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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.

 

 

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.

10 Easy Ways to Add NutraCleanse™ to Your Favourite Foods

Fibre’s a big buzz word nowadays, isn’t it? We all know we need more of it, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to fit in extra fibre, when you’re busy working, dragging your kids to soccer, and making PTA meetings.

Well, we’re here to show you how!

You’re reading this blog, so you may already be pretty familiar with NutraCleanse™. If you’re not, you will be in about four minutes. (Keep reading!)

NutraCleanse™ is an all-natural health product that is formulated to help assist a sluggish digestive system, while simultaneously helping other parts of your body, too! It’s made of only 5 ingredients, and that means that each ingredient has to count. These ingredients include flax seed, fenugreek seed powder, burdock root, dandelion root, and psyllium husk.

Here are 10 of your favourite foods that taste fantastic with an added scoop of NutraCleanse™ (AKA fibre):

Yogurt

Mix a couple of tablespoons into your yogurt, and eat immediately!

Smoothies

Add 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ to a 12 ounce smoothie. Blend, and drink! Need recipes? Click HERE!

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

Stir two tablespoons into your favourite oatmeal for an incredibly fibre-rich breakfast.

Cereal

Add two tablespoons of NutraCleanse™ to your cereal, and add your milk or milk alternative.

Cream of Wheat

Just like oatmeal, Cream of Wheat tastes great with a couple of added tablespoons of NutraCleanse™.

Pudding

Stir a tablespoon into your favourite pudding. We like chocolate!

Applesauce

The nutty, earthy flavour of NutraCleanse™ tastes fantastic when mixed with applesauce.

Salsa

Stir some of our product into salsa for additional fibre.

Peanut Butter or Nutella

Again, the already nutty flavour of NutraCleanse™ compliments the nuts found in these spreads!

Milkshake

You won’t even notice it. Add two tablespoons to a 12-ounce milkshake for sneaky fibre and increased digestive health.

Let us know your favourite way of incorporating NutraCleanse™ into your diet! We love to hear from our loyal customers. Once you start using our product, you won’t want to stop—it’s that effective. If you’re interested in learning some new recipes that incorporate NutraCleanse™, click HERE.

5 Reasons Your Child Might Be Constipated

If you’ve ever experienced constipation for yourself, you know that it can be anything from mildly uncomfortable to downright painful. When this affliction occurs in kids, it’s heartbreaking. Yet a massive percentage of children suffer from this ailment!

Why?

Aside from medical factors like side effects of certain medications, here are 5 common reasons why today’s children are so constipated:

Inadequate water intake.

Sometimes we forget that water is the ultimate lubricant, and other beverages don’t measure up. Your child should be drinking lots of water throughout the day—especially is she is active, as most children are.

Many won’t ask for water to drink unless they’re very thirsty, but we don’t want them to get to that point. Making a conscious effort to provide your child with water throughout the day (not just at mealtimes) is not only important, it’s imperative to their digestive health.

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Low to negligible consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

How many parents out there pack a couple of pieces of fruit into their child’s lunch every day, only to find that fruit coming home bruised and uneaten at the end of the day? The rule should be this: until two pieces of fruit and three veggies are consumed, there is no dessert or other types of snacks.

Right? Get the good stuff in first; break out the goodies later.

Fruits and vegetables are naturally high in antioxidants, fibre, naturally-occurring sugars and starches, and contribute to good health and better eating habits as your child grows up.

Get it in!

Pre-packaged, processed ‘convenience’ foods.

This kind of ties into that last point, but as convenient as they are, we all need to have a realistic view about these types of foods: they are not healthy. Most foods that come from a bag or box have been heavily processed and therefore have lost many of their original nutrients. Honesty, these dead foods make us constipated–there are no enzymes, and no real health benefit to eating them, aside from calorie intake (which can also backfire).

These foods need to be offered after your child has consumed an adequate amount of healthy, living fresh foods, first.

Ignoring the natural impulse to go to the bathroom.

Almost every child  is guilty of doing this every once in a while, but some kids do this regularly. The reason may be that perhaps they feel uncomfortable going at their school, or all public bathrooms for that matter. When they do this at home, they might be unwilling to stop playing to go to the bathroom.

Whatever the reason may be, we need to teach our children that having bowel movements is healthy, natural, and will keep their tummies feeling good. No child should ignore the urge to go to the bathroom—it’s unhealthy, and will result in constipation.

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Inadequate fibre intake.

