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Fall into Pumpkin Recipes with NutraCleanse™

Autumn is all about the return of cozy comfort foods, and we want to share three new recipes with you. All of them use NutraCleanse™, so you can eat your heart out while knowing you’re consuming adequate amounts of fibre and omega fatty acids.

Pumpkin is naturally very high in fibre, and so is NutraCleanse™–it’s main ingredient is ground flax seed! Basically, they’re a match made in heaven for fibre seekers.

Here are three recipes that the whole family will love—featuring pumpkin and NutraCleanse™:

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

pumpkin smoothie

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com. Serves two.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground ginger

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients into high-powered blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Casserole

pumpkin casserole

Recipe adapted from holdthegrain.com. Serves eight.

Ingredients

Casserole:

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potato
  • 2 cups mashed roasted pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • Pinch sea salt

Topping

  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and pierce the sweet potatoes. Pierce the shell of the pumpkin with a large, sharp knife. Bake for 30-45 minutes until both are cooked through and soft.
  2. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  3. Remove the potato skins and mash 3 cups in a large mixing bowl. Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Scoop out 2 cups of the pumpkin and add to the mixing bowl.
  4. Whisk the remaining casserole ingredients into the bowl.
  5. Spread in an 8×11 baking dish.
  6. Roughly chop the pecans and toss with the remaining ingredients. Spread the topping evenly on top of the casserole.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Spiced Pumpkin Pie

spicy pumpkin pie

Recipe adapted from epicurious.com. Serves six.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp. light molasses
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 purchased frozen 9-inch pie crust

Method

  1. Place baking sheet in oven and preheat to 450°F.
  2. Whisk first 8 ingredients together in large bowl to blend.
  3. Whisk in pumpkin, molasses and eggs, then cream.
  4. Pour mixture into frozen crust.
  5. Place pie on preheated baking sheet in oven. Bake 10 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to 325°F and bake until sides puff and center is just set, about 40 minutes.
  7. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Serve at room temperature.

Visit our website to find a retailer near you, or order online at www.nutracleanse.biz. Happy autumn, friends!

 

 

 

 

Fibre-Rich, In-Season, Local Produce

Autumn is here, and along with the cooler weather comes a totally different variety of local produce. Gone are the berries, rhubarb, and melon (spring and summer fibre-rich superstars!), but here comes a brand-new plethora of delicious, fibre-rich substitutes.

The following list contains 10 local, seasonal, fall fruits and veggies that are super high in fibre:

Fall Fibre-Rich Fruit

  • Apples: traditional fall fruit with 4.4 grams of dietary fibre per medium apple.
  • Pears: ripe at the same time as apples, with 5.5 grams per medium pear.
  • Pumpkin: pumpkin contains .5 grams per 100 grams.
  • Figs: these suckers contain roughly 5 grams of fibre per 4 fresh figs.
  • Cranberries: they’re super rich in antioxidants and contain 2 grams of fibre per half cup of raw, fresh cranberries.

fibre-rich foods

Fall Fibre-Rich Vegetables

  • Winter Squash: 1.5 grams of fibre per 100 grams of squash.
  • Parsnips: They babies boast 4.9 grams of dietary fibre per 100 grams of parsnips!
  • Turnips: 1.8 grams of fibre per 100 grams of turnips.
  • Sweet Potatoes: These yummy gems contain 3 grams of fibre per 100 grams of sweet potatoes.
  • Yams: Even higher than sweet potatoes, yams contain 4.1 grams of fibre per 100 grams.

Taking advantage of local and in-season produce also equals other health advantages. Local produce spends less time in transit (than, say, pineapple), and because it’s in-season, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and all the other good things are at their peak.

And you can taste the difference! When carrots are in-season, they’re sweet and earthy as opposed to relatively tasteless. You’ve probably noticed the difference in taste when it comes to certain foods at different times of the year, right?

Also, from a digestive health perspective, the fibre-rich foods that are cultivated each fall are so good for your gut. Our bodies crave fresh, in-season, fibre-rich foods!

To find recipes using these fibre-rich foods, visit out website and check out our blog and our recipes page. To add some easy fibre to smoothies, soups, stews, and baking, try NutraCleanse™, which is full of fibre-rich flax seeds.

