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.

 

 

Spring Clean Your Digestive System

Spring has officially arrived, which has us all up in a serious cleaning frenzy! There’s something about the longer daylight hours and new life growing from the earth that triggers a desire to give everything a good polishing and re-organization; hence the expression ‘spring clean.’

From around the house to the yard, and perhaps—most importantly—within our own bodies, we’re on a mission to clean up!

It’s simple enough to pick up a broom and mop, sort a few boxes, and get rid of junk around the house you no longer have any use for. But initiating a good clean within our bodies might seem a little more daunting!

Essentially, the best way to begin a good spring clean is by focusing on polishing up your digestive system. In the spirit of March being Colon Cancer Awareness Month, we think these tips are quite fitting:

More Fibre

NutraCleanse™ can help add more fibre to your diet. Our product is made of primarily flax seed, which is the ultimate fiber superhero. In addition to flax, NutraCleanse™ also contains psyllium husk, which is also a great cleanse ingredient.

By adding NutraCleanse™ to your existing diet, you can turn almost all your favourite foods into high-fiber superstars. Check out this blog post, where we list our other favourite high-fibre foods for cleansing.

More Water

The best way to spring clean your digestive system is by drinking more water. Make a conscious effort to drink at least 2-3 litres of water a day to assist your body to flush out toxins and keep your colon lubricated and functioning smoothly.

Aside from water, fresh pressed juices are also a great way to clean your digestive system. These aren’t for everyone though, so do your research and understand what might work best for you, first.

More Rest, Less Stress

Good digestive health includes managing stress and getting proper rest. Making certain lifestyle changes aren’t always easy to do, as it may be dependent on your job or where you live. However, identifying anxiety-provoking stressors like certain foods, people, or sleep deprivation, and learning to manage them differently, is a big start.

Think about that yucky feeling in your gut when you are tired and stressed. That is your digestive system taking the brunt of it!

Better Exercise

Exercise and staying active goes hand in hand with improving the function of your digestive system. Simply heading outside to go for a walk every day for a minimum of 30 minutes will make a huge difference in how your body absorbs and processes the foods you eat.

Another bonus: you are more likely to manage a healthy body weight through regular exercise and feel more motivated to eat a regular healthy diet to keep excess weight off.

So go for it—take Spring on like a champ and get cleaning! Your house and your health will thank you. Learn where you can pick up a bag of NutraCleanse™ to add to your diet for even better digestive health benefits.

Visit our website https://www.nutracleanse.biz/ for more details. Happy Spring Clean!

 

3 Ways to Get Kids to Eat NutraCleanse™

Ensuring your child receives a healthy daily dose of nutrients in her diet can be a daunting task. Generally speaking, kids tend to have very particular appetites, tastes, and opinions, and it doesn’t usually support a large serving of greens or grains!

We have mentioned this before (see here): the importance of a healthy diet rich in omega fatty acids and fibre is imperative for kids’ growing bodies and brain development.

NutraCleanse™ can help!

Our dry food product is a unique formulation of flaxseeds and mostly organic (locally sourced) ingredients to provide an excellent source of fibre and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. You can easily sneak NutraCleanse™ into many kid-approved meals and snacks so they can’t taste the healthiness (heaven forbid!) or have any reason to turn it down.

Here are 3 ways to sneak NutraCleanse™ in your child’s snacks and meals today:

Smoothies

Smoothies are a favourite snack choice for kids; probably for the slushy-like, fruity flavours that mask the taste of spinach and other healthy ingredients that were possibly added.

They’re great, because you can throw in whatever ingredients you have on hand, add some liquid, add some ice, and that’s it! There are tons of great recipes for smoothies out there that your kids will enjoy, and it’s so simple to increase the nutritional value of the smoothies by adding ⅓ cup of NutraCleanse™ to them.

Here’s a smoothie recipe from Angela Liddon (author of Oh She Glows) that mimics a chocolate milkshake:

Cheerful Chocolate Smoothie

Add to blender:

  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • ¼ cup avocado
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Very small pinch of fine-grain sea salt
  • 4-6 pitted medium Medjool dates, to taste
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Now add 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™ (and possibly a splash more almond milk if it’s too thick), put the lid on the blender, and blend on high for 30 seconds. Serve immediately.

Kids’ Oatmeal

Kids love the soft, gooey goodness of oatmeal and it makes for a great breakfast or snack. Avoid buying the prepackaged and processed stuff though; you’ll want all the nutritional benefits of making up your own batch from scratch.

Our tried and true recipe for oatmeal is always a hit with the kids: add 1/3 cup oatmeal to 1 cup cold water in a pot with a dash of salt. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Turn heat down and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ and stir. Empty into bowl, and serve with honey and milk.

Baking for Kids

Do your kids like cookies? (Silly question, right?)

Our product can be hidden into the goodness of all kinds of baked goods. This is a great one for kids, because you can include them in the process of baking, and talk to them about the importance of following recipes and measuring out ingredients. Kids love to help out in the kitchen, so go ahead and start them while they’re young!

To make a healthier version of whatever you happen to be baking, just add NutraCleanse™! All you need to do is portion out some of the flour. If the recipe calls for one cup of flour, you can use ⅔ cup of flour and ⅓ cup of NutraCleanse. Give it a try in your next batch of chocolate chip cookies or banana muffins!

Sneaking our product into meals and snacks everyday will provide your children (and you) with essential nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy. To learn more recipe ideas or find out where you can purchase our product, feel free to visit our website or watch the video below:

 

 

 

 

 

Heart Healthy Ways to Grocery Shop

It’s February, and we’re using every opportunity we can possibly think of to share the love and spread the message of heart healthy ways in which you can take care of your health and your heart.

The fuel we choose to put in our body is one of the most important decisions we can make to protect our overall heart health. It can be overwhelming in a grocery store with so many choices, so we’ve compiled some ways to make your decisions much easier as you stroll the aisles with your grocery cart:

Meal Plan

Life can be hectic and we are all pressed for time—at the best of times. So we quickly throw some food together and are inevitably unprepared with certain key ingredients that would attribute to making a healthy and balanced meal.

This is life!

However, by finding a few minutes at the beginning of each week to plan exactly what you want to eat for each meal (and snack), you can thoughtfully prepare healthier choices. 5 minutes—that’s all it takes it create a heart healthy menu for the week.

Write a List

After carefully planning your meals ahead of time, you can write yourself a detailed grocery list to ensure you have all the right ingredients on hand. Consider each department in the grocery store and all the various options. In the produce section, go ahead and stock up on all the heart healthy fruits and vegetables you can manage, as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients we need!

In the bakery section, avoid the glazed donuts and head straight for the whole grains. Here you will also find our product, NutraCleanse, which is an excellent source of fibre and omega 3 essential fatty acids, thanks to the goodness of flaxseeds. NutraCleanse can easily be incorporated into your heart healthy meal choices—daily.

Because you are making these mindful and conscious decisions, you avoid impulsively buying quick and convenient foods that are not always good for you. Another big bonus with writing a list, is that you save time and money!

Support Local

Finally, good heart health also comes with doing good deeds. We believe by shopping at your local grocery store and purchasing locally made products and locally grown produce, you are not only doing your health a favour (these foods are often fresher and contain fewer preservatives, because the transit time is drastically lower), you are making a positive impact on your community by supporting that business.

NutraCleanse can be found at many local grocery stores and markets. For a complete list of where you can find our product or to learn more about the goodness of NutraCleanse for your heart health, please feel free visit our website.

Happy heart health month! Love, the NutraCleanse family. Watch our video below to learn more: