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:

Heart Health Month and NutraCleanse™

February is a month for love. We’re not just talking about love for others; we’re talking about love for yourself, too! Although this month is mostly known for being host to Valentine’s Day, it’s also heart health month, and we want to show you how our product contributes to a healthy ticker:

Flaxseed Contributes to Increased Heart Health

NutraCleanse™ is composed primarily of ground flaxseed, which is naturally high in essential omega 3 fatty acids. These little wonder bits are called essential for a reason—your body can’t make them on its own!

They’re important for a variety of reasons; one being heart health! Essential omega 3 fatty acids help to lower your risk of heart disease, which is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths, according to the Centre for Disease Control.[1]

NutraCleanse™ Encourages a Better Diet

Once you begin incorporating better eating practices into your daily lifestyle, you start feeling better. And when that happens, you want to feel even better.

By adding our product to your meal plans, you inadvertently begin making small changes that contribute to big payoff. Making those little tweaks here and there will eventually lead to more salads, and less French fries.

You can do it—we believe in you! Try our little NutraCleanse™ challenge and see if what we’re claiming rings true.

When Your Feel Better, You Adopt Healthier Habits

Here’s the kicker: when you begin feeling better, it becomes addictive. Feeling good is an amazing feeling! As you strive to create better habits and set yourself up for consistent wellness, you begin to build a life that is conducive to living your dreams, and that’s why we love what our product does for people.

It’s really that simple!

To find a retailer near you, visit our website’s Retailer’s page or order online at www.nutracleanse.biz.

Be well, and to see a recipe for heart healthy Valentine’s Day pancakes, visit Running on Happy. (Try substituting 1/2 wheat flour for NutraCleanse™!)

[1] http://www.onhealth.com/content/1/heart_disease

4 Ways to Boost Your Energy with Healthy Food

It’s so common around this time of year for people to feel exceptionally sluggish and downright fatigued. It’s the middle of winter, where our sun exposure has been dismal and therefore unable to get that proper fix of vitamin D we require.

And life in general is just busy!

Most of us work too much while trying to juggle other commitments to keep up with our daily lives. Feeling tired all the time can cause unnecessary stress and compromise your overall health and immune system. But with mindful action, energy levels are something that you can control with healthy food!

Being mindful of your diet is an easy way to improve your energy levels and prevent illness. And we’re not just what you eat, but how much and when.

Here are 4 things to keep in mind when it comes to diet for increasing energy:

Eat Clean, Healthy Food

A healthy balanced diet is key to boosting your energy. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and beans every day. (The closer to nature, the better.). NutraCleanse™ is very high in fiber and has net 2 grams of digestible carbs per 30 gram serving (2 tablespoons). It’s also a source of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, so is an excellent food product to help boost your energy!

Avoid overly processed foods, unhealthy fats and high sugars. Although you will feel a boost of energy after eating such foods, it won’t last long as these foods stimulate the production of serotonin—a brain chemical that makes you feel tired and sluggish.

Eat a Balanced Breakfast

As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t limit your morning meal to only a piece of toast or a single smoothie. Start with a balanced breakfast to really rev your engines for the day, so go ahead and have both! High antioxidant fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein are an essential way to get going.

smoothies for energy

Eat Less, More Often

Portion control is very important to consider when it comes to ways to eat to boost your energy. Eat enough healthy food so that you are comfortably full but not stuffed! The brain has few energy reserves of its own, so by eating lighter and more frequently (every 2-3 hours), we keep it fueled. Nuts and fruit are a great snack in between meals.

Drink More Water

Be mindful that caffeine is a stimulant and will give you only a temporary energy boost, so you need to watch your coffee intake in the mornings to avoid that inevitable afternoon crash! You should also avoid caffeine late in the day, as you may have negative side effects when it comes to your nighttime sleep pattern.

The sedative effects of alcohol is also something to avoid if you want to increase your energy levels. Water, on the other hand, is essential for energy as it carries the nutrients to our cells which feed the brain. Fatigue is often linked to lack of fluids.

Good luck, and remember that NutraCleanse™ is made up from a unique formulation of natural, mostly organic ingredients, providing you with all kinds of goodness including energy and vitality! To find out where you can pick up our product and for recipes and ideas on healthy ways of eating to increase your energy, check out our website.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Your Child Needs Omega Fatty Acids

Omega Fatty Acids are Called Essential for a Reason

We’ve all been hearing it for a while now (particularly in recent years with the increased research on the benefits of eating healthy): foods that contain a high amount of omega fatty acids can significantly improve your overall health.

While study and research is ongoing, scientists are also discovering several positive associations between essential fatty acids (Omegas 3 and 6) and brain development in children.

What children eat affect their focus and cognitive skills, and it’s worth it to consider foods or supplements that help to ensure your child is getting the nutrition required for all their growing and learning.

So what exactly are essential fatty acids?

Essential fatty acids are types of fat that are essential in the diet because they can’t be produced by the body. Essential fatty acids include omega-6 (linoleic acid) and omega-3 (linolenic acid). These fats help build cells, regulate the nervous system, strengthen the cardiovascular system, build immunity, and help the body absorb nutrients. They are also vital for healthy brain function because of their role in neurotransmitter function, which is crucial for growing children.

How essential omega fatty acids can improve brain development in kids:

Behaviour

ADHD

Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and researchers are also suggesting it can reduce or curb childhood aggression and other behavioral problems.

The study found here goes onto explain that omega-3 fatty acids, which are naturally found in salmon, tuna, avocado, and flax seeds, influences a child’s behavior on the short and long-term basis. A child who can avoid behavioral problems and can focus and reason with you, will have an advantage both on and off the playground.

Parents will also find it less stressful and it may allow more quality time to do fun activities without any issues.

Reading Ability

Aside from behavioural issues, studies are also suggesting there are positive effects of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in children who struggle with reading difficulties. This can be contributed to the positive effects of the brain and eye development and the transmission of signals.

Sending your child off to school or providing them with any sort of education, is a life essential. Reading and the ability to read well will help them get through the very important years of learning and greatly impact their entire adult life.

How Can NutraCleanse Help?

Although the human body can make most of the fats it needs from other fats or raw materials, omega-3 and omega-6 are essential fats that the body must acquire from food. Over the course of a few days, a good source of omega-3 can be found in one tablespoon of flaxseed.

NutraCleanse is made up of several healthy ingredients, including flaxseed. We feel our product is safe for children over the age of four years old. To inquire about children younger than four years, we recommend you discuss NutraCleanse with your family doctor.

As a handy resource, we’ve created several recipes that include the goodness of NutraCleanse, so you can sneak it in your child’s favourite food and your child won’t even know!

To learn more about the benefits of each ingredient, or to find a location where you can buy NutraCleanse, we encourage you to visit our website.


References

  1. http://www.babycenter.com/0_essential-fatty-acids-in-your-childs-diet_10324690.bc
  2. http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/features/brain-foods-kids#1
  3. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/312943.php
  4. http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/do-kids-need-omega-3-fats

The Greatest Wealth is Health

“The greatest wealth is health.”–Virgil

As we approach a new year, many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions to make that are both realistic and achievable. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to make changes and set goals for the year ahead.

Maybe you’re planning on booking a trip, taking up a new hobby or simply spending more time with loved ones. These are most certainly achievable and realistic, but one key component is required in order to do these—good health. At the end of the day, no matter what our resolutions are, you’re not going to get much accomplished if you are not generally healthy.

Bad habits can be hard to break, and beginning and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is certainly not a one-step process that will happen overnight. Each of us will have unique set of needs for achieving overall good health which may include physical activity, diet changes, and mental well-being.

Regardless of your age, gender, or physical ability, the commitment and change of mindset for living a healthier lifestyle, we can promise you, you won’t regret it. After all, the greatest wealth is health, and here are 3 valuable reasons why:

Weight Control

greatest wealth is health

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, almost 60% of Canadians are overweight. By achieving a proper weight level, an overweight person will significantly reduce their risk of serious life threatening diseases and improve their general strength, flexibility and energy level and state of mind.

