We are always looking for ways to include cucumber in our diet. This refreshing fruit boasts so many health benefits and is one of the foods on the zero calorie list too! Cucumbers provide a variety of nutrients, but one in particular called Silica, is particularly supportive of skin health. It helps the skin by improving hydration and elasticity and is a building block of collagen, which helps to reduce wrinkles. Cucumbers are hydrating, help to quench thirst and act as a mild diuretic, which will help with bloat and flush out excess water weight. They help remove harmful toxins from the body, promote optimal nutrient uptake and contain flavanoid antioxidants that prevent free radicals from building up, which can cause premature aging.
Here’s a simple cucumber recipe that is also a perfect side dish to bring to a summer barbecue.
Summer Cooling Salad
½ red onion
Cut cucumber, avocado and red onion into small bite size pieces.
In a bowl mix the cut vegetables with sprinkles of sesame seeds and cayenne pepper to taste.
Add 1-2 TB of Coco-Aminos to taste.
Refrigerate mixture to a cool temperature for a refreshing salad!**
*Optional: For an added nutty flavor, toast sesame seeds in small skillet prior to adding to mixture.
**Serve cucumber salad over a bed of baby greens for a more filling meal.
Coco and I are in the middle of our annual detox as I write this post. It has been going very well and committing to a set time frame where we say “NO” to all processed foods, dairy, added sugars, and stimulants feels so good. One of our favorite things during this time, is to try new recipes that follow the guidelines of clean eating. It can be easier to find healthy recipes when there are limits placed on what ingredients you can and can’t use. This broccoli salad was one of our favorites. Not only is it detox friendly, but it is raw, vegan, easy to make and so delicious!
The main ingredients in this salad are broccoli and purple cabbage, both of which tout a lot of detox benefits.
Broccoli: Purifies the liver and spleen by activating detox enzymes in the liver, which helps to rid of toxins quicker. Plus, broccoli is rich in beta carotene, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Purple Cabbage: Cleanses the digestive tract and helps to eliminate toxins that lead to illness and inflammation. Cabbage also balances blood sugar, stimulates immunity shrinks tumors, and destroys cancer cells.
DETOX BROCCOLI SALAD
FOR THE SALAD
2 heads of broccoli, cut into small florets
2 cups of chopped purple cabbage
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup chopped green onions
FOR THE DRESSING
1 orange peeled
2 tablespoons miso
2 tablespoons nut butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
Toss all of the salad ingredients together in a bowl.
Add of the dressing ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.
Mix the salad with the dressing.
Note: You can change out the miso for extra nut butter. However, you may have to add extra salt to taste. We also like to add avocado or a chopped apple to variation.
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!
RAW DETOX SALAD
AKA: ENERGY BOOSTING RESET SALAD
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
Hi there! It’s Jill and Coco here at Willow Spa! Today we’d like to invite you to join us in a 30 day water challenge.
We all know drinking water is important for good health, but it can be very challenging to get enough water daily. In fact most people don’t drink enough which leads to skin problems, headaches and many other health issues. So come join us! We promise you, if you commit to the 30 days starting October 17th, you will see amazing results on your skin and the way you feel!
So what are the rules?
Drink water Daily for 30 days! Reduce and eliminate sweetened tea, coffee, soda and juices
How much water should you drink?
This will depend on many factors like your diet, level of activity, environment and your size. A good place to start is to drink half your body weight in ounces. For ie. if you weigh 120 lbs. Divide that in half and you get 60. Drink 60 ounces a day!