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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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Vanilla Pumpkin Smoothie

There are only two weeks until Halloween, and around here the chill of fall has finally truly settled in. That means we’re in luck because when you add those two factors together, it becomes the perfect setting our annual pumpkin carving party. An assortment of pumpkins are downstairs, piled precariously together on the table — everything from the garden variety orange Jack-o-lantern pumpkins, to the daintier sugar pie pumpkins, and even a couple of my all-time favorite, the mystical and marvelously-colored fairytale pumpkins. On Thursday evening, friends and family will gather together and we’ll take turns stoking a cozy fire in the fireplace while painting and carving silly-scary faces, witches of the good and evil persuasion, black cats and ghoulish goblins. It’s something we’ve been looking forward to all month.

It’s no wonder then that in preparation for this event we’ve had nothing but pumpkin on the brain. This is a good thing because it’s challenged us to be creative with this harvest crop all-star. That’s why this week we are sharing with you a healthy smoothie that pays homage to the humble pumpkin. Whip this bad boy up for breakfast, or for a lean, nutritious snack in the middle of your day and let the fall flavors inspire you on to your own pumpkin designing greatness! (Send us some pictures of what you created while you’re at it.)

Vanilla Pumpkin Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened pumpkin
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3/4 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 ounces Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice

Directions: Blend all ingredients together with ice. Serve with a dash of cinnamon on top.

Lily of the Desert's Vanilla Pumkin healty seasonal smoothie

Achy Breaky Parts

Lily of the Desert's blog Aloe TodayWho doesn’t love fall—the colors change and the temperatures finally cool down.  But many of us actually feel the weather changes down to our bones with the occasional muscle and joint pain that colder weather brings. No matter the age, our bodies naturally experience wear and tear that can really be a setback in our daily routine.

This pain can often involve more than one muscle or joint, and can be caused by many different types of injuries or conditions. But you can look to nature to find a helpful remedy.  Aloe vera naturally offers a soothing effect to inflamed tissues, not to mention that eight of the amino acids found in aloe gel have natural anti-inflammatory properties, as well as several of its enzymes.

We always think of Aloe vera as a summertime necessity, slathering it on our sun-kissed skin after a too-long afternoon in the garden or at the seaside. In reality, aloe has also long been a natural source of aid to non-chronic joint and muscle pain. According to a published study, researchers in Korea claim that Aloe vera showed strong antioxidant effects and potentially blocked pain messages.

If you find yourself needing to take a break because your muscle and joint pain is slowing you down, consider mixing 2 ounces of Lily of the Desert’s Aloe vera Juice in with your morning glass of orange juice.  Aloe vera naturally has 200 nutrients, including essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that help keep your body healthy, and our polysaccharide-rich enhancement Aloesorb will help amplify those benefits, so that you’re not giving up the things in life that you want to do.

 

How to Survive a Week of Sick Co-Workers

Have you noticed that everyone at work is sick this week? Not like, in bed for three-days-straight, flash back to a scene from The Exorcist sick, but … you know, sick. What makes the situation harder for everyone is they come back not even knowing what is wrong. Hello germs! Come on in and stay a while. You know what happens next; everyone else in the office starts dropping like flies not really knowing what they got from Victim #1 who started the office pandemic. Call in the CDC. But maybe it could be easier to know what you are dealing with if you understand the differences between health issues like the common cold and the vicious, want-to-crawl-in-a-hole FLU. What should I really be worried about, and what can I do to keep my immune system in tip-top shape?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, but they’re caused by different viruses. What’s tricky is that both have similar symptoms, so sometimes it’s hard to differentiate the two. (See the differences in the chart below.) But that doesn’t mean you need to spend your days isolated away in fear of being sneezed on. There are natural ways to help boost your immune system, making it harder for those pesky viruses to settle down at home in your body.

Step 1: Make sure you’re washing your hands. How often do you touch your face in a given day? It can be anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 times a day. Or if you are like me…10,000!
Step 2: Arm yourself with produce! Eat lots of fruits and veggies that are loaded with immune-boosting antioxidants like broccoli, carrots, peepers, spinach, grapefruit, papayas and oranges. First of all, they taste great; second, they are considerably less expensive than a visit to the doctor’s office. Don’t forget that aloe is a natural immune booster too!
Step 3: Get your beauty sleep! Your body must have downtime in order to keep you healthy. Aim for at least 8 hours a night. (This may involve kicking the kids out of your bed. Or a spouse that snores way too much.)
Step 4: The word we all hate to hear…EXERCISE. I know, I know, you don’t have time or you are so stressed out with work and chores at home. But exercise is vital to maintaining good health. This doesn’t mean you have to train for a half-marathon, but aim for 30 minutes a day. You can do it.

