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.

How to Help Your Body Cleanse, Naturally

For the past decade or so, commercial cleansing has been all the rage. Whether it’s juicing, drinking nothing but cayenne and lemon juice, fasting, or actually taking a cleanse kit, we all seem to think that cleansing our bodies would be beneficial.

But our bodies are built to clean themselves—we cleanse everyday in ways we don’t usually think about. Our kidneys and liver flush toxins, we sweat out unwanted fluids, and our bowels excrete excess and unneeded food in the form of liquid and solid waste.

If we want to help our bodies cleanse further, here are a few ways to ensure optimum cleansing function, naturally:

Drink Plenty of Fluids

Especially filtered water. Why? Because the water that comes from our kitchen taps is often over-treated and contains too many chemicals. You can use a filter on your tap for an added layer of protection, which will assist the kidneys in their detoxification efforts.

Sweat, Baby, Sweat

(And as often as possible.) Your skin is a major toxin elimination organ, and sweating is the easiest way to purge unwanted substances from our bodies.

Focus on Daily Elimination

Having a bowel movement every day is imperative to your body’s natural cleansing process. Try incorporating NutraCleanse™ into your diet, to assist in increased digestive health. Flax seed is the main ingredient in our product, which is super high in healthy fibre and omega fatty acids. The fibre in NutraCleanse™ can help to ensure regular elimination—which is essential to cleansing your body of unwanted toxins, properly.

To order NutraCleanse™ online or find a retailer near you, visit our website.

Be as Lean as Possible

Fat-soluble toxins reside in fat cells. Therefore, the less body fat you have, the less room there is for chemicals to hang out.

Wash Your Produce

Fruits and vegetables are likely the most important ingredient to maintaining a healthy body, but are often sprayed and treated with herbicides and pesticides—chemicals that are harmful to our bodies and hard to eliminate. So be sure to wash your produce well!

If you’re unsure as to which fruits and vegetables are sprayed with the most chemicals, see David Suzuki’s Dirty Dozen list HERE.

Get Outside

Maximize your time in the sun! Vitamin D is incredibly important to overall health, so breathe in as much high-quality air as possible.

By doing the things we recommend above, you can assist your body in its natural toxin elimination efforts, which will ensure optimum cleansing.

 

 

Exciting NutraCleanse™ News!

Friends of NutraCleanse™: we have so much going on right now with the NutraCleanse™ brand! We know you love our product (because sales are better than ever, and we get your kind testimonials and repeat business), so we thought you’d like to know what we’re doing to expand and upgrade.

Here’s what’s impending with NutraCleanse™:

New and Improved Labels

We’re so excited for our new labels, friends! They will still have the same NutraCleanse™ feel, but there will be a few key differences. Challenge: once they’re out, can you spot the changes?

A Return to Tradeshows

We’re so excited to be lining up tradeshows in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, again. This is how we started out: getting our name and product in front of people who we knew would love our product.

We’ve been asked to come back so many times by so many show organizers and customers that we’ve finally decided to say yes! So if you’re a NutraCleanse™ fan, watch for us this fall and winter at shows such as The Wellness Show and Healthy Family Expo.

Once we know where we’ll be for sure, we’ll let everyone know.

Online Sales for Canada and the United States

Our new and improved website has been a catalyst for changing the scope of how we sell NutraCleanse™. In an effort to make our product easily accessible to all, we’ve including a shop on our site that sells NutraCleanse™ and ships to both Canadian and American addresses!

If you can’t make it to your local grocery or health food store, no problem. Simply order online HERE.

While online sales have been already implemented, we’ll be making a comeback to tradeshows this fall and winter and showing off our brand-new labels at that time. So stay tuned for these exciting changes, and in the meantime, treat yourself to a bag of NutraCleanse™! The current labels are about to go vintage, and your customer support and excitement for this process does not go unnoticed.

Stay healthy and happy, friends! Keep checking back on our website for more NutraCleanse™ news…

 

 

 

 

5 Ways to Stay Hydrated this Summer

Summer is finally here, and it started with a bang! With radio and television warnings already circulating about not leaving kids and pets in warm vehicles, it makes us wonder what everyone’s strategy is for staying healthy and hydrated.

Here are 5 ways to stay hydrated this summer:

Eat Fruit

Why? Because it’s full of water—just like you! Fruit (especially watermelon) is made of mostly water, so every piece you eat is helping you to stay hydrated.

Fruit salad and a glass of water is a great breakfast idea, and it starts you off with proper hydration for the day.

Drink Tons of Water

Obviously. But how much water do you think you drink? We bet its less than what you actually drink. An effective way to measure your water consumption, is to fill a refillable bottle with water and make sure you get at least 3-4 refills per day.

Incorporate Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are called super foods for a reason—they’re packed full of fibre and protein, and they’re also great for maintaining hydration levels! When mixed with water, chia seeds absorb up to nine times their weight—which means you stay healthy and hydrated for longer. It also means your digestive system stays hydrated, which, as we all know, means better bowel movements.

