3 NutraCleanse™ Recipes for Winter

We know smoothies are hard to wrap your brain around when it’s cold and wet outside. Since mixing NutraCleanse™ into a smoothie is our customers’ preferred way of incorporating our product into their diet, we thought we’d offer more options that are more realistic for the current season.

Here are 3 gluten-free winter recipes that use NutraCleanse™ (All 3 recipes adapted from Vegetarian Comfort Foods with permission from author Jennifer Browne.):

Winter Quinoa Bowl

This is a great alternative to a hot breakfast cereal. Breakfast in the winter need not be boring! The walnuts add some healthy fat, and quinoa is a complete protein, which creates a perfect meal for plant-based, gluten-free eaters.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon

Method

  1. Combine quinoa and almond milk.
  2. Bring to a simmer on the stove; then turn heat down to low.
  3. Cook until all milk is absorbed, and quinoa is fairly translucent.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in NutraCleanse™, and divide into bowls.
  5. Top with banana slices, walnuts, and cinnamon. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Chili

It’s perfect for a cold winter day, and especially if you’re in the mood for something hearty.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. can red kidney beans
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 mushrooms
  • 3 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. red pepper chili flakes
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. garlic salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup NutraCleanse™

Method

  1. Drain and rinse beans well, then set aside.
  2. Combine onion, green pepper, carrots, and garlic in food processor.
  3. Process for about 7-8 seconds on high; then slice your mushrooms.
  4. Combine veggie mixture with mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, water, spices, and bay leaves in crock pot.
  5. Cook on high for two hours, or low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.
  6. Just before serving, add NutraCleanse™ and stir into chili.
  7. Remove bay leaves, and serve hot.

Chunky Monkey Cookies

These cookies are soft and fabulous and entirely flourless. Be careful—they vanish quickly.

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ cup NutraCleanse™
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl, and then stir in remaining ingredients.
  3. Let batter stand for about 10 minutes (this is important—it’s how the batter thickens up).
  4. Drop by small spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 12 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely, and then enjoy!

We hope you enjoy these winter recipes! Leave us a comment below if you have any suggestions or questions.

*Photo by Tanya Loewen of Wild Honey Art House.

How to Use NutraCleanse™ in Your Holiday Baking

Planning on doing some holiday baking or making pancakes or cinnamon buns on Christmas morning? We have a way to make these yummy dishes healthier: use flax eggs instead of regular ones!

For those of us who are vegan, have high cholesterol, or perhaps just simply don’t have enough eggs to bake with, we have a surprise for you: you can make an “egg” with NutraCleanse™!

Nope—we’re not crazy. Eggs are binders, and when we use eggs in holiday baking, we do it to bind the ingredients together so that our food turns out the way we want it to: delicious.

There are typically two ways to make eggs with water. One involves chia seeds, and one involves ground flax seeds. Guess what NutraCleanse™ is made of? That’s right—over 90% of the ingredients is ground flax!

Here’s how to make flax eggs:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. NutraCleanse™ (or ground flax seeds)
  • 3 tbsp. Water

Method:

  1. Combine binder of choice and water.
  2. Stir together well, then set aside for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Stir once more, then add to baking in place of egg.

That’s it!

The next time you’re stuck for an egg or two while making banana bread, use NutraCleanse™ instead. Here’s our recipe for Vegan Banana Walnut Pancakes, using NutraCleanse™ in place of an egg, to create flax eggs.

Vegan Banana Walnut Pancakes: makes 4 large

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. NutraCleanse
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • ½ cup banana slices
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup

Method

  1. Whisk together non-dairy milk, mashed banana, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  2. Combine NutraCleanse™ and water in small bowl to make your flax eggs, and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  4. Stir the NutraCleanse™ mixture once more, then add to the wet mixture.
  5. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet, and mix until just combined.
  6. Melt coconut oil in a non-stick pan (I use ceramic) over medium heat.
  7. Add about a half cup of the batter into the pan.
  8. Flip once bubbles have formed and popped (approximately 23 minutes per side).
  9. Top with fresh banana, walnuts, and syrup.

These pancakes are super easy and yummy to whip up for Christmas morning, and they’ll give your family a healthy head start to the day–because we all know Christmas day is full of indulgence!

Happy holidays, friends! Let us know if we can help you with any other holiday baking recipe ideas by leaving a comment below.

