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RECIPE: After Sport Smoothie

Keeping properly hydrated and fueled is key for optimal health and energy output for everybody, and every body. Here at Hacienda, we have developed a menu of juices and smoothies made to target specific nutritional needs, while also ensuring top marks on the tasty scale!  One of the most functional and foodie favored concoctions we serve is our After Sport Smoothie, designed to speed recovery by replenishing energy & nutrients. Key ingredients Raw Cacao: Locally sourced from a nearby plantation, this is the real deal: fresh, rich, and unadulterated.  Ram-packed full of antioxidant goodness, cacao is native to the Americas, and comes from the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree. A cocoa fruit, or pod, has a rough and leathery rind, and is filled with whitish sweet pulp and many seeds. The seeds, or beans, are what eventually become our addiction: chocolate.  The bean from which we make this favorite confectionery is highly nutritious; packed full of potassium, selenium, magnesium and B vitamins. Cacao is a top source of antioxidants that may help lower risk of heart attack and certain cancers, and also might reduce inflammation! Note: cacao is often confused with cocoa. But they are vastly different. You see, cocoa is […]

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Recipe: Plant-Powered Pizza

Making the choice to incorporate more plant-based cuisine into the diet almost always involves a transitional period.  That being said, many of our guests at Hacienda del Sol arrive here with little or no experience enjoying raw vegan food, but they are quick to admit that it is satisfying, filling, and delicious! While making the move to more raw, you will be happy to know that there are lots of yummy dishes out there to enjoy.  It is important to note that increasing the amount of raw, whole, organic and vegetarian food eaten should be a gradual process, as to not overstimulate the body’s natural detoxification processes, but also to ensure longevity. We like to encourage culinary exploration, and for people that may at first be hesitant, we find that all they typically desire is flavour and texture reminiscent of traditionally cooked fare.  To that end, we have created several recipes like our Raw Tacos, Raw Pastas, and Onion Bread Avocado Sandwich.  Heck, we’ve even gone so far as blessed our diners with a raw version of pizza!  And this is not only one of my personal faves, but guests tell me that this is one of the best plant-based plates they’ve ever had too.  […]

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RECIPE: Moringa Detox Shots

The way you start your morning can really lay the groundwork for how you spend the rest of the day.  Establishing healthful a.m. rituals is a great first step towards maintaining overall wellness.  Book-ending your day with some before-bed relaxation rituals is also helpful in encouraging optimal sleep and therefore radical regeneration and rejuvenation! Not only is taking some time for yourself by way of meditation, a short yoga practice, or mindful walk around the neighbourhood a brilliant start, but firing up your body and digestive system with optimal fuel, you are even further ahead of the game! Here at Hacienda we like to start our day with a powerfully potent green shot; one that will alkaline the body, kickstart digestion, but also detox, rebuild, and infuse the cells with a multitude of nutrients.  And no, we are not growing wheat grass here!  What we like to use are the leafy green leaves of the Moringa tree.  Not familiar?  You must check out our last post about this Miracle Tree!  We love to use this indigenous plant in salads, water infusions and more as it is a perfect (superior?) wheat grass substitution in these parts! During our Juice Cleanse and Detox […]

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Earlier on in the blog, we listed a few of our favourite sources for health related information.  This list included various movies, books, and articles pertinent to cleansing, smart eating, and clean living. As the wellness world is a rapidly evolving one, it only makes sense to continue to update our arsenal of info, to ensure that we are offering the widest range of inspiration to our guests and clients.  After all, everybody and every body has a story, and each unique individual is inspirited in different ways.

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The Miracle Tree!

By Meg Pearson There’s a new powerful plant in town, a green leafy tree that is taking up plenty of space in the brand new Hacienda organic farm! Moringa! The Miracle Tree! This plant is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, but lucky for us, it is also thrives here in the Central American tropics, and is one of the most concentrated superfoods on the planet. While the bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root are used medicinally, we love the leaves, and that is where we are going to put our focus today!  Rich in protein and amino acids, these green guys have seven times the Vitamin C of oranges, four times the Vitamin A of carrots, 3 times more iron than spinach, and 4 times the calcium in milk.   Add some serious doses of Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and many minerals, and you are looking at one true tremendous food so healthy in fact, that it has been a useful tool for fighting malnutrition in some countries. Not only is this leaf a lovely nutritional powerhouse, but it is also a herbal healer!  In one study, Moringa reduced asthma symptoms and the severity of asthma attacks in adults.  […]

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