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Bestow founder, Janine Tait shares with us 4 awesome benefits of drinking Green Tea, the extra benefits of Bestow Green Tea and why she created an organic range of fair trade Teas.

FOUR AWESOME BENEFITS OF DRINKING GREEN TEA:

  1. It’s anti-carcinogenic
  2. Is scientifically proven to increase the hydration of the upper layers of your skin
  3. It enhances the action of protective enzymes in your skin
  4. Improves the protective barrier of your skin

TWO EXTRA BENEFITS OF DRINKING BESTOW LUMINOSITEA (Green & White Tea):

  1. It’s very high in Catechins a type of disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant. Here’s a tip: the longer you steep the tea, the more flavonoids you’ll get in your brew.
  2. White tea is even more powerful than green tea as it does all of this and more! And helps prevent the loss of your anti-wrinkle fibres. Bestow Luminositea is a Green and White Tea Blend.
Janine Tait, Bestow Founder
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You get enough of these powerful phytonutrients in one cup of Luminositea to reap all these benefits. Drink at least one cup a day!

BESTOW ORGANIC HERBAL TEA GIVES BACK

I think you’ll pleased to know that Bestow Organic Teas are not only delicious and good for your skin, they are also helping to transform a community in Sri Lanka.

When we decided to develop a range of skin-beautifying teas, it was very important to me that they were not only organic but were sourced from a fair trade supplier.

I know that many of the workers in tea plantations in third-world countries are poorly paid and treated like second-class citizens.

For me, socially conscious business it is not about beating the supplier down to get the bottom dollar but paying a fair price for a quality product that is fair to all the people who are involved in producing it.

  • May 14, 2018

With the warm months ahead we’ve created some wonderful Iced Tea Recipes featuring our Bestow Organic Herbal Teas. You will find them very refreshing and hydrating for your skin. We recommend making a large jugful each day to enjoy throughout the day.

Make a strong brew of any of our teas by infusing two tablespoons of tea with a cup of boiling water. Add this to a one litre jug with a cupful or two of ice, add the ingredients of any of our iced tea options and top with filtered or sparkling water.

OPTION ONE

Sprigs of fresh mint / lime or lemon wedges / slices of cucumber

Perfect for: Eternitea, Lumositea, Puritea
and Generositea

OPTION TWO

Sprigs of fresh rosemary / lemon wedges / two cinnamon sticks / one tablespoon of raw honey

Perfect for: Beautea and Puritea

OPTION THREE

Sprigs of fresh mint / lemon wedges / slices of cucumber / half a cup of fresh berries / one tablespoon of raw honey

Perfect for: Eternitea, Lumositea, and Generositea

OPTION FOUR

Sprigs of fresh mint / lemon wedges / slices of fresh ginger / slices of peach or mango / one tablespoon of raw honey

Perfect for: Lumositea, Beautea and Generositea

OPTION FIVE

Sprigs of fresh lavender / lemon or lime wedges / juice and seeds of a pomegranate / slices of cucumber

Perfect for: Lumositea, Eternitea, Puritea and Generositea

 

HIBISCUS & CINNAMON

WHITE & GREEN TEA

ROOIBOS, CARDAMOM, CINNAMON, GINGER, CLOVE & NUTMEG

TURMERIC, GINGER, LEMONGRASS & CINNAMON

LEMONGRASS, HIBISCUS, CINNAMON & PEPPERMINT

Profits from the sale of Generositea go towards supporting the work of Cambodian Charitable Trust, providing education and opportunity for vulnerable girls. Thank you for being part of this good cause!

  • October 17, 2017

One-pot savoury meals, bursting with flavour are our favourite type of meals to cook. Our fifth recipe book Bestow Savour is a collection of vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar-free recipes which rescue vegetables from bland side dishes and make them the star of the show. The recipe that follows is one of these and perfect for this time of year as there is nothing better than a steaming bowl of Roasted Cauliflower Goodness Soup flavoured with turmeric, cumin, paprika and sumac and garnished with the thyme-fried mushrooms on a cool winter’s day!

 

Roast the Cauliflower.

 

Saute the onion and garlic and add the spices.

 

Golden and tasty!

 

Add the cauliflower and vegetable stock.

 

Simmer and blend.

 

Serve with thyme-fried mushrooms!