Visit a retailer near you, or order online at www.nutracleanse.biz.

 

 

 

How to Help Your Body Cleanse, Naturally

For the past decade or so, commercial cleansing has been all the rage. Whether it’s juicing, drinking nothing but cayenne and lemon juice, fasting, or actually taking a cleanse kit, we all seem to think that cleansing our bodies would be beneficial.

But our bodies are built to clean themselves—we cleanse everyday in ways we don’t usually think about. Our kidneys and liver flush toxins, we sweat out unwanted fluids, and our bowels excrete excess and unneeded food in the form of liquid and solid waste.

If we want to help our bodies cleanse further, here are a few ways to ensure optimum cleansing function, naturally:

Drink Plenty of Fluids

Especially filtered water. Why? Because the water that comes from our kitchen taps is often over-treated and contains too many chemicals. You can use a filter on your tap for an added layer of protection, which will assist the kidneys in their detoxification efforts.

Sweat, Baby, Sweat

(And as often as possible.) Your skin is a major toxin elimination organ, and sweating is the easiest way to purge unwanted substances from our bodies.

Focus on Daily Elimination

Having a bowel movement every day is imperative to your body’s natural cleansing process. Try incorporating NutraCleanse™ into your diet, to assist in increased digestive health. Flax seed is the main ingredient in our product, which is super high in healthy fibre and omega fatty acids. The fibre in NutraCleanse™ can help to ensure regular elimination—which is essential to cleansing your body of unwanted toxins, properly.

To order NutraCleanse™ online or find a retailer near you, visit our website.

Be as Lean as Possible

Fat-soluble toxins reside in fat cells. Therefore, the less body fat you have, the less room there is for chemicals to hang out.

Wash Your Produce

Fruits and vegetables are likely the most important ingredient to maintaining a healthy body, but are often sprayed and treated with herbicides and pesticides—chemicals that are harmful to our bodies and hard to eliminate. So be sure to wash your produce well!

If you’re unsure as to which fruits and vegetables are sprayed with the most chemicals, see David Suzuki’s Dirty Dozen list HERE.

Get Outside

Maximize your time in the sun! Vitamin D is incredibly important to overall health, so breathe in as much high-quality air as possible.

By doing the things we recommend above, you can assist your body in its natural toxin elimination efforts, which will ensure optimum cleansing.

 

 

What are Essential Omega Fatty Acids?

We hear about essential omega fatty acids all the time, but do you know what they actually are? They’re termed ‘essential’ for a reason, so we should know why! Right?!

Essential omega fatty acids are exactly what they sound like: fats that are essential to the body. Although the human body can synthesize most of the fats it needs from our diets, there are two essential fatty acids (linoleic and alpha-linolenic) which cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food.

These basic fats, found in plant foods, are used to build specialized fats called omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body.

Deficiencies in these fatty acids lead to a host of symptoms and disorders, including:

  • abnormalities in the liver and the kidneys
  • reduced growth rates
  • decreased immune function
  • depression
  • dryness of the skin

Adequate intake of the essential omega fatty acids results in numerous health benefits, including:

  • prevention of atherosclerosis
  • reduced incidence of heart disease and stroke
  • relief from the symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis, menstrual pain, and joint pain
  • decreased risk of developing breast cancer

So how can you be sure you’re getting the recommended amount of these fats? Here are some foods that are high in essential omega fatty acids:

  • flax seed
  • walnuts
  • soybeans
  • mung beans
  • canola oil
  • avocados
  • fish

So how does NutraCleanse™ fit into all of this? Well, our product’s official name is Omega-3 NutraCleanse®. NutraCleanse™ is composed of nearly 90% ground flax seed, making it very high in essential omega fatty acids. It’s also extremely high in fibre, which we could all benefit from.

If you think you could benefit from an increase in essential omega fatty acids, try our product! You can find NutraCleanse™ at over 1000 retailers across Canada and the United States, or order online at nutracleanse.biz.

Get healthy, one scoop of Omega-3 NutraCleanse® at a time!

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

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!

 

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.

Do Juice Cleanses Really Work?

Are Juice Cleanses Worth It?

We’ve all heard of juice cleanses—they’ve been all the rage for the last few years. In fact, juice cleanses have been downright trendy. The idea is to cut back on processed foods and inject your body with micronutrients that are easily absorbed into your blood stream.

But are these cleanses really as healthy as they seem? Here are 3 reasons why juice cleanses can do more harm than good:

The Sugar Spike

When you are consuming nothing by juice (even if it’s organic fruits and veggies and nothing else!), you’re consuming a TON of sugar. Defenders may claim that it’s okay because the sugar is naturally-occurring and not added, but it doesn’t matter.

Sugar is sugar.

All that added sugar affects your energy levels, as well as your insulin production. To combat the effects of sugar, your body goes into fight mode and your organs take a hit. So what’s the difference between consuming juice versus whole fruits and veggies?

Fibre. Which brings us to…

Bye, Bye Fibre

Fibre is the key to slow and steady sugar absorption. When you eat a piece of fruit or a portion of a vegetable, the fibre that those foods contain help to regulate how you absorb the associated sugar.

But when you juice, you remove the fibre. That means you won’t get a slow and steady sugar fix—you’ll get a huge one, and then you crash.

And your body feels the effects immediately.

A Temporary Fix

Aside from the sugar and fibre issues, cleansing of any kind (especially liquid cleanses) is only a temporary fix for an underlying issue. Sure, you may lose 10 pounds and your energy might spike.

But only until you begin to actually eat food again, gain it back as quickly as you lost it, and feel the emotional toll.

The real way to lose weight and keep it off (as well as gain energy that is sustainable), is to change your lifestyle and the relationship you have with food.

This is where NutraCleanse™ comes in.

Learning to eat the right kinds of foods and be consistent with those practices, is what will help you lose weight and keep it off forever. By incorporating NutraCleanse™ into your already-healthy meals (like smoothies, oatmeal, soups, and stews), you give your body extra fibre, omega fatty acids, and other fabulous nutrients that your body craves.

It’s not about depriving yourself; it’s about learning a new way that’s healthy and sustainable.

For more information on NutraCleanse™, visit our website at nutracleanse.biz, or get social with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Cheers to great health, not just an unsustainable juice cleanse.

Watch the video below for more reasons on why juices cleanses are not as great as they appear to be.

 

The Difference between Soluble and Insoluble Fibre

Let’s face it: your body needs a variety of nutrients, fats, oils, proteins, carbohydrates, fibre and nutrients. The type of food we put into our body impacts the way we feel, and most importantly, the way it functions. Fibre is a key player in our health. It helps to promote not only gut health, but is also a factor in reducing the risk of developing a variety of chronic diseases.

Fibre comes from plant-based foods and pushes through the digestive system, helping to absorb water and regulate your bowel moments. There are two types of fibre that play a role in our digestive health: soluble and insoluble—and both play an important role in cleaning your digestive tract from the inside out.

Soluble Fibre

Soluble fibre attracts water and transforms it into a gel-like lining during the digestion process. It binds with fatty acids and prolongs the stomach-emptying stage that helps you stay full longer, slowing down the digestion process.

NutraCleanse™ is great to incorporate into your daily diet, because it’s incredibly high in this very important nutrient. The psyllium in NutraCleanse™ helps soak up the water in your gut, and improves the regularity of your bowels. It also can be helpful when constipated, as it softens your stool, and it helps to lower your risk of heart disease.

Soluble fibre can also be found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seed, legumes, and beans. Adding a scoop of NutraCleanse™ to any of these foods when cooking gives you an extra boost of benefits.

Insoluble Fibre

The other type of fiber is insoluble, which helps food pass quickly through your intestines by adding more bulk. It also controls the pH level in your body. Insoluble fibre can be found in a variety of foods, such as wheat bran, whole grains, vegetables, soy, fruits.

It‘s important to have a balance of both types of fibre in your diet to promote regularity and reap the rewards of the other health benefits discussed above.

You can find fibre-rich NutraCleanse™ at any one of our local retailers, or order online HERE. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for recipe ideas and more info.