New Winter Recipes and Other Yummy Suggestions

While February might seem like we are approaching the end of winter, we still have another 5 weeks to go. So we thought we’d post some new recipes!

Recipes

Each of the three new recipes available on our website are from Jennifer Browne’s Vegetarian Comfort Foods. This cookbook showcases recipes that are kind to our digestive tracts, so it’s kind of perfect for what NutraCleanse™ stand for: health and happiness! (Particularly with regards to happy and healthy digestion.)

All 3 of the recipes we chose to feature on our site are vegan and gluten-free.

Cookbooks

Here is a list of other recipe sources (a list compiled by the lovely Erin Ireland, from To Die For Fine Foods) that are healthy and conducive to great gut health:

And if you’re looking for a great Baby Food cookbook that features whole, plant-based recipes designed to be very kind to your little one’s gut, pre-order Baby Nosh: Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Goodness for Baby’s Food Sensitivities. (out March 1!)

Enjoy, and happy cooking!

NutraCleanse and Kids

We always get asked how to incorporate NutraCleanse™ into kids’ diets. Parents know that as a food product comprised of over 90% flaxseed, NutraCleanse™ is a fabulous way to add fiber and omega 3’s to their children’s everyday eating routines—and we couldn’t agree more.

Here are our top 5 recommendations for adding our product to your child’s daily menu:

Breakfast

Add 2 tablespoons of NutraCleanse™ to your child’s oatmeal. Cook oatmeal, stir in NutraCleanse™, and serve. It’s that easy!

Lunch

Stir 1 tablespoon of NutraCleanse™ into your child’s pasta, soup, stew, or chili. Kids won’t notice, but you’ll know it’s there, and you’ll feel good about that.

Snack

Add 2 tablespoons to an after-school smoothie. In addition to adding fibre and omega 3’s, our product will help your child to process the sugar from the fruit more efficiently.

Dinner

Add ½ cup of NutraCleanse™ to your family’s lasagna, burger mix, casserole, or anything else you can think of! Dinner just got even healthier, and your kids will be none the wiser.

Dessert

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of NutraCleanse™ on top of ice cream, yogurt, pudding, fruit compote, applesauce, or whatever you happen to be serving to your child.

By incorporating NutraCleanse™, a completely natural, gluten-free, high-flax mixture to your child’s diet every day, you can assist your child in having a healthier digestive system and lower blood sugar levels. You will also increase her intake of omega 3 fatty acids—something most kids don’t get enough of.

But why take our word for it?! Order a bag (or find one in-store at one of our 1000 locations across Canada and the United States) and try it for yourself.

We promise you’ll be back for more.

Eating In-Season: 4 Reasons to Try It

Let’s face it: most of you who are reading this blog post are doing so in the lap of luxury. We are so incredibly fortunate to be living where we live, and do you know what always reminds us of that?

The grocery store.

Because surrounding us are not only foods from far-away countries (pineapples, bananas, dragon fruit), but also ones that are obviously not in-season. For instance, apples and pears are in-season in the fall, but we still get them in the spring. And what about broccoli in the summer and rhubarb in September?

The thing is, we are best to eat what’s naturally grown around us, when it’s in-season. Why? Because Mother Nature is smart, and she knows that we need to be extra hydrated in the summer (watermelon), and that we’ll need more vitamin D in the winter (kale).

Here are 4 reasons to try and eat what’s in season where you live:

In-Season is Fresh

When you consume foods that are in-season, those foods are fresher than others. Why? Because they haven’t sat in a truck on a cross-country trip for a week, and they certainly haven’t crossed continents. When food is fresher, it also retains more of its nutrients, which is your basic reason for eating it in the first place. Healthier equals better.

Right?!

In-Season is Less Expensive

Again, all those long trips from point A to Z can cost a lot. And it also costs a lot to produce out-of-season goods locally, because it typically requires a greenhouse.

Why pay more for food that won’t nourish as well as in-season food will?

Your Body Loves In-Season Foods

Like what was written above, our bodies are designed to exist within the ebb and flow of Mother Nature. If you try a summer fruit juice cleanse in the winter, you won’t feel good. Similarity, eating a lot of winter produce in the summer won’t work with your body as well, either.

We have to remember that we’re beings of the earth, and that we should be consuming what makes the most sense.

In-Season Means You’re Supporting Local

By spending your money on goods that are produced by local famers, you support your local economy. Your whole neighborhood thrives when everyone is helped and supported, and that’s important for the well-being of the entire community.

So there you have it! Four reasons to eat in-season. We challenge you to give it shot and pay attention to how you feel, and how much money you may have saved.

 

 

 

5 Ways to Detox Your Body, Naturally

It might be the end of January, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to stop with the health streak. By now, most of us have cut down on alcohol and refined sugar (something we get way too much of during the holidays), and stepped up our exercise regime.

So what next? How about a detox?!

The next logical step to your New Year wellness plan is to detox. There are many ways to accomplish this, and we’ll outline some here. Check out these 5 ways to detox your body, naturally:

Drink More Water

Increasing your water intake is the number one way help your body detox. And? It’s free! This is what consuming more water will do for your body:
• Help release stored fluid, thereby decreasing puffiness.
• Clear the lymphatic system and assist in better blood circulation.
• Assist in better bowel movements, which helps detox the colon.
• Help your skin (your largest organ!) clean itself from the inside out, which clears up acne.
• Fills your stomach, which helps you to feel satiated longer between meals (ultimately assisting your digestive system in taking a load off).

Start Juicing

Juicing fruit and vegetables is a great way to get loads of antioxidants and vitamins into your body very quickly. Juicing also helps your body detox, by:
• Flooding your body with nutrients it desperately needs.
• Assisting in better quality bowel movements (again, good for the colon).
• Increases the amount of liquids entering your body, which helps to decease puffiness and flush out your urinary tract and digestive system (which both can harbor E. coli).

Add NutraCleanse™

Adding NutraCleanse™ to your smoothies, oatmeal, baking, and whatever else you can manage will greatly help with the detoxification of your colon. Here’s why:
• NutraCleanse™ is comprised of over 90% flax seed, whose fibre helps to sweep the colon clean.
• Flax has also been shown to decrease blood pressure and blood sugar, which takes the pressure off various organs.

Use a Dry Skin Brush

If you’ve never used a dry skin brush, we think you’re missing out. By slowly and rhythmically brushing your skin from top to bottom in long, meticulous strokes, you accomplish the following:
• Detox the skin by removing dead skin cells, which allows your skin to breathe and glow.
• Awaken the lymphatic system by encouraging drainage of excess fluids (this is why you work from top to bottom), and stimulate the nervous system.

Sweat. Like, A LOT.

You might already be doing this, but if you’re not, get on board. Here’s why:
• Sweating detoxes the skin.
• The exercise you do to become sweaty increases circulation and moves excess fluids from the body.
• Your organs are being worked extra hard during a sweat session; this helps them to do their jobs better, and ultimately eliminate accumulated trash.

So board the New Year detox train, and remember, our suggestions are natural, non-harmful detox solutions. They’re all safe, effective, and inexpensive. And if you haven’t tried NutraCleanse™ yet, you’re definitely in for a treat.

Good luck, and enjoy!

Investing in Your Health

It’s funny how we’re all ready and willing to pay top dollar for our favourite bottle of wine or the sports package on TV or a vacation, but we balk at the price of gym memberships and health food. Investing in your own health is the best investment you can possibly make; if you’re unwell or your health is chronically compromised, everything else fades away.

Right?

So why do we find it so difficult to put our health on a pedestal and focus on wellness? After all, we only get one shot at this—why not do everything we can to tip the odds of a happy, healthy life in our favour?

Here are some ways to ensure a healthy body and mind:

DO these things:

  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Eat a plant-based diet
  • Drink water
  • Stretch
  • Breathe mindfully
  • Practice what you enjoy
  • Be grateful
  • Say thank you

DON’T do these things:

  • Stress
  • Keep grudges
  • Forget what’s important
  • Skimp on sleep
  • Eat empty calories
  • Take your health for granted

It’s all about baby steps, right? One way to easily incorporate better health into your life, is to incorporate NutraCleanse™ into your diet. NutraCleanse™ has been shown to help lower your blood sugar and blood pressure, improve your digestive health, and will increase your intake of important omega 3 fatty acids.

So try NutraCleanse™ today, and start investing in your health immediately. Your health matters—so improve it.

 

The NutraCleanse™ Brand: We’re Everywhere!

If you keep yours eyes open, you’ll discover that we’re everywhere! The NutraCleanse™ brand can be found all over Canada, but did you know that we’re also in the United States?

Locally produced in Mission, BC, the majority of our retail clients are also from the same, beautiful area. We serve the entire Fraser Valley and greater Vancouver, as well as many other cities and towns across BC, the most.

Why?

Because although our product does well wherever it’s sold, people like to purchase local products that have a well-known brand. It’s customer loyalty, right?!

If you’re ensure of where to find our product, you can click on the RETAILERS page on our website, and see a full list of where we’re carried near you. But to give you a quick idea of where we’re almost always hanging out, check out the following list of well-known food stores and retail shops:

Some of Our Most Loyal Retailers

  • Alive Health Centre
  • Choices Market
  • Cooper’s Foods
  • Fuel
  • Good Health Mart
  • Homesteader
  • IGA
  • Med Shop
  • Morning Sun
  • Nature’s Fare
  • Nutters
  • Old Fashioned
  • Overwaitea Foods
  • Palm Natural
  • Price Smart Foods
  • Pure Integrative
  • SOB
  • Sangsters
  • Save-On-Foods
  • Urban Fare
  • Vitality Health

And more!

Our Brand is Our Promise

We promise to keeping making NutraCleanse™ with the same 5 ingredients, and to keep it gluten-free and locally produced. We promise no filler, additives, or preservatives. We also promise that you’ll keep coming back for more–because NutraCleanse™ works.

Our Brand is Our Legacy

Our customers know that our brand is superior to any other on the market—because we’re the original, real-deal! NutraCleanse™ is pure, wholesome, and based on a 150-year-old Finnish recipe that works, and we wanted you to know that when you are looking for us, you don’t have to look far. We’re everywhere!

As a closing note, please be aware of many copycat products and know that they are NOT affiliated with NutraCleanse™. We’re the one and only, and we want you to reap the benefits of the original product, not one that might be sub-par or ineffective.

Stay healthy, and ciao for now!

3 New Winter Recipes Using NutraCleanse™:

We know smoothies are hard to wrap your brain around when it’s cold and wet outside. Since mixing NutraCleanse™ into a smoothie is our customers’ preferred way of incorporating our product into their diet, we thought we’d offer more options that are more realistic for the current season.

Here are 3 new gluten-free winter recipes that use NutraCleanse™ (All 3 recipes adapted from Vegetarian Comfort Foods with permission from author Jennifer Browne.):

Quinoa and Bananas Breakfast Cereal

This is a great alternative to a hot breakfast cereal. Breakfast should not be boring! The walnuts add some healthy fat, and quinoa is a complete protein, which creates a perfect meal for plant-based, gluten-free eaters.

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

¼ cup NutraCleanse™

1 banana, sliced

¼ cup chopped walnuts

1 tbsp. cinnamon

Method

Combine quinoa and almond milk. Bring to a simmer on the stove; then turn heat down to low. Cook until all milk is absorbed, and quinoa is fairly translucent. Remove from heat, stir in NutraCleanse™, and divide into bowls. Top with banana slices, walnuts, and cinnamon. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Chili

It’s perfect for a cold winter day, and especially if you’re in the mood for something hearty.

Ingredients

16 oz. can red kidney beans

1 yellow onion

1 green pepper

2 carrots

2 cloves garlic

3 mushrooms

3 cups diced tomatoes

1 cup water

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp. red pepper chili flakes

1 tsp. onion powder

¼ tsp. garlic salt

2 bay leaves

½ cup NutraCleanse™

Method

Drain and rinse beans well, then set aside. Combine onion, green pepper, carrots, and garlic in food processor. Process for about 7-8 seconds on high; then slice your mushrooms. Combine veggie mixture with mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, water, spices, and bay leaves in crock pot. Cook on high for two hours, or low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.

Just before serving, add NutraCleanse™ and stir into chili. Remove bay leaves, and serve hot.

Chunky Monkey Cookies

These cookies are soft and fabulous and entirely flourless. Be careful—they vanish quickly.

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas

2 cups gluten-free rolled oats

½ cup NutraCleanse™

¼ cup almond butter

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

½ cup dark chocolate chips

¼ cup chia seeds

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mash bananas in a large bowl, and then stir in remaining ingredients. Let batter stand for about 10 minutes (this is important—it’s how the batter thickens up). Drop by small spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 12 minutes. Let cool completely, and then enjoy!

The Ultimate New Year’s Resolution

Folks, we are on the very last week of 2015. What a year! And what a time of year to think about making improvements. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, but not many of us keep them much longer than a month or so.

Why?

Because often, they’re fairly unrealistic. But this year, vow to make your resolution one that is realistic and contributes to increasing the well-being of your body, mind, and soul. Think of your resolution as spring cleaning for your whole self. And NutraCleanse™ can help!

NutraCleanse™ is a fantastic jumping off point for healthy change and better habits. All you need to do is pledge to consume 1/3 cup every day. That’s it! Here’s how that spirals to overall goodness:

Healthier Snacking

You have to find a way to get the 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ into your body. The vehicle for such a job can be water, a smoothie, some oatmeal, or anything else that allows basic entry. The beautiful part? Just about anything you choose to do this job will be healthy. You could always use another cup of water or a smoothie.

Right?!

For more ideas on what to mix NutraCleanse™ with, see HERE.

Increased Water Consumption

Once it’s in your body, you’ll need to make sure you stay properly hydrated so that the NutraCleanse™ can do its job. So you’ll drink more water throughout the day—which is good!

So now you’re drinking extra water, you’re eating a heathy meal in order to get it in your body in the first place, and now what?

