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Meet Felicity Evans from Imbibe Living

Posted by Lolita Walters on

Felicity Evans is the founder and driving force behind Imbibe Living, a health company born on the benefits of probiotics, specialising in water kefir.

Felicity is an entrepreneur and leader in the gut health movement in Australia, yet she is also a dedicated wife and mother, who does a wonderful job at balancing family and work life. 

Edible Beauty chatted to this self-proclaimed alchemist, to find out more about her flourishing business, health and beauty philosophies and favourite ingredient.

 

What inspired you to start Imbibe living?

My daughters. I had a health crisis after the birth of my baby and I wasn’t living life to the full – I needed more energy to keep up with them and live as vibrantly as I knew I could. 

Sick and tired of being sick and tired I started my research phase which introduced me to the importance of gut health for overall wellness, so I started to make as many gut healing drinks – called water kefir.

I was amazed at the results! My energy returned, my digestion was better, the bloating went away and I seriously felt incredible.

I started my kitchen trials, making this probiotic rich drink and perfecting it and before long a health food store invited me to range in store. And the rest has been trying to keep up with a growing family and business!

 

What are three of your favourite tips for detoxing on the inside and out? 

  1. Externally I love to dry brush before a shower to stimulate lymphatic flow and get the largest organ of the body – the skin – working to detox naturally and easily.
  1. Activated Coconut Charcoal in the Imbibe “Be Daring” variety. The combination of living probiotics and activated coconut charcoal work to help heal the gut and remove toxins from the body leaving you looking and feeling your best.
  1. I’m a total tea fanatic – if I could wear it like a dress I would! That’s why I love the Green Goddess Detox tea – I seriously do! Its full of detoxing and liver loving ingredients like St Mary’s Thistle, Schizandra, Dandelion and Nettle. Get into it! Plus it tastes amazing!!

  

Have you always been an entrepreneur? How has your journey brought you to where you are today?

Looking back, I can see I have always been an entrepreneur – I have dabbled in Mexican textiles and jewellery, performing arts classes and event management – but the creation of Imbibe fits smack bang into my core values of health and wellness and I’m loving the ride and learning so much every day.

The journey has been twisted with many ups and downs – and its on the days you are ready to get a “normal” job that is less demanding that you have to come back to your WHY and realise that I’m in it for the long haul, and to take one day at a time. It’s taught me patience and allowing things to unfold naturally.

 

What is your hero ingredient and why?

100% Beetroot. It’s a seriously undervalued little vegetable. Apart from the amazing colour and the crisp and fresh taste, it’s an incredible super food. I ferment a batch of beet kvass each week and devour it for it’s live and skin loving properties.

I also use a certified organic beetroot powder in the Imbibe Water Kefir range to add more nutrients, vitamins and phytonutrients to the elixir. It also adds a gorgeous natural sweetness.

 

What does inner beauty mean to you?

Inner beauty is being kind to yourself and others.

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Caramelised Carrot "Beauty Soup" Recipe (with a Tea Base)

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

Soup recipes can get a little boring after you have been through a few of the classic recipes. This soup is a twist on a standard carrot soup. It uses tea as a base, incorporates the beautiful saffron spice and provides a wonderful way to boost skin nutrient and minerals.
All of the ingredients in this recipe have something special to contribute to our pursuit of youthful, glowing skin. Tea provides flavonoids which scavenge free radicals. You can use any tea you wish however licorice, white tea, calendula and chamomile are my favourite herbs to boost skin hydration and vitality. Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A, the anti-ageing vitamin which is essential for skin repair and renewal. Saffron has a unique antioxidant profile to fight ageing whilst the dollop of kefir on top of this soup ensures the gut and skin microbiome are kept happy!

 

INGREDIENTS

Serves 2

For the Tea Stock

-          1 tablespoon of No. 4 Golden Glow Tea or 2 teaspoons licorice root

-          1 clove of cinnamon

-          3 to 4 strands of saffron

(Feel free to use any Tea for this – white tea, lemon grass and ginger make wonderful tea stock options)

For the Soup

-          6 medium carrots roughly chopped

-          2 yellow squashes, roughly chopped

-          1 tablespoon of grated ginger

-          1 clove of garlic minced

-          1 tablespoon of olive oil

-          1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt

-          2 tablespoons of coriander, finely chopped

-          2 cups of water

-          1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

-          2 – 4 tablespoons kefir (the Coco-Kefir brand is my favourite or make your own)

-          Handful of roasted pumpkin seeds

METHOD

  • To make tea stock, steep tea in one cup of boiling water for 20 minutes. Steep and strain.
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Place carrots, squash and garlic in a roasting pan with Himalayan salt and a sprinkle of cracked black pepper. Massage a tablespoon of olive oil through the vegetables.
  • Place on middle rack and roast, stirring once or twice, for 20 minutes. Stir in ginger, making sure to coat carrots, and roast for another 20 to 25 minutes, stirring once or twice. Carrots will turn a light golden brown, caramelized in spots, and be tender when you pierce them with the point of a sharp knife. Remove from oven. Let sit and cool slightly.
  • Place about two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds on a lined baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle with Himalayan salt. Roast for about ten minutes or until brown.
  • Transfer to a high-powered blender along with tea and two cups of water. Blend on medium-high until super smooth.
  • Heat pureed soup over medium-low heat on stove top until barely simmering. Stir in lemon juice. Serve hot, each bowl topped with a dollop of kefir and a sprinkle of coriander.
  • Enjoy your beautiful beauty soup.
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