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5 Ways to Stay Hydrated this Summer

Summer is finally here, and it started with a bang! With radio and television warnings already circulating about not leaving kids and pets in warm vehicles, it makes us wonder what everyone’s strategy is for staying healthy and hydrated.

Here are 5 ways to stay hydrated this summer:

Eat Fruit

Why? Because it’s full of water—just like you! Fruit (especially watermelon) is made of mostly water, so every piece you eat is helping you to stay hydrated.

Fruit salad and a glass of water is a great breakfast idea, and it starts you off with proper hydration for the day.

Drink Tons of Water

Obviously. But how much water do you think you drink? We bet its less than what you actually drink. An effective way to measure your water consumption, is to fill a refillable bottle with water and make sure you get at least 3-4 refills per day.

Incorporate Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are called super foods for a reason—they’re packed full of fibre and protein, and they’re also great for maintaining hydration levels! When mixed with water, chia seeds absorb up to nine times their weight—which means you stay healthy and hydrated for longer. It also means your digestive system stays hydrated, which, as we all know, means better bowel movements.

Cut Back on Booze

This one’s a no-brainer, right? Alcohol dehydrates, and we want to hydrate. Not the opposite. But sometimes it’s hard to refrain during the glorious months of summer, so if you are going to have a drink or two, try to stick to drinks that contain high levels of water.

Examples? Gin or vodka and soda or water, mixed with fresh herbs and citrus.

Find Shade

While seeking the shade may not actually be adding water to your body, it does help slow or stop the perspiration that happens when we’re in the direct sun. Since perspiration leads to dehydration, this little tip helps a lot.

Enjoy your summer, stay hydrated, and don’t forget to add a little NutraCleanse to your fave foods. By adding both water and extra fibre to your daily diet this summer, you’ll stay hydrated while also slimming down and improving your digestive health.

To order NutraCleanse online, visit our website.

 

 

 

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.