 

Holiday Baking Recipes with NutraCleanse™

Friends. By now you’ve probably received your annual invitation to the cookie exchange next door, or maybe your kids are participating in their upcoming annual bake sale at the school for a holiday fundraiser.

Both come just in time for the holidays, which is a good time to stock up on a tin (or ten!) full of holiday baking for when you have extra visitors or just want to munch on holiday goodies.

Choosing what to make for guests and parties and fundraisers can often be the hardest part of a cookie exchange or holiday bake sale. For this reason, we recommend making something guilt-free, just in case you end up with extra!

Add something different to avoid a few of you making the not-so-healthy Christmas classics. Maybe something with omega-rich NutraCleanse™?!

NutraCleanse™ is a natural food product that can be added to many of your favourite healthy recipes to bring even more goodness, and we’ve posted a few of our fave tried and true holiday baking recipes here using NutraCleanse™.

But for now, we thought we would share these 3 healthy(ish) recipes we found, which would be perfect to serve over the holidays as a healthy alternative.

You’re welcome.

Holiday Baking

Image from Natural Girl, Modern world.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Makes 14-16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. NutraCleanse™
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine 1 tbsp. NutraCleanse™ and water to make a ‘flax egg.’ Stir to combine and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  3. While it sets up, you can start assembling your other dry and wet ingredients.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, combine whole wheat pastry flour, spelt flour, rest of NutraCleanse™ cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
  5. Use a whisk or a fork to fluff up the flour and ensure all the spices are evenly distributed.
  6. In a large bowl, combine melted oil and molasses.
  7. Use an electric mixer on high speed to beat the ingredients together for 2-3 minutes until well combined.
  8. Add the sugar and flax egg. Mix on low speed until combined.
  9. Add half of the dry mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix for 1 minute.
  10. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until there’s no visible flour remaining.
  11. Scoop the dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, leaving space for the cookies to spread out.
  12. Gently press down on the cookies to flatten slightly.
  13. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Original recipe found on Natural Girl, Modern World.

Holiday Baking

Image from Naked Cuisine.

Homemade Ferrero Rochers

Serves 20

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 cup dates or date paste, soaked in warm water to soften
  • 2 tbsp. NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup whole raw almonds

Method

  1. In a high powered blender or food processor, add 1 cup hazelnuts, dates, NutraCleanse™, coconut oil, and salt and blend until smooth.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
  3. Roll 1 tsp. of date hazelnut mixture into little balls, sticking a whole almond in the middle.
  4. Crush the remaining ½ cup of hazelnuts in a blender or by bashing them in a bag with a rolling pin.
  5. Place the balls into the melted chocolate and push around with a spoon until fully coated.
  6. Roll in the remaining crushed hazelnuts and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or plate.
  7. Place them in the freezer to set for an hour.
  8. When you’re finished you should have around 20 Ferrero Rochers to share with your friends!

Original recipe from Naked Cuisine.

Holiday Baking

Image from My Fussy Eater.

Super Food Chocolate Bark

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 200 grams dark chocolate
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. pistachios (shelled and halved)
  • 2 tbsp. goji berries
  • 1 tbsp. shredded coconut

Method

  1. Line an 8×8 dish with baking parchment.
  2. Sit a heat proof bowl in a pan of boiling water over a medium heat.
  3. Break the chocolate into small pieces, add to the bowl and stir continuously until it has all melted.
  4. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  5. Pour the melted chocolate into the parchment lined dish.
  6. Combine NutraCleanse™, pistachios, goji berries and coconut.
  7. Sprinkle mixture on top of chocolate.
  8. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until the chocolate has set.
  9. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Original recipe from My Fussy Eater.

There you have it! 3 relatively guilt-free holiday baking recipes to try out this season for healthier Christmas baking options. (Thanks to the websites noted above for providing these amazing recipes!)

For more holiday baking recipe ideas, or to learn where you can buy NutraCleanse™ to add to your favourite foods, visit our website.

Happy holidays!

Ways to Keep Healthy During the Holiday Season

Once November rolls around, we all kind of begin to let loose where food and beverages are concerned. But why? To make our January harder? To increase our chances of contracting viruses and the flu by shattering our immune system? To follow the masses into the popular (but silly), unhealthy winter eating pattern?

Don’t do it!

