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DIY Pumpkin Papaya Exfoliating Enzyme Mask

Papaya If you have visited spas and resorts in exotic locales such as the Pacific Rim, Bali, Hawaii, and Tahiti, you’ve probably been lucky enough to have an aesthetician select and mash fresh fruit in front of you for a fresh-on-the spot enzyme mask. This is our DIY recipe for Pumpkin Papaya Mask with Exfoliating Enzymes.
October 13, 2017 |

Fruity Spa Popsicles

frozen fruit popsicles Taking a cue from nature, Lake Austin Spa has perfected these recipes for healthy spa popsicles to include summertime ingredients of fresh herbs, yogurt, fruit, coffee and avocados. They are simple to make and free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and dyes that are typically found in store bought varieties.
July 8, 2017 |

Apple Cider Witch Hazel Toner

Intended for slightly oily skins, we’re told by skincare experts this Apple Toner is an excellent substitute for rubbing alcohol (a real no-no for oily complexions, as it actually stimulates the oil glands to produce more oil). Witch hazel is a gentle astringent, apple cider vinegar will help restore your skin’s natural pH balance, and lavender soothes sensitive skin.
April 21, 2017 |

Grilled Turkey Tacos

Turkey Tacos This is a very satisfying turkey based taco, with enough density of high quality calories and flavors to make a complete meal at lunch or dinner. Some of the healthy fats come from the nutrient rich avocado.
September 2, 2015 |

Biggest Loser Salmon Burger

biggest-loser-salmon-burger Try this recipe for Biggest Loser Salmon Burger with canned or fresh salmon or even tuna (yes!) — formed into a savory patty. It’s a wonderful seafood sandwich best served with a crunchy vegetable salad and a small bowl of fruit.
August 28, 2015 |

Miraval Caprese Flatbread

Mirval Caprese FlatBread You can streamline this recipe by skipping the fresh dough and instead splitting open pita bread rounds at the seam, separating each into an entire round of 1 layer. These bake up very crisp. We’ve also used 1 sheet of lavash, which also gets very crisp.
June 14, 2015 |

Miraval Trail Mix Cookies

Miraval Trail Mix Cookies This recipe for a hearty and chewy trail mix cookie is courtesy of Mirval Resort in Arizona and appears in Sweet & Savory, the resort’s newest cookbook. This is a family favorite version of a cookie that is packed with ingredients more nutritious than your average chocolate chip recipe, although it does have some chips, too. Each cook has 2 grams of fat.
April 21, 2015 |

Tempeh Curry with Cauliflower and Potatoes

Tempeh-Curry Blum Center for Health (located just moments from Doral Arrowwood Hotel Conference Center in Rye Brook, New York) uses their expertise in Food as Medicine, Mind.Body.Spirit and Functional Medicine to custom design your treatment program. Classes offered include Nutrition in the Kitchen as well as cooking gluten free, and cooking with children.
March 8, 2015 |

Turkey Meatballs Al Forno

Turkey Meatballs This recipe for Turkey Meatballs Al Forno is a perfect cold weather comfort food dish. Courtesy of California Health & Longevity Institute® near Los Angeles, the Institute offers a holistic approach to healthy living that unites renowned experts in the fields of Medicine, Nutrition, Fitness, Life Balance and Spa.
March 7, 2015 |

Fruity Turkey Curry Pita

pita-bread This Turkey Curry Pita sandwich is made with Pita Bread, a Mediterranean favorite. This bread is favored by many health conscious diners because it’s generally thinner, lighter, and less caloric than two slices of sandwich bread.
March 4, 2015 |

Three Sisters Succotash

Corn Corn, beans and squash are the principal foods of many Native American tribes. They’re called “the three sisters” because they support one another as they grow. The corn grows tall, allowing the bean vine to twine around her stalk. The bean fixes the nitrogen in the soil, and the squash has big leaves that hold in moisture.
October 13, 2014 |

Summer DIY Tips from Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas

Peppermint Essential oils can help with many of the problems we encounter in summer months. Treating sunburn and insect bites, repelling insects and controlling fire ants are all possible with plant derived oils. Here are some recipes courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas to help you have a more fragrant and enjoyable summer season.
June 22, 2014 |

Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal Oatmeal is one of our favorite comfort foods. It is delicious savory or sweet, thick or thin, sweet or unsweetened, and can be used in a myriad of different recipes to add fiber, texture, and heft. Is it a health food? Yes. The number of benefits afforded by incorporated oats in your diet would require a lengthy post, indeed.
March 16, 2014 |

Chicken with Lemon and Prosciutto

Spa Index Chicken with Lemon and Prosciuto High protein chicken breasts sauteed in lite buttery spread and lime juice, with herbs. A simple and lite supper. This is a perfect entree for both a single person and a family because it’s just as easy to make a serving for one, as it is for many.
March 13, 2014 |

Pritikin Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce This tomato sauce was created for the Pritikin Eating Plan. The guest favorite recipes have no artery clogging fats like butter and cream and no added salt. Try it with chicken, meatloaf, and even fish!
February 3, 2014 |

