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Beauty & Immunity Coco Latte

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

With the cold and flu season in full force prevention is often a better option than cure.

The “beauty” of the smoothie recipe below is that it doubles as a skin saving tonic and is perfect for immune boosting beauty action.

We love our coconut oil in our skin care and in our food. One of the things that people do not know about coconut oil is that it can reduce the length of a cold or flu. Having four tablespoons of coconut oil a day is the perfect dose for getting to a cold/flu before it takes affect.

Ginger root is antimicrobial and helps to eliminate congestion. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory so will not only help with keeping puffiness at bay, it also contains silicon which helps to promote healthy skin.

Most of us know about the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial actions of turmeric. However, due to turmeric’s antioxidant properties, it has been used for skin rejuvenation for centuries. It can help to soften lines and wrinkles, giving the face a more youthful appearance. It is also effective in assisting the redness associated with rosacea. In fact it is easy to make a turmeric face mask with a variant of the smoothie ingredients below. Take a few tablespoons of coconut milk stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of turmeric and Manuka honey until you have a firm paste.  Apply all over the face and in particular under they eyes as turmeric works wonderfully to reduce under eye circles.

Ginger, cinnamon and orange juice are wonderful additions to this smoothie, boosting the body’s natural defences and keeping immunity in check.

Ingredients

– 1.5 cups of coconut milk

– 2 teaspoons of ginger (raw root ginger)

– 2 teaspoons of turmeric (raw root turmeric)

– juice 1 orange

– Pinch of cinnamon

– 2 tablespoons of manuka honey

– 20 drops of Echinacea extract (optional)

– Option: 1 cup spinach tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed mixed greens (or any other mild greens)

Method

1. Blend the dry ingredients (turmeric, ginger), juice and coconut milk first for a short time.

2. Blend the greens next for a short time (if using).

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Butterfly Pea Beauty Smoothie

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

This beauty smoothie really does take your beauty food to the next level. The superstar ingredient of this smoothie is the latest tea in the Edible Beauty range. No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue Tea. This tea blend is teeming with antioxidants and skinfood nutrients. High levels of quercetin and anthocyanins provide Butterfly Pea flowers with their spectacular blue hue, a feature of this tea blend.

The addition of avocado, providing fatty acids to nourish the hydrate the skin and a trio of antioxidants, including kiwis, blueberries and acai powder make this recipe a stand-out brightening, skin glowing and skin boosting recipe. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue Tea - brewed and chilled
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon acai powder or macqui berry powder

Method

  • Blend all ingredients in blender or vitamix.
  • Serve immediately. Reserve any extra smoothie in a glass jar in the refrigerator. it will last for approximately two days.
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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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Green Papaya Raw Beauty Salad Recipe

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

 

 

This green papaya salad was one of my first raw recipes inspired by Juliano Brotman who stared me and my sister on a raw food journey. The flavours in the salad are so fresh with the herbs, spices and juices creating a beautiful dance on your taste buds.

The raw beauty of this salad is that it incorporates several superstar anti-ageing ingredients. These include vitamin C which is abundant in papaya and capsicum, AHA's which are found in citrus fruits and fatty acids which are found in avocado and sesame oil. Combined these ingredients enhance skin repair and renewal, collagen production and skin hydration and plumpness.

The benefit of papaya also lies in its wonderful digestive enhancing abilities. Green papaya contains natural enzymes called papain and chymopapain that assists with digestion. The enzyme levels decline as the fruit ripens so eating the green version will be of greater benefit for you than the red ripe version we are most used to. Green papayas are also great for cleansing the colon and for alleviating constipation.

Makes about three to four large serves


Ingredients
1 green papaya, finely grated
2 carrots, finely grated
2 cucumbers peeled and grated
1 red capsicum, julienned
1 yellow capsicum, julienned
1 green mango, sliced thinly
1 avocado, diced
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
Juice of 1 orange or blood orange
2 kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon garam marsala
1 tablespoon olive oil or sesame oil
1 tablespoon tamari sauce

Instructions

  1. Assemble all the sliced veggies
  2. Add lime and orange juices into the salad. Now incorporate the garam marsala, kaffir lime leaves, ginger, olive oil and tamari. Mix well to incorporate.
  3. Allow flavours to incorporate for a minimum of two to three hours.

Tips

  • Green papaya is simply an unripe papaya. You can find green papaya in food and grocery stores as well as Asian markets. They look a little bit like a green football. Try to find a hard, green papaya -- if the exterior peel of the papaya is yellowing, it will be too sweet and soft inside. The interior flesh should be white to pale yellow in colour depending on its stage of ripeness.
  • Preparing the papaya is easy, don’t let its shape daunt you. Green papaya must be peeled before eating. You can simply use a carrot peeler for this if you like. Once you have peeled the papaya, you want to shred the white-yellow interior just until you get to the flesh surrounding the seeds (this will sometimes be a soft pink colour) again depending on the fruit's stage of ripeness. You can also slice the papaya in two, remove the seeds and then shred both halves –I personally find this way easier.
  • Do not worry if you have left overs of this salad. It keeps perfectly in the fridge. In fact the flavours develop intensely overnight.
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Luminous Skin – Tonic Recipe

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

This juice is the perfect skin drink for the warmer months, containing beautiful glow-giving fruits and veggies. Cucumber is hydrating and is also rich in silica, which promotes collagen production.

Mango is not only fresh and delicious, but also contains beta carotene which helps to protect the skin from sun damage. The leafy green purslane is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and is high in Omega-3s which promote glowing, younger looking skin.

Lemon and coriander are also wonderful for the liver – coriander helps to chelate heavy metals from the body and lemon stimulates the liver to produce enzymes required for the body to digest and detox efficiently.

 

Ingredients

1 cucumber

½ lemon, peeled

1 cup purslane

½ mango, peeled and pit removed

Handful of cilantro

Handful of mint

 

Directions

Put all ingredients through a juicer.  Alternate between the cucumber, mango, purslane and coriander to help move everything through smoothly.

You can also have this drink as a smoothie – just blend up all the ingredients with ½ cup of water.

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