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Recipe Friday – Pineapple Spring Rolls

April 28, 2017
Pineapple Spring Rolls

Pineapple Spring Rolls

Willow Spa is celebrating the pineapple this year and since the peak season for this sweet tropical fruit is in April and May, we decided to debut our new pineapple scrub and body mousse in the Spring Paradise Package. When applied topically, pineapple helps to exfoliate and soften skin, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, reduce blemishes and give you fresher and radiant skin.

In addition to the treatment benefits, pineapple also has amazing benefits for your health.

Anti-Inflammatory

Pineapple is rich in the enzyme Bromelain, which helps to break down proteins. This helps to reduce inflammation in muscles and joints and the symptoms of Arthritis.

Immune System

Pineapple is the richest source of Vitamin C, which helps in pumping up the activity level of white blood cells. It also controls artery plaque build up, keeping heart attacks and diabetic heart diseases away. Pineapple also stops the formation of free radicals that attack the colon formation in cells leading to colon cancer.

Cancer Prevention

Pineapple is one of the best fruits, when it comes to the battle against Cancer. Pineapple has been directly linked to preventing cancers of Mouth, Throat and Breast.
So, with pineapple on our minds this month, we made these fresh Pineapple Spring Rolls. These make a delicious light lunch or dinner.

Pineapple Spring Rolls

Pineapple Spring Rolls

Pineapple Spring Rolls

Pineapple Spring Rolls

PINEAPPLE SPRING ROLLS

 

Ingredients

7-8 rice spring roll papers

  • ¼ fresh pineapple cut into thin slices
  • 1 cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 large bunch spinach
  • 1 lunch bunch cilantro, cut from stems
  • Vegan Cream Cheese
  • Lime
  • Sliced Avocado (optional – we didn’t have this available, but think that it would’ve tasted really yummy)

 

Method

  1. Dip a rice paper sheet in a large bowl with warm water until it becomes soft and pliable (do this one at a time).
  2. Place the sheet on an even surface. We used a wooden cutting board that was moistened with water so the paper doesn’t stick. Be gentle so as not to pierce the roll with your fingers.
  3. Layer your ingredients of choice in the center of the sheet. We started with cucumber slices, the pineapple, dollop of cream cheese (about 1 teaspoon), spinach, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.
  4. Fold in the end of the roll closest to you lengthwise, and then both ends across.
  5. Finish by rolling towards the open end. Make sure to roll as tightly as you can.

 

Enjoy!

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

 

Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – Grilled Pineapple Salsa on Sweet Potato Boats

March 11, 2017
Grilled Pineapple Salsa and Sweet Potato Boat

Pineapple salsa

Spring is almost here and fresh pineapples are available again! We are always trying to find some balance in our lives, and pineapples help us to do just that! Eating fresh pineapple has a plethora of health benefits. It helps with with healing, detoxing, metabolizing, tissue building, synthesizing collagen and improving digestion. It feels so great to put our bodies back in sync again after the recent few months of crazy hot/cold/rainy/dry weather. Plus, pineapples are an effective way to get smooth and glowing skin, which is an added bonus, since our skin has been a little stressed and dehydrated lately.

Health Benefits

Pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain and in Vitamin C, which are both important in healing. Bromelain helps reduce inflammation, tenderness and pain from bruising, sprains, and strains. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps to fight colds and infections plus it is vital in repairing body tissues and in synthesizing amino acids and collagen. The higher the collagen synthesis is, the firmer and more flexible your skin will be.

Grilled Pineapple and Salsa

 

Grilled Pineapple Salsa and Sweet Potato Boat

Pineapple salsa and sweet potato boat

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Two Sweet Potato Boats with Pineapple Salsa

 

Grilled Pineapple Salsa on Sweet Potato Boats

Add a little sweet sunshine to your salsa!

We recommend eating fresh pineapple at least once a week. This recipe is a delicious way to add pineapple into your diet.

Potato Prep 

  • Use any variety of potato, we recommend sweet potatoes.
  • Thoroughly clean and wash potatoes.
  • Lay out aluminium to wrap your potato for baking
  • Coat each potato with Olive Oil
  • Sprinkle Salt and Pepper around the whole potato
  • Wrap in aluminum foil and bake at high temperature until soft in the center

Salsa Prep 

  • 1-2 Large Tomatoes
  • Handful of cilantro
  • 1/3 onion
  • 2-3 Pineapple rings
  • Optional: Jalapeno peppers, green bell peppers, corn nibblets

 

Method 

Grill pineapple rings on the BBQ, a stove top grilling plate or a grilling pan. Let cool and then dice into small chunks. Next chop the tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Cut slightly cooled sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Use a fork to loosen the potato from the skin. Add a generous amount of pineapple salsa to the sweet potato boat. Enjoy!

