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Spring Clean Your Diet with NutraCleanse™

It’s almost spring, which means the much anticipated spring break is just around the corner! This time off school and work for kids and parents can be a perfect opportunity to jump-start a cleaner, kinder, healthier diet.

Here’s how to spring clean your diet with NutraCleanse™:

Cut Sugar

Sugar is one of the leading causes of inflammation, and we all eat way too much of it. That’s because it’s in almost everything we consume!

But guess what?

There’s zero sugar in NutraCleanse™. With only five ingredients, NutraCleanse™ really is a kind product that boasts ingredients that heal.

Add Fibre

Adding fibre to your diet can drastically improve your health and well-being. Since NutraCleanse™ is comprised primarily of ground flax seed (which is crazy high in fibre), adding just 1/3 scoop to your daily food intake can score you major health points.

Prioritize Omega Fatty Acids

Essential omega fatty acids are super important to everyone’s overall health–but especially kids’.

Omega fatty acids promote brain health, so it’s definitely something a growing brain needs to perform optimally.

Eat Clean

Eating clean means knowing exactly what foods you’re putting in your body, and making sure that they’ll help to aid, and not hinder. As stated above, NutraCleanse™ is composed of five ingredients. These include:

  • flax seed
  • psyllium husk
  • dandelion root powder
  • fenugreek seed powder
  • burdock root powder

Each one of these ingredients is whole and healthy. There’s nothing hidden in our product–just 100% wholesome, simple, clean ingredients.

Drink Lots of Water

Drinking water is important for flushing unwanted debris from your body. When you’re adding NutraCleanse™ to your diet, drinking lots of water is a great way to assist the extra fibre in its spring cleaning efforts.

For ideas on how NutraCleanse™ can help your body re-calibrate, read more of our blogs! There are over 1000 locations across Canada and the United States that carry our product. Find those locations HERE.

To order online, visit our website.

How to Start Your Day with NutraCleanse™

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast is usually considered 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 the following breakfast foods:

  • smoothies
  • cereals
  • yogurt
  • pancake mix
  • oatmeal

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.

Cheers to a happy New Year and even happier mornings!

How to Use NutraCleanse™ in Your Holiday Baking

Planning on doing some holiday baking or making pancakes or cinnamon buns on Christmas morning? We have a way to make these yummy dishes healthier: use flax eggs instead of regular ones!

For those of us who are vegan, 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 holiday baking, we do it to bind the ingredients together so that our food turns out the way we want it to: delicious.

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 in place of egg.

That’s it!

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.

These pancakes are super easy and yummy to whip up for Christmas morning, and they’ll give your family a healthy head start to the day–because we all know Christmas day is full of indulgence!

Happy holidays, friends! Let us know if we can help you with any other holiday baking recipe ideas by leaving a comment below.

 

Fall into Pumpkin Recipes with NutraCleanse™

Autumn is all about the return of cozy comfort foods, and we want to share three new recipes with you. All of them use NutraCleanse™, so you can eat your heart out while knowing you’re consuming adequate amounts of fibre and omega fatty acids.

Pumpkin is naturally very high in fibre, and so is NutraCleanse™–it’s main ingredient is ground flax seed! Basically, they’re a match made in heaven for fibre seekers.

Here are three recipes that the whole family will love—featuring pumpkin and NutraCleanse™:

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

pumpkin smoothie

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com. Serves two.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground ginger

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients into high-powered blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Casserole

pumpkin casserole

Recipe adapted from holdthegrain.com. Serves eight.

Ingredients

Casserole:

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potato
  • 2 cups mashed roasted pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • Pinch sea salt

Topping

  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and pierce the sweet potatoes. Pierce the shell of the pumpkin with a large, sharp knife. Bake for 30-45 minutes until both are cooked through and soft.
  2. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  3. Remove the potato skins and mash 3 cups in a large mixing bowl. Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Scoop out 2 cups of the pumpkin and add to the mixing bowl.
  4. Whisk the remaining casserole ingredients into the bowl.
  5. Spread in an 8×11 baking dish.
  6. Roughly chop the pecans and toss with the remaining ingredients. Spread the topping evenly on top of the casserole.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Spiced Pumpkin Pie

spicy pumpkin pie

Recipe adapted from epicurious.com. Serves six.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp. light molasses
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 purchased frozen 9-inch pie crust

Method

  1. Place baking sheet in oven and preheat to 450°F.
  2. Whisk first 8 ingredients together in large bowl to blend.
  3. Whisk in pumpkin, molasses and eggs, then cream.
  4. Pour mixture into frozen crust.
  5. Place pie on preheated baking sheet in oven. Bake 10 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to 325°F and bake until sides puff and center is just set, about 40 minutes.
  7. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Serve at room temperature.