RECIPE:

2 heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
Olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric, ground
1 teaspoon sumac, ground
2 teaspoon cumin, ground
2 teaspoon paprika, ground
1 litre of vegetable stock
Juice and zest of one lemon
1⁄4 cup of Italian parsley, chopped
Small handful of fresh thyme
1⁄2 cup of button mushrooms, sliced
Himalayan or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Arrange the cauliflower florets on a large baking tray lined with baking paper; use two baking trays if you need to. Sprinkle cauliflower with salt and pepper and drizzle generously with olive oil. Roast in oven for 30 minutes, turning over midway through. They should be starting to turn golden brown. Remove from oven. Reserve a cupful of florets for the top of the soup.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frypan. Saute the onion gently until translucent (10-15 minutes). Add the chopped garlic, turmeric, sumac, cumin and paprika. Stir together for a brief few seconds until fragrant.

Now add the roasted cauliflower. Stir to coat cauliflower well with the spices then add vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer on medium-high heat. Cover and cook for five minutes.

Uncover and remove from the heat, cool for 10 minutes. Using a stick blender, blend and liquid until you achieve desired consistency. If the soup is too thick add more stock or water.

Return to a medium heat and stir in the lemon juice.

While the soup is heating through, fry the mushrooms in a small pan in 1 tablespoon of olive oil over a medium- high heat. As they start to brown add some fresh thyme and cracked black pepper. Remove from the heat when they are starting to crisp and turn golden brown. Set aside.

Add the soup to serving bowls, top with mushroom, reserved cauliflower florets, fresh thyme, parsley and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper.

And recently we were featured in the Bay of Plenty Times with the Cauliflower Goodness Soup being the main recipe 🙂

 

 

 

 

  • June 1, 2017

A breakfast smoothie is a delicious way to kick-start the day nutritionally and super-easy to make. This smoothie recipe includes protein to sustain your energy throughout the morning.  Naturally, it includes the Twin Skin Essentials (Bestow Beauty Oil and Bestow Beauty Powder) and you can also add any other Bestow blends you are using.

White beans are an amazing way to provide your smoothie with a creamy texture and a protein hit. Adding protein to a smoothie allows your body to stay full for longer and using beans is a skin-friendly way of doing this. Many protein powders and other protein products that are used in smoothies are congesting to the skin and just 1/4 cup of white beans provides you with the protein you need without causing you to break out. Creaminess is essential to a tasty smoothie and we find avocado is one of the best ways to do this as well as providing a serving of healthy fats for your body, keeping it full for longer. The chia seeds in the smoothie are bound to keep you full providing the body with fibre to help with gut health.

RECIPE

250 ml of liquid (such as water, coconut water, almond milk or coconut milk)
1/4 cup of cannelini beans (drained)
1-2 medjool dates (or 2 teaspoons of honey or rice syrup)
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 of a ripe avocado (optional)
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Beauty Powder
1 good handful of spinach leaves
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
6 fresh mint leaves (optional)

Blend well, enjoy!

 

  • May 24, 2017

A breakfast smoothie is a delicious way to kick-start the day nutritionally and super-easy to make. This smoothie recipe includes protein to sustain your energy throughout the morning.  Naturally, it includes the Twin Skin Essentials (Bestow Beauty Oil and Bestow Beauty Powder) and you can also add any other Bestow blends you are using.

Cacao powder is a great way to get that chocolatey taste and feeling of indulgence with the added benefits of providing your body with nutrients found in cacao such as magnesium and antioxidants for skin health. Creaminess is essential to a tasty smoothie and we find avocado is one of the best ways to do this as well as providing a serving of healthy fats for your body, keeping it full for longer. Tahini, which is made from sesame seeds, also contributes to the creamy texture and gives the body a calcium boost. The chia seeds in the smoothie are bound to keep you full providing the body with fibre to help with gut health.

RECIPE

250 ml of liquid (such as water, coconut water, almond milk or coconut milk)
1.5 tablespoons of cacao powder
1 tablespoon of tahini
1-2 medjool dates (or 2 teaspoons of honey or rice syrup)
1/2 frozen banana
1 tablespoon of cacao nibs
1/4 of a ripe avocado (optional)
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Beauty Powder
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Be Cleansed
1 teaspoon of chia seeds

Blend well, enjoy!

 

  • May 24, 2017

BAKED JACKET KUMARA
WITH BLACK BEAN SALSA

4 medium sized kumara or sweet potato
1 400g can of organic black beans 2 avocados, chopped
1 red onion, diced
8 cherry tomatoes, chopped
Juice and zest of 2 limes
Small handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Pre heat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
Wash the kumara and pat dry. Brush all over with olive oil, place on a baking tray, sprinkle with Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake in the oven till soft – approximately 40 mins.
While the kumara is baking make your salsa. Drain and rinse the can of black beans and place in a bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients except for the lime zest. Mix gently then season with salt and pepper.
When your kumara is cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Slice through the centre lengthwise but don’t cut right through the bottom. Fill each kumara with spoonfuls of salsa, dress with tahini dressing, garnish with lemon zest and serve. Serves four.

