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10 Tips for Healthy Lifestyle Changes

10 TIPS FOR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Exploring daily practices that will support us in making desired changes in order to live more nourished, balanced, and satisfied lives is what we do at Green Mountain at Fox Run.   We offer opportunities to explore how practicing small changes on a consistent basis can really have a considerable impact on sustaining our hard-won behavior changes. Based on over 40 years of experience helping women make small, impactful changes in their lives, here are 10 tips to help you on your journey of making healthy, positive changes each day.

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January 21, 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. (more…)

January 21, 2017 |

Healthy Hoppin’ John Recipe

Healthy Hoppin' John Recipe

In the southern United States, eating a bowl of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day is a folksy tradition to help assure a prosperous year filled with luck.  This dish, also called Carolina Beans and Rice, is traditionally made by cooking together Black Eyed Peas, Rice, Onions, Bacon or Pork, Bell Peppers and spices.  The Black Eyed Peas symbolize pennies or coins (in fact, a coin is sometimes placed under the dinner bowls when serving), and the bowls are accompanied by southern greens (the color of American currency) and cornbread (the color of gold).  Save some leftovers and serve the dish again on January 2, and call the meal “Skippin’ Jenny.”   Serving the leftovers is frugal, doubling your chance for an even better chance of prosperity in the New Year.

As fun as this tradition is, unfortunately, southern recipes can include fatty bacon or pork to season the dish.     Lindsay Ford, a RD at Skyterra Weight Loss Spa & Fitness Resort, has created this slimmed-down version of the dish and has added healthy barley in place of rice.  Barley is rich in nutrients and minerals — the perfect addition to themed dish — so consider it a deposit into your health and wellness account for the year.

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December 27, 2016 |

Light Zucchini Pea Soup

Zucchini Soup - New Life Hiking Spa

Zucchini Soups and Pea Soups are usually fat-added creamy affairs, with fatty meats, 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.  Serve unblended if you like, or if you prefer a thick version, use your blender to make a smoother, heartier version. Easy to tote to work and school for a hydrating, comforting cool-weather meal.  

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December 17, 2016 |

Biggest Loser Spicy Szechuan Noodles

This protein-rich Biggest Loser Spicy Szechuan Noodles dish is much lower in fat than your typical peanut noodle dish at your favorite restaurant.  A restaurant entree can have as much as 20 grams of fat per serving and  over 1600 mg of sodium.  This much-improved version is perfect for a spa dinner and is every bit as savory and satisfying as its higher calorie counterpart.

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December 12, 2016 |

Blistered Tomato Spinach Scramble

Ranch at Live Oak Blistered Tomato Spinach Scramble

The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu assists guests in recalibrating their mind, body and spirit through an intensive week long endurance, wellness and nutrition program. Located three miles above the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Monica Mountains, the 15-cottage retreat is beautifully situated on a large working ranch.    The open-air kitchen at The Ranch makes meal time a communal experience. Guests are encouraged to join the Chef during his weekly cooking class to learn the basic techniques and skills required to create a healthy plate.  These lessons are reinforced when guests return home with regular communication from The Ranch, including seasonal recipes and tips for maintaining results, like this light and healthy breakfast entree of Blistered Tomato Spinach Scramble.

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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.  Although the list of ingredients appears rather long, it comes together in a snap if you have everything at the ready once you begin.  Ask your fish man or butcher to assemble the seafood ingredients for you. This dish is best served with a green salad and crusty slice of toasted whole grain bread for dipping up the savory broth.

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November 2, 2016 |

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Broccoli Salad

Turkey Burgers and Broccoli 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 burgers of Summer and Fall months.  Grilled Turkey Burgers are a terrific departure from beef, and Broccoli Slaws are popular in our home and office.  They tote well, last a long time and improve with a day or two in the fridge, but try to banish the mayonnaise and sugar coated version of this salad from your picnic table, and try this lighter, flavorful version courtesy of Green Mountain at Fox Run in Vermont.

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October 1, 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 entreeThis 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. 

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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!

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August 19, 2016 |

Welcome The Oaks at Ojai

Welcome The Oaks at Ojai

The Oaks at Ojai is an all-inclusive, affordable destination spa in the town of Ojai in Ventura County. The spa was founded in the 1970s by fitness maven Sheila Cluff, a professional figure-skater from Canada, who began teaching cardiovascular fitness with dance in the read more

August 16, 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. (more…)

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. Retreats include focused prog read more

July 27, 2016 |

How to Quit Smoking Without Turning to Food

How to Quit Smoking Without Turning to Food

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. read more

July 7, 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 local, seasonal ingredients. Each ingredient is chosen for how its flavors influence its neighbor; they all must work together to form a tasty assembly. (more…)

July 6, 2016 |

Welcome Turnberry Isle Miami

Welcome Turnberry Isle

The Forbes Four Star Spa at Turnberry Isle Miami is a 25,000-square-foot haven of wellness and fitness, a full-service Mediterranean-style retreat. The Spa offers an extensive treatment menu, featuring 23 treatment rooms and  a 3,650 square-foot fitness facility  with a read more

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.  Each spa treatment read more

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.

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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.   Over the decades Deerfield Spa has been recognized as read more

June 22, 2016 |

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sliders

Baby Portobello Sliders with Smoked Gouda

It’s finally summer! Which means for many of us, a bevy of backyard barbecues. For those of you looking for a veggie burger in place of traditional beef sliders, try this Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sliders recipe courtesy of PureRejuv Wellness Center, a health retreat in the Poconos. Portobello mushrooms are known for their “meaty” texture and can hold up well on the grill at high temperatures. Whether you skewer them for easier cooking, or for larger Portobellos, place them on the grill, these are worth a try at your next barbecue. Top with any traditional burger fixings like lettuce, tomato, and onions. For our recipe we’ve kept it simple to highlight the smoky flavor of the grill with caramelized onions and Gouda cheese. Don’t forget your favorite BBQ sauce to drizzle on top—you can’t have a proper barbecue without some BBQ sauce!

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June 22, 2016 |

7 Tips for Summer Nutrition

7 TIPS FOR SUMMER NUTRITION

That means beach time, bathing suit season, outdoor activities and get-togethers are in full swing. Vita Vie Fitness Retreat in Delray Beach, Florida has a few tips to help you determine what Good Nutrition actually means and how you can use it to reach your Summer fitn read more

June 21, 2016 |

Grilled Chicken Chimichurri

Oaks Chicken Chimichurri

Christine Denney, the chef for the Oaks at Ojai health spa in California, created this guest-favorite Chicken Chimichurri entreeChimichurri 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. There are many variations ranging from mild to spicy and thick  (for sauces and dips) to thin (for marinades).   Here is the Spa Version! 

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June 19, 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.

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June 17, 2016 |

Sign up for Spa Lifestyle Digest and enjoy a Welcome Gift

Spa Lifestyle Digest Free Gift

Welcome to SpaIndex.com: Guide to Day Spas and Stay Spas. We spotlight the best day spas, spa resorts, spa vacations, health and weight loss retreats, destination spas, and more.    Sign up for our Spa Lifestyle Digest to get periodic features by email, and you’ll immediately receive a free welcome gift — our collection of 21 of our popular recipes for spa cuisine and DIY treatments.

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June 15, 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, warm blanket.   Here are 11 reasons to try this unique experience.

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June 14, 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.  This recipe is just as delicious with your favorite stone fruit, like peaches and nectarines, and of course apples and plums.   If you wish, substitute your favorite sweetener, such as agave, Brown Sugar Splenda, or even maple syrup to taste.

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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.  Bananas pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar, and they are officially recognized by the FDA for being high in potassium and low in salt,  which helps to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.

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June 6, 2016 |

Welcome Wellfit Malibu

Welcome WellFit Malibu Resort

Wellfit Malibu is a wellness lifestyle and fitness retreat in Malibu, on the beautiful Southern California coast.  The all-inclusive program includes everything you need to jump start or return to daily health and fitness.  Interactive classes are led by qualified healt read more

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.  As an added benefit, they are naturally low-carb, gluten-free and offer protein.  Serve them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with a variety of ingredients. 

