Raw chocolate snack


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Looking for healthy sweet treats? Try this raw chocolate snack.

What you’ll need:

55 g coconut sugar
85 g raw cacao butter
55 g raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp ml salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Top with the below ingredients to your liking

Goji berries
Activated pistachios
Dehydrated stinging nettle 
Pansy petals

What you’ll do:

1. Grind the sugar into a very fine powder.

2. Melt the cacao butter over a bain-marie.

3. Once it has melted, add the sugar, cacao powder, salt and vanilla extract.

4. Pour the mix onto a flat tray and scatter with toppings.

5. Place the tray in the freezer and let it set for 30 minutes.

Source: Aro Ha Wellness Retreat.

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Summer Squash Pad Thai


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Summer Squash Pad Thai Recipe
Summer Squash Pad Thai
In this “spiralized” vegetable noodle recipe inspired by pad Thai, zucchini and summer squash replace the rice noodles, pumping up the vegetables while reducing calories. Top with stir-fried chicken, shrimp or tofu for added protein if desired.

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Your path to healthy skin


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Looking for natural remedies to treat acne, eczema and other skin conditions? The dermatologist and nutritionist share their expert tips.


The experts show us how to optimise your diet for clearer, healthier, brighter skin. 


» Dermatologist says: “Look for products that are non-comedogenic, so they do not block pores or cause acne. Key pore-clearing ingredients include salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acids) and many vitamin A products. Also look for anti-inflammatory components such as benzoyl peroxide, zinc and niacinamide. You should look for products that are not too creamy or rich. Even without pore-blocking ingredients, oily or excessively moisturising products will have a detrimental effect on the skin. Go for mineral make-up and combination creams like BB and CC creams.”

» Nutritionist says: “Consume a diet low in added sugars and avoid all highly refined, processed foods. Consume three to five cups of bright-coloured vegetables per day and consider supplements such as zinc, vitamin A and vitamin C. There are also natural, DIY methods. Antibacterial tea tree oil and witch hazel are often used on acne-prone skin. Or try combining sea salt and coconut oil and using as a natural exfoliate scrub for congested skin.”


» Dermatologist says: “Corticosteroids or calcineurin antagonists may be used to help reduce inflammation and itch. Antihistamines may also help reduce the itch, while antibiotics may be required if infections are severe. Stick to cotton clothing, avoiding wool and synthetics, and you can also use wet dressings to help soothe the skin and reduce itchiness. Cosmetics are best avoided, but if necessary, look for ones that are hypoallergenic. Generally, food avoidance is not useful, but avoiding dairy products, nuts, eggs, chocolate, citrus fruits and wheat products may help.”

» Nutritionist says: “Implement an elimination diet to determine possible food triggers, consume an anti-inflammatory, plant-based, whole food diet and consider supplements such as fish oil, vitamin E and probiotics. For eczema, coconut oil may also be of benefit as it’s deeply moisturising and improves skin barrier function. Honey is also great, incorporated into a DIY face mask. It’s antibacterial and a humectant, attracting water to help keep dry skin hydrated.”


» Dermatologist says: “Overtopical astringents and topical Zovirax (acyclovir), cold sores are best treated by oral treatments of anti-virals like acyclovir, valalcyclovir and Famciclovir.”

» Nutritionist says: “Address aggravating factors like food, lifestyle and stress. Avoid chocolate, peanuts and almonds and try to manage stress levels. Start incorporating foods that are high in lysine such as fish, chicken, beef, lamb, cheese, beans, brewer’s yeast and mung bean sprouts and take supplements like lysine, zinc and vitamin C.”


» Dermatologist says: “There is no single treatment that will cure psoriasis. However, it is possible to control it and sometimes clear it. Certain medications can slow down the rate at which the skin cells are produced, but it takes several weeks for your condition to improve. Sunlight helps to clear psoriasis, which is why it usually improves over summer. Remember that psoriatic skin is more easily damaged than normal skin, so you may need to consider skin protection if your job involves hard, manual work.”

