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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
This simple recipe for carrot cake is courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run, Vermont, a health retreat for women. How can cake be healthy? Well for one thing, it doesn’t need heavy cream cheese frosting. Just trust us on this one.
August 5, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
This slightly sweet loaf is perfect with a cup of tea, or as part of a light lunch with a salad and iced tea. It fits the bill for both something bread-like and dessert-like and it isn’t difficult to have these ingredients on hand if you use “craisens” or dried cranberries.
May 18, 2015 | Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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.
May 24, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
There is nothing not delicious about this vegan ice cream crafted by Marian Tobin-Hardy from dates, Himalayan salt, vanilla and crushed dark chocolate with almonds.
September 26, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe for healthy ricotta cookies is from Shaun T, creator of the Insanity Workout. Made with ricotta cheese, they are high in calcium and one serving is only 50 calories and 2.6 grams of fat.
September 18, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This dessert is perfect for bake sales and school lunches and are sure to become favorites in your home. Kid and Family Approved, not to mention coworkers and neighbors.
August 23, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Orange Glaze is courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run, Vermont, and uses up summer bounty of squash. Don’t limit yourself to this treat in the warmer months, however. It can be enjoyed at the holiday table as well.
August 19, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
This refreshing Peach Float recipe courtesy of the Mayo Clinic is made with peaches, vanilla ice milk, club soda, whipped topping, and nutmeg, for a cool treat with summer flavor.
July 11, 2011 | Kitchens Spa Index
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 | Kitchens Spa Index
This healthy recipe was created by the Green Mountain at Fox Run culinary team especially for SpaIndex.com for the benefit of our vinotherapy and wine enthusiasts. For an especially rich and satisfying dessert, we prepare it with our Fage Non-Fat Greek Yogurt.
March 25, 2011 | Spa Index
This dish really is perfect for breakfast, as a salad, or as a dessert. Honey and Sage Baked Peaches with Pistachios and Blue Cheese is courtesy of Red Mountain Spa. This light dish is sweet, savory, and tangy, and so easy to pull together. Enjoy it with fresh peaches during the summer, but you can also used frozen if that’s what you have.
March 25, 2011 | Spa Index
This cheesecake recipe from Green Valley Spa in Utah is one of most requested recipes when we serve it to friends and guests. The base is lighter in texture than a traditional cream cheese type — it’s made with blended cottage cheese and yogurt. See note for cutting and serving.
March 21, 2011 | Kitchens Spa Index