Low Fat Coffee Creme Brulee

coffee creme brulee This recipe for low fat coffee creme brulee is worth the effort of baking and caramelizing with  torch.   It incorporates both instant coffee granules and Kahlua, skim milk, eggs, reduced fat cream cheese, and more.  Perfect for a romantic dinner.
January 24, 2014 |

Homemade Chai Tea

Chai Enjoy the exotic flavor of Chai tea without leaving the comfort of your own home with this easy recipe. Once you’ve had Chai Tea brewed from your own tea with added spices, you’ll understand why the popular boxed concentrates just won’t do.
December 30, 2013 |

Lavender Blister Dust

lavender A simple remedy for treating blisters with lavender dust. Holiday Shopping is coming and Black Friday is bound to take a toll on your feet, and, you’ve got office gifts to swap with co-workers. Make this as a gift.
December 13, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Beef Stew

Biggest-Loser-Beef-Stew There isn’t a person among our families who doesn’t love this hearty stew.  Beef, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, onions and carrots are simmered until tender.  Perfect lunch, perfect dinner, perfect leftovers.  Young persons particularly like the sweeter flavor of the sweet potatoes over white, but all means substitute regular spuds if you have them on hand.
December 6, 2013 |

Oatmeal Cookies

oatmeal cookies It’s hard to go wrong with this classic cookie, and this recipe is especially easy — just five ingredients, including sunflower oil instead of butter, which means less saturated fat.
November 25, 2013 |

Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies A healthful cookie for breakfast? Sign us up! Orange juice and prunes or applesauce, rather than butter, play the major role in moistening these cookies, which have enough fiber to be satisfying. And enough flavor to disappear fast.
November 25, 2013 |

Amaretti Cookies

amaretti Try another Italian dessert staple, this one a sweet flourless treat — with 5 grams of protein, thanks to the nuts. You can substitute hazelnuts for the almonds in these cookies, which freeze well, so make a big batch
November 25, 2013 |

Gluten Free Almond Blueberry Muffins

gluten free blueberry muffins Blum Center for Health (located just moments from Doral Arrowwood Hotel Conference Center in Rye Brook, New York) uses their expertise in Food as Medicine, Mind.Body.Spirit and Functional Medicine to custom design your treatment program. Classes offered include Nutrition in the Kitchen as well as cooking gluten free, and cooking with children.   Guest favorite recipes includes Gluten Free Almond Blueberry Muffins.
November 5, 2013 |

Kathy’s Peppermint Lip Scrub

Peppermint Lips Chapped lips are no fun, and the drier they become, the more you want to chew on them, worsening the problem. This handy peppermint lip scrub will help fix your chapped lips in a hurry, and was submitted by one of our readers.
October 18, 2013 |

Banana Pumpkin Smoothie

pumpkin banana smoothie This recipe is courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run, a for-women-only health retreat in the green hills of Vermont. This rich smoothie is a guest favorite for breakfast. This smoothie is based on pumpkin — a Super Food, and dense and creamy Greek Yogurt, which gives great “staying power” for the morning.
October 14, 2013 |

Canyon Ranch Crepes with Fruit

Fruit Crepes Crepes are a terrific alternative when you have a craving for pancakes. The batter is thinner and lighter than pancake and waffle batter, and makes a delicate wrapper for fillings, which can include fruit, ricotta cheese, or even cottage cheese.
September 27, 2013 |

End of Summer Almond Body Scrub

almonds As the end of the summer season approaches, many of us are sporting that attractive tell-tale sign of fun in the sun: Peeling skin. We have an excellent recipe for an Almond Body Scrub to gently and thoroughly exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells. Body scrubs feel wonderful and relieve the itch of flaking skin.
September 12, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Sesame Asparagus

sesame-roasted-asparagus Just after Biggest Loser Chef Devin Alexander wrote “The Biggest Loser Flavors of the World Cookbook,” she had a few of the contestants over for dinner to enjoy some of the Asian takeout favorites from the book.     “After planning the menu,” she says, “I went to the grocery store. The asparagus looked amazing and happened to be on sale, so I threw together this dish at the last minute to serve with the other Asian dishes. It was such a hit that all of the contestants wanted the recipe – so I figured you would, too!“
September 3, 2013 |

Avocado Aioli

Avocado This creamy, garlicky Avocado Aioli is a topping for a delicious Grilled Prawn Salad, but is a wonderful dip for appetizers, salad dressing, or, as a topping for some of our light taco recipes, and even as a spread on sandwiches. Try it on a BLAT!
September 1, 2013 |

Grilled Turkey Saltimbocca

Grilled-Turkey-Saltimbocca1[1] This delicious high protein and low fat Grilled Turkey Saltimbocca makes a wonderfully quick weeknight supper, and leftovers are a delicious sandwich or wrap the following day. With a few elegant side dishes, it can easily be presented for a romantic meal. The flavor is greatly enhanced by the thinly sliced prosciutto. A little goes a long way, which is so rewarding when cooking light.
August 30, 2013 |

