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Healthy Scrumptious Raw Caramel Slice

Posted on: February 13th, 2018 by Bar3EAdm1n

Gooey raw caramel slice

I have a confession to make, I am not a big caramel fan. Strange, I know when everyone else around me seems to love it. I have always found the caramel chocolates you get in the shops hurt my teeth and we’re too sickly.

However, I have found myself intrigued by the pics I’ve been seeing on Instagram of raw caramel using all different types of things. I have tried a few recipes that I came across but none really made my tastebuds do a little dance. So I decided to take the knowledge I had from the previous recipes I tried and make my own.

It was delicious, not too sweet and really hit the spot when I have a craving for a sweet treat.

I use a thermomix to make mine, but a food processor would work too.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

BASE – I use my adzuki bean brownie recipe (which is super easy) and press it down into a small bread tin lined with baking paper.

CARAMEL –                                                                                                         150gm medjool dates pitted                                                                                    1/2 cup rice malt syrup                                                                                    1/4 cup nut butter (I grind whatever nuts I have with a little macadamia oil. I always have some in the fridge)                                    1/4 cup melted coconut oil                                                                                 1 Tsp water                                                                                                                1/4 Tsp vanilla extract                                                                                      1/4 Tsp Himalayan salt or 1/2 Tsp for salted caramel

If you want a thick caramel layer, you can double this recipe or use a smaller dish to make it in.

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour over cooled base then chill in fridge beforehand adding the chocolate topping.

CHOCOLATE LAYER                                                                                       1/2 cup coconut oil melted                                                                                 1/2 cup cocao powder                                                                                                  1/3 cup pure maple syrup

Since making this I have come across coconut butter in Aldi. I’ve used it in a couple of recipes and I would add a 1/4 of a cup or so to my chocolate topping to keep it firmer in this heat.

Mix all ingredients until no lumps remain and pour over caramel. I feel using coconut butter, you will have to gently heat the mixture to blend it properly. Cool before pouring over. Place in fridge to chill completely before cutting. Keep in fridge.

 

Super Quick Adzuki & Coconut Brownies

Posted on: February 13th, 2018 by Bar3EAdm1n

Super Easy Adzuki amd Coconut Brownie

I do so love a good brownie. It is something that I experiment with and make as a treat more than anything else. This recipe is so quick to make, totally delicious and very nutritious.

Adzuki beans are one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. They are loaded with antioxidants, high in protein and fiber and dense in minerals and b vitamins. In other words, great for your body and skin! They also keep you feeling full longer which means they are also great for your waistline. Win win..

These delicious brownies are packed with antioxidants and good fats so are definitely a super skin food! I try to use as many organic ingredients as possible.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

250gm Adzuki beans soaked over night and then cooked until soft or 1 strained can of organic adzuki beans strained.                                           30gm cocao powder.                                                                                         50gm of either almond or macadamia meal or hemp seeds. Or a mix. 50gm shredded coconut.                                                                                                50gm coconut oil or macadamia oil.                                                                       1 Tsp vanilla powder or 2 Tsp vanilla extract.                                               1/2 Tsp baking powder.                                                                                      1/2 Tsp Himalayan salt.                                                                                     120gm pure maple syrup.                                                                                           Chopped nuts for the top

METHOD

pregeat our oven to 180. Line a small laminton tin with baking paper.

If you have a thermomix, mix everything (except the nuts although you can add some to the recipe if you want) on speed 5 for 30 seconds. Repeat if not smooth. If you have a blender, blend until smooth.

Pour into tin and sprinkle nuts on top. Cook for about 1/2 an hour or until a skewer come so out clean. Check after 20 minutes.

Let cool then cut into squares. Enjoy 💚

I also use this recipe as the base for my scrumtious raw caramel slice. Click here for the recipe

Scrumptious Raw Caramel Slice

Fruit & Herb Infused Water for Beautiful Clear Skin

Posted on: January 15th, 2018 by Bar3EAdm1n

Fruit infused waters are a wonderful and refreshing drink option for summer when the sun is out and you want a thirst quenching alternative to plain water.

They are also a great way to help your body detox after the holiday season and flush out your kidneys which is will clear and brighten your skin.

