Get Glowing Smoothie Bowl

 

This health-giving bowl is fibre-rich, vitamin-rich, antioxidant-rich, lipid-rich and full of skin- protective and glow-giving minerals selenium, copper and zinc, plus it has the added boost of GLOW Inner Beauty Powder with pre- and probiotics to keep your gut happy and skin radiant.

 

SERVES: 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 125g frozen blueberries
  • 100g frozen unsweetened açai pulp, coarsely chopped
  • 1 very ripe frozen banana, coarsely chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup (125g) coconut kefir or natural yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoons GLOW Inner Beauty Powder, optional
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cacao nibs*

 

Toppings:

  • 1 small ripe banana, peeled and sliced 6-10 fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen (not suitable for those with bee allergies)
  • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds (optional)

METHOD 

  1. To make the smoothie, blend the blueberries, açai, banana, kefir or yoghurt and GLOW powder (if using), cinnamon, chia seeds and cacao nibs in a high-speed blender, until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour the smoothie into two wide shallow serving bowls. Decorate with toppings. Eat immediately.


NOTE: The topping ingredients can be substituted according to personal taste or availability.

 

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Glow & blackberry ripple “nice” cream

 

Have your dessert and beautiful skin too with this delicious dairy-free recipe, rich in belly-boosting ingredients including prebiotics, probiotics and nutrients from wholefoods.

Blackberries are loaded with soluble and insoluble fibre for optimum gut health and they blend perfectly with both the flavours and digestive benefits of banana and coconut.

With the added goodness of GLOW Inner Beauty Powder – which combines a blend of Certified Organic, naturally bio-fermented, probiotic ingredients to nourish and enhance skin, from the inside out – this delicious dessert will keep your sweet tooth satisfied while providing lots of health and beauty benefits.

 

SERVES: 6-8

Ingredients

Glow “nice” cream:

  • 1/ 3 cup (65g) xylitol
  • 400ml can coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 frozen peeled bananas, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon GLOW Inner Beauty Powder

 

Blackberry ripple:

  • 250g frozen blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons xylitol
  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons GLOW Inner Beauty Powder

Method

  1. To prepare the blackberry ripple, place the blackberries and xylitol in a medium saucepan and set over low-medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until xylitol dissolves and berries soften and release their juice.
  2. Add the coconut oil and vanilla and stir to melt and combine. Transfer half of the blackberry mixture into a food processor or blender. Blend to make a smooth sauce.
  3. Return to pan with the remaining mixture and stir to combine. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, add the GLOW powder and stir to combine.
  4. To prepare the glow “nice” cream, place the xylitol, 1/ 4 cup (60ml) of the coconut cream and coconut oil in a small saucepan and set over low heat for 5 minutes, until xylitol dissolves. Remove from the heat. Add the remaining coconut cream and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  5. Place the bananas and GLOW powder in a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend until creamy. With the motor running gradually pour in the coconut cream mixture, blending until combined.
  6. Pour the glow “nice” cream into a 20 x 10cm loaf tin.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of the blackberry ripple mixture on top (it will sink slightly into the nice cream mixture) to form two lengthways rows of four blackberry spots.
  8. Drag a butter knife through the blackberry ripple dots and into the nice cream mixture going down the length of the pan in a S-shaped pattern, to create a ripple effect. Cover surface of ice cream with a piece of baking paper and wrap in cling film. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight, until firm.
  9. To serve, stand ice cream at room temperature for 20–30 minutes, or until softened slightly. Heat an ice-cream scoop or tablespoon in boiling water. Scoop ice cream and place in a serving bowl.

 

For more recipe inspiration, visit The Digest.

 

Glow Raw Energy Bars

 

MAKES: Approx. 30 bars

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 2 cups medjool dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup dried cranberries and/or goji berries
  • 2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 4 teaspoons GLOW Inner Beauty Powder

Method

  1. Line a slice tin with baking paper.
  2. Melt coconut butter and coconut oil in a small saucepan over a low heat until melted.
  3. When the oil and butter have cooled slightly, add to the food processor with the dates and blend until slightly combined.
  4. In a bowl, combine the almonds, cashews, berries, coconut and GLOW Inner Beauty Powder until well mixed. Gradually add the dry mix to the wet mix in the food processor, 1–2 cups at a time and pulse until all the dry mix is added and the mix is a sticky dough consistency.
  5. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and press firmly with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with desiccated coconut and press lightly into the slice.
  6. Refrigerate for two hours then cut into bars.
  7. Store bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four weeks, or freeze.

