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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.

 

Pretty much everyone knows by now that probiotics are vital for maintaining good gut health.  But did you know that there is a key probiotic source that is readily available but often overlooked?

More on that in minute.

But firstly, what’s the deal with probiotics and gut health?

The research all basically says the same thing: a healthy and balanced gut microbiome is foundational for health and wellbeing.

Balance is the key word here. There is a constant tussle between beneficial and harmful microbes going on in your gut – with both groups trying to claim territory and gain the upper hand.

When the good guys win, your health improves.

Probiotics support a healthy microbiome by seeding beneficial microbes into your gut.  More good microbes in the gut = better gut health.

Common Probiotic Sources

Two valuable sources of probiotics are fermented foods and probiotic powders and supplements.  For the latter, it’s important to choose a probiotic that supplies both beneficial bacteria and fungi to support the total microbiome.  I designed Bestow Gut Love + Powder with that in mind, and I am proud that it features the world-class Biohm probiotic.

But there is another probiotic source that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Organic Fruit and Veggies Provide Living Microbes

Organic fruit and vegetables are a lesser-known but hugely important source of probiotics. Living microbes can be found on the leaves and skins of spray-free fruit and vegetables. These naturally occurring microbes can actually help to establish beneficial bacterial colonies in our bodies.

You might be wondering, “why does the produce need to be organic?”

Choose Organic

Unfortunately, our culture’s obsession with cleanliness and sanitation has seeped into our food production methods. Any fruit and vegetables that are not squeaky clean and perfect are discarded or ignored by consumers. This has led to an overuse of pesticides and other sprays to prevent spoilage, which of course, kill the microbes that live on the surface of the produce.

If our fruit and vegetables are too clean then our gut is robbed of an important source of natural probiotics. Research has shown that beneficial microbes are capable of helping our body rid itself of ailments. In particular they help regulate our immune system, preventing it from the over-reaction that is the cause of many inflammation based diseases, whilst keeping it alert enough to ward off unwelcome invaders. Good gut health supports your internal protective mechanisms.

Keep It Local

Another benefit of these microbes is that they adapt to the environment in which they grow, defending themselves again potential allergens in their surrounds.  For optimal health benefits, you are best to eat organic produce from your local area as these microbes will train your body how to respond appropriately to the allergens in your local area.

Shop at Farmers Markets

An easy way to do this is to source your produce from local organic farmers markets. Eat what you can in its fresh, raw state, only gently washing them to remove obvious dirt.

Grow Your Own Spray-Free Herbs

Another option is to grow your own produce. Fresh herbs are a great way to start.  They don’t take up much room in the garden and can even be grown on a window sill. Home grown herbs are an affordable and tasty source of live probiotics that are can be easily grown in your own environment. I would encourage you to pick up some herbs at your local garden centre and plant your own little organic herb patch at home.

Pesto Perfect

Once you have herbs ready to harvest, celebrate by making this yummy Bestow Pesto below. Enjoy the delicious satisfaction that comes from eating organic herbs that you have grown yourself to support your gut microbiome. Happy days!

BESTOW CORIANDER PESTO

This recipe is from the Bestow Love Your Gut 7-Day Online Programme. You could substitute the Coriander for Basil, Rocket or Italian Parsley if you wish or even a mixture of herbs.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups coriander, stalks and all (around 1 plant from the supermarket)
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
Himalayan salt to season

METHOD
Place ingredients into a blender and blend until fully combined.

NOTES
Coriander (sometimes known as cilantro) has well-known digestive properties and has a calming and anti-inflammatory affect in the intestinal tract. It also helps to prevent a build up of gas, reducing bloating.

  • March 7, 2019

With Christmas fast approaching, many of us are reaching for a delicious seasonal treat.

Our Bestow Christmas Loaf will not only satisfy your Christmas cake cravings, but also makes a perfect Christmas present. Wrap it in a beeswax wrap and finish off with a festive ribbon for the perfect zero waste gift this year.

RECIPE:

GF/DF/RSF/*Vegan Option

1½ cups buckwheat flour

1½ cups almond meal

½ cup of coconut sugar

¼ cup of tapioca flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of salt

3 teaspoons of cinnamon

2 teaspoons of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of fennel seeds

½ teaspoon of nutmeg

½ teaspoon of ground cloves

1 teaspoon of ground cardamom

½ cup of chopped dates

½ cup of chopped dried apricots

½ cup of raisins

½ cup of dried cranberries

½ cup of chopped walnuts (reserve 1 tablespoon for the top)

½ cup of chopped pistachios (reserve 1 tablespoon for the top)

2 ripe bananas, mashed

2 eggs*

1 cup of dairy-free coconut yoghurt

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla

 

METHOD:

Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees celsius.

Place all the dry ingredients, seeds, fruit and nuts in a large bowl and mix well. Add the eggs to a seperate bowl and beat. Add the mashed banana, coconut yoghurt and vanilla. Mix well then lastly add the coconut oil and stir. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon mixture into a large loaf tin lined with baking paper.

Sprinkle the top with the reserved walnuts and pistachios. Add some sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds too if you wish.

Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes – test with skewer, bake another 10 minutes if required and test again.

Cool in tin for 30 mins then remove loaf from tin and place on a cooling rack.

Keeps for several days in an airtight container and also freezes well.

*For a vegan option replace with two flax eggs by soaking 2 tablespoons of flax seeds in 6 tablespoons of water for
ten minutes.

  • November 29, 2018

We are celebrating the arrival of summer with these delicious, yellow squares of goodness. The combination of mango and Turmeric create not only a vibrant colour but a tropical taste sensation. And because we were erring on the OCD side today we teamed our Turmeric Slice with our Bestow Turmeric Organic Tea (Puritea) and a gorgeous linen dress in shades of Turmeric from Widdess!

Full of healthy fats from coconut and Bestow Beauty Plus Oil, just a small piece of this treat is very satisfying, not to mention amazing for skin health!

This slice is also high in vitamin A (an essential skin nutrient) from the dried apricots and mango and is full of anti-inflammatory properties provided by the Turmeric.

Ingredients
1/2 cup of green banana flour (could sub almond flour)
3/4 cup of dried apricots, chopped (we prefer organic – sulphite free and they taste heaps better!!)
1/4 cup of sultanas
1 cup of coconut chips
1/3 cup of coconut butter
1/2 cup of mango or pineapple (fresh or frozen)
2 teaspoons of ground turmeric
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil (or Bestow Beauty Oil)
Pinch of Himalayan salt

Method
Line tin with baking paper. Combine coconut oil, coconut butter, mango or pineapple, Himalayan salt and turmeric in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until mango or pineapple has melted down and all ingredients are well combined. To help this process, once it has warmed through you can mash it in the saucepan.

Remove from the heat and add dry ingredients to saucepan. Mix well. Press the mixture into the prepared tin. Make sure to press down firmly so the mixture is compacted and will set well.

Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Slice into squares and keep in the freezer. Remove from the freezer a few minutes before serving.

GLUTEN FREE /DAIRY FREE / REFINED SUGAR FREE / VEGAN

 

  • December 6, 2017