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Aloe-Lime Coconut Yogurt

September 23, 2017
Aloe Lime Coconut Yogurt

Poached Aloe

Aloe Vera is well known for its topical application, but can you eat Aloe? YES! Most often it’s blended into smoothies and juices, but there’s so much more this medicinal plant can offer. The edible and superfood part of the Aloe Vera plant is the solid gel-like substance, almost like a tapioca and that gave us the idea of making a dessert topping with the Aloe plant.

 

Strengthens the Immune System

Aloe vera gel contains vitamins A, C, E, B-12 and folate.It has an array of essential minerals, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, chromium, sodium, copper, zinc and selenium. It also contains 20 amino acids, including 7 out of the 8 essential ones.

 

Anti-inflammatory

Aloe contains several anti-inflammatory compounds, including salicylic acid, C-glucosyl chromone and an enzyme called bradykinase.  Aloe is also able to reduce the production of acid in the body, which also prevents inflammation.

 

Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Phytosterols, found in aloe vera gel help to enhance insulin sensitivity, which reduces blood glucose and triglycerides levels.

 

Note: There are many species of Aloe, they are not all edible and they can be difficult to identify. We don’t recommend that you use your house plant in any recipes. Barbadensis Mill. Is the known as the best variety of aloe vera to eat. You can obtain edible aloe vera as a full plant or just purchase the leaves. We got our Aloe from Wholesome Choice.

Aloe Lime Coconut Yogurt

Aloe Lime Coconut Yogurt

Aloe Lime Coconut Yogurt

Aloe-Lime Coconut Yogurt

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 limes juiced
  • 2 large Aloe leaves
  • Yogurt – we used So Delicious Coconut Yogurt

 

METHOD

  1. Here is a great post by marecipes.com about how to remove the edible part of aloe.
  2. Once you have removed the skin, chop the meat of the aloe into small cubes.
  3. Add the sugar, lime juice and aloe cubes to a small saucepan.
  4. Cook over medium low heat.
  5. Cool and serve as a topping over plain yogurt. This makes approximately about 3-5 servings. If you are new to eating aloe, start with about a 1/3 of the aloe as a topping.

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Food & Drink Well-Being

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

HIBISCUS COOLER SANGRIA

By Art of Tea

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS

  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.

 

Enjoy!

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Food & Drink Friday Recipe Well-Being

Recipe Friday – Wellness Shots

January 13, 2017
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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!

 

Ingredients:

Half a lemon

Tbs of honey

1/4 inch jalapeno

1/4 inch horseradish

1 garlic clove

3/4 cups water

Method:

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.

 

Ingredients:

3 cup almond milk

1 t coconut oil

2 pitted dates

1 t turmeric

Method:

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.

 

Ingredients:

1 chopped apple

2 celery stalks

1/4 ginger

1 tablespoon AVC

Top with cayenne pepper

Method:

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.

 

Ingredients:

½ a bunch of parsley

½ Apple

¼ lemon

1” of Ginger

2” of cucumber

Method:

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.

 

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

 

Detox Food & Drink Friday Recipe Well-Being

Raw Detox Salad

October 28, 2016
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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!

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RAW DETOX SALAD

AKA: ENERGY BOOSTING RESET SALAD

Ingredients:

Salad:

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

Dressing

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

 

METHOD

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.

 

Enjoy!

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