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INGREDIENTS

2 cups unsweetened plant based milk (coconut, almond or rice)
1/2 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh turmeric
3-4 black peppercorns

Suitable for:
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Snack

Protein swap

Freezer friendly

METHOD

Add all ingredients to a saucepan, stir well. Bring to a simmer and then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and set aside to cool then refrigerate for up to two days.

NOTES

Perfect for dinner and have the leftovers for lunch the next day. Egg free version (sub for a chia or flax egg). Get creative with your herb and spice combinations.

  • July 1, 2020

By Janine Tait
Dermo-nutritionist and Holistic Skincare Educator

In 2007, when I decided to produce a skin-friendly EFA supplement to support my clients’ skin healing programmes I had to make a choice. Would I create an EFA capsule or would I create an oil?

As a dermo-nutritionist, the right choice was obvious to me.

An EFA oil supplement is far superior to a capsule supplement for two key reasons.

1. An oil more easily provides the optimum quantity of EFA’s needed for skin health.
2. An emulsified oil (i.e. oil mixed into food) is far more easily digested than a capsule and more of the EFA’s can be put to good use by the skin and body.

This was the nutritional understanding that laid the foundation for Bestow Beauty Oil and Bestow Beauty Plus Oil.

Let’s look at these two important points in more details.

1 Tablespoon Oil vs 13 Capsules

In order to make a real difference to your skin-health and general wellbeing, you need to take a good dose of EFA’s. One tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil provides you with 13,000mg of oil which equals 10,000mg of EFA’s. This means you would need to have 13 EFA capsules per day (based on 1000mg capsules) in order to get the same skin health benefits. That’s a lot of capsules!

Oil and Water Don’t Mix

Have you ever heard the saying “oil and water don’t mix”? It’s not just a helpful metaphor for tricky combinations, it’s scientific fact. When you put oil into a water based system the oil and water will immediately separate. Our digestive system is water based (think about the salivary start to the digestive process) which means that oils are not easily digested if they are taken neat (i.e. without being mixed into food).

Ready for Some Science?

When the body detects that oil has entered the digestion production line, it first tells the gall bladder to produce bile, which acts like dish-washing liquid to break down the oil, and then instructs the pancreas to secrete lipase, a digestive enzyme tasked with breaking down fats for assimilation by the body.

However, if the oil globules are too big, (as is the case with capsules, or oils taken neat) the lipase can’t do its job effectively and the oil basically moves through the digestive system unutilised and out into the toilet. This is why taking a tablespoon of oil, without first mixing it into food, can cause diarrhoea in some people.

Emulsify For Maximum Health Benefits

Mixing an EFA oil into food prepares the oil for effective digestion. The technical term for this is emulsification. The oil particles are broken down into smaller globules that the body can digest and assimilate into the body. This means that all the EFA health promoting and skin glowing benefits can be realised.

How do Bestow Beauty Oils help my skin?

Bestow Beauty Oil moisturises the skin from within with a skin-friendly blend of EFA’s which help to clear congestion, make your skin feel soft, smooth and velvety and give it a natural, luminous glow. What you put on your skin is only half the story. You need to also nourish it from within.

What is the Best Way to Take Bestow Beauty Oil?

For optimum skin and wellbeing benefits, take one tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil mixed into food every day.

THE ULTIMATE

The very best way to take Bestow Beauty Oil is to add it to a smoothie. Whizzing it in a blender breaks down the oil into very fine globules which the gall bladder and pancreas can easily deal with. In addition, if you have plain milk or yoghurt in your smoothie the amino acids will significantly increase the effectiveness of EFA’s in your body.

 

 

THE NEXT BEST

If you are not in the habit of making a daily smoothie, you can emulsify Bestow Beauty Oil in a salad dressing. Another option is to pour Bestow Beauty Oil over your breakfast or add it to mashed vegetables once they are cool enough to eat (heat can destroy EFA’s).

And if that all sounds like too much hard work, you can simple mix one tablespoon of oil into a ¼ cup of yoghurt. Be sure to mix it well so it properly emulsifies.

The trick is to find something that you can do every day, which is why a daily Bestow Smoothie Ritual is such a great wellbeing investment. (It’s so easy to add in other Bestow skin nutrition products for a skin-nutrient feast)

 

  • June 7, 2020

This is a gorgeous healthy grazing platter that can easily be prepped ahead so that you have a healthy snack on hand when needed. Maintaining healthy snack food in your daily routine can be challenging, especially weekends. You can prepare your veggies when you have time and keep them in the fridge in sealed containers. Hummus also freezes well. Then just grab them when you are ready to plate up.

