Recipes

  • Clear Skin Snacks in Under 5 Minutes!

    Clear Skin Snacks in Under 5 Minutes
    Snacking is an effective way to include extra nutrients into your diet and prevent hunger cravings between meals. Most of us tend to be unprepared when it comes to meals and will often grab meals on the go, which are usually processed and packaged. If you aim to add snacks in between breakfast, lunch and dinner you will find yourself less hungry and this also helps to keep your blood sugar levels steady so you don’t binge or overeat.

    If you’re looking for healthy snack options that are good for both your body and your skin, look no further. Here are my top five healthy snacks that can be made in less than 5 minutes!

    Raw Brownie Ball

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    I was introduced to Brownie Balls on a recent detox holiday in Bali and have never looked back! This is one of my all-time favourite healthy snacks and satisfies any chocolate craving! In a food processor, combine 1 ½ cups walnuts until blended fine. Add in 1 cup dates, ¼ cup cacao, 1 tbsp coconut oil and blend until well combined in a dough consistency. Roll the mixture between your hands and form balls, dust with cacao or shredded coconut and store on a tray lined with baking paper in the fridge.

    Fruit Skewers

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    Eat the rainbow with this fun and quick fruit recipe! Simply chop all your favourite seasonal fruit and thread onto a skewer. You can swap fruit for veggies too and include carrot, celery, broccoli, cucumber and tomato!

    Veggie Dippers

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    Do you have a jar that you can make use of? Put 2 tablespoons of your favourite hummus or greek yogurt tzatziki in the bottom of your jar, stick a handful of carrot and celery sticks into the hummus. Screw on the lid and voila!

    Banana-Cakes

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    One of my all time favourite pairings – banana and peanut butter. Simply top a gluten-free rice cake with 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter (could be cashew, almond or another fave) and half a sliced banana. Sprinkle with cinnamon for extra health properties!

    Energy Bars

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    One of my favourite go-to snack options when I’m on the go! In a food processor combine 1 cup dates and blend until a thick paste forms. Add 1/3 cup cacao, 1/3 cup chia seeds, 1 cup almonds and/or pistachios and blend until well combined. Spread onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and press down well until a ½ inch thick rectangle forms. Wrap tightly and chill overnight in the fridge. Unwrap the block and cut into 8 bars, dust with coconut for extra brownie points!

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    Olivia x

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  • Clear Skin Rice Paper Rolls

    Clear Skin Rice Paper Rolls
    I love rice paper rolls, especially during the warmer months as they are light, tasty and easy on the stomach. There are soo many variations you can try, however these ingredients are my favourites as they are all great for your skin!

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    Ingredients

    • 60g rice noodles or rice vermicelli
    • 8 rice paper sheets
    • 8 cooked prawns, peeled
    • 2 lettuce leaves, chopped
    • 1/2 avocado sliced
    • 1 carrot, grated
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 tsp roasted peanuts
    • Fresh mint, chopped
    • Fresh coriander, chopped

    Directions

    1. Bring water to boil in a medium saucepan and add rice noodles. Boil for 3 to 5 minutes or until al dente, and drain. Rinse thoroughly so the noodles don’t stick together.

    2. Fill a large, shallow bowl with warm water. Dip one wrapper in the warm water for a few seconds to soften. The wrapper does not need to be immersed in the water for too long as it will become too soft and it will be more difficult to roll.

    3. Lay the dipped wrapper on a clean surface and place 2 prawn halves, a small handful of noodles, mint coriander, sliced avocado, carrot and lettuce across the centre. Leaving around 5cm uncovered on each side.

    4. Fold in uncovered sides and tightly roll. Repeat steps for remaining rolls.

    5. Enjoy!

    You can even make your own dipping sauce using finely chopped garlic, soy sauce, peanuts and some fresh lime juice!

    Olivia x

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  • Clear Skin Vegetable Rice Bowl

    Clear Skin Vegetable Rice Bowl
    This vegetable rice bowl is the perfect meal when you are trying to achieve clear skin. Avocado is an amazing source of good fats and cabbage which has anti-aging and skin healing properties. I love mixing up my vegetable bowls so I always have variety, which avoids me getting sick of my lunch.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup brown rice
    • 1/4 purple cabbage, shredded
    • 1 large carrot, julienned
    • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
    • 1/2 cup lettuce, chopped
    • 1 avocado, sliced
    • 2 tbsp hummus

    Method:

    1. Rinse rice well in a strainer and set aside. Bring a large saucepan of water to boil.

    2. Add the rice, reduce the water to a simmer and cook until the rice is tender but still firm. Drain rice and set aside to cool.

    3. Shred the red cabbage, julienne the carrot and chop cherry tomatoes in half. Pit the avocado and slice.

    4. Assemble the bowl as creatively as you wish. Then top with hummus or a squeeze of lemon and olive oil.

    Olivia x

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  • Almond Milk Recipe

    Almond Milk Recipe
    Almond milk can be quite expensive if you use it for a range of purposes. Here is a really simple recipe for almond milk you can make at home and the best part is that it’s free of preservatives and additives! Almonds are great for your skin as they contain essential fats, magnesium and Vitamin E.

    Ingredients
    • 1 cup raw almonds
    • 2 cups water
    • Honey to taste
    Equipment
    • Bowls
    • Strainer
    • Measuring cup
    • Blender or food processor
    • Fine-mesh nut bag
    Directions

    1. Soak almonds overnight.
    Place almonds in a bowl with approximately 1 inch of water. As the almonds absorb the water, they will begin to expand. Allow to stand, uncovered overnight in the fridge. The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the milk will be so feel free to leave for up to 2 days.

