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Best Spas in Columbus

Best Spas in Columbus Ohio The votes are in for the Best Spas in Columbus. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Columbus and Spas in Ohio to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
August 18, 2017 |

Best Spas in Houston

BEST OF HOUSTON Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Houston. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Houston and Spas in Texas to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
August 1, 2017 |

How to Quit Smoking Without Turning to Food

how to quit smoking without snacking Because smoking is oral in nature, it’s common to turn to various oral replacements such as chewing gum or snacking as a way to make up for the loss of oral satisfaction smoking may provide. While gum or snacks can be the lesser of evils when it comes to quitting a potentially lethal habit, even these substitutes can quickly become a new unhealthy habit.
July 25, 2017 |

Best Spas in Detroit

Best of Detroit Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Detroit. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Detroit Metro and Spas in Michigan to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
June 21, 2017 |

Video Tour – Skyterra Wellness Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Skyterra Wellness Retreat - Lake Toxaway Skyterra Wellness Retreat & Weight Loss Spa offers an all-inclusive program in a beautiful mountain lake setting at Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, near the Blue Ridge Mountains and Asheville Guests explore sustainable foundations of wellness through daily fitness classes, outdoor adventures, water sports, farm-to-table cuisine, educational classes, and more.
June 21, 2017 |

Video Tour – Aqua Kauai Beach Resort and Rainforest Spa – Hawaii

Aqua Kauai Beach Resort Hawaii Located on the eastern shores of the gorgeous Garden Isle is Aqua Kauai Beach Resort and Hawaiian Rainforest Spa, a beautiful 25-acre authentic Hawaiian resort and spa. Family Friendly Pools with Sandy Bottoms, Water Slides, Waterfalls, Free Introductory Scuba and Lei Making Classes, Sunrise and Moonrise Cultural Ceremonies, Complimentary Mai Tai Tuesdays, Oceanfront Beauty.
June 14, 2017 |

25 Family Friendly Spa Hotels and Resorts

25 Favorite Family Friendly Resorts and Spas Bundle up the kids, tune up the bicycles, and book a vacation for the entire family at these family-friendly spa hotels and resorts. These spa resorts and retreats each have programs especially to help children and families build vacation memories
April 29, 2017 |

Spa March Madness – Championship Round

Spa March Madness 2017 Our most popular poll is back and the Third Annual Spa March Madness has begun! Our editorial staff, secret spa reviewers, readers, newsletter subscribers, spa partners, press contacts and more, all contributed to selecting 64 USA Spa Resorts in competition to be named Readers Favorite USA Spa Resort 2017.
April 2, 2017 |

Best Spas in Pittsburgh

Best of Pittsburgh Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Pittsburgh. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Pittsburgh and Spas in Pennsylvania to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
March 1, 2017 |

Spas and Spa Resorts Donation Requests

SIM Displays Spa Index Media is a global spa and wellness directory.  We frequently partner with global initiatives for wellness, but we do not directly participate in local, regional, or community-specific fund-raising requests.  Due the sheer volume of requests, each one worthy in its own right, and because we do not sell products, gift cards, or make booking arrangements on behalf of our listed spas, we have no products or tangible goods suitable to donate for local or community endeavors.  We do, however, maintain a list of spas and resorts which consider donation requests.      Participating Hotels, Spas and Resorts Please consider these participating destinations for your fund-raising goals.…
January 23, 2017 |

14 Reasons to Join a Weight Loss Camp

14 REASONS TO JOIN A WEIGHT LOSS CAMP There are endless methods out there for losing weight. However, they are not all created equal; some are much more effective than others. Perhaps the most successful method is staying at a weight loss camp for adults. Some people may think that “fat camps” are only for children, but these facilities are remarkably effective at promoting lasting weight loss. If you’re wondering whether or not a weight loss camp is right for you, look at some of the most common benefits of attending.
January 21, 2017 |

Tips for Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues Before those winter blues get you down prepare for this common mood monster and develop a strategy to beat the cold weather doldrums. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures get lower, some simple shifts in your behavior can help you avoid seeking comfort in food to get through the winter months.
January 21, 2017 |

Best Spas in San Diego

Best of San Diego Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in San Diego 2016. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in San Diego County and Spas in Southern California to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
January 16, 2017 |

12 Fly In Spa Resorts

Roche Harbor Marina, Washington Forget the “$100 hamburger” — that phrase was coined decades ago and now flying enthusiasts are finding destinations with more to offer than just a good burger. Instead, try a fly-in massage before lifting off to your next destination. Drop down out of the clouds to these Fly In Spa Resorts which have or are near private airstrips, helipads, or have marinas with access to seaplanes.
January 2, 2017 |

Best Spas in Washington DC

Best of Washington DC Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Washington DC. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in DC, Maryland and Virginia to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
December 25, 2016 |

Best Spas in Marin County

Best of Marin County Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Marin County. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Marin and Spas in Northern California to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
December 20, 2016 |

Best Ft Lauderdale Spas

Best of Ft Lauderdale Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Fort Lauderdale. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Fort Lauderdale and Spas in Florida to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
December 17, 2016 |

Light Zucchini Pea Soup

Zucchini Soup - New Life Hiking Spa Zucchini Soup is usually a fat-added creamy affair, but this version served at New Life Hiking Spa in Vermont takes a new approach, using savory ingredients for a broth based, light and nourishing version.
December 17, 2016 |

Best Spas in Phoenix

Best Spas in Phoenix The votes are in for the Best Spas in Phoenix. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Phoenix and Spas in Arizona to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
December 16, 2016 |

Best Spas in Baltimore

Best of Baltimore Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Baltimore. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Baltimore and Spas in Maryland to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
December 13, 2016 |

Best Spas in Chicago

Best of Chicago Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Chicago. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Chicago and Spas in Illinois to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
December 5, 2016 |

Best Spas in Sedona

Best of Sedona Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Sedona. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Sedona and Spas in Arizona to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
December 3, 2016 |

Best Spas in Atlanta

Best of Atlanta Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Atlanta. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Greater Atlanta and Spas in Georgia to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
December 3, 2016 |

Best Spas in Sacramento

Best of Sacramento Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Sacramento. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Sacramento and Spas in California to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
December 1, 2016 |

Best Spas in Milwaukee

Best Milwaukee Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Milwaukee. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Milwaukee and Spas in Wisconsin to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
November 19, 2016 |

Low Fat Seafood Cioppino

cioppino Seafood Cioppino is a very low fat and hearty fish stew, the perfect cool-weather treat. We adapted our recipe from one created by The Oaks at Ojai, a health spa in Southern California, and at less than 250 calories per bowl, we think its a winner.
November 2, 2016 |

Turkey Burgers with Fig Salsa

Summer Turkey Burgers - The Oaks at Ojai Christine Denney, the chef for the Oaks at Ojai health spa in California, created this guest-favorite Turkey Burgers with Fig Salsa entree. This is a versatile recipe — it can be used to make a hand-held burger, or as meatballs with dip for a nice snack and appetizer, or even as a tasty salad with fig dressing.
August 19, 2016 |

ABC Salad – Avocado Beets and Citrus!

ABC Salad - Avocado Beets Citrus Avocado, beets, and citrus are the key players in this salad. And, it’s almost as simple as ABC (you still have to roast the beets while you prepare the remaining ingredients). ABC Salad provides healthy fats, vitamin C, antioxidants, some fiber and stunning colors!
August 19, 2016 |

Red Mountain Spa Sonoran Fish Tacos

Red Mountain Sonoran Fish Tacos These delicious Sonoran Fish Tacos are courtesy of Red Mountain Resort in Utah.  They are in the Sonoran Style, which in this case means a soft corn tortilla, not fried, and milder flavors. The Mexican State of Sonora shares a border with Arizona, and unlike the corn-tortilla based favorite recipes in Mexico, Sonoran Style tacos are usually soft, often in a flour tortilla, and tend to have green sauces and less heat. Here, Red Mountain keeps the corn tortilla, but features the traditional soft style and tasty green avocado sauce.
July 27, 2016 |

Welcome PureRejuv Wellness Center & Retreats

Welcome PureRejuv Wellness Retreats PureRejuv Wellness Center offers Wellness Retreats and Programs ranging from weekend jump starts and getaways, to extended stays designed to relax you and restore your vitality through Weight Loss, Detox, Ayurvedic, Yoga retreats, and more.
July 27, 2016 |

Best Spas in Raleigh

Best of Raleigh Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Raleigh. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Raleigh and Spas in North Carolina to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
July 24, 2016 |

Best Spas in Seattle

Best of Seattle Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Seattle. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Seattle and Spas in Washington to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
July 15, 2016 |

Best Spas in San Jose

Best of San Jose Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in San Jose. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Silicon Valley and Santa Clara County and Spas in Northern California to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
July 12, 2016 |