By setting yourself up for a healthy November and December, you’ll automatically be ahead of the game by being fit when January rolls around, and everybody else is panicking at the gym. Win-win!

Here are a few ways to set yourself up for success through the holiday season, when it comes to health and happiness:

Create and Start an Exercise Plan NOW

Starting the first week of November, set a schedule for yourself to fit in exercise. Try and move your body for at least 30 minutes, 3 times per week. If you can do more, then great. If not, that’s alright. The consistency of this plan is more important than the length and even quality of your workout.

Just get off your butt, and move.

Keep an Eye on Your Alcohol Intake

Although tempted by eggnog in grocery stores and the general pass we receive to drink more booze in general, don’t do it. Reserve your alcohol consumption for parties—typically on weekends—and when you do drink, try and balance it out with equal amounts of water.

Try really hard not to binge!

Also. keep in mind that sugary drinks will contain more calories and almost guarantee hangovers. Try and stick to clear spirits and mix with water and/or club soda.

Make Smoothies with NutraCleanse™ for Breakfast

This is important, because you guarantee yourself a healthy start to each day. By incorporating our product into your fruit-heavy smoothie (full of antioxidants!), you also help keep your bowel clean and lose weight by doing this!

All that extra fiber from the NutraCleanse™ mix (mainly the flax seed) can also help to lower your blood sugar. It’s a win-win! For tasty smoothie recipes, click HERE.

More Water and Herbal Tea; Less Everything Else

It’s a great idea to try and stay as hydrated as possible throughout the holiday season. Why?

  • Water helps to balance out any dehydrating activities you many partake in. (Ahem.)
  • Water assists your body in staving off viruses by lubricating the inside of your nose, eyes, and throat.
  • Water aids in general weight loss.

So ditch the sodas and juices and stick to what you know your body really craves–water.

Eat Your Veg

Consuming tons of vegetables throughout the holiday season is imperative to assisting in fighting cold-and-flu season illnesses, they assist in weight loss, they provide antioxidants that help with cellular repair, and they lend energy for days that are dark and gloomy.

Essentially, vegetables are like therapy for your whole body, from the inside-out. For a great vegetarian recipe book suggestion, click HERE.

To help kick-start the holiday season in a healthy way, find NutraCleanse™ in a retail store near you, or order online at www.nutracleanse.biz.

Good luck, and Happy November!

Gluten-Free Grains for the Holidays

Holiday Cooking and Baking, Sans Gluten

The fall and winter months tend to bring along a whole new style of eating (well, for most of us, anyway). We’re not eating the juicy fresh fruits and fresh garden salads as much, but bring on the warm baked goods and hearty pasta dishes.

Holiday cooking is very different than during the rest of the year–it’s all about the comfort foods!

The sudden influx of gym memberships every January is no coincidence: while eating this way, we aren’t just filling up on too many carbohydrates, we’re also filling up on gluten, a protein found in wheat and a few other grains (which is a common ingredient in the foods we just named above) and difficult for many people to digest.

For those living with celiac disease (currently 1 in 133 people in Canada) or those who suffer with gluten sensitivities and allergies, many of these foods can be made with substitutions to make them gluten-free!

Here are 5 wheat alternatives commonly used for holiday cooking and baking:

Buckwheat

Although ‘wheat’ is in the name, buckwheat contains no actual wheat. It’s gluten-free! (And technically it’s a seed that we treat like a grain, like quinoa.) Its nutritional profile boasts high levels of vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, niacin, folate, thiamine and choline.

Buckwheat is available in roasted or unroasted, in whole grain form as well as in flour, and often used as a substitute to make gluten-free pancakes!

Corn

Corn kernels are dried and then ground into meal called cornmeal, polenta or grits, depending on the method used a how finely ground it is. Nonetheless, all three are gluten-free.

Cornmeal is an excellent source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin B-6. Creamy stove top polenta makes for a delicious alternative to mashed potatoes or pasta. Don’t discount on corn, but when possible, make sure to buy organic and non-GMO.

Quinoa

Technically a seed, quinoa is a fabulous replacement for grains that may contain gluten. It’s also a good source of protein, making it ideal for those who have vegetarian and/or vegan diets.

Quinoa boasts anti-inflammatory benefits and can help lower cholesterol. It can be consumed as a grain, or milled into flour to be used in gluten-free baking or to make gluten-free pasta!

