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Liz Earle’s Beauty-Boost Bars

This is a one of my favourite recipes from Liz Earle’s Skin Secrets book and is extracted from the “Skin Snacks” section, which is full of gorgeous recipes and ideas to boost your health and skin!

Beauty-Boost Bars

These terrific omega-rich energy bars are a firm favourite. I make a batch at the weekend and keep them in a sealed box in the fridge for the week ahead – perfect for a post supper sweet snack, a fast school-run breakfast in the car or for a quick energy boost when blood sugar levels dip, mid afternoon.

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The Superfood Curry

Gurpareet Bains is an Anglo Indian Chef, and claims to have created “The Worlds Healthiest Curry”! The Chicken and Blueberry Curry with Goji Berry Pilau Rice is full of some of the most potent Superfoods around.

Gurpareet claims that his spicy chicken curry can help the fight against cancer, as each serving contains the nutritional equivalent of 49 helpings of Spinach, 23 bunches of grapes or nine portions of Broccoli –  it has taken him 2 years to perfect the recipe!

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Jewels and Jill Elmore

Jewels and Jill Elmore are Hollywood’s finest sister chefs, and  have spent most of their time cooking in the homes of Jennifer Aniston, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, plus many other celebrities. So they know a thing or two about getting your body in shape through a healthy way of eating, but without soul-destroying deprivation!

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Sun Chlorella

Sun Chlorella Green Smoothie

This delectable green smoothie will keep you full of energy throughout the day and is also an excellent Liver cleanse! (recipe from Sun Chlorella “A”)

Here’s what you need…..

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Healthy Bean Burgers

Beans are an excellent source of protein and these tasty, spicy Bean Burgers help beat the winter chill and aid detoxification, they make a lovely wholesome protein packed lunch or dinner. We should all aim for a handful of skin boosting protein at each meal, remember that protein provides the building blocks for our skin!

Beautiful Beans are choc full of protein and a good source of minerals, B Vitamins and fibre, which are all vital for clear, strong healthy skin.

This is my recipe that has evolved over a few years of experimenting!

Makes 4 Burgers

Ingredients

1 Red Onion or 2 Shallots, finely chopped

Half a cup of finely grated Courgette and Carrot

2 cloves of Garlic, crushed

Half tsp Mild Chilli Powder

Half tsp Smoked Paprika

half tsp Cumin

One tsp Marigold Vegetable Bouillon Powder

1 can Organic Red Kidney Beans in water, drained and rinsed – or Borlotti Beans/Bean Mix

Half a tsp of English Mustard Powder

2 tsp Tamari Sauce

1 tbsp Tomato Puree

Either 1 egg beaten or half a cup of Quinoa – an option for Vegans

2 tbsp of Olive Oil for frying

  • On a gentle heat, sweat the onions for about 5 minutes in a little of the Olive Oil
  • Add the grated Courgette and Carrot, Garlic, Chilli Powder, Cumin, Bouillion Powder and Smoked Paprika and cook on a low heat for a further 5 minutes, then transfer the mixture to one side
  •  Roughly mash the Kidney Beans in a bowl
  • Add the mustard, tamari sauce and tomato puree to the beans and mix well
  • Stir into the bean mixture the spice and vegetable mix and add your beaten egg or Quinoa – mix well
  • Wet your hands and form the mixture into 4 burgers
  • Fry the burgers on a low to medium heat for around 5-7 minutes each side until golden brown

Serve with a wholemeal Pitta bread and salad, or homemade coleslaw. For a dinner serve with Sweet Potato Wedges and steamed Brocolli.

Energy Boosting Trail Mix

A mix of Nuts, Seeds and Dried FruitsEating something every three hours helps keep your blood sugar levels stable during a hectic day, giving you a bit more energy to keep going. Making your own Trail Mix is one of the simplest things you can do. I make a large bowl every two weeks and keep it in sealed container in the fridge, when I am out and about I will decant a handful into a small zip-lock bag for a healthy snack, you can also add this to the kids lunchboxes.

The base for a Trail Mix is normally nuts and dried fruit. Whole Almonds are my favourite as they are one of the best sources of vegetable protein and high in mono-saturated fats and skin boosting Vitamin E, plus minerals Potassium and Magnesium.

For my Trail Mix I like to add….