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May 15, 2016 |

Summer Vacations at Nemacolin Woodlands – $300 Daily Resort Credits

Summer Vacation Nemacolin Woodlands

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.   The resort’s extensive list of amenities includes  an impressive collection of restaurants and lounges, the largest wine cellar in Pennsylvania, special cooking classes and wine tastings in the state-of-the-art Académie du Vin, an extensive art collection, championship golf courses, sporting and adventure center, equestrian center, animal habitats, wedding and event venues, and even a private airstrip. (more…)

May 9, 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.

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May 6, 2016 |

Rancho La Puerta Roasted Salmon with Orange Glaze

Roasted Salmon with Orange Glaze

Sous Chef Donaciano Chano brings thirty-years of experience to every meal he makes. For the past four years Chano has been the Sous Chef at Rancho La Puerta’s Dining Hall, where he leads a gifted team in carefully crafting healthy and delicious meals. The Roasted Salmon with Sweat Potatoes and Orange Glaze is one of his favorite dishes to prepare. From farm-to-table and sea-to-plate, only the best ingredients get blessed with the sharp edge of Chef Chano’s knives. He works with Executive Chef Denise to create the sweet smoothness of the glaze, and the delectable citrus flavors bring out the best in the seared salmon.

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May 6, 2016 |

12 Fly In Spa Resorts

Roche Harbor Marina, Washington

Private pilots have long used the phrase “$100 Hamburger” to refer to the expense of flying one’s own plane to small airports and air strips in rural areas for a diner hamburger, which, when factoring the cost of fuel and airplane expense, was an expensive but adventuro read more

May 2, 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.  

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April 30, 2016 |

DIY Moisturizing Chia Seed Exfoliant

Chia-Seeds

Most exfoliants focus on the removal of grime and debris from the skin, but don’t help retain moisture. This DIY Chia Seed exfoliant does double (or triple) duty.  The smooth chia seeds help to scrub and exfoliate the skin, the lemon juices acts as a pore reducer and helps activate the chia seeds, and the coconut oil moisturizes. As an added benefit, the gel produced by the chia seeds helps to penetrate and moisturize your face.

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April 26, 2016 |

Gluten Free Quinoa Blueberry Muffins

Oaks Quinoa Blueberry Muffins

Christine Denney, the chef for the Oaks at Ojai health spa in California, created these guest-favorite Quinoa Blueberry Muffins.   They are both gluten-free and dairy-free, and make for a nutritious, light and flavorful addition to the breakfast bread basket.  Serve them for breakfast or tuck them in a lunch box for school or work — they freeze well and are nicely thawed by lunch time.

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April 19, 2016 |

Pritikin Cinco de Mayo Ceviche

Pritikin Ceviche

The Pritikin Eating Plan recommends and incorporates the healthiest animal food choices — omega-3-rich fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, and trout. Most other fish, plus shelled mollusks like clams and scallops, are healthy choices, too.  With Cinco de Mayo coming up, its customary to serve our favorite Latin American dishes.  Unfortunately, the most popular dishes can include cheesy, fatty appetizers, often high in fat.  Enjoy this fresh shrimp dish instead!.

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April 19, 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.
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April 16, 2016 |

Best Spas in Columbus

Best of Columbus Spas

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.  These day spas offer skin care, massa read more

April 14, 2016 |

Biggest Loser Sashimi Tuna Salad

This light, refreshing, and protein-rich Biggest Loser Sashimi Tuna Salad is perfect for a spa lunch.   Make sure the tuna you purchase is extra fresh.  It should be bright red, with no discoloration.  If it doesn’t seem fresh at the fish counter, check the sushi area — it’s worth a bit more to buy sashimi grade tuna for its fresh flavor and vibrant color.

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April 11, 2016 |

Welcome Creacon Lodge Wellness Centre

Welcome Creacon Lodge Wellness Centre

Creacon Lodge Wellness Centre  is a holistic place of healing in the green hills of the Irish Countryside, in New Ross, County Wexford.    Creacon takes a holistic approach to wellness, offering classes, workshops, energy treatments, consultations, and nutritional meals read more

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 read more

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!

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March 25, 2016 |

Spa March Madness

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

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March 22, 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. 

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March 19, 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.  These day spas offer skin care, mas read more

March 5, 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. (more…)

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.  Watch for Family Weeks, Executive Retreats, read more

March 2, 2016 |

The Pritikin Calorie Counting Solution for Weight Loss

Pritikin calorie counting solution

The team at Pritikin Longevity Center, an award-winning weight loss spa and resort in Miami, Florida, tells us “Counting calories is often the wrong way to lose weight. That’s because counting calories leaves many of feeling hungry and deprived most of the time.”   “We need to free ourselves from chronic hunger,” counsels Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, Director of Nutrition at Pritikin. “Long-term success at losing weight means being able to fill up. It means enjoying satisfying amounts of food throughout the day.” In this article, Pritikin describes it calorie counting solution.

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February 15, 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. Although processed food is contraindicated in Ayurveda, we find canned beans easier to digest.

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February 13, 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. These day spas offer skin care, read more

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.

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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. Named aft read more

February 6, 2016 |

Ananda Spa Cheese Cannelloni

Ananda Spa Cheese Cannelloni

This vegetarian 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 natural cheeses, whole grains, locally sourced vegetables and hand picked herbs and spices.  In this recipe for Cheese Cannelloni, he uses an Indian type of farmers cottage cheese called “paneer” which has  a texture like firm tofu and can be sliced and pan-fried.

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February 5, 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.

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February 5, 2016 |

Canyon Ranch Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny Soup

This flavorful classic originated in southern India and the name actually means “pepper water.”   That suggests fire on the tongue, but not so.   It is based on the use of a rich stock highly seasoned with curry and other spices.  Mulligatawny usually includes pieces of cooked chicken and often chopped fruits, vegetables, and rice. It can be served hot or cold and is delicious garnished with a dollop of chutney.

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February 1, 2016 |

Best Spas in Jacksonville

Best of Jacksonville Spas

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Jacksonville. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to both Spas in Jacksonville and Spas in Florida to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation. These day spas offer skin c read more

January 31, 2016 |

Welcome Copperhood Retreat

Welcome Copperhood Retreat

Copperhood Retreat offers transformative getaways of juice fasting detox, weight loss, stress management, fitness restoration. We also welcome guests who want to relax and rejuvenate in the beautiful Catskill Mountains and hike, bike, and explore the countryside. LEARN read more

January 29, 2016 |

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. Washington DC is the capital cit read more

January 25, 2016 |

Chicken Salad with Spinach and Pasta

Chicken Pasta Salad - New Life Hiking Spa

This recipe for Chicken Salad with Spinach and Pasta is a guest favorite at the New Life Hiking Spa, a nationally recognized affordable destination spa located in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont. Known for it’s exhilarating hiking program, delicious healthy meals, and a comfortable country inn atmosphere, New Life is truly a unique vacation experience.
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January 24, 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.

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January 24, 2016 |

Welcome Sanivan Holistic Retreat & Spa

Welcome Sanivan Holistic Retreat & Spa

Sanivan Holistic Retreat and Spa offers customized retreats for those seeking a transformative wellness vacation. Whatever your wellness goal – rest and relaxation, stress-reduction, weight-loss or detoxification, we can support you in meeting your goals.   The intimate read more

January 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. These day spas offer read more

January 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. These day spas offer skin care, massa read more

January 16, 2016 |

Welcome Spa Shiki and Lodge of the Four Seasons

Welcome Lodge of Four Seasons

The Lodge of Four Seasons Resort is located on Lake of the Ozarks, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes.    Lake of the Ozarks has more than 1,150 miles of shoreline, hundreds of coves and site seeing spots, and 55,000 acres of surface area, making it one of the mo read more

January 6, 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.  In this recipe, he uses a popular powdered sugar substitute called Natura which is a sucralose product.  In the USA, you can use Splenda, or coconut sugar crystals to taste.

