Cucumber Kimchi

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Hawaii is a very unique place where there is an eclectic blend of Pacific Islander, Asian, Native Hawaiian, American, and Portuguese…which means a very diverse and interesting food culture.

One of my biggest food loves while visiting Hawaii was kimchi.  I’ve always loved kimchi and haven’t had it in my diet in a couple years.  While in Hawaii, we went hiking with a friend and after we pull into the gas station to fill up and grab some water…our friend Kai then comes out with a to-go portion of kimchi for our ride back.  Kimchi at the gas station!?! My mind was blown!  I then visited my newly anointed favorite Hawaiian market Foodland and raided their kimchi section.  I walked out with a couple tubs, one being cucumber kimchi.

We got back to the house. Andrew made me a passion fruit cocktail and I sat on our friend’s ocean front patio with cucumber kimchi in tow.  I had to hold myself back from devouring the whole tub, so I wouldn’t seem rude to Andrew, he did make me a delicious cocktail after all!

That night I was determined to make cucumber kimchi back on the mainland.

So I did.

Kimchi as a fermented food.  The fermentation process is like pickling.  As it ferments in the jar, beneficial bacteria starts to form.  Consuming beneficial bacteria is a great way to bring balance to your digestive system.  Friendly bacteria is very susceptible to deplete from antibiotics, food treated with antibiotics, and tap water, which has been detected to carry trace amounts of antibiotics.  Keeping friendly bacteria in balance improves skin health and improves skin’s defenses from free radicals. And then…there are the beauty benefits of cucumbers.

So here is my recipe, my first go at kimchi.  Just to be clear, this is a fusion of many of the recipes I read.   Feel free to add or delete per your taste and share your recipes in the comments below!

GH Beauty Bites Cucumber Kimchi

5 cucumbers chopped or sliced however you prefer

2 sprigs of green onion chopped

1/2 tsp of minced ginger

1 clove of garlic minced

1 tsp crushed pepper

1 tsp of kosher salt

1 tsp of honey

1 tsp of apple cider vinegar

2-3 sterilized canning jars

Put cut cucumber in large bowl and add kosher salt. Thoroughly mix.  Let cucumber sit in bowl with salt on the counter for four hours.  You will notice water being extracted from the cucumbers and collecting in the bowl as time passes.

Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spoon cucumber mixture into sterilized jars, including liquid.  Pack into jar, leaving a couple inches free at the top to prevent spillage during fermentation.  Close lid tightly and leave on counter for 24 hours to ferment, mixture may bubble during this time.  After 24 hours, it is ready to eat. Store in refrigerator. Keeps for a couple weeks.

Delicious snack and is unbelievable warm with rice or quinoa!

 

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Hope you were left inspired with the island vibes, foundation oil, Tata’s florals, coconut moisturizer, and this Beauty Bite during GH Aloha Week.  This was so much fun, I do not want it to end (like any vacation)!

 

Winter Quinoa Salad

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 Today (January 17th) is my birthday!  And I am so excited to celebrate my birthday with you and Heather Pierce Giannone with our online Beauty Bites Birthday Bash on January 21st.

There is no other woman that can make quinoa sexy like Heather does.  Here is her Winter Quinoa Salad recipe which serves as a teaser as to what Beauty Bite will be cooking up next Tuesday evening.

She’s also an impressive parchment crumpler too…

If you like what you see and taste, make sure to RSVP for our online cooking partay, where we all will create a mouthwatering quinoa dish, a boozy beauty cocktail, and a boozy facial toner.  RSVP here now to get your shopping list.

Online attendees will be eligible for some fantastic birthday giveaways from Alima Pure, myself, and Heather!

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Can’t wait to celebrate with you! Bring on the antioxidants!

 

It’s My Birthday & You’re Invited

Goddess Huntress | Birthday Beauty Bash

My birthday is coming up this month and I’d like nothing but to spend it with you.

I am teaming up with beauty bites expert Heather Pierce Giannone and throwing a live online cooking class/beauty bash on January 21st!

Our girl Heather is going to show us how to make quinoa seductive and I will throw in a cocktail that boasts of antioxidants along with a DIY boozy facial toner.

  • All you have to do is RSVP.
  • We will email you the ingredient list, info, and link to our party.
  • You hit up the market and pick up the goods.
  • We all meet back on Google Hangout on January 21st, 7:30 EST for our boozy cooking party!  

The first 8 to log onto the party online will be also featured onscreen, so be sure to don your festive apron and have your cutting board and knife ready!

All from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Oh, and of course there will be giveaways…what’s a birthday without presents, right?

Spaces are limited! Get in on the beauty party fun.  RSVP here

Interview With Philosophie’s Sophie Jaffe

Goddess Huntress | A GH Interview Philosophie

Sophie Jaffe is the green brain behind the superfood brand Philosophie.  You may have indulged in Philosophie’s superfood powder blends in some of the juice bars in Los Angeles, such as Equinox Gyms and Kreation Juice, or have seen it at Whole Foods.  Philosophie is incredibly delicious (hello cacao!), which is not a common trait with superfood powders (this is coming from an avid sipper of superfood drinks).

Having worked as personal chef for celebrities (ahem, George Clooney), Sophie uses her culinary creativity to incorporate superfood powders in all foods.  With Philosophie you can toss out the usual “just add water or your favorite juice” instructions.

Not only is she the antioxidant queen, she is also a mother of two…with impeccable glowing skin, I must say.

GH/ What led you to develop Philosophie? 

SJ/ Philosophie was born after I grew tired of working for a juice bar and creating cleanses for hundreds of people every month but not being appreciated (financially + emotionally) for my hard work. I split away and started creating cleanse programs for clients out of my kitchen. From there I noticed I was using the same superfoods in the same recipes over and over again, so combined them all into one jar to make my life easier. Thus, Philosophie superfoods were born.

GH/ You are very creative with recipes that incorporate your superfood powder and you are a mother of two. Can you share a couple ways you get your children excited about Philosophie?

SJ/ Yessss I have to be creative with two picky boys! Although they both have healthy appetites, my Virgo 3 year old decides what he likes and doesn’t and if that day he doesn’t like green, I need to get creative! I usually let Kai pick a food he loves or is craving and then use that as my inspiration. If he says he wants ice cream, I make a delicious Berry Bliss + Green Dream mousse and add tons of ice so he thinks it’s an ice cream. I’ll even put it in a gluten-free cone and add 4 rainbow sprinkles just so he’ll eat the superfood rich “ice cream”. If it’s breakfast time and he wants oatmeal I’ll add nut butter, some green dream honey and Cacao Magic powder for “Chocolate Oats”. If he wants a PB&J I mix one of the superfoods in with almond butter and layer it with fresh fruit + Philosophie infused manuka honey. I truly “Make Every Food a Superfood” because, why not?

GH/ I find it refreshing that you have “grounding dinners”.  Can you tell GH readers what that is?

SJ/ Most of the day I will eat a high raw food diet (lots of veggies, fruit/veggies juice, fresh fruit, nuts, etc) and that’s what keeps my energy soaring. In the evening I need to unplug, unwind and recharge. I usually eat a grounding dinner–something that makes me feel connected to my “yin” side and allows me to shut down for the night and relax. Sometimes that’s something comforting like a quinoa pasta and homemade sauce, other times it’s a piece of fish and roasted veggies. It depends on my mood + what my body is craving but almost always includes something cooked.

GH/ Which one of your superfood blends is the most power-packed for skin health?

SJ/ ohhhh this is hard to pick! The Cacao Magic is AWESOME for skin because it has raw cacao powder + nibs which are super abundant in antioxidants. Berry Bliss contains the highest vitamin C rich foods on the planet, including camu-camu. All of my clients notice an increased “glow” + clearer skin after using any of the superfood blends because they are loaded with the top antioxidant foods of the earth. 

GH/ Ok, you must have a naughty indulgence once in a while.  Divulge. (We won’t judge!) 

SJ/ once in a while? I have a HUGE sweet tooth. It’s an extremely rare day if I go without some sort of indulgence and/or chocolate. I literally eat raw cacao every single day. I laughed out loud when I saw this question because I’m sitting here chowin’ on these Cacao Magic truffles that taste like a mix between flourless chocolate cake and an almond joy. Life is all about letting go and giving in after you’ve worked hard and earned it. I work out and am active regularly, I eat super well most of the time and sweets make me happy. I have a blessed life and I intend to enjoy every moment and live it to the fullest. That includes indulgences! My mantra is “it’s a treat, not a cheat!” I see so many others in my field talking about “cheat meals”… that’s just not how I look at food. Food is beautiful and as long as it’s REAL food; anything is fine in moderation. 