TASTY TAHINI DRESSING

1⁄4 cup of tahini paste
1⁄4 cup of water
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil Juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of honey
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Blend all the above ingredients with a stick blender. Store in a jar in the fridge for several days.
One cup of kumara (sweet potato) contains a whopping 38,433 IU
of the plant version of vitamin A. This is over seven times your daily recommended requirement. They are also rich in vitamin c, many of the b vitamins and lots of minerals. What an amazing skin food they are! And don’t forget all the fibre you will get from this dish with the addition of the black beans.

  • May 23, 2017

To make life super easy for you we have been busy creating short videos and recipes on 5 simple ways that you can include Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil in your daily life.

This fifth one is Bestow Overnight Oats, prepare the night before and wake up to breakfast already done!

 

 

RECIPE
Bestow Overnight Oats

1/2 cup of organic rolled oats or buckwheat groats
1/2 teaspoon of himalayan salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
1 cup of water

Place in a lidded jar or covered bowl and soak overnight. You can add seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and dried fruit such as raisins, chopped apricots at this stage. You can also try adding small amounts of other spices such as turmeric or cardamom for extra health benefits.

In the morning add chopped fresh fruit, a dollop of dairy free coconut yoghurt, 1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil and a pinch of cinnamon. Add nut milk if you feel your oats are too thick.

View all the 5 Ways videos.

 

To make life super easy for you we have been busy creating short videos and recipes on 5 simple ways that you can include Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil in your daily life.

This fourth one is the super easy Bestow Lemony Vinaigrette, great on any salad!

 

RECIPE
Bestow Lemony Vinaigrette

Juice of one lemon
1/3 cup of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil or Beauty Plus Oil
1 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard
1 teaspoon of organic Maple Syrup or Rice Syrup
Himalayan or Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper for Seasoning

Shake all the ingredients together in a lidded jar. For variations add chopped fresh herb, minced ginger and/or garlic.

View all the 5 Ways videos.

 

 

In our latest recipe book SAVOUR, vegetables are the heroes of every dish. This recipe is a special favourite because it’s simple, fast and delicious with the added bonus that you will never want to purchase supermarket wraps again! All our recipes are gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free too.

At our recent conference Kevin (my husband) did all the catering from SAVOUR and made these wraps for 100 attendees!

They will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for several days so that you will have an easy meal at the drop of a hat. They can also be frozen for a later date.

Are you sold yet?? Get making them, you’ll love them 🙂

 


 

 

SAVOUR RECIPE – TEN MINUTE ZUCCHINI WRAPS

Makes 4
2 zucchini, grated
1⁄2 teaspoon of Himalayan or sea salt
1 large egg, beaten
1⁄4 teaspoon of cumin, ground
1 1⁄2 tablespoons of rice flour
1 tablespoon of Italian parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius. Sprinkle the grated zucchini with salt, stir and place in a sieve over a bowl. Rest for 5-10 minutes and then gently press to remove excess liquid.

Add the zucchini to a large bowl and mix in the remainder of the ingredients. Cover the oven tray with baking paper. Scoop about 1⁄2 cup of mixture and press down to form a thin circle about 10cm in diameter. Repeat for the remainder of the mixture.

Bake wraps for about 25 minutes, or until the wraps look crisp and brown around the edges. Let them cool for 10 minutes and then peel of the baking paper.
Top with your desired filling and wrap! Also great for using up leftovers or serving unfilled with soup.

 

 

MEET THE CREATORS

SAVOUR is a creative collaboration between New Zealand’s leading dermo-nutritionist, Janine Tait, and photographer, designer, food-guru and breast-cancer survivor, Sheryl Nicholson.

“At Bestow, we are committed to working from within to achieve beautiful skin, total body health and an energised, meaningful life. Vegetables are the unsung heroes in our modern diets and with SAVOUR we are on a mission to change that. These beautiful recipes make it easy to put a tasty, nutritious meal on the table based on seasonal vegetables.” ~ Janine & Sheryl

To make life super easy for you we have been busy creating short videos and recipes on 5 simple ways that you can include Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil in your daily life.

This third one is a delicious Bestow Peachey Turmeric Smoothie. You can change out the fresh peach ther fresh, in season produce like pineapple, mango, feijoa, apricot or kiwifruit.

RECIPE
Bestow Peachey Turmeric Smoothie

1 cup of coconut water
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
2 tablespoons of coconut yoghurt
1 fresh peach, cut into chunks
½ a frozen banana
1 tablespoon of tahini
1 Medjool date, pitted
½ teaspoon of turmeric
½ teaspoon of cinnamon

Process all the ingredients in a blender.

View all the 5 Ways videos.