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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!

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe with NutraCleanse™

Our Pizza Dough Recipe

Everyone loves pizza. Right?! And when you make your own pizza dough, it’s super yummy and a lot healthier than a store-bought version. With only 7 ingredients, our pizza dough recipe incorporates NutraCleanse™ into the mix, which increases the fibre and omega fatty acid content (among other important nutrients).

Here’s our recipe for homemade pizza dough with NutraCleanse™:

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • I packet Red Star yeast (about 2 tbsp.)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for work surface)
  • 1 cup NutraCleanse™

Method

  1. Pour water into a large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with yeast and let stand for about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk sugar, ¼ cup of oil, and salt into the yeast mixture.
  4. Add flour and NutraCleanse™, mix until a sticky dough forms.
  5. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl and brush top with remaining oil.
  6. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, or about 1 hour.
  7. Place on a lightly floured work surface and gently knead twice.
  8. Use immediately, or wrap the dough in saran wrap tightly and freeze in a sealed freezer bag for up to 3 months.

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of our homemade pizza dough recipe by commenting on social and tagging us @NutraCleanseTM. Not sure where to find NutraCleanse? Visit our Retailers page, or watch the video below:

Investing in Your Health

What do you think of when you hear the term investment? Is it money, a house, a car, a ravishing career, stability in some area of your life outside of yourself?

What about investing in your health?

Investment in your health is one of the most important investments you can make. If you’re not well, you can’t enjoy life—it’s that simple. We believe that when you invest in your health and well-being, the other areas of our life excel naturally.

Here are 4 reasons why you should invest in your health:

Internal Happiness

Whether you’re at the gym participating in a physical activity, meditating, or having quiet and reflective time, you are giving your mind and body a priceless gift.

We are often bombarded by the craziness of life, and forget to slow down. When you can slow and simplify your thoughts, and learn to respond to situations instead of reacting, the clarity you gain will not only benefit you, but those around you. Joy will come from things that seem mundane.

We need to find gratitude for the simple things, and shift our perspective to reawaken that happiness.

Extended Longevity

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live a life fulfilled with each experience between the cycle of birth and death? Longevity doesn’t just take its course of action through mindlessly coasting through life. Longevity is achieved through cultivating and practicing self-awareness. Becoming in sync with your body and mind and treating your body as a temple will give you the gifts of abundance in health.

One of the basic human necessities to life is food, the quality of which is often ignored. When we nourish our body with healthy foods, vitamins, minerals, and organics, we naturally feel great and perform better.

Better Relationships

The strongest and most crucial relationship you have is with yourself. If you don’t cherish, nourish, love and respect yourself and your health on a daily basis, the potential to have a healthy relationship with anyone or anything else is diminished.

When we invest in our health, we’re present for our families, friends, acquaintances and loved ones. You are able to fulfill your special role as parent, sibling, and/or child.

If you are not healthy in your mind and body, you won’t have the energy to be present for others.

Achieving Balance

How one describes balance is unique to their vision and life. Balance isn’t about trying to be something you’re not. Rather, it’s a feeling of serenity, peace and clarity from doing things that make us feel wholesome and good. Balance is having enough time for self-care and health, and also being a productive member of your family and society.

NutraCleanse™ promotes the idea of investing in your health. The naturally healthy ingredients included in NutraCleanse™ kick start and internally cleanse and purify your body so you can live the life you love.

Don’t believe us? We dare you to find out for yourself! Find us at a retailer near you or order HERE.

Have fun investing in a healthier you!

Physical Activity and NutraCleanse™

We all love the afterglow of physical activity; that feeling after a long hard session of lifting weights, running a 5K, participating in hot yoga, being outdoors or whatever it is that makes you sweat your buns off and feel good!

Fight for Good Health

But some of us can be unsure of what and how we should feed our brain and body so the results and long term benefits are evident. We want to keep the momentum to stay on track and continue doing what we love: sweating! We are also inevitably affected by the amount of toxins around us and in the products we use, so why not counteract those and fight for our health?

Unloading Toxins

NutraCleanse™ is a perfect solution, as it aids in the process of relieving your body of toxins, impurities, and bacteria from starchy foods, drinks and unhealthy eating patterns that gets stored away in our bodies. The ingredients in NutraCleanse™ are not only 100% all organic and natural, but they come in the highest form of fiber and healthy omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and give your body exactly what it needs.

When we are engaging in purposeful physical activity, our bodies are naturally letting go of toxins, but adding a scoop of NutraCleanse™ post-workout to your smoothie or meal will give you the benefit and extra boost of energy that will keep you going for the day and make sure you’re ready for your next sweat session.

Try NutraCleanse™

So what are you waiting for? Try NutraCleanse™ today. You can find it at a retailer near you, or order directly online from our website HERE.

Happy sweating.

 

Kick-Start Your Day with a NutraCleanse™ Breakfast!

Morning Solutions

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and NutraCleanse™ is the nutritious solution to your morning hustle. It gives you the extra pump of energy and vitality that you need to flawlessly carry and project your best self throughout your entire day!

