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Summer Cooling Salad

2017-06-16T21:39:41+00:00 June 16th, 2017|cucumber, Detox, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, skin, spicy|

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 Ingredients 1 cucumber 1 avocado ½ red onion Sesame Seeds* Cayenne Pepper Coco Aminos Method 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: […]

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Recipe Friday – Cheesy Vegan Kale Chips

2017-06-09T21:07:39+00:00 June 9th, 2017|chips, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, kale chips|

Do you guys find yourselves eating really well all day long and then sabotaging your healthy diet at night with junk food? When it’s impossible to avoid late night snacking, we try to prepare healthy snacks. Sure, kale chips are nothing new, but it’s been awhile since we made them and we almost forgot how addicting they can be. You can play around with variations on spices, but this recipe is simple and still really yummy. If you’ve never made kale chips before, one thing that we found is to make sure to start with DRY kale leaves. Otherwise, you end up with soggy chips rather than crispy ones. CHEESY VEGAN KALE CHIPS INGREDIENTS 5 large stalks kale ¼ cup avocado oil 2 Tbs nutritional yeast 1/4 tsp sea salt, or to taste ¼ tsp pepper INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 275F. Grease a large baking sheet (or line with parchment paper) and set aside. Carefully remove leaves from the stalk of the kale then rip or cut kale into large pieces. Make sure your kale is dry before the next step. You can put into a salad spinner or pat down with paper towel. Place the dry kale leaves in […]

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Recipe Friday Coco-Nana Cookies

2017-06-02T22:11:57+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Cookies, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Gluten Free|

Summer is almost here! For us that means a lot more time with our kids who want sweet treats. This recipe is so easy to make and uses just 2 ingredients! It’s gluten free, vegan, and still satisfies that sweet tooth craving. Yep, you read that right…just 2 ingredients! Bananas and unsweetened organic coconut! So delicious with a crispy edge and chewy center! An easy sweet treat that pairs up well with vanilla nice-cream. Coco-Nana Cookies INGREDIENTS 2 organic bananas 1-2 cups unsweetened organic coconut (shredded or flakes)   METHOD *Line baking sheet and spread out coconut flakes to bake. Bake at 350 degrees for about 6 min. Be careful to keep an eye on them, they brown pretty quickly. *Mash up 2 bananas. *Combine mixture together slowly adding in coconut flakes to your liking. *Lightly grease a baking sheet with coconut oil spray. *Drop combined mixture by spoonful on the baking sheet and slightly flatten (for crispy edges). *Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 min.

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Recipe Friday – Mexican Corn Salad

2017-05-26T21:23:42+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Corn, Cotija Cheese, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe|

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We love Mexican style corn salad, but ever since we’ve been trying to decrease our dairy intake, this salad hasn’t been the same without the cotija cheese. So, when we found this recipe by, which has vegan cotija cheese, we were so excited to try it. The vegan cotija cheese gives the salad that slightly salty taste that really fills out this dish. We hope you try this salad. It’s a great vegan side dish to bring to a Memorial Day BBQ or a summer picnic. We used canned corn, but think that roasted corn would really bring out the flavors even more and plan to try that next time. MEXICAN CORN SALAD Ingredients Tofu Cojita Cheese 1 Block Extra firm tofu 2 lbs. Kosher salt Corn Salad 3 Cans Yellow corn 1/2 C. Vegan mayo 1/2-1 Jalapeno, diced 1/4 C. Cilantro, chopped 1/3 C. Red onion,chopped 2 Green onions,chopped Juice of 1 lime 1 C. Vegan Cojita Cheese 2 tsp. Chili and Lime Seasoning(optional) Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions Make the tofu Cojita cheese first. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut your block of tofu through the center on the side to make it thinner. Sprinkle with salt on […]

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Recipe Friday – Rainbow Roll-Ups

2017-05-19T21:54:44+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Gluten Free, Rainbow, Raw, Roll-Ups, Sushi|

These Rainbow Roll-Ups are a really easy and delicious way to eat more of the veggies that help you get clear, glowing skin. Plus, they are vegan, gluten free, and raw. We used beet hummus both for their color and to boost the protein in this dish. This dish is a great option when you are following a clean diet or, like us, trying to get more vegan dishes in your diet. The recipe that follows doesn’t have any “amounts” because it’s really up to you. The beet hummus is so delicious that we slathered on quite a bit! Just make sure not to stuff them so much that you can’t seal them shut! RAINBOW ROLL-UPS Ingredients: Nori sheets Bowl of warm water Sushi rolling mat (optional) For the filling: Carrots, cut into matchsticks Cucumbers, cut into matchsticks Sweet peppers, cut into matchsticks Avocado, thinly sliced Beet hummus Pea sprouts Instructions Prepare all fillings as directed above. Lay the first nori sheets out on a sushi rolling mat. Arrange a few long strips of cucumber, carrot, peppers, sprouts, avocado and hummus. Roll the nori sheet keeping the fillings inside. Once you reach the edge, apply some warm water to the edge […]