Rancho La Puerta Strawberry and Herb Salad

Strawberry and Herb Salad Chef Dan Richer was nominated by Rancho La Puerta guests to teach at La Cocina Que Canta. When he came to The Ranch, Chef Dan offered hands-on culinary experiences where guests prepared farm-to-table dishes under his direction. Dan’s clean cut and approachable teaching style kept the evening light and fun. Dan Richer is known for his fresh assembly of succulent salads and mouth-watering pizzas at his popular New Jersey restaurants, Razza Pizza Artigianale and Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria. He considers himself the anti-chef, trying to do less to the ingredients while allowing the meals he prepares to represent his philosophy of curating dishes of…
July 6, 2016 |

Welcome Top Spa at La Concha Key West

Welcome Top Spa at La Concha Key West La Concha Hotel and Spa is a National Historic Landmark building in the downtown district of Key West. Top Spa enjoys a perfect setting on its highest point, which affords panoramic views the keys from the floor to ceiling windows in your spa suite.
July 1, 2016 |

Pritikin Chicken in Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe

Pritikin Chicken in Sweet Chili Sauce The Pritikin Eating Plan recommends and incorporates the healthiest animal food choices — omega-3-rich fish, lean protein like chicken and turkey, and vibrant flavors with fruit and vegetables, making the most of spices and bold flavors. This popular Pritikin Chicken in Sweet Chili Sauce dish is delicious served for dinner, and makes great leftovers at work the following day. Chop your leftover entree into a large lettuce leaf for a delicious summer salad roll or wrap.
June 28, 2016 |

Welcome Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa

Welcome Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa was a founding member of the well-regarded Destination Spa Group, and has been welcoming guests to its affordable wellness retreats in the Poconos for more than thirty-five years.
June 22, 2016 |

Grilled Chicken Chimichurri

Oaks Chicken Chimichurri Chimichurri sauce is to Latin Americans what Ketchup is to Americans. This colorful and vibrant sauce has it origins in Argentina and Uruguay and is influenced by Mediterranean pestos.
June 19, 2016 |

Best Day Spas in Boston

Best of Boston Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Boston. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Boston and Spas in Massachusetts to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
June 18, 2016 |

Sanivan Summer Miso Soup

Sanivan Summer Miso Soup This summer Miso Soup recipe is popular with the guests of Sanivan Holistic Retreat, a relaxing bed and breakfast retreat amid the beautiful surroundings of the Catskill Mountains in New York, where guests relax, learn to cook healthy meals, practice yoga, and explore the Catskills.
June 17, 2016 |

11 Benefits of a Mud Bath

Roman Spa Mud Bath A therapeutic “mud bath” experience is a unique spa treatment you’ll certainly want to try.  But what is it exactly, and why should you try it?  In Calistoga, where the Roman Spa specializes in mud baths and massage, the “mud” is actually a mix of volcanic ash, natural peat and  warm geothermal mineral water from the spa’s own spring.  A deep soak tub is filled with lofty, aerated mixture, and your body is submerged up to your neck, but you don’t feel weighed down or trapped (a common fear). It’s more like the sensation of being in surrounded by thick,…
June 14, 2016 |

10 Summer Skin Care Tips

10 Summer Skin Care Tips When Spring marches into Summer, you need protect your skin so it doesn’t pay the price for the brunt of the heat this season. These skin care tips will help keep your skin fresh and dewy, even when the mercury climbs high, and help you enjoy your summer!
June 12, 2016 |

Light Pear Cobbler

Pears Make the most of this sweet fruit with a light Pear Cobbler made with brown sugar, reduced calorie spread and buttermilk. Just as delicious with stone fruit, like summer peaches and nectarines.
June 6, 2016 |

Cinnamon Banana Chips

cinnamon banana chips Steer clear of purchased banana chips which are usually coated in sugar (for a fruit already sweet on its own!) and preservatives. Instead, try this simple recipe for Cinnamon Banana Chips. They are great way to satisfy sweet and crunchy cravings at the same time.
June 6, 2016 |

Egg White Berry Crepes

Oaks at Ojai Egg White Berry Crepes Christine Denney, the chef for the Oaks at Ojai health spa in California, created these guest-favorite Egg White Berry Crepes, in a very unique way. Forget the butter and flour, these use egg whites and milk powder for a thin, light, and very spa like crepe, the perfect vehicle for your favorite berries or fruit.
May 15, 2016 |

Rancho La Puerta Strawberry Risotto

Strawberry Risotto Inspired by a book of summer recipes from Italy, this savory Strawberry Risotto is surprisingly delicious, not at all cloying as one might suspect. The berries impart a pleasant tannic quality, as in wine-like, staining the risotto a pale rose color. Rice is traditional, but this is also delicious made with farro, an ancient wheat grain popular in Italy.
May 6, 2016 |

Best Spas in Memphis

Best of Memphis Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Memphis. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Memphis and Spas in Tennessee to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.
May 1, 2016 |

Dolphin Island Brown Rice and Fresh Fish Salad

Brown Rice and Fresh Fish Salad This delicious recipe for Brown Rice and Fresh Fish Salad was presented by Michel Louws as part of the MasterChef Masterclass presented on Dolphin Island in Fiji.   Don’t be intimidated by the steps and list of ingredients.  This vibrant, healthy, colorful and fresh salad is worth every bite.  That said, we made this without the crab (not in season) and used just fresh fish, and it was superb.  
April 30, 2016 |

Low Fat Oven-Baked Blackened Tilapia

Blackened Tilapia This recipe for Blackened Tilapia is very simple — you’ll just need fresh fish from the market and a bit of your favorite cajun seasoning and dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes.  It’s more of a method than a recipe.  Start in a skillet to get that crusty exterior, and finish in an oven to avoid having to saute in too much fat.
April 16, 2016 |

Spa March Madness 2016

Spa Index March Madness 2016 It’s March, and in the USA, that means “fan”-tastic events are taking place for March Madness!  Each year, March Madness is one of the most popular fan participation events on the American sports calendar, but you’ll also see fun tournaments being played for everything from Best Brunch Spots to favorite television characters to this season of Dancing with the Stars. We think it’s also a fun way to vote for favorite Spa Resorts and Hotels in playoffs for the vaulted title as Annual Spa Index Readers’ Choice Favorite USA Spa Resort.      #SpaMarchMadness
April 6, 2016 |

Welcome Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Welcome Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Situated on 2,000 acres, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, located in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, features 318 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhomes and private homes, including the Falling Rock boutique hotel, a recipient of the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards.
April 6, 2016 |

Zesty Black Bean and Veggie Wrap

veggie wrap Whether you’re brown bagging it, or making a quick lunch to enjoy at home, this tasty Black Bean and Veggie Wrap wrap will delight you and your family. Once they take a bite, they won’t even notice it’s chock full of good-for-you fruit, veggies, beans and brown rice!
March 25, 2016 |

Cauliflower Flatbread with Pesto

Oaks Spa Cauliflower Christine Denney, the chef for the Oaks at Ojai health spa in California, created this guest-favorite Cauliflower Flatbread with Pesto entree as an alternative to flour based pizzas and focaccia. You can find it in the Recipes from the Heart cookbook available the spa.  Terrific for lunch or make it an entree by topping it with tomato sauce and your choice of other toppings, such as sautéed mushrooms and onions, and dusted with a bit of parmesan or cheese of your choice. 
March 19, 2016 |

Healthy Salads for Meal Planning

Healthy Salads: Kale Apple Quinoa Salad The secret to delicious, healthy salads is blending several sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami tastes to make an appetizing combination.  Here, Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts in New York two of their popular spa salads which feature superfoods, Kale, Spinach, Blueberries, and fit the bill, perfectly.
March 3, 2016 |

Welcome Pritikin Longevity Center

Welcome Pritikin Longevity Center Pritikin Longevity Center and health resort in South Florida offers a top-tier education in healthy living, with luxury resort amenities including swimming pools, golf courses, a luxury spa, and more, at All Inclusive Rates.
March 2, 2016 |

Spicy Kale with White Beans and Garlic

Spicy kale and white beans This quick and flexible vegetarian Spicy Kale with White Beans and Garlic serves just you or entire family! Garlic and Parmesan cheese provide savory flavors and balance the bitterness of Kale. Beans provide a source of protein. Vinegar, kale, and red pepper flakes all help in to digest the heaviness of beans.
February 13, 2016 |

Quinoa Walnut Brownies

Rancho La Puerta Quinoa Walnut Brownies One seldom needs an excuse for chocolate, but with Valentine’s Day around the corner, these Rancho La Puerta Spa Quinoa Walnut Brownies are a tasty, hand-crafted, chocolatey, and gluten free bit of deliciousness for your favorite Valentine.
February 11, 2016 |

