try not to eat it all at once ūüėČ

This also makes a great healthy treat at christmas time. If you have a whole food place near by, try to source your ingredients there.

Well i’m off to see if mine is ready to eat yet ūüėČ ¬†Enjoy! Keep your eye out for our next Super Skin Food recipe ūüôā

Don’t forget to cook with love

Laura x

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Natures best kept beauty secret…

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by Bar3EAdm1n

Water, the most basic and life giving substance on the planet. Without it, nothing would be alive. From the smallest organism to the largest behemoth. So it’s not surprising that our skin is at its best when we are fully hydrated. You lose a lot of fluid through sweating and other excretory processes which will leave your skin looking dull and aged. Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

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Drinking enough water is very healthy habit. Many people don’t like drinking plain water and instead have the habit of drinking coke, coffee, cordial or any other carbonated, caffeinated sugary water. They think that by this way they can compensate for not drinking enough water. Is that right? No it’s absolutely wrong!

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Your body needs enough water. Water that is alkaline and fresh is the best water to drink to keep your cells healthy. You can buy special filters that alkalize and remove chlorine and fluoride. Do not ignore water if other drinks are available. Water re-hydrates your system and make sure that you look beautiful with a glowing complexion. The bonus point is it makes you healthy as well and keeps your body and skin free from toxins.

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You hear many different theories on what is the correct amount of fluids, and which fluids are the best to keep you fully hydrated. Let me quickly set the record straight.

The amount of water your body needs varies depending on many factors. Your gender, where you live/climate, your life style, how healthy you are or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. *A pretty good indication of whether or not you consume enough water is if you urinate around 1 & 1/2 litres of liquid a day and it is a pale yellow to clear colour. If you are thirsty, you are dehydrated. Simple. Around 3 litres for males and 2.2 litres for women, again, depending on your circumstances (more if you exercise). *Although uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in low sodium levels in the blood, a condition called hyponatremia. Alkaline water and herbal teas are the best source of hydration although *what you eat also provides a significant portion of your fluid needs. On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are 90 percent or more water by weight.

Beauty benefits of drinking water.

  • Diminishes wrinkles: Drinking more water restore elasticity of your skin and therefore it helps in reducing wrinkles and even prevents new wrinkles from occurring.
  • Drinking enough water ensures the skin is hydrated from the inside and out, which results into preventing dry and chipped skin. Thus eventually it keeps your skin radiant, even toned and supple.
  • Consuming the correct amount of water helps in flushing out toxins from your system and can help cure acne.
  • Helps to maintain the PH levels in your skin
  • Drinking more water lessens dehydration and therefore helps in reducing the dark circles and bloodshot eyes. It will also give you sparkly and clearer eyes.
  • It also helps in losing extra weight. The reason for this is that by drinking enough water you improves your metabolism leading to improved digestion.

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Basically, no matter how many moisturisers, lotions, potions and toners we use, our skin will never look its best unless we drink plenty of fresh clean water (a good nights sleep doesn’t go astray either!) Not just your skin, but your over all health will improve. Go and grab yourself a glass :b

*reference from mayoclinic.org

recommended reading : Your bodies many cries for water by  F. Batmanghelidj M.D. and Michael Page

Simple body scrubs you can whip up in your kitchen!

Posted on: September 3rd, 2016 by Bar3EAdm1n

Spring has finally sprung¬† and with it comes the need for a bit of deforestation (as my husband likes to call it!) so we can expose our limbs after months of hibernation without looking like we are still wearing a pair of woolly tights! ¬† Once the growth has been removed via whatever means necessary (I was just discussing with a mate yesterday, shaving your legs in the shower and watching the creepy looking “spiders” sliding down the wall after you tap the razor on the tiles ) the next step is to scrub away the dead skin so your legs are smooth and the skin is healthier. A lot of women will then¬†apply¬†some kind of fake tan so you don’t blind the masses when you step out in that cute skirt you have been wanting to wear for months. We like eco tan cocoa firming mousse.

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Benefits of using body scrubs

You probably exfoliate your face regularly to get rid of buildup and have a fresh, glowing appearance. You can get the same benefits for the body when you exfoliate the rest of your skin.

You may wonder: is it really necessary?

