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Immune-Boosting Juice Recipe with Aloe Vera

Juice Recipe

Winter weather wreaks havoc on our immune system, as well as our lives.  With germs everywhere and everyone around you getting sick, you have to do what you can to boost your immune system to ward off any potential illness.  We have come up with this tasty juice recipe to help you out this season.  Luckily, you can find what you need in the produce section and the aloe aisle at your local store.

This juice packs a 1-2 punch for your immune system with zesty oranges and lemons, carrots, ginger and Lily of the Desert Aloe vera juice.

Oranges: loaded with vitamin c that encourage your immune system to fight off any viral infections.

Lemons: also packed with vitamin c.   But they are also helpful to cleanse the body of excess toxins that prevent absorption of vital nutrients.

Ginger: helps prevent bacteria growth and acts as an anti-inflammatory for your body.

Carrots: full of beta-carotene that contains helpful antioxidants, which can reduce your body’s stress response.  plus, they contain vitamin a that helps the body reduce excess toxins.

Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice: over 200 vital components like vitamins, enzymes, minerals, amino acids and polysaccharides .  Our brand contains Aloesorb, a concentration of high-quality aloe polysaccharides that actually boosts nutrient absorption even more…making it the perfect addition to this recipe.  

LILY’S IMMUNE BOOSTER

Ingredients:

1 cup of carrots

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 large orange

1 inch piece of ginger

1/4 cup of Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients into your juicer and blend until smooth.  If you do not have a juicer, then place all ingredients into a blender ( just make sure to peel orange, ginger and carrots first).  Blend all ingredients together.  Strain any pulp through a strainer or enjoy as is.

 

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Holiday Detox Smoothie Recipe

Detox Smoothie Recipe with Aloe

 

The Holiday season is upon us, and with it comes wonderful time spent with friends and family, eating delicious foods and treats piled on top of each other in ginormous mounds, forcing us to loosen a few buttons on our pants.  We all do it, even though we know we shouldn’t and it is not good for us to pile on the calories like that, but it only comes a couple times a year, so we just let ourselves go.  But then the guilt comes; “Why did I have 3 helpings of stuffing ladled on top of mashed potatoes?!”.  But with all the goodies that come during a holiday meal, it is easy to get way off course. Our bodies are in overload, shocked that they could fit that much food into one meal.  You need to bring balance back your system so that it can go back to absorbing the necessary nutrients to keep you healthy.  Time to detox.

Toxins play a big role in keeping your cells from absorbing nutrients when they need them, causing your body to have oxidative stress and be more susceptible to illness.  And this time of year, with cooler temps and everyone else around us getting sick, we have to keep our health in check even more.

Here is a simple recipe for a detox smoothie that includes our Aloe Vera Juice made with Aloesorb that has been clinically proven to help reduce toxins in the body.

LILY DETOX SMOOTHIE

-1 apple, cored and roughly chopped

-1/2 of a cucumber

-3 stalks of celery

-1 slice of avocado

-1 cup of spinach or other leafy greens

-Squeeze of a Lemon

2 ounces of Lily of the Desert Preservative Free Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice

Add items to blender and blend until smooth.  Ice and cilantro optional.

 

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Immune Health During Back-to-School Season

Beautiful young parents and their daughter are having common cold, wiping noses and looking at camera while lying on bed

It’s back to school season…hurray!  All parents are letting out an audible sigh of relief now because planning playdates, vacations, camps, etc. is over with the kids back in the classrooms.  But this also means they are back to germ city.  How many parents do you know with a kid already home sick…and it’s only the first week?!  So how do you keep yourself healthy with all the germs that kids bring home?

Having a healthy immune system means your body is defended against illness or infection.  Cells work together to combat any foreign pathogen that comes in contact with your body.  So what can you do to make sure that your immune system is in tip-top shape?

