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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3 Pumpkin Spice Recipes for Fall

Fall is here, and the weather is already getting cooler. We figure we can either be sad at the absence of summer, or get excited about the crisp, cool weather and all of the yummy food that comes with it.

(We decided to get excited!)

With the emergence of fall comes the onslaught of a flavour we never get tired of: pumpkin spice. We want to show you how to incorporate NutraCleanse™ into your favourite pumpkin spice recipes! So here are our 3 ideas on how to do just that:

Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp. chia seeds
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ½ tbsp. pure maple syrup

Method

  1. Combine chia seeds with almond milk, stir well, then place in refrigerator overnight.
  2. The next day, combine the rest of the ingredients well, then and add to the chia mixture.
  3. Mix well, and enjoy immediately!

Pumpkin Spice Nice Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • Splash of almond milk

Method

  1. Spoon pumpkin puree into an ice cube tray, then freeze overnight.
  2. When ready to use, pop pumpkin cubes out of tray, combine all ingredients into a high-powered blender, and blend well. (Mixture should be stiff and creamy like ice cream–if you need a little more almond milk to make this work, do it.)
  3. Scoop into bowl and enjoy immediately!

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup hemp (or almond) milk
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Enjoy immediately!

So there you have it! 3 new recipes to try for the fall. For more recipe ideas, visit the Recipes page on our website. Enjoy your pumpkin spice experience!

5 Awesome Health Benefits of Flax Seeds

We love flax seeds. Like, a lot. And because the majority of our NutraCleanse™ mixture is comprised of flax seeds, we feel we know enough about it to write a book.

(But instead, we’ll write a blog post.)

So why is flax seed so awesome? There are countless reasons, but we’re going to pick just 5. So here are the top 5 health benefits flax seeds (in our opinion):

Health Benefits of Flax Seeds

Flax Seeds are Full of Fibre

Most people have probably heard of this. But we’re talking about LOTS of fibre. In fact, only 3 tbsp. has 8 grams of fibre–1/3 soluble and 2/3 insoluble–that’s 1/4 of the average daily fibre intake recommendation! And fibre is important. Its role in cultivating a happy and healthy digestive system is appreciated by many, and fibre helps to lower blood sugar.

Flax Seeds are Teeming with Essential Fatty Acids

Flax seeds are full of Omega 3 fatty acids–essential nutrients that your body does not make on its own. (Hence, essential.) In fact, just one 1/3 cup or 30 g serving of Nutracleanse provides approximately 5500 mg of Omega 3, and 1250 mg of Omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are important for brain health, as well as for keeping healthy skin and nails.

Flax Seeds Have More Protein than You Think

Yup–flax seeds contain protein. Vegetarians are correct when they insist that protein does not need to come from strictly animal-based sources!

Flax Seeds are Full of Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals such as:

  • 30% Vitamin B1 RDA (*recommended daily allowance)
  • 35% Manganese RDA
  • 30% Magnesium RDA
  • 20% Phosphorus RDA
  • 10% Selenium RDA
  • Flax seeds also contain a good amount of vitamin B6, iron, potassium, zinc, and copper.

Flax Seeds Have Tons of Random Benefits

Aside from the obvious health benefits above, here are some more interesting facts about flax seeds:

Guess what else? Flax seeds’ nutrients are more easily absorbed when they are consumed pre-ground, instead of being consumed whole. And that’s what we do with our NutraCleanse™! We grind our mixture to bring out the very best chance for nutrient absorption.

You can find NutraCleanse™ at over 1000 food stores across Canada and the United States, or order online at www.nutracleanse.biz.

Be well!

 

3 Back-to-School Breakfast Recipes

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.)

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!

Feel the 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.)
  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!

*Photo credit to Tanya R. Loewen of Wild Honey Art House and Skyhorse Publishing.

 

 

Watch these Videos and Learn about NutraCleanse!

We are so excited to be sharing our amazing product with so many satisfied customers! We’ve decided that learning made simple is the way to go, so we’ve been making short, informative videos that are designed to help learn about our product quickly!

If you’ve never heard of NutraCleanse™, you’re in for a treat! Our product is fantastic because it works, and it’s simple. Made from flax seed, pysillium husk, dandelion root powder, fenugreek seed powder, and burdock root powder, NutraCleanse™ is clean and kind to your digestive system.

So what are you waiting for? Watch these videos, and learn more about NutraCleanse™!

What Do People Think about NutraCleanse™?

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If you still have questions, we’d love for you to CONTACT US. Or, visit our website at www.nutracleanse.biz.

The Relationship Between Low-Fiber Foods and Constipation

Low-Fiber Foods and Constipation

Constipation caused by low-fiber foods is something that affects more than 100 million North Americans. It puts a major damper on all aspects of our everyday lives, from weight gain to fatigue to serious disease. Increasing our daily fiber intake is the key to combating constipation. We can do this by swapping foods we currently consume that contain low amount of nutrients (chips, pop, candy, confections, dairy, etc.) for foods that are very fiber-rich, including fruit, vegetables, beans, whole grains, flax and chia seeds, and NutraCleanse™.

The Key to Overcoming Chronic Constipation

Think of fiber as a broom, and its job is to sweep clean your intestinal tract (especially your colon). If you don’t get enough fiber (or enough water to assist the fiber), your intestinal tract will never be clean. This leads to a build-up of not only old food and waste, but also of unhealthy bacteria.