Alright so maybe I should stop being so anti-social by ostracizing myself from the whole office, but I don’t think keeping a fresh supply of sanitary masks behind my desk is overboard… do you?

On a final note, our aloe vera products have been clinically proven to increase white blood cell count. View our studies here.

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(Below is a chart from Syracuse University’s health services that may help you differentiate between what you may feel when you have a cold or the flu.)

Symptoms Influenza Cold
Fever Usually present Rare
Aches Usual, often severe Slight
Chills Fairly common Uncommon
Tiredness Moderate to severe Mild
Symptom onset Appear within 3 to 6 hours Symptoms appear gradually
Coughing Dry, unproductive cough Hacking, productive cough
Sneezing Uncommon Common
Stuffy nose Uncommon Common
Sore throat Uncommon Common
Chest discomfort Often severe Mild to moderate
Headache Common Uncommon

http://health.syr.edu/education/cold-and-flu.html

 

Aloe 101: Back to Basics

No matter how old I get, no matter how long it’s been since I stepped foot into a classroom, this time of year will always remind me of how I felt on each First Day of School I ever had. New books, new friends, new teachers … it’s a unique combination of nerves and excitement that never quite goes away.

In honor of the first few weeks of classes, we’re getting back to the basics of aloe vera. After all, just because we’re not in school anymore doesn’t mean we should stop learning, and the aloe plant continues to be a source of fascination to us. Don’t worry — there won’t be a pop quiz later. (But knowing this stuff could definitely help you get to the head of your health class…)

Fun Facts About Aloe Vera:

·         There are over 500 species of aloe throughout the world. Lily of the Desert uses barbadensis Miller, which has been clinically shown to have the most nutrients.

·         Aloe vera is made up of 99.5% water, but the .5% solid portions are known to have the most active nutrients.

·         Aloe vera was depicted on 4,000 year old Sumerian clay tablets as having digestive benefits.

·         It is said that Alexander the Great once conquered the Island Socotra in order to have access to its precious aloe resources.

·         Aloe was used to heal wounds of both humans and livestock throughout Africa.

·         Aloe contains over 200 biologically active components including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to keep you healthy.

·         In addition to the above, aloe is made up of large-chain molecules called polysaccharides, the driving force behind distribution of nutrients through the body.

It goes without saying, at Lily of the Desert aloe polysaccharides are one of our favorite subjects because they are what make our products so unique. For more information about polysaccharides, head over to a new website we just launched: www.aloeamplified.com. It answers all your questions about how Lily of the Desert uses them to amplify the natural benefits of our aloe vera products. Consider it your extra credit assignment.

Class dismissed!

 Aloe Fact # 1

The Bitter, Sweet Truth About Aloe

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
-Denis Diderot

You probably know that the word “aloe” comes from the Arabic term alloeh, which means “shining bitter substance,” and “vera” comes from the Latin word veritas, meaning “truth.” It’s true that bitter is an adjective that can really pack a negative punch, but to say that bitter is always a bad thing is a shameful generalization.

Aloe may have been originally named after the acrid taste of the inedible part of its leaves, but the sweet truth of the matter is that it has for centuries been used to improve the health of its enthusiasts — as a burn remedy, as a moisturizer, or for its digestive benefits, to name a few. The 200-plus nutrients that make up the powerful inner gel have long been looked to for benefiting the body both internally and externally.

Likewise, modern research has revealed to us the truth about another bitter that you will be all the better for getting a taste for — bitter greens. These include members of the chicory genus (endive, escarole), dandelion and turnip greens, kale and cress … and that’s just to start with. Nutritional studies are showing that, while these dark vegetables may take your palate some getting used to, they are loaded with multiple vitamins, high in fiber, are a source of anticarcinogens, and much, much more.

So even though it gets a bad rap, it can be said that bitterness truly has a sweet side … namely, that digesting it is something of a cleansing experience — whether we’re talking about a bitter truth, or a heaping bowl of fresh, bitter greens. We need that astringent element to balance out our lives every now and again.

In keeping with the theme, and as a nod to our favorite “bitter” plant, aloe vera, we have created a spinach and bitter green salad with a fresh raspberry-aloe vinaigrette. Try this recipe the next time your everyday routine needs a bracing, bittersweet smack in the face.

For the salad:

  • 3 cups  fresh baby spinach

  • 1 endive, chopped

  • ½ head escarole, chopped

  • handful arugula

  • ½ small radicchio, ,chopped

  • handful watercress, coarse stems discarded, leaves chopped

  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped

  • 1 large ripened heirloom tomato, sliced

For the Dressing:

  • ½ pint raspberries

  • 2 tablespoons Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice or Gel

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot

  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar

  • coarse salt and ground pepper

This will make about four servings: wash all the greens and toss into a large salad bowl. In a mixing bowl, whisk together extra-virgin olive oil, minced shallot, vinegar, salt, and pepper. In a separate bowl, roughly mash raspberries with a fork. Pour dressing mixture over berries, stir together, and let sit in refrigerator for up to 2 hours to let the flavors blend. Before serving the salad, take dressing from the refrigerator, give it one last whisk, and serve over your beautiful bitter greens!