Honestly? Holiday cooking is a breeze with quinoa.

Oats

Oats are gluten-free, but come with a disclaimer: many oat crops suffer from cross-pollination from neighbouring wheat fields, rendering them not gluten-free. To be sure the oats you’re eating are free of gluten, look specifically for a gluten-free label—these oats originate from fields nowhere close to wheat crops.

Brown Rice

Rice—especially sprouted brown rice—is a great grain to incorporate into any diet. It’s super versatile, and definitely gluten-free.

Of course by adding NutraCleanse™ (also technically gluten-free, though not yet formally certified as such) to your favourite dishes, you are further increasing their goodness with a healthy portion of your recommended daily fibre intake.

For more recipe ideas, or to learn where you can buy NutraCleanse™ to add to your favourite foods, visit our website.

Fall into Pumpkin Recipes with NutraCleanse™

Autumn is all about the return of cozy comfort foods, and we want to share three new recipes with you. All of them use NutraCleanse™, so you can eat your heart out while knowing you’re consuming adequate amounts of fibre and omega fatty acids.

Pumpkin is naturally very high in fibre, and so is NutraCleanse™–it’s main ingredient is ground flax seed! Basically, they’re a match made in heaven for fibre seekers.

Here are three recipes that the whole family will love—featuring pumpkin and NutraCleanse™:

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

pumpkin smoothie

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com. Serves two.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground ginger

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients into high-powered blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Casserole

pumpkin casserole

Recipe adapted from holdthegrain.com. Serves eight.

Ingredients

Casserole:

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potato
  • 2 cups mashed roasted pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • Pinch sea salt

Topping

  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and pierce the sweet potatoes. Pierce the shell of the pumpkin with a large, sharp knife. Bake for 30-45 minutes until both are cooked through and soft.
  2. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  3. Remove the potato skins and mash 3 cups in a large mixing bowl. Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Scoop out 2 cups of the pumpkin and add to the mixing bowl.
  4. Whisk the remaining casserole ingredients into the bowl.
  5. Spread in an 8×11 baking dish.
  6. Roughly chop the pecans and toss with the remaining ingredients. Spread the topping evenly on top of the casserole.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Spiced Pumpkin Pie

spicy pumpkin pie

Recipe adapted from epicurious.com. Serves six.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp. light molasses
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 purchased frozen 9-inch pie crust

Method

  1. Place baking sheet in oven and preheat to 450°F.
  2. Whisk first 8 ingredients together in large bowl to blend.
  3. Whisk in pumpkin, molasses and eggs, then cream.
  4. Pour mixture into frozen crust.
  5. Place pie on preheated baking sheet in oven. Bake 10 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to 325°F and bake until sides puff and center is just set, about 40 minutes.
  7. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Serve at room temperature.

Visit our website to find a retailer near you, or order online at www.nutracleanse.biz. Happy autumn, friends!

 

 

 

 

Fibre-Rich, In-Season, Local Produce

Autumn is here, and along with the cooler weather comes a totally different variety of local produce. Gone are the berries, rhubarb, and melon (spring and summer fibre-rich superstars!), but here comes a brand-new plethora of delicious, fibre-rich substitutes.

The following list contains 10 local, seasonal, fall fruits and veggies that are super high in fibre:

Fall Fibre-Rich Fruit

  • Apples: traditional fall fruit with 4.4 grams of dietary fibre per medium apple.
  • Pears: ripe at the same time as apples, with 5.5 grams per medium pear.
  • Pumpkin: pumpkin contains .5 grams per 100 grams.
  • Figs: these suckers contain roughly 5 grams of fibre per 4 fresh figs.
  • Cranberries: they’re super rich in antioxidants and contain 2 grams of fibre per half cup of raw, fresh cranberries.

fibre-rich foods

Fall Fibre-Rich Vegetables

  • Winter Squash: 1.5 grams of fibre per 100 grams of squash.
  • Parsnips: They babies boast 4.9 grams of dietary fibre per 100 grams of parsnips!
  • Turnips: 1.8 grams of fibre per 100 grams of turnips.
  • Sweet Potatoes: These yummy gems contain 3 grams of fibre per 100 grams of sweet potatoes.
  • Yams: Even higher than sweet potatoes, yams contain 4.1 grams of fibre per 100 grams.