Welcome Grail Springs Retreat Ontario

Welcome Grail Springs Retreat Grail Springs lies in one of the most beautiful regions of the world, the heart of the Ancient Granite Highlands, on a picturesque spring-fed lake near Bancroft, Ontario, the Mineral Capital of Canada, a scenic two and a half hour drive from Toronto or Ottawa.
February 6, 2016 |

Ananda Spa Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Bolognese

whole wheat spaghetti with bolognese This whole dinner entree is courtesy of Ananda Spa in the Himalayas. The executive Chef, Narenda Sharma, carefully creates recipes for guests which feature wholesome ingredients like whole grains, locally sourced vegetables and hand picked herbs and spices.  In this recipe for Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Soya Bolognese, he uses soya nuggets, a meat substitute and savory vegetables to create a rich and savory tomato sauce.
February 5, 2016 |

Welcome Copperhood Retreat

Welcome Copperhood Retreat Copperhood Retreat offers transformative getaways of juice fasting detox, weight loss, stress management, fitness restoration. The retreat welcomes guests who want to relax and rejuvenate in the beautiful Catskill Mountains and hike, bike, and explore the countryside.
January 29, 2016 |

3 Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit

Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit It’s a new year, and like many of our readers, we too are setting goals for increased fitness and wellness habits. While just about everyone is gung-ho with motivation and discipline soon after making resolutions or setting goals, the customary period for breaking those resolutions or stumbling with new goals is now — almost a month in. We just need a little bit of help to stay the course.
January 24, 2016 |

Welcome Sanivan Holistic Retreat & Spa

Welcome Sanivan Holistic Retreat & Spa Sanivan Holistic Retreat and Spa in the Catskills of New York offers customized retreats for those seeking a transformative wellness vacation. Whatever your wellness goal – rest and relaxation, stress-reduction, weight-loss or detoxification, you’ll find a getaway well suited.
January 20, 2016 |

Ananda Spa Seeded Granola Bars

Ananda Granola Bars These guest favorite Granola Bars are courtesy of Ananda Spa in the Himalayas. The executive Chef, Narenda Sharma, carefully creates recipes for guests which feature wholesome ingredients, like oats, coconut flour and seeds.
January 5, 2016 |

3 Reasons You Keep Overeating at Night

3 reasons you're overeating at night If there’s one thing that seems to plague many of us, it’s the munchies leading to overeating at night. Even after eating dinner, many of us find ourselves peering into the refrigerator each night, searching for something to satisfy. Is it physical hunger that’s calling? Or emotional soothing that food is sometimes so good at providing?
January 4, 2016 |

Best Spas in Denver

Best of Denver Spas The votes are in for the Best Spas in Denver. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in the Denver and Spas in Colorado to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation. These day spas offer skin care, massage, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, couples treatments and much more.
January 3, 2016 |

Pritikin Caesar Salad

Pritikin Caesar Salad The Pritikin Eating Plan recommends you eat at least 5 (and preferably many more!) servings of vegetables and greens each day for super nutrition. Plus, you’ll just naturally eat fewer calories and shed excess weight. The problem is, many salads in restaurants are calorie busters that are anything but healthy, racking up nearly 1,000 fat calories on average. Get all the deliciously tangy goodness of a Caesar but for about one-tenth the calories with this Pritikin Caesar Salad, always a hit in the dining room at the Pritikin Longevity Center. 
January 1, 2016 |

Pritikin Curry Waldorf Salad

Pritikin Curry Waldorf Salad The Pritikin Eating Plan recommends you eat at least 5 (and preferably many more!) servings of vegetables and greens each day for super nutrition. Plus, you’ll just naturally eat fewer calories and shed excess weight. The problem is, many salads in restaurants are calorie busters that are anything but healthy, racking up nearly 1,000 fat calories on average. Get all the deliciously tangy goodness of a Sweet Waldorf Salad but for about one-tenth the calories with this sweet, savory and filling Pritikin Curry Waldorf Salad, always a hit in the dining room at the Pritikin Longevity Center. 
December 15, 2015 |

Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Christmas Cake by Apolonia I was pleased to be a part of a Twitter party on the website Mompreneurs Online. The party was all about the holidays — shopping, crafts, even make-up tips from Avon.  I was there to provide advice about  making it through the holidays without gaining a lot of weight.  A topic that’s on the minds of too many of us.
November 27, 2015 |

Winter Parsnip and Coconut Soup

Grail Springs Parsnip Soup The health benefits of parsnips are not as familiar to most people as its sister the carrot. Parsnips are an excellent source of potassium and fiber, are known to balance blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. Parsnips can be an excellent source of folic acid for women, playing an important role with expectant moms, for reducing heart disease, dementia and osteoporosis.  Try this sweet tasting vegetable in a beautiful soup — Winter Parsnip Soup is a favorite of the guests at Grail Springs Retreat Centre in Ontario.
November 16, 2015 |

Red Mountain Spa Pumpkin Mousse

Pumpkin Mousse Red Mountain Did you know that the majority of fat and calories in a slice of pumpkin pie actually comes from the crust? If this holiday treat is one of your favorites, cut the calorie count down a few notches by whipping up this flavorful, velvety, light and airy Pumpkin Mousse.
October 14, 2015 |

Helpful Hints to Prevent Overindulging this Holiday Season

Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas — the holidays where we tend to snack on candy, toast with cocktails and punch and eat bountiful snacks and meals is upon us. Temptations will be plentiful this time of year: dinner parties, goodie trays, bountiful buffets—how do we enjoy ourselves yet keep our caloric intake at a reasonable and healthy level?   In this post, Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director at Lake Austin Spa in Texas, shares some helpful hints and tips.
October 13, 2015 |

Miraval Resort Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cookies by Miraval Please skip those dry, artificially flavored and sweetened pumpkin treats at your coffee spot, and instead, try this recipe. These homey Pumpkin Spice Cookies by Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, are so perfect for fall and winter.
October 7, 2015 |

How Smoothies Can Help with Health and Weight Loss Goals

Smoothies While smoothies were once popular only among the health conscious community, they have now turned into a mainstream staple and are even available at fast-food joints and Starbucks. Aside from being delicious and refreshing, there are many reasons why people consume smoothies. Many people looking to lose weight start to drink smoothies in the morning, adding in fruits, veggies, and superfoods. While we at Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts don’t promote all-smoothie diets, we do encourage you to start incorporating smoothies into your life to reap some of their many benefits.
September 28, 2015 |

The Best Morning Exercise Routine for Weight Loss

Best Morning Exercise Routine for Weight Loss “It’s easy to find thousands of weight loss tips online, including trends and fads, tips from amateur exercise enthusiasts, fitness professionals, and medical experts” says Katie Papo, Fitness Coach and Yoga Instructor for Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts.  “It can seem impossible to differentiate, or even to figure out which types of advice are best for you.”      In this article, Katie shares with us the best morning exercise routine for weight loss, even beginners to fitness.
September 28, 2015 |

Eating Healthy on the Road

Eating Healthy on the Road Does eating out when you are traveling cause you stress? Are you worried that you can’t make healthy choices when you are on vacation? You don’t have to worry. With these tips for eating healthy on the road, you just need to understand a few basic rules.
September 12, 2015 |

Asparagus Ricotta Bruschetta

Asparagus Ricotta Bruschetta This colorful Asparagus Ricotta Bruschetta appetizer is full of color and has a flavor terrific for brunch, spa party, or light lunch. It can made with soft ricotta cheese, or consider a fat-free herby substitute, like Laughing Cow or Boursin.
September 2, 2015 |

Strawberry Oatmeal Face Scrub

Strawberry Oatmeal Face Scrub Oatmeal and strawberries have anti-inflammatory properties  which makes this treatment great for those who have sensitive, dry, itching as well as irritated skin. This Strawberry Oatmeal Face Scrub is an excellent treatment to help soften your skin as well.   Strawberries can help to reduce bags and puffiness, oatmeal is a great exfoliating agent that helps to slough off dead skin that can cause dryness, and milk softens. 
August 10, 2015 |

Braised Beef with Green Beans | Movara Fitness Resort

Braised Beef with Butternut Squash This lower fat but rich and hearty meal of Braised Beef with Green Beans and Butternut Squash is perfect after a long day spent hiking and biking.  The butternut squash “noodles” are sweet and creamy and the green beans from your summer garden or produce stand are crisp and fresh tasting.  This recipe is courtesy of the Executive Chef Sam Baker of Movara Fitness Resort in Utah.  Sign up for the Movara Newsletter to enjoy tasty and nutritious recipes every month.
July 17, 2015 |

Banana Chocolate Mousse

vegan-chocolate-mousse-recipe[1] This fruit filled dessert is a tropical take on traditional Chocolate Mousse, and is suitable for vegans and those avoiding dairy and soy. It’s very creamy and satisfying — a little goes a long way.
July 6, 2015 |