Visit our website to find a retailer near you, or order online at www.nutracleanse.biz. Happy autumn, friends!

 

 

 

 

Back-to-School Recipes Using NutraCleanse™

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. The rest is up to you.) 😉

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 as much as we do!

Back-to-School 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) and other garnishes like pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, or pecans
  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!

 

 

What are Essential Omega Fatty Acids?

We hear about essential omega fatty acids all the time, but do you know what they actually are? They’re termed ‘essential’ for a reason, so we should know why! Right?!

Essential omega fatty acids are exactly what they sound like: fats that are essential to the body. Although the human body can synthesize most of the fats it needs from our diets, there are two essential fatty acids (linoleic and alpha-linolenic) which cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food.

These basic fats, found in plant foods, are used to build specialized fats called omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body.

Deficiencies in these fatty acids lead to a host of symptoms and disorders, including:

  • abnormalities in the liver and the kidneys
  • reduced growth rates
  • decreased immune function
  • depression
  • dryness of the skin

Adequate intake of the essential omega fatty acids results in numerous health benefits, including:

  • prevention of atherosclerosis
  • reduced incidence of heart disease and stroke
  • relief from the symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis, menstrual pain, and joint pain
  • decreased risk of developing breast cancer

So how can you be sure you’re getting the recommended amount of these fats? Here are some foods that are high in essential omega fatty acids:

  • flax seed
  • walnuts
  • soybeans
  • mung beans
  • canola oil
  • avocados
  • fish

So how does NutraCleanse™ fit into all of this? Well, our product’s official name is Omega-3 NutraCleanse®. NutraCleanse™ is composed of nearly 90% ground flax seed, making it very high in essential omega fatty acids. It’s also extremely high in fibre, which we could all benefit from.

If you think you could benefit from an increase in essential omega fatty acids, try our product! You can find NutraCleanse™ at over 1000 retailers across Canada and the United States, or order online at nutracleanse.biz.

Get healthy, one scoop of Omega-3 NutraCleanse® at a time!

 

 

5 Fun Facts about Flax Seeds

We know—flax and fun aren’t usually in the same sentence. Right? Well, we decided to change that. Since flax seeds are the primary ingredient in NutraCleanse™, we feel like dishing out some flax love.

Here are 5 fun facts (yes, fun) about flax seeds:

Flax Seeds Will Make You Poop

Yup—that’s because they are super crazy high in fibre. That’s why NutraCleanse™ works so well! The amount of fibre in 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ is almost 25% of your daily recommended intake of fibre, and that’s why people love our product!

Flax Seeds are SUPER High in Essential Omega Fatty Acids

True story. In fact, they’re SO high in these tiny, amazing goodies, that flax seeds are one of the very best sources for them.

So far, this means that NutraCleanse™ is high in fibre AND in essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. #winning

Flax Seeds are Relatively Indigestible Unless Ground

This is also true. You could check for yourself, but we’ll spare you that chore. Like many seeds, flax seeds are hard for your body to digest, so by grinding them, you ensure digestion.

It’s like pre-digesting your food before you eat it! (Sort of…)

Flax Seeds Don’t Have to Be Organic to Be Healthy

These seeds are whole food products, and are sold in both organic and conventional form. How do you know if what you’re purchasing is healthy? Read this article by the Flax Council of Canada.

Flax Seeds Can Mimic Eggs in Making

Are you blown away? These tiny seeds act as binders for baking (like eggs!), so they’re cool for baking if you’re vegan or are just out of eggs.

To read full instructions, read our blog post on Making Flax Eggs with NutraCleanse™.

And now you know SO much more about flax seeds! To try NutraCleanse™, order online at