Turns out that your body may actually need exfoliating even more than your face. Not only is there more skin in general, but it sheds dead cells at a faster rate. Did you know that the dust in your home is 75-80 percent dead skin cells? In fact, most of us lose about 4kg of skin through dead skin cells every year.

Without regular exfoliation, those cells can remain on the surface of skin for too long, clogging pores, blocking moisture from getting into the deeper layers, and creating a hard, unattractive exterior.

So to have the healthiest and smoothest skin possible, exfoliating is key. 

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Here are some benefits you can get from exfoliating skin on the body about two-to-four times a week:

  • Enjoy smoother skin
  • Reduce and/or eliminate breakouts on your neck, chest, or other areas of the body
  • Help reduce the appearance of dark spots or age spots
  • Minimize the appearance of pores
  • Help eliminate dry skin and flakiness
  • Get smoother elbows and knees
  • Allow your moisturizer to work better, as it penetrates more deeply into exfoliated skin
  • Help prevent ingrown hairs and make hair removal easier
  • Smooth razor bumps and bumpy ‚Äúchicken skin‚ÄĚ
  • Help increase circulation to the skin, nourishing it from the inside out
  • Reduce stress

So now we know why using a body scrub is a great idea, here are some simple body scrubs that you can quickly whip up from the contents in your pantry and fridge! 

  • Coconut oil & Himalayan salts scrub ~ Super easy, whip up 1/2 a cup of solid coconut oil and add a few¬†tablespoons full of pink salt. You can add as much as you like to achieve your desired scrubbiness. Keep cool.

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  • Cocoa & Coffee Jaffa scrub ~ Coffee is great for breaking down cellulite so this is always a favorite with the ladies. Keep your coffee grounds in the morning (instant is crap!) ¬†Mix 1/2 a cup of brown sugar with 3 Tbls coffe grounds, 3 Tbls Cocoa powder, 2 Tbls melted cocoa butter or shea if you have it and 1/4 cup oil (coconut, avocado, macadamia, olive whatever you have in your cupboard that is cold pressed. They are all nourishing for your skin and full of vitamins). Add a few drops of orange essential oil. Mix well to combine ..Mmmmmmm

 

  • Vanilla Sugar scrub ~ Simply delicious and yes, you will probably eat some ¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1/2 cup brown sugar,¬†1/2 cup granulated sugar,¬†1/3 cup olive oil (you can substitute avocado, macadamia, almond, or coconut oil as well ), 2 Tbs honey,¬†¬ľ tsp pure vanilla extract (you could also use 5 ‚Äď 10 drops of your favorite essential oil),¬†¬Ĺ tsp vitamin E oil (squeeze out a couple of capsules.¬†Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Yummo

 

  • Peppermint Sugar scrub ~¬†This is a great scrub on hot days and when you have aching legs and feet. Whip up 1/2 a cup of solid coconut oil (you can mix in avocado oil for a greener look to your scrub) with 1 1/2 – 2 cups of white sugar. I think this is the only thing white sugar is good for!! Add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil (try as you go so it doesn’t end up too strong) or 1 Tbls of peppermint extract. You can also add some dried peppermint tea leaves or lavender flowers if you have some. Totally cool¬†

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  • Honey & oatmeal scrub ~¬†We love using raw honey in our products as it is so healing for your skin and make a scrumptious Raw honey, sugar and cinnamon body scrub. This is a much more simple body scrub that is easy to make yourself. You need 1/2 a cup of oats, 1 1/2 cups of raw sugar, 1/4 cup honey & 1/4 cup coconut oil. Mix well and scrub away, and yes, you can nibble while you scrub¬†

 

  • Citrus¬†Salt scrub¬†~ This is a great wake me up scrub and goof for after doing sports or the gym. Also it is very simple. Mix 1/2 a cup of sea salt with a couple of Tbls of almond, coconut or grape seed oil and a heaped tsp of grated citrus zest/ Lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit, a bit of each, whatever you have handy. If you use virgin coconut oil and add a couple of drops of lime essential oil and lime zest, you can make Coconut Lime Scrub! Bliss!