 

For more recipe inspiration, visit The Digest.

 

 

ZA’ATAR CHICKEN WITH CAULIFLOWER RICE, RAISIN & PINE NUT STUFFING

This nutritious, fragrant dish stars za’atar, a delightful, anti-inflammatory spice blend, with an orchestra of flavours. The perfect accompaniment to roast chicken.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 kg organic chicken
  • 2 red onions, thickly sliced into rounds
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons za’atar spice mix
  • Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (250ml) water


For the stuffing:

  • 300g cauliflower florets
  • 3 large handfuls flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 40g cultured butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup (35g) pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1⁄4 cup (35g) raisins, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • finely grated zest and juice of
  • 1 unwaxed lemon
  • Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. To prepare the stuffing, place the cauliflower in a food processor. Blend until finely chopped into rice-sized grains. Transfer into a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Wash the chicken under cold running water, cleaning out the cavity. Pat dry with kitchen paper.
  4. Pack the stuffing into the chicken cavity.
  5. Arrange the onion slices in the base of a roasting tray. Place the chicken on top. Drizzle the chicken with oil and rub to coat. Scatter over the za’atar and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Pour the water into the base of the tray. Roast the chicken for 30 minutes.
  7. Decrease the heat to 180°C.
  8. Roast the chicken for a further 1 hour, or until the skin is crisp and golden brown and the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh.
  9. Remove from the oven. Place the chicken on a platter and cover with foil. Rest for 10-15 minutes before serving, accompanied by your choice of side dishes.

 

For more delicious recipes check out The Beauty Chef Cookbook, available here.

Ask Carla | What is the magic of Flora Culture?

The Beauty Chef - Ask Carla: What is the magic of Flora Culture?

 

We often get asked what makes The Beauty Chef different – and one of the reasons is undoubtedly our exclusive Flora Culture™ bio-fermentation process.

 

Flora Culture™ is The Beauty Chef’s unique bio-fermentation process, which involves introducing a mother culture made up of a variety of Lactobacillus species and beneficial yeasts into the ingredients to ferment for a period of 6–8 weeks. These beautiful bacteria essentially break down the ingredients, making the nutrients more bioavailable –  and the bio-fermentation process also helps to neutralise any anti-nutrients like phytic acid, found in grains and legumes.

 

What’s amazing about this process too is that as a result, a natural, broad-spectrum probiotic is created. Unlike your standard probiotic supplement that you might find at the supermarket however – which may only carry a couple of species or strains – The Beauty Chef products carry multiple, natural species and strains as a result of this bio-fermentation process. These lacto-fermented ingredients also act as prebiotics – which feed the good bacteria in your gut.

 

Discover more about Flora Culture™ here.

 

How to nourish your gut health this winter

The Beauty Chef - How to nourish your gut health this winter

 

By Courtenay Turner

 

While it might not seem like the most logical link, your gut health has a lot to do with how your health fares during winter…

That’s because, a healthy gut has been linked with a strong immune system, glowing skin and even improvements in mood. With around 70 percent of your immune tissue situated in your digestive tract, it’s your body’s first line of defence against pathogens – disease-causing viruses, bad bacteria and other microorganisms. By keeping your gut healthy and happy throughout winter, you’ll be more prepared to combat any nasties that come your way and be able to maintain your #GLOW all year round.

 

Keep up your intake of fermented foods

As the weather cools, you’ll be less inclined to sip on ice cold kombucha, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop consuming fermented foods altogether. Keep up your intake of these gut-loving goodies by finding fermented foods that you can easily work into your winter repertoire. Think miso for soup, tempeh for stir-fry and kimchi and sauerkraut as a complement to your meals. And of course, The Beauty Chef’s range of bio-fermented products can be enjoyed all year long! Fermented foods are essential for nourishing the gut, partly because of their “bioavailability”. When foods are fermented, they are effectively “predigested” by microorganisms. This process allows the body to assimilate and utilise the food’s nutrients more effectively. In short, the goodness is more “available” to the body and easier for the body to digest. Because The Beauty Chef range is bio-fermented, each of our Inner Beauty products is also highly bioavailable. Why not try GLOW Inner Beauty Powder?  Its summery flavour will take the edge off the winter chill!

