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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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Hot, Happy, & Healthy Holidays!

Exhausted by the party circuit, guilt about overindulgence and overall over-extension we put on ourselves, simply because it ‘Tis The Season? Why not choose another route? Why not choose you?  December and January are our busiest times here at Hacienda, and for good reason.  For many years now, health-conscious folk have been flocking here from all over the globe, in effort to escape the often colder climes that come with the holidays, and also to offer themselves the most precious gift they can give themselves: a wealth of health! This time of year, the weather is near perfect; sunny all day, not a drop of rain, and cooler evenings for leisurely dinners and superb slumber. Our entire roster of wellness enhancements and retreat programs are in full swing, and the our team of experts is here to help you have the most balanced, beneficial, and beautifully blissful stay in our tropical oasis. Here at Hacienda del Sol, we encourage outside of the box thinking, and believe it high time more folk to figure out that the holidays do not have to mean stress, worry, snow, or weight gain! The holidays are actually the best time to embrace good living, and a stay […]

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Culinary Options for All: Tips to Find Your Perfect Balance in Daily Nutrition

To cook, or not to cook.  That was our question.  And we decided to do both. Hacienda del Sol prides itself in being an all-welcoming wellness environment, and as such, we are continually revising and re-vamping our programs and offerings to best serve our new and returning guests.  Our food is one major draw for not only those in search of a healthy alternative to traditional buffet style all-inclusive resorts, but also a big reason that many of our clients dream of our recipes and returning to our oasis long after leaving. Long known as a vegetarian foodie’s haven, Hacienda has been ahead of the curve as far as raw cuisine goes, having had countless raw chefs grace our kitchen over the years, creating and curating many magnificent dishes.  In 2013, we made the shift from offering our meals in a family style manner, and premiered our a la carte menu, allowing guests to choose their own custom cuisine (see our blog post about that here).  At this point, the options for breakfast lunch and dinner were primarily raw, and most vegan, with the exception of a handful of non-raw flavour enhancing ingredients we chose to use (think low sodium […]

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Meet the Expert: Sharlynn

Sharlynn (Shar) is one of Hacienda Del Sol’s Immunity Experts and Juice Cleanse facilitators. She has a broad knowledge base that combines both Western and Eastern modalities, with a focus on how the body can heal itself. Shar worked in Acute Medical & Surgical settings as a Registered Nurse for over twenty years. She is a Yoga Therapist, Yoga Instructor and an Eastern style Bodyworker, having studied in Thailand.  Her background also includes working as a Rehabilitation Practitioner and a Psychiatric Nurse. Shar believes in the body’s inherent ability to heal itself, providing we create the optimum environment and care, via nutritious food, detox practices, exercise, and a positive mindset. She believes that the mind/body/spirit connection cannot be denied. Thus, in order to heal root causes rather than focus on treating symptoms, we must nourish ourselves on all levels. Shar is passionate about living a present, balanced and authentic life, with a healthy dose of humor! She loves to travel the world, explore new places, people and food, but equally loves to retreat into silent solitude.   Shar’s #1 Healthy Living Tip: Prevention! Hydrate & Alkalize on a daily basis. Disease cannot grow in an alkaline environment! Boost your immunity and […]

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Recipe: Spirulina Detox Smoothie

Mmmm, prokaryotic microorganisms. What I am talking about here is what we more lovingly refer to as super Spirulina!  If you have visited us here at Hacienda and taken part in the 7 or 14 Night Juice Cleanse Program, you will have come to know this blue-green algae well as it is served as one of the 6 daily juices.  Menlha has long touted the health benefits of this food, and we are lucky to have a local supplier right here in Costa Rica! And while I am not usually one to brag, I will say that our Spirulina is the best tasting you will find anywhere in the world! Super Food When found in organic form, Spirulina is a wonderful nutrient-rich food.   A very high source of plant-based dietary protein (up to 60% protein to be exact) as well as a plethora of of B-vitamins, essential fatty acids, and iron, Spirulina is also a powerhouse producer of chlorophyll.  This phytochemical that gives plants its green pigment is considered key to in the detoxification process.  Chlorophyll is rich in magnesium in a form very similar to how it is found in our own blood. The body has the ability to convert chlorophyll to hemoglobin by changing just one […]

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