Zucchini Fries

Zucchini-Fries Serve this delicious, low-carb and low-fat version of “Fried Zucchini” with your favorite burger or sandwich. Here, it is served with lite Sour Cream. This will surely become a family favorite in your home just as it is in ours.
August 29, 2013 |

Skinny Stuffed Potato Skins

Skinny-Potatoes- The potato side dish you’ve been waiting for! This updated version of an old time favorite is just as good but is much lower in carbohydrates . Serve as a meal with a side salad or make as an appetizer.
August 29, 2013 |

Belgian Hair Potion

orange segments “This hair potion is used on thick hair about once a week” says Beverly Hills stylist Kim Vo. “It helps reconstruct the hair and make it shiny while taking out excessive oils.”
August 23, 2013 |

Beach Sand Scrub

beauty beach The next time you decide to spend the day at the beach, take advantage of the “on location foot treatment” with Beach Sand Scrub. Brazilians, particularly, are known for scrubbing their entire bodies, particularly the feet, deep into the sand while they relax on the beach.
July 31, 2013 |

Mango Aloe Toner

Mango Pick up an extra Mango at the fruit stand this summer, or set aside a few tablespoons before making your morning smoothie.  Mango helps exfoliate the skin and aloe vera gel soothes and helps alleviate redness in the skin.  
June 19, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Raspberry Sorbet

Biggest-Loser-Raspberry-Sorbet[1]  The sky’s the limit for flavor possibilities with this frozen sorbet recipe, because you can use different berries or fruits, such as peaches or mango. We think it’s best as it is, but for a variation we added one big dollop of sugar free fat free non-dairy whipped topping to the blender to make a dark pink “ice cream.” You could do the same with a few spoonfuls of fat free half and half (it does have it uses) or even soy milk or creamer.
June 11, 2013 |

Sunblock Recipe

Woman With Sunscrean Our esthetician experts say “If you can see your shadow, you need sunblock.” However, did you know the active ingredients in sunblock often dissipate after the season? You should always use a sunblock, but, don’t purchase it in bulk or save that last little bit in the bottle for the next season. Buy it fresh every season, or, make your own if you don’t have access to your favorite brand. Note: This recipe will give you a white nose “lifeguard style.” 
June 10, 2013 |

Watermelon Toner

watermelon Our popular Watermelon Toner is made with the juice of this summer’s melon,  plus vodka and witch hazel. After your cookout this summer, save some of the juice which would otherwise be all over the table, and have fun with this refreshing face cocktail.
June 8, 2013 |

Strawberry Parfait with Orange Custard Sauce

parfait Spring and Summer is the time for strawberries.  One glamorous way to show them off is in a parfait.  You can make a Strawberry Parfait with frozen yogurt, ice cream, pudding or custard — all relatively easy and pretty to serve.  This version calls for a made-from-scratch soft custard.  We’ve given a stovetop or microwave method.
June 7, 2013 |

Rosewater Recipe

petals Our popular Rose Water Recipe is made with rose petals, alcohol and water and forms the basis for a good many home spa treatments and cosmetics for delicate and sensitive skin, and, for making perfumes and aromatics for the bath.  The  next time your sweetheart sends you flowers and they begin to droop, save the petals before they wither and use them to make rosewater, and you’ll wear your sweetheart’s gift on your skin.
May 25, 2013 |

Chocolate Facial Mask

cocoa powder Our popular Chocolate Facial Mask is made with cocoa powder and cottage cheese. It’s more than just fun and funky — it’s an excellent moisturizer (recommended for normal complexions) which leaves your skin baby soft.
May 11, 2013 |

Apple Honey Acne Facial

apples For this apple honey acne facial remedy, our skincare experts tell us the common apple has many skin beautifying properties.   Apples are also rich with Vitamins C, E, A, K, as well minerals Zinc and Copper, all of which are useful for healthy skin.   These vitamins help to protect your skin from free radical damage, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, calm redness and acne breakouts, restore and repair skin cells, maintain pH levels, and keep skin moisturize.
April 17, 2013 |

Coffee Body Scrub

coffee grounds This is a wonderful way to repurpose used coffee grounds from your coffee maker. We’ve tried this with both fresh ground and with used coffee grounds from our coffee maker and both worked equally well. After all, you’re after the exfoliating effect and the fact you’ve used the grounds to brew coffee doesn’t lessen this effect. In fact it makes the grounds a tad softer.
April 12, 2013 |

Apple Pear Firming Cream

pears This firming cream soothes, tightens, and brightens.  The buttermilk softens and moistens, the egg whites tighten the skin and smooth fine lines, the citrus and apple juices gently exfoliate, and the remaining fruits and herbs aid in rejuvenating and brightening. 
April 12, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Breakfast Burrito

breakfast-burrito Breakfast burritos are an easy, wholesome and portable breakfast, and while most will have a decent number of protein calories, the frozen or fast-food variety are usually laden with cheese and fatty meats.  This version lightens the whole affair without sacrificing any flavor. They freeze well, so can be toted to work for a quick breakfast before your day begins.
April 8, 2013 |