 

  • Cinnamon Scrub ~ Cinnamon is another good one for helping with cellulite. It is also very good for problematic and itchy skin. ¬†It is beneficial as it brings blood and nutrients to the surface of the skin and increases collagen production. We make a lovely face scrub packed with honey and cinnamon. This body scrub is extremely simple. 1 cup brown or raw sugar, 1/2 cup coconut oil (or another cold pressed oil) and 1 tabls organic cinnamon. Best to get your cinnamon from a whole food shop or health food store as the cinnamon you buy in the supermarkets is generally inferior in quality.

 

  • Green Tea Scrub ~Green Tea is loaded with antioxidants and has antibacterial properties which makes it perfect as a body scrub ingredient. I like to use white sugar in this recipe as it gives the scrub a nice ‘clean’ look but you can use whatever you have on hand. 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 bag of green tea leaves, I like to add 1 tsp Matcha Green tea powder as it is so high in antioxidants, ¬†1/8 cup cooled green tea, 1/8 cup almond, grapeseed or olive oil. Something light that doesn’t over power the green tea. Brew a tea bag and let it soak while cooling. Mix the sugar, tea leaves, oil, Matcha if adding and the cooled tea. So easy. Enjoy.¬†
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Sacred Blue Lotus – Skin Care of the Ancients

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016 by Bar3EAdm1n

Nymphaea caerulea, better known as the blue lotus flower, is actually a gift to the world. Originally found on the banks of the river Nile, the Nymphaea caerulea, also called the blue lily, today is found all over the world including the Indian sub-continent. This beautiful blue flower is considered sacred by Indians, especially the Buddhists. Historians have always considered the blue lily symbolically rich and associated it with the ancient Egyptian culture. But recent studies have revealed that it has healing properties as well. Nymphaea caerulea was used by ancient Egyptians as a stimulant to increase sexual desire. It was also a symbol of the Egyptian deity ‚ÄėNefertem‚Äô. Today we know that the sacred blue lotus can be used for a variety of medical purposes (Voogelbreinder 2009, 247). It can be used to make various healthy concoctions including blue lotus tea, wine and martinis! All you need to do is to soak the petals for up to three weeks to obtain the intoxicating beverage. Blue lotus ‚Äėtea‚Äô can easily be prepared by boiling the flowers for 10‚Äď20 minutes. No matter how you consume or use it, the Nymphaea caerulea will surely provide your body with tons of health benefits!

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At Bare Beauty we have decided to use these amazing properties in our skin care range, aptly named the Sacred Blue Lotus Skin Care Range!

Some of the skin care benefits of blue lotus are as follows:

1. Natural Moisturizer:

In many countries extracts from the seeds, petals and stamens of nymphaea caerulea are used in the preparation of  skin care products that provide instant hydration to the skin. So if you suffer from dry, flaky skin, use this oil in your natural moisturizer and flaunt your new found glowing skin!

2. Oil Control:

So you have oily skin? No worries; the blue lotus has something for you too! External use of blue lotus can balance oily skin and prevent pimple and acne breakouts.

3. Relaxant:

If you are stressed and anxious &  looking for some relief, turn to Nymphaea caerulea! Blue lotus flower is also used to make perfumes and its oil is widely used in aromatherapy to give you a feeling of tranquility and peace (Ratsch 1998, 398-399). An added bonus when using it in skin care products. Not only will your skin feel great, but you will feel calmer as well and a happy mind equals a happy body (and skin!)

The sacred blue Lotus has many other heath benefits as well

  • The blue lotus contains ginseng, which gives it anesthetic properties.
  • This blue symbolic flower has the potential to regulate your urinary system. (Voogelbreinder 2009, 247-248).
  • If a person is suffering from constipation, then medicines made from nymphaea caerulea can really help. ¬†(Ratsch 1998, 399).
  • The use of this flower or its extracts can help regulate irregular periods and ease menstruation cramps.
  • Diabetic complications such as cardiovascular problems are potentially regulated by this sacred water lily. ¬†(Voogelbreinder 2009, 247-248).
  • Studies show that this sacred flower acts as a pain killer like Arnica and also has muscle relaxant properties. So, if you are suffering from nerve disorders, use this flower for pain relief and well as relaxation. (Voogelbreinder 2009, 247-248).