FOUR RECIPES IN ONE

1. GRAZING PLATTER
2 carrots, thinly sliced
(we’ve used purple carrots, use a mandolin to make the job easier)
1 zucchini, sliced into rounds or sticks
A bunch asparagus spears or green beans, blanched
1 apple, sliced
Half to 1 cup spinach leaves
Roasted Tomatoes (optional)
Pickled beetroot or Sauerkraut
Fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon, black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon, pumpkin seeds
Bestow Beauty Plus Oil
Himalayan Salt
Cracked black pepper

2. CREAMY HUMMUS

1-2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tin of chickpeas (reserve the liquid)
1/4 cup of tahini
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
Himalayan salt
Cracked black pepper

3. PICKLED BEETROOT

1 beetroot, grated
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
Himalayan or sea salt
Cracked Black Pepper

4. ROAST TOMATOES
(see below)

ROAST TOMATOES RECIPE:

To roast the tomatoes preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius. Cut about a dozen cherry tomatoes in half and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle with olive oil, season well with himalayan salt and black pepper then roast for 20 minutes until slightly blackening around the edges.

HUMMUS RECIPE:

Blend all the hummus ingredients together until smooth. Add more of the reserved chickpea liquid if it is too thick.

Place in sealed container in the fridge to be used as directed. Can be refrigerated for up to 4 days, can also be frozen to use at a later date.

To make hummus dressing for salads just add water to quarter of a cup of hummus until it is a dressing consistency.

PICKLED BEETROOT RECIPE:

Place all the ingredients in a bowl, mix well and place in a lidded jar or container. This will keep in the fridge for several days.

CREATE YOUR HEALTHY GRAZING PLATTER:

To blanch green veggies, boil the jug, pour boiling water over the greens in a heatproof bowl, sit for one minute then strain and douse with lots of cold water to stop the cooking process. They should be a lovely bright green colour with a good crunch.

Arrange the veggies, basil and apple on to a large platter, dollop with hummus, drizzle with Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil, sprinkle with seeds and season with salt and pepper.

It’s winter here in New Zealand and with that comes the amazing Tamarillo season! Tamarillos support skin health as they contain essential skin nutrients – Vitamin A, C and E. With that in mind we’ve created this divine Bestow Tamarillo Winter Salsa recipe which is a great option for your daily dose of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil.

 

 

TAMARILLO SALSA RECIPE

6 Tamarillos
2 handfuls of fresh coriander
1/2 a red onion, finely sliced
Juice of one lime or lemon
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil
Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

With a sharp knife cut a cross in the end of each tamarillo (not the stalk end the other end). Add the whole tamarillos to a bowl and cover with boiling water. Soak for 10 minutes – this process makes them easy to peel. Remove from the water, let cool so that you can handle them and peel. Chop them into small chunks. Place in a small bowl, add the coriander, onion, lime juice, olive oil and Bestow Beauty Plus Oil. Stir and season to taste with salt and pepper. Plaster on everything that you eat (it’s that good) except maybe muesli.

 

This Christmas, we are giving our clinics a gift with a difference, the gift of making a difference!

We have donated our Christmas gift budget to a Bestow Sisterhood Special Project. We are supporting a second year Cambodian medical student, Nav Sreynak, who is struggling to pay her fees. Sreynak’s education has been sponsored through the Cambodia Charitable Trust since she was a young girl and it’s inspiring to see her doing so well at university. Together, we are truly giving her the gift of a brighter future and the opportunity to fulfil her purpose and potential.

Nav Sreynak’s Story

The odds were stacked against Sreynak from birth. Born into a poor family in rural Cambodia, the chances of her completing even a primary school education were slim to none. In light of this, the fact that she is about to begin her second year as a university medical student is truly remarkable.

The turning point in Sreynak’s life occurred when she was sponsored through the Cambodia Charitable Trust (CCT) as a young girl. She responded to this opportunity by working hard at school and pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. She loves medicine and this career will empower her to support herself and her family and to help many people.

Sreynak lives in Phnom Penh with her sister, who through the CCT support their family has received over the years, can now study to be an accountant. Sreynak works hard juggling household chores, studying for her medical school exams and learning English and French. Her basic living costs are covered by a Kiwi sponsor through the CCT, but the medical student fees of $2300 per year are totally beyond her, or her family’s, ability to pay.

It is our privilege this Christmas, as a Bestow Sisterhood, to make a significant contribution towards Sreynek’s second year of medical school fees so she can continue along this life-changing path to a brighter future.

It’s bright, determined young women, like Sreynak, who are Cambodia’s hope for the future. Changing the life of one girl has a transformative effect that ripples out to her family and community and helps to turn the tide against systemic poverty.

We will tell Sreynek that there is a sisterhood of women who are cheering her on her way!

Thank you being part of being part of such a generous and big-hearted sisterhood.

Much love,

Janine x

  • November 29, 2018