Continuing my obsession with natural beauty and makeup, here is something I didn’t think was possible - an all natural blush! I’ve made blush before but always used mica. Well this blush is made from…beetroot powder! I hope I’m not the only person who found this surprising (just lie to make me fell better alright?!). There’s directions on how to dry out your own beetroot to turn into powder or you can purchase it (a quick Google search turned up about a million hits, I’m sure you can find it!). There’s some great tips on how to change up the colour to suit your skin too. I’d love to know if anyone has used beetroot blush before? How long does it last?
Broccoli Parmesan ‘Meatballs’…RECIPE
1/2 c. raw almonds
1 large head broccoli, cut into florets and steamed (about 2 cups)
1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, lightly beaten
Olive oil mister or cooking spray
So here’s why this juice will get you through the winter like nothing else!
Firstly the beetroot:
This magical little root vegetable has been used since Roman times as a cure for fevers, skin problems, constipation and even as an aphrodisiac.
Beetroot is crammed with a ton of minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, iron and calcium. Adding to that there’s plenty of vitamin a, b6, c and folic acid. The betacyanin that gives this root vegetable it’s beautiful deep colour also has powerful antioxidant properties. Research has suggested beetroot can help reduce blood pressure, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, slow progression of dementia, stabilise blood sugar, treat anaemia and fatigue and lower cholesterol.
In short it’s a pretty good vegetable to have in your juice. Almost forgot, there’s also a nice bit of protein to be found in the beetroot.
Here’s what research says the humble apple can do:
Boost the immune system, detoxify the liver, avoid alzheimer’s, protect against parkinson’s, reduce risk of pancreatic cancer, reduce risk of diabetes, lower cholesterol, prevent gallstones, neutralize irritable bowl syndrome and control weight. Apples are rich in vitamin a, c, b6, magnesium, calcium and iron.
Moving on to the fennel:
Fennel is an excellent addition to any juice or salad, adding dietary fibre, vitamin c, potassium and manganese. It’s a great veg to keep a healthy heart, strong bones and good digestive and neurological health. “Shape” Magazine names it one of the top foods for weight loss but more importantly it’ll give you a massive health boost.
Rammed with vitamin c lime has a long list of benefits:
A big one being skin care. Research says lime rejuvenates skin, protects it from infections and reduces body odour. Additionally it can help prevent diabetes, heart disease, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorder, arthritis, fever and urinary disorders. It’s great for weight loss and helps with digestion. It’s a must add to your smoothies and juices.
And the ginger:
Ginger helps your body absorb and assimilate essential nutrients, aids digestion and makes your tummy feel nice.
So that’s why when I don’t fancy my usual cold smoothie in the morning I whip one of these comforting juices up. It’s like a super healthy, energy-boosting, spicy morning coffee… without the coffee. Recipe on the blog!
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Simply Amazing Zucchini Recipe : Zucchini Fritti
I am a big fan of zucchini but one recipe I picked up from Goop awhile ago takes the cake when it comes to zucchini dishes. It is an amazing side dish that is super easy to cook up and tastes oh so delicious. Check out the Goop recipe here, which is very similar to my version but I have made a few tweaks as I have cooked it over the past several months.
Last night’s dish that I enjoyed is shown above along with the few basic steps. Slice two zucchinis into thin slices about 1/8 inch thick and lightly coat with flour. Coat a large frying pan with olive oil (I use about a half an inch thick to make them a bit more healthier). When the oil is sizzling, drop in the zucchini and make a single layer to cook evenly. Flip them over once they begin to brown after about 45 seconds and cook the other sides. Drain and then quickly season with sea salt, pepper and lemon juice. And that’s it—a tasty side that, I dare say, often overshadows my main entree!
(All photos above by Explore*Handmade)
RAW RAINBOW WRAPS w/ Mango Dressing
Prep Time: Approximately 15 minutes
- Large collard leaves
- Red bell pepper, sliced
- Carrots, julienned
- Yellow and green zucchini squash, julienned
- Purple Cabbage, chopped
Mango Dipping Sauce:
- 1 Ripe mango, peeled and chopped
- 1 Carton cherry tomatoes, about 2 cups
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1 Handful of fresh cilantro
1. Slice, peel, julienne, and chop all of the wrap fillings.
2. Using a sharp knife, remove all or most of the collard green stems. This allows for more flexibility when it comes time to wrap.
3. Lay out the fillings across the collard leaf and roll it up as you tuck in the sides of the leaf.
Oh man, has anyone tried this? It looks SO good!
Home made veggie stock for carrot soup. This sauce pot contains water, onions including the peels, garlic and garlic peels, garden shallots, carrots, celery from the front garden, chard stems also from the front yard garden, parsley and cilantro, salt and pepper. Simmer for an hour or more, then strain and use for sauces and soups. Yum this is going to be delicious!
Here is an Organic gardening tip: Use the spent veggies for spot composting; Dig a semi deep hole where ever the soil needs improving, and bury the spent vegetables. (No meat scraps or cooking oils should be used in this gardening technique.) Cover them with about 7 inches of soil and straw mulch. The worms and bugs will come and work on this area and help improve the soil.
Here’s how it works: A library card gets you a packet of seeds. You then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds from the biggest and best, and return those seeds so the library can lend them out to others.
And semi-related: http://plantcatching.com/en — a site where gardeners can share their extra (or unwanted) plants, seeds, gardening materials (compost, soil, rock). [Thx M.B.!]
The Best Vegan Pumpkin Muffins from the PPK!