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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

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.

 

We are delighted to introduce the latest member of the Bestow family – Bestow Berry Beautiful. This colourful super-food booster contains berry and fruit powders which offer an abundant feast of anti-oxidants to protect skin from the ageing affects of free-radicals.

Berry Beautiful also contains a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C, iodine and potassium. It is a powerful source of polyphenols and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients for health and wellbeing.

With a beautiful pink/purple colour and zingy berry flavour, Berry Beautiful provides a delicious, nutritious boost for everyday beauty, energy, protection and vitality.

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THE BERRY BEAUTIFUL STORY | JANINE TAIT

janine-tait-circle01These days, it’s hard to imagine life without laptops, tablets and mobiles. But it was really only around ten years ago that these technologies became commonplace. I remember this time well because I was very alarmed by the amount of radiation we were suddenly exposed to.

I knew that radiation increased the amount of free-radicals we came in contact with and I knew that free-radicals eroded health and damaged skin. They break down collagen and speed up the ageing process.

My first instinct was to try and limit my exposure to technology. But the fact is, that running a business, even a wellness business, requires me to be around technology all the time. I soon realised I was not going to be able to significantly limit my exposure to free-radicals.

ANTI-OXIDANTS ARE VITAL FOR SKIN HEALTH

I needed a different approach. I decided to protect my body by increasing my anti-oxidant levels. Anti-oxidants are incredibly valuable compounds which neutralise free-radicals in the body. If I couldn’t limit the free-radicals, at least I could take in more anti-oxidants!

Berry Beautiful is my delicious solution to the problem of the free-radical exposure we have in our modern lives. It provides a super-anti-oxidant booster which empowers your body to protect itself from damage.

BERRY BEAUTIFUL INGREDIENTS

Did you know that the more bright and colourful fruits are the more anti-oxidants they contain? This is why berries are a brilliant source of anti-oxidants and why they form the base of Bestow Berry Beautiful.

BLACKCURRANTS contain high concentrations of anthocyanins, polyphenols, anti-oxidants and other bioactives. They have shown to be beneficial for the cardiovascular system, immune system, eye health, brain and gut health and kidney health.

BLUEBERRIES are high in anthocyanins, the colourful anti-oxidant pigments that give many foods their wonderful shades of blue, purple, and red. Anthocyanins are powerful protection against freeradicals and have an anti-inflammatory affect on the body.

CAMU-CAMU are a cherry sized berry from the Amazon which contain more vitamin C than any other food on the planet. They also contain carotenoids which protect your collagen fibres and other important skin structures from free-radical damage.


ACAI BERRIES are said to have the most anti-oxidants of any food on earth. They are also rich in healthy fats and dietary fibre and are believed to help control appetite hormones, increase energy, prevent heart disease and help with many metabolic functions.

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POMEGRANATE
can help prevent or treat various disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, oxidative stress, hyperglycemia and inflammation. They have even been shown to provide anticarcinogenic effects.

BLACK DORIS PLUMS are rich in protective anti-oxidants and are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, folate and vitamin K. The phenols present in plums also help protect the essential fats in the neurons and cell membranes from free-radical damage.

CHIA-SEED FLOUR provides a gentle and nutritious source of soluble fibre to support clear skin through healthy bowel functioning. Chia is also a great source of omega-3 for healthy skin and zinc for healing.
Kelp grows in the ocean and provides a rich source of bioavailable minerals. It is also high in iodine which is vital for proper thyroid functioning and for maintaining a healthy weight.

Bestow Berry Beautiful has been produced in New Zealand and is Certified Organic by AsureQuality – an independent, government approved food certifying agency.

HOW TO TAKE IT

For best results you should take one teaspoon of Bestow Berry Beautiful everyday mixed into food or liquid.

The fresh, zingy flavour of black-currants and other fruits provide a delicious boost to your Bestow smoothie. It can also be mixed in with yoghurt, or simply added to juice or water.

Bestow Berry Beautiful should be stored in a cool, dark place and used within six weeks. It is great for children. We believe it to be safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding but it’s always best practice to check with your doctor or midwife.

BERRY BRAINPOWER SMOOTHIE

Make a beautiful breakfast smoothie containing Bestow Berry Beautiful and Bestow Beauty Oil to give you and your children a smart start to the day. These two Bestow super-foods provide the anti-oxidants, fats and proteins needed for optimum brain function and learning.