    2. Drain and rinse.
    Drain the almonds from the water and rinse well with cool running water. Almonds should feel squishy when pinched.

    3. Combine the almonds in a blender.
    Once the almonds have been drained and rinsed, place them in a blender and cover with 2 cups of water. Blend continuously for approximately 2 minutes until the almonds resemble a fine meal and the water is white. Scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor bowl if necessary.

    4. Strain and press.
    Line the strainer with the opened nut bag and place over a measuring cup. Pour the mixture into the strainer carefully. Clean hands and squeeze to extract as much milk as possible. You should get approximately 2 cups of almond milk.

    5. Refrigerate and enjoy.
    Pour almond milk into a storage jar or jug of your choice and store in the fridge for up to two days. Leftover almond milk can be used in oatmeal, smoothies and muffins.

    Voila!

    Olivia x

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  • Yummy Clear Skin Recipe: Raw Energy Balls

    Clear Skin Recipe
    These special energy balls are the perfect mid-afternoon snack! I can guarantee you they will be a huge hit if you bring them to work or school for others to enjoy. The best bit is they have skin clearing ingredients such as almonds and walnuts which are full of essential fatty acids, and dates which are natural source of Vitamin B5 & pantothenic acid which can repair damage caused by free radicals.

    Ingredients

    • 20 dates
    • 1/2 cup almonds
    • 1/4 cup walnuts
    • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • 1 tbsp chia seeds
    • Desiccated coconut & raw cacao powder for rolling

    Instructions

    1. Place the almonds and walnuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Place in a bowl and set aside.

    2. Blend the dates, coconut oil and cacao until they form a lumpy dough. Add 1-2 tbsp of water if the mixture is too stiff while blending.

    3. Remove the mixture from the blender and add to the bowl of blended nuts. Combine the mixture well with a wooden spoon or clean hands.

    4. Using a spoon, pat a small amount of the mixture into your hands and roll into a ball. Roll in desiccated coconut or cacao powder before placing on a plate.

    5. Store the plate in the fridge.

    Enjoy!

    Olivia x

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  • How To Make Smoothie Packs!

    How To Make Smoothie Packs
    You have heard of meal prep right? Cooking up a big batch of veggies and protein at the start of the week and freezing it, well you can do the same prep for your smoothies!  Take the hassle out of making smoothies by preparing your own DIY smoothie packs and storing them in the freezer. It will also make great use of fruit that is becoming too ripe.

    1. Plan Your Fruits and Vegetables

    Make some time to write a list of in-season fruit and vegetables you will be including in your meals and beverages for the following week. Be sure to include extra for smoothies and feel free to shop smart too! If there are some fruits that are on special, these are perfect for making smoothies and will stay fresh as they will be frozen straight away. TIP: Remember to buy some freezer bags to store your ingredients in for later!

    2. Prepare Your Ingredients

    Before any chopping is done, it’s really important to wash all your fruit and vegetables thoroughly – even if they are organic! If you are using a regular blender, be sure to chop into smaller pieces for easy blending. Chop all your favourite fruits and vegetables and mix together in separate bags. Be sure to experiment a bit to include a wide variety of ingredients and multiple colours – you want to eat the rainbow!

    3. Label Your Smoothie Packs

    Label your smoothies with the date it was packaged and be creative with your smoothie names! Store in the freezer, keeping in mind you won’t need to add ice when it’s time to blend because all the ingredients are already frozen!

    4. It’s Time to Blend!

    Now comes the fun part! Take your choice of smoothie pack out of the freezer and pop into your blender. Add a liquid base of choice – almond milk, rice milk, oat milk, coconut water and blend until smooth.

    Enjoy! Let me know how you like this idea in the comments below.

    Olivia x

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  • Clear Skin Mexican Bowl

    Clear Skin Mexican Bowl
    I love Mexican Bowls because they are SO fresh! There is nothing better than a meal that satisfies you, and doesn’t leave you feeling bloated or sluggish. The best thing is you can add any of your favourite fresh vegetables to mix up the flavours!

    Ingredients:

    • ¼ cup black beans
    • ½ avocado, peeled and sliced
    • ½ cup purple cabbage, chopped
    • ¼ cup corn kernels
    • ¼ cup red onion
    • 1 cup lettuce, chopped
    • 1 lime
    • ½ sweet potato, chopped
    • 1 tomato, chopped fresh
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp coriander, fresh

    Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Chop sweet potato and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle olive oil over the sweet potato and season.
    2. Place the sweet potato tray in the oven and roast for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Toss with a spatula and place back in oven for a further 15 minutes or until tender.
    3. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and set aside to cool.
    4. Place chopped lettuce into your salad bowl of choice and top with sweet potatoes, tomatoes, corn, black beans, onion and cabbage.
    5. Squeeze fresh lime or lemon juice over the salad and season.

    Enjoy!
    Olivia x

     

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  • Clear Skin Fruit Salad

    Clear Skin Fruit Salad
    This fruit salad not only looks amazing on the plate, but is actually great for your skin! The berries are FULL of anti-oxidants and the other ingredients help to give you glowing skin. It’s one of my favourite dishes to bring to parties because it’s easy to make and is so bright and colourful.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
    • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
    • 1 mango sliced
    • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
    • 1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
    • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
    • 1/2 cup organic orange juice
    • 1 handful of chopped walnuts

    Directions:

    1. Combine berries, kiwi, mango and pomegranate in a salad bowl.
    2. Pour orange juice over the salad in the bowl.
    3. Sprinkle with walnuts.

    Voila! Enjoy!

    Olivia x

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