Cut Back on Booze

This one’s a no-brainer, right? Alcohol dehydrates, and we want to hydrate. Not the opposite. But sometimes it’s hard to refrain during the glorious months of summer, so if you are going to have a drink or two, try to stick to drinks that contain high levels of water.

Examples? Gin or vodka and soda or water, mixed with fresh herbs and citrus.

Find Shade

While seeking the shade may not actually be adding water to your body, it does help slow or stop the perspiration that happens when we’re in the direct sun. Since perspiration leads to dehydration, this little tip helps a lot.

Enjoy your summer, stay hydrated, and don’t forget to add a little NutraCleanse to your fave foods. By adding both water and extra fibre to your daily diet this summer, you’ll stay hydrated while also slimming down and improving your digestive health.

To order NutraCleanse online, visit our website.

 

 

 

3 Summer Recipes Using NutraCleanse™

Summer is almost here, and with it brings sun, sand, water, and generally much lighter food choices. Gone are the months full of stew and chili—bring on salads, smoothies, and fruity concoctions for all ages! To help ring in the new season, we’ve come up with 3 summer recipes you’re sure to love. Here you go:

Tart Summer Smoothie

Between the raspberries, rhubarb, and NutraCleanse™, this smoothie is absolutely packed with fibre and tastes refreshing on a sizzling summer day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup chopped rhubarb
  • 2 spears ripe pineapple
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™

Method

Combine all ingredients into blender, and blend until smooth. Serve immediately, or pour into popsicle molds and freeze for later. If you want this summer smoothie less thick, add more coconut water.

Almond Butter Salad Dressing

This salad dressing is to die for, and is fantastic both as a dressing and as a dipping sauce for such goodies as veggie salad rolls, spring rolls, etc. It’s even great as a spread on wraps and sandwiches, if you want to omit the water. (This just makes it thicker, like a spread.)

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup almond butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small thumb ginger, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™
  • Water to thin

Method

Combine all ingredients except water into blender and blend until smooth. Slowly add water to thin dressing to desired consistency. Drizzle over salad, and store extras in refrigerator for up to one week.

Breakfast Parfait

Who doesn’t love a great breakfast parfait?! These are fabulous in the summer, because they’re light and loaded with fibre and protein.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, divided
  • 1 cup assorted, fresh berries
  • ½ cup granola
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™

Method

Stir NutraCleanse™ into granola and set aside. Using two small mason jars, layer the yogurt and berries then top with granola mixture. If you’d prefer flavoured yogurt (such as vanilla or strawberry) over plain, then make that substitution! Enjoy.

So there you have it! 3 summer recipes to try that all contain NutraCleanse™. To find or purchase our product online, visit our website at www.nutracleanse.biz. For more recipe ideas, please visit our Recipes page.

Happy summer!

 

 

What are Essential Omega Fatty Acids?

We hear about essential omega fatty acids all the time, but do you know what they actually are? They’re termed ‘essential’ for a reason, so we should know why! Right?!

Essential omega fatty acids are exactly what they sound like: fats that are essential to the body. Although the human body can synthesize most of the fats it needs from our diets, there are two essential fatty acids (linoleic and alpha-linolenic) which cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food.

These basic fats, found in plant foods, are used to build specialized fats called omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body.

Deficiencies in these fatty acids lead to a host of symptoms and disorders, including:

  • abnormalities in the liver and the kidneys
  • reduced growth rates
  • decreased immune function
  • depression
  • dryness of the skin

Adequate intake of the essential omega fatty acids results in numerous health benefits, including:

  • prevention of atherosclerosis
  • reduced incidence of heart disease and stroke
  • relief from the symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis, menstrual pain, and joint pain
  • decreased risk of developing breast cancer

So how can you be sure you’re getting the recommended amount of these fats? Here are some foods that are high in essential omega fatty acids:

  • flax seed
  • walnuts
  • soybeans
  • mung beans
  • canola oil
  • avocados
  • fish

So how does NutraCleanse™ fit into all of this? Well, our product’s official name is Omega-3 NutraCleanse®. NutraCleanse™ is composed of nearly 90% ground flax seed, making it very high in essential omega fatty acids. It’s also extremely high in fibre, which we could all benefit from.

If you think you could benefit from an increase in essential omega fatty acids, try our product! You can find NutraCleanse™ at over 1000 retailers across Canada and the United States, or order online at nutracleanse.biz.

Get healthy, one scoop of Omega-3 NutraCleanse® at a time!

 

 

5 Fun Facts about Flax Seeds

We know—flax and fun aren’t usually in the same sentence. Right? Well, we decided to change that. Since flax seeds are the primary ingredient in NutraCleanse™, we feel like dishing out some flax love.

Here are 5 fun facts (yes, fun) about flax seeds:

Flax Seeds Will Make You Poop

Yup—that’s because they are super crazy high in fibre. That’s why NutraCleanse™ works so well! The amount of fibre in 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ is almost 25% of your daily recommended intake of fibre, and that’s why people love our product!

Flax Seeds are SUPER High in Essential Omega Fatty Acids

True story. In fact, they’re SO high in these tiny, amazing goodies, that flax seeds are one of the very best sources for them.

