Happy Sunday everyone! Sunday & sweet pace of a lovely week end. What best than a healthy and easy to make salad to enjoy your day? Today, on OiB, sharing with you a lovely recipe compelled and detailed by Pistachio.
First, take off the fennel fronds from the fennel bulb, add it with the grated ginger and garlic along with lemon juice and process it in a food processor whiling pouring olive oil in it.
Note: Process only to make sure that everything gets mixed but you can still see the fronds! (If you don’t have a food processor , use mortar and pestle or a whisk).
Then, it is time to remove the pesto in a bowl and add salt and black pepper to it and mix it.
Slice fennel bulb thinly removing the root and stem. Once done, its mango time 😉 ⇒ Remove the skin of the mangoes and slice off the flesh in the same way as fennel.
2. Mix it all together
In a salad bowl, take the fennel and mangoes slices and dress the salad using the fennel frond pesto. You can more salt if needed. Don’t forget to add the pine nuts on top for the crunchy taste!
I have used it as a salad, you can also chop it slightly smaller size and have it in your tacos. The pesto is also great to be used to grill fish or use in dressing cantaloupe or honey dew salad. It is really versatile.
Feel free to visit Pistachio’s blog for further recipe and travel photos!
Peel and boil one large carrot until tender (when a fork can easily pierce through it, it’s ready). Mash the carrot with a fork. We want a creamy consistency.
Now, add the following:
1/2 tbsp of Organic Honey.
1/2 tbsp. of Extra virgin olive oil.
NOTE: If your skin is oily, you may omit the extra virgin olive oil.
A few drops of organic lemon juice. How many you may ask? Read below 😉
Basically, your skin type will depend on the amount of lemon juice you add in. Because lemon juice is a natural astringent, you should know that the oilier your skin, the more lemon you want in your mask! Simple. ). If you have dry skin, add about 8 drops of lemon and if you have oily skin, add up to 1 tablespoon.
Step 2: Check consistency
The mixture shouldn’t be too clumpy or too runny. If the mix is too thick, you can add in a bit more extra virgin olive oil or water to thin it out. You can add a bit more honey to the mix to give it a thicker, paste-like texture.
Cool down. Let the mixture cool down so that the temperature is comfortable on your skin.
Step 3: Mask time
Let the fun part begins! Apply the carrot mask onto a clean and bare face, even your neck if you wish, but avoid the eye and mouth area.
Leave it on for 10 -15 minutes and wash it off with warm water afterwards. Pat dry and follow up with your favorite moisturizer or eye cream.
∴Carrot and Coconut Oil Face Mask
Step 1: Wash, chop and blend.
Get a large carrot and cut it into 5 or so chunks. Wash them while boiling 3 cups of water in a sauce pan. Now Add carrots, reduce heat to low, cover and steam for 8-10 minutes.
Now you want to get the right texture. How? First slowly drain water and add carrots to food processor or blender.
Step 2: Add the secret oil.
Add 1 tbsp. coconut oil and blend until smooth. Like a yammi puree 😉
Step 3: Pamper your face.
My favourite part. You will see the result straight away! Apply face mask to face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Allow to set about 15-20 minutes. Don’t forget to wash face with warm water, and gently wipe off any remaining bits with a wash cloth.
NOTE: If you need a moisturizer, apply a little coconut oil or olive oil.
∴ Carrot and Avocado Face Mask
Step1: Peel, boil and drain
Pick 2 or 3 large carrots in your kitchen and slice them into small rounds. Boil the carrots in a small pot until they’re easily pierced with a fork. Drain the water away and pour the cooked carrot slices into a small bowl.
Time to get exciting and … messy! Oops! 😉 Mash the carrots thoroughly with a fork.
Step 2: Get the right mixture
4 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil with the carrots1/2 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture has reached a smooth, creamy consistency.
2-3 spoonfuls of the avocado as you go along as well. If you prefer a slightly different consistency, simply adjust the amount of oil to suit your preference.
Step 3: Be patient
Wait until the mask has cooled sufficiently to apply, and then smooth it onto your skin. Leave it in place for about 10 minutes; rinse it off with warm water and pat your skin dry.
Now that we know the basics, lets talk about how beneficial it gets for your skin. 😉
∴Skin Benefits of Papaya Juice
Papaya fruit is great for your skin and is incorporated in several face packs and skin care products to give you a healthy and glowing skin. Apart from the fruit, papaya leaf juice is
beneficial for the skin in the following ways.
Papaya leaf juice has a higher content of vitamins A and C in comparison to the fruit,
which promote skin health.