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Coco Iv

 

Food & Drink

Recipe Friday – Tofu Piña Coladas with Coconut Aminos

August 26, 2016

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Meet Me In Paradise

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Now that summer is over, the kids are back in school and we are back to the daily grind, we find ourselves day dreaming of a tropical paradise. Our tropical daydreams conjured up images of coconuts and pineapples, and lead to this Recipe Friday post. So, as you sweat through your last days of summer without a beach in site, we hope you’ll be inspired to make this dish to remind you of balmy days with scent of the salt from the ocean and sand beneath your feet.

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This recipe also gave us a chance to try out Coconut Aminos. For those of you following a Paleo Diet, you may already be familiar with this ingredient. Made from coconut sap, Coconut Aminos replaces soy sauce in recipes.

Coconut aminos: Some reasons we made the switch from soy sauce to Coconut Aminos

  • Organic, gluten-free, soy free, vegan
  • 17 naturally occurring amino acids
  • Made from the nutrient rich sap of the coconut tree.
  • Very low glycemic index
  • Contains a wide range of nutrients including minerals, vitamin C, B vitamins, and 17 amino acids
  • Has a nearly a neutral pH.
  • Naturally 73% less sodium than soy sauce.
  • Soy mimics estrogen, but coconut aminos contain zero phytoestrogens. Soy contains enzyme inhibitors, coconut aminos do not.

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Fluffy rice with the sweetness of pineapple and coconut is a wonderful dish on its own. However, combined with crispy tofu and a mix of veggies, it becomes a simple, complete meal!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup- white rice
1 cup- coconut milk
1 cup- water
1 tbsp oil
1 package extra firm tofu
4.5 cups (approximate) chopped stir fry veggies of choice – we used: mushrooms, rainbow carrots, red onion, orange bell pepper, brocoli & red cabbage
1 cup – pineapple cubed

SAUCE:

1 tbsp maple syrup (optional honey if not vegan)
1 tbsp Coconut Aminos (optional soy sauce)
1 squeeze of lime juice
salt & pepper to taste

METHOD:

1. Add the uncooked rice, coconut milk and water to the saucepan. Bring to a simmer, and cook over medium/low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly to stop the rice from sticking or burning.

2. While rice is cooking, heat the oil in large frying pan or wok. Add the diced tofu, and cook over a medium heat for around 5-10 minutes, turning regularly until golden brown and crispy all over.

3. Add the veggies to the pan with the tofu (harder veggies 1st) then add pineapple chunks

4. in a small bowl add sauce ingredients and mix together. Pour over the stir fry and cook a couple minutes more.

5. Serve over coconut rice & enjoy!

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Food & Drink Well-Being

Coco’s Anti Inflammatory Elixir

February 26, 2014

Natural Elixir

In the past few weeks, I’ve shared one of my favorite natural elixirs with many of my patients who have been suffering from joint or muscular pain, spasm and discomfort. It’s so easy to make that we wanted to share it with you too. It is a delicious anti-inflammatory drink and there’s no right or wrong way to create the blend, so give it a try.

Pineapple

Pineapple: Jill and I often recommend Bromelain supplements to our staff and patients to fight and reduce inflammation when needed. Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory enzyme that comes from pineapple. It is mostly found in the core of the pineapple, which is why I suggest using the core along with the fruit in this elixir.

Ginger Root

Ginger: Gingerols are strong anti-inflammatory compounds found in ginger. It is known to be useful in fighting acute and chronic inflammation because it inhibits the enzymes that induce inflammation. Additionally ginger helps to relieve nausea and reduce stomach irritation.

Tumeric

Tumeric: It is a plant related to ginger and contains curcumin, which is a potent and natural anti-inflammatory. It also inhibits an enzyme known to stimulate inflammation and activates the adrenal glands to release cortisone naturally to reduce inflammation.  Because of its powerful healing benefits, you can add a dash or sprinkle of tumeric to your foods daily as part of an anti-inflammatory diet plan.

Coco's Anti Inflammatory Elixir

To make this refreshing elixir you will need:

  • Fresh pineapple
  • Ginger root
  • Tumeric
  • Lime (optional)
  • Honey (optional)

For one 13 oz. glass: Use a large wedge about 1/6th of a pineapple (including the core). Remove the outer layer of the pineapple and cut the wedge into easy to blend chunks.  Add 2 to 3 slices of ginger, with the outer peel removed. Next add a little over a teaspoon of turmeric . Throw everything into the blender until thoroughly mixed. Add purified water to liquefy the blend and continue to mix until the desired consistency is reached.

Feel free to add freshly squeezed lime juice and honey as desired. You can alter any of the ingredients as your taste desires.

Enjoying Coco's ElixirMy little sweets (5 yo) loves it too! I personally like mine with just pineapple, ginger root and turmeric, slightly liquefied with small bits of pineapple and especially with the frothy top.

Cheers to your health!

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