Coconut, raspberry & pistachio cleanse balls

The Beauty Chef - Coconut, raspberry and pistachio cleanse balls



These zesty bliss balls are the tastiest mid-morning or afternoon snack. With punchy lime and antioxidant-rich raspberries, it’ll be hard to stop at one…


  • 1 cup (80g) desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup (45g) pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon CLEANSE Inner Beauty Powder
  • Finely grated zest of 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup (80mL) canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup (60g) coconut butter, warmed
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup (80g) fresh or frozen and thawed raspberries
  • 1/3 cup (25g) desiccated coconut, for coating


  1. Place the coconut, pistachios, CLEANSE powder and lime zest in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add the coconut milk, coconut butter, maple syrup and vanilla and stir until mixture begins to bind together. Add the raspberries and stir to combine.
  3. Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions and roll into balls.
  4. Place the coconut in a shallow bowl. Add the balls in batches and toss to coat. Place on a tray and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Alternatively freeze for up to 3 months.


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Get gutsy with Carla | My 3-Step Inner Beauty Solution

The Beauty Chef - Get Gusty with Carla: My 3-Step Inner Beauty Solution


My philosophy has always been that ‘beauty begins in the belly’ – that glowing skin is basically a reflection of healthy cells and a healthy, robust, diverse microbiome.


And it’s this philosophy that truly informs everything we do at The Beauty Chef. This is why I also ensure that every new product we develop is designed to work synergistically with the whole range, so no matter your skin or wellbeing concern, you can mix and match the products to best suit your needs and create your personalised ‘3-Step Inner Beauty Solution’.


Although I use all of The Beauty Chef products at various times during my week, my go-to 3-step routine includes – GLOW Inner Beauty Powder, COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost and SLEEP Inner Beauty Powder.


Every morning, I enjoy a teaspoon of GLOW stirred through filtered water with a splash of COLLAGEN and this combination helps to keep my belly happy and my skin glowing from the inside, out. I often describe GLOW as my inner beauty moisturiser, an essential daily beauty blend – with 24 Certified Organic, bio-fermented and probiotic superfoods which work synergistically together to feed your microbiome, promote healthy, radiant skin and support collagen synthesis. I add COLLAGEN to supercharge the benefits of GLOW and help promote firmer, plumper skin. It’s my inner beauty serum and tastes delicious, too.

Just like GLOW and COLLAGEN form part of my morning ritual, SLEEP has become an integral part of my evening routine and I absolutely love enjoying a warm mug of coconut or almond milk with SLEEP before bed. This deliciously spiced blend is like my inner beauty night treatment and is packed with gut-nourishing, skin-loving ingredients like bio-fermented turmeric and papaya – to help fight inflammation and boost antioxidant activity – as well as natural sedatives, lemon balm and passionflower which are traditionally used in Western herbal medicine for sleep.


Not sure which products are right for you? Take our quiz and discover your 3-Step Inner Beauty Solution.

Coconut crepes with rose yoghurt & strawberries

The Beauty Chef - Coconut Crepes with Rose Yoghurt

Breakfast should always be celebrated and these coconut crepes are pure comfort. With a subtle hint of rosewater and COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost to promote skin radiance, this breakfast will nourish you inside and out.



Coconut Crepes

  • ¼ cup (30g) coconut flour
  • ¼ cup (30g) arrowroot
  • 3 free-range organic eggs
  • ¾ cup (180ml) almond milk
  • Ghee or extra-virgin coconut, for greasing


Rose Yoghurt



  1. To prepare the crêpes, whisk together the coconut flour and arrowroot in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and almond milk until well combined. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry, whisking continuously to form a smooth batter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow coconut flour to rehydrate.
  2. To prepare the rose yoghurt, whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat a 20cm non-stick or cast-iron frying pan over medium-high heat. Dip some kitchen paper into ghee or coconut oil and rub over the hot pan to lightly grease.
  4. Pour ¼ cup (60ml) of the batter into the centre of the pan and swirl to coat it in an even layer. Cook the crêpe for 30–60 seconds, until the surface dries out and the underside is lacy and golden. Flip and cook for another 20 seconds, or until golden. Transfer to a plate, cover to keep it warm and set aside. Repeat the process with the remaining batter.
  5. To serve, arrange strawberry slices on one quarter of each crepe. Top with a dollop of rose yoghurt. Fold in half, then quarters. Place on a large, or individual serving plates. Serve sprinkled with crushed pistachios.