Canyon Ranch Teriyaki Steak

teriyaki steak When we were teenagers, going out for dinner to have teriyaki steak was fun and a novelty.  This was in the hey day of the Polynesian influence in restaurants and decor in sunny California, with flaming cocktails served along side entrees that only had a modicum of authenticity, but were colorful and fun.   As we grew older and began to appreciate a fine steak sans toppings, teriyaki steak, with its thick sugary glaze,  became a thing of the past.   Fortunately grilling and cooking has evolved again and now you get the both of best worlds — a grilled steak with…
March 29, 2013 |

Maple Glazed Salmon

Maple-Glazed-Salmon This recipe for Maple Glazed Salmon is courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run, Vermont, a for-women-only health and weight loss retreat. We have made this countless times, always to great applause.
March 24, 2013 |

Spa Orange Almond Brown Rice Pilaf

brown-rice At Hilton Head Health weight loss spa, guests enjoy a meal plan with delicious flavors and realistic portions.  The Chef and Culinary Team have created a low-calorie, healthy gourmet cuisine with an emphasis on local and natural ingredients to ensure a well-balanced weight loss diet.   One of the popular recipes served at the Institute is this Orange Brown Rice Pilaf.
March 19, 2013 |

Pear Apple Honey Souffle

Pear-Souffle This was a guest favorite dessert at Hart and Hind Fitness Ranch in Texas, which is now, sadly, closed.  “Hands down, the favorite dish of the week at Hart & Hind – a vote that ensured it would become a staple – was a pear, apple, and honey soufflé. The striking dessert couldn’t be easier to prepare. Organic pears and apples are peeled, cooked down, then blended into a thick puree (imagine the world’s best apple sauce). The mixture is flavored with a drop of Mexican vanilla, then folded into whipped egg whites and baked. It’s a revelation to discover…
March 14, 2013 |

Coconut Honey Granola

Coconut Granola This tasty high fiber granola gets it natural sweetness from coconut and honey, instead of brown or refined or artificial sugars. We liked it with chopped almonds and pumpkin seeds, but you can substitute sunflower seeds, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds as well, which goes well with coconut. Granola tends to get a bad rap from those who want to remind everyone it isn’t a health food.  In the sense that it isn’t a low calorie food, that’s true, but it’s a good calorie food with the “satiety” factor.   You can eat a bowl with almond milk, but as…
March 4, 2013 |

Chicken Tenders DiSpirito

Biggest-Loser-Chicken-Tenders Chef Rocco DiSpirito shows how to make this Southern favorite Chicken Tenders, without the fat.   Your family will love this recipe, and it totes well to pot lucks, lunches at work, picnics in the park, and road trips.  No one doesn’t love chicken fingers.
March 1, 2013 |

Kiwi Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin

Kiwi Kiwi fruit is an anti-oxidant and enzyme rich fruit and an excellent source of Vitamins C,  A and E which contribute to toned and supple skin.  The honey is antimicrobial, and the yogurt contains lactic acid.  The almonds exfoliate.   Together, using this Kiwi Facial Cleanser will help exfoliate dry skin, tighten pores, moisten, calm, and nourish your complexion.
February 21, 2013 |

Almond Miracle Face Scrub

salad dressing jar We think that famous bottled “white salad dressing” is horrific as a condiment — none of our staff can tolerate the smell or taste. We do recognize the cult following many have for using it as a skin peel — it gently but thoroughly moistens and peels away dry skin.
February 20, 2013 |

Structure House Shrimp and Salmon Pasta

Shrimp Mushroom Pasta Structure House in Durham, North Carolina is a respected residential weight loss program founded upon the philosophy that achieving and maintaining weight loss goals is the result of changing the way overweight individuals think about nutrition, exercise and the role food plays in their lives.   This recipe is popular with guests as a hearty pasta and seafood lunch ideal for after a morning of exercise, hiking, or swimming.
February 13, 2013 |

Structure House Wellspring Baked Oatmeal

oats Structure House in Durham, North Carolina is a respected residential weight loss program founded upon the philosophy that achieving and maintaining weight loss goals is the result of changing the way overweight individuals think about nutrition, exercise and the role food plays in their lives.   This recipe is popular with guests as a hearty breakfast with great “staying power.”
February 2, 2013 |

Silky Rose Dusting Powder

rose petals Roses are so commonly associated with Valentine’s Day, we are sharing this recipe to either get a head start on sweet smelling Valentine’s Day gifts for your BFFs, daughters, and mothers, or, for those of you lucky enough to receive a dozen roses from your beloved — a project using those wonderful rose petals after the blooms have faded.   This DIY  recipe for Silky Rose Dusting Powder relies on both rose petals and Rose Essential Oil. 
January 30, 2013 |

Harvest Quinoa Pilaf

quinoa We adapted this version of a similar recipe for Three-Grain Pilaf with Dried Apricots & Cherries which appeared in USA Weekend in 2005.     Quinoa (“keen-wah”) is highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (14% by mass) and is source of complete protein. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is also a source of calcium, useful for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest. Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered a…
January 24, 2013 |