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Recipe Friday – Dragonfruit Lemonade

2017-05-12T09:52:02+00:00 May 12th, 2017|dragonfruit, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, lemonade|

Happy Mother’s Day! Dragonfruit seems to be everywhere lately, but it’s still fairly new to us. Recently, we incorporated dragonfruit into a tropical fruit platter that we served at a private party at the spa. It reminded us of a sweet and tangy kiwi that paired well with the other tropical fruits; pineapple, kiwi and papaya. Since we had some of this cool looking fruit leftover, we thought we’d try adding it to our lemonade. As expected, the lemonade turned a bright pink! So pretty! It would make a great beverage to serve at Mother’s Day brunch! In addition to the interesting way dragonfruit looks. We found that it has some great skin benefits as well. Like most fruits, this fruit is high in antioxidants, which helps to fight free radicals. What is unique to this fruit is that the high seed content are a great source of healthy monosaturated fats, which help to keep your skin tighter and youthful. DRAGONFRUIT LEMONADE Ingredients Makes 2 quarts ½ dragonfruit cut into slices 2/3 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice (approx 5 lemons) Water Sweetener of choice, to taste – liquid Stevia or liquid organic sugar works the best since they are clear to […]

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Recipe Friday – Refreshing Watermelon Margaritas

2017-05-07T23:07:54+00:00 May 7th, 2017|Drink, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Margarita|

It’s been such a hectic week! We planned to share a Cinco de Mayo inspired Recipe Friday post, on Friday, but it’s now Sunday! Did you have fun celebrating? We sort of worked right through it! However, today, we were able to finally relax a bit and our Cinco de Mayo recipe was so refreshing and the perfect drink to relax with. We found this recipe on We rarely make alcoholic drinks! However, this looked so delicious and simple enough for us to try. We’re glad we made these and wanted to share the recipe with you too since these turned out to be so refreshing! Lately we have read about some possible benefits to drinking tequila. Mainly, tequila is a probiotic that can increase the amount of healthy bacteria in your intestines. For those with Colon issues, such as Crohn’s disease or colitis, tequila can also help form a protective barrier to protect drugs from breaking down in your stomach and to help medicine reach your colon. So having a drink with tequila now and then may actually have some health benefits. WATERMELON MARGARITA Ingredients 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) watermelon juice (from 1 small ripe watermelon*) 2 […]

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Recipe Friday – Pineapple Spring Rolls

2017-04-28T19:20:01+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, rice paper, 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 […]

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Recipe Friday – Savory Vegan Breakfast Bowl

2017-04-21T23:13:33+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Breakfast bowl, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Savory, tofu|

Do you like savory or sweet breakfasts? Maybe it was the extra sugar we had this past weekend, but when we tried to figure out what we were going to cook for this Recipe Friday we decided that not only should the ingredients have healthy ingredients for beautiful skin, but we also wanted it to be on the savory side. Coco created this Vegan Breakfast Bowl, which was the perfect type of heartier breakfast bowl for those mornings when you wake up craving a full meal. The great thing about this breakfast bowl is that there is no right or wrong ingredients to add. You can put whatever vegetables you have left in your refrigerator or the freshest veggies that you find at the farmer’s market. So, this recipe is more of a guide and an inspiration to help you to create your own perfect veggie breakfast bowl. We added brussel sprouts, red peppers, asaparagus, and spinach, but you may prefer kale, tomatoes, squash and spinach. There a lot of reasons to eat more vegan meals and in honor of Earth Day, we will give a little shout out to the benefits of eating less animals and animal products has on our environment. Everyday, eating a […]

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Recipe Friday – Dark Chocolate Eggs with Oreo Centers

2017-04-14T17:30:44+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Candy, Dark Chocolate, Easter, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Oreos, Truffles|

We rarely make candy, but this Easter, we thought it would be nice to make something that was a richer, sweeter and still Vegan. It’s easier than ever to find Vegan Chocolate, but it’s not as easy to find Vegan Easter Candy. This recipe makes egg shaped truffles that are rich, creamy, decadent, and deeply chocolatey. This recipe is so easy! We found a silicone egg mold to use. However, if you don’t have one, you can also shape the Oreo balls with your hands and dip into the melted chocolate. Either way works great!   DARK CHOCOLATE EGGS WITH OREO CENTERS INGREDIENTS 1 15-oz package Oreo cookies (or chocolate sandwich cookies of your choice) 1 8-oz tub of Vegan cream cheese (we used Trader Joe’s Vegan cream cheese) Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Pound Plus Bar (or other Vegan dark chocolate bar) Natural Unsweetened Freeze Dried Fruit Silicone Egg Mold METHOD Crush Oreos in a food processor to a crumble consistency. We used about half the bag to make 2 batches of the molds in this picture. However, you can adjust the amount depending on the size of your molds or size of your eggs, if shaping by hand. Mix cream cheese in with crushed Oreos until […]

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