The crêpes can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.

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Why topical treatments aren’t the answer to your skin woes

The Beauty Chef - Why topical treatments aren't the answer to your skin woes


By Ashley Cameron

Do you have dry, dull or congested skin? Perhaps you’re battling with fine lines, sun damaged or stressed skin?

For many of us suffering from skin issues, we turn our attention to the multi-billion dollar global beauty and cosmetics industry for answers. In fact,  according to research, skincare accounts for the largest portion of the market and this means that as consumers, we spend a large fortune on topical solutions for skin issues that may be better addressed by turning inwards.

At The Beauty Chef, our philosophy is that ‘beauty begins in the belly’ – meaning that for healthy, glowing skin, we must first nourish ourselves on the inside, before turning our attention to topical solutions.

So, what’s the best way to reset your gut and enjoy radiant skin?


Inflammation is an immune response and is our body’s primary way of protecting itself, so in terms of our gut, it makes sense then that if we eat foods that irritate or inflame the gut – that over time, this can cause systemic inflammation and contribute to a number of health and skin issues.

SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and leaky gut – where the delicate intestinal lining becomes more permeable than normal, allowing endotoxins to escape into the bloodstream – are just a couple of examples of how inflammation in the gut can contribute to skin issues. Research shows, in fact, that people with acne are also more likely to show signs of SIBO and if your leaky gut is induced by stress, it can also be the cause of your acne.

While there are a myriad of foods that can be helpful in terms of combating gut inflammation (outlined below), there are also a number of food groups which are important to steer clear of if you’re looking to heal your gut for glowing skin. Gluten, dairy, corn and soy are all common allergens which, in some people, can disrupt microbial balance, increase inflammation and exacerbate symptoms of leaky gut.


While avoiding irritating or inflammatory foods is important, including a diversity of anti-inflammatory and gut-friendly foods can also be helpful. Opt for antioxidant-rich colourful fruits and vegetables which help to reduce inflammation and mop up free radicals – compounds which cause damage to cells and can contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin (hello, premature ageing!). Colourful fruits and vegetables are also rich in polyphenols. These plant compounds can help to nourish and reset the microbiome – improving metabolism. Some studies also suggest that polyphenols may help to encourage the proliferation of good bacteria – such as Lactobacillus – in the gut.


Easy to digest gut-friendly foods such as soups, stews and broths are also a great way to help soothe your digestive system and promote glowing skin from within. As these foods are already partially broken down, nutrients are more easily assimilated into the body while foods like bone broth, for example, also contain amino acids like glycine and L-glutamine – which strengthen the mucosal lining of the gut – and proline – which supports collagen production. Equally important however, is to ensure that we are consuming an abundance of fibre-rich fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. Dietary fibre helps to promote microbial diversity and consuming fibre-rich foods also helps to produce short-chain fatty acids – compounds which are anti-inflammatory and help to improve the integrity of the gut lining.


Adding fermented foods to your diet is another great way to support skin health as they are a good source of digestive enzymes – which help to aid digestion, improving the bioavailability of nutrients – and naturally rich in probiotic bacteria which promotes microbial diversity, for a healthy, robust microbiome and radiant skin from within. Good sources include kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut and The Beauty Chef inner beauty products.


However, it’s not only important to consider the food we eat when trying to reduce inflammation and promote glowing skin. Modern living can also contribute to gut and skin inflammation as every day we have to deal with environmental toxins and stress – both of which disrupt the balance of bacteria in the gut and damage its delicate lining. While it is difficult to completely avoid environmental chemicals and toxins, we can choose organic and natural beauty and cleaning products to limit our exposure and embrace self-care practices such as yoga and meditation to help reduce stress.


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