Traditional Aloe Vera Juices

Rise and Shine

Lily Sunrise Breakfast Drink

A sunrise is a beautiful thing: it signals the start of a new day and another chance to get things going on the right track, no matter what your yesterday looked like. For the days that you need help turning over a brand new leaf, try our simple and nutritious Lily Sunrise breakfast drink.

We start with a little bit of freshly squeezed orange juice, (if you don’t have time to juice the oranges yourself, don’t worry — just look for a brand that doesn’t add a lot of sweeteners or other additives), then add 100% cranberry juice (stay away from “cranberry juice cocktail” if you can), and 1-2 tablespoons of Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice. Mix together well and serve over ice with mint and blueberries as a garnish. Enjoy alongside a healthy breakfast to get your new day started right!


Refresh Yourself

Apple Refresher JuiceThat’s right, you heard me. Just pause for a moment to take inventory. Have you been over-doing it in the Be Everywhere At Once Department lately? And what happened to that much-needed trip to the lake that you promised yourself you were going to take? After all, summertime should be kick-back-for-a-week vacationtime, right? Unfortunately, the day to day grind can get in the way of a little break during the hot months — we’re just not twelve years old anymore. Well, before you crash face first into an all out exhaustion coma, take some time out to recharge yourself with our invigorating Apple Refresher Juice.

This recipe couldn’t be easier: mix one part quality pineapple juice to one part quality apple juice, then stir in 2 tablespoons of Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Vera juice and serve over ice. With the help of our signature all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb, our aloe products have been clinically proven to bump vitamin absorption by up to 2000%. This means your body will soak up more vitamin C, which means you’re in for one heckuva pick-me-up.

Maybe a couple of jet skis and an uninterrupted reading of War and Peace are in your near future; maybe they’re not. Regardless, remember to take some time to refresh yourself with this summer getaway in a glass.

Making Your Workout Work For YOU

Those extra hours in kickboxing class are really starting to pay off. And that three-mile run you knocked out last night before dinner made you feel like a champ. It’s not always easy to find time for your workouts, but boy, does it pay off in the end!

When it comes to staying healthy, daily exercise is just as important as eating the right foods. This is especially true during the hour or so after you’ve finished working out, because this is when you need to replenish spent energy by eating foods high in fiber and protein. It is for the days that you are determined to push every physical boundary you have that we created this nutritious smoothie recipe…

Of course, we always like to start with the beloved aloe vera plant, because it naturally contains over 200 biologically-active nutrients that help keep our body healthy. For this recipe, we’ll be using Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Vera Gel. It’s amplified with Aloesorb, which has been clinically proven to help increase supplement absorption by 2000%! Next, we throw in a banana (an excellent source of vitamin B and dietary fiber), strawberries (which, besides making everything taste better, are high in vitamin C), and finally, some electrolyte-rich coconut water. (For added protein and fiber, feel free bring a serving of chia seeds to the party.)

Mix all ingredients in a blender with ice until smooth. The combination of fresh, nutrient-packed fruits and health-boosting Aloesorb helps maximize the efforts you put into your workouts. Drink to your health!

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A Lily treat for Dry Skin

Dry skin can be the result of many things: not drinking enough water, too much contact with hot water, or most notably, cold, dry weather.

Now the way to smooth, exfoliated skin is as easy as 1, 2 … well, actually, just 1 and 2. Using our 99% Aloe Vera Gelly on dry, damaged spots will help quickly cool and hydrate at least three epidermal layers of your skin. Plus, this recipe is simple and safe for all ages, and you can do it as often as you’d like!

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Directions:

Halve and core an apple (it doesn’t matter which kind).

Apply a liberal amount of Lily of the Desert’s 99% Aloe Vera Gelly to the cut side of the apple.*

Rub over knees, elbows, and heels; massage any excess gel into skin.

Enjoy the naturally-moisturized feeling aloe vera gives you!

 

*tip: add coarse sea salt to the mix for a little extra exfoliation power!

P.S. — Don’t forget to look for Lily of the Desert with Aloesorb on the label! You may think that all aloe products at the store are the same, but it’s just not true. Most aloe topical products at retail stores contain less than 1% – 10% aloe vera in their creams, lotions, and other body products. Studies have shown that a minimum of 30% concentration of aloe is necessary to receive the benefits of aloe. Our topical products contain up to 99% organic aloe vera, so you can feel confident about the quality of aloe you are using everyday!