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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Back-to-School Breakfast Recipes

Back-to-school often means additional stress for parents. Routines change and schedules shift, and more often than not, this affects meal planning.

But we want to help! (At least in the mornings.)

Here are 3 healthy back-to-school recipes that contain NutraCleanse™, which is full of fibre and great to incorporate into anyone’s diet. We hope your kids love them!

Feel the Beet Pancakes

Recipe adapted from Baby Nosh by Jennifer Browne and Tanya R. Loewen: serves 2

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup gluten-free steel cut oats
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1 small beet; cooked and chopped
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender, and purée until smooth.
  2. Spoon batter onto hot griddle.
  3. Once tops look bubbly and edges are starting to dry out slightly, flip.
  4. Flip once tops of cakes bubble.
  5. When other side is done, remove from heat, allow to cool until just warm, and serve with fresh berries and pure maple syrup.

Pumpkin Cardamom Chia Pudding

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 340 ml. can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. cardamom
  • 2 tbsp. NutraCleanse™, divided

Method

  1. Combine chia seeds and almond milk, then place in refrigerator overnight to set.
  2. Refrigerate pumpkin puree overnight, as well.
  3. The next day, combine all ingredients except NutraCleanse™ in blender, and blend until smooth.
  4. Top with NutraCleanse™ (1 tbsp. each.)
  5. Serve immediately.

Om Oatmeal

Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Comfort Foods by Jennifer Browne: serves 2

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup dried dates
  • 1 tsp. ground flax seed
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds to garnish

Method

  1. Throw the first six ingredients into a small stainless steel pot and combine.
  2. Add water to just cover the oat mixture (about 1 ½ cups).
  3. Cook on low-medium heat until water is absorbed; about 5 minutes. (Stir a few times throughout.)
  4. Remove from stove and scoop into two bowls.
  5. Garnish with pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Enjoy! For more back-to-school recipes, visit our Recipes page on our website. Happy back-to-school!

*Photo credit to Tanya R. Loewen of Wild Honey Art House and Skyhorse Publishing.

 

 

Watch this Video + Learn about NutraCleanse™

If you’re anything like many of today’s savvy health food consumers, you’re probably very interested in most of what goes into your body, and why it helps (or hinders!) you.

Today’s Food

Today’s food is riddled with unnecessary filler, additives, preservatives, and other unpronounceable ingredients that don’t belong in our bodies. Sadly, convenience is typically synonymous with less nutrients, but not with NutraCleanse™! Our product may be easy to incorporate into your daily meals, but it’s also easy to digest, and easy to see the quick results that we all experience from using it on a regular basis.

It’s  shame that most pre-packaged foods boast health claims that just aren’t true, so when you find something genuinely healthy and nourishing, it’s exciting! It makes you want to tell everyone you know.

Right?!

Please Share!

With this in mind, the folks at NutraCleanse™ have created a short, easy, informative video for you to share on Facebook and/or Twitter, or in an email. It explains what NutraCleanse™ is, why it’s a fantastic product, and how your body will benefit from using it. But don’t take our word for it–watch it for yourself, then give it a try.

You can thank us later.

To find a retailer in your area, click HERE. Watch this video and learn about NutraCleanse!

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!

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!

5 Ways to Stay Healthy Throughout the Holidays

Once November rolls around, it’s kind of a given that we all begin to let loose where food and alcohol is concerned. But why? To make our January harder? To increase our chances of contracting viruses and flus by shattering our immune system? To follow the masses into the popular (but silly), unhealthy winter eating pattern?

No! Stop it.

By setting yourself up for a healthy November and December, you get ahead of the game by being fit when January rolls around, and everybody else is panicking at the gym. So why not?

Here are 5 ways to set yourself up for success through the holidays, when it comes to health and happiness:

Begin an exercise regime early.

Starting the first week of November, set a schedule for yourself to fit in exercise. Try and move your body for at least 30 minutes, 3 times per week. If you can do more, then great. If not, no worries. The consistency of this plan is more important than the length and even quality of your workout.

Just get off your butt, and move.

Limit your drinking to weekends—and don’t binge!

Although tempted by eggnog in grocery stores and the general pass we receive to drink more booze in general, don’t do it. Reserve your alcohol consumption for parties—typically on weekends—and when you do drink, try and balance it out with equal amounts of water.

Also. keep in mind that sugary drinks will contain more calories and almost guarantee hangovers. Try and stick to clear spirits and mix with water and/or club soda.

Start your day off with a smoothie made with NutraCleanse™.

This is important, because you guarantee yourself a healthy start to each day. By incorporating our product into your fruit-heavy smoothie (full of antioxidants!), you also help clean your bowel out and can lose weight by doing this!

All that extra fiber from the NutraCleanse™ mix (mainly the flax seed) will also help to lower your blood sugar. It’s a win-win! For tasty smoothie recipes, click HERE.