» Nutritionist says: “Look into possible food sensitivities and avoid potential triggers such as alcohol, gluten and dairy. Consume three to five cups of fresh vegetables per day and include turmeric, garlic and ginger. Supplements to take alongside may include fish oil, digestive enzymes, vitamin E and vitamin A.”

Check out our health and beauty section for more tips and tricks.



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"Say I Love You" This Mother’s Day with the Gift Of Beautifully Bhaved Hair


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Mother’s Day is fast approaching so why not spoil that special lady in your life, whether she’s your mother, grandmother, wife or sister, with the holy grail of haircare – a bhave gift set tailored to your Mum’s hair type and treating her to some serious at-home hair indulgence.  

Well-known for performance-driven, exclusive formulas that not only leave hair naturally smooth and shiny, but also improve its condition with each use, bhave has released seven Mother’s Day Gift Sets in combinations to satisfy all hair needs, types and textures and that are also free of nasties, including sulphates and parabens.

Each bhave Limited Edition Mother’s Day Gift Set comes beautifully packaged and includes a bespoke handcrafted candle made with soy wax and blended with the delicious fragrance of vanilla bean that will last longer than a posy of flowers!

For your chance to win one of 5 bhave Refresh & Shine Mother’s Day Gift Sets valued at RRP$81.90, that includes a delicious handcrafted Vanilla Bean scented candle together with Fresh Ends, with unique keratin technology that rebuilds hair damage while it smooths, seals and controls misbehaving split ends and Riot Control Oil with organic Argan oil to fight frizz and restore shine and manageability to all hair types. 

How to win

To win, simply tell us in 25 words or less “which bhave product you would most like to try and why?”.

Please email your answer, along with you name, address and telephone number to nicky@blitzmag.com.au

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and like the Women’s Health & Fitness Facebook page to show your support!


Terms & Conditions for 

“Say I Love You This Mother’s Day with the Gift of Beautifully Bhaved Hair! Competition 

1. Entry is open to all residents of Australia aged 13 years and over except employees of the promoter and their immediate families and agencies associated with this promotion 

2. The promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever that is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury or suffering sustained in connection with any of the prizes offered except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law. 

3. All entries become the property of the promoter. 

4. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail or for any prizes damaged in transit. 

5. The promoter is Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd, 1 Miles St, Mulgrave, Victoria 3170. 

6. To enter the competition, entrants must, in 25 words or less, answer the following question: 

Which Bhave product would you most like to try and why? 

7. The competition will be judged by a panel appointed by the Promoters, and the most creative answer will be the winner. 

8. The total prize value is $409.50. Each pack is valued at $81.95. 

9. This competition is being advertised by Blitz Publications on its company websites, printed and digital publications as well as on Facebook. You agree and confirm that you absolve Facebook of any responsibility arising out of the competition and acknowledge that you understand that the promotion / competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. 

10. Start Date of Competition: 28th April, 2016 at 11am (EST) 

11. End Date of Competition: 8th May, 2016 at 11am (EST) 

12. Date, time and place drawn: 9am (EST) on Monday 9th May, 2016 at the office of Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group. 

13. Winners will be notified on 9th May 2016 by phone and email. 

14. If the prize remains unclaimed after three months of the first draw, then a replacement winner will be drawn on 9th August, 2016. 

15. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner. 

16. Prizes are non-transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. 

17. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondences will be entered into. 

18. By entering this competition, you consent to Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd giving your mailing address to product suppliers in the event that you are a winner for the purpose of delivering your prize. Your address will not be used by Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd or the supplier for any other purpose. 

19. By entering this competition, you also confirm that you have read the Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd Privacy Policy (http://www.blitzpublications.com.au/privacy-policy) and consent to Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd giving your mailing address to product suppliers in the event that you are a winner, for the purpose of delivering your prize 

20. Should you be selected as a winner of this competition, you acknowledge and agree that no liability attaches to Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd for any damage to, fault with or issue arising out of the product or prize, either during transit to you, or upon its receipt by you or at any stage thereafter. Blitz Publications & Multimedia Group Pty Ltd will not be responsible for this replacement of the product or prize if any issues arise. 



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