  1. Drink plenty of water- Water helps your body produce Lymph, which your immune system uses to circulate white blood cells and nutrients to the tissues in the body. It also helps to keep the body clear of toxins.
  2. Eat a balanced diet- Sugar-laden foods and those loaded in saturated fat only impede your immune system from working correctly. Load up on fruits, vegetables and whole grains to keep your body going.
  3. Get moving- Exercise helps your body rid itself of unwanted bacteria and helps increase the circulation of antibodies or white blood cells to help stave off infection.
  4. Add some supplements-Immune-boosting supplements can help the battle to keep you healthy. Aloe vera contains the polysaccharide called Acemannan that has many immune health benefits.  You can take 2 to 4 oz daily of Lily of the Desert Aloe vera juice or gel to help support your healthy immune system.  It’s great to add to your smoothie or juice.
  5. Wash your hands and get some rest- These may seem like the obvious, but they are something people often forget to do.  But you are always telling your kids to wash their hands and go to bed, so make sure you do the same!

All these steps can only help you to stay healthy during this time of sneezing, wheezing and coughing.   Good luck out there!

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Aloe Vera: Your Skin’s Best Friend

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Most of us have the shared memory of being a kid and either falling down after some super cool stunt on our bicycle or having so much fun in the summer sun that we resembled lobsters at the day end.  But part of that memory also involved a family member breaking off a leaf from the potted Aloe vera plant from the patio and slathering that cool, soothing gel over the affected area.  That feeling of instant relief is something we all know and have come to appreciate even into adulthood.  We all know that Aloe vera is good for your skin.  But why?

Aloe’s skin care benefits are not a new find by any means; in fact, Cleopatra herself was rumored to use aloe in her daily skin care regimen.  But we are not in pharaoh times and now know a little bit about what makes aloe so great for your skin.

First, let’s talk about its moisturizing effects.   Aloe has the ability to help enhance dermal moisture by absorbing rapidly into the skin and even helps to retain your skin’s own moisture.  Also, Aloe does not add oil to the skin that can block pores.  The result is brighter and healthier looking skin.

Another great skin care benefit of Aloe is its ability to naturally support our body’s antioxidants that help to suppress oxidative stress.  You know the term “free radicals”?  Well, they cause the cells in your skin to become damaged over time.  Antioxidants help reduce the potential damage done by free radicals.

Perhaps what aloe is best known for is its calming and soothing effect on your skin.    It naturally nourishes your skin to keep is healthy and soft to the touch.

Armed with this knowledge of Aloe’s greatness for skin care, we created a new personal care line with Aloe as the #1 ingredient.  In order for you to receive the full potential of Aloe’s benefits, there needs to be a major percentage as a base, not just a sprinkle like so many products available on the market.

Perfect for everyday use, for a variety of skin care needs, this personal care line is the ideal mixture of moisturizing Aloe blended with beneficial botanic ingredients to keep your skin happy and healthy.PSC group blog image

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Aloe Vera:Safe Alternative for Your Occasional Heartburn

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Let’s face it: dealing with occasional heartburn stinks.  Whether it happens when you eat certain foods or it just comes up out of the blue, you are feeling the burn and want it to go away.  The key to helping ease your occasional heartburn starts in the stomach.  The health of your gut is vital to helping you stay healthy…period.  So what can you do to help?

A common practice is to use a proton pump inhibitor to stop acid production altogether, but recent studies have shown that these could lead to future heart attacks.  Yikes.  Who wants that to happen?  Aloe vera has been known for thousands of years as a digestive aide.  Our Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula contains our own aloe mixed with a variety of trusted digestive herbs like chamomile, ginger root, slippery elm and fennel seed.  This wondrous combination helps balance your stomach acid naturally, not stop its production.   You will benefit from healthy digestion and that will help your entire body stay happy and healthy.  Not a bad tradeoff, huh?

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Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie

Forget a #PSL … make a pumpkin drink with a little more substance. In our Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie, pureed pumpkin and a banana blend together smoothly, and fresh ginger and cinnamon will really warm you up. Plus, pumpkins are loaded with beta-carotene, they’re low in calories, fat, and sodium, high in fiber, and they’re good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron. Enjoy all that this quintessential fall vegetable has to offer!

Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie
Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup organic, pumpkin puree
  • thin slice fresh ginger
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 ounces Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice
  • Honey, to taste
Instructions:
Blend all ingredients together well. Enjoy!

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Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.

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Cranberry Aloe Fizz

This beautiful Cranberry Aloe Fizz is one way to get festive for the upcoming holidays. The ginger ale and cranberry (make sure it’s 100% juice!) are a wonderful combination of tart and sweet, with a little ginger kick. The rosemary sprig adds a nice aromatic element, and bubbles in your drink always turns an ordinary day into a special occasion. Just add your daily serving of Aloe vera juice, and you’re good to go!

Cranberry Aloe Fizz
Cranberry Aloe Fizz

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
  • 6 ounces ginger ale
  • 4 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice
Instructions:
Mix liquids together. Serve over crushed ice, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Running low on your supply of Lily of the Desert products? Check out our store locator to find a retailer near you!

Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.

 

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So Fresh and Green Smoothie (with Aloe H2O)

Unfortunately, many health drinks have high amounts of sugar in them. This is something we wanted to be mindful of (and avoid) when we created our newest beverage line — Aloe H2O. It has only 3g of sugar per serving … just enough to balance aloe vera’s naturally bitter flavor. And not only does Aloe H2O taste great on its own, but it also makes a great liquid base for smoothies, especially because it adds nutritional value without adding a lot of sugar to the usually-fruit-based recipes. For the So Fresh and Green Smoothie, we in particular liked using Pure Aloe H2O because of the subtle cucumber flavor that it contributes. Try it for yourself and see what you think!

So Fresh and Green Smoothie (with Aloe H2O)
So Fresh and Green Smoothie (with Aloe H2O)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup frozen honeydew
  • 1 banana
  • handful kale, ribs removed and roughly chopped
  • thin slice fresh ginger, minced
  • 6-8 ounces Pure Aloe H2O
Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

Running low on your supply of Lily of the Desert products? Check out our store locator to find a retailer near you!

Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.

 

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Sweet Potato Overnight Oats

We love overnight oats because all the prep can be done the night (or up to 3 days) beforehand! And you can customize the basic recipe any way, so sticking with seasonal flavors and produce is no trouble at all. As you can probably tell, this Sweet Potato Overnight Oats recipe was inspired by one of our favorite fall desserts: sweet potato pie.

Running low on your supply of Lily of the Desert products? Around here, October is STOCKTOBER, which means that all of our products are on sale. Learn more here.

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Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.

Sweet Potato Overnight Oats
Sweet Potato Overnight Oats

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 chopped pecans
  • 1-2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • honey (optional)
  • 2 ounces Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice
Instructions:
Cook 1 sweet potato at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. Once cooled, portion off about 1/2 cup for this recipe and save the rest. In a jar, add all ingredients. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Let jar refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days. Eat chilled.

 

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Bourbon Citrus Berry Cocktail

For this Bourbon Citrus Berry Cocktail, we were inspired by an all-around cocktail classic — the Old Fashioned.

Running low on your supply of Lily of the Desert products? Around here, October is STOCKTOBER, which means that all of our products are on sale. Learn more here.

Want to find your nearest Lily retailer? Check out our store locator.

Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.

Bourbon Citrus Berry Cocktail
Bourbon Citrus Berry Cocktail

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
  • 2 ounces of your favorite Bourbon
  • fresh blackberries
  • orange wheel, plus zest from half an orange
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 2 ounces Blueberry-Pomegranate Aloe H2O
  • ice
Instructions:
For garnish: Mix orange zest and all but about a teaspoon of raw sugar. Set aside to let flavors infuse. For drink: Muddle orange wheel, 4 blackberries, and a pinch (or up to a teaspoon) of raw sugar in a mixing tin. Add bourbon, Aloe H2O, and some ice. Rim cocktail glass with the orange sugar. Shake and strain contents of mixing tin into glass over ice to serve. Cheers!

 

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