The market for sweetened-processed-junk-to-add-to-water is a multi-billion dollar industry. This is unfortunate for all of the people drinking this nasty stuff. The body doesn’t need refined sugar, and it certainly doesn’t need artificial sweeteners or food dyes.

If you want to add some delicious taste and health benefits to water, try these infused water recipes instead! These recipes use micronutrient rich herbs, fruits, and vegetables for thirst-quenching flavor with added benefits!

How to Make Fruit Infused Water

It is hard to even call infused water a recipe because it is so simple. Kids also love making these infused water recipes on their own and even figure out new flavors.

There are a couple of tips that make the process easier and improve the taste:

Use a Good Glass Jug or Mason Jars

Using a high-quality glass jug really does improve the flavor of infused water. This also makes it much easier to serve and enjoy! Mason jars with a lid are also  great for single serves.

Use High-Quality Fruits and Herbs

The fruit and herbs are adding flavor to the water. But if they are not organic, they might be adding some unintended pesticides or chemicals. I always try to choose high-quality fresh organic produce for making infused waters to avoid the pesticides in many conventional produce. If you do have to use conventional produce, be sure to peel off the rind or skin before infusing.

Give It Time

For best flavor, it takes at least 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator to let the flavors of the fruit infuse into the water.

You can double or halve any of them to make more or less. Also, these recipes are just suggestions and fruit waters are based on your taste preferences so experiment and enjoy!

If you drink the water within the first day, you can add more filtered water and re-infuse to get a second use out of the fruits and herbs. I keep topping my jug up during the day.

Infused Water Recipes

Here are some of my favorite herb and fruit infused water recipes:

1. Cucumber Mint

Thinly slice one cucumber. Peel if it isn’t organic! Add the sliced cucumbers to a 1/2 gallon glass jar. Add 8 fresh mint leaves, muddled, and fill with filtered water. Stir gently and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

2. Citrus Blueberry

Slice two organic oranges into thin slices (leave the rind on for better flavor). Add sliced oranges and 1 cup of blueberries to a large glass jar. Add filtered water to fill the jar and stir gently. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and store in refrigerator.

3. Pineapple Mint

One of my favorites! Peel and thinly slice about 1/4 of a pineapple. The more thinly sliced the pineapple, the more flavor it will infuse. Add to a glass jar with 10-12 leaves of fresh mint, muddled. Add filtered water to fill and stir until well mixed. Store in refrigerator.

4. Watermelon Basil

Add about 2 cups of finely chopped fresh watermelon (without rind) to a large glass jar. Add 15 leaves of muddled basil and filtered water to fill. Store in fridge and allow at least 4 hours to infuse.

5. Strawberry & Lemon

Like strawberry lemonade, but better! Add 15 fresh strawberries, washed and finely sliced to a  glass jar. Add one sliced lemon with rind on. Fill with water. Let sit 4 hours (to overnight) in fridge and enjoy.

6. Cherry Lime

Add two cups of fresh cherries, cut in half, and one fresh lime, sliced into thin slices, to a large glass jar. Add water to fill. Mix gently and store in fridge until ready to drink.

7. Grapefruit Raspberry

Another one of my favorites! Add one grapefruit, thinly sliced with rind on, to a large glass jar. Then add 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, muddled slightly. Add water and mix well. Store in fridge for at least 4 hours before drinking.

8. Mango Pineapple

Peel and thinly slice one fresh mango. Add to glass jar. Add 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and filtered water. Allow to infuse in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before drinking.

9. Grape Orange

Place 2 cups of organic grapes, sliced in half, into a large glass jar. Add one orange, thinly sliced with rind on. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.

10. Pineapple Basil

Add 1/4 of a fresh pineapple and 15 leaves of fresh muddled basil to a jar. Add filtered water. Infuse overnight and enjoy.

11. Blue Butterfly Pea Flowers with Mint & Lime

If you can get your hands on some blue butterfly pea flowers (I get mine off ebay) they are really good for your skin and give the most beautiful colour to anything you add them too. Add a few to your jar, cut a lime into wedges and crush a handful of mint leaves. Fill your jar with water and leave for a few hours. Enjoy.