This last point is relevant for everyone, not just kids. The daily recommended amount of fibre for adults is 34 grams a day, yet we typically only consume 11.

And kids are worse!

Fibre helps to sweep the colon clean, induce bowel movements, lower blood sugar, and maintain good, overall digestive health. Foods that are high in fibre include fruit, vegetables, oats, beans, sweet potatoes, and legumes. If your child doesn’t eat enough fibre in a day, you can try adding some NutraCleanse™ to her smoothie or oatmeal, because it’s super high in flax seed (which is chalk full of fibre). To find out how, click HERE.

Stay healthy!

10 Simple Ways to Improve Gut Health

We all suffer from digestive issues now and again, but what happens when we suffer from them more often than not? Having chromic digestive problems is a definite red flag that shouldn’t be ignored. Your gut is your second brain, and many of your everyday functions and processes are affected by how healthy it is (or isn’t).

So—what are some ways we can improve our gut health? We have 10 ideas:

Eat Real Food

What do we mean by ‘real food?’ We mean food that nourishes your body and provides adequate support for cell growth and repair. Food that comes from nature, like fruits and vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts, and whole grains.

Not packaged foods, or foods that are high in added sugar, filler, or preservatives.

Chew Your Food Well

This might sound silly, but we live in a country full of busy people. Our culture doesn’t place emphasis on relaxation and rest, and we eat the way we live.

(Fast.)

By not chewing your food well and taking the time to eat properly, our digestive system pays a steep price. So slow down, enjoy your food, and let your tummy work the way it’s supposed to.

Drink Lots of Water

pure water

We know you know this, but honestly? None of us heed the advice very well. But by creating a chronically dehydrated state within our bodies, we force our digestive system to try and process what it needs to, without the right tools. To properly digest food, our stomach and intestines need to have a certain level of lubrication and liquid, and that comes from water.

So drink up!

Take a Probiotic

These suckers work. By routinely feeding yourself stuff that your body doesn’t like, you build an irregular balance of good-to-bad bacteria in your gut. To get that balance back to normal, probiotics are necessary.

Basically, you’re swallowing live bacteria that will go down your throat and into your tummy, where they will live on to fight the icky bad guys. Do it.

Exercise Regularly

Runner athlete running on stairs. listening to music in headphones from smart phone mp3 player woman fitness jogging workout wellness concept.

We know—this one’s a no-brainer. But it’s super necessary! You need to move your body to get things moving (if you know what we mean), and exercise is how you do it. Even a 20-minute walk every day can make SUCH a difference to your digestive health—your belly will thank you for it, we promise.

Eat Fermented Foods

And we’re not talking about grapes. (Ha.) What we are talking about, is fermented vegetables, kombucha, good quality yogurt, kefir, etc. Fermented foods are super high in good bacteria, and over time, they can have a huge impact on the health of your digestive environment.

Incorporate NutraCleanse into Your Daily Diet

Yep—we’re plugging our own product here. But seriously? The main ingredient in NutraCleanse™ (flax seed) is incredibly high in fibre and other nutrients that aid a healthy digestive system. As adults, we’re supposed to be raking in about 34 grams of fibre a day—which is waaaayyy more than the 11 grams we actually take in. (On average, of course.)

An incredibly easy way to increase your fibre intake, is by mixing 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™ (per day) into smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods, and more.

Manage Stress

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Here we go with that “second brain” thing again. Stress plays a massive role in your health—actually, scratch that—the way you handle stress plays a massive role in your health.

And stress can mess with your stomach.

Although most people think the mind is what takes the brunt of your stress, that’s not necessarily true. Because of your brain-to-gut connection (both organs were originally one, and the term ‘enteric nervous system’ is used in the medical field to discuss that connection), stress can appear in the form of stomach knots, constipation, indigestion, and more.

So what do you do?

Lower that stress level and learn to manage stress better. You can do this by exercising regularly, eating well, meditating and practicing yoga.

Do whatever works for you.

Love your Liver

Beets And Greens

Essentially, if you can boost your liver, you can heal your bad gut. By adding foods like leafy greens, beets, carrots, bitters, dandelion, and milk thistle, you inadvertently improve the health of your digestive system.

Listen to Your Body

Again, we’re busy people who live busy lives. But by taking the time to listen to your body, we can really help to manage stress, know when a certain food isn’t working well for us, notice when a certain food is, and recognize the need for downtime and sleep.

