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:

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