March 2014 Recipe of the Month
This month's recipe of Coconut Lime Bars is featured in Sweet & Savory Cooking, Miraval's newest cookbook created by Executive Chef Justin Cline Macy and Pastry Chef Kim Macy. These citrusy bars are the perfect way to welcome the warmer weather!
"Everybody loves this kind of slightly fancy bar cookie, especially my version with fresh lime juice and lime zest—although, the classic lemon version is pretty great, too. These are easy to make—just press the crust into the pan—but they’re delectable enough to serve as a dessert for guests or to bring to a cookie swap. I use coconut oil instead of butter in the crust, which has a wonderful flavor and no cholesterol. You can add toasted coconut to the top for garnish if desired." - Pastry Chef Kim Macy
We were so excited to have Chef Jenn Louis at Miraval this past weekend as part of our Celebrity Chef Series! Chef Louis led participants through a gourmet, five-course meal during two Cooking Demonstration Dinners (see menu). Here are some of our favorite photos of Chef Louis working with Executive Chef Justin Macy and the rest of the Miraval culinary team. Enjoy!
DIY Spa Treatment
Flourish Body Scrub
Winter weather gets the best of our skin. Welcome in the warm weather by refreshing your skin with this at home body scrub from Miraval's Mindful Living.
What better way to do “out with the old, in with the new” than with a customized body scrub? The Miraval Flourish Body Scrub is designed to remove dead skin cells and then hydrate, firm, and soften the skin beneath.
Have a love for chocolate but deprive yourself the joy of eating it? Chocolate has many benefits which include contributing to a healthy heart, reducing stress, and even higher intelligence. So indulge and reap the benefits of this scrumptious snack (in moderation, of course!). Try some of these delicious dessert recipes featured in our cookbooks Mindful Eating and Sweet & Savory Cooking. These recipes capture the true flavor of your favorite desserts using healthier ingredients than traditional recipes.
These three recipes are some of our chocolate-lovers' favorites!
By: Deborah King
Deep inside, we are all natural healers. Long ago, our ancestors knew how to heal themselves and others; how to connect to each other and to those who had passed beyond the physical plane; and how to ground their energy by being in tune with Mother Earth. In early cultures, practices like telepathy between mother and child and sending healing energy to a loved one out on a hunt were everyday routines the ancients didn’t think twice about doing.
These customs and skills may have been buried by our modern, technology-laden culture, but they are not lost! They are simply hanging out in our collective unconscious, waiting to be uncovered and put to use again. With some training and practice, you can reawaken these dormant abilities and learn to use them consciously, for yourself and your loved ones.
At my Miraval workshops and healing courses, I provide you with the tools to activate your own innate self-healing abilities. Whether the root cause is physical, spiritual, or emotional distress, distortions in your energy field and blocks in your chakras can prevent you from living in the light and fulfilling your highest purpose. Maintaining a healthy balance in your energy field is an ongoing process, but once you learn the basics of self-healing, you will feel transformed.
Here are five simple techniques that I offer at each workshop to get this process started:
I can’t stress this enough—if you only do one thing to begin the practice of self-healing, meditate. Meditation works at a deep level of consciousness to help reduce stress and tap into whatever information is needed to restore your mind, body, and spirit to a state of harmony. A regular practice of meditation—just 20 minutes—provides you with a sense of calm and an amazing clarity that can resolve many of your physical and emotional issues. I work with attendees at each and every workshop to insure they have a solid meditative base and we meditate together as a group each day, which takes us very deep. Talk about relaxing!