By listening to your body, you can put all of the ideas listed above into play—and your digestive system will flourish and be healthy.

Want a good full-length read on the topic of how to obtain a Happy Healthy Gut? Click HERE.

Want to purchase a bag of NutraCleanse™ and try it for yourself? Click HERE.

What’s the Deal with Fiber?

The topic of fiber is everywhere, from cereal commercials promising extra helpings of psyllium, to doctors advising we eat more of it during annual check-ups. It sounds like a good thing, but WHY?

Fiber is a really big deal when it comes to digestive health. Think of it as a broom for your intestinal tract: fiber saves the day by sweeping clean your colon, which is imperative for a healthy bowel. Since overall health really begins in this area of the body, it’s incredibly important that we keep it clean and working well.

So, how do you get more of this amazing fiber into your diet?

Fruit and Vegetables

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Fruit and veggies are a great source of both soluble (the meat of the plant) and insoluble (the peels) fiber. They help create healthy bowel movements, and give your body a massive injection of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Corn, because you can’t break it down to digest it very well, is actually a great source of insoluble fiber—it stays intact, but sweeps everything out of the body with it.

Whole Grains

Wheat Bran Flakes Cereal Breakfast With Rolled Oats

Grains like sprouted buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa, and steel cut oats are fantastic sources of soluble fiber. They also lower cholesterol. There’s a huge difference between unprocessed or less-processed grains, and very processed grains. Always buy sprouted and brown varieties, because they retain the most fiber. When grains have been heavily processed (like white bread and rice), most of the original nutrients, including the fiber, have been stripped away. For example, whole grain wraps have 5 grams of fiber, while white or coloured ones have only 1 gram.

An interesting side note: dairy and meat contain zero fiber.

Fiber Foods

NutraCleanseTM

This is where it gets tricky: there are a lot of commercial products out there that are marketed to consumers as being equal, but all supplements are definitely not created equal. Some are really processed, and therefore have half the fiber they should have.

Because NutraCleanseTM contains minimal, raw, relatively unprocessed ingredients like ground flax seed, it works wonders for the digestive tract. Teeming with high-fiber ingredients that are medicinally helpful and supportive to the body, it really packs a massive punch when it comes to supplementing your digestive tract with the nutrients it needs. One third of a cup of this bad boy contains 14 grams of fiber—now that’s amazing.

To find out where NutraCleanseTM is sold near YOU, visit our map of retailers HERE.

5 Natural Ways to Combat Constipation

Being constipated isn’t fun. In fact, chronic constipation can create some pretty major health problems, including (but not limited to) depression, diverticular disease, and can even contribute to colon cancer. Just as chronic stress has recently been found to be heavily correlated with disease, so has chronic constipation. (Just to be clear, “chronic” refers to ongoing conditions, not those that occur just once or twice.)

While there are many over-the-counter remedies that tout their helpfulness in helping one overcome constipation, it’s actually much better too try and relieve the condition naturally. This means consuming whole foods, exercising, and adopting lifestyle habits that are conducive to a healthy bowel.

Here are 5 ways to combat constipation naturally:

Drink Up

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Drinking at least 6 cups (or 48 ounces) of water daily can greatly help promote healthier bowel movements. Without enough fluid, stool simply cannot be passed easily. Bowel movements should be quick and effortless, and if this isn’t the case for you, then you should drink more water.

Walk Baby, Walk

Walking and running

Incorporating walking into your daily routine is a great way to get your bowels moving. Different than weight lifting or attending spin class, walking works most of the muscles in your abdomen and the slow and steady movement induces a full-body stimulation.

Eat Your Veggies

Freshly Picked Carrots

Your mom wasn’t joking—fruit and veggies are essential to good health, and to keeping a happy tummy. The fiber that these foods naturally possess helps to give stool shape and bulk, and promotes daily expulsion of waste. Aside from the fiber, fruit and vegetables are also chalk full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Eat Smart

Eat Smart

Becoming aware of how many foods you consume each day that may contribute to a slow and sluggish bowel, is key. Foods like heavy breads, pasta, dairy, and sugar can really throw your digestive tract of track. By making better choices, we can make an enormous difference in our bowel health.

Increase Your Fibre with NutraCleanseTM

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Incorporating NutraCleanseTM into your diet may take your bowel health to another level. It ensures you receive adequate amounts of fiber (the main benefit of flax seed, which our product is primarily composed of), and gently promotes overall digestive health.

Cheers to a happy healthy gut and please take care!