Taking advantage of local and in-season produce also equals other health advantages. Local produce spends less time in transit (than, say, pineapple), and because it’s in-season, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and all the other good things are at their peak.

And you can taste the difference! When carrots are in-season, they’re sweet and earthy as opposed to relatively tasteless. You’ve probably noticed the difference in taste when it comes to certain foods at different times of the year, right?

Also, from a digestive health perspective, the fibre-rich foods that are cultivated each fall are so good for your gut. Our bodies crave fresh, in-season, fibre-rich foods!

To find recipes using these fibre-rich foods, visit out website and check out our blog and our recipes page. To add some easy fibre to smoothies, soups, stews, and baking, try NutraCleanse™, which is full of fibre-rich flax seeds.

Visit a retailer near you, or order online at www.nutracleanse.biz.

 

 

 

10 Foods That Help Fight Back-to-School Stress

If you or someone in your family suffers from back-to-school stress and anxiety, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s very common. And not just for students—many parents report feeling stressed out during this time of year, too.

For kids, back-to-school can be stress and anxiety provoking for several reasons, including the imminent social and academic pressures, changes in schedule, and new routines.

Kids won’t often vocalize these feelings of stress, but since our body (particularly our gut) is so in tune with our emotional wellbeing, stress often manifests itself into a tummy ache for kids.

So what can we eat to help calm our gut and mind at the same time? Here are 10 foods that are known to be stress-reducing:

Asparagus

Depression has long been linked to low levels of folic acid, and one food that boosts tons of this mood-enhancing nutrient is asparagus.

Blueberries

Just a handful of nutritional powerhouse blackberries pack a powerful punch of antioxidants and vitamin C, making them incredible stress-busters. When we’re stressed, our bodies need vitamin C and antioxidants to help repair and protect cells.

Avocado

Feelings of anxiety may be rooted in a B vitamin deficiency, since we need B vitamins for healthy nerves and brain cells. Luckily, avocados are rich in stress-relieving B vitamins. Also, they’re super high in monounsaturated fat and potassium, which help lower blood pressure.

Win-win!

Milk

Everyone knows that a glass of warm milk before bed is a time-tested remedy for insomnia. That’s because milk is high in antioxidants, vitamins B2 and B12, protein, and calcium. Milk can create a calming effect by lowering blood pressure, while the potassium in milk can help relieve muscle spasms triggered by feeling tense.

Oranges

There’s a reason orange juice is said to be part of the breakfast of champions: Vitamin C is another vitamin known to lower blood pressure and cortisol, which is a stress hormone.

Almonds

Almonds are rich in vitamins B2 and E, which are both stress-reducing vitamins. These nutrients help bolster the immune system during times of anxiety and stress.

Salmon

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps keep cortisol and adrenaline from spiking when you’re feeling tense. Since salmon is one of the very best sources of omega-3s, it’s a great choice for a couple of back-to-school dinners.

Turkey

That sleepy feeling you get after eating Thanksgiving dinner is due to the amino acid tryptophan found in turkey. Tryptophan signals the brain to release the feel-good chemical serotonin, which promotes calmness and even tiredness. Try making turkey soup for dinner and then packing your child leftovers for lunch the next day.

Spinach

Leafy greens aren’t usually most people’s idea of comfort food, but spinach can have a major comforting effect. It’s packed with magnesium, the mineral that helps regulate cortisol levels and promote feelings of well-being.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is another food that helps get the calm-inducing hormone serotonin flowing. Choose the big old-fashioned oats that require cooking instead of instant oatmeal.

Why?

Coarse oats are less processed and way higher in fiber, so they take longer to digest (meaning their calming effect lasts longer).

Consuming these foods on a regular basis for the first few weeks of back-to-school would be very helpful in keeping stress at bay. And since stress can often cause constipation (more blood flow to the brain equals less in the digestive system), we’re here to help with that, too.

NutraCleanse™

Just 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ once per day can help alleviate constipation, due to it’s main ingredient: ground flax seed. Since flax seed is super high in fibre, NutraCleanse™ works really well in aiding temporary digestive issues like constipation. To order online, visit nutracleanse.biz.

Happy back-to-school! Keep calm, and eat on.

 

Back-to-School Recipes Using NutraCleanse™

Back-to-school often means additional stress for parents. Routines change and schedules shift, and more often than not, this affects meal planning.