 

Eat the right kind of fibre

While it might be tempting to dip half a loaf of white bread into your minestrone soup on a chilly day, there’s little – if any – fibre to be found in refined carbohydrates. Switch them up for fibre-rich veggies like sweet potato, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and even spinach. Roast veggies make for a delicious and grounding accompaniment to any meal, so enjoy them in abundance! Lentils and beans are also a good source of fibre for those of us with a robust digestive system – just be sure to soak and/or sprout them to make them easier on the gut.

Eating a diverse range of vegetables during winter will ensure that your gut is getting enough of the fibre that it needs and loves to properly function. Remember: fibre feeds your good bugs, a lack of fibre starves them.

 

Move, move, move

Exercise doesn’t just benefit the mind and body, it also impacts your gut by positively altering the composition of gut bacteria. Not only that, but daily movement helps to keep you regular, which is absolutely essential for good gut health. We know it can be tough to get moving when it’s cold and windy outside, but is there anything better than that post-exercise high? To stay active – and warm – opt for hot yoga or an indoor Pilates class instead.

 

Sip on warming drinks

When you drink cold water, your blood vessels actually shrink, making digestion more difficult. Fortunately, curling up on the couch with a warm mug of tea has to be one of life’s greatest pleasures! Brewing and sipping tea is not just an enjoyable ritual though, it’s also an amazing, gut-friendly way to stay hydrated during the colder months. If you suffer from IBS, leaky gut or nausea, you might like to try sipping on peppermint, licorice or ginger tea. Or, if you suspect that your gut is ‘acting out’ as a result of stress or anxiety, enjoy a warming mug of chamomile or passionflower tea before bed. Better yet? Try The Beauty Chef’s SLEEP Inner Beauty Powder! It’s the perfect nighttime tonic for gut health, glowing skin and a peaceful slumber.

 

How do you nourish your gut during winter? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

Inner Beauty Is… with Megan Larsen

The Beauty Chef - Inner Beauty Is... with Megan Larsen

 

As the founder of botanical skincare brand, Sodashi, Megan Larsen is passionate about bringing natural solutions to her customers.

 

With a background in aesthetics, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Transcendental Meditation, biochemistry and natural healthcare, Megan is a fountain of knowledge and a pioneer within the natural skincare space…

 

The Sodashi values are almost so simple, they are the most powerful values I’ve ever seen in a company. Did you create them or did you do this as a team? And do some mean more to you than others?

I think they are simple as well – sometimes simple is powerful because values shouldn’t be over-complicated. I like Sodashi to treat our staff, our customers and our spa partners in the same way we’d like to be treated. I believe stress is one of the major issues in our world, so our goal is to eliminate as much stress as we can.

 

Sodashi means “wholeness, purity and radiance” – how do you bring these elements to life day-to-day?

Wholeness, Purity and Radiance are the pillars of our philosophy at Sodashi. In my own life I follow the 80–20 rule – 80 percent of the time I do what’s good for my health and wellbeing and then 20 percent of the time I can indulge. Although sometimes holidays in Europe tip the balance. I like to keep my thoughts and my mind healthy as I believe this radiates positivity and good vibes to others.

 

Sodashi has led the way for truly natural skincare and a natural lifestyle since 1999 – when it was ‘alternative’ and ‘hippy’. How excited are you to see the larger beauty community catching up with your long-held beliefs?

Yes! 1999–2001 was a time probably everyone expected me to turn up in a floating kaftan (even those are on trend now!). I am beyond thrilled to observe how the larger beauty community now considers natural to be mainstream.

When I started Sodashi, I wanted to disrupt the skincare industry and I believe that’s really happened over the past 19 years!

 

How does your meditation practice impact your life and your business?

Goodness, I cannot imagine my life without it. For me, meditating is such a routine, it’s a bit like brushing my teeth! It supports me in so many ways, it prevents stress building up in my physiology, it makes my brain happy and alert – and I think it absolutely makes me a better person to be around. My technique of Transcendental Meditation is also my sacred time – the time twice a day that’s just for me.

 

What does inner beauty mean to you?

It means looking after yourself from the inside, so the outside glows. It means conscious eating (again, my 80–20 rule) and keeping the gut happy. Taking care of gut health is really important and I think this is driven by what you eat and what you think!

 

Can you give us an example of a time you’ve listened to your gut instinct?

So many times… There have been times when I’ve known some relationships have run their course, so I’ve let them go with love, grace and honesty.

 

What do you do to get your daily GLOW on?

I meditate, I take probiotics, do at least 10 minutes of yoga each morning, practise self-love, grace and gratitude as much as I can and I also start the day with Tibetan Five Rites, as well as finding things to smile about all day.