Two very important lifestyle changes must happen to achieve weight loss goals:

Diet: Cutting out those bad eating habits and switching to a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most important steps to promoting good health. Plan ahead when making your grocery lists. Choose plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole-grain products (NutraCleanse™ is a good one), lower-fat dairy products or alternatives, lean meats, fish, beans and nuts.

Exercise: Being active to achieve and maintain a healthy weight doesn’t mean you need to commit to hours and hours each week going to a gym. By simply heading outside to go for a walk every day for a minimum 30 minutes will make a huge difference.

Other activities may include, swimming, yoga, riding a bike or paddle boarding. There is something for everyone when it comes to physical activity so no matter what it is, stick to it and those extra pounds will begin to shed off in no time.

Stress Reduction

Stress Reduction for the New Year

Overall good health includes mental well being and managing stress. Reducing stress decreases your chance of depression, anxiety, heart disease or even cancer. It’s important to identify your triggers and take action to avoid them and learn methods to cope with them. A healthy lifestyle will naturally decrease your stress levels.

Other ways of reducing stress include doing things that make you happy. Express yourself in writing or painting, walk the dog, do some volunteer work or relax on a beach. Find ways that make you feel relaxed and stress-free.

Disease Elimination

health

Living a lifestyle that is conducive to good health, fitness, and mental well-being is beneficial in many ways, including reducing the risk of developing serious diseases, diabetes or cancer.

In addition, a healthy lifestyle also promotes lower blood pressure, reduces the likelihood of injuries and falls, and improves overall mental well-being. The length of a person’s life can be significantly extended when following a healthy lifestyle and there is truly nothing of greater value.

As you reflect on the year past and look forward to 2017, consider your health as your greatest wealth. We can help you achieve or maintain good health with NutraCleanse™, our natural food product based on a 150-year-old Finnish recipe that you can trust.

Learn where you can pick up our product and get started by visiting our website at https://www.nutracleanse.biz/. Happy New Year from all of us at NutraCleanse™!

 

How to Have a Gluten-Free Holiday Season

Happy holidays, friends!

As we head mid-way into December, many of us have already begun to celebrate. Staff Christmas parties, holiday bake exchanges, luncheons and big family gatherings are all happening in full force. The best part about the holiday season is the time spent with friends, loved ones, and all the yummy eats that come with that!

Traditionally at a holiday gathering, you would be presented with big smorgasbord of all kinds of good appetizers and treats, as well as turkey and all the trimmings. While many people get to participate in these gatherings and indulge in all the goodness without batting an eye, they usually end up going home feeling full and temporarily uncomfortable.

However, for those living with gluten sensitivities or allergies, this can be a stressful time of year because the risk of feeling uncomfortable at the end of the evening, quite simply, is not an option. It can be awkward and inconvenient to make gluten-free requests to the hosts preparing food for a crowd, and equally difficult knowing if a restaurant will be able to cater to your dietary needs.

Lately, the good news with restaurants is that they seem to be figuring it out with a large portion of the general population needing to know about their gluten-free options.

For those who are trying to have, or need to have a gluten-free holiday; we have some suggestions that might make your life easier:

Help Your Hosts

Offer to bring a side or a dessert that’s gluten-free; many people are appreciative and receptive to this sort of gesture. The other guests will understand and probably won’t even know the difference! Think about it and put yourself in your host’s shoes. Feel good about calling ahead, and giving a heads up by offering to help!

The more you do it, the easier it gets.

Veggies, Veggies, Veggies

The greatest part about a traditional turkey dinner, is all the accompanying vegetable dishes! Brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, peas and mashed potatoes are usually around during a holiday dinner. Whoever isn’t serving at least four sides of vegetables, isn’t serving a traditional turkey dinner!

When you can’t bring a dish, stick to what you know. Go ahead and load up on the vegetables…but don’t be tempted by the gravy, which usually contains wheat flour. (There are actually lots of gluten-free flour options to make gravy, so no need to worry if you’re making your own turkey dinner.)

Turkey: the Main Event!

Warm, tender, delicious turkey meat is thankfully gluten-free! Keep in mind that we’re talking about the large roast out of your own oven; not the processed deli meats at the grocery store which often do contain gluten. Again, pay attention to the gravy and the stuffing, which are gluten-filled as opposed to gluten-free.