Blueberry Orange Honey Syrup

Blueberry Orange Honey Syrup This syrup has no refined sugars. It relies on ripe berries, honey, and the natural sweetness of the orange, so it’s important to use good fruit. This Blueberry Orange Honey Syrup is splendid on French Toast, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, as a dip for fruit, and even as an add-in for a morning smoothie.
June 26, 2015 |

Lake Austin Spa New Orleans-Style Barbecue Shrimp

BBQ Shrimp by Sura Nualpradid Terry Conlan is a chef at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas and author of Fresh: Healthy Cooking and Living from Lake Austin Spa Resort (Favorite Recipe Press, 2003).  She developed this recipe for spicy style barbecue shrimp with a wonderful sauce.  There is no fatty cream or yogurt in the sauce, but you’ll be surprised at the thick and rich texture of this low calorie entree. This is a messy peel-and-eat style meal, so serve it outside on the patio, with plenty of napkins and glass of cold cucumber water.
June 10, 2015 |

Mountain Trek Cedar Planked Teriyaki Salmon

Teriyaki Salmon The right food combinations at the right time of day can create high energy and metabolic levels. Mountain Trek chefs and nutritionist together create meals that work, including this Mountain Trek Gluten Cedar Planked Teriyaki Salmon served to guests for dinner.    This delicious recipe is perfect for a summer barbecue. Serve it for Father’s Day or a special occasion dinner.  Leftovers are delicious served on top a cold salad.
June 7, 2015 |

Canyon Ranch Taco Salad

Canyon-Ranch-Taco-Salad[1] This simple salad by Canyon Ranch is a wonderful entree for a Southwestern luncheon. Serve the salad with spa guacamole on the side and fresh tropical fruit for dessert.
June 7, 2015 |

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Movara Fitness Resort - Dining Pumpkin Seed Pesto is a delicious variation on the traditional green pesto you may already love. Serve it over steamed veggies, drizzle it on a nutritious flat bread pizza, or float a spoonful in your vegetable soup.
June 4, 2015 |

Cold Oatmeal with Yogurt and Fresh Berries

muesli - cold oatmeal We first learned to love cold oatmeal in Hawaii, of all places. We were intrigued by the cold, creamy scoop of what locals were calling muesli after the dish of soaked grains and dried fruits made popular at the turn of the century by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital. 
June 4, 2015 |

Mountain Trek Gluten Free Cinnamon Granola

cinnamon granola The right food combinations at the right time of day can create high energy and metabolic levels. Mountain Trek chefs and nutritionist together create meals that work, including this Mountain Trek Gluten Free Cinnamon Granola served to guests for breakfast.    This delicious recipe is perfect for breakfast because it’s easy to make and can be stored for weeks.
June 2, 2015 |

Greens and Herbs Frittata

Greens and Herbs Frittata Savory, aromatic, and light, the Greens and Herbs Frittata is a rustically nourishing way to begin your spring morning. Transport yourself to a wide, tiled-floor kitchen overlooking lush Italian countryside as you dig into this hearty, yet light dish. Bright, fresh herbs awaken your sleepy cells as eggs provide the energy you need to make it through a busy day. Deceivingly simple, a frittata gives the impression that you spent the morning slaving away in the kitchen. 
May 24, 2015 |

Raspberry Banana Chia Seed Protein Blast

Raspberry Banana Chia Seed Protein Blast If you have an activity filled day ahead and you need a good start, or the heat gets you beat and you need an afternoon pick-me-up after a work-out, try this protein filled Raspberry Banana Chia Seed Protein Blast which guests of Red Mountain Resort in Utah enjoy.
May 16, 2015 |

Pritikin Berry Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Berry Balsamic Salmon This beautiful entree looks impressive, no?  It’s so simple to create both from fresh salmon and berries, or even a frozen fillet and a bag of frozen berries you keep on hand! This Berry Balsamic Glazed Salmon is both an elegant dinner or a wonderful lunch entree for a spa day.   Serve it with a tangle wilted spinach, which pairs well with both the berries and the balsamic flavors.  Another tip? Save the leftovers and toss the fish and glaze over fresh baby spinach leaves for a berry balsamic salmon salad.
May 16, 2015 |

Ginger Basil Limeade

Ginger Basil Limeade If the heat gets you beat, try this enlivening Ginger Basil Limeade chilled to feel light and bright. Refreshing sour lime mixes with spicy-sweet fresh ginger. Fresh basil cuts through with its light, bright pungent herbal taste. This limeade will clear your mind, stimulate digestion, take care of a gassy stomach and even cool you down.
May 13, 2015 |

Cranwell Resort & Spa Lemongrass Poached Halibut

Lemongrass Poached Halibut Cranwell Resort Executive Chef created this Lemongrass Poached Halibut to serve at the resort’s Wyndhurst at the Mansion and it’s already a seasonal favorite.   “I love trying new things out in the kitchen and putting ingredients together that I know work well and compliment each other.” 
May 11, 2015 |

Historic Hotel Galvez, Galveston, Texas – Video Tour

Since it first welcomed guests in 1911, the Hotel Galvez and Spa has enjoyed a spectacular beachfront setting on the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston.   This historic hotel is a iconic attraction for visitors and residents alike, and defines hospitality by offering all guests fine dining, cocktail refreshments, luxury lodging, a beautiful wedding venue, spa and salon services, and a concierge to arrange tours of the area’s prized Victorian architecture, seaside amusements, and Gulf Coast beaches.
May 10, 2015 |

Tomoko Spa, Beverly Hills – Video Slideshow

Tomoko Spa Beverly Hills | Photo by Emily Knect Tomoko Spa marries technique, luxury, and soul to create an exquisite spa experience. Enjoy a traditional Japanese Ofuro Bath experience,signature massage treatments with complimentary foot soak treatment, sushi and Japanese green tea refreshment, and more.
May 10, 2015 |

Pritikin Mustard Glazed Salmon

pritikin mustard glazed salmon So simple but so gourmet! This Mustard Glazed Salmon entree can be either a weeknight dish that makes you feel it’s the weekend, or, a special meal for Mother’s Day or a Birthday Celebration! Serve with a quick-and-easy whole grain like quinoa or couscous, or a microwaved baked potato, plus a nice big green salad.
May 8, 2015 |

Pritikin Citrus Fennel Mango Salad

Pritikin Citrus Fennel mango Salad This Pritikin Citrus Fennel Mango Salad is proof positive that healthy food can be as enticing to the palate as expensive red wine! You’ll love this recipe’s complex blend of citrus zest, licorice-flavored fennel, tropical mango, and fresh cilantro.
May 8, 2015 |

Afterglow Almond Butter Dressing

Mountain Trek Afterglow Almond Butter The right food combinations at the right time of day can create high energy and metabolic levels. Mountain Trek chefs and nutritionist together create meals that work, including this Mountain Trek Gluten Afterglow Almond Butter Dressing served with salads or as a veggie dip.   This is the most requested recipe at Mountain Trek and for good reason: it’s delicious and makes you want to eat salads!
May 3, 2015 |

Mountain Trek Power Shake

Green Smoothies The right food combinations at the right time of day can create high energy and metabolic levels. Mountain Trek chefs and nutritionist together create meals that work, including this Mountain Trek Power Shake served to guests for breakfast. It is filled with required nutrients and packed with strong protein to help begin a balanced morning. 
May 1, 2015 |

Smoked Turkey Hummus Wraps

Turkey Wrap This recipe for Smoked Turkey Hummus Wraps is courtesy of Everyday Recipes by Ste Anne’s Spa in Ontario, Canada. Feel free to doctor this wrap with your favorite vegetables, taking advantage of seasonal offerings (for instance, thinly sliced raw zucchini in place of the peppers, and even shaved carrot and celery makes a delightful “crunch.”
April 21, 2015 |

The Ranch at Live Oak, Malibu – Video Slideshow

The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu The Ranch at Live Oak is a wellness retreat set high above the Pacific  Ocean on a sprawling Malibu estate formerly owned by Western film star Hopalong Cassidy.  The week long fitness boot camp offers organic cuisine, hiking, personal training, fitness, yoga, massage, and relaxation.
April 10, 2015 |

Southwest Grits | Movara Fitness Resort

Movara Fitness Resort - Dining A scoop of these savory Southwest Grits is a guest favorite breakfast side at Movara Fitness Resort in Utah, where they are served with Carrot Cake Waffles, but don’t restrict them to breakfast.  Try these grits with a salad or dinner entree, as well, in place of another starch.  Sign up for the Movara Newsletter to enjoy tasty and nutritious recipes every month.
April 1, 2015 |

