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Sweet-Heart Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches (Raw)

It’s almost Valentine’s day!  The perfect time to treat your whole body (and your love’s) with a whole food treat!  The following decadently delicious raw dessert recipe contains no added sugar, as it uses high fiber raisins and bananas for sweetness.  The combination of healthy fats from the nuts and coconut oil also help keep blood sugar spikes from those fruits at bay! If you don’t want to go to the trouble of setting, rolling, and cutting out the fancy shapes, you can also make the cookie dough into a crumble, and simple sprinkle it over scoops of the ice cream! Sweet-Heart Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches (Raw) Cookie 1/2 cup almonds 1/2 cup cup dried shredded coconut 4 tbsp raw cacao powder 1/4 c raisins pinch sea salt Ice Cream Layer 1 large banana 1/2 cup raspberries 4 tbsp coconut oil Cookie Directions Place nuts and coconut into a food processor and process until crumbly. Add in remaining ingredients. Process until a sticky dough forms. Roll out cookie batter onto a cutting board into desired thickness, and then cut into desired shapes.  Set cookies aside. Filling Directions Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour […]

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Top 5 Tips to Re-Calibrate Post-Holidays

We all want a vibrant and happy new year, right?  Let us help you jump off on the right foot this 2016! Back in November, we introduced our Hacienda del Sol Expert Panel.  With over 20 years of wellness experience under our belts, our team here possesses an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise.  With our new Expert Panel Q&A program, it is our hope to spread the wellness message and hopefully help some of our past clients, readers, and future retreat guests alike!  Today, we are addressing the query posted to us from Jessica, a guest who took part in our 7 Night Juice Cleanse in early 2015.  Jessica writes: “I allowed myself to truly enjoy all the goodness that comes along with the holidays, and now I am ready to get back on track!  What are the top tips from the team at Hacienda for re-setting my health after the festive season?” – Jessica Thanks for writing Jessica!  We went to our team to get the goods, and since we are celebrating the New Year and all things health and wellness for 2016, we thought we’d get lots of ideas from a handful of the experts.  While we planned […]

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Meet the Expert: Angie

Originally from Western Canada, Angie has been a member of the Hacienda de Sol family for many years.  She currently shares her expertise and experience as yoga teacher, practitioner, and wellness facilitator. After attending her very first yoga class at Hacienda del Sol back in 2003, and this launched her love of the practice and led her to her first 200 hour yoga teacher training here as well.  While living in Vancouver Canada in 2008, Angie attended a Kundalini Yoga class with Gloria Latham and she found her true path.   She completed a second 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Semperviva Yoga in Vancouver and started teaching a few months later.  Kundalini has been, and continues to be a magical journey for Angie, with no “end goal”; it is all about the journey – just like in life. Angie has travelled the world extensively, and training under incredible yoga teachers such as Gloria Latham, Gurmukh, Seane Corn, Max Strom, Anodea Judith,  and Mark Whitwell.  She is passionate about living a life that is balanced, authentic, healthy, harmonious and full of LOVE, laughter and JOY! With this as her foundation for life, she brings it to all that she does. From teaching yoga, sharing Jikiden Reiki and Ayurvedic […]

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Meet the Expert: Menlha

Menlha Bruneau – founder, Hacienda del Sol I have been involved in health and healing for many years.  It has been a prime interest to me to be well and to help others also be well, holistically.  I am the founder of Hacienda del Sol and of the Kootenay school of Rebalancing bodywork. This school certified over 350 students to practice rebalancing body therapy. I am a rebalancing bodywork master and have been practicing craniosacral (biodynamic) treatment for several years. For over 10 years at Hacienda del Sol we have been hosting juice cleanses, and I have been the facilitator for many of them.  I have done a number of cleanses myself over the years and keep up my own cleanliness with 2 personal cleanses a year at Hacienda del Sol. These cleanses are highly successful here thanks to the relaxed environment offered by immersion in nature, strong facilitation, constant support, detox-specific juices, and colema therapy. The transformation is remarkable and I love to be part of this process. I am continuing to learn more about health and wellness.  It is enjoyable for me to pass on my knowledge to others which I have accumulated over the years through personal experience […]

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Organic vs Non Organic

Food Transparency Farm-to-table. These days, if you’re a gourmet restaurant and you’re not doing farm-to-table, it’s hard to compete. While it has become mainstream to honor real food, we here at Hacienda del Sol have always looked to use the best, ripe, local and fresh ingredients when creating our decadent and delicious dishes in our restaurant.  We know that the closer to the field (or tree) we can source, the better the taste and nutrition it will deliver to our clients.  We also know that customer demand for sustainably sourced food has never been stronger and we want to offer our readers as much information on the topic that we can, while encouraging everyone to look further into where their food comes from whether at home, or while traveling. Organic  Let’s talk organic.  In North America there is no shortage of organic fruits and vegetables available at any supermarket. More and more  grocery stores are now stocking a wide variety of  organic foods, and this in itself shows a great shift in consumer supply and demand.  The same is starting to happen here in Central America, and it is thanks to buyer’s voting with their dollars!  The more we buy, the more […]

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