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Ways to Keep Healthy During the Holiday Season

Once November rolls around, we all kind of begin to let loose where food and beverages are concerned. But why? To make our January harder? To increase our chances of contracting viruses and the flu by shattering our immune system? To follow the masses into the popular (but silly), unhealthy winter eating pattern?

Don’t do it!

By setting yourself up for a healthy November and December, you’ll automatically be ahead of the game by being fit when January rolls around, and everybody else is panicking at the gym. Win-win!

Here are a few ways to set yourself up for success through the holiday season, when it comes to health and happiness:

Create and Start an Exercise Plan NOW

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, that’s alright. The consistency of this plan is more important than the length and even quality of your workout.

Just get off your butt, and move.

Keep an Eye on Your Alcohol Intake

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.

Try really hard not to binge!

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.

Make Smoothies with NutraCleanse™ for Breakfast

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 keep your bowel clean and lose weight by doing this!

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

More Water and Herbal Tea; Less Everything Else

It’s a great idea to try and stay as hydrated as possible throughout the holiday season. 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.

So ditch the sodas and juices and stick to what you know your body really craves–water.

Eat Your Veg

Consuming tons of vegetables throughout the holiday season 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.

To help kick-start the holiday season in a healthy way, find NutraCleanse™ in a retail store near you, or order online at www.nutracleanse.biz.

Good luck, and Happy November!

10 Foods That Help Fight Back-to-School Stress

If you or someone in your family suffers from back-to-school stress and anxiety, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s very common. And not just for students—many parents report feeling stressed out during this time of year, too.

For kids, back-to-school can be stress and anxiety provoking for several reasons, including the imminent social and academic pressures, changes in schedule, and new routines.

Kids won’t often vocalize these feelings of stress, but since our body (particularly our gut) is so in tune with our emotional wellbeing, stress often manifests itself into a tummy ache for kids.

So what can we eat to help calm our gut and mind at the same time? Here are 10 foods that are known to be stress-reducing:

Asparagus

Depression has long been linked to low levels of folic acid, and one food that boosts tons of this mood-enhancing nutrient is asparagus.

Blueberries

Just a handful of nutritional powerhouse blackberries pack a powerful punch of antioxidants and vitamin C, making them incredible stress-busters. When we’re stressed, our bodies need vitamin C and antioxidants to help repair and protect cells.

Avocado

Feelings of anxiety may be rooted in a B vitamin deficiency, since we need B vitamins for healthy nerves and brain cells. Luckily, avocados are rich in stress-relieving B vitamins. Also, they’re super high in monounsaturated fat and potassium, which help lower blood pressure.

Win-win!

Milk

Everyone knows that a glass of warm milk before bed is a time-tested remedy for insomnia. That’s because milk is high in antioxidants, vitamins B2 and B12, protein, and calcium. Milk can create a calming effect by lowering blood pressure, while the potassium in milk can help relieve muscle spasms triggered by feeling tense.

Oranges

There’s a reason orange juice is said to be part of the breakfast of champions: Vitamin C is another vitamin known to lower blood pressure and cortisol, which is a stress hormone.

Almonds

Almonds are rich in vitamins B2 and E, which are both stress-reducing vitamins. These nutrients help bolster the immune system during times of anxiety and stress.

Salmon

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps keep cortisol and adrenaline from spiking when you’re feeling tense. Since salmon is one of the very best sources of omega-3s, it’s a great choice for a couple of back-to-school dinners.

Turkey

That sleepy feeling you get after eating Thanksgiving dinner is due to the amino acid tryptophan found in turkey. Tryptophan signals the brain to release the feel-good chemical serotonin, which promotes calmness and even tiredness. Try making turkey soup for dinner and then packing your child leftovers for lunch the next day.

Spinach

Leafy greens aren’t usually most people’s idea of comfort food, but spinach can have a major comforting effect. It’s packed with magnesium, the mineral that helps regulate cortisol levels and promote feelings of well-being.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is another food that helps get the calm-inducing hormone serotonin flowing. Choose the big old-fashioned oats that require cooking instead of instant oatmeal.

Why?

Coarse oats are less processed and way higher in fiber, so they take longer to digest (meaning their calming effect lasts longer).

Consuming these foods on a regular basis for the first few weeks of back-to-school would be very helpful in keeping stress at bay. And since stress can often cause constipation (more blood flow to the brain equals less in the digestive system), we’re here to help with that, too.

NutraCleanse™

Just 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ once per day can help alleviate constipation, due to it’s main ingredient: ground flax seed. Since flax seed is super high in fibre, NutraCleanse™ works really well in aiding temporary digestive issues like constipation. To order online, visit nutracleanse.biz.

Happy back-to-school! Keep calm, and eat on.

 

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.

 

 

Exciting NutraCleanse™ News!

Friends of NutraCleanse™: we have so much going on right now with the NutraCleanse™ brand! We know you love our product (because sales are better than ever, and we get your kind testimonials and repeat business), so we thought you’d like to know what we’re doing to expand and upgrade.

Here’s what’s impending with NutraCleanse™:

New and Improved Labels

We’re so excited for our new labels, friends! They will still have the same NutraCleanse™ feel, but there will be a few key differences. Challenge: once they’re out, can you spot the changes?

A Return to Tradeshows

We’re so excited to be lining up tradeshows in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, again. This is how we started out: getting our name and product in front of people who we knew would love our product.

We’ve been asked to come back so many times by so many show organizers and customers that we’ve finally decided to say yes! So if you’re a NutraCleanse™ fan, watch for us this fall and winter at shows such as The Wellness Show and Healthy Family Expo.

Once we know where we’ll be for sure, we’ll let everyone know.

Online Sales for Canada and the United States

Our new and improved website has been a catalyst for changing the scope of how we sell NutraCleanse™. In an effort to make our product easily accessible to all, we’ve including a shop on our site that sells NutraCleanse™ and ships to both Canadian and American addresses!

If you can’t make it to your local grocery or health food store, no problem. Simply order online HERE.

While online sales have been already implemented, we’ll be making a comeback to tradeshows this fall and winter and showing off our brand-new labels at that time. So stay tuned for these exciting changes, and in the meantime, treat yourself to a bag of NutraCleanse™! The current labels are about to go vintage, and your customer support and excitement for this process does not go unnoticed.

Stay healthy and happy, friends! Keep checking back on our website for more NutraCleanse™ news…

 

 

 

 

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!