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Hibiscus Cooler Sangria

July 8, 2017
Hibiscus Cooler Sangria

Hibiscus Cooler Sangria

Summer is well underway and we can’t wait to share this Hibiscus Cooler Sangria recipe with you! Each week we will be featuring a different summer tea and this one, by Art of Tea is so refreshing! If you stop by Willow Spa you can try a glass of this delicious drink.

Hibiscus tea is a little tart and so for those of you that like tart flavors, this tea is for you! It can be made as either hot or cold tea and has a deep red color. However, what makes this tea so special is that it has so many health benefits!

Sipping on a cup of tea is a healthy and delicious way to treat a variety of health issues to improve your quality of life.

Hibiscus tea has the following health benefits:

  • It can give your immune system a boost
  • Use it to lower levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol
  • This herbal tea can help lower your blood pressure
  • Use hibiscus to ease cramps, swelling and bloating caused by menstrual cycle
  • Drink hibiscus tea to relieve constipation and aid in digestion
  • Use it to help protect the liver or to treat liver disease
  • It contains anti-cancer properties that helps to slow down the growth of cancerous cells.
  • It lowers the absorption of starch and glucose which is beneficial in losing weight

Hibiscus tea is the perfect healthy beverage to quench your thirst this summer!

Hibiscus Cooler Sangria

Hibiscus Cooler Sangria

Hibiscus Cooler Sangria


By Art of Tea


  1. One 2qt. pouch of Art of Tea’s Hibiscus Cooler
  2. 4 cups boiling water
  3. 1lb. sliced fruit


  1. In a large container, brew one 2qt. pouch of Hibiscus Cooler in 4 cups hot water for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove tea pouch and allow concentrate to cool to room temperature.
  3. Add your choice of sliced fruit: oranges, apples, berries, etc.
  4. Allow to steep for 6 hours.
  5. Serve in a large pitcher over ice.
  6. Add steeped fruit to as garnish.




Food & Drink Friday Recipe Well-Being

Recipe Friday – Wellness Shots

January 13, 2017
Wellness Shots

Wellness Shots

We are obsessed with wellness shots! The potent blend of healthy ingredients in a little shot glass gives a little boost to our body and feels amazing. After a couple of stressful and busy months, January is the month that we like to reset our bodies. Today we’d like to share our 4 favorite health-boosting shots that have become part of our wellness arsenal.


Fire Shot

Alkaline Shot

Wellness Shots


Wellness Shots

Fire Shot:

This one is great to boost your immunity or as a remedy for cold and flu. **Warning: you will be smelling like garlic for awhile!



Half a lemon

Tbs of honey

1/4 inch jalapeno

1/4 inch horseradish

1 garlic clove

3/4 cups water


Combine ingredients and blend. Take 2-3 oz shot. Store the remaining in the refrigerator.


Health benefits of horseradish:

Horseradish improves the immune system, gives relief from congestion during cold or allergy, lowers blood pressure, aids in weight loss, stimulates healthy digestion, and promotes a healthy heart.


Health benefits of garlic:

3 cloves of garlic has the same antibacterial activity as a standard dose of penicillin. It helps to relieve ear infections, ward off coughs and colds, relieve sore throats, remedy tonsillitis and alleviate respiratory problems.


Golden Milk Vitality Shot

This shot is great to reduce inflammation, boost energy and give radiant skin.



3 cup almond milk

1 t coconut oil

2 pitted dates

1 t turmeric


Heat 3 cups almond milk on the stove top to your desired temperature. Pour milk and the rest of ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.


Health benefits of turmeric:

Turmeric is great for your skin as it reduces blemishes, acne, and redness, prevents wrinkles and boosts the skin’s moisture. Turmeric can also boost your energy and is known as a caffeine alternative. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, boosts immunity and brain power, aids in muscle pain relief, helps with digestion, reduces cholesterol, lowers risk of diabetes, helps fight infection, depression, and cancer.


Alkaline Digestion Shot

A wonderful shot to have first thing in the morning to alkalize the body. The body is naturally acidic in he morning because it cleanses itself overnight and ACV helps to maintain a healthy alkaline pH level.



1 chopped apple

2 celery stalks

1/4 ginger

1 tablespoon AVC

Top with cayenne pepper


Combine ingredients and blend.


Health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):

ACV is an amazing superfood with amazing healing properties. In addition to it being loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes, ACV helps to regulate the body’s PH, stimulate cardiovascular circulation and helps detoxify the liver. It also helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes.


Detox Kidney Shot

Parsley is known as the best natural kidney cleanser.



½ a bunch of parsley

½ Apple

¼ lemon

1” of Ginger

2” of cucumber


Combine ingredients and blend.


Health benefits of parsley:

Parsley is full of antioxidants and offers several vital vitamins and minerals that help to relieve water retention ease bloating. Parsley benefits digestive health, stimulates kidney production of urine and draws excess water out of the abdomen. Parsley also helps that body detox, fight off kidney stones, bladder and edema.

Note: Organic ingredients are recommended.



Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero


Detox Food & Drink Friday Recipe Well-Being

Raw Detox Salad

October 28, 2016


Staying hydrated, eating healthy, light meals, and exercising are things that we are always trying to be mindful of doing daily. And, there have been times when we get really busy and suddenly a few days or a whole week goes by where it seems like we’ve gotten a bit off track. It’s perfectly ok to treat yourself at times and when it’s planned, it somehow feels rewarding. However, when the extra processed foods and missed exercise sessions are from being too busy or just lacking motivation, a Body Reset is in order!

For this Recipe Friday, we are sharing our Raw Detox Salad, which is a really great detox meal to reset your diet. It does require a lot of chopping, but other than that, it’s really easy to make and so scrumptious!







  • Kale
  • Red chard
  • Bell peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Gold beets
  • Radishes
  • Sprouts
  • Garlic
  • Walnuts
  • Cauliflower


  • Zest & juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of hummus



Chop, chop, chop! Chop up all of the ingredients. For those who don’t love raw foods, the cauliflower can be soaked a bit in the dressing first and it will soften it. This is also great as a Mason Jar Salad since its hearty it won’t get soggy right away.

This salad is really delicious and nourishing! The fresh veggies are all full of nutrients that will help detox the body, boost the immune system, and aid in glowing skin. It is the perfect meal to get back on the healthy track and best of all, we made extra salad to have a healthy lunch option throughout the week.




Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero

Food & Drink Well-Being

Try This Calcium-Rich, Dairy Free Smoothie

October 5, 2016




Getting enough calcium into your diet can be a challenge, especially for women. Women generally require anywhere between 1000 mg to 1300 mg per day, as we age. For years, most of us believed that milk and other dairy products was the best way to get calcium. However, we now know that this is a myth. The high protein levels in dairy products create an acidic environment that make the calcium difficult to absorb.

Green smoothies are alkalizing and a great way to help absorb minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. All of these minerals are important for healthy bones.

This Bone Up Green Smoothie will give you over half your required daily intake of calcium! It is also great for post workout since it also helps to stave off hunger and restore energy, electrolytes and glycogen stores. 


  • 2 C kale or spinach
  • 1 C almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 frozen banana chopped into 1” pieces and
  • ½ cucumber chopped
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 2 T flax seeds


  • Blend kale and almond milk until smooth.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until creamy.
  • Add more milk or filtered water if you prefer a thinner smoothie.