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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? read more

January 4, 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. Sedona has the distinction of offering read 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. 

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January 1, 2016 |

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. These day spas offer skin care, massage read more

January 1, 2016 |

Canyon Ranch Cornbread

cornbread

It’s New Year’s Eve.  It’s cold outside.  Our healthy Chicken Stew is bubbling, the fire is crackling, and while we’re feeling virtuous for having made it through Christmas without overdosing on sugars and other treats, we are sorely in need of some spa style cornbread.    Is there  such a thing?  A lower fat healthier cornbread which doesn’t require a greased cast iron skillet?    You bet there is.
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December 31, 2015 |

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. These day spas offer skin read more

December 24, 2015 |

Stuffed Mushrooms with Feta Cheese

Stuffed-Mushrooms

These popular Stuffed Mushrooms are intended as a single-serving treat, but if you increase the ingredients, they can be perfect for your holiday table or Christmas Party.  While this version is vegetarian, you could easily up the protein by adding ground, sautéed Turkey Sausage — a single link for one serving does the trick.
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December 16, 2015 |

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. 

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December 15, 2015 |

Best Spas in Denver

Best of Denver Spas

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Denver 2015. 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 ca read more

December 3, 2015 |

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. These day spas offer skin car read more

December 3, 2015 |

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. These day spas offer skin ca read more

December 1, 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. (more…)

November 27, 2015 |

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. These day spas offer skin care, read more

November 19, 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.

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November 16, 2015 |

Carrot Orange Soup – Grail Springs Retreat

carrot soup

This Orange Carrot Soup is a snap to make, totes well to work in a thermos, and is both sweet and savory thanks to carrots, orange juice, and curry powder.  Experiment with other spices if you prefer Latin flavors (cumin is wonderful in place of curry).   A perfect Autumn and Winter recipe.

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November 16, 2015 |

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. These day spas offer skin care read more

November 5, 2015 |

Hearty Lentil Soup

Hockley Valley Lentil Soup

It’s cooling down in the provinces and time for some Autumnal soup recipes.  Lentils are a healthy diet must, so add a little of this tasty food to your soup bowl.   From Hockley Valley Resort in Ontario, At cabin, the resort’s signature restaurant, we offer our version of a tasty, hearty and healthy lentil soup. Want to try making it yourself? We’ll share! Here’s our original recipe for a guest favorite soup.

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October 31, 2015 |

Structure House Baked Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes

If you’re looking for something a little different to serve as appetizers or a light lunch during the holidays, baked Crab Cakes may just be the thing!  Executive Chef John Beverly of Structure House, a residential weight loss program in Durham, North Carolina, teaches hands-on cooking classes with participants, giving them the culinary skills and confidence to continue to lose weight at home. Here is one of his popular recipes.  This savory cakes are served with a low-fat mustard sauce, but they are just as great with a squeeze of lemon.

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October 29, 2015 |

Pritikin Roasted Pumpkin Wedges

Roasted Pumpkin Wedges

The Pritikin Eating Plan recommends you eat at least 5 (and preferably many more!) servings of vegetables each day. They’re super nutritious. Plus, you’ll just naturally eat fewer calories and shed excess weight. This healthy recipe for Pritikin Pumpkin Wedges is vegetable-rich, only takes 3 ingredients, and can be a tasty vegetable and dessert, all in one. Plus, pumpkins are a bonafide super-food, so it’s triple duty recipe — easy, delicious and nutritious.

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October 24, 2015 |

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. These day spas offer skin care read more

October 24, 2015 |

Chamomile Milk Bath – Cold Weather Skin Softener

Chamomile Milk Bath

This skin-softening bath is a treat for dry, winter skin.  The ingredients are almost always on hand, and if you keep powdered milk in a canister in the bathroom, you are only minutes away from a Cleopatra style bathing experience.   The lactic acid in milk softens dry skin and encourages sloughing and the chamomile (as easy as tea bags!) soothes rough, reddened and wind burned skin.  Try it after an Autumn or Winter sporting event.

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October 21, 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.

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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 – the combination of pumpkin and spices says “holiday” and because the recipe makes a lot of cookies, it’s a good one for those office parties and school functions that inevitably fill out end-of-year calendars.     This recipe is courtesy of Miraval’s Sweet & Savory  cookbook.    This is a family favorite version of a cookie that is packed with ingredients more nutritious than your average recipe. You still get great flavor, with less fat calories.  In fact, one cookie is less than 1 gram of fat.

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October 7, 2015 |

Chicken Asparagus Sandwich

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The next time you are stuck for sandwich ideas for your brown bag lunch, assemble this fresh tasting Canyon Ranch Chicken Asparagus Sandwich from ingredients you probably had for supper — roasted chicken, asparagus, and tomatoes from a  salad perhaps.  Set just a few portions aside to be sure you have leftovers for this sandwich.  If isn’t grilling season, just substitute oven roasted chicken breast, or, breast torn from a grocer’s rotisserie chicken.  It’s also delicious with grilled leftover salmon.

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October 4, 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. (more…)

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.

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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.
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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.

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September 2, 2015 |

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.  You can reduce the carbs and fat grams by using lettuce leaves in place of the grilled tortillas, or, use lower or fat free tortillas.

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September 2, 2015 |

Low Fat Cucumber Spread

cucumber

This tasty, tangy cucumber spread is wonderful with fresh vegetables or between very thinly sliced bread for tea sandwiches. For one of our personal favorite, spread it on a thin toasted bagel slice, “bagel thin” or bagel chip with smoked salmon (lox) and dill on top, with a squirt of lemon.

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August 12, 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. 

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August 10, 2015 |

Green Mountain Carrot Cake

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This morning, in a discussion about books on sugar addiction, I remembered David Kessler’s book, The End of Overeating, which has a lovely picture of carrot cake on the cover. This also reminded me that many of you have been asking for our carrot cake recipe.   With sugar addiction or food addiction one might think they cannot have cake; however, research on managing cravings has demonstrated that complete abstinence triggers cravings just as over-consumption triggers cravings. (more…)

August 5, 2015 |

Cheeseburger Lettuce Wraps

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You will need some napkins for this juicy burger! Serve this delicious, low-carb and naturally gluten-free version with a side of skinny potato skins or Zucchini Fries. This will surely become a family favorite in your home just as it is in ours.  Ordinarily we don’t go for cheese on our burgers — it masks great tasting beef and adds unnecessary calories. So for us, we’d leave the cheese off, but battle lines can be drawn over this issue. Either way, it’s a good low carb burger.

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July 29, 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.

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July 17, 2015 |

Best Spas in San Diego

Best of San Diego Spas

The votes are in for the Best Spas in San Diego 2015. 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. These day read more

July 16, 2015 |

Mountain Trek Thai Chicken Salad

Mountain Trek Thai Chicken Salad

This vibrant Thai Chicken Salad is bursting with flavor and lean, grilled protein.  It’s a perfect summer lunch or dinner.  Don’t be discouraged by the lengthy list of salad dressing ingredients.   Asian flavored dressings fare very well with a “touch of this and a touch of that” and can be cobbed together from your favorite flavor profiles in your pantry.  Use your own favorite purchased Asian dressing if you prefer, or just lime juice and seasoned rice vinegar. (more…)

July 15, 2015 |

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. These day spas offer skin care, ma read more

July 15, 2015 |

Best Spas in Portland

Best of Portland Spas

The votes are in for the Best Spas in Portland. Check out our list of award-winning and reader favorite spas and use our guides to Spas in Oregon to find the perfect place for your next spa day or spacation.   These day spas offer skin care, massage, manicures, pedicure read more

July 13, 2015 |

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 spaca read more

July 12, 2015 |

Red Mountain Spa Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

strawberry shortcake

Summer means strawberries, red and juicy from your local fruit stand.  Red Mountain Spa’s lower calorie version of  Strawberry Shortcake is a delicious way to use this nutrient dense summer fruit.   As with any recipe, you can substitute the whipped cream with another topping of choice, including coconut cream or non-dairy topping, and you may use alternative sweeteners if you don’t wish to use white sugar.    Try it with peaches and other berries, or a mix of your favorites.