Carrot Cake Waffles | Movara Fitness Resort

Movara Fitness Resort - Dining These colorful and tangy Carrot Cake Waffles may just become your favorite breakfast, perfect in any season.  They are popular with the guests of Movara Fitness Resort in Utah, where they are served with a dollop of Southwest Grits for a filling and savory brunch.   Sign up for the Movara Newsletter to enjoy tasty and nutritious recipes every month.
April 1, 2015 |

Caprese Eggs Benedict | Movara Fitness Resort

Caprese Eggs Benedict If you are an Eggs Benedict fan, you will love this healthier version with a winning Italian caprese flavor profile, courtesy of the Executive Chef Sam Baker of Movara Fitness Resort in Utah. Serve it for a Spa Sunday Brunch! Sign up for the Movara Newsletter to enjoy tasty and nutritious recipes every month.
April 1, 2015 |

Fennel Kale Slaw

Fennel Kale Slaw Recipe Full of color, texture and flavor – this recipe for Fennel Kale Slaw is a highly nutritious salad, especially when it is topped with mung bean sprouts! By the way, the longer it marinates the better it tastes!  It was developed by Marni Wasserman for Grail Springs Retreat in Ontario, where it is a guest favorite salad — and no one misses the mayonnaise.
March 26, 2015 |

Mountain Trek Roasted Vegetables with Miso-Lime Dressing

roasted vegetables The right food combinations at the right time of day can create high energy and metabolic levels. Mountain Trek chefs and nutritionist together create meals that work, including Mountain Trek Roasted Vegetables served to guests for dinner.    This delicious recipe is perfect in fall when winter squash comes available, but also for a summer meal outside. Take advantage of your spring and summer harvest and swap out any of the vegetables for ones you prefer.
March 14, 2015 |

DIY Lemon Lavender Bath Melts

Lemon Lavender Bath Melts These wonderfully moisturizing and aromatic Lemon Lavender Bath Melts are just the ticket for softening and soothing dry winter skin, which can be worsened with hot baths.   Now you can enjoy a warm bath and a moisturizer in one.   They look lovely in a jar and make great gifts in cool months.  Substitute your favorite aromatics (rose petals, citrus peel and zest and herbs) for a lush and romantic blend.
February 25, 2015 |

Peanut Butter Ricotta Spread

peanut+butter+and+ricotta+spread Peanuts and Peanut Butter are strongly flavored foods so a little goes a long way in flavoring this spread, which makes use of low fat or fat free ricotta cheese as another protein source. Together, they make a fluffy peanut spread which is terrific on rice cakes or used as a dip for celery sticks and apple slices — and it’s popular with children and teens.
February 25, 2015 |

Rosemary Garlic Grilled Chicken

rosemary chicken When refined sugar is reduced or eliminated from your diet, your body will reward you with glowing skin, better sleep, stabilized blood sugar, weight loss, and more.   This recipe for Rosemary Garlic Grilled Chicken is part of Betsy Carter’s 3 Day Plan to Kick the Sugar Habit. 
February 23, 2015 |

Italian Bacon Dumpling Soup

Bacon Dumpling Soup This unique Bacon Dumpling Soup is a favorite of guests at the Adler Thermae Spa Resort in the Tuscany Region of Italy. It is adapted from a favorite regional dish called Tyrolean Dumplings commonly served in the Dolomites, a mountain range located in northeastern Italy.
February 6, 2015 |

Sweet and Spicy Wings | Movara Fitness Resort

Sweet and Spicy Wings If you are an Hot Wings fan, you will love this healthier version with a savory sweete and spicy glaze, courtesy of the Executive Chef Sam Baker of Movara Fitness Resort in Utah. These Sweet and Spicy Wings are just 88 calories each and great for Super Bowl parties, picnics, pool-side snacks, or even to tote to work for lunch — they reheat well.   Sign up for the Movara Newsletter to enjoy tasty and nutritious recipes every month.
January 15, 2015 |

Beet and Orange Salad

Beet and Orange Salad Here is a delicious and vibrant recipe for Beet and Orange Salad from our vegetarian menu at the Cliffs of Moher Retreat. It’s one of the popular entrees with guests.    This retreat is set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher and the beautiful countryside of County Clare, Ireland.  We are located on the west coast of Ireland and Europe just about the mid-point of The Wild Atlantic Way, a 400 Kilometre stretch along the Ireland’s rugged western coastline.
December 12, 2014 |

Kale Caesar Salad

kale This twist on the classic Caesar salad is heartier and healthier. Kale contains essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Instead of anchovies, garlic and lemon give this salad a vibrant Italian bite while the naked goat cheese gives it a Parmesan-like flavor.
December 2, 2014 |

Sleep Peacefully with Aromatic Bath Blends

aromatic bath blends Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy holiday season. Our friends in Midwest and East Coast of the United States are experiencing record snow fall, and shopping centers and malls are opening even earlier than usual this year (some even on Thanksgiving Day itself).  The stress of holiday shopping (a self imposed stress which we avoid, but one which can be hard for others to break) and entertaining visitors is going to be more difficult.   You’re going to need a good night’s sleep before, during, and after Thanksgiving and Christmas, and here are Aromatic Bath Blends which will help…
November 24, 2014 |

Chocolate Dipped Rice Cakes

Chocolate Dipped Rice Cakes This dessert is so simple, and isn’t restricted to the holidays. With just three ingredients (and sometimes 2) you can have a crunch, sweet, low-fat treat. Use your favorite rice cake or puffed corn cake, melt semi-sweet good quality chocolate chips (or your favorite carob or peanut butter chips), add a drop of two of extract if desired, and you’ve got a light, satisfying dessert.
November 23, 2014 |

Southern Ocean Lodge – Video Slideshow

Southern Ocean Lodge - Kangaroo Island Southern Ocean Lodge is a luxury retreat on Kangaroo Island, located off the coast of South Australia.  Stunning vistas, an Eco-conscious ethos, arresting architecture, thoughtful amenities, and bespoke inclusive services all contribute to a destination unlike any other in the Southern Hemisphere. 
November 10, 2014 |

Primland, Virginia – Video Slideshow

Primland Autumn Primland, a pristine Blue Ridge Mountain spa resort in Virginia, offers 12,000 acres of space, sky and shifting moods. Eco-conscious and thoughtfully developed, Primland is the ultimate retreat for world-class golf, spa treatments, refined dining and outdoor activities in an environment of rare natural beauty.
November 10, 2014 |

Curried Salmon Meatballs with Coconut Sauce

salmon meatballs  This tasty seafood recipe was created by the Chef of The Narrows Restaurant at the Shore Lodge & Spa in McCall, Idaho, for it’s first ever April 2014 Shore Lodge Culinary Festival. The three-day event celebrated all things epicurean and saw acclaimed chefs competing in a Chopped-style “Culinary King of the Mountain” competition.  This recipe is one of the best results.
November 6, 2014 |

No Bake Avocado Chocolate Pie | Eden Health Retreat

avocado chocolate pie This is a creamy, delicious and rich avocado chocolate pie recipe courtesy of the Eden Health Retreat Destination Spa in Queensland, Australia. It’s easy as can be with ingredients made in your food processor, and relies on dates and almonds for the crust, and avocados, coconut oil and cacao for the rich filling.
November 2, 2014 |

Healthy Breakfast Casserole

breakfast casserole Vita Vie Retreat is a wonderful Boot Camp Fitness and Wellness program in Delray Beach, Florida.  Here, they share a recipe for a Healthy Breakfast Casserole.  “I like to make this casserole not only because it tastes really good but also because it’s really convenient in the mornings. This feeds 2 of us for 3 mornings. I usually make 2 casseroles each week and mix up the veggies that I include in each way. Great way to get protein, fat and veggies all in one breakfast!”
October 23, 2014 |

Banana Vanilla Porridge – Eden Health Retreat

banana vanilla porridge Cool weather has its own special reward though and generally it’s a time to balance out that summer activity with a little restorative balance. It’s also time to change over from our cooler summer foods to our warming winter ones which is nature’s way of making sure we nourish our bodies in a seasonally appropriate way.   I have the perfect recipe for starting your day.   This Banana Vanilla Porridge is warm, nutritious, health-giving and hearty!   High fibre, great for cholesterol and super for energy.
October 10, 2014 |

Lash Extensions … are they for you?