 

I would… travel to Provence… in a heartbeat (or less than a heartbeat!)

 

I do most of my thinking when I’m… feeling very relaxed.

 

Sometimes when I wake up I… wonder where I am! My travel schedule is pretty busy.  

 

What does inner beauty mean to you? We’d love to know! Join the conversation by visiting @TheBeautyChef.

Inner Beauty Is… with Yan Yan Chan

The Beauty Chef - Inner Beauty Is... with Yan Yan Chan

 

Most well-known for her blog – and inspiring Instagram feed – Chinese-Australian, Yan Yan Chan, is a young, creative talent working as a documentor and content creator. Her blog is a youthful injection of documentary-styled photographs and creative experimentation, working with mixed mediums such as paint, sketches and collages.

With a love for ‘raw’ and ‘candid’ imagery, her effortlessly chic, cool-girl aesthetic shines through this Sydney-based blogger’s work…

 

Your work is incredibly creative, it would be fascinating to understand how you bring your spirit/energy/inner beauty to every piece of art you create.

Ohhh thank you!! I think it’s about reciprocation. There used to be a cloud of uncertainty and negativity that always hung above my head, a lot of insecurity. But, I’ve just learnt to let things go — things that don’t matter. If you have a positive outlook, you will attract positive people and opportunities, and when that synergy occurs, it will transcend into everything you do, like work, for example.

But aside from all of that, I believe in hard work and a good work ethic. There definitely isn’t a shortage of talent, but to be able to transform that hunger to create and collaborate into life, is something that not everyone has… you have to be passionate, you have to believe in yourself, and it has to make you happy. Some people create out of happiness, some people create out of sadness. It’s such a hard one, but I think it really comes down to passion, and I’m passionate!

 

You, along with your community, have grown up on social media. As you’ve matured, how do you feel your aesthetic has changed on your social channels?

It’s shifted so much! I started creating content when I was about 17–18… and I was so much about pleasing and impressing. So, my work wasn’t genuine. People still liked it, but it wasn’t me and it wasn’t consistent.

I think it just comes with growing up. I’m 23 now and never thought I’d have so much confidence and comfortability in myself, and in my choices – and that’s come from who I’ve surrounded myself with – which has radiated into the way I think, and into my work.

 

You have over 125K followers on Instagram, do you feel a sense of responsibility to show your community that there is more to beauty than what can be seen in a photo, and if yes, how do you do this?

Definitely. I like raw moments captured on film. I have from day dot and it’s been my main ethos and aesthetic when it comes to what I portray in my work – and I feel like my followers respond well to that. Naturally as humans, we will always be attracted to beautiful people and beautiful things, but it wears thin. Like, facetune and photoshop – it becomes boring, people want a story, they want substance and someone they’re able to relate to, someone real. I guess that’s where the resurgence of film photography on Instagram has come in, nothing captures people and moments like film does… there’s always a sense of mystery. I try to incorporate that as much as I can into my content.

 

Is there a mantra or belief that is at the centre of your work?

Just do it!!! And keeping it real.

 

What does inner beauty mean to you?

Giving as much love as you do to your outer, if not more.

 

Can you give us an example of a time you listened to your gut instinct?

Always. I think I am best at listening to my gut instinct when there’s little time to think. I’m a Libran, so I’m super indecisive if you give me time to ponder! As much as I dislike how fast paced everything is, I love it, because it’s when I make the best and worst (with good outcomes) decisions.

 

What do you do to get your daily GLOW on?

Probiotics, probiotics, probiotics… and then repeat three times, with WATER! I’m extremely conscious about gut health and probiotics. I don’t notice much of a difference when I’m taking probiotics daily, but I do notice a difference when I’m not… especially with bloating.

I get lazy with vitamins, but I never miss my GLOW Inner Beauty Powder – every morning. I swear by it, I’ve been taking it for almost a year now. I mix one teaspoon with cold water and add a squeeze lemon to it. If I don’t have it handy, kombucha and kimchi are my next go-tos. Oh, and definitely a sweat out. I love exercising every morning, but if I’m having a rest day, I’ll steam for 15 minutes.

 

I’m having a…  Flor de Naranjo evening.

 

I love Sundays like… I love my Spotify playlist. Which is an immense amount.

 

Life …is awesome

 

What does inner beauty mean to you? Join the conversation by heading to @TheBeautyChef