Papaya leaf juice acts as a skin cleansing agent. This can be attributed to the presence of
karpain compounds that inhibit microorganism and other toxins, thus giving you a clear skin and providing protection against skin problems like pimples, freckles and blemishes.
Juice of papaya leaves is effective in treating eczema. You can apply it on your affected areas
Fresh papaya leaf juice helps in healing open wounds and sores.
Thank you for reading OiB. Did you check my post on how to green tropical leaf for your skin is highly awesome too?
Watch out guys! Today, in OiB, I intend to ignite to taste buds widely! Oh Yes 😉 Since starting OiB 4 months ago, I love teasing you with one or two mouthwatering recipes of simple yet good food. Eggs, Avocado, rice, quinoa… the list is long. Those same products are also the one I rely on in my daily skin care routine:
I love simple. My kitchen is my Bathroom and vice versa. Yet, a question arises this morning after I drunk my lemon water, scrubed my face with green tea and and my hair with coconut oil, (Yes, a pampering sunday morning):
How, as a ordinary consumer, can I know that my food and skin care ingredient are not only healthy & natural but also ethically processed?
Thats a hard one, isn’t it? The short answer: CERTIFICATION. The longer one? read below 😉
∴What are Organic Certification for?
I wrote in the past about the difference between “organic” and “nature” and that its all about personal choice. This is where Organic certification comes in, giving me those much desired assurances that what I am consuming is exactly what I expect it to be. Like you, organic products I consume vary in range and include
Fruits – The good think of living in Malaysia, I am surrounding by exotic and delicious fruits. (Will write a post about my fancy love/hate relation with the local foods here).
I source my products from a range of places such as local Organic markets, shops and direct sales farms where the foods were produced. Having the foods from different sources further enhances my requirement to ensure my foods are organic. This is where certification comes in…
Do you live in Italy, Uk or Bolivia (Hola Boliviano) ? Don’t worry, the table below lists the major state entities.
∴ So, how does it work?
In simple terms Organic certification is a set a rules and regulations that apply to the organic production, labelling and control of something that is going to be classified as an organic product. Organic control bodies licence and regulate organic operators to ensure compliance to a set of standards and that we as a consumer have our requirements of a product being organic met.
Below you will find a brief list of some the processes involved in the production of organic food which may be regulated:
Production process of organic foods or products
Importation of organic foods from third countries
Labelling of organic products
To further enhance the Organic identity of a product, labelling of organic products usually contain a list of ingredients as well as the name of the producer, processor or distributor.
∴ Some Local Involvements
The Organic food production act is what legislates organic food production in the USA.
Historically federal legislation defined three levels of organic foods:
Products made entirely of certified organic ingredients which could be labelled “100% organic”
Products with at least 95% organic ingredients which could be labelled “organic”
A minimum of 70% organic ingredients that could be labelled “organic ingredients”
Similar to the USA, in Europe the term organic is defined by law where rules apply to organic production. Organic control bodies (CBs) license individual organic operators who need to comply with a specific set of standards and meet requirements in order for something to be marketed as organic. Each or all of the activities involved in organic product production require registration with an approved control body.
∴ … and Limitations.
Historic differences between the USA and Europe made it difficult for producers from overseas to get their organic practices recognised accordingly.
Why? Those wanting trade both sides of the Atlantic may have required two lots of certification (one for USA standards and one for European) which also resulted in increased costs. An agreement was recently made between the US and Europe that allowed for European organic certification to be allowed with impunity into the US. Within this is the concurrence that organic standards are fairly equivalent across both markets. The agreement also brought with it a number of others advantages such as:
Connecting farmers and organisations both sides of the Atlantic
Less bureaucracy & costs
Improvements in transparency on organic products and standards
The most important thing for me and you as consumers of organic products is the increased uniformity between Europe and the US symbolising increased confidence in the recognition of what I can truly believe is an organic food and product.
Furthermore this huge step gives recognition for Organic produce itself and emphasises the importance of Co-operation and relations around the world which ultimately gives you and I the satisfaction as a consumer that we are getting exactly what we want and that is 100% Organic.
Coca Cola, Seven Up or Fanta…? Say Au Revoir to the soft drink & Thank You to OiB to remain you the essentials ;). Today, lets rediscover the basics, especially how water is simply the best for your own metabolism. Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain fibre, minerals, vitamins and water.
SerenaGlow shared some new healthy tips on how to simply improve your eating habits without neglecting the importance of drinking water.
→ Getting water from a variety of sources keep your body healthy.
Eat yourself into hydration!
Do you feel better after eating foods with a high water content? What are your favorite foods on the chart? How do you eat them?