GH/ Wow, that is probably the best mantra I have heard in a very long time!

Goddess Huntress | Philosophie Superfood Blends Recipes

Purchase Philosophie’s delicious skin foods HERE

If you will be in Los Angeles this weekend, November 10th, you can meet Sophie Jaffe at Goddess On The Go.  She will be serving smoothie samples to all of the attendees.  Come get your cacao on!

10 SPF-Boosting Superfoods

Goddess Huntress | SPF Boosting SuperfoodsHere are 10 superfoods that not only deliver delicious flavors and nutrients, they boost your skin’s natural SPF!  These foods amp up your skin protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Vitamin C, phytonutrients, lycopene, flavonols, omega-3 fatty acids, polyphenols, Vitamin E, and more juice up our defenses and become our cancer squashing boxing gloves.  (Note: This in no way replaces your daily sunscreen applications!)

Tomatoes/ Rich in lycopene, these juicy gems are best eaten cooked, which increases their SPF boosting potency. A study showed that eating 1/4 cup of tomato paste a day increases your natural SPF by one third.

Carrots/ Beta-carotene prevents sun damage and a study has shown it to also reverse sun damage with 30 mgs a day (about 6 carrots).

Sweet Potatoes/ Also rich in beta-carotene.

Green Tea/ Flavonols, specifically EGCG, combats free radicals and inflammation. Research suggests it reduces skin cancer risk.

Fish/ Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and selenium reduce the risk of sunburns. Be sure to eat fish that is less toxic, preferably wild. (Use this app as your benevolent fish monger guide)

Dark Leafy Greens/ Loaded in antioxidants, eating one serving a day has shown to reduce the risk of future tumors by 50% in those with a history of skin cancer.

Watermelon/ This fun, summer fruit is also rich in lycopene, a sunburn combatant.

Almonds/ Packed with Vitamin E, almonds can slow down cell damage as it protects from the sun.

Red Apples/ Apple’s red skin is loaded with triterpenoids, a chemical compound that has been proven to block or kill cancer cells.

Dark Chocolate/ Dark chocolate’s flavonoids shield skin from sun damage along with improving the appearance of skin.

And get this…

A Mediterranean diet rich in fish, herbs, citrus, and vegetables may reduce melanoma risk by 50%!

Which leaves me to ask…What’s for dinner tonight, Beauties?

The GH Shop is donating 10% of each COOLA Suncare sale to the Melanoma Research Foundation during the month of May. Get protected!

Happyolks Nori Rolls with Edamame Wasabi Spread

Goddess Huntress | Happyolks Beauty Bite Nori Roll With Edamame Wasabi Spread

I am so thrilled to feature this special Beauty Bite.  Giddy actually.

I have had such a blog crush on Happyolks for quite some time now.  I live vicariously through Kelsey’s and Shaun’s beautiful cooking photography and their recipes. I’d love to be a fly in their kitchen or be their personal dishwasher.  In fact, I’m not the only one who does…Happyolks was a finalist in the Saveur Magazine’s Best Food Blog Awards this year! Well deserved.

Today, Kelsey is sharing her Happyolks Beauty Bite on Goddess Huntress, Nori Rolls with Edamame Wasabi Spread, along with her beauty favs!

Am I the only one that wants to make out with their photos below?

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Happyolks Nori Rolls with Edamame Spread

  • 8 sheets toasted nori
  • 1 peeled daikon radish
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup sunflower sprouts
  • 1 small mango
  • 2 small avocados
  • 24 sprigs mint
  • handful cilantro
  • (optional) 6 oz smoked wild salmon OR tofu

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  • 2 cups edamame
  • 2 + teaspoons wasabi powder
  • 2-4 limes
  • 8 sprigs of cilantro
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • dash of water
  • sea salt

To start, prep all of your veggies and working ingredients. Julienne the cucumbers and radish. Thinly slice the avocados and mango. Peel apart salmon, or cut tofu into 1 inch by 2 cm strips if you’re making these vegan. Create an assembly line of the proteins, veggies, and herbs then begin to prep the edamame wasabi spread.

In the bowl of a food processer blitz together the edamame, wasabi powder (adjust measurements to match your affinity), lime juice, olive oil, water, and sea salt. Mixture should be just barely chunky, but not a total paste.