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July 10, 2015 |

Banana Chocolate Mousse

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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.  Although we have not tried it yet, we think it would work well in an ice cream freezer.  That goes on the to-try list!

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July 6, 2015 |

Cape Cod and Nantucket Spa Getaways for “Shoulder Season”

Cape Cod Spa Getaways

Summer on the Cape is a time-honored getaway celebrated by friends, families, and loved ones. The Cape is 20 miles at its widest point and completely surrounded by water: Cape Cod Bay on the north, Buzzards Bay on the west, Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds on the south and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Countless historic sites and landmarks tell the proud role that Cape Cod has played in American history.   Cape Cod, Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket — these destinations each evoke the quintessential ideal of a beach town vacation or a romantic seaside getaway.  The summer weather is perfect for boating, swimming, and sunning and there are dozens of events planned for family fun.   But, with popularity comes tourist demand and with demand comes seasonal high rates and difficulty booking your restaurant inns, restaurants, and spas.

It’s time to think about visiting these beautiful destinations in the so-called “Shoulder Season”March, April, September and October.  Shoulder season comes right between the high prices of peak season and the unpredictable or less ideal weather of the low season.   Not only are the rates more affordable, the population decreases, and several wonderful festivals, activities and events remain on the calendar.    These months — post-Memorial Day and prior to the chilly season that November brings — are a beautiful time to visit for a Cape Cod and Nantucket Spa Vacation. (more…)

June 29, 2015 |

Blueberry Orange Honey Syrup

Blueberry Orange Honey Syrup

When blueberries are in season, stock up on these super food beauties, good for just about everything you have — skin, body, and health.  You can make fresh blueberry recipes all summer, but you can also freeze your berries to have fresh flavor all year.  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 flavor booster for a morning smoothie.
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June 26, 2015 |

Biggest Loser Grilled Chicken Parmesan

Griilled Chicken and Tomato Parmesan

Traditional Chicken Parmesan can be a calorie nightmare.  Chicken breasts are dredged in egg, flour and breadcrumbs and pan or deep fried, are covered with a thick tomato sauce and copious amounts of cheese.  Here, Biggest Loser eliminates the breading and grills the chicken.  We have adapted this recipe to use either low sodium low sugar marinara sauce, or, fresh sliced tomatoes from the garden. Both are delicious and we don’t miss the bread crumbs.

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June 25, 2015 |

5 Healthy Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

healthy ice cream

Few things are more refreshing on a 90-degree day than a melting, double-scoop ice cream cone. But after a few 300-calorie-plus servings (i.e., one-half cup of Ben and Jerry’s Brownie Batter), you might see the difference on the scale. These DIY ice cream recipes are invigorating, light, and chock-full of bone-healthy calcium.  (more…)

June 21, 2015 |

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.  These day spas offer skin care, read more

June 18, 2015 |

Scallops with Grapefruit Avocado Salsa

Seared-Scallops-with-Red-Grapefruit-Avocado-Salad

This is one of our favorite summery seafood entrees.  It is rich tasting from the dense scallops and made lively with a salsa of creamy avocado, red grapefruit sections, and chives and cilantro.  Chop up the salsa roughly, or plate it as a salad. We don’t always have grapefruits on hand, and with peeled and sectioned grapefruit in their own juice readily available in our market (a convenience we truly love), we are able to make this quickly. 

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June 14, 2015 |

Miraval Caprese Flatbread

Mirval Caprese FlatBread

This beautiful and robust recipe is from Miraval’s Mindful Eating Cookbook. Serve it for lunch, brunch, or cut up as appetizers with light mocktails.  When using tomatoes in any season other than summer, we use Roma tomatoes from the grocer, but during the summer months, our favorite tomato for this is heirloom “currant” tomatoes (as pictured on the vine) which are quite tiny and can be scattered, whole. They are not overly wet, but burst into tiny, sweet nuggets of incredible flavor.

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June 14, 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.

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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.

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June 7, 2015 |

Canyon Ranch Taco Salad

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This simple salad by Canyon Ranch is a wonderful entree for a Southwestern luncheon. It is even easier and faster to make if you buy already baked corn tortilla chips (but watch to assure they are not high fat) and prepared fresh salsa at the supermarket or farmer’s market. Serve the salad with spa guacamole on the side and fresh tropical fruit for dessert. (more…)

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.  It 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.

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June 4, 2015 |

Cold Oatmeal with Yogurt and Fresh Berries

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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.  (more…)

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.

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June 2, 2015 |

25 Detox Tips by Grail Springs Retreat

25 detox tips by grail springs retreat

What exactly are toxins? Toxins are substances that have harmful effects on the body. They come from food, water, air, from chemicals used to grow and process food, coffee, sugar, pre-packaged foods and junk foods.   Normally, a person can process these toxins in the liver, kidneys and other organs and eliminate them in the feces, urine, and perspiration.

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June 2, 2015 |

10 Tips to Improve Sleep

10 Tips to Optimize Sleep

Insomnia is one of the top health problems in the US. One third of Americans report that they get less than 6 hours of sleep a night and 51% of adults say they have trouble sleeping at least a few nights per week.  Sleep is essential, not only for cognitive performance, but also for optimal weight!

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May 28, 2015 |

Cal a Vie Bloody Mary Gazpacho

Cal a Vie Bloody Mary Gazpacho

This bright, colorful and savory dish is a classic chilled soup perfect for a warm Spring or Summer Spa Lunch.   Bloody Mary Gazpacho is zesty enough to waken the tongue, without the alcohol of the popular breakfast cocktail.  It was developed by Cal-a-Vie Spa’s executive chef, Curtis Cooke, and is a guest favorite entree.  If you have a green thumb or access to a Farmer’s Market, it is best with fresh picked summer tomatoes. 

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May 27, 2015 |

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. These day spas offer s read more

May 24, 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. 

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May 24, 2015 |

Peach and Rosemary Sorbet

Peach and Rosemary Sorbet

The hearty warmth of rosemary olive oil is a stirring contrast to the bright and cheery essence of peach in this dashing Peach and Rosemary Sorbet. The aromatic rosemary is sharp and full of invigorating passion. It’s warmth collides vividly with the refreshing peach sorbet, whose rosy hue offers plush sweetness. One bite will fill you with the feeling that “everything’s perfect, just right, like a peach.”

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May 20, 2015 |

Zucchini, Cranberry and Walnut Cake

Zucchini Cranberry Walnut Cake

This slightly sweet loaf of Walnut Cake 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.  The lemon glaze is, of course, optional. 

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May 18, 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.  Bright, thick, creamy and sharp!

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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.

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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.   Bright, refreshing, sparkling and sharp!

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May 13, 2015 |

Summer Sizzle Seasonal Spa Treatment at Salamander Resort

Salamander Resort & Spa offers the refined sophistication of a luxurious country estate in the exclusive Washington. D.C. horse and wine country.   The resort is home to a posh destination spa, culinary studio, a farm-to-table restaurant and wine bar on-site, and varied wellness and fitness activities, including yoga, aquarobics, zip-lining tours and horseback riding lessons. Other amenities include 3 pools, including the infinity edge spa pool, a putting green and bicycle rentals.
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May 12, 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. (more…)

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.

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May 10, 2015 |

7 Super Foods to Combat Stress

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Life has a way of getting the best of us some days. Whether it’s working too many hours, being tethered to too many digital devices that never seem to let you “turn off”, shuffling your children all over town for their activities, taking care of your household, or dealing with personal or family matters, stress can take its toll on you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. There are simple steps you can take to combat stress, starting with the foods you eat.  (more…)

May 9, 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.

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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.

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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!

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May 3, 2015 |

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. These day spas offer skin care, mas read more

May 1, 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. 