  • Equal weights of Whole Almonds (with brown skins on), Pumkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds and dried Cranberries.
  • Add any other of your favourite nuts, I like a handful of Brazil nuts and Walnuts.
  • Add in some other tasty stuff, like dried Blueberries, Raisins and dried Apricots.
  • I like a sprinkling of age defying dried Goji Berries and Pomegranate seeds.

Mix it all together and store in a sealed container until you’re ready to eat.

  • You can add a few fresh berries if you’re eating straight away – Strawberries, Blackberries and Blueberries are great.

The list is endless, so hunt around your health food shop for ideas. There are so many health benefits from eating dried fruits, nuts and seeds, not to mention the boost in energy you will feel. You can be a bit naughty if making for your kids and sprinkle some choc chips or M&M’s in as well for a treat.

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Skin Deep Juice

This is one of my favourite juices from Michael Van Straten’s Super Juice book, he is the UK’s best known practitioner of complementary medicine, a leading osteopath, naturopath, acupuncturist and nutritional consultant.

I have been a fan of juicing for years with a little help from my old faithful Magimix Juicer, and love to experiment with different combinations, it’s also helpful to use up fruit and veg that you may otherwise waste! Beauty is definitely more than skin deep, and it’s pointless having anti-ageing treatments and using topical products if your not feeding your skin from within with antioxidants and nutrients!

I am a fan of the Apple, Carrot and ginger combo, but when my skin needs an extra boost, this really hits the spot! Here’s what you need  for the Skin Deep Juice

  • 4 Organic Carrots – unpeeled
  • 2 Asparagus Spears
  • Half a medium Iceberg Lettuce
  • 1 handful of Spinach Leaves

This is super rich in Vitamins A and C, Beta-Carotene and Folic Acid. Rich in Iron and Vitamin E, contains Potassium, Silica and some B Vitamins. Not only does it protect against skin infections thanks to its high Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene content, Skin Deep also provides plenty of Vitamin E, which helps maintain supple and wrinkle free skin! This juice is also a blood builder – which means more skin nutrients are carried to the surface where they’re needed.

Check out Michael Van Stratens Super Juice Book for more recipes, but I would love to hear your favourite juicing recipes, so please post below!

The New Fanny Cradock

Ravinder Bhogal2 years ago Gordon Ramsay set about finding his modern day ” Fanny Cradock”. Women from all over the country sent in videos of themselves cooking there own recipes. The gorgeous Ravinder Bhogal won the title and is to take on today’s male dominated celebrity chefs as it’s about time we had some more passionate women cooking on TV!!

Ravinder was selected from over 1300 entries, the best of which were selected to come to the F-word, where they cooked there homemade dish for Gordon, and were then judged.

June has seen the launch of her first book “Cook in Boots”, a gorgeous collection of dishes, designed with a woman’s varied moods! Ravinder says “We’re emotional creatures, we need food that fits the way we feel as much as our lifestyle”.Quite right! Some of the chapters have rather interesting titles! including – Hangover food, social grazing, falling off the carb wagon and the food of love! the one I love is focused on chocolate (surprise) and called “PMT”

Here is an extract of Ravinders superfood salads – “Green Tea noodle Super-food Salad” This salad is brimming with vitamins and antioxidants – the perfect anti-ageing food and energy boost!

Here’s what you need to serve 6:

  • 200g Green-tea noodles -available from www.mountfuji.co.uk
  • 100g green beans
  • 100g tenderstem sprouting broccoli
  • 1 generous handful of beansprouts
  • 2 small carrots – cut into matchsticks
  • 1 red and 1 yellow pepper, each deseeded and cut into think strips
  • 100 g trimmed asparagus
  • Olive oil – for brushing
  • 3 tbsp mixed seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, linseed and hemp – to serve

For the dressing:

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 cm knob of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp light Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • Juice of half a lime

Boil the noodles in a large pan of simmering water until cooked through. Drain and refresh in cold water, then drain again.

Steam the green beans and broccoli for 3-4 minutes, then place in a large salad bowl with the beansprouts, carrots and pepper strips. Add the drained noodles.

Heat a griddle pan until hot. Brush the asparagus with olive oil and griddle until tiger-striped and tender. Mix into the noodles.

To make the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together. Pour over the salad and toss through, then top with the mixed seeds and serve.

Extracted from Cook in Boots by Ravinder Bhogal, published on May 28 (HarperCollins £18.99).