3 Summer Spa Water Recipes

Spa Water is refreshing and super healthy thanks to antioxidant-packed ingredients that also happen to taste amazing!

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We all know the importance of staying hydrated – especially in the hot summer months, but drinking 8 glasses a day can prove challenging. Our solution? Infuse our water with tasty and beauty-boosting ingredients like strawberry, mint, lime and more that are packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

The best part about these spa water recipes is that they’re totally customizable, and you can add a little more or a little less of whichever ingredients you prefer. Not only will you enjoy glowing skin and added energy, but these spa water recipes are easy on the eyes as well! We suggest making one (or two!) of them a center piece at your next summer soiree.

Strawberry, Lemon, Honeydew and Mint Water
Total Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 1/2 gallon (double the ingredients for a full gallon)

Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes
  • Water
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced honeydew
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Instructions: Layer the strawberries, honeydew, lemon slices, and mint leaves over ice cubes at bottom of pitcher. Fill the pitcher with water. Let chill for 10 minutes before serving.

Insider Tip: The intensity of flavor depends on how long the spa water infuses. The fruit taste will be mild at first, but after a few hours (or within 12 hours) it’s very flavorful and even more nutritious.

Watermelon Lime Coconut Water
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Yields: 1/2 gallon (double the ingredients for a full gallon)

Ingredients: 

  • Ice cubes
  • 4 cups coconut water
  • One 3 pound seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1 medium lime, sliced

Instructions: In a blender, puree watermelon. Strain pulp from watermelon, saving only the juice. Add coconut water and stir. Add lime slices to water. Cover and chill for at least one hour. Pour spa water over ice upon serving.

Insider Tip: Adding ice to individual glasses rather than the spa water pitcher ensures the flavor won’t be diluted. We recommend using Real Coconut Water, Naked or Vita Coco.

Citrus Mint Basil Water
Recipe Compliments of Carolina Adjami, Spa & Wellness Consultant
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 1/2 gallon (double the ingredients for a full gallon)

Ingredients:

  • Ice Cubes
  • Water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 oranges, sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 6 Mighty Leaf organic detox infusion tea bags

Instructions: In a kettle or small pot, boil water and brew Mighty Leaf tea bags. Remove tea bags and let cool. Pour ice into half-gallon pitcher and layer lemon and sliced cucumber on top. Pour tea into pitcher. Chill for one hour, or until cold, before serving.

Insider Tip: If you make a full gallon, remove orange peels to avoid water from becoming bitter over time.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

 

5 Natural Sunburn Remedies to Try At-Home

If you spent too much time in the sun last weekend these all-natural, at-home sunburn remedies will ease the pain and heal your skin. 

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The 4th of July is a weekend synonymous with beach parties, BBQs and all types of sunny outdoor activities. Now, we know you would never forget to slather on the SPF, but regardless, too much fun in the sun has the tendency to leave your skin peeling and pain-ridden. We reached out to some professionals and sourced out five of the best ways to naturally relieve these symptoms from the comfort of your home—using ingredients you probably already stockpile in your kitchen!

  1. Abby Fazio, owner of NYC-based New London Pharmacy, recommends applying 100% pure Greek yogurt to relieve sunburns.
  2. Julie Longyear, Herbal Chemist for vegan skincare line Blissoma, suggests making a strong herbal bath. Use ingredients like black tea, St. John’s Wort, ginkgo biloba, and heather flowers are good sources of herbal quercetin and can be infused for a soak to reduce redness. The quercetin herbal infusion works better than aloe gel as it actually decreases reddening of the skin very quickly.
  3. Allison Trey, of Tres Belles Spa, offered a recipe for a cool bath. She says after the bath is drawn, add 1-2 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar. This will promote healing by balancing your skins ph levels/alkaline and acids.
  4. Marlene Adelmann, founder of the Herbal Academy of New England suggests making a Sunburn Spritzer. To create, combine 2 oz. of spring water, 8 drops of lavender essential oil, and 2 teaspoons of pure, organic aloe vera gel in a spray bottle. Shake before use and apply to sunburn 3 times a day or as needed.
  5. Vance Soto, President of Ole Henriksen Face and Body Spa, recommends using the Spa’s Honey Nourishment Mask to treat sunburn. According to the skincare pros at Ole Henriksen, “the natural enzymes in the yogurt help soften skin, while the oils lock in moisture,” which is needed after a sunburn.” Combine plain yogurt with honey, finely ground oatmeal, lavender essential oil, 1 Vitamin A and 1 Vitamin E capsule. Apply to clean, dry skin for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Do you have any amazing at-home sunburn relief tricks? Share them in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Gluten-Free Diet Myths & Tips From Peloton Co-Founder Marion Roaman

Gluten-free diets are becoming increasingly popular, but our expert reveals how healthy and how hard it really is to eat wheat-free.

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Gluten-free diets have become increasingly popular in America, with everyone from Hollywood actors to gastroenterologists touting the benefits of giving up wheat. With so much buzz surrounding the diet (originally developed for people suffering from Celiac Disease) we wanted to know just how healthy a gluten-free diet is.

That’s why we consulted Marion Roaman, the Co-Founder and General Manager of Peloton, who has been gluten free for years. Marion debunked the biggest myths surrounding the gluten-free diet, and even shared her tips for sticking to the wheat-less regimen. Get the low-down below and tell us if you’ve ever considered going gluten free in the comments below!

1. Should people without Celiac Disease go gluten-free? I believe people should eat unprocessed, natural, whole foods. I understand that life if is crazy busy, however my rule of thumb is if you have to purchase something packaged, it should not have more than 5 ingredients. This is step one. If people find they still are not feeling energetic of suffering from swelling, joint pains or digestive issues, the next step would be to eliminate gluten.