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May 1, 2015 |

Spring Green Vegetable Minestrone | 80 Calories

green minestrone soup

This is my nourishing vegetable soup of the moment.  I absolutely love eating it, not only because it tastes so good, but because I can instantly feel the goodness and the benefit to my body.   I love it straight from the pot and often top it with chopped avocado and a generous drizzle of salsa verde. If I want to pump up the protein, I’ll add some chicken or creamy white cannellini beans.” — Healthy Chef Teresa Cutter (more…)

April 23, 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.  Wraps are almost always a family favorite for lunch as they are easy to pack, don’t tend to get as soggy as sliced bread, can be customized in a variety of ways with the fillings staying put, and providing the wrapper is a modest size, are lesser in calories than two slices of sandwich bread.  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.”

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April 21, 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.  By using mini chocolate chips, a smaller amount goes much further.  You still get the great flavor, with less fat and calories.  In fact, one cookie is just 2 grams of fat.

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April 21, 2015 |

Low Fat Turtle Pie – 150 Calorie Per Serving

Spa Turtle Pie

Assembling individual ramekins of Low Fat Turtle Pie means you get a whole dessert to yourself — for under 150 calories each.  The recipe for this creamy dessert is courtesy of Movara Fitness Resort in Utah. Sign up for the Movara Newsletter to enjoy tasty and nutritious recipes every month.

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April 1, 2015 |

The Grail Springs Alkaline Diet for Health and Wellness

Grail Springs Cuisine

The Alkaline Way – pHact or pHiction?
Madeleine Marentette, Grail Springs, Canada

With all the debate going on about detoxing and the benefits of adopting a pH balanced diet, healthy minded individuals are at a crossroads as to what to believe and what regime to follow in their quest for optimum health. So let’s look at some facts with a trip to the biology lab of our high school years and a little lesson in Acid-Alkaline 101. (more…)

March 31, 2015 |

Pritikin Lush Berry Pie

Berry Pie

Would you eat a cheeseburger for dessert? Well, that burger has roughly the same amount of artery-clogging saturated fats as regular slice of cherry or berry pie from a bakery.   Try this beautiful and tangy Pritikin Lush Berry Pie instead, and enjoy zero saturated fat but lots of lip-smacking flavor.

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March 29, 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.

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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.

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March 14, 2015 |

Canyon Ranch Burger

Canyon Ranch Light Burger

Spa Cuisine doesn’t automatically mean deprivation. With this simple recipe for a hamburger, Canyon Ranch reminds us that you can remain committed to healthy eating while still enjoying your favorite burgers simply by  not going overboard on high fat toppings.

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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.

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March 7, 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. (more…)

February 25, 2015 |

Peanut Butter Ricotta Spread

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This is delicious and creamy way to enjoy the flavor of peanut butter, but a little less fatty version of it.  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.

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February 25, 2015 |

Heartland Spa Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

pb muffins

Heartland Health Spa is located just 90 miles south of Chicago, in Gilman, Illinois.  Once a busy dairy farm this destination health spa stays true to its roots by providing a welcoming, unpretentious, and nurturing environment for guests to relax, unplug and focus on lifestyle goals.      Chef Barb Peters and its registered dietitians are committed to providing you with a maximum level of nutrition, presented in delicious and satisfying ways. The Heartland Spa Recipe Collection is available for purchase.  Here is one of the popular recipes for Peanut Butter Banana Muffins, from the collection.

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February 11, 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.  This lighter recipe is intended to be your soup and bread in one dish.  Make the dumplings petite (they plump up!) and you can divide this dish easily to keep the nutritional stats within your goal, and still enjoy rich flavor.

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February 6, 2015 |

Jillian’s Biggest Loser Reuben Sandwich

reuben sandwich

The typical Reuben Sandwich is a hearty two-hand two-napkin affair, served hot with corned beef, Swiss cheese, usually dripping with Russian or Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. These ingredients are grilled between slices of rye bread.    A spinoff exists — the Rachel sandwich, which is a variation using pastrami instead of corned beef and coleslaw instead of sauerkraut.

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January 28, 2015 |

Canyon Ranch Whole Wheat Quick Bread

CanyonRanchQuickBread

 “We have been serving this coarse-textured, low-fat bread since the day we opened in Tucson. It is so popular with our guests that many of them order loaves of it to take home with them when they leave. It is especially good toasted and spread with a little of our Fitness Cheese or Fresh Apple Butter.” — Bringing the Spa Home | Canyon Ranch

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January 25, 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.

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January 15, 2015 |

Roasted Pears and Raisins

Roasted Pears and Raisins

Roasted Pears  and Raisins with Star Anise makes for a delicious dessert suitable for all Ayurvedic doshas.  It satisfies your sweet tooth while offering a departure from refined sugars.  The spices enhance the sweetness and stimulate a sluggish winter metabolism. Cloves directly stimulate blood flow to the extremities, revitalizing the muscles, brightening and moistening the skin. 

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January 13, 2015 |

Broadmoor Sweet Potato and Pear Soup

Sweet-Potato-Pear-Soup

The original recipe for this decadent cold weather soup from the Broadmoor Resort relies on heavy cream as both its primary liquid and its creamy ingredient. Using our VitaMix blender which delivers superbly creamy and velvety textures to blended foods, we adapted this recipe and reduced the calorie content by using a mixture of 1 quart of chicken stock and 1/2 quart of whole milk in place of 1.5 quarts of heavy cream.  You can reduce the calories further by using non-fat milk, or, a dollop of Greek Yogurt for a tangy substitute, or no dairy products at all, although your soup will be thinner.  The key to the velvety texture in the lower calorie version is thorough blending.

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January 10, 2015 |

Stuffed Green Chilis with Hominy Coulis

Peppers-and-Mushrooms

This is a terrific savory vegetarian entree from Red Mountain Spa in Utah.  It has a lengthy list of ingredients, so while not a quick entree, it’s worth the effort. The colors and depth of flavor make it very satisfying, and with two chilis per person, it’s filling.  It’s also a recipe which is fun to prepare with friends and family.
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January 6, 2015 |

Cornmeal Walnut Waffles

Cornmeal Walnut Waffles

This recipe for Cornmeal Walnut Waffles is already health-conscious, but can also be easily converted to gluten-free if you are using GF oats and cornmeal, and it’s suitable for vegans as well (without even using the V word around your suspicious families, friends or guests).   We think that makes this recipe a perfect Christmas Morning breakfast option, particularly if you DO have dining companions with special dietary needs.    Everyone dines on the same delicious, warm and hearty fare.

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December 24, 2014 |

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.

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December 12, 2014 |

Low Fat Lime Coffee Cake

lime juice

This is a wonderful low-fat coffee cake, great for breakfast, luncheons, and as a tea bread.  It isn’t overly sweet, but you can tone down the cup of sugar to make it less sweet and more tart.  By all means experiment with your favorite sweeteners, including Splenda for Baking, to reduce the calorie count. This cake does not need (and is not served with) a glaze, but if you desire an attractive topping, try it with a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut for added texture and flavor.
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December 9, 2014 |

Kale Caesar Salad

kale

This twist on the classic Caesar salad by the  Blum Center for Health 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. Any of the available varieties of kale will taste delicious. If you can’t find naked goat cheese, use regular Parmesan. To make this a vegan dish, skip the cheese all together.
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December 2, 2014 |

Black Dog Ginger Cookies

Black Dog Bakery Ginger Cookies - Martha's Vineyard
The signature ginger cookies from the famous Black Dog Bakery on Martha’s Vineyard are spiced up with fresh cinnamon and cloves, and molasses adds an even deeper richness. Ginger, believed to have anti-inflammatory effects, is an immune booster: perfect for cold season.   — AARP
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November 25, 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 you get it.

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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.
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November 23, 2014 |

Fat Free Pumpkin Spice Cake

Fat Free Pumpkin Spice Cake

Many recipes which are fat-free often make up for the lack of flavor or texture with added sugar.  Many low-sugar recipes often make up for by adding fat.  It’s wise to study the ingredients carefully to make sure you’re trading one issue for another one.  With this Fat Free Pumpkin Spice Cake recipe, we save both fat and sugar calories.  The main binding ingredient is egg whites and canned pumpkin, and the sugar is just 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar for the entire recipe.   This recipe requires no frosting (just a dusting of sugar will do) and it  travels well, so take it to work parties, family dinners and holiday events.