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BERRY BEAUTIFUL FEEDBACK

lisa-van-dykLisa Van Dyk | Gloss Beauty Boutique

It’s a juggle getting two kids out the door on time every morning. I have been guilty of putting everyone else in my family first and have often missed out on breakfast myself. Berry Beautiful has helped me to change that. I have made a conscious effort to make a breakfast smoothie each day to which I add Berry Beautiful and Bestow Beauty Oil. I feel so much better for it and am glad to be doing something for me. I have more energy and know that I am doing my body a favour by having a vitamin C and anti-oxidant boost first thing in the morning.

simone-rose-1Simone Rose | Simone Rose Organic Face & Body

I work hard, train hard and have a daughter with special needs. I need lots of antioxidants to combat the free-radicals and cortisol my body produces and Berry Beautiful is perfect for this. I love it! I have been enjoying the healthy berry yumminess in my breakfast smoothie. I use almond milk, coconut yoghurt, kale, Bestow Beauty Oil, Bestow Beauty Powder, Bestow Cleanse Powder, Berry Beautiful and blueberries. I feel like I am doing my body a favour by giving it this powerful anti-oxidant boost.

jenny-barrowJenny Barrow | Slow & Simple

I love having smoothies all year round so I was so excited to try the new Bestow Berry Beautiful. I quickly realised this was not just another superfood blend but a hero ingredient. For someone like me with a skin that is easily congested, I struggle to find powders or blends to add nutrients to my breakfast without compromising my skin, however I can confidently say that Berry Beautiful only provides my skin with the nutrients it needs and not unwanted congestion! My skin has continued to go from strength to strength with the nutrients it needs being provided daily.

Kylie Vandy | Kylie’s Beauty Clinic
I am totally sold on Bestow Berry Beautiful! It has become my favourite product from the Bestow range and my two children agree with me. For a three week period we had it every morning in our breakfast smoothie, along with Bestow Beauty Oil and Be Cleansed powder. We loved the vibrant berry colour and it really tastes like berries. After five days of using it my skin had a lovely radiance to it and I felt I had more energy. My son is 15 years old and gets the odd pimple on his nose, but during the three weeks he was taking Berry Beautiful he was was pimple free. I will definitely be recommending this product to all my skincare clients.

Green tea has long been considered for the many health benefits it offers. Matcha green tea however is a super strength version that is said to be around ten times more nutritionally dense than regular green tea. This green powder is embedded in the Japanese culture and is delicious as well as being both energising and relaxing at the same time!

Matcha is a great ingredient to team up with our beloved Bestow Beauty Oil. In the simple smoothie recipe below we have done just that with the following health benefits.

Bestow Beauty Oil is a wonderful food for skin. It’s your edible cosmetic, making your skin soft, smooth and velvety. Bestow Beauty Oil is able to do this because it contains high levels of Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) that are not only vital for your health but also the beauty and vitality of your skin.

Unlike most fats, your body cannot produce Omega-3 and Omega-6 this is why they are called vitamin F. We have created Bestow Beauty Oil: a blend of organic, unrefined, extra virgin seed oils cold-pressed from flax and golden flax to provide you with a source of these Essential Fatty Acids. Bestow Beauty Oil is a bit like fish oil only better tasting and containing more essential fatty acids for your wellbeing.

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AND HERE’S 4 REASONS WHY WE LOVE MATCHA!

It helps detoxify
Matcha has a high chlorophyll content, which plays a pivotal role in detoxifying the body. Thus when you consume Matcha it naturally removes chemical toxins, heavy metals, poisons, dioxins and hormone disruptors from our system, not to mention all those things we may have overindulged in over the summer break!

It helps prevent aging
There are more anti-oxidants in Matcha than any other superfood, blueberries, green veggies or dark chocolate! Because of this it can tremendously improve the health of your skin, helping it fight free radicals and slow the aging process.

It helps enhance concentration
Due to the presence of an amino acid called L-Theanine, chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine are produced in the body. These chemicals improve memory, enhance mood and increase concentration. Matcha makes you happy!

It boosts energy levels
The special combination of nutrients found in Matcha combine to give you a powerful energy boost without any side effects. It is clean and good energy that is released. Most people experience the stimulative effects of consuming Matcha for at least two hours.

BESTOW MATCHA SMOOTHIE RECIPE

200mls of coconut water
1 fresh or frozen banana
1 tablespoon of dairy free coconut yoghurt
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
3 – 4 sprigs of fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon of Matcha powder
A sprinkle of chia seeds

Blend all the ingredients together other than the chia seeds, add some ice cubes if you are not using frozen banana and want a nice cold smoothie. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with chia.

WHERE TO BUY MATCHA POWDER AND BESTOW BEAUTY OIL

BESTOW BEAUTY OIL – Visit our stockist pages in the menu above and find one nearest you

MATCHA POWDER – matchamatcha.co.nz

Fermented foods are beneficial for general health, and one of the great ways to keep your gut healthy is through drinking Kombucha. For those who are new to this, Kombucha is a fermented tea-based beverage. It is made using a starter mushroom called a “SCOBY” that activates and propels the tea-based drink (by eating sugar) to become a gut-healing beverage.

As well as promoting gut health, Kombucha also does the following:

  • It detoxifies the body
  • It supports the nervous system
  • It’s anti-aging and supports the joints
  • It’s anti-microbial
  • It decreases sugar cravings

One of the concerns people often have with Kombucha is the sugar needed to make it. The sugar in Kombucha is essential as that is what the SCOBY feeds off, creating fermentation and a bunch of wonderful bacteria. We recommend using organic white sugar where possible.