Gluten-Free Desserts

You don’t have to have a dessert free holiday to have a gluten-free holiday! There are hundreds of recipes online for perfect holiday treats to bake. In fact, we shared a few recipes for our holiday baking here, and a couple of them are gluten-free!

Dessert is a great dish to contribute to a holiday gathering, especially when it’s homemade with love. Here is one way to please a crowd and wow them with healthier ingredients. A wrapped-up package of gluten-free treats also makes for a great hostess gift, teacher gift, or perfect for the group bake exchange.

NutraCleanse™ is a perfect, naturally gluten-free product (though not certified gluten-free; our five ingredients—flax seeds, psyllium husks, dandelion root powder, burdock root powder, and fenugreek seed powder—are naturally free of gluten) to add to many recipes out there for added source of fibre and healthy nutrients.

Don’t feel stressed or worried about having a gluten-free holiday this year! We’re here to help.

Gluten-Free Grains for Holiday Cooking & Baking

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!

We wrote about gluten-free grains a while back here; but we thought we’d bring it up again, because let’s face it, the need for gluten-free fare will not be going away any time soon.

Here’s our non-conclusive, updated list of 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.

3 Healthy Recipes for Your Holiday Baking

By now you’ve probably received your annual invitation to the cookie exchange down the street at your neighbor’s house, or maybe your kids are participating in their upcoming annual bake sale at the school for a fundraiser. Both come just in time for the holidays, which is a good time to stock up on a tin (or two) full of holiday baking for when you have extra visitors!

And let’s be honest: if you don’t end up having as many visitors over the holidays as you anticipated, is it really the end of the world if your freezer is topped up a little?

Choosing what to make 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.

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 tried and true holiday baking recipes here using NutraCleanse™. But for now, we thought we would share these 3 healthy recipes we found which would be perfect to serve over the holidays as a healthy alternative.

Holiday Baking

Image from Natural Girl, Modern world.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Makes 14-16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. ground flax
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 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 flax 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, 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. 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, salt and coconut oil 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. pistachios (shelled and halved)
  • 2 tbsp. goji berries
  • 1 tbsp. desiccated 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. Top with the pistachios, goji berries and coconut.
  7. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until the chocolate has set.
  8. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Original recipe from My Fussy Eater.

There you have it! 3 guilt-free recipes to try out this season for a healthier Christmas baking options. (Thanks to the websites noted above for providing these amazing recipes!) For more recipe ideas, or to learn where you can buy NutraCleanse™ to add to your favourite foods, visit our website.

Enjoy!

Even MORE Reasons to Shop at Local Farm Markets

With the holiday season right around the corner, people everywhere are starting to gear up for all of the associated excitement: thinking about the perfect gift to buy, getting ready for family and friends from out of town, and organizing the calendar with all the holiday gatherings they would not dare miss. Where better to shop for holiday inspiration that your local farm markets?!

Not sure what farm markets could help you with? You might be surprised about what you can find in them! More and more, farm markets everywhere are catching on and not just supplying fresh produce, convenient groceries or health food products (like NutraCleanse™), but so much more!

Here are a few MORE reasons to shop at your local farm markets:

Unique Kind Gift Ideas at Farm Markets

You’re pretty much guaranteed to find all sorts of homemade treasures at farm markets. Artists and crafters are highly supported at farm markets allowing them to showcase their work and make some money at the same time. From wood work to paintings, pottery and knit goods, people thrive in the atmosphere of simplicity and creativity when it comes to unique gift buying.

Also, you can often find a lovely flower stand at a farm market with locally prepared and in-season floral arrangements for a very thoughtful gesture. Who doesn’t love fresh flowers?!

Food is always a well-received gift—it’s very likely you’ll find something delicious and ready for giving! Packaged dry foods such as NutraCleanse™ are perfect stocking stuffers for the health food lover!

Party Pleasing Food Platters at Farm Markets

Food and having enough of it is a major deal breaker for a successful festive gathering. You’ll want to be well prepared with options, whether you’re hosting a party or asked to contribute a dish to someone else’s—don’t skimp out on food!