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November 16, 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. 

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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.

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November 10, 2014 |

Turkey Chili Con Carne with Vegetarian Option

Chili con carne and red peppers

Does your family serve Turkey or Ham for your holiday dinner?    In my family, my youth was spent eating Turkey on Christmas evening.  As we grew older and began to have a voice in the matter, we realized we were essentially creating the same meal for Christmas, as we’d created for Thanksgiving — a Turkey, Stuffing, and Yam dinner — so we changed it up and while we still go with tradition, its Turkey for Thanksgiving, and Baked Ham for Christmas.

What do you do with leftovers besides sandwiches?  Well, Turkey Soup was always a big one, and Ham Sandwiches.  We’re going to mix it up a bit this year — we’re sharing a healthy recipe for Turkey Chili and also a Ham and Spinach Quiche.

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November 8, 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. (more…)

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.

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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!”
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October 23, 2014 |

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.
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October 13, 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.

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October 10, 2014 |

Lasagna Roll Ups

lasagna roll ups

Autumn always signifies comfort cooking, to us. We take the slow cookers out of storage, pour over casserole and pasta recipes, lay in a cord of firewood, and read cookbooks, nestled under a throw during the evening’s cooler temperatures.  Green Mountain at Fox Run in Ludlow, Vermont, has a Lasagne recipe that is fit and healthy, and still lets us taste the best of Autumn.

Green Mountain is the only all-women’s healthy weight loss program promoting long-term weight management through healthy lifestyle change. It also offers intensive type 2 diabetes programs to help women prevent or manage diabetes through lifestyle change.
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October 4, 2014 |

Golden Door Australia Green Juice

Golden Door Spa Green Juice

A stay at Golden Door in Australia gives your body a rest from red meat, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and saturated fat. We find our guests are less likely to go back to their usual excessive levels once they have had the opportunity to have a break from these foods and then reintroduce them sensibly and in moderation.  One of our guests’ favorite recipes is this refreshing juice cocktail — Golden Door Green Juice.  A nice refreshing and cleansing drink to enjoy during the day or as a light meal. Nutrient packed and a good source of fibre.

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September 29, 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.

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September 29, 2014 |

Mango Ricotta Cheesecake Mousse – Golden Door Australia

mango ricotta cheesecake

A stay at Golden Door in Australia gives your body a rest from red meat, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and saturated fat. We find our guests are less likely to go back to their usual excessive levels once they have had the opportunity to have a break from these foods and then reintroduce them sensibly and in moderation.  One of our guests’ favorite dessert recipes is this refreshing Mango Ricotta Cheesecake Mousse.  A nice dessert with a tangy cheesecake flavor.  Wonderful on warm days when served chilled.

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August 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. — Canyon Ranch

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August 19, 2014 |

Roasted Beet Salad with Orange Dressing

roasted beet salad

This delicious, rich and earthy Roasted Beet Salad with Orange Dressing salad was one of the fresh, organic meals served at the now-closed Aveda Spa Retreat, which sprawled over 300 acres in Osceola, Wisconsin. It was created by Aveda’s Chef Jim Kimberg and Head of Food Operations Betsy Nelson.  The retreat closed in 1998, but some of the recipes from its  restaurant, Organica, live on, including this salad.  This salad is good year round, but especially nice in Summer and Autumn — beets are at their best from June through October.
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August 14, 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.

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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.

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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.” (more…)

July 19, 2014 |

6 Signs of a Great Hotel Spa

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

“Hotels have been very keen on spas in recent years–whether opening their own full-blown facilities with a dozen treatment rooms and exotic therapies or simply having one or two treatment rooms available with the basic rub-downs all travelers need. But just because a hotel might be five-star, doesn’t mean its spa is. We’ll be taking a closer look at hotel spas in the coming weeks, starting with what makes for a really great hotel spa.

It’s surprising how many great hotels are let down by their spa. And while we won’t name names, we will give you six signs of a very, very, very good spa.” — Hotel Chatter

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July 17, 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 food.

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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.

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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 and set them aside for this dish, and then just make the sauces to go along.  Couldn’t be easier.

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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. (more…)

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.

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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

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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. (more…)

June 3, 2014 |

Fruity Spa Popsicles

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Trisha Shirey, the Director of Flora and Fauna at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas for the past 29 years, often turns to the resort’s award-winning organic gardens for inspiration as she spends much of her time caring for the vast amounts of herbs, vegetables, fruit trees and flowers that grow along the shores of the 19-acre lakeside retreat in the Texas Hill Country. (more…)

May 24, 2014 |

Roasted Artichoke Hearts with Caramelized Onions and Herb Dressing

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As we’ve stated in other posts, a table laden with sweets at the holidays (or any time, really) can actually be tiresome if there are not other, clean-eating options to nibble on.  Our office building tenants in San Francisco socialize in a rooftop lounge area frequently and we always bring a savory dish, not a sweet one. This recipe, courtesy of  Dr. Mark Hyman, was met with rave reviews.  We served it as  part of a great antipasto, and is best made ahead of time, which is all the better for toting to a party.  We received many requests for both the recipe, and, for us to bring it again.

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May 7, 2014 |

Pritikin Lighter Hummus Dip

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Next time you want to nibble on a healthy dip, skip the dairy based varieties which can pack on extra calories.   This lighter but full-flavored version of hummus, a traditional Mediterranean dip, is a great source of of heart healthy mono-unsaturated fat and lean protein.  It’s made without all the salt and extra calories from the usual ingredients of oil and tahini (what you often get in store-bought varieties), and comes together in mere minutes.
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April 25, 2014 |

Southern Style Greens

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Greens are an excellent source of iron, calcium and vitamins. Instead of a kettle of greens simmered in pork fat all day, which can be high fat and high sodium, try this spa-style light version.   We love greens so much, we make them in place of chicken soup when we are ill.  Always what the doctor ordered. Serve with black beans and our spa style Corn Custard for a striking combination of colors and flavors. 

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April 22, 2014 |

Crostini with Lima Bean and Pecorino Puree

lima bean puree

Hart & Hind Fitness Ranch (now closed) was formerly home to cowgirl chef, Paula Disbrowe, who spent time cooking in Tuscany and Provence. At Hart & Hind, she had access to locally grown produce (think citrus fruit, vibrant greens, fragrant peaches), fresh herbs, grains, beans, and lean proteins played a starring role on the menu. This appetizer is based on the fava bean purees enjoyed by Paula, in Tuscany. If you can find fresh fava beans, they are well worth the effort (the peeling them is a labor of love). Fordhook lima beans have a similar flavor and color, and they are available all year round. The garlic and cheese add a delicious, savory flavor while the lemon and mint add freshness. This puree is an unexpected bread topping and a wonderful appetizer with sparkling wine or sauvignon blanc.

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April 13, 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.

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April 8, 2014 |

Washington DC Spa Getaway

Planning a visit to our Nation’s capital during the spectacular Cherry Blossom Festival?  You’ll want to stay at the ideally located Park Hyatt Washington, and take advantage of its Pamper at the Package.
April 6, 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.
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March 30, 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.

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March 19, 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.

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March 16, 2014 |

Canyon Ranch Pumpkin Crunch

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From Canyon Ranch Health Spa comes this very fast Pumpkin Crunch recipe.   Use it as a breakfast cereal, or eat out of hand or top your yogurt with it. We like to keep a baggie in the car on long road trips — it’s an excellent trail mix.   Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of healthy mono- and poly-unsaturated oils besides being a good source of fiber, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.  Maple Syrup is a natural sweetener which turns a wonderful bronze color.  Use it to taste.  The cranberries add a tart flavor.  If you prefer something sweeter, tried dried cherries, blueberries, apricots, or even raisins.
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March 11, 2014 |

Vermont Spa Style Baked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes

Vermont Spa Baked Sweet Potatoes spotlight wonderful ingredients from Vermont, but can easily be made wherever you are from, as well.   New Life Hiking Spa advocates a respect for the nutritional value of food as well as it origin, seasonality, availability and freshness.  Whenever possible, it serves food that is raised locally, using sustainable techniques by farmers and purveyors who have a respect and love of the land on which we live.