2. What are the biggest advantages and disadvantages to adhering to a gluten-free diet? The biggest advantage of a gluten free diet is it eliminates a lot of food items that simply aren’t healthy to begin with. The biggest disadvantage is the fact that because it’s so popular now, there has been an onslaught of gluten-free items to hit the market. MOST of these are nonsense and not healthy.

3. How do people who don’t have much time to cook homemade meals eat gluten free? Salads are available in most stores, restaurants and to-go places. Short of that, yogurts are easy on the go, most fruits and vegetables can be consumed quickly and need little preparation. Doups are available on the fly as well!

4. What are the most surprising benefits of going gluten free? Higher energy levels is the first thing to happen, and it’s important to stay away from caffeine. People who give up gluten find less dips in their energy, which leads to better sleep. Many people who give up gluten also find the change in their diet allows for better meals, which keep them full throughout the day. Finally, a few months after going gluten free you’ll see skin improvements.

5. What is the biggest myth people have about gluten-free diets? That ‘gluten-free’ products are good for you. Non-packaged foods that are naturally gluten free are the way to go. Bob’s Red Mill packaged products are a healthy option, but do require at-home preparation. See one yummy recipe that we tried, below:

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
Yields: Two 12-inch pizza or one 16-inch pizza crusts

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Ingredients

  • 3/14 cups Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast packed (enclosed)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425° F. In a large bowl, combine water and yeast. Let stand a few minutes.

Add eggs and oil to mixture and blend briefly. Add Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix and blend about a minute on medium speed, until combined.

Leave dough in bowl, split in half and cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise 20 minutes.

Place dough on greased pizza pans. Using (very) wet hands, spread out dough to cover the full pizza pan. Bake without toppings for 7-9 minutes.

Remove from oven, cover with favorite sauce and toppings. Bake for 14-18 minutes.

Once you enjoy the added energy from eating gluten free, put it to good use at a Peloton Cycle class! Don’t worry if you’re not close to a studio – you can live stream these high-intensity cycling classes from home! Click here for our review!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Mani Monday: Polish for National Chocolate Day

We found a guilt-free way to celebrate your favorite sweet treat—with a chic manicure!

Happy National Chocolate Day! While we’d love to dig into a gooey chocolate brownie, tub of rich Ben & Jerry’s or break out XL Hershey’s bar today, we hardly feel entitled after a long weekend of indulgences. Instead of pigging out, we’ve decided to honor our sweet tooth’s favorite food with a stylish manicure. Here are five perfect shades to celebrate this mouth-wateringly delicious occasion:

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Suzi Loves Cowboys, ($9, loxabeauty.com). Zoya Nail Polish in Louise, ($9, zoya.com). Essie Nail Polish in Chocolate Cakes, ($8.50, essie.com). Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Superstar, ($20, deborahlippmann.com). Color Club Nail Polish in Killer Curves, ($8.50, shopcolorclub.com).

What’s your favorite chocolate-brown polish shade? Share in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

 

July 4th BBQ Fare: How to Make Healthy Choices

Chances are you’ll be attending a barbecue of some sort this weekend—here’s what to eat so you don’t ruin your summer diet just yet.

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Happy July 4th week! We’re just as excited as anyone to celebrate the U.S.A. this weekend–with only one thing holding us back. The calorie-laden BBQ fare is making us just a little nervous this early in the summer. We’ve got weeks of bikini-wearing to go! To get the scoop on which BBQ staples are okay to indulge in and which are the worst offenders, we chatted with nutrition and lifestyle author Elizabeth Somer, as seen on The Today Show and Dr. Oz. She gave some important insight on which foods to skip, and what you can try instead to replace them with! Somer says:

Skip the high-fat entrees, like hot dogs and sausages. Instead, Try obtaining your protein from omega-3-rich salmon, chicken breast, shrimp, or portabello mushrooms.

As far as sides go, Somer says to skip the chips. Instead, get your crunch from greens! Try a tossed salad made with dark greens (kale, spinach, etc.), rich in the eye-protective compounds, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Skip salty seasonings and condiments like teriyaki, soy and barbecue sauce. Liven up your meal with something a bit healthier! Try Puree fruit instead and add to a marinade. Adding a bit of a sweet ingredients (like watermelon or dark cherry juice) to grilling sauce adds flavor and helps balance other bold spices in the marinade.

Skip hamburgers, which have a higher fat content. Instead try ground chicken or turkey burgers using breast meat. Add diced onions and celery for flavor, then top with a slice of watermelon or pack the burger with dark greens, like spinach or romaine. You’ll still get that flavor you’re craving!

As we all know, alcohol is a sneaky culprit and the downfall of many a diet. We talked to Registered Dietitian and Lead Nutrition Expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, Rene Ficek, who gave us some tips on which beverages you should reach for this BBQ season:

1. Light beer is best. On average, a light beer will contain 80-120 calories, which isn’t too bad. Some beers, like wheat based beers or IPA’s, can contain upwards of 400 calories, which can really break the calorie bank!

2. Drink dry wine- not sweet. Sweet wine typically has an additional 100-150 calories per glass.

3. Use club soda as a mixer. Club soda pairs well with vodka or gin. Plus, you will be helping to rehydrate yourself to prevent a hangover. Lemons and limes can help flavor this mixer without adding calories, plus it will add a nutritional boost of vitamin C!

4. Say no to adding juice, sports drinks, energy drinks or soda to any alcoholic beverage. They simply add calories and do not offer any nutritional benefit.

What’s your best tip for staying healthy at a BBQ? Share it in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.