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3 Summer Recipes Using Omega 3 Nutracleanse™

Summer is here, and with it brings sun, sand, water, and generally much lighter food choices. Gone are the months full of stew and chili—bring on salads, smoothies, and fruity concoctions for all ages! To help ring in the new season, we’ve come up with 3 summer recipes you’re sure to love. Here you go:

Tart Summer Smoothie

Between the raspberries, rhubarb, and Omega 3 NutraCleanse™, this smoothie is absolutely packed with fibre and tastes refreshing on a sizzling summer day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup chopped rhubarb
  • 2 spears ripe pineapple
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup Omega 3 NutraCleanse™

Method

Combine all ingredients into blender, and blend until smooth. Serve immediately, or pour into popsicle molds and freeze for later. If you want this summer smoothie less thick, add more coconut water.

Almond Butter Salad Dressing

This salad dressing is to die for, and is fantastic both as a dressing and as a dipping sauce for such goodies as veggie salad rolls, spring rolls, etc. It’s even great as a spread on wraps and sandwiches, if you want to omit the water. (This just makes it thicker, like a spread.)

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup almond butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small thumb ginger, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup Omega 3 NutraCleanse™
  • Water to thin

Method

Combine all ingredients except water into blender and blend until smooth. Slowly add water to thin dressing to desired consistency. Drizzle over salad, and store extras in refrigerator for up to one week.

Breakfast Parfait

Who doesn’t love a great breakfast parfait?! These are fabulous in the summer, because they’re light and loaded with fibre and protein.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, divided
  • 1 cup assorted, fresh berries
  • ½ cup granola
  • ¼ cup Omega 3 NutraCleanse™

Method

Stir Omega 3 NutraCleanse™ into granola and set aside. Using two small mason jars, layer the yogurt and berries then top with granola mixture. If you’d prefer flavoured yogurt (such as vanilla or strawberry) over plain, then make that substitution! Enjoy.

So there you have it! 3 summer recipes to try that all contain Omega 3 NutraCleanse™. To find or purchase our product online, visit our website at www.nutracleanse.biz. For more recipe ideas, please visit our Recipes page.

Happy summer!

Do Low-Fibre Diets Cause 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 Omega 3 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
  • Omega 3 NutraCleanse™

Omega 3 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. You don’t have to suffer from chronic constipation!

To find a Omega 3 NutraCleanse™ retailer near you, visit our website at www.nutracleanse.biz/canada.

Do You Get Enough Fibre?

The topic of fibre 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?

Fibre is a really big deal when it comes to digestive health. Think of it as a broom for your intestinal tract: it 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 fibre into your diet?

Fruit and Veggies

Fruit and veggies are a great source of both soluble (the meat of the plant) and insoluble (the peels) fibre. 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 fibre—it stays intact, but sweeps everything out of the body with it.

Whole Grains

Grains like sprouted buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa, and steel cut oats are fantastic sources of soluble fibre. 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 fibre. When grains have been heavily processed (like white bread and rice), most of the original nutrients (including the fibre) has been stripped away. For example, whole grain wraps have 5 grams of fiber, while white or coloured ones have only 1 gram.

Quick note: dairy and meat contain zero fibre. FYI.

High-Fibre Foods

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 fibre 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.

Just one third of a cup of NutraCleanseTM contains 14 grams of fibre—now that’s amazing. To find out where NutraCleanseTM is sold near you, visit our map of retailers HERE.

Improve Your Digestive Health TODAY!

We all suffer from digestive health issues now and again, but what happens when we suffer from them more often than not? Having chronic digestive health 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

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

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 your digestive health.

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

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

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 your digestive health.

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.

Kids Love NutraCleanse™!

Friends, 44% of people who use NutraCleanse™ are between the ages of 25 and 44. That means that there are a lot of adults out there who love our product. Why not give it to your kids, too?!

