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Recipe Friday – Rainbow Roll-Ups

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 – Refreshing Watermelon Margaritas

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 minimalistbaker.com. 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

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

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 – Vegan Pesto Stuffed Tomatoes

April 7th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Stuffed Tomatoes|

We know it’s not quite summer yet, but this warm weather had us craving tomatoes this week! With tomatoes on our mind, we made these light and refreshing stuffed roasted tomatoes. It’s a perfect way to eat tomatoes this early in the season, since the best tasting fresh tomatoes won’t be around until mid-summer. Tomatoes are one of those super foods that seem to have so many benefits. We are coming to the end of our detox and highlighting some of the detoxifying effects tomatoes have on your body seems appropriate. Tomatoes have natural content of sulphur and chlorine, which helps protect our bodies from infections and aid the proper functioning of kidneys. Of course, tomatoes are brimming with anti-oxidants, Vitamins B3 and B6. They also help to strengthen vision, boost our immune system and prevent atherosclerosis.   Stuffed Tomatoes Ingredients: 6 medium size tomatoes 1 cup (uncooked) Quinoa (see below) Handful of spinach leaves Few fresh basil leaves ½ onion diced 3 tablespoons of pesto sauce (see below) Salt and Pepper to taste Italian seasoning (optional) Quinoa: Cook 1 cup of quinoa as directed. For a nuttier taste sauté quinoa in a little dab of olive oil in a frying pan. Keep […]

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Recipe Friday – Detox Broccoli Salad

March 31st, 2017|Broccoli, Detox, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Purple Cabbage, Raw|

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 INGREDIENTS FOR THE SALAD 2 […]

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Recipe Friday – Homemade Hummus

March 24th, 2017|Chickpeas, Homemade, Hummus|

Homemade hummus is one of our favorites! It’s always a winner when we bring it to gatherings. But even better than that, it’s so easy and quick to make and the result is the best tasting, fresh hummus! Seriously, you just pop all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend. What’s easier than that? Hummus is mainly made from chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and they have so many health benefits! Chickpeas provide a rich source of protein without the high calories or saturated fats found in meat. They are also a great source of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Studies have shown that insoluble fiber helps to produce bulk and prevent constipation and soluble fiber helps to regulate blood sugar. Regular intake of chickpeas have shown to lower LDL levels and contain significant amounts of magnesium, folate, maganese and iron. Finally, chickpeas contain saponins, which act as antioxidants and can lower the risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis and protect agains hot flashes in menopausal women.   Homemade Hummus We love this recipe from simple-veganista. You can adjust the recipe to suit your own taste and consistency. We tend to use less garlic and more lemon for a hummus that is […]

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Recipe Friday – Vegan Ginger & Lemongrass Thai Soup

October 7th, 2016|Food & Drink, Uncategorized|

Soups are one of our favorite dishes. They are simple to make and cost effective for a large crowd or big family. We like to make double batches to make sure that we have enough for leftovers. As we are trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into our diet, we found that [...]

Recipe Friday – Sweet and Savory Spinach Salad with Figs & Butternut Squash

September 30th, 2016|Food & Drink|

Delicious and sweet, figs season is officially underway, so could not resist making this dish. Often figs are found in desserts, due to their natural sweetness, but this dish is a nice blend of sweet and savory. It was easy to make, but this yummy dish looks like it takes longer to prepare than it [...]

Recipe Friday – Chickpea, Barley & Zucchini Salad with Vegan Feta

September 9th, 2016|Food & Drink|

One of our favorite salads is the Chickpea, Barley and Zucchini Salad with Feta. The initial version of this recipe came a few years ago from kitchn.com. It's one of those recipes that you can easily substitute the grains and herbs for whatever grains and herbs you have available, and the salad is [...]

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