Monday, 8 December 2014

Yummy dip for Beetroot lovers!

It has been a while since I started my own personal Instagram account where I like to post yummy and simple foods among other mundane things that catch my eye.
 Here is my super yummy beetroot dip!! experiment made in...10 minutes aprox:


Beetroot and tahini dip

















Ingredients:

1 big cooked beetroot
3tablespoons of tahini
1/2 lemon juice
pinch of salt

All in a blender and finish with parsley herb .
Nachos are Mexican tortillas simply toasted until crunchy and hard. Not fried!


Nutritional benefits of eating Beetroot? plenty!

  • Beets are super antioxidants! They get their beautiful pink-red color primarily from a unique antioxidant pigments called betalain (we are more used to seeing the orange carotenoids)
  • Beets are an excellent anti inflammatory!
  • Beets help detox the body from toxins!


The nachos are simply the plain fajitas heated in the pan until they get toasted and crunchy.


I personally love the simplicity of a picture of some finished recipe, as it really reflects the concept behind balanced diet. No fuss in the ingredients. I would never personally spend more than 30 minutes preparing my lunch or dinner and these pictures show you how a simple way of cooking is always delicious, affordable, fast and convenient.


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Persimmon part 2: Nutrition for your skin , get ready for Christmas!



Persimmon has been used for centuries in Asia as a beauty ingredient for the skin. That perfectly and almost translucent skin I admire from Chinese and Asians comes not only from avoiding the sun (always!) but also from the beauty routines.


During winter season the skin feels tired, dull, dehydrated from excessive heating or simply from poor diet.
But we have the persimmon fruit which can also be used FOR YOUR SKIN , the properties for the skin are:
Brightening!
Pore reducing!
Tightening!
Nourishing!
Refreshing!
Hydrating!
Calming!
Japanese geisha's knew about all these remarkable qualities of this fruit and used it for many different cosmetic purposes!


I have created this nourishing and super brightening face mask prepared with  ingredients we find in the kitchen. However, alternatives depend on your ingredients supply and skin needs.

Half persimmon
1 teaspoon of rosemary honey
1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 espresso cup(or 1 full tablespoon) of Rolled oats
Optional: Carrot seed Essential oil  --->Optional use , perfect for Dry skin. Adding this essential oil to the mask is the luxury for the skin that is dry, prone to eczema.




1) Use a hand blender to blend the persimmon with the oats oil and honey until it goes smooth.

 2)  Adding Carrot Seed Essential Oil: 1 drop

Carrot seed oil is rich in antioxidants, which help to prevent and even repair skin damage from sun, smoke, poor nutrition or a harsh environment. Its nutrients include beta carotene, Vitamins A and E and provitamin A. Carrot seed oil nourishes dry or aging skin, and can even reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 I recommend adding the essential oil after blending and directly on the jar or pot (I used a LUSH tin) where you are going to keep the mask. Because essential oils can only be used in very small quantities we don´t want to waste it between the blades of the blender and mask leftovers.

I am fascinated by pure essential oils, and knowing the chemical composition of each one of them is very important to understand how and when to use it. If you want to know more about carrot oil go to this site:
http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/carrotoil.html



KEEP THE FRESH MASK INSIDE THE FRIDGE, AND USE IT WITHIN 5 DAYS- 1 WEEK!