Place nori sheet on a clean work surface. Spread 1/4 cup of the edamame spread onto the sheet leaving a bit of uncovered nori for grip while wrapping. At the bottom edge of the spread facing you, begin to build your roll, filling it with strips of cucumber, radish, mango, salmon or tofu, avocado, and topping with bits of sprouts, mint, and fresh cilantro. Wrap with your hands from the bottom around the filling until completely sealed. If you use an excessive amount of spread, like me, you won’t need to seal the edge shut with water and your finger. Cut each roll into 8 pieces with a super sharp knife. Repeat.

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Goddess Huntress | Beauty Benefits of Nori Roll with Edamame Wasabi Spread

Woah! These nori rolls are busting at the seams with beautifying ingredients.

  • Nori seaweed is jam-packed with omega-3s. One sheet of nori has 2 avocado worths of omega-3s.
  • Nori seaweed reduces acne and dry skin, is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial
  • Daikon radish is anti-inflammatory, fights free radicals and formation of carcinogens
  • Cucumber contains Vitamin K.  Vitamin K protects skin elasticity and prevents wrinkles.
  • Sunflower sprouts’ calcium is key to skin cell regeneration and skin cancer prevention
  • Mango relieves clogged pores
  • Avocado’s fat allows for skin beauty Vitamins A, D, and E to be absorbed by your body
  • Mint clears up acne and whitens teeth
  • Cilantro is anti-bacterial and may improve your beauty rest
  • Edamame is anti-inflammatory and high in calcium
  • Wasabi strengthens your body’s antioxidants with Vitamin C and phytonutrients

Goddess Huntress | Happyolks Kelsey Brown's Favorite Beauty Products

For a woman who executes such delicious healthy eats in the kitchen, I had to find out Kelsey Brown’s beauty secrets in and out of the kitchen.  Here’s the dish…(see what I did there? I know you did.)

GH/ What are your favorite, clean beauty products?

KB/ I’m a huge fan of SW Basics skincare line. Every product is made with five ethically-sourced ingredients or less and are handmade by real people (my friends, too!) in Brooklyn, NY. I don’t leave the house without the Vegan Lip Balm and slather their three-ingredient Cream everywhere, literally, before bed. I also love Shea Terra Organics skincare line. My go-to products are the Rose Hips Black Soap, Ghassool L’Eau de Rose Purifying Paste, and  the Tamanu-E Regeneration Cream.

GH/ Since you are an anti-oxidant guru in the kitchen, do you use any of your ingredients for DIY beauty masks, toners, etc?

KB/ I make a greek yogurt, turmeric, and honey mask every few weeks… super easy and very healing, especially after being out in the sun too long. I love apple cider vinegar as a toner, shampoo, and bug bite/pimple killer.

GH/ What is your beauty secret weapon in the kitchen?

KB/ Inflammation fighting foods are my health and beauty allies in the kitchen. Fresh turmeric, ginger, seaweeds, mushrooms, berries, dark green veg, and healthy fats from salmon, avocado, and olive oil. These foods naturally calm your immune system, improve digestion, and reduce inlammation in skin and your organs.

Thank you, Kelsey for the eats and all the anti-aging goodness.  I’m thrilled for all of us reading this to add more beauty brands to our wish lists!  

Keep up with all of Kelsey’s mouthwatering, youthful recipes and beautiful prose at Happyolks.

What is your beauty secret weapon in the kitchen? Share in the comments below!

Photos by Happyolks

Avocado Toast + Cinnamon Apples

Goddess Huntress | Avocado Toast and Cinnamon Apples

My dear friend Vana made this for me during my stay in San Francisco.  It is such the simplest breakfast!  I for one and am an avid eater of avocados for breakfast.  I simply heat up a brown rice tortilla on the stove and fill it with a whole avocado sliced, topped off with a squeeze of lemon and sprinkle of salt…yep, that’s it.  So I was thrilled when she made her flavor filled avocado toast with sliced cinnamon apples.

Avocado Toast

-1 whole avocado (serves 1)

-2 slices of the bread of your choice

-1 half lemon

-red chili flakes

Simply toast your favorite healthy bread (whole grain, gluten-free, etc.). Mash avocado and spread on both toasted pieces. Squeeze lemon on top and sprinkle desired amount of chili flakes.