NutraCleanse™ is made with whole ingredients, and is mainly comprised of flax seed, which makes it a safe food to give to children.

Why Kids Should Eat It

Why give NutraCleanse™ to your children? Because chances are, they don’t consume enough fibre. The flax component in our product ensures that your little ones will get the fibre they need, without resorting to over-the-counter alternatives.

Extra fibre can relieve constipation, help create a healthier digestive system, and assist in lowering blood sugar.

How Kids Should Eat It

Three popular ways to sneak NutraCleanse™ into your child’s diet are:

-In a smoothie

-In oatmeal

-In baking

Some people have even told us that they mix it with Nutella and spread it on their child’s toast for breakfast! Get creative, and let your kids reap the rewards.

Kid-Friendly Recipes

Here are 3 kid-friendly recipes using NutraCleanse™:

CREAM OF WHEAT (WHEATLETS) WITH NUTRACLEANSE™

Directions

  1. Add 1/4 cup cream of wheat (sometimes called wheatlets) to 1 cup cold water in pot with dash of salt.
  2. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently.
  3. Turn heat down to simmer and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Then add 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ and stir.
  5. Empty into bowl, cool for a few minutes and serve with honey & milk.

LOW-FAT CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS

Ingredients

  • 2 cups NutraCleanse™
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or 1/4 cup honey as substitute)
  • 3 eggs (or 3 egg whites for a lower fat version)
  • 1 whole washed orange including peel, quartered and seeded
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries

Directions

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in medium bowl.
  2. In blender combine next 5 ingredients, blend on high for approx. 20 seconds.
  3. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and combine.
  4. Add dried cranberries, spoon into lightly sprayed muffin tray.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F (375 if using the honey substitute version) for approx. 25 minutes or until slightly browned.

Makes 12 muffins with over 8 grams of fiber each.

NUTRACLEANSE™ SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1 slice mango or papaya
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/3 cup NutraCleanse

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients above to blender
  2. Put lid on blender and set speed to high for 30 seconds. Enjoy!

Have any other recipes you’ve tried with the kids and want to share with us? Please comment below and let us know!

Want Better Digestive Health?

We all suffer from tummy troubles from time to time, but what happens when they become the new normal?

Having chronic digestive problems is a definite red flag that something is very wrong, and it shouldn’t be ignored. Your gut is like your second brain, and many of your everyday functions and processes are affected by how healthy it is–or isn’t.

Here are 10 ideas to help you improve your digestive health:

Quality Over Quantity

Quality food is imperative for good digestive health. We’re talking about 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 Better

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

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.

Incorporate Probiotics

Because 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.

Prioritize Exercise

We know—this one’s a no-brainer. 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.

Try Fermented Foods

Hint: we’re not talking about grapes, or liquid products derived from them. (Ha.)

We’re talking about 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.

Get NutraCleanse

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.

De-Stress

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.

Give Your Liver Some Love

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.

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

Prioritizing Wellness with NutraCleanse™

Wellness: isn’t is strange 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.

So why do we find it so difficult to put our health on a pedestal and prioritize our own wellness? After all, we only get one chance to create the healthy lives we all want—why not do everything we can to tip the odds of that happy, healthy life in our favour?

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

DO these things:

  • Sleep: 7-8 hours per night.
  • Exercise: At least 30 minutes a day; 5 days a week.
  • Eat a plant-based diet: Incorporate lots of nutritious plant foods into your favourite meals!
  • Drink water: 8 cups a day, guys
  • Stretch: Everyday–motion is lotion.
  • Breathe mindfully: Try to be conscious about breath–especially if you’re feeling stressed out.
  • Practice what you enjoy: This is important.
  • Be grateful: Practicing gratitude every day leads to a happier life experience.
  • Say thank you: Because you should. Be thankful.

