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3 Summer Recipes Using NutraCleanse™

Summer is almost 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 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 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 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 NutraCleanse™

Method

Stir 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 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!

 

 

Making Flax Eggs with NutraCleanse™

For those of us who are vegan, or maybe have high cholesterol, or perhaps just simply don’t have enough eggs to bake with, we have a surprise for you: you can make an “egg” with NutraCleanse™!

Nope—we’re not crazy. Eggs are binders, and when we use eggs in baking, we do it to bind the ingredients together so that our food turns out the way we want it to: delicious. (And identifiable!)

There are typically two ways to make eggs with water. One involves chia seeds, and one involves ground flax seeds. Guess what NutraCleanse™ is made of? That’s right—over 90% of the ingredients is ground flax!

Here’s how to make flax eggs:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. NutraCleanse™ (or ground flax seeds)
  • 3 tbsp. Water

Method:

  1. Combine binder of choice and water.
  2. Stir together well, then set aside for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Stir once more, then add to baking.

That’s it! So the next time you’re stuck for an egg or two while making banana bread, use NutraCleanse™ instead. Here’s our recipe for Vegan Banana Walnut Pancakes, using NutraCleanse™ in place of an egg, to create flax eggs:

Vegan Banana Walnut Pancakes: makes 4 large

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. NutraCleanse
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • ½ cup banana slices
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup

Method

  1. Whisk together non-dairy milk, mashed banana, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  2. Combine NutraCleanse™ and water in small bowl to make your flax eggs, and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  4. Stir the NutraCleanse™ mixture once more, then add to the wet mixture.
  5. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet, and mix until just combined.
  6. Melt coconut oil in a non-stick pan (I use ceramic) over medium heat.
  7. Add about a half cup of the batter into the pan.
  8. Flip once bubbles have formed and popped (approximately 23 minutes per side).
  9. Top with fresh banana, walnuts, and syrup.

*Image from food.com.

Heart Healthy Ways to Grocery Shop

It’s February, and we’re using every opportunity we can possibly think of to share the love and spread the message of heart healthy ways in which you can take care of your health and your heart.

The fuel we choose to put in our body is one of the most important decisions we can make to protect our overall heart health. It can be overwhelming in a grocery store with so many choices, so we’ve compiled some ways to make your decisions much easier as you stroll the aisles with your grocery cart:

Meal Plan

Life can be hectic and we are all pressed for time—at the best of times. So we quickly throw some food together and are inevitably unprepared with certain key ingredients that would attribute to making a healthy and balanced meal.

This is life!

However, by finding a few minutes at the beginning of each week to plan exactly what you want to eat for each meal (and snack), you can thoughtfully prepare healthier choices. 5 minutes—that’s all it takes it create a heart healthy menu for the week.

Write a List

After carefully planning your meals ahead of time, you can write yourself a detailed grocery list to ensure you have all the right ingredients on hand. Consider each department in the grocery store and all the various options. In the produce section, go ahead and stock up on all the heart healthy fruits and vegetables you can manage, as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients we need!

In the bakery section, avoid the glazed donuts and head straight for the whole grains. Here you will also find our product, NutraCleanse, which is an excellent source of fibre and omega 3 essential fatty acids, thanks to the goodness of flaxseeds. NutraCleanse can easily be incorporated into your heart healthy meal choices—daily.

Because you are making these mindful and conscious decisions, you avoid impulsively buying quick and convenient foods that are not always good for you. Another big bonus with writing a list, is that you save time and money!

Support Local

Finally, good heart health also comes with doing good deeds. We believe by shopping at your local grocery store and purchasing locally made products and locally grown produce, you are not only doing your health a favour (these foods are often fresher and contain fewer preservatives, because the transit time is drastically lower), you are making a positive impact on your community by supporting that business.

NutraCleanse can be found at many local grocery stores and markets. For a complete list of where you can find our product or to learn more about the goodness of NutraCleanse for your heart health, please feel free visit our website.

Happy heart health month! Love, the NutraCleanse family. Watch our video below to learn more:

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.

smoothies for energy

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 Pumpkin Spice Recipes for Fall

Fall is here, and the weather is already getting cooler. We figure we can either be sad at the absence of summer, or get excited about the crisp, cool weather and all of the yummy food that comes with it.

(We decided to get excited!)

With the emergence of fall comes the onslaught of a flavour we never get tired of: pumpkin spice. We want to show you how to incorporate NutraCleanse™ into your favourite pumpkin spice recipes! So here are our 3 ideas on how to do just that:

Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp. chia seeds
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ½ tbsp. pure maple syrup

Method

  1. Combine chia seeds with almond milk, stir well, then place in refrigerator overnight.
  2. The next day, combine the rest of the ingredients well, then and add to the chia mixture.
  3. Mix well, and enjoy immediately!

Pumpkin Spice Nice Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • Splash of almond milk

Method

  1. Spoon pumpkin puree into an ice cube tray, then freeze overnight.
  2. When ready to use, pop pumpkin cubes out of tray, combine all ingredients into a high-powered blender, and blend well. (Mixture should be stiff and creamy like ice cream–if you need a little more almond milk to make this work, do it.)
  3. Scoop into bowl and enjoy immediately!

