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.
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
1/2 cup Sugar
3 limes juiced
2 large Aloe leaves
Yogurt – we used So Delicious Coconut Yogurt
Here is a great post by marecipes.com about how to remove the edible part of aloe.
Once you have removed the skin, chop the meat of the aloe into small cubes.
Add the sugar, lime juice and aloe cubes to a small saucepan.
Cook over medium low heat.
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.
The first days of summer started with a heat wave and keeping hydrated became quite a challenge! It seemed natural to combine our favorite summer fruits; watermelon, strawberries, lime with coconut water superfood for the extra hydration needed. The watermelon-coconut-lime refresher and watermelon-strawberry salad are both so simple to make and the yet so healthy too!
Did you know that a well functioning renal system is important to keep your body in balance? With weak kidneys, your body can become prone to imbalances like high blood pressure, thin skin, low back pain, loss of balance, and bladder issues. Hydration is important to strengthen the renal system and drinking and eating foods high in water content can help you stay hydrated. Both watermelon and strawberries have 92% water content. Watermelon and Coconut water are both alkalizing, cleansing and nourishing. We couldn’t seem to drink or eat enough of these foods over this past week and wanted to share our watermelon-coconut obsession with you.
Watermelon Benefits: High in antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes, watermelon helps to cleanse the kidneys and helps the liver to process ammonia. The high Vitamin C and Vitamin A content helps to boost the body’s immunity and protect the skin and eyes and also helps to regulate PH levels, improves digestion and fights cancer.
Coconut Water Benefits: Coconut water is a true superfood and drinking 12 oz a day can help almost all of your body’s functions. It acts as a natural diuretic, aids kidney function, balances sugar levels, relieves constipation, boosts the immune system, prevents cancer, aids in hair growth, boosts energy levels, provides trace elements, balances hormones and feeds friendly bacteria in the gut. Make sure to use fresh coconut water from green coconuts or buy high quality coconut water! We love Harmless Harvest Coconut Water!
These 2 recipes below are both so healthy and taste fantastic! The flavors just blend together so well. We hope you enjoy both of them as much as we did!
2 cups cubed watermelon
1 cup coconut water
1 lime peeled
Sparkling Water (optional)
Place the watermelon in a blender with the coconut water and lime. Blend on high speed until smooth.