Cinnamon Apples

-1 apple sliced

-ground cinnamon

Slice and core the apple of your preference.  Sprinkle cinnamon on slices.  Yes. Crazy simple.

Goddess Huntress | Avocado Toast with Cinnamon Apples

Goddess Huntress | Avocado Toast

Goddess Huntress | Cinnamon Apples

While you are munching, let’s talk beauty.

-Avocado reduces inflammation and its good fat is key for the body’s absorption of vitamins A, D, and E which all contribute to healthy, robust skin. Potassium prevents dry skin.

-Apples have collagen and elastin key to skin’s youthfulness. They prevent tissue and cell damage and promote healthy hair. Their B vitamins help prevent acne.  Vitamin C promotes skin cell production.

-Red chili flakes contain beta-carotene, which is then converted to vitamin A, preventing cell damage. It is anti-inflammatory.

-Cinnamon is an anti-bacterial, cleansing our systems.

-Lemon’s vitamin C neutralizes free-radicals. Yes, please!

What do you do with your avocados and apples? Share your juicy tips in the comments below!

 

Green Tea DIY Beauty + Giveaway

Goddess Huntress | Green With Envy

Confession: used tea bags skeeve me out.  While I’m an avid tea slurper, those couple seconds that it takes for me to toss the used, wet bag in the trash bin could not go by any quicker.  I also give my bags a second go, by pouring another cup.  There is so much goodness in that little green tea satchel, I just can’t throw it away. The second cup is so light and mellow to pass up.

Here is how you can skip tossing that bag so quickly and fully absorb the left over anti-aging, regenerating, and anti-inflammatory goodness.

Goddess Huntress | Green Tea Mask

  • after brewing a cup, open the post-brew bag and set those leaves free into a small bowl
  • add a tsp-tbsp of either/all of the following:

Yogurt (for “normal” skin)

Honey (for oily/acne-prone skin)

Avocado (for dry-“normal” skin)

  • combine together, slather on skin, absorb the antioxidants for 10 minutes
  • rinse off with lukewarm water, pat dry and apply your favorite facial oil

Goddess Huntress | Green Tea Toner + SPF Booster

  • simply brew a cup of green tea
  • let cool, then pour into small spray bottle
  • spray on face as a toner and spray before applying sunscreen (allow to dry)

Guess what? I have more beautifying tea to giveaway!  

Celestial Seasonings is hooking up one more Goddess Huntress reader with a month’s worth of Green and Wellness Tea!

Contest is now closed–To enter, tell us your ultimate tea moment, past or future. (GH Newsletter subscribers gain automatic second entry upon commenting.  If you haven’t signed up yet, do so HERE.)

Winner will be announced here in this post on Thursday, January 31st. 

Got tea obsessed friends? Send this article their way!

Winner update: Congratulations to Rachael!

My Cup Of Green Tea + Giveaway

Goddess Huntress | Celestial Seasonings Giveaway

Tea Time.

I remember when I first moved to New York, there was a show covering Moby’s recently opened tea house Teany in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  In the piece, Moby says, “Everything just slows down when you drink tea.”   I remember thinking, “Wow. That is true. Everything does slow down.”  Everyday since then when I pour myself a cup a tea I repeat the quote in my head, which is daily.  Moby struck a chord.

The beauty of slowing everything down is relaxation and having a chance to really look around. Those slow, antioxidant-infused sips initiate cell repair and skin’s defenses. I am partial to green, white, and herbal teas for all of its botanical antioxidants. Let’s talk green today, it is a powerhouse of a tea.

  • Aside from being anti-inflammatory, it revives dying cells.  How’s that for magic?
  • It is rich in Vitamin C, key for cell regeneration, along with Vitamins D, K, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Boom.
  • It reduces sunburn damage and increases skin’s natural SPF. Yes, please!

Celestial Seasonings has spoiled me with a month’s abundance of their Green and Wellness Teas.  And guess what?  I get to give away a month’s full of soothing, anti-aging abundance to one lucky GH reader!!!

To enter, tell us how you are slowing down for 2013 in the comments below. I’ll start off the comments with my juicy 2013 slow down. (GH Newsletter subscribers gain automatic second entry upon commenting.  If you haven’t signed up yet, do so HERE.)

Winner will be announced here in this post on January 18th!

Winner update: Congratulations to Rene!!!