Lash L’Amour of Boston With today’s hectic lifestyles, most women don’t have the time to apply fake eye lashes every morning, yet we still want those long, lush lashes that make our eyes pop! So, it’s no surprise that eyelash extensions have become the most recent beauty rage.  Eyelash extensions are enhancements applied to the natural eyelashes to increase volume and length in an effort to emphasize the eyes. Here are some things to keep in mind when exploring lash extensions.
September 29, 2014 |

Canyon Ranch Cold Pea Salad

Peas Fresh This unique salad is wonderful for entertaining because it can be made ahead of time. In fact, we like it even better the day after it is made. Because it is so easy to serve it is perfect for buffet-style service, a delightful addition to holiday menus, and great for picnics and tailgate parties.
August 19, 2014 |

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint Recipe

watermelon salad During what can be stiflingly hot, summer days, everyone craves cool refreshment, for both the body and tongue, whether it be by swimming in the sea, lakes, rivers or swimming pools, sipping iced tea and flavored waters, or staying indoors with the air conditioning and a cooling body treatment or facial. One of our favorite ways to beat the heat is with chilled cuisine, and a particularly refreshing dish is a unique, Watermelon Salad with Feta and  Mint, served by a Virginia B&B — the Iris Inn — to its guests.
July 28, 2014 |

7 Ways to Use Sea Salt in your Beauty Routine

sea salt The newest product of the Wakaya family of health and wellness products, produced on the island of Wakaya in Fiji, is Wakaya Perfection Fijian Kosher Sea Salt.   Obviously, everyone loves how sea salt flavors almost everything we cook, but did you know, sea salt is a beauty product you should add to your daily beauty routine?   Try out these favorite recipes and let us know which are your favorites.
July 23, 2014 |

DIY Healing Herbal Wrap

ginger_healing_wrap Ginger tea is commonly recommended to relieve symptoms of colds.  Here, it’s being used as a wrap to help ease the symptoms of sore muscles and to reduce inflammation.  Dr. Andrew Weil also recommends ginger as “an excellent anti-inflammatory.”
July 19, 2014 |

Is my diet causing acne breakouts?

skincare The phrase “you are what you eat” has both religious and dietary origins, dating back to as early as  biblical times — Roman Catholics believe that the bread and wine of the Eucharist are changed into the body and blood of Jesus — or the 1800s when Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French lawyer, politician, epicure and gastronome, wrote “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are]. The common use of the phrase today holds that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good…
July 9, 2014 |

Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza  This summery BBQ Chicken Pizza relies on prepared gluten free pizza crusts, however, it’s just as easy to make it with other light crusts for those who can tolerate wheat.  For instance, two small whole wheat pita breads can stand in for the pizza crust, here, or a piece of whole wheat Naan bread.
July 3, 2014 |

Smothered Chicken Burrito

Smothered Chicken Burrito This guest favorite savory dinner entree is a satisfying meal after a day of vigorous activity.  Now that we are in the summer months with swimming, hiking and biking ruling the day, you can afford a hearty supper like this Smothered Chicken Burrito.  While the list of ingredients looks longish, it actually isn’t if you take advantage of a summer barbecue and the bounty from your summer garden or local Farmer’s Market.  If you have friends and neighbors with extra squash and peppers, take them!   Just grill a few pieces of extra chicken and vegetables from your BBQ night…
July 3, 2014 |

Living Hair System by the Body Deli

Body Deli Chemical laden swimming pools, Jacuzzi tubs, salt water, sun, sand, and more, can wreak havoc on your locks.   The Body Deli, based in Palm Desert, California, but with a website to cater to all its long distance clientele, has a line of products that will help retain hair luster.
June 28, 2014 |

Cardamom Banana Lime Smoothie

Cardamom Banana Lime Banana Smoothie Bananas are the ideal delight on a hot summer afternoon for restoring electrolytes, and great for your skin. If you are feeling a little sluggish, its natural sugars will restore your energy levels as well. This Cardamom Banana Lime Smoothie has a nice sharp twist on the usual smoothie.
June 13, 2014 |

Oh La La Lacquerie! Think Pink for Mobile Spa Parties

La Lacquerie Mobile Nail Salon The San Francisco Bay Area is home to world-class dining, museums, galleries, beautiful architecture, stunning views, exciting live theatre, and now, just about the most charming nail salon ever!  Bay Area spa enthusiasts have another must-book activity:  A mobile salon and spa party by La Lacquerie. 
June 12, 2014 |

Plantain Cream for Bites and Stings

Plantain Weed Plantain (the botanical, not the  starchy fruit) is a common weed in your yards and garden — but did you know it also serves as an excellent medicinal remedy?  It’s a wonderful treatment for bug bites and stings, but also minor burns and abrasions, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis.     Make some of this healing plantain cream and keep it on hand this summer.
June 3, 2014 |

Cucumber Mint Salad with Chives and Sesame

cucumber mint salad This is a beautiful spring salad with fresh, bright, green flavors.  It can be customized any number of ways by substituting your favorite herbs.  It’s a wonderful side salad for a spa party or reception.  Don’t make it too far ahead, however — the cucumber ribbons tend to wilt after a time.
April 8, 2014 |

Guide to Essential Oils

Spa Index Essential Oils Guide For the benefit of our visitors who are considering a spa treatment which calls for ingredients in a mask or wrap which are unfamiliar, “read below before you go.” This Guide to Essential Oils provides some basic information, but it’s also helpful for selecting a new or different combination of oils based on a profile that piques your interest.
March 30, 2014 |

Low Sugar Low Fat Berry Pavlova

Berry Pavlova Dessert A Pavlova dessert is always a show stopper, is fairly low in refined sugar and fat calories even before it is adapted for low fat and low sugar preferences, and honestly isn’t that complicated, if you have patience.
March 25, 2014 |

Zen Spaces

Meditation Tea House Our favorite zen spaces exude calm and rest for the mind body and spirit.  These are a collection of our favorite spaces, created by spas, landscape designers, businesses, home owners, and Mother Nature.
March 19, 2014 |

Avocado and Kale Super Salad

Avocado-Kale-Salad 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 19, 2014 |

Rosemary Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

RoastedBeetSalad The beets in this salad give a hearty and rich, earthy flavor, which pairs well with the sweet caramelized onions and peppery arugula. The creamy goat cheese, and crunchy buttery hazelnuts pull it all together to make this salad fit and delicious!
March 17, 2014 |

Golden Door Four Citrus Salad with Honey and Sherry

Orange Sections This four citrus salad courtesy of Golden Door Spa in Escondido is light, lively, and beautiful. We are fortunate to have citrus year round so we don’t need to rely on specific seasons, but the salad is good any time of year if you wish to substitute a few citrus fruits available and supplement with other colorful fruits, including pear and pomegranate seeds.
March 16, 2014 |

Jicama Slaw with Pink Grapefruit and Citrus Dressing

Jicama Grapefruit Slaw Beneath its rough skin, jicama is pearly white, mildly sweet, and addictively juicy and crunchy, especially with a squeeze of lime. Slice it into elegant julienne and mix it with red cabbage and shredded carrots from the garden. Limes and grapefruit sparkle in the exotic citrus-based dressing.
March 9, 2014 |

MOR Marshmallow Bath and Body Products in time for Marshmallow Day

mor marshmallow In Japan, Korea and Taiwan, the February 14 Valentine’s Day holiday is closely followed by White Day, celebrated on March 14. On Valentine’s Day, the custom is for women to give gifts of chocolate to men, and not just to sweethearts, but co-workers as well!  The chocolate gifts are known as giri-choco (giri = obligation; choco = chocolate). In order to level the playing field, a savvy marshmallow manufacturer conceived of Marshmallow Day in 1965, calling for a gesture of thanks by the men. His idea bloomed and on March 14, men who receive chocolate on Valentine’s Day return the…
February 26, 2014 |

Canyon Ranch White Bean Soup with Pesto

Canyon Ranch White Bean Soup with Pesto Both the bean soup and the pesto in this recipe can be served separately. The soup is good served cold with chopped leftover vegetables added to it and the pesto is a wonderful sauce for pasta. This simple faux pesto sauce has fewer ingredients than the recipe for Pesto Sauce in Canyon Ranch cookbooks, which also contains Miso and pine nuts. It can be served for vegan-vegetarian menus at Canyon Ranch because it does not contain cheese.
February 25, 2014 |

Pritikin All Purpose Seasoning

Pritikin All Purpose Seasoning The Pritikin Eating Plan is all about serving guests healthy, nutritious dishes which sate, and never deprive.  It’s all about the flavor and nutrition, and less about calories and counting.   In its cooking classes, and in recipes shared on its blog and with our readers, you’ll see references to Pritikin All Purpose Seasoning quite often.  Guests can buy a jar of this salt and preservative-free seasoning to take home, it can be ordered from Pritikin’s website, or, you can whip up a batch of your own.  
February 14, 2014 |

Broadmoor Kale Salad with Squash and Orange Chips

Kale Salad with Squash and Oranges This delicious salad is served at the Broadmoor Resort & Spa in its Tavern Restaurant.  It was created by David Patterson, Executive Sous Chef & Andreas Hartmann, Chef de Cuisine, and makes use of Kale, a SuperFood, and sweet and savory components, including wonderful dried orange slices.
February 12, 2014 |

