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Light Zucchini Pea Soup

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

Turkey Burgers with Fig Salsa

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

ABC Salad – Avocado Beets and Citrus!

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

Pritikin Chicken in Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe

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

Grilled Chicken Chimichurri

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

Sanivan Summer Miso Soup

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

10 Summer Skin Care Tips

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

Light Pear Cobbler

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

Rancho La Puerta Strawberry Risotto

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

Braised Beef with Green Beans | Movara Fitness Resort

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

Blueberry Orange Honey Syrup

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

Miraval Caprese Flatbread

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

Mountain Trek Cedar Planked Teriyaki Salmon

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

Fennel Kale Slaw

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

Mountain Trek Roasted Vegetables with Miso-Lime Dressing

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

Three Sisters Succotash

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

Summer DIY Tips from Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas

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

Citronella Mason Jar Lanterns

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

End of Summer Almond Body Scrub

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

Sunblock Recipe

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