Gentle Thyme Fennel Cleanser

fennel Fennel has been used throughout history as an aid to digestion or as a slight diuretic. As an infusion, fennel seeds can be gently cleansing and toning for the skin, and they can help reduce puffiness and superficial irritation.
January 23, 2013 |

Ginger Elixir

ginger elixer At La Costa Resort and Spa in California, their Ginger Elixir, a non-alcoholic “ayurvedic cocktail” from the Legends Bistro and the Spa Café, is best served before a meal.
January 21, 2013 |

DIY Winter Hand Therapy Mask

Winter Hand Therapy Winter often means dry, cracked, chapped hands — a seasonal hazard. Our hands are first exposed to indoor dry heat and then exposed to harsh outdoor conditions. Often, your favorite or regular moisturizer seem less effective. Here are some tips to help your hands this Winter, and a recipe for a Winter Hand Therapy Mask.
January 16, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu The translation of the French term “Cordon Bleu” is “blue ribbon” — something special and of top quality.  The blue-ribbon method for Chicken Cordon Bleu (although Veal Cordon Bleu is more traditional),  calls for a chicken cutlet , pounded very thin and wrapped around a thin slice of ham or prosciutto, a thin slice of Swiss Cheese, and then breaded and pan fried in butter or oil. This combination of flavors is a winner indeed, but this dish can be a calorie power-house. Fortunately, this is an easy dish to adapt to a healthier lifestyle, and Biggest Loser Resorts have…
January 14, 2013 |

Red Mountain Spa Shrimp Diablo

shrimp diablo The Essential Retreat at Red Mountain Resort in Utah includes daily guided hiking, three healthy gourmet meals from a full menu, fitness classes,  wellness discussions and cooking demonstrations, use of the resort amenities, including bikes and the inspiration trail, and complimentary Wi-Fi.    Can’t visit just yet?  Try one of the resort’s popular recipes. Shrimp Diablo Red Mountain Spa is a fiery dish sure to warm you up on a cold or rainy evening.  
January 11, 2013 |

Rosemary Honey Olive Oil Hair Conditioner

honey Winter weather can be harsh on skin, nails, and even hair.  The natural moisture balance in our hair is affected by changes in temperature, including just coming and going from warm, heated interiors to the frigid outdoors.  Sitting inside a heated room is the equivalent of spending an entire afternoon under a hair dryer.  Add static from “hat hair” and you’ve got the Perfect Hair Storm.
December 19, 2012 |

Mascarpone Sorbet Recipe

mascarpone sorbet Mascarpone, while not fat-free, very low-carb cheese which can be made into this rich dessert, at 225 calories per serving.  Serve with sliced strawberries and crumbled graham cracker crumbs for “frozen cheesecake.”
December 19, 2012 |

Sweet Potato Mushroom Wrap Recipe

Sweet Potatoes Here’s a great way to get your vegetables and love every bite!  This tasty sweet potato mushroom wrap recipe is courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run, a for-women-only health retreat in the green hills of Vermont.  It may look complicated, but it really goes quickly and is worth the time you invest. If some of the vegetables aren’t your favorites, experiment with those you love.  For instance, fresh spinach, shredded carrots, kale, and even parsnips, which are very sweet, will all make a wonderful sweet potato mushroom wrap.
December 17, 2012 |

Bathtub Tea Bags

Bath Tea Bags by Rad Megan Make your own bathtub tea bags for a relaxing spa treatment in your tub. Perfect for gift giving as well. We are fond of giving these to clients and customers rather than typical holiday fare. Everyone loves them.
November 27, 2012 |

Indian Cleansing Milk for Oily Skin

Thyme This Indian cleansing milk remedy for oily skin benefits from buttermilk which offers the softening effects of lactic acid.  Fennel seeds aid digestion, but when infused with liquids, are gently cleansing and toning for the skin, and they can help reduce puffiness and superficial irritation. Thyme is both antiseptic and slightly astringent.
November 13, 2012 |

Grapefruit Jojoba Sugar Scrub

Sugar This simple grapefruit sugar scrub takes advantage of commonly available sugar as an exfoliant and the properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil (an astringent) and Jojoba Oil (skin conditioner).  The addition of Castile Soap helps to cleanse and rinse away the scrub.  You could easily add a tablespoon or two of grapefruit juice (fresh) if you happen to have it, or, a crushed grapefruit section from your breakfast, but be careful not to add too much or you’ll dissolve the sugar too quickly.
November 1, 2012 |

Pineapple Olive Oil Dry Skin Facial

Pineapple This pineapple facial is an excellent exfoliant for dry skin. The citrus fruit contains bromeliad, a protein-digestive enzyme which helps rid the skin of dead cells and dirt. It also counteracts histamines, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is a mild astringent. Olive oil has excellent healing properties and is a good source of vitamin E, which restores the skin’s surface.
October 11, 2012 |