Eslor Skincare Review

Eslor Skin Care We send people to spas, we visit spas ourselves, and we consult with many spa vendors manufacturing and offering skin care products, equipment and services. We know a thing or two about spas and the spa lifestyle.   Still, if you had asked three months ago what our staff members consider their a go-to skin care line, we’d all answer “it’s kind of a nightmare — it changes all the time because it has to.”
February 8, 2014 |

How to Host Spa Parties

Houstonian Spa Bridal Party Admit it. You’ve attended enough bridal shower parties with corny games and cheesy prizes to last a life time. You secretly wilt at the thought of one more interminable afternoon slumped back in lumpy furniture watching the guest of honor open her gifts of tea towels, cake stands, and storage containers. You despair at the thought ingesting one more spoonful of the omnipresent marshmallow and mandarin orange gelatin salad or something with the name “Trash” in the name, followed by the “fruit punch” chaser, which looks alarmingly nuclear in origin and consists of a rapidly melting brick of pastel colored…
February 8, 2014 |

Orange Ginger Warming Foot Scrub

Clean Feet We have someone on staff who, when he’s not busy running our spa empire, he’s an amateur meteorologist.   We recently said “Good morning!” and he replied “Not for anyone East of California.  Did you know 66% of the country is under snow right now? 66%!”  That’s a lot of cold feet.  This warming foot scrub is great for the winter, and leaves your feet feeling soft and relaxed. The sugar exfoliates, the almond oil moisturizes, and the essential oils and cayenne pepper stimulate blood flow and warm the feet.
February 7, 2014 |

Fruit Salad Body Mask

Melon This recipe for our Fruit Salad Body Mask reads as if you’re making a smoothie for the skin — and you are  — but for good reason. Each of the fruits have a specific purpose.
January 31, 2014 |

Avocado Walnut and Crispy Bacon Salad

Avocado Here is a deliciously interesting salad: Avocado, Walnut & Crispy Bacon. While all three of these foods are considered high fat, they are very satisfying when modest portions are measured out and will keep you sated.
December 23, 2013 |

Canyon Ranch Spanish Onion Soup

Spanish Onions Canyon Ranch Spanish Onion Soup uniquely differs from its French counterpart with its sightly creamier and thicker chicken stock base, white wine and garlic, and savory tortilla strips.
December 7, 2013 |

Embracing a Healthy Menopause with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

TCM and Menopause Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are based on the concept of Yin and Yang, two forces that must be balanced in the body.  The concept resembles the western notion of homeostasis.  Yin is associated with coolness in the body, and Yang is responsible for warmth.  During menopause, Yin declines and so there is a relative excess of Yang in the body.  This manifests as hot flashes and night sweats, two complaints frequently reported by menopausal women.
November 6, 2013 |

SpaIndex.com Unveils New Website Design

SIM Displays Spa Index Media announces the redesign of the website for SpaIndex.com: Guide to Spas. New features include Maps, Events, Coupons, a Job Board, and Vendor Marketplace. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 02, 2013 SpaIndex.com: Guide to Spas was established in 1998 and has provided its consumers with resources for destination and resort spa travel, weight loss retreats, day spa services, and living a spa and wellness lifestyle.
October 2, 2013 |

Citronella Mason Jar Lanterns

Mason-Jar-Citronella-Mosquito-Lamps[1] Aren’t these mason jar lanterns beautiful?    Retro reproduction mason jars in a lovely shade of blue are filled with liquid citronella.  A hole in punched in the flat cap of a 2 part lid, cotton string is threaded through, and ignited to make a natural and beautiful bug-free light for your garden spa party.
September 28, 2013 |

Georgia Seeking to Bring Back the Soviet Era Spa Experience

Tskaltubo sanatorium resort ruins Known for its pristine mountain air and curative waters, the South Caucasus country of Georgia used to be closely associated during the Soviet era with doctor-prescribed rest and relaxation. The tumult of two decades of independence eroded the country’s reputation as a place to relax and rejuvenate. But these days, policymakers and some investors are eyeing the country’s aging spas as an opportunity to gain a share of the $2-trillion global spa-and-wellness market.
September 21, 2013 |

Rancho La Puerta Spiced Apple Salad

Spiced-Apple-Salad Rancho La  Puerta Executive Chef Bill Wavrin, author of the best-selling Rancho La Puerta Cookbook, comments that this salad is “often requested by returning guests who can’t wait to get back and have it for lunch.”
September 5, 2013 |

Super Salmon Blueberry Salad

blueberry-salmon-salad  This salad is a power house of super foods!  Super Anti Oxidant Blueberries and Omega-3 rich Salmon are simply dressed with sweet onions, red wine vinegar, a little seasoning, and olive oil. It’s simple and perfect.
August 20, 2013 |

What are Meditation Labyrinths?

Meditation Labyrinths Meditation Labyrinths provide a meditative experience thought to reduces stress, renew energy levels and create inner balance within the walker. Unlike a maze, which is intended to confuse, block, and misdirect the walker, a labyrinth is meant to relax by giving the walker time to meditate, think, or muse as he or she follows a “leisurely path to center.”
June 17, 2013 |

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology Path This ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique targets specific pressure points (usually on the feet, but also on the hands and ears) which are massaged in order to re-establish the flow of energy throughout the body. For many enthusiasts, it relieves stress and releases energy and pressure throughout the body.
June 17, 2013 |

Green Bean Potato Salad

green bean potato salad The bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables at Farmer’s Markets and Produce Stands makes it easy to select healthy and flavorful side dishes to accompany the sizzling steaks, chicken, and hamburgers of summer months.  Banish the mayonnaise coated potato salad from your picnic table, and try this light, flavorful Green Bean and Red Potato Salad instead, courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run in Vermont.
June 13, 2013 |

Greek Ribbon Squash Salad

Greek-Ribbon-Squash-Salad.ashx_[1] Isn’t this a beautiful salad? We found it browsing the  McCormick’s website and thought it was a perfect Summer Spa Salad.  Ribbons of summer squash are dressed in a Greek vinaigrette for an appealing summertime salad. For effortless, paper-thin squash ribbons, use a vegetable peeler or a mandolin.  We enjoyed this salad with grilled Halloumi in place of the Feta, for an entree-salad.
June 10, 2013 |

Ionic Detox Foot Baths: Scam or Science?

FootBath This post is a reprint of one of our most heavily read and shared SpaCast blog posts, dated February 4, 2008.   The issue of whether ionic detox foot baths (and now, detox foot patches) offer any real benefit was one of the most hotly debated subjects ever printed on our spa lifestyle network.
June 1, 2013 |

Tipping Spa Attendants

Jacuzzi Tub Q: My boyfriend and I went to a day spa to enjoy a package which included a 30 minute hot tub soak, and a side by side European massage. This was a couples package. We tipped the massage therapist for two massages.  Were we suppose to tip for the hot tub?  No one performed anything while we were in there, they just opened the door and set a timer. What would be the appropriate manner of tipping in such a situation? Thanks. — Pei H.
May 17, 2013 |

What Kind of Facial Should I Get?

Teen Skincare “I am 22 and having trouble deciding on what kind of a facial treatment — my first — to get from a Day Spa on my vacation.   I have read the brochures and talked to my friends, and when I read and hear about an aromatherapy facial, that’s what I want.  Then I read about a mud mask and then that’s what I want. Then I read about a vitamin facial, and that sounds good too. My skin is pretty normal most of the time, but at other times has pretty bad acne breakouts. Help!!!” — Angel R.
May 1, 2013 |

Heart Healthy Chicken Fruit Salad

Heart Healthy Chicken Salad This Heart Healthy Chicken Fruit Salad by Cardiology Associates is full of chunky chicken, tasty pineapple, sweet grapes, and a low fat dressing.  Serve at your spa party, or, take it to  work for lunch with low fat crackers or pita bread.
April 15, 2013 |

Natural Soaps by Bidwell Botanicals

Bidwell Soap How do you describe why you love one bar of soap more than another?  How one bar of scented soap smells artificial and inexpensive, and one smells rich and natural?  What smells and feels heavenly to me is only ho-hum to someone else, and scents adored by others leave me wilted.
March 26, 2013 |

Breakfast Bread Pudding

bread pudding with raisins This easy-to-make bread pudding freezes very well (after baking and cooling) and therefore can be made ahead of time and popped in the microwave to reheat for a fast and healthy breakfast. It can also be made into muffins. Just mound the mixture into each of 12 sprayed muffin tins or custard cups and shorten the baking time by about 5 minutes.  This makes it also a portable breakfast.  Take it to work and leave it in the freezer so you have something nourishing in a few minutes time.
March 25, 2013 |