Nutritional Value:

A steroid known as Nymphayol present in these flowers is scientifically responsible for anti- diabetic activity. This steroid performs its duty by healing the endocrine tissues which are damaged. It even has the power of stimulating insulin secretion in beta cells. Researchers reveal the fact that rhizome of this plant contains starch and can be used as a tasty food! Whether eaten roasted or raw, the rhizome as well as roots of the blue lotus flower is indeed very nutritious. Rhizomes are even used to make medicines. The stalks are eaten as vegetables. Large proportion of nutrients like protein and tannin are present in the seeds. Extracts of this flower contains anti- oxidant, which helps the body remain young. The all-in-one nymphaea caerulea provides a warm pleasant feeling. It is one of the best natural health enhancing tonics that has ever been found.

 

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References :

Ratsch, Christian., The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and its Applications. Rochester: Park Street Press, 1998.

Voogelbreinder, Snu, Garden of Eden: The Shamanic Use of Psychoactive Flora and Fauna, and the Study of Consciousness. Snu Voogelbreinder, 2009.

The Value and Use of Absolute Oils | Entheology.com – […] particular interest to us, these flowers include lotus and lily.¬† Blue lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), blue lily (Nymphaea caerulea), white‚Ķ

Beautiful skin from the inside out

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 by Bar3EAdm1n

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How many of you take great care of your skin, spend a bucket load of money and time on potions and lotions in the never ending search for the perfect complexion? Well, while it is great to keep your skin hydrated on the outside, its whats inside that really counts. After all you are what you eat..

So you might be sitting there and thinking, ‘I already have great diet, don’t eat processed foods and drink plenty of water, what more can I do’?

In two words, ‘Gut Health’.

Yes, you do need to eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies high in antioxidants to fight the free radicals which cause premature aging due to cellular damage. However, if your gut isn’t doing its job properly, all of those lovely berries, fruit, nuts, avo’s and leafy greens won’t be helping as much as they could be. Do you get what i’m putting down?

Many things contribute to bad gut health or ‘leaky gut’. What can cause leaky gut? In short, some of the things that destroy our gut flora are: poor diet, medications (antibiotics, NSAIDs, steroids, antacids, etc.), infections, stress, hormone imbalances, and neurological conditions (brain trauma, stroke and neurodegeneration).¬†We also know that infants that aren‚Äôt breast-fed and are born to mothers with bad gut flora are more likely to develop unhealthy gut bacteria, and that these early differences in gut flora may predict overweight, diabetes, eczema/psoriasis, depression and other health problems in the future.

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The way that I and others like to deal with this and restore our gut flora is to consume fermented foods, activate our nuts and grains before we eat them (more on that below) and eat a good fresh probiotic like coconut kefir. You can also make this yourself (recipe below) or purchase it at your local health food shop. Kombucha is also a fantastic live probiotic. I now think of it as my beer substitute!  Of course avoiding processed foods, sugar and processed wheat is also highly recommended. Sugar causes your cells to age at an alarming rate.

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Liver heath is also very crucial to the health of all your organs (your skin being the largest one) so obviously alcohol consumption will effect your skin quite dramatically. Taking a good supplement to support your liver health is a great idea if you regularly drink alcohol.

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ACTIVATING NUTS

Similar to how grains and legumes contain phytic acid, nuts contain enzyme inhibitors. Enzyme inhibitors act by binding to enzymes and decrease and/or block their actions. The enzyme inhibitors are beneficial to nuts, as they prevent the nuts from prematurely sprouting, however they also act on our digestive enzymes, preventing their proper digestion and absorption.

Nuts and seeds also contain small amount of phytic acid, which our digestive system is also unable to break down. Eating large amounts of raw nuts could then lead to symptoms such as feeling ‚Äėheavy‚Äô, feelings of uncomfortable fullness, even nausea. Not only this, but it puts a massive strain on our¬†our digestive system, compromising already fragile digestive tracts.

 

How to activate your nuts…

  1. Dissolve salt in enough water to cover the amount of nuts/seeds you are activating.
  2. In a large bowl place your nut or seed of choice.
  3. Cover with the salt water solution.
  4. Soak for the required number of hours.
  5. Strain and rinse the nuts.
  6. Spread over a dehydrator rack, or baking tray.
  7. Dry in the dehydrator for around 12-24 hours.
  8. If drying in the oven, set the oven at the lowest temperature possible, preferably no more than 65C. Stir or turn them occasionally, for the required drying time.
  9. And the result? A crunchy, delicious, totally bio-available and stress-free, nut!

Most nuts you would add 1 tsp of Himalayan salt per cup of nuts and soak over night. Cashew only take about 4 or so hours so add them towards the end of your soaking time if you are soaking a variety of nuts like I do. If you are drying them separately, they can also be dried at a hotter temperature about 90C.

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Activating and sprouting grains

This is a very basic guide to activating and sprouting grains. For a more thorough guide visit this page The Nourishing Home. The general rule is to add enough warm water to cover the grain, legumes or rice, and then add a small amount of an acid medium to every one cup of grain, legumes or rice. You can choose a dairy-based acid medium (such as whey), or a dairy-free option (such as lemon juice or apple cider vinegar). Then tightly cover and soak overnight (or up to 24-hours, beans take longer) Rinse then cook as usual.

 

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RECIPE: COCONUT MILK KEFIR

There are three options for making coconut milk kefir. The first two contain minimal dairy. The third option is completely dairy-free. I use it instead of yogurt, sour cream and cream in smoothies, pasta etc.

OPTION 1: USE MILK KEFIR GRAINS

This option uses Milk Kefir Grains and Coconut Milk. You can use homemade coconut milk or a canned variety. If using store-bought coconut milk, remember to avoid brands with additives and sweeteners, as they can be hard on the kefir grains. Guar gum, which is a typical additive, does not seem to be problematic.

INGREDIENTS:

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. To make coconut milk kefir, place the milk kefir grains in coconut milk.
  2. Stir with a non-metal spoon.
  3. Cover with coffee filter or cloth, secured by a rubber band.
  4. Culture at room temperature, 20-30C. In winter you can leave it in the oven with just the light on.
  5. After 12 hours, begin checking the coconut milk kefir every few hours, up to a maximum of 24 hours. Remove the milk kefir grains once the coconut kefir reaches the desired consistency.

RECIPE NOTES:

Sometimes kefir grains will require an adjustment period, so the first batch of coconut milk kefir may not culture as desired. Use the coconut milk from this batch for cooking and place the milk kefir grains in fresh coconut milk. An adjustment period isn’t uncommon whenever kefir grains are switched from one type of milk to another (cow to goat, pasteurized to raw, dairy to coconut, etc.).

Milk kefir grains can be cultured in coconut milk regularly but should be revitalized in dairy milk for 24 hours once every few batches.

Note that dehydrated milk kefir grains should be rehydrated and fully activated in dairy milk before being used to culture coconut milk.

OPTION 2: USE KEFIR STARTER CULTURE

This option is not completely dairy-free, but contains very little dairy and is much simpler than using milk kefir grains. Use a Kefir Starter Culture in coconut milk. Simply follow the instructions for making kefir included with the kefir starter culture. I generally use this method and get my starter culture from Go vita.

OPTION 3: USE FINISHED WATER KEFIR

This option is completely dairy-free.

  1. Add ¬ľ¬†cup water kefir (finished kefir, not the water kefir grains) to 2-4 cups coconut milk.
  2. Cover loosely and culture for 24 hours. In winter you can leave in the oven with just the light on.

How to maintain and restore a healthy gut

The most obvious first step in maintaining a healthy gut is to avoid all of the things I listed above that destroy gut flora and damage the intestinal barrier. But of course that’s not always possible, especially in the case of chronic stress and infections. Nor did we have any control over whether we were breast-fed or whether our mothers had healthy guts when they gave birth to us.

If you’ve been exposed to some of these factors, there are still steps you can take to restore your gut flora:

  • Remove all food toxins from your diet
  • Eat plenty of fermentable fibers (starches like sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.)
  • Eat fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, etc., and/or take a high-quality, multi-species probiotic
  • Treat any intestinal pathogens (such as parasites) that may be present
  • Take steps to manage your stress

It may seem over whelming to make so many changes to your diet if you eat like the average person, but trust me, your body (and your skin!) will be very happy and it will be the best you have felt and looked in years!

Happy eating!!

Laura ūüôā