Weight Loss

You experience results that fiber-rich NutraCleanse™ is capable of (mainly assisting in wayyyy better bowel movements), and notice that after a few days, you’re two pounds lighter and feel great. And you know what? Because of those reasons, you’ll keep up the routine.

To better understand how increasing fiber contributes to greater weight loss, click HERE.

Healthy Habits

So by making your New Year’s resolution to consume 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™ per day, you’re actually doing the following: eating healthier, drinking more water, losing weight, and ultimately starting a new healthy habit that is inexpensive, effective, natural, and above all, easy.

So Happy New Year’s from the NutraCleanse™ team—we know we’ll be hearing from you soon.

Cheers!

NutraCleanse™: What’s in a Brand?

There are many different companies who sell the same type of product. For example, you can purchase a brand-name item (like ketchup) and a generically-branded item (again, ketchup), and they are close to the same thing.

But although it costs a little more, most people still purchase the brand-name ketchup (Heinz–we’re talking to YOU). Why? Because it tastes better, and you trust the brand.

The same goes for NutraCleanse™. There are other products out there that are marketed as being exactly what our product is. But you know what?

They’re not the same.

NutraCleanse™ has a story; a 150-year Finnish history. Our product is pure and wholesome and has stood the test of time. We use only 5 natural ingredients, and we care about what our customers think. We go to great lengths to make sure our product is safe, effective, and marketed and branded properly.

Anyone can whip up a mixture of ground flaxseed, but our particular recipe is what makes NutraCleanse™ great—and our customers know that.

nutracleanse

When you purchase our product, please make sure it’s really us. Pay attention to how ‘NutraCleanse™’ is spelled, and look for the TM symbol. We want to ensure that our reputation stays intact as a fantastic food product, and doesn’t become tarnished by copycat makers and distributors. We want you to continue to use and enjoy NutraCleanse™ the way you have been for years, and we pride ourselves on creating a product that is unlike any other.

A superior product.

The next time you pick up a bag of NutraCleanse™, know that what you’re purchasing has a history of effectiveness and has contributed to improved health for over 150 years. Trust us—we want to be part of your wellness journey and know that you’re thriving in part because of our product.

We care about our customers.

Happy Holidays!

NutraCleanse™: Food or Natural Health Product?

With a product like NutraCleanse™, it’s easy to see why some may assume we’re classified as a natural health product. Our product is healthy, natural, wholesome, and its ingredients are extremely beneficial to our customers’ health.

However, there are some factors about our product that don’t meet the definition of what Canada considers a natural health product (NHP).

We’re a Gourmet Food Product, Not a Natural Health Product

Under the classification of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, NutraCleanse™ is defined as a food, not an NHP:

“The term “food” (definition) is defined in the Food and Drugs Act (FDA). Natural health products (definition), which are a subset of drugs, are defined and regulated under the Natural Health Products Regulations (NHPR). These definitions are central to determining the correct classification of a product (i.e. food or NHP) and consequently whether the food or NHP regulatory framework applies.” #1

 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is the governing body responsible for compliance and enforcement of regulations and requirements related to food, while Health Canada carries out this role for Natural Health Products.

Health Canada (Natural Health Products)

It is Health Canada’s responsibility to determine product classification, and Health Canada takes the following four factors into consideration when determining the classification of a product:

  • Product format
  • Product composition
  • Perception of history and use
  • Product representation

“NHPs that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada bear a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers are indications that the product is classified as a NHP and falls under Health Canada‘s responsibility.” NutraCleanse™ was determined not to need one of these numbers, and therefore consumers will not find one on our packaging.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (Food)

The main difference between food and NHPs, is how they’re represented. If the label of a product claims to solve a health issue, then it’s considered a drug. Although NutraCleanse™ is extremely beneficial to many areas of health, such as being an excellent mild laxative, lowering blood sugar, and aiding in weight loss, we don’t make those claims on our packing, because our consumers know by looking at our product that it’s composed of mostly flax, and flax will help with the above afflictions.

It’s like kale: kale could come packaged with a health claim to add more fibre (therefore helping people with constipation), or be full of readily-absorbable antioxidants (thereby decreasing levels of free radicals and having an anti-cancer effect), but it doesn’t need to. People know it’s healthy, and its packaging (or lack-thereof) does not need to claim anything.

It’s the same with NutraCleanse™.  We don’t need a number, because it’s obvious what’s in our product, and there are only 5 ingredients. We’re not a natural health product; our product is food. Whole, gluten-free, healthy, nutritious food. And that’s it.

We’re not trying to be something we’re not—we’re simple, and simply healthy. To learn more about what products need NHP classification and an associated Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on their labels, see the video below.


References:

#1: Canadian Food Inspection Agency