When you introduce high-fiber foods to your diet, you clean your body from the inside out, and allow friendly bacteria to grow and eventually be able to combat the ill effects of the built-up harmful bacteria in your gut, such as E. coli.

Here are two quick reference lists for you that show which foods are low-fiber foods, and which ones are high-fiber foods:

Low-Fiber Foods

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Fast foods
  • Commercial baking
  • Candy
  • Soda and juice

High-Fiber Foods

  • Vegetables (beets, carrots, leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, artichokes)
  • Fruit (oranges, watermelon, apples, pears, figs, dates, prunes)
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Whole, sprouted grains (quinoa, steel-cut oats, etc.)
  • Flax and chia seeds
  • NutraCleanse™

NutraCleanse™ is a great way to incorporate more fiber into your diet, because you can simply add 1/3 cup to any smoothie, soup, stew, oatmeal, or anything else you like. To find a NutraCleanse™ retailer near you, visit our website at www.nutracleanse.biz/canada.

High Fiber Foods for Cleansing

A cleanse doesn’t have to be complicated; in fact, some of the best ways to cleanse your body are the most simple and effective. For example, if you use high fiber foods for cleansing, you can obtain great results while keeping it real and whole.

So let’s focus on that. What are some high fiber foods that you can use to clean out your bowels? Here are 10:

  1. Cauliflower: This is one of the best when it comes to high fiber foods for cleansing. Cauliflower is teeming with fiber, and can be used in so many delicious ways. (Cauliflower steaks, smashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, etc.)
  2. Beans: Unanimously known for being fiber powerhouses, beans and legumes are chalk full of incredible, useful fiber (especially chickpeas).
  3. Artichokes: So full of fiber that your plumber will tell you to never garborate artichoke pieces (they get very stuck—and this is from personal experience!), a medium-sized artichoke provides over 10 grams of fiber! That’s amazing.
  4. Apples: 1 apple (with skin) contains almost 5 grams of fiber. We guess experts weren’t kidding when they told us that an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
  5. Quinoa: Technically a seed, this superfood is labelled as such for a reason. Providing more fiber than other “grains,” this versatile food (uncooked) contains about 17-27 grams of fiber per one cup! Once cooked, it contains only about 5 grams of fiber per cup, due to the water it absorbs. But there are tons of great recipes out there for raw quinoa, so keep your eyes peeled! (Hint: roll raw quinoa, peanut butter and oats into balls, refrigerate overnight, and eat the next day.)
  6. Sprouted Whole Grains: The secret here is to keep the grains sprouted and whole. During processing, most (if not all) of the fiber is removed, so by keeping grains as pure and unprocessed as possible, you reap the most rewards.
  7. Watermelon: This tasty summer snack contains huge amounts of the ultimate cleanse team: water and fiber. Don’t let the sweetness fool you—watermelon is no joke. It’s amazing for your body, and a great addition to any cleanse.
  8. Berries: More than an antioxidant powerhouse, The Mayo Clinic published that just 1 cup of mixed berries contains around 8 grams of fiber. That’s easy fiber for great cleansing!
  9. Dried Fruit: About ¼ cup of raisins or figs have about 2 grams of fiber. However, you don’t want to make this snack your regular fibre source—dried fruit is very high in sugar. (Naturally-occurring sugar, but sugar nonetheless.)
  10. NutraCleanse™: Yep—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 of your favourite foods into high fiber foods for cleansing.

For details on how to purchase NutraCleanse™ and easily increase your daily fiber intake, visit our website at www.nutracleanse.biz.

4 NutraCleanse™ Camping Recipes

During the summer, many of us go camping, and when we do, it’s hard to find healthy camping recipes that also taste good and are practical. We want to play and party, and paying close attention to what foods we’re consuming usually becomes unrealistic. But that doesn’t mean you have to completely fall off the wellness wagon!

Here are 4 NutraCleanse™ camping recipes to try this summer (just remember to pack a metal rack for cooking over your fire!):

The NutraCleanse S’more

Yep! You read that right. Simply roast your marshmallow until golden brown and sticky. Roll it in NutraCleanse™, then gently scrape it off the roasting stick and onto a graham cracker with a piece of fair-trade dark chocolate. Add 2 slices of banana and another graham cracker to complete the s’more, and chow down.

You’re welcome.

Breakfast Oats and NutraCleanse

Using a heat-friendly dish, add oats, water, and 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™. Stir together, cook over the fire, and eat yourself healthy. This is hands down the easiest way to incorporate our product into a meal often made while camping.

The Camping Yogurt Parfait

This classic snack has nothing on the camping version! Heat fruit over the fire, then remove and let cool to room temperature. Once cooled, stir into full-fat Greek yogurt along with a couple of tablespoons of NutraCleanse™. Top with some homemade granola, and enjoy!

Camp Fire Crumble

Line a heat-friendly dish with tin foil, then grease with coconut oil. Add fruit until dish is half full. Next, combine oats, ½ cup NutraCleanse™, coconut sugar, and extra coconut oil. Sprinkle mixture evenly over fruit, then place dessert over fire and let cook until bubbly. Remove and cool slightly, but serve hot.

So there you have it! 4 camping recipes that use NutraCleanse™. Please try them and let us know your thoughts! We’d love to hear from you, so be sure to leave a comment on this blog post, or find us on social media.

Happy camping this summer!