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup hemp (or almond) milk
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • ¼ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Enjoy immediately!

So there you have it! 3 new recipes to try for the fall. For more recipe ideas, visit the Recipes page on our website. Enjoy your pumpkin spice experience!

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!

 

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.

 

 

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.

High Fiber Foods for Cleansing

A cleanse doesn’t have to be complicated; in fact, some of the best ways to cleanse your body are the most simple and effective. For example, if you use high fiber foods for cleansing, you can obtain great results while keeping it real and whole.

So let’s focus on that. What are some high fiber foods that you can use to clean out your bowels? Here are 10:

  1. Cauliflower: This is one of the best when it comes to high fiber foods for cleansing. Cauliflower is teeming with fiber, and can be used in so many delicious ways. (Cauliflower steaks, smashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, etc.)
  2. Beans: Unanimously known for being fiber powerhouses, beans and legumes are chalk full of incredible, useful fiber (especially chickpeas).
  3. Artichokes: So full of fiber that your plumber will tell you to never garborate artichoke pieces (they get very stuck—and this is from personal experience!), a medium-sized artichoke provides over 10 grams of fiber! That’s amazing.
  4. Apples: 1 apple (with skin) contains almost 5 grams of fiber. We guess experts weren’t kidding when they told us that an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
  5. Quinoa: Technically a seed, this superfood is labelled as such for a reason. Providing more fiber than other “grains,” this versatile food (uncooked) contains about 17-27 grams of fiber per one cup! Once cooked, it contains only about 5 grams of fiber per cup, due to the water it absorbs. But there are tons of great recipes out there for raw quinoa, so keep your eyes peeled! (Hint: roll raw quinoa, peanut butter and oats into balls, refrigerate overnight, and eat the next day.)
  6. Sprouted Whole Grains: The secret here is to keep the grains sprouted and whole. During processing, most (if not all) of the fiber is removed, so by keeping grains as pure and unprocessed as possible, you reap the most rewards.
  7. Watermelon: This tasty summer snack contains huge amounts of the ultimate cleanse team: water and fiber. Don’t let the sweetness fool you—watermelon is no joke. It’s amazing for your body, and a great addition to any cleanse.
  8. Berries: More than an antioxidant powerhouse, The Mayo Clinic published that just 1 cup of mixed berries contains around 8 grams of fiber. That’s easy fiber for great cleansing!
  9. Dried Fruit: About ¼ cup of raisins or figs have about 2 grams of fiber. However, you don’t want to make this snack your regular fibre source—dried fruit is very high in sugar. (Naturally-occurring sugar, but sugar nonetheless.)
  10. NutraCleanse™: Yep—our product is made of primarily flax seed, which is the ultimate fiber superhero. In addition to flax, NutraCleanse™ also contains psyllium husk, which is also a great cleanse ingredient. By adding NutraCleanse™ to your existing diet, you can turn almost all of your favourite foods into high fiber foods for cleansing.

For details on how to purchase NutraCleanse™ and easily increase your daily fiber intake, visit our website at www.nutracleanse.biz.

4 NutraCleanse™ Camping Recipes

During the summer, many of us go camping, and when we do, it’s hard to find healthy camping recipes that also taste good and are practical. We want to play and party, and paying close attention to what foods we’re consuming usually becomes unrealistic. But that doesn’t mean you have to completely fall off the wellness wagon!

Here are 4 NutraCleanse™ camping recipes to try this summer (just remember to pack a metal rack for cooking over your fire!):

The NutraCleanse S’more

Yep! You read that right. Simply roast your marshmallow until golden brown and sticky. Roll it in NutraCleanse™, then gently scrape it off the roasting stick and onto a graham cracker with a piece of fair-trade dark chocolate. Add 2 slices of banana and another graham cracker to complete the s’more, and chow down.

You’re welcome.

Breakfast Oats and NutraCleanse

Using a heat-friendly dish, add oats, water, and 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™. Stir together, cook over the fire, and eat yourself healthy. This is hands down the easiest way to incorporate our product into a meal often made while camping.

The Camping Yogurt Parfait

This classic snack has nothing on the camping version! Heat fruit over the fire, then remove and let cool to room temperature. Once cooled, stir into full-fat Greek yogurt along with a couple of tablespoons of NutraCleanse™. Top with some homemade granola, and enjoy!

Camp Fire Crumble

Line a heat-friendly dish with tin foil, then grease with coconut oil. Add fruit until dish is half full. Next, combine oats, ½ cup NutraCleanse™, coconut sugar, and extra coconut oil. Sprinkle mixture evenly over fruit, then place dessert over fire and let cook until bubbly. Remove and cool slightly, but serve hot.

So there you have it! 4 camping recipes that use NutraCleanse™. Please try them and let us know your thoughts! We’d love to hear from you, so be sure to leave a comment on this blog post, or find us on social media.

Happy camping this summer!