DON’T do these things:

  • Stress: Stress leads to inflammation, which is the cornerstone of disease.
  • Keep grudges: Because it’s not worth it. Be happy.
  • Forget what’s important: Remind yourself of what’s important to you every day.
  • Skimp on sleep: Sleep is necessary for cellular repair–it makes us look younger, feel good, and have more energy.
  • Eat empty calories: Why eat foods that do nothing to amplify your own wellness, when you can eat foods that your body craves?
  • Take your health for granted: Because we only get one body–take care of it.

It’s all about baby steps, right? One way to easily incorporate better health into your life, is to incorporate NutraCleanse™ into your diet. The ingredients in NutraCleanse™ have been shown to help lower your blood sugar and blood pressure, improve your digestive health, and 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.

4 Reasons to Start Using NutraCleanse™ in the New Year

January is a month of resolutions, and everyone’s making them. If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthier, then NutraCleanse™ can help. Here are 4 reasons to make NutraCleanse™ part of your healthy living resolution in 2018:

Post-Holiday Detox

Let’s face it: after weeks on end of sugar, booze, and general overeating, we need some help to get our bodies back to normal in the new year. NutraCleanse™ helps, because its primary ingredient (flax seed) acts as a mild laxative—it literally gathers up waste and forces it to exit (in a nice, predictable, gentle way).

When your digestive tract is clogged up, the best thing to do is to, well…unclog it. And that’s where NutraCleanse™ comes in. Our product is composed primarily of fiber (a point we’ll touch on further down this blog post), and fiber works wonders for eliminating waste. Which brings us to:

Lose Weight

NutraCleanse™ aids in weight loss, because again, the ingredients the product is comprised of are known for encouraging the removal of anything extra that may be lurking in your intestine and colon.

Most people carry an extra 5-15 pounds of waste in their colons! Get it out by mixing 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™ per day into your smoothies, oatmeal, or fruit juice.

Let the new year find you feeling happier and healthier!

Improve Your Eating Habits

If you’re hoping to adopt better eating habits in the new year, then start with NutraCleanse™. NutraCleanse™ is designed to add fiber to your diet in a tasty way. You can do this by mixing NutraCleanse™ with healthy foods for combined effect of enhanced health and wellness.

When you become mindful about what you eat, you automatically take in more nourishment and less empty calories.

Get More Fiber

We all hear about how we should consume more fiber, but why? Fiber helps us in several ways, including these:

  • aids in the relief of constipation, and increases bowel health
  • slows the absorption of sugar into our bloodstream, thereby lowering blood sugar levels
  • full of healthy omega fatty acids, which are essential for good health

By consuming more fiber (and in this case, flax seed), you increase your health in several ways, so consider making NutraCleanse™ a part of this New Year’s resolution—it’s simple, effective, and is sure to contribute to your better health, one scoop at a time.

Here’s to 2018. Happy Holidays from the NutraCleanse™ team! To find a NutraCleanse™ retailer near you, see HERE.

3 NutraCleanse™ Recipes for Winter

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

Winter Quinoa Bowl

This is a great alternative to a hot breakfast cereal. Breakfast in the winter need 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

  1. Combine quinoa and almond milk.
  2. Bring to a simmer on the stove; then turn heat down to low.
  3. Cook until all milk is absorbed, and quinoa is fairly translucent.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in NutraCleanse™, and divide into bowls.
  5. 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

  1. Drain and rinse beans well, then set aside.
  2. Combine onion, green pepper, carrots, and garlic in food processor.
  3. Process for about 7-8 seconds on high; then slice your mushrooms.
  4. Combine veggie mixture with mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, water, spices, and bay leaves in crock pot.
  5. Cook on high for two hours, or low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.
  6. Just before serving, add NutraCleanse™ and stir into chili.
  7. 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

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

We hope you enjoy these winter recipes! Leave us a comment below if you have any suggestions or questions.

*Photo by Tanya Loewen of Wild Honey Art House.