Golden Door Spa Guacamole

Guacamole This usually high fat appetizer reduces calories by using only a few avocados, but adding the characteristic bright green color with the addition of fresh peas. No flavor is sacrificed, but a few calories are!
October 8, 2012 |

Biggest Loser Breakfast Sausage

Breakfast Sausage This recipe for healthy breakfast sausage is courtesy of Chef Devin Alexander and The Biggest Loser Cookbook. You’ll truly be surprised how easy it is to make your own pan sausage. Lower fat, higher flavor, easily customized to your liking with more or less spices, and no mystery nuggets or gristle bits.
October 4, 2012 |

Quick Cucumber Eye Soother

Sliced Cucumbers Need to de puff your eyes in a hurry? You could purchase a $12.00 bottle of cucumber-lookalike eye pads infused with extract and then kicked up with a list of chemicals — or you can simply use a real cucumber.
October 2, 2012 |

Mocha Almond Ice Milk

Mocha-Ice-Milk This ice milk, with only 4 ingredients, relies on a carton of chocolate almond milk to get started.  It is a popular flavor combination, and may be made in an ice cream maker or frozen into pops.
August 6, 2012 |

Make Your Own Hairspray

Sugar Making your own hairspray is a cinch if you’ve got the talent for boiling water, and, your sugar bowl is at hand. This recipe is particularly useful for people with skin sensitivities who would normally breakout from the sometimes harsh chemicals in over the counter hairsprays.
July 23, 2012 |

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Berry Salsa

Grilled-Angel-Food-Cake-with-Berry-Salsa Serve this delightful warm cake on a night you are gilling steak, chicken or fish on your outdoor grill.  The salsa is prepared ahead of time, and when you are ready for dessert, grill the angel food cake on your still warm coals, top with salsa and a creamy topping, and dessert is served.
June 18, 2012 |

Chicken Caesar Pita Pizza

chicken caesar pita pizza At Red Mountain Spa in Utah, guests are educated to increase their awareness of the role of nutrition in the pursuit of optimum health. Changing the way we think about eating and food is the key to success. All meals, such as this delicious Chicken Caesar Pita Pizza, are included in your Red Mountain spa program, and are guaranteed to be satisfying and energizing.
May 23, 2012 |

Grilled Pineapple Skewers with Raspberry Sauce

Biggest-Loser-Grilled-Pineapple[1]  This recipe for Grilled Pineapple is the best summer dessert when you are cooking outside. No fancy ingredients, quick and easy, and a great ending to a grilled chicken and vegetable meal.  Grill the pineapple with your entrees, and then let them cool while you enjoy your dinner.  Once cooled, the grilled fruit is topped with sauce. Delicious!
May 14, 2012 |

Almond Red Tea Custard

almondcustard This custard of red tea, almond milk, eggs and egg whites is adaptable – it may also be made with black, green or white tea, and may be topped with berries or diced peach, nectarine, kiwi, or lychee instead of mango.   It was developed by the Portfolio Eating Plan, which creates recipes designed for lowering cholesterol. 
May 3, 2012 |

Crab Pot Pie

Crab Pot Pie Not all of our recipes are necessarily geared to low calorie, low fat, or other dietary restrictions.  Sometimes a hearty meal at a spa hotel is comfort food, such as this one.  While this is not a low-calorie entree, it doesn’t have the heavy cream typical of many pot pies, and, you can easily adapt by using reduced calorie butter spread in place of the butter, and, philo dough or puff pastry sheets (as shown) in place of the more fat lade pie crust. It is a reader favorite dish at a popular Northern California spa hotel — the Little…
November 28, 2011 |

Biggest Loser Breakfast Sopes

Biggest-Loser-Breakfast-Sopes Another take on a popular Tex Mex breakfast, this one has staying power, as most egg dishes tend to have.  Black beans, eggs, fresh salsa, and feta in a masa shell — it’s family approved and perfect for brunch with guests.
October 17, 2011 |

Peach Melba French Toast with Raspberry Sauce

Peaches When peaches are ripe, we find no additional sweeteners are required for recipes using this summer fruit.  For that reason, this French Toast recipe is easy to adapt to a no-sugar-added. If you use frozen or canned fruit for the dish or the sauce, be sure to select no-sugar-added or sweetened with fruit juice, only. 
August 15, 2011 |

Biggest Loser Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

Biggest-Loser-Chicken-Wraps[1] Don’t let the long list of ingredients deter you from making this savory wrap.  It’s worth it, plus, it has great protein calories and is very satisfying.   It’s fun to make with friends.  Buy a bottle of white wine and settle in to make this as a fun friends in the kitchen party. Use very cold and crisp lettuce to give a nice crunch to this hand-held lunch treat.
May 16, 2011 |

Citrus Pots de Creme

Citrus Pots De Creme Consider using tangerine juice, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, pineapple juice, or grapefruit juice for your favorite flavor of “Citrus Pots de Creme.” Keep in mind that orange and pineapple juices are sweet and you’ll need less sweetener. Perhaps none!
April 4, 2011 |

Mini Meat Loaves

Mini-Meatloaves Mini Meat Loaves are a tasty dish to serve the family. They pack well for work and school lunches, and sliced thin and served on a Bagel Thin or Pita Pocket, make nice sandwiches as well.
January 10, 2011 |

No Sugar Added Nine-Grain Pancakes

Nine Grain Cereal Built before the turn of the century, the Yardley Inn and Spa in Manti has all the warmth and charm of an old English Country Inn with European-style Spa Amenities. Elegantly furnished with antiques combine the convenience of today with the ambiance of yesteryear, but updated with an intimate spa, outdoor garden, library, fitness room, and solarium.  These pancakes made with nine grain cereal are a guest favorite.
September 20, 2010 |

Biggest Loser Turkey Meatball Soup

Biggest-Loser-Turkey-Meatball-Soup[1] We’ve never been fans of soups or stews that called for ground meat.  It tends to turn an unpleasant color, gets too chewy, and doesn’t have the satisfying “bite” cubed meats provide.  In this recipe, however, the use of ground turkey shaped into meatballs solves the dilemma — lean protein from the turkey and a nice mouth feel from a tender meatball.    It is family approved, as well. The teens and husbands love it and don’t complain they are testing “spa food.”
April 26, 2010 |

Spinach Ham Quiche with Vegetarian Option

Spinach Quiche This started life as a Vegetarian Spinach Quiche recipe for the now closed Mandala Wellness Retreat in Georgia. Each Monday night the hosts gathered with friends to make a Vegetarian Supper and this was voted the best spinach quiche recipe. We updated it with fresh spinach leaves in place of frozen and chopped cooked ham, but either with meat or vegetarian, it’s a winner.
April 19, 2010 |

Roasted Garbanzo Beans

chickpeas Roasted Garbanzo Beans are easy to make and really tasty. This version is from Canyon Ranch Spa and is a popular substitute for high-fat nuts at parties and a nutritious solution for both brown bag lunches and after-school snack
February 1, 2010 |

Grail Springs Elixir Detox Drink

grail elixir This drink is so tasty it has been highlighted on Entertainment Tonight, served at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Genie Awards and the Bell Celebrity Classic! Besides being delicious, it’s health benefits: raises alkalinity, detoxifies, and builds up the immune system.
January 4, 2010 |

Broiled Cinnamon Grapefruit

Broiled-Grapefruit This is one of our favorite low calorie breakfast fruits. Broiled Cinnamon Grapefruit is terrific with or without the brown sugar.  You don’t need much, should you choose to use it.  Try coconut sugar or date sugar, if you prefer.
December 1, 2008 |

Pearson’s Pond Hot and Healthy Ham Quiche

Ham Quiche Prize-winning quiche from the kitchen of Pearson’s Pond Luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn and Garden Spa in Juneau, Alaska — used in their Healthy Start Spa Program in Alaska. This is especially good for those with low tolerance for lactose, cholesterol, and fat. This is very quick to fix and holds over well. Delicious served at any meal (with fruit at breakfast or salad for lunch and dinner). Can easily be used as appetizer when cut in cubes or formed in bite size muffin pans.
June 25, 2008 |

Sea Kelp Mineral Facial and Mineral Bath

kelp Seaweed Bladderwrack Flakes are natural, mineral rich and also contains vitamins which will absorb through skin. The seaweed flakes turn to gel which is released by gently squeezing pouch as it soaks — you’ll breath in a fresh ocean smell (not fishy!). Seaweed Minerals and Vitamins are nourishing your skin and soothing your sore joints and muscles.
January 25, 2008 |

Avocado Dry Skin Mask

Avocado This mask should result in a marked improvement in skin texture, and all-around revitalizing of dry skin.  Avocado balances the skin with “good fats” and the egg yolk has minerals, vitamins and proteins. 
February 21, 2007 |

Lite Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby I think pancakes are hard. Not the recipe. Not the batter.  It’s the browning. I want them to be a perfect diner-style brown. Not mottled and uneven, and no matter how hard I try, I can’t master the technique.   I used to make pancake bars by baking the batter and then cutting, brownie style, and that worked great. But now it’s all about the Dutch Baby.
February 14, 2007 |

Green Mountain Country Style Frittata

whisked-eggs This healthy frittata recipe makes an easy and appealing lunch or brunch dish. Start with eggs and cheese, then add vegetables and herbs from the late summer’s garden for an endless number of combinations. Green Mountain says “Garnish this frittata with Chunky Tomato Salsa and serve with a mixed green salad or Waldorf Salad and a whole grain roll for lunch, or pair it with a fresh fruit cup and an Oat muffin for a Sunday brunch.”    Courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run — a for-women-only health retreat in the green mountains of Vermont.   Be sure to…
September 17, 2006 |

Spa Style Easy Breakfast Casserole

breakfast casserole Take the stress out of entertaining with this great do-ahead dish for your next breakfast or brunch get-together. Our Easy Breakfast Casserole can be made 1-2 hours ahead or even the night before. Also, the recipe can be doubled easily for bigger crowds. Experiment with other vegetables such as sliced mushrooms or chopped tomatoes and/or other fresh herbs.
April 23, 2006 |

Mushroom Zucchini Frittata

Fritatta by Apolonia This is from the Wooden Door Spa, a working woman’s health and diet retreat (the name was in gentle and fun response to the much more glamorous Golden Door Spa, in California) located on the shores of Lake Geneva, north of Chicago, in the 1980s.
April 4, 2006 |

Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes

oatmeal blueberry pancakes Oatmeal pancakes are good all year around, but summer is the time of year to make a blueberry version. These sweet juicy berries, high in fiber and antioxidants, are at the peak of their season.    Green Mountain at Fox Run, Ludlow, Vermont, is the country’s foremost women-only healthy weight loss program. It offers a practical, livable healthy lifestyle approach with which, for the past three decades, women have discovered how to lose weight and keep it off.  They maintain a complete collection of recipes from their book “Recipes for Living” on the website. We highly recommend you visit.
September 15, 2005 |

Cucumber Citrus Fresca

citrus cucumber water The Indian Springs Spa in Calistoga, California, serves a refreshing Cucumber Citrus infused Mineral Water to its guests during its Classic Mud Bath Treatment. In Mexico and Texas, refreshing “CucumberAde” or “Fresca” is popular, and although odd sounding can become addictive. It is the perfect summer spa refreshment.
July 13, 2005 |

Fingernail Brightener

nail brightener One of our staff members said she regularly purchased a tiny container of “little round manicure soaking balls” designed to brighten her nails — was there a swap for that?  We took her into our office kitchen on our Spa Saturdays and made this version for her, at a fraction of the price.
April 12, 2005 |

Ham and Egg Cups

ham and egg cups This basic comfort food breakfast is actually perfect spa fare.  High in protein, low in fat, and adaptable to a variety of tastes — adding salsa and chili powder for a south of the border taste, adding spinach and ham for a florentine taste, or adding swiss cheese and bacon for “Quiche Lorraine” inspired egg cup.  Whatever your taste, this little cup of breakfast is attractive and comforting for one, for the family, for a brunch or shower, or part of healthy eating day.
March 16, 2005 |

Gentle Honey Cleanser

honey This cleanser is simple and effective. The soap gently cleans, the glycerin prevents drying and the honey not only softens the skin, but its antimicrobial properties can help ward off breakouts. A touch of honey is all you need for healthy, glowing skin.
February 21, 2005 |

Ricotta Frittata

Ricotta Similar to its cousin Cottage Cheese — but much lighter — Ricotta is creamy white in appearance, slightly sweet in taste, and contain around 13% fat.  It makes a great protein source for our post-WLS readers, and is featured in this frittata.
February 19, 2005 |

Roman Bath Soak

olives The origin of the name is curious. Ancient Romans most certainly didn’t use shampoos or foaming agents in their bathing rituals, but this is a good recipe by any name. This is an easy and indulgent soak ideal for winter dry skin or overly tanned and ocean-dried summer skin.
December 12, 2003 |

Reader Request: Oil Free Body Scrub

Sugar A reader asks “I like salt and sugar scrubs for my legs and hands, and nose area, but can’t tolerate a lot of oil, especially if I want to use it on my face.  What’s a good substitute for the oil, in sugar scrub recipes?”
December 12, 2003 |

Avocado Egg Hand and Foot Remedy

Avocado  This natural treatment will revive your dry, wrinkled and rough hands, feet, elbows and knees. The avocado and egg nourish the skin with proteins and oils; the rice bran exfoliates dead skin cells; the oil of evening primrose contains precious gamma linolenic acids, essential for healthy hair, skin and nails. Consider purchasing a small jar of Oil of Evening Primrose capsules from your health food store. Open one, and voila — you have the ingredient for this and other recipes.
December 12, 2003 |

Kiwi Astringent for Oily Skin

Kiwi Fruit Kiwi is very mildly acidic and acts as an astringent for oily skin without being as drying as others.   It also contains several skin friendly nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin E and antioxidants. These elements are terrific for boosting and rejuvenating skin health.
December 12, 2003 |

Cucumber Hair Drench

cucumber If you swim or soak in a chlorinated pool or Jacuzzi on a regular basis, the same damage you’ve noticed happening to your skin and bathing suit, is happening to your hair, as well. Drench your hair with some nutrients to get it in Olympic form.
April 17, 2003 |

Lavender Hand and Foot Wash

lavender Use this wash to relieve red and inflamed hands and feet. So refreshing in summer when your feet are hot, and in winter, when they’ve been cooped up in boots. This is a particularly wonderful treatment to use on a bedridden loved one. Wash their feet and hands with this and they’ll feel wonderful and grateful.
February 1, 2003 |

Cherry Tofu Protein Smoothie

cherry tofu smoothie While delicious, we thought the original version of this Cherry Tofu Protein Smoothie by the United Soybean Board was too high in the carbs to protein ratio. With a few simple modifications which didn’t detract from the wonderful summer flavor at all, we made this a much more healthful breakfast.
July 3, 2002 |
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