But we want to help! (At least in the mornings. The rest is up to you.) 😉

Here are 3 healthy back-to-school recipes that contain NutraCleanse™, which is full of fibre and great to incorporate into anyone’s diet. We hope your kids love them as much as we do!

Back-to-School Beet Pancakes

Recipe adapted from Baby Nosh by Jennifer Browne and Tanya R. Loewen: serves 2

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup gluten-free steel cut oats
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1 small beet; cooked and chopped
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender, and purée until smooth.
  2. Spoon batter onto hot griddle.
  3. Once tops look bubbly and edges are starting to dry out slightly, flip.
  4. Flip once tops of cakes bubble.
  5. When other side is done, remove from heat, allow to cool until just warm, and serve with fresh berries and pure maple syrup.

Pumpkin Cardamom Chia Pudding

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 340 ml. can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. cardamom
  • 2 tbsp. NutraCleanse™, divided

Method

  1. Combine chia seeds and almond milk, then place in refrigerator overnight to set.
  2. Refrigerate pumpkin puree overnight, as well.
  3. The next day, combine all ingredients except NutraCleanse™ in blender, and blend until smooth.
  4. Top with NutraCleanse™ (1 tbsp. each) and other garnishes like pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, or pecans
  5. Serve immediately.

Om Oatmeal

Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Comfort Foods by Jennifer Browne: serves 2

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup dried dates
  • 1 tsp. ground flax seed
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds to garnish

Method

  1. Throw the first six ingredients into a small stainless steel pot and combine.
  2. Add water to just cover the oat mixture (about 1 ½ cups).
  3. Cook on low-medium heat until water is absorbed; about 5 minutes. (Stir a few times throughout.)
  4. Remove from stove and scoop into two bowls.
  5. Garnish with pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Enjoy! For more back-to-school recipes, visit our Recipes page on our website. Happy back-to-school!

 

 

All About Super Seeds

In the last few years, ‘superfood’ has become a household term, and often, the lists of these foods include seeds. But why are seeds so nutritionally important?

Well, seeds are kind of like cells: they pack a massive punch in terms of a ton of content within a tiny casing. A single cell contains all of the information necessary for life. Similarly, a single seed contains enough diverse nutrition to sustain life.

Here are some particularly amazing examples of super seeds:

Flax

A great source of soluble fibre, flax lowers cholesterol and makes you feel full longer, which is why adding 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™ to smoothies can keep you satiated for hours! These seeds are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for brain health–especially in children.

These wonder seeds are also associated with boosting eye health, as they can lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Studies also show that may help prevent certain cancers.

Fun fact: NutraCleanse™ is comprised of over 90% ground flax.

Hemp

A complete protein, hemp promotes healthy hair and skin thanks to an abundance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Plus, they contain phytosterols, which are plant-based compounds that lower cholesterol.

Phytosterols for the win!

Chia

Chia seeds are super high in iron and folate (both essential nutrients), as well as bone-boosting calcium and magnesium. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fibre, which makes them perfect to add to smoothies, granola and salads.

You can also make chia pudding with NutraCleanse™ for breakfast or a snack. Our recipe is HERE.

Sachi Inchi

Although sacha inchi seeds have been cultivated in Peru for centuries, they’re pretty much new to the western health food world. Also called the Inca peanut, sacha inchi is revered as being among the best plant sources of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids.

This equals major brain boosting power packed into a teeny, tiny seed.

Sunflower

These are an excellent source of folate, which boosts immunity, and vitamin E–an antioxidant that protects cells from damage-and may help to prevent cancer.

Sesame

Sesame is one of the oldest oil crops known. High in antioxidants and rich in protein, the seeds are also a source of zinc, which can boost sexual health in men–it helps with testosterone and sperm production!

Pumpkin

Also called pepitas, pumpkin seeds are a tasty source of iron, zinc, B vitamins, magnesium and protein, and have a high concentration of the amino acid tryptophan, which helps lower anxiety levels.

So what are you waiting for? The next time you’re in a grocery store, head to the bulk foods aisle and load up on seeds–you can use them in almost anything, and your body will be sure to thank you.

To order NutraCleanse™ online or find a retailer near you, visit our website. We promise our product will not disappoint–especially when it comes to the nutrients found in its abundance of flax.