French Canadian Spring Pea Soup

Pea and Lettuce Soup Nothing tastes more like a Spring Garden than a bowl of this Spring Pea Soup with a vegetable sandwich and a light smoothie. It works well as both a warming bowl in colder months, but it’s also the perfect entree for a “Ladies’ Spa Lunch” in the Spring.
March 25, 2013 |

Roman Spa Hot Springs Getaway

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March 1, 2013 |

Creamy Kiwi Dressing

Kiwi Fruit This dressing can be used on salads of all types, or as a sauce on cold fish, poultry, or meat. Also, by substituting white wine or pineapple juice for the rice vinegar called for, it can be served as a dessert or a chilled fruit soup. The exotic sweet-tart flavor of the kiwi works equally well in both sweet and savory dishes, making it an exceedingly versatile ingredient.
February 28, 2013 |

Black Bean Salad

black beans This is a simple bean salad from The UltraMetabolism Cookbook 200 Delicious Recipes That Will Turn on Your Fat-Burning DNA. Dr. Mark Hyman, The UltraWellness Center.   Like any bean salad, this one is best made ahead of time, so the flavors can reach their full potential before serving.  The dressing is equally good on garbanzo beans or kidney beans.
January 30, 2013 |

Canyon Ranch Buffalo Chicken Salad

buffalo chicken salad Canyon Ranch Corporate Chef Scott Uehlein shows you how to create a delicious, easy, healthy game-day party dish, Buffalo Chicken Salad.   Who needs those messy bones and sticky fingers and fat calories? This has all of the flavor of wings, plus flavor and sophistication.
January 28, 2013 |

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian-Chili This is a great one-pot meal that you can whip up for a party or stash in the freezer for those chilly winter days. The mix of beans make this high in protein and fiber and the spices are loaded with healing properties. Top the chili with slices of avocado for some healthy fat or serve it over brown rice.
January 23, 2013 |

A Former Ferry Becomes the Bota Bota Floating Spa in Montreal

Bota Bota Montreal Recycle to reinvent; the motto of Bota Bota, the project where a 57-year-old ferryboat was transformed into a floating Scandinavian spa by Sid Lee Architects, right in the heart of Montreal’s Old Port.  Bota Bota is the new name given to the ferry boat that used to link two cities in Quebec in the 1950s, built in 1951 and measuring 170 feet and 600 tons, the Arthur Cardin plied the waters between these two cities for ten years. — Yatzer.com  
January 15, 2013 |

Low Fat French Onion Soup

Low Fat French Onion Soup For this Low Fat French Onion Soup, we love Sargento Ultra Thin sliced cheeses because they allow full-fat flavor with paper-thin calorie savings. One slice is approximately 40 calories, but that one slice has much flavor than intentionally low-fat or fat-free cheeses (none of which we actually love).
January 3, 2013 |

Quick Egg Drop Soup

Quick Egg Drop Soup The groaning table of Thanksgiving has been cleared, the leftovers are hopefully gone, and the question what do fix that’s light, flavorful, quick and easy — Quick Egg Drop Soup is the answer.
November 26, 2012 |

Parsley Cucumber Facial

parsley cucumber facial The next time you make a salad, set aside just 3 tablespoons of basic ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a quick parsley cucumber facial, to be enjoyed while soaking in the tub before bed. You cannot get any easier, or quicker, than this.
November 17, 2012 |

Gigante Bean Salad with Black Olive and Pesto Recipe

Gigante Bean Salad Nestled in the sand on the Santa Monica coast in California, Shutters On The Beach is a favorite luxury seaside resort, serving up fresh and delicious food with style year-round.   In The Summertime Anytime Cookbook, Dana Slatkin shares 130 irresistible recipes from her family’s celebrated hotel for any day or night at the beach, including this delicious salad.
September 24, 2012 |

Spa Bleu Cheese Sauce

bleu-cheese This tangy spa bleu cheese sauce is an excellent choice for vegetables, pasta, fish, and other cool weather entrees. A little goes a long way thanks to the sharp flavor of bleu cheese.
September 23, 2012 |

Spa Bechamel Sauce

Onions Garlic The Canyon Ranch Kitchen crafted this lighter version of Bechamel Sauce for healthy by satisfying dishes. In this version, the lightened white sauce can stand in for the more caloric Bechamel. The texture is so similar it stands in well for your heartier casseroles and gravies.
September 23, 2012 |

Lentil Orzo Salad

lentils This salad can be made ahead and keeps very well, making an ideal candidate for toting to work during the week.  We found the dressing very astringent, so be sure to season and taste as you go, or, use your favorite vinaigrette.
January 16, 2012 |

Fire Roasted Tomato Fennel Soup

Fennel Jessica Taft is the head chef and founder of New York Food Coach.  Her mission is to show you how healthy eating and in proper portions will improve your health, fitness and physical appearance. Whether your goal is to lose weight or to generally feel better by making sensible food choices, eating green and clean, NYFC can help you learn how to incorporate healthy cooking into your busy lifestyle while using the foods and ingredients you enjoy most.
January 2, 2012 |

Old World Black Bread

Black Bread This is a dense, whole wheat dark bread which stands up well to veggie toppings. A slice of this bread, toasted, is excellent with a topping of blended cottage cheese, herbs and vegetables. Avocado Toast is a natural. It’s also good mixed with a lighter whole wheat dough recipe to make a swirl bread.
December 19, 2011 |

Rancho La Puerta Chilled Cucumber Soup

Sliced Cucumbers Cucumber Soup is a quintessential menu item for a Spring spa party, reception, or to take to work when it’s overly warm outside. This version has creamy avocado so you feel just a bit more sated than you would without it.  You’ll always feel refreshed after eating this cool soup.  
August 22, 2011 |

Mexican Lentil Soup with Roasted Garlic

lentil soup Hart and Hind Fitness Ranch was a wellness facility in the Texas Hill Country, sadly now closed.  Fortunately, the healthy recipes created by its cowgirl chef, Paula Disbrowe, live on, including this favorite Mexican Lentil Soup.  We make this several times each winter season — it tastes just as wonderful the next day.
February 7, 2011 |

Canyon Ranch Five Onion Bisque

Fresh-Onions The combination of so many kinds of onions gives this soup a depth of flavor which is truly satisfying. This bisque is so low in both fat and calories that it is an excellent first course for many meals and ideal for dinner parties.
October 18, 2010 |

Bubba Q Sauce

bbq sauce I originally created this recipe for my Dad, who was diabetic but loved his barbecue. The key ingredients are the low-carb ketchup, and brown-sugar Splenda. Most of the rest can be tweaked to your liking. I’ve passed this recipe along to several friends and family members who were trying to eat healthier, or were diabetic as well, and it always gets rave reviews.
February 19, 2010 |

Chicken and Grape Salad

Chicken and Grape Salad The Chicken and Grape Salad is a favorite of guests at The Heartland Spa in Wisconsin. It’s sure to please and makes the perfect addition to a summer lunch menu. Serve it on top of fresh lettuce leaves, stuffed inside whole wheat pita bread, or along slide a sliced tomato.
June 1, 2009 |

Thai Beef Salad

thai beef salad This summer, the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Thailand introduced  Ginja Cook,  a contemporary learning facility introducing rich Thai cuisine heritage to all age groups visiting the resort and spa.   Ginja Cook’s “Everyone is Welcome” approach offers personalized individual, family and group culinary courses. The courses aim to provide an insight into the unique art of Thai cuisine, demonstrating simple preparation techniques for traditional dishes, and to respect the culinary past while embracing the future with contemporary life-style twist.
June 10, 2006 |

Thalassotherapy Spas in the USA

thalasso.lomadelmar “Hi, I am looking for a thalassotherapy facility in the US. Could you help me to find? Thank you.”  G.B. Some “Thalassotherapy Spas” —  mostly in the United States, describe thalassotherapy simply as “the use of sea products to detoxify, exfoliate, balance the skin’s pH, and hydrate.”   That should give you pause because true thalassotherapy is an ancient form of wellbeing; using sea water and marine based products for health and beauty.
April 22, 2006 |

Spa Index Reviews Waikiki Plantation Spa Honolulu

Oahu is known as the “Gathering Place” in Hawaii and is the third largest of the four major islands, but by far the most populous. It is home to the well-known Diamond Head Crater, Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, and two Outrigger Hotel properties which boast two of Honolulu’s best spas.   
September 1, 2005 |

Zucchini Soup with Curry and Cilantro

Zucchini Soup with Curry and Cilantro Hart & Hind Fitness Ranch was a fitness ranch in the Texas Hill Country.  It has sadly closed now, but its recipes live on.  The ranch chef, Paula Disbrowe, created this recipe for its guests.  To retain their vibrant green color, the zucchini is blanched, and simmered for a short time. Onions and shallots lend sweetness, and serrano chile, mint, and cilantro give the soup a bright, herbaceous edge.
August 17, 2005 |
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