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If you are thinking about adopting a plant for your home or garden, consider the Aloe Vera plant.

The Aloe Vera plant in our house that have been around for over a decade. It is beautiful, and easy to maintain. Not only does it provide greenery in our apartment, it is a great source of nutrients as well.  Even my cat Lucy loves it! Whenever I am not paying attention, she often jumps up to the windowsill to get a bite of the aloe plant. Once she gets a chunk off, she start chewing it like a piece of bone. Aloe filling is juicy and meaty, so no wonder she loves it so much.aloe

Aloe vera plants look a lot like cactus, since they have a tough shell with spiky leaves and tend to grow outward rather than upward. Like cacti, aloe vera plants are also a succulent, so it only requires watering once a week (yay!).

We all know aloe is great for your skin as it’s often used to treat sunburn, rash, and acne.  But aloe is so much more than that. Often called a miracle plant, aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous and immune-boosting. Aloe is often used as a digestive aid to treat various GI conditions. Nutritionally, Aloe contains vitamin B (including Vitamin B6 and B12), vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotenes and niacin. It is also rich in minerals including potassium, magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, zinc and manganese. It even has more than 15 different types of amino acids.

One of the easiest ways to consume aloe is in by putting it into a smoothie. Although you can eat the aloe meat raw, it can be a bit bitter and leaves a slight aftertaste.

To prepare aloe, cut a roughly 6-inch segment from the plant. Using a knife, cut the jagged edge off from the 2 sides first, then take the skin off using the knife leaving only the white, clear fillet exposed.

Below is a simple green aloe juice recipe to try at home.

(Serving size: 1)

  • 1/2 cup fresh aloe gel, peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups of cucumber
  • 2 large kiwi, peeled
  • 1 cups of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 peeled banana
  • 1 cup of regular water or coconut water
  1. Add all the ingredients into your blender, start with the liquid, then rest.
  2. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until creamy.

Do you have a favorite aloe recipe? Please share!

-NZ

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