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Aloe Today

So Long to the Lazy Days of Summer

We look forward to this time of year with equal parts delight and dismay: it symbolically stands for the end of summer and return of sweater weather … and also for the end of summer and return (for some) to a more stringent daily routine. Oh, if only we could live in the flower-picking, firefly-catching, summer gardening ether year-round!

Luckily, we have one last saving respite: Labor Day Weekend. This is a day that was created in 1882 with industrious people like you in mind — a day that honors the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of America. This weekend, people all over the U.S. will be getting outside to barbecue and play in the lovely sunshine before autumn moves in. We’ll be throwing down on grills and beach towels like nobody’s business.

However you plan to honor Labor Day this year, celebrate the end of summer with a recipe that embodies this season — Lily of the Desert’s fresh watermelon lemonade. Aside from freshly squeezed citrus and summertime’s most classic mouthwatering melon, it also uses our aloe vera juice, which is packed with over 200 beneficial vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids, and is amplified with our all-aloe, health-boosting enhancement, Aloesorb™. (Hey, after all the chili dogs you’re going to eat this weekend, your body’s going to need all the love it can get!)

This recipe will serve 4:

  • 3 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • zest of one lemon
  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup organic honey
  • 8 Tbs Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1 ½ cup cold water

Blend the watermelon until smooth; strain through a fine sieve (this takes a few minutes, but it’s worth it!).  Mix all ingredients together and serve over ice.

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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

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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!


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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.

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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!

 strawberry-banana-coconut smoothie

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Offensively Speaking

Sure you have heard of “antioxidants” and “free radicals,” but have you ever wondered what they really mean in regards to good health?  The terms may make you think of political movements and war protests, but that’s okay. When it comes to your health, a good defense is the best offense!

Your body has many natural, built-in defenses, and antioxidants happen to be one of the most important. When we eat, our bodies also take in oxygen to help with digestion…  but that oxygen can lead to the development of free radicals that keep our bodies from getting the nutrients we need to stay healthy. This is why antioxidants are so important!

Our bodies produce antioxidants on their own, but they need additional support from things like our diet and supplements.  Luckily, some of your favorite fruits and veggies are loaded with powerful antioxidants. Though, maybe what you didn’t know is that aloe vera also naturally contains free radical-fighting antioxidants. And of course, at Lily of the Desert, we do you one better: we add Aloesorb — (our all-aloe, nutrient-rich powerhouse ingredient) — to all of our products.  This means that everything we make is clinically proven to enhance antioxidants by 40% — and that’s just from a 2 oz. serving!

It is out of respect for those feisty, oxidation-fighting molecules that we came up with this chock-full-o’-antioxidants smoothie recipe just for you. It’s so good it’ll make you want to conquer your own battles today!

Antioxidant Smoothie

 

ANTIOXIDANT SMOOTHIE

 

2 handfuls baby spinach

1 banana

1 orange

1 cup pineapple

1 cup mango

¼ cup almonds

¼ cup Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice or gel

 

Blend all ingredients. (Thin with water as needed.)

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Energy Smoothie

Summertime is back, and that means fresh produce at the farmer’s market as far as the eye can see! Of course it also means hot, sticky days and nights, and feeling like you want to do nothing but sit inside with the A/C cranked up … (errands? What errands?) But luckily, we’ve created a solution for that: a fresh, ice cold fruit, veggie, and aloe smoothie. (A “fru-veg-aloe,” if you will…)

Energy Smoothie

What? You’ve never thrown nutritious greens in with your fruit? Well, it’s high time you try it. Go ahead … pack in some protein by adding a handful of baby spinach or creamy avocado to your very-berry smoothie and see what happens. Adding this type of nutrient-rich fuel to your diet everyday is a fantastic way to turn your blahs into “aaahhhhhs.”

Next, we’ll add Lily of the Desert’s aloe juice or gel to the mix, because we know that aloe vera naturally contains over 200 biologically-active nutrients that help support overall good health. Even better, all of Lily’s products are amplified with Aloesorb, which has been proven to help maximize the benefits of all those delicious nutrients you’re drinking. Translation: you’ll be up off the couch and ready to go in no time.

So give yourself a head start each morning with a fresh, Aloesorb-powered smoothie. Trust me. Your body – and your To-Do list – will thank you.

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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!

 

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Lily Lemonade

I love discovering new combinations of fruit juices to mix with my aloe vera smoothies in the morning (it’s always nice to shake things up every now and then!) Recently, we asked our customers to tell us what their favorite juices to mix with Lily of the Desert’s aloe vera products are, and to our surprise, an overwhelming amount of people said that LEMONADE was at the top of their list. Well, of course it is! Who doesn’t like cooling down with a freshly juiced and lightly sweetened glass of good ol’ fashioned lemonade?

So, here at Lily, we thought we would take that idea and kick it up a notch by creating an immune-boosting version of this tasty drink. What better way to enhance the wonderful health properties of this fruit — my favorite summer citrus, by the way — than by adding Lily of the Desert’s aloe vera juice. It is certified-organic and has been amplified with Aloesorb, which has been proven to help increase immune support by up to 16%, so you can feel even better about your summertime treat.

Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think. Maybe you have ideas about how to make it even more delicious? Feel free to experiment and make it your own. (But don’t forget to the report back with your yummy findings!)

Lily Lemonade

ALOE LEMONADE
2 T Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice
1 C fresh lemon juice
1-2 T raw honey*
1 C ice cubes

Stir ingredients well; serve over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint, if desired.

*tip: when possible, try using local honey to help relieve any symptoms of pollen-related, seasonal allergies.

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Welcome to Aloe Today

Welcome to Lily of the Desert’s ‘Aloe Today,’ where we will be sharing great tidbits like recipes and tips using our very own aloe products, while also keeping you up to date on what’s going on in the world of aloe vera. Each week we will feature a variety of ways on how aloe vera can be a beneficial addition to your everyday routine. Our goal is to share with you how to get the most benefit out of our aloe products.

So stay tuned … on Friday we’ve got a delicious summer drink for you that just happens to have been inspired by, none other than, our wonderful fans and followers!

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