So far, this means that NutraCleanse™ is high in fibre AND in essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. #winning

Flax Seeds are Relatively Indigestible Unless Ground

This is also true. You could check for yourself, but we’ll spare you that chore. Like many seeds, flax seeds are hard for your body to digest, so by grinding them, you ensure digestion.

It’s like pre-digesting your food before you eat it! (Sort of…)

Flax Seeds Don’t Have to Be Organic to Be Healthy

These seeds are whole food products, and are sold in both organic and conventional form. How do you know if what you’re purchasing is healthy? Read this article by the Flax Council of Canada.

Flax Seeds Can Mimic Eggs in Making

Are you blown away? These tiny seeds act as binders for baking (like eggs!), so they’re cool for baking if you’re vegan or are just out of eggs.

To read full instructions, read our blog post on Making Flax Eggs with NutraCleanse™.

And now you know SO much more about flax seeds! To try NutraCleanse™, order online at nutracleanse.biz, or find it at a retailer near you. Once you start using NutraCleanse™, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner.

 

 

How Much Fibre Do Kids Need?

As a parent, you’ve probably asked yourself “how much fibre do kids need?”, right? That’s a good question! Adults need about 35-40 grams of fibre a day, and kids need around 25 grams of fibre.

But do your kids get that amount each day?

There are plenty of foods that are rich in fibre, but kids are picky. Unfortunately, they tend to gravitate towards foods that have been processed or that are nutrient-low because they’ve been artificially  coloured a pretty red, green, or blue. (Yuck!)

Here’s a list of common items kids like to eat that contain almost ZERO fibre:

  • Chicken strips/nuggets
  • Hamburgers
  • Fried chicken
  • French fries
  • Potatoes
  • Potato chips
  • Candy
  • White bread
  • Most crackers
  • Dairy
  • Oils and condiments

So for that kid who’s go-to snack after school is crackers and cheese (seems healthy enough, right?) or peanut butter toast and a cheese string (doesn’t seem too bad), you should be aware that none of those foods contain any fibre (or very, very little).

Here’s a list of foods that DO contain good fibre:

  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Yams and sweet potatoes
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Whole grain breads, crackers, and wraps
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Oatmeal

From the list above, we’re willing to bet your child loves berries, watermelon, and whole grains. By just substituting processed cereal and milk in the morning for oatmeal and berries, you give your child about 25% of their daily recommended intake of fibre—all before school starts!

To make the day’s fibre intake even heftier, try substituting whole grain crackers and wraps for the more processed products in their lunch. You can also add NutraCleanse™ to a fruit smoothie when they get home (another 25% of their fibre intake right there at least), and make sure they have a serving of high-fibre veggies with their dinner.

By doing this, you can feel good about knowing that when someone asks you “how much fibre do kids need?”, you can respond with confidence and know that your child is getting enough!

When in doubt, add NutraCleanse™. It’s made from over 90% ground flax seeds, which are an amazing source of fibre, along with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. To purchase online, visit our website.

Making Flax Eggs with NutraCleanse™

For those of us who are vegan, or maybe 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 baking, we do it to bind the ingredients together so that our food turns out the way we want it to: delicious. (And identifiable!)

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.

That’s it! So 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.

*Image from food.com.

Spring into Smoothies with NutraCleanse™

Happy spring, friends! Thank goodness this season is upon us, because we’re probably all lacking a little in vitamin D by now, aren’t we? We’re happy for spring, because it usually means warmer weather, which means cooler eats—like smoothies!

Smoothies are so incredibly great for your digestive health, because they often contain a mixture of fruit (and/or vegetables!), probiotics (in Greek yogurt), and water or a milk alternative like almond or coconut. The only thing that could make your smoothies even better is added fibre–like NutraCleanse™!

Here are 3 spring smoothie recipes to fall in love with. Try them and then let us know your thoughts by replying to this blog post or tagging us on social.

The Green Machine

Ingredients

  • 1 handful green grapes
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1 kale leaf
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds (Optional)

Method

Combine all ingredients into blender (except chia seeds), and blend until smooth. Top with chia seeds, if you wish. Enjoy immediately!

Flower Power

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup ripe raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2-3 edible flowers or petals (*See disclaimer at end!)

Method

Combine all ingredients except flowers into blender, and blend until smooth. Top with flowers. Enjoy immediately!

Classic Strawberry

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™
  • 1 tbsp. hemp hearts (Optional)
  • 2-3 fresh mint leaves (Optional)

Method

Combine all ingredients (except hemp hearts and mint leaves) into blender, and blend until smooth. Sprinkle hemp hearts and/or place mint leaves on top, if you wish. Enjoy immediately!

To order a bag of NutraCleanse™ online, visit our website. You can also find the complete ingredients lists there, too.

Happy April!


*Make sure that when using flowers, these three boxes are checked:

  • You know the species and have confirmed the flora is safe to consume
  • They haven’t been sprayed with pesticides and/or herbicides
  • They haven’t been foraged from the side of a city street (this flora will contain toxins from motor vehicle exhaust and such)

Click here to see a list of common edible flowers to try on your smoothies, courtesy of West Coast Seeds.