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March 11, 2014 |

Jicama Slaw with Pink Grapefruit and Citrus Dressing

Jicama Grapefruit Slaw

Beneath its rough skin, jicama is pearly white, mildly sweet, and addictive 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. Use this recipe to inspire sea­sonal variations throughout the year—our Chef often substitutes cucumbers or zucchini in summer and small kohlrabis in fall. In class, she uses this recipe to teach knife technique and how to cut fine shreds (julienne.) — Kate @ Rancho La Puerta
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March 9, 2014 |

MOR Marshmallow Bath and Body Products in time for Marshmallow Day

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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 favor and give sweet gifts — usually with marshmallow — to women. The holiday is called Marshmallow Day or White Day, as well, and gifts now include marshmallow, candy, chocolate, perfume, and lingerie.

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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.

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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.  

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February 14, 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.”

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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 sherbet floating in ginger ale.

Fortunately for everyone involved, it’s your turn to host this gig and no one is eating Warehouse Store salads on your watch. You vow to plan something creative, fresh, tasty, and FUN, and we are here to help you do just that. (more…)

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.
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February 7, 2014 |

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

white chocolate cheesecake

This recipe  for White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake — a variation of the favorite served at Green Mountain at Fox Run — makes a special treat for your loved ones. As you can see, it doesn’t contain a lot of special low-fat ingredients; Green Mountain advocates portion control as the key to fitting this treat into a healthy eating plan.  The Spa Index Kitchen has baked this cheesecake with SPLENDA and reduced fat cream cheese with wonderful results, and we’ve often substituted other berries or fruit we have on hand. (more…)

February 6, 2014 |

Heart Healthy Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf

Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa Chef Drew Rosen has a passion for cuisine that is both heart-healthy and palate pleasing, and consistently garners rave reviews from Pritikin guests for rich, savory entrees, dishes that are all the more impressive considering that each follows Pritikin Eating Plan guidelines and is prepared without artery clogging fats like butter and cream and no added salt.

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February 3, 2014 |

Broccoli Mushroom Quiche with Saltine Crust

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This recipe for Broccoli Mushroom Cheddar Quiche is very simple and has good balance of protein, carbs and fat.  It’s delicious for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, and reheats well to take to work or casual pot luck.   We were very happy to learn about the crust tip  — we never thought to crush saltines in place of bread crumbs or flour. Bonus:  We had Whole Wheat Saltines!
January 31, 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. (more…)

January 31, 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.

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January 24, 2014 |

Seared Scallops and Radicchio Salad

Coriander-Scallops

This entree salad is a riot of flavor and may sound both fattening and complicated, but it comes together fairly quickly, and we reduced the fat of the dressing by decreased the amount of bacon.  We are in the “We Love Cilantro” camp, but many are not.  Adjust the herbs to your own taste (parsley is good albeit peppery) accordingly. (more…)

January 22, 2014 |

Low Fat Orange Maple French Toast

Maple Orange French Toast

Orange Maple French Toast is perfect for a special breakfast or brunch. Grated orange peel provides a real depth of flavor and with the maple syrup, it’s just sweet enough to feel indulgent.  It’s simple but so good, and a guaranteed crowd pleaser! Top with real Vermont maple syrup or a very light dusting of confectioners sugar, yogurt, pureed fresh berries for sauce, or combination of these.
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January 20, 2014 |

Dijon Balsamic Chicken

Dijon Balsamic Chicken

This recipe for Dijon Balsamic Chicken, a guest favorite at Structure House in Durham, NC, is very simple and most of us have these ingredients in our pantry. Although it is written for the oven, it’s just as delicious over a backyard grill in warmer months.

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January 17, 2014 |

Smoked Salmon and Beet Salad

Salmon-Salad

This vibrant Smoked Salmon and Beet Salad courtesy of the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is a guest favorite.  It combines smoked salmon and roasted beets with cranberries, fennel and a honey balsamic vinaigrette.   Best of all, it requires no cooking if you can find smoked salmon at your grocer or specialty food market.   Try the thicker cuts you find vacuum sealed in a pouch in the seafood department.  If all you can find is thinly sliced lox, that will be just as delicious.

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January 15, 2014 |

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Custard Cups

Chocolate-Chip-Oatmeal-Custard

This beautiful breakfast of Oatmeal, Chocolate Chips and Egg Custard is courtesy of Jules Food.  We loved her idea of a portable breakfast which can be made ahead. The recipe makes six servings, and you can lid them and keep them for a breakfast each morning at the office or at school.  Heat slightly in a microwave if you prefer. It’s terrific warm, but is also quite good at room temperature.
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January 13, 2014 |

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Muffin

Heartland Health Spa’s Chef Barb Peters and registered dietitian are committed to providing you with a maximum level of nutrition, presented in delicious and satisfying ways. The Heartland Spa Recipe Collection is available for purchase (Call 1-800-545-HTLD). Heartland would also like to offer you some recipes to try while you’re waiting for your Recipe Collection to be delivered, including this one.

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January 10, 2014 |

Spinach Salad with Flax Seed Crunchies

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This bright and festive salad is full of flavor, nutrition and anti-oxidants from the pomegranate, spinach and flax.  The Flax Seed Crunchies have butter and sugar, but only a small amount is needed to top this salad — you can omit if you need to eliminate sweets. (more…)

January 8, 2014 |

Miraval Honey Cornflake Chicken Fingers

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The food at Miraval Resort & Spa in Arizona is healthful and flavorful. The pioneer for mindfulness in every aspect of life, one of the pillars of Miraval’s success is that healthy food can taste good. Long celebrated for delectable masterpieces in spa cuisine, Miraval’s culinary team has created a compilation of balanced recipes, representing an invitation to continue eating the Miraval way—by expanding and mixing and learning more about one’s needs while bringing diet into balance.
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January 1, 2014 |

Homemade Chai Tea

Chai

Enjoy the exotic flavor of Chai Tea without leaving the comfort of your own home with this easy recipe courtesy of Splenda.  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.

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December 30, 2013 |

Avocado Walnut and Crispy Bacon Salad

Avocado

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring when you focus on bright, colorful meals. To get you started on the color palate, 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.  This is a terrific Winter Entree Salad, when heavier, more calorie-dense meals are the norm.

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December 23, 2013 |

Healthy Chef Skinny Dips

Skinny-Dips

It’s time for a little skinny dipping over the holidays so I’ve given you my favorite healthy dip recipes.  There are 4 purely delicious dips to choose from and what I love about them is that they are easy to make and much healthier then store bought versions.  They all keep for about 4 – 5 days in the fridge, any leftovers are perfect to serve along side summer salads, dollop over steamed vegetables or pan roasted salmon or use as a sandwich spread in place of butter.
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December 18, 2013 |

Lavender Blister Dust

lavender

This blister remedy is a terrific mixture to have on hand in your gym bag, stroller or diaper bag, glove box in the car, and the gardening shed. Every time we take a rake to our herb garden at the office, even when we remember to wear gloves, we get an occasional blister and this does the trick for us.
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December 13, 2013 |

Almond Milk Cake

almond milk cake

This Almond Milk Tea Cake is a guest favorite at Red Mountain Spa.  It is best served for lunch, spa parties, and receptions.   The recipe has a fair amount of fat from the cream cheese, egg yolks and almond paste,  but it can easily be customized to use sugar substitutes.  Portion control is the reason guests are able to enjoy this dessert.