Contact your local market where they probably offer plenty of party platter options. From farm fresh crudités, fruits, gourmet meats, cheeses, sandwiches and decadent dessert squares, they can do it all! Avoid the mess and hassle of chopping and prepping—order up a party platter.

Done and done!

Organic (Non-Alcoholic) Beverage Choices at Farm Markets

Good for you, you’ve made a choice and volunteered to be a designated driver (yay!). This does not mean you must stick to drinking only water. There are often all kinds of locally made organic juices, lemonades and iced teas available to buy at a farm market. Add a little sparkling water for fizz and now you have a tasty and healthy non-alcoholic beverage option for the evening.

A Variety of Dietary Options at Farm Markets

Often we find that when pleasing a crowd or when certain family member comes to visit, unique dietary requirements need to be considered. Farm markets typically recognize the need for those options and support vegetarians, lactose intolerant or gluten-free people with plenty of alternative choices.

Veggie chips, local kettle corn and assorted raw nuts are always a good to have on hand. Inspire your guests with healthy foods! Serve assorted baked goods made with the goodness of NutraCleanse™, which is found in many farm markets for a yummy and healthy treat.

Be inspired by what you find in your local farm market. Know that when you are supporting these markets, you are making a huge impact towards boosting your local economy and supporting your community. NutraCleanse™ and many food product suppliers start out in these small businesses and we thank you for that support!

To find a local farm market that carries our products, visit www.nutracleanse.biz/canada.

 

 

High-Fibre Comfort Foods We Love

With the cooler weather setting in and the daylight hours getting shorter, there is just something cozy about staying indoors and filling up on warm and delicious comfort foods with the whole family. Wouldn’t you be relieved to learn that there are ways to indulge in your favourite comfort foods that are 100% guilt free!? It’s simple, really–choose foods that are high-fibre!

A healthy dose of fibre has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and certain types of cancers. From casseroles, soups, or a big ol’ pot of spaghetti, there are a number of fall favorites we have come up with that can be considered high in fibre.

Of course…with adding NutraCleanse™ to your favourite dish, you are further increasing your fibre intake (plus Omega-3 fatty acids) through benefits of flax seeds and the other natural ingredients that will help you reach your recommended dose of 25 grams per day.

So here it is–our list of high-fibre comfort foods we love:

Vegetarian Chili

Always a crowd pleaser, the red kidney beans alone offer 12 grams of fibre per ¾ cup. The great thing about chili, is all the other varieties of beans and vegetables that jam it packed full of nutrients and fibre. For even more fibre? Enjoy it on brown rice.

Spaghetti

Using whole wheat pasta will provide you with 8 grams of fibre per 1 ½ cups cooked. Have kids? There can be plenty of vegetables that you can hide in your sauce for even more goodness.

Lentil Soup

When it comes to a rich source of fibre, look for lentils! They are very high in nutrients, including dietary fibres with 12 grams per 1 cup.

Wow!

Bean Burritos

A comfort food classic. Just 1 cup of refried beans which are also packed with protein, offers 13 grams of fibre. Again, white beans, black beans…these are a great source, too!

Oatmeal

We shared this recipe for a delicious and comforting, fibre packed bowl of oatmeal to start your day. Oatmeal alone is a good 4 grams of fibre per 1 cup, cooked.

Muffins

There are all kinds of muffins you can make that will help you achieve your fibre intake while leaving you feel like you are having a yummy treat. Try our Cranberry Orange Muffins for 8 grams of fibre each!

Banana Bread

Finally, a family favourite all over: banana bread. Use your favorite banana bread recipe and add 1/2 cup NutraCleanse™ and a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt!

So the next time you are feeling cozy at home and want to feed the family a hearty and delicious meal, consider the goodness of NutraCleanse™ as an addition to your favourite comfort foods. Not only are you promoting a healthy, high-fibre diet, you will be protecting your family from the cold and flu season with healthier and stronger immune systems, due to the healthy ingredients that our product contains.

To find a NutraCleanse™ retailer near you, visit our website at www.nutracleanse.biz/canada.

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