 

The hidden dangers of high estrogen foods

Posted on: October 26th, 2017 by Bar3EAdm1n

% Scan months after changing diet

In women who are still menstruating, estrogen and progesterone are the two main hormones produced each month by the ovaries. When there is too much estrogen in relation to progesterone, you have a situation called estrogen dominance, where progesterone cannot reach the optimum 20 – 25 mg. during the final two weeks of a woman’s monthly cycle. This allows estrogen to go unopposed the entire month and upsets the normal progesterone/estrogen balance.

Foods high in estrogen can be harmful to your health by destroying this delicate hormone balance. Many of these high level estrogen foods can lead to health problems such as endometriosis, poly-cystic ovaries, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, auto immune issues and ovarian and breast cancer. So eliminating the following foods and adding more fruits, veggies and fermented foods to your diet will naturally decrease estrogen in your body.

  1. SOY You can not milk a soy bean… the process of extracting soy milk is highly carcinogenic and small amounts of these solvents and solutions remain in the milk and accumulate in the tissues of your body over time. Not to mention the hormone mimicking phyto estrogens that soy beans contain, one of these being isoflavones. Scientists have known for years that isoflavones in soy products can depress thyroid function, causing auto-immume thyroid diseases. Soy also contains high amounts of aluminium, the plant itself having an affinity for the mineral. Even if you don’t directly consume soy products, it is in so many products as a filler, that unless you read all labels carefully, it is impossible to avoid.
  2. MEAT  Synthetic hormones like synthetic estrogens are commonly fed to animals in industrialised countries, and found also in pesticides and herbicides, and these end up on our dinner plates. Two pesticides carried in animal fat—beta-hexachlorocyclohexane (beta-h) and mirex—have just been shown to elevate women’s risk of endometriosis by up to 70%, according to new research by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 81% of soybeans are GMO and 85% of those are fed to livestock. That GMO soy does not just magically evaporate in the slaughterhouse or the milk processing plant. It ends up on your plate. Also be cautious of eating non organic eggs for the same reasons.
  3. DAIRY  Cows milk is a source of estrogen in the diet and can constitute as much as 80% of your dietary intake of estrogen, reports Estrogen Dominance Guide. Cows give milk while they are pregnant and nursing, so their estrogen levels are significantly higher. Dairy livestock are also regularly given doses of hormones to increase their growth and milk production. That’s why conventionally raised meats and dairy can contribute to gynecomastia.”
  4. SUGAR  Sugar disrupts the powerful hormone insulin. When insulin spikes, typically after a meal high in sugar, this can lead to lower levels of an important protein known as sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG binds excess estrogen and testosterone in the blood, but when it’s low, these hormone levels increase.
  5. WHEAT  Gluten sensitivity is a common yet little-recognized cause of female hormone imbalances that affects a significant percentage of women. The culprit is a molecule called gliadin, which is found in certain gluten-containing grains and causes symptoms in gluten-sensitive people. The grains that cause the greatest problems are wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and kamut; whereas corn, rice, millet, and buckwheat are generally considered safe. Wheat also causes inflammation in the gut which puts stress on your whole system.

Watch out also for xenoestrogens, chemical compounds with a hormone-like effect on the body. These substances are usually petrochemical-based, and most of them mimic estrogen. Xenoestrogens lurk in everyday items like personal care products / toiletries (soap, artificial fragrances like perfumes and air fresheners, cosmetics etc.), plastics (plastic food wrap, plastic bottles, styrofoam food containers), car exhaust, carpeting, furniture, panelling, paints, solvents and lacquers, household cleaners like detergents, and even medicine.

To detox your body of excess estrogen, eat more greens and consume dandelion and milk thistle.

If you find it too hard to eliminate these things from your diet, that is understandable but at least try to cut right back and eat organic if you must have them. To control my endometriosis, I have had to cut out all of these things but have the occasional egg, cheese and wheat. Once you have taken control of your health and made some positive changes, you will be amazed at how much better you feel in a relatively short time.

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 😉

Avocados and Limes

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

activated nuts

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!

                                                                              oranges

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

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 PowderAmazonia 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’t 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. “Radiance is nothing more than happy, healthy cells, and spirulina is an easy way to sneak more “beauty nutrients” into a busy lifestyle via diet,” 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 😉

 

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’s 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 😉

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 😉

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 😉  Enjoy! Keep your eye out for our next Super Skin Food recipe 🙂

Don’t forget to cook with love

Laura x

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