Holiday Baking Recipes with NutraCleanse™

Friends. By now you’ve probably received your annual invitation to the cookie exchange next door, or maybe your kids are participating in their upcoming annual bake sale at the school for a holiday fundraiser.

Both come just in time for the holidays, which is a good time to stock up on a tin (or ten!) full of holiday baking for when you have extra visitors or just want to munch on holiday goodies.

Choosing what to make for guests and parties and fundraisers can often be the hardest part of a cookie exchange or holiday bake sale. For this reason, we recommend making something guilt-free, just in case you end up with extra!

Add something different to avoid a few of you making the not-so-healthy Christmas classics. Maybe something with omega-rich NutraCleanse™?!

NutraCleanse™ is a natural food product that can be added to many of your favourite healthy recipes to bring even more goodness, and we’ve posted a few of our fave tried and true holiday baking recipes here using NutraCleanse™.

But for now, we thought we would share these 3 healthy(ish) recipes we found, which would be perfect to serve over the holidays as a healthy alternative.

You’re welcome.

Holiday Baking

Image from Natural Girl, Modern world.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Makes 14-16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. NutraCleanse™
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine 1 tbsp. NutraCleanse™ and water to make a ‘flax egg.’ Stir to combine and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  3. While it sets up, you can start assembling your other dry and wet ingredients.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, combine whole wheat pastry flour, spelt flour, rest of NutraCleanse™ cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
  5. Use a whisk or a fork to fluff up the flour and ensure all the spices are evenly distributed.
  6. In a large bowl, combine melted oil and molasses.
  7. Use an electric mixer on high speed to beat the ingredients together for 2-3 minutes until well combined.
  8. Add the sugar and flax egg. Mix on low speed until combined.
  9. Add half of the dry mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix for 1 minute.
  10. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until there’s no visible flour remaining.
  11. Scoop the dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, leaving space for the cookies to spread out.
  12. Gently press down on the cookies to flatten slightly.
  13. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Original recipe found on Natural Girl, Modern World.

Holiday Baking

Image from Naked Cuisine.

Homemade Ferrero Rochers

Serves 20

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 cup dates or date paste, soaked in warm water to soften
  • 2 tbsp. NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup whole raw almonds

Method

  1. In a high powered blender or food processor, add 1 cup hazelnuts, dates, NutraCleanse™, coconut oil, and salt and blend until smooth.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
  3. Roll 1 tsp. of date hazelnut mixture into little balls, sticking a whole almond in the middle.
  4. Crush the remaining ½ cup of hazelnuts in a blender or by bashing them in a bag with a rolling pin.
  5. Place the balls into the melted chocolate and push around with a spoon until fully coated.
  6. Roll in the remaining crushed hazelnuts and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or plate.
  7. Place them in the freezer to set for an hour.
  8. When you’re finished you should have around 20 Ferrero Rochers to share with your friends!

Original recipe from Naked Cuisine.

Holiday Baking

Image from My Fussy Eater.

Super Food Chocolate Bark

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 200 grams dark chocolate
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. pistachios (shelled and halved)
  • 2 tbsp. goji berries
  • 1 tbsp. shredded coconut

Method

  1. Line an 8×8 dish with baking parchment.
  2. Sit a heat proof bowl in a pan of boiling water over a medium heat.
  3. Break the chocolate into small pieces, add to the bowl and stir continuously until it has all melted.
  4. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  5. Pour the melted chocolate into the parchment lined dish.
  6. Combine NutraCleanse™, pistachios, goji berries and coconut.
  7. Sprinkle mixture on top of chocolate.
  8. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until the chocolate has set.
  9. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Original recipe from My Fussy Eater.

There you have it! 3 relatively guilt-free holiday baking recipes to try out this season for healthier Christmas baking options. (Thanks to the websites noted above for providing these amazing recipes!)

For more holiday baking recipe ideas, or to learn where you can buy NutraCleanse™ to add to your favourite foods, visit our website.

Happy holidays!