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December 11, 2013 |

Rancho La Puerta Spa Chocolate Banana Bread

chocolate banana bread

Rancho La Puerta Spa is the original and oldest Destination Spa in North America, founded by Deborah Szekely in 1940 in Baja, California Mexico, just south of the US Mexican border, near San Diego.   Rancho La Puerta is called the “birthplace of spa cuisine” and deservedly so — it’s renowned for freshly picked produce and nutritious natural foods low in fat, sodium, and refined flour and sugar — while high in energy, fiber, and complex carbohydrates.

Lori of the popular RecipeGirl blog agreed to share her adaptation of the spa’s popular Chocolate Banana Bread recipe with us (pictured).   She tells her readers:  “This is a healthy, spa-version of chocolate-flavored banana bread… really different, I thought. I liken it to an energy treat you might try before a big hike. My family thought it was great!”
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December 10, 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.  Spanish onions are more commonly called Yellow Onions in the USA.  
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December 7, 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.

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December 6, 2013 |

Natural Room Scents

Natural Home Scents

We were delighted to find tips by Monica of The Yummy Life for adding natural fragrance to your home using simmering waters infused with spices, herbs, and fruit.   These natural concoctions are ideal for personal aromatherapy in your home and office (provided you don’t have to worry about scent intolerances), or, for setting the stage of your home spa party or bridal shower. Consider scenting your home for romantic evenings, and of course, if it’s listed for sale and you’re having an open house.
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December 4, 2013 |

Wheat Germ Moisturizing Body Scrub

wheat-germ

This combination of ingredients is best for very dry skin which needs to be softened, exfoliatated, and nourished.  It is best used the same day it is made, and not stored.  Make this before a shower and take your time scrubbing your entire torso, hands, arms and feet.  The wheat germ acts as a mild abrasive, the yogurt soothes and softens with protein and lactic acid, the almond oil helps lock in the moisture, and the honey protects.
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November 27, 2013 |

No Flour Peanut Butter Cookies

PB Love

These cookies are closer to shortbread in texture, and a nice treat when a sweet craving hits. The quantity, nutritional stats and such really depends on the size you roll them, and what type of peanut butter you use. Even vanilla extracts have different carb counts. Thus, the stats can vary greatly. Whatever your method, it’s a protein sweet with good fats and one or two are plenty.
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November 25, 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. Oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and is full of antioxidants.  Good with a glass of milk as an after-school snack, or as part of a packed lunch or picnic.   — AARP

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November 25, 2013 |

Cantucci Almond Cookies

cantucci cookies

These twice-baked, biscotti-style almond cookies are native to Tuscany and excellent with post meal coffee or dessert wine. They have only 3 grams of fat per cookie, because, like amandines, they are made without butter or oil. — AARP

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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.  — AARP
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November 25, 2013 |

Amaretti Cookies

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Anyone who knows Italian sweets knows that amaretti are quite popular. These cookies, a sweet flourless treat, can also be made with hazelnuts. A serving has 5 grams of protein, thanks to the nuts.  They freeze well, so you can make them ahead of time and then take them out an hour before serving.  — AARP

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November 25, 2013 |

Old Fashioned Almond Cookies

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These delectable almond cookies, also called amandines, are a specialty of Arnaud Larher’s Montmartre patisserie. They are low-fat (no butter or oil), sophisticated and versatile — the ideal accompaniment for coffee, tea, hot chocolate or ice cream. — AARP

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November 25, 2013 |

Ginger Drizzle Cookies

ginger drizzle cookies

For the past 20 years, Janice has been part of a neighborhood holiday cookie swap. Her best pal, Mary, always bakes gingersnap cookies, and they’re the first cookies Janice’s girls look for when she brings home her holiday bounty. To health-ify Mary’s “famous” recipe, we swap half the white flour with whole wheat, use canola oil in place of (gasp!) shortening, add some ground flaxseed, and create a simple sugar glaze. These cookies are great for the holidays—or for any time of the year. Just don’t tell Mary our secret. — AARP

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November 25, 2013 |

Sandalwood Aromatic Body Mist

Red-Sandalwood

This combination of scents in Sandalwood Aromatic Body Mist makes for a musky, forested aroma.   It will appeal to men and women who like Oriental, woody, citrus and musky notes.  Distilled water (rather than tap water) is important when making any aromatherapy based treatment or product.  Distillation involves boiling the water and then condensing the steam into a clean container.  The resulting distilled water has its impurities removed, providing a cleaner, more true scent.
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November 20, 2013 |

Ginger Dry Skin Creme

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This recipe for ginger dry skin creme is infused with fresh ginger, nourishing oils and cocoa butter. Ginger invigorates and the oils soothe — a perfect double dose for dry skin.  This recipe first appeared on SpaIndex.com in December 2002 as a cold weather remedy and we’re still making it every Winter. Sometimes we use coconut oil in place of the cocoa butter, but we prefer it with cocoa butter as it is a little more solid. Use whichever you have on hand and prefer.
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November 13, 2013 |

Baked Oatmeal Custard

Baked-Oatmeal-Custard

Isn’t this a beautiful breakfast?   We love oats in all forms, from baked goods to granola to hot cereal, but this baked oatmeal custard is a new favorite on the breakfast table, and what’s more — it has great nutritional stats (the version with protein powder has protein from eggs, cottage cheese and whey).   Best of all, it keeps well and may be quickly reheated in the microwave for a weekday warm morning meal. This will come in handy now that the Autumn mornings are cooler.   (more…)

November 11, 2013 |

Aphrodisiac Bath Blend

Glass jug with milk and honey

Whip up an Aphrodisiac Bath Blend to relax the mind, while the properties of the essential oils stimulate euphoria.  The milk provides lactic acid, which is a wonderful softening agent in bath water (we keep dried  milk powder on hand for just that purpose — you can use it here, too).


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November 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.

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November 6, 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.
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November 5, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Raspberry Jelly Rolls

Jelly Rolls

These Raspberry Jelly Rolls are excerpted from The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook by Chef Devin Alexander and the Biggest Loser Expert and and Cast, with Melissa Roberson.     “I included a recipe for Better Blueberry Pancakes in the first Biggest Loser Cookbook that I continually receive fan letters about,” says Devin. “Since they’ve been so well received, I’ve created these not-exactly-jelly-rolls using that pancake batter as a base instead of buttery, sugary cake batter.” (more…)

November 5, 2013 |

Vegetarian Collard Greens

Vegetarian-Collard-Greens

One of our staples during all of our holiday meals is Collard Greens.  I wanted to create a tasty vegetarian option because the holiday season would not be the same without them on my plate.  They have been endorsed from my family members from the south so you know they are good!  Enjoy.
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November 4, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Creme-Brulee

This healthy and delicious holiday Pumpkin Crème Brulee recipe is courtesy of Executive Chef Cameron Payne of Biggest Loser Resort.  Pumpkin is a nutritional superstar, of course.  It is high in fiber and low in calories, packs an abundance of disease-fighting nutrients, including potassium, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and vitamins C and E.  Mori Nu pudding mix a popular product which, when mixed with silken tofu, makes a creamy, low fat and healthy pudding dessert.  (more…)

October 28, 2013 |

Grilled Prawn Salad with Avocado Aioli

grilled prawn salad

Prawns are similar to shrimp but are a bit larger in size. If you can’t find prawns at your local grocery store or fish market, you can use fresh or frozen jumbo shrimp. This Grilled Prawn Salad provides plenty of potassium, folate and heart-healthy fats. It makes for a delicious light lunch.  The Avocado Aioli is also a wonderful dip for appetizers or to use in place of salad dressing, or, as a topping for some of our light taco recipes.

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October 23, 2013 |

Spa Biscuits and Gravy

Skinny biscuits

Biscuits and Gravy on a spa menu?  Yes, Canyon Ranch adapted this hearty breakfast favorite for its guests.   It relies on lower fat chicken sausage and its light white sauce, lower in fat than a traditional bechamel (white sauce gravy) served over whole-wheat biscuits.  What it loses in fat it more than makes up for in the savory herbs and flavors. Best of all, each serving has a satisfying portion of a half-cup of gravy.
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October 21, 2013 |