Giving your mind and body nutritious and fulfilling ingredients should be an easy and fun part of your family’s routine for mental and physical well-being. The day can get jam-packed with navigating through various tasks and projects at work, hidden stressors, kid’s schedules, and extracurricular activities.

Having the right amount of energy physically and mentally are crucial to having a successful day. Who wants to feel the need to pull their hair out mid-day or experience that familiar depletion of energy?!

Not you.

Breakfast Ideas

Whether your family agrees on the same morning boost or not, NutraCleanse™ is a family-friendly option that you can get creative with. You can easily add a scoop to your morning smoothies, cereals, yogurt, pancakes, oatmeal, and reap the benefits of 100% all-natural food.

Benefits of Fiber

NutraCleanse™ provides the highest form of fiber, which helps slow down the rate in which sugar is absorbed by your body. This way, you stay full longer. You also keep your colon clean by clearing out bacteria and preventing constipation by allowing your bowels to move regularly.

The perks of high-fiber NutraCleanse™ in your breakfast will help you stay full and satisfied for a longer period of time, and avoid having to reach for starchy foods and drinks that are packed with fillers and contain no benefits in the moment or long term.

Effective Ingredients

The combination of flax seed, psyllium husk, dandelion root powder, burdock root powder, and fenugreek seed powder gives your mind and body essential ingredients so that your family can have fun and indulge on being healthy together any time of the day without crashing.

Find a retailer near you, or purchase NutraCleanse™ directly from our website HERE.

New Winter Recipes and Other Yummy Suggestions

While February might seem like we are approaching the end of winter, we still have another 5 weeks to go. So we thought we’d post some new recipes!

Recipes

Each of the three new recipes available on our website are from Jennifer Browne’s Vegetarian Comfort Foods. This cookbook showcases recipes that are kind to our digestive tracts, so it’s kind of perfect for what NutraCleanse™ stand for: health and happiness! (Particularly with regards to happy and healthy digestion.)

All 3 of the recipes we chose to feature on our site are vegan and gluten-free.

Cookbooks

Here is a list of other recipe sources (a list compiled by the lovely Erin Ireland, from To Die For Fine Foods) that are healthy and conducive to great gut health:

And if you’re looking for a great Baby Food cookbook that features whole, plant-based recipes designed to be very kind to your little one’s gut, pre-order Baby Nosh: Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Goodness for Baby’s Food Sensitivities. (out March 1!)

Enjoy, and happy cooking!

5 Ways to Detox Your Body, Naturally

It might be the end of January, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to stop with the health streak. By now, most of us have cut down on alcohol and refined sugar (something we get way too much of during the holidays), and stepped up our exercise regime.

So what next? How about a detox?!

The next logical step to your New Year wellness plan is to detox. There are many ways to accomplish this, and we’ll outline some here. Check out these 5 ways to detox your body, naturally:

Drink More Water

Increasing your water intake is the number one way help your body detox. And? It’s free! This is what consuming more water will do for your body:
• Help release stored fluid, thereby decreasing puffiness.
• Clear the lymphatic system and assist in better blood circulation.
• Assist in better bowel movements, which helps detox the colon.
• Help your skin (your largest organ!) clean itself from the inside out, which clears up acne.
• Fills your stomach, which helps you to feel satiated longer between meals (ultimately assisting your digestive system in taking a load off).

Start Juicing

Juicing fruit and vegetables is a great way to get loads of antioxidants and vitamins into your body very quickly. Juicing also helps your body detox, by:
• Flooding your body with nutrients it desperately needs.
• Assisting in better quality bowel movements (again, good for the colon).
• Increases the amount of liquids entering your body, which helps to decease puffiness and flush out your urinary tract and digestive system (which both can harbor E. coli).

Add NutraCleanse™

Adding NutraCleanse™ to your smoothies, oatmeal, baking, and whatever else you can manage will greatly help with the detoxification of your colon. Here’s why:
• NutraCleanse™ is comprised of over 90% flax seed, whose fibre helps to sweep the colon clean.
• Flax has also been shown to decrease blood pressure and blood sugar, which takes the pressure off various organs.

Use a Dry Skin Brush

If you’ve never used a dry skin brush, we think you’re missing out. By slowly and rhythmically brushing your skin from top to bottom in long, meticulous strokes, you accomplish the following:
• Detox the skin by removing dead skin cells, which allows your skin to breathe and glow.
• Awaken the lymphatic system by encouraging drainage of excess fluids (this is why you work from top to bottom), and stimulate the nervous system.

Sweat. Like, A LOT.

You might already be doing this, but if you’re not, get on board. Here’s why:
• Sweating detoxes the skin.
• The exercise you do to become sweaty increases circulation and moves excess fluids from the body.
• Your organs are being worked extra hard during a sweat session; this helps them to do their jobs better, and ultimately eliminate accumulated trash.

So board the New Year detox train, and remember, our suggestions are natural, non-harmful detox solutions. They’re all safe, effective, and inexpensive. And if you haven’t tried NutraCleanse™ yet, you’re definitely in for a treat.

Good luck, and enjoy!