Through the fermentation process the sugar largely disappears and ideally you are left with 1 per cent sugar. In a 100ml serve that’s about ¼ of a teaspoon of sugar, or 1/8 teaspoon of fructose. Be aware that many pre made bottles of Kombucha have higher levels of sugar so try and find one that is less than 5g per 100ml. Also remember, 100ml is all you would need in a day to get a good dose of the benefits of Kombucha.

If you are making your own you could do a taste test after around day 4 or 5 at which stage the brew will be still be slightly sweet but with a good hint of tartness. To get down to under 10g of sugar per litre (i.e. 1%) the brew should be left until around day 7 to 10 (based on an average temperature of 24 degrees). If fermented longer the sugar levels may be even lower but be prepared for a tart tasting brew.

Although, there is a small amount of sugar left after the fermentation process if you stick to around 100ml a day then you will be consuming minimal amounts of sugar and it is definitely worth the amount of goodness you get!

Smoothies are a great way of getting a whole bunch of superfoods in one delicious drink.

This smoothie contains raspberries, high in vitamin C and anti-oxidants which help fight ageing and slow cancer by sopping up free radicals. In fact you may be surprised to know that raspberries contain over 10 times the amount of antioxidants as tomatoes and are equal to blueberries in their antioxidant power.

Like most berries, raspberries contain nutrients called anthocyanins that are responsible for their deep red colour and help stabilize your collagen fibres, preventing them being broken down easily.

Raspberries also contain high levels of ellagitannins. The work of Dr Nixon has shown that these plant nutrients prevent the development of cancer cells. He believes that low concentrations of ellagitannins slow cancer cell growth and at higher concentrations, they tell the cancer cells to kill themselves. He suggests we should be consuming a cup of raspberries a day so this smoothie is a great start.

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RECIPE

Smoothie:
Serves 2
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup coconut water
2 bananas
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Be Cleansed
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
1 dessertspoon of Maca powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of natural or greek yoghurt

Topping:
Coconut thread
Slivered almonds
Frozen raspberries
Diced dates
Cacao nibs

Place a few of the frozen raspberries in each of your high ball parfait glasses, add a little boiling water and mush them with a spoon – this creates the bottom layer.

Blend all the smoothie ingredients together and pour into the parfait glasses (it should be quite thick).

Add your topping ingredients.

Enjoy!

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  • July 24, 2014

A simple ritual for more beautiful skin.
Many foods undermine our beauty and health however on the other side of the coin there are lots of foods that nourish us and keep our skin looking beautiful. Lemons are one of these foods and this is why.

The first step to having gorgeous skin is to have great digestion. Even if you eat a healthy diet, you won’t absorb the nutrients unless your digestion is working efficiently.

A lovely ritual to help digestion is to begin your day with the juice of half a lemon in a cup of warm water. It is such a simple and yet effective way to prepare your body to digest your most important meal of the day, breakfast.

Lemon helps your liver eliminate toxins, keeping your skin clearer and smoother. They are also high in vitamin C, a vital anti-oxidant and important nutrient for collagen, our anti-wrinkle fibre.

Lemons are a great source of phosphorus (required for a healthy nervous system, brain repair and memory) and sodium, helping eliminate wastes and prevent hardened arteries and arthritis.

Externally, lemon juice works by keeping your skin acidic, which your skin loves but nasty bacteria hate. The juice acts as a natural antiseptic to ‘dab’ on pimples or any other minor skin infection.

So enjoy your cup of warm lemon water and bestow a healthy body and beautiful skin.

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  • June 19, 2014

Almond milk is a great alternative to cows milk and it is delicious, especially when made fresh. Almond milk contains loads of vitamin E, the most important lipid-soluble, membrane bound antioxidant in our bodies. Vitamin E has been shown to improve the barrier function of our skin making it stronger and more resilient.

Almond milk is so easy to make too and you can add some yummy spices and flavours to it if you wish like cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, vanilla.

It’s helpful to have a nut milk bag to strain it through which you can buy at health stores or online. Otherwise cheesecloth will work very well.

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ALMOND MILK RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
1 cup of raw, natural, organic almonds
2 cups of fresh water

DIRECTIONS
Soak the nuts in the water for 4-8 hours depending how much time you have. Drain the water off and add another 2 cups of fresh water. Blitz in a blender until nice and creamy. Strain into a large jar using a nut milk bag, squeezing out as much milk as you can.

You now have almond milk and a nice almond meal by product that you can freeze and use as a base for tarts etc. Easy peasy! Store in the fridge for 3 – 4 days.

Half quantity of filtered water or coconut water
Half quantity of apple or pineapple juice
1 banana
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Beauty Powder
A handful of leafy greens (kale, silver beet, spinach)
1 handful of frozen or fresh dark berries (optional)
1 pear or apple – can be peeled if preferred (optional)

Place all the ingredients in a blender to mix. Rotating your leafy greens each week will give you the maximum health benefits. For a cool drink, use frozen berries or peel and freeze a banana before adding it to your drink.

Organic produce is preferable but not essential. Serves 1.

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