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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.


-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.





Sugar Crash and Burn

Like it or not, the candy-coated Halloween festivities are over and November is here. If you are like me, you may or may not have over-indulged in a few too many spooky s’mores sandwiches or poisoned caramel apples. (I know how you feel … I also was under some kind of “Just One More” spell over the past few days.) This weekend is a great opportunity to consider how your general health is faring in the wake of all those enchanting treats. But don’t just stop there — take the next week to focus on adding nutritious antioxidants to your diet that will help kick any bad-health juju to the curb.

Antioxidants are a key part of helping to defend our bodies’ cells against damage. On a day-to-day basis, our bodies come into contact with a wide variety of elements that, when left to build up in excess in our bodies, can have an adverse effect on our health. Lily of the Desert’s aloe vera juices and gels are clinically proven to reduce nitrates and ammonias by 11%. Reducing these from the body will allow room for more nutrients and benefits to be taken in by the cells, helping to maintain normal balance in the body. Our Aloe Herbal Detox Formula is a special blend of certified organic aloe vera and trusted herbs that are known to aid the body in this detoxification process.

How else can you boost your antioxidant levels? Add more fruit and vegetables to your diet. The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E, which means that when you’re in the produce section, be on the lookout for colorful fruits and vegetables, especially those with purple, blue, red, orange, and yellow hues. Need a head start on what to take home? We’ve got you covered…

detoxifying foods for a balanced diet

Trick? More Like a Treat.

Happy Aloe-ween from Lily of the DesertI’ve never been much of a Halloween person. Some people look forward to this holiday all year-round. Me? I could take it or leave it. But this year I have, for whatever reason, gotten a little more into the spirit. I’ve also decided to throw a spooktacular little get together this weekend for some friends and their kids. As the party draws nearer, the time has come for one of my favorite things — putting together the menu. It’s going to be pretty casual, so I’m not looking to make the fanciest hors d’oeuvres on the block. And while I do want to invoke the hallowed holiday theme, I definitely have no interest in pouring a bag of mini candy bars into a bowl and calling it food. That’s why I’ve decided to put my own healthy spin on a recipe for pumpkin cookies.

The best thing about these cookies is that you don’t have to feel tricked into giving them as a treat. These fall cookies will delight anyone at the party, especially when they find out how natural the ingredients are. This recipe should yield around 40 cookies, and each cookie is approximately 50 calories a pop, so you can feel good about sharing it with the adult and kid guests. Eat it and weep, guys. Welcome to your new addiction.

Spiced White Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Allspice
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla
1/8 tsp Salt
1 Cup Organic Pumpkin Puree
1/2 Cup Organic Applesauce (unsweetened)
1 Cup Good White Chocolate Baking Chips (or semi-sweet if you prefer)
1 Cup Chopped Raw Walnuts

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, applesauce, and vanilla. Stir in pumpkin and set aside. In another bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and powder, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. Add slowly into wet mixture and mix well. Last, fold in the nuts and chocolate bits. Finally, drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet and bake for 18 to 22 minutes.

Looking for some creative and healthy treats for your Halloween event? Let these inspire you:

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.


Orange You Glad It’s October?

Pumpkins are a healthy seasonal addition to your balanced lifestyle.I don’t know about you, but around here pumpkins become a staple this time of year — and for good reason. They’re beautiful to look at, a healthy and versatile ingredient to use, and better yet … they’re so much fun to play with! (More on that in a later post.) As we barrel full-speed ahead into October, let’s take a moment and exercise some appreciation for the humble vine vegetable that truly symbolizes this season.

Pumpkins are members of the cucurbit (gourd) family, which includes other fall harvest favorites like squash, cucumbers, luffas, and melons. As a matter of fact, the word “pumpkin” originated from the Greek word “Pepõn,” which means “large melon.” They are thought to have originated in the ancient Americas, and once corn was introduced there, farmers began practicing an early form of sustainable agriculture using the “Three Sisters” method of farming*.

There is evidence to suggest that Native Americans used pumpkin in a multitude of ways to keep them fed through the long, cold winters: they dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats; they roasted long strips on the open fire and ate them; they ate the seeds and used them as a medicine; the blossoms were added to stews; and they even dried pumpkin to later be ground into flour. Perhaps most fascinating is that the origin of pumpkin pie can be traced all the way back to the 17th century when Natives and colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, filled the insides with milk, spices and honey, and then baked it in hot ashes. It kind of makes you feel like that old saying, “as American as apple pie” should be amended, right?

Fast forward to today. Take a look at a pumpkin and what’s the first thing you notice? It’s iconic and vibrant orange hue. The beautiful color is a telltale sign that these puppies are loaded to the stems with beta-carotene. Not only that, but pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium, high in fiber — (those are magical words, aren’t they?) — and they’re good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron. A pumpkin’s seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber and monounsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. In addition, the seeds are concentrated sources of protein, minerals, and health-benefiting vitamins and are an excellent source of the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted to GABA  in the brain.

If there’s anything to be learned here today, it’s this: the pumpkin is good for more than just sitting on your front porch awaiting it’s doomed fate come November 1. Take a note from its resourceful past and discover the many delicious ways you can incorporate it into your diet. Need some help finding a recipe that suits you? These websites have enough healthy dish ideas to feed you through the month of October, and then some:

*Interested in starting your own Three Sisters Garden next spring? Read about it here.