Drink lots of water and herbal teas throughout the week.

It’s a great idea to try and stay as hydrated as possible through the holidays. Why?

  • Water helps to balance out any dehydrating activities you many partake in. (Ahem.)
  • Water assists your body in staving off viruses by lubricating the inside of your nose, eyes, and throat.
  • Water aids in general weight loss.

Make sure your diet is veggie-heavy.

Consuming tons of vegetables throughout the holidays is imperative to assisting in fighting cold-and-flu season illnesses, they assist in weight loss, they provide antioxidants that help with cellular repair, and they lend energy for days that are dark and gloomy.

Essentially, vegetables are like therapy for your whole body, from the inside-out. For a great vegetarian recipe book suggestion, click HERE.

So get inspired to stay healthy through the holidays, and refer back to this blog post any time you forget how. Good luck, and Happy November!

10 Simple Steps to Living a Healthier Life

We all want to be healthy (all of us), but whether we’re successful or not depends on a variety of factors. Here’s the good news: although genetics and environmental components play a massive part in your health outcome, they don’t define exactly what makes us healthy. We have a much larger grasp on our own health than many of us think we do, and your conscious, everyday decisions are the number one predictor of your health.

So, what can you do to increase your odds of living happily and healthfully until you’re in your nineties? Try these suggestions:

Eat Real Food

Real Food

‘Real food’ is food that contributes to growth and repair of your body. It is fuel from Mother Nature that is designed to keep us alive and healthy.

Foods that do not fall into this category, include heavily processed foods, additives, preservatives, anything with excessive fat or sugar, etc. Basically, if you don’t understand an ingredient listed on the label, it’s probably not good for you.

Foods that are ‘real’ include veggies, fruit, lean and unprocessed meats (with no hormones or antibiotics), water, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and whole grains. These foods all contribute to a healthy body and mind.

Eat them.

Drink Plenty of Water

This is so, so important. Your body is made up of mostly water. Without daily replenishment from what we’ve lost through perspiration, urination, and moving our bowels, we can suffer major health consequences.

Examples include constipation, fogginess, severely dry skin, fatigue, and more.

Cook with Herbs and Spices

Why? Because herbs and spices are Mother Nature’s natural remedies. They each contain a completely separate set of health benefits, and when you use them in your cooking, you reap the rewards!

For example, turmeric, a spice traditionally used in Indian cooking, has been proven to shrink tumors. And peppermint? It helps calm your digestive system and reduce inflammation in your body.

Drink Green Tea

Green Tea

Green tea is special, because it contains powerful antioxidants, which can help to decimate free radical damage in your body on a cellular level.

What does this mean for you?

It means that when cancer cells begin to form in your body, the antioxidants from green tea form a protective army against those cells, and quickly work to prevent further damage.

Antioxidants can be found primarily in fruit and vegetables, which is why they are in tea leaves. Anything that grows in the sun and needs to protect itself from the sun’s harmful rays will contain antioxidants. (But green tea? It’s super high in them.)

Incorporate NutraCleanse™ into Your Daily Diet

In other words, we need a lot of fibre—like, 34 grams a day. What do most of us get? Around 11.

That’s crazy!

NutraCleanse™ helps us increase our fibre, and cleans out our bowels, naturally. This is SO important from a health perspective. A clogged bowel means major health issues, down the road.

To find out where this product is sold near you, click HERE.

Breathe Consciously

Although breathing in an unconscious activity, it really shouldn’t be 100% of the time. By being mindful and consciously slowing down your breath, you allow for better flow of oxygen, increased focus, and feelings of calmness and relaxation—something that we can all benefit from.

Be Thankful and Show Gratitude

This is actually important for mental health, which is as much a priority (if not more!) than physical health. By being thankful and showing your gratitude towards others on a daily basis, you remind yourself of your gifts and you become better equipped to handle stress.

True story.

Go Outside

We all tell our kids to go outside, but what about us? We need fresh air, too! Our bodies crave the Vitamin D that the sunshine provides us with, and the fresh air that clears the fog in our heads and our hearts. Our brains, skin, hair, nails—they all benefit almost immediately from being outdoors.

Better yet? Try earthing! This is the process of placing your bare feet directly on the ground. It can help align you with nature, and bring better perspective to your life.

Exercise on a Daily Basis

Street Yoga

Everyone knows this one, but what you might not know, is that it doesn’t have to be hard. Just walk for 15 minutes. Or stretch for 10. Or go swimming.

The point is, move your body. Don’t be stagnant. Our bodies were not designed to sit, and it’s not good for us when we do it a lot. (Seriously—check out the shape of your spine and hips—we’re meant to move upright and bend and be active. Not to sit.)

Make the Decision to Be Happy

This is important, because our perceptions of life become our reality. If you’re sad, your life will be sad. If you’re making a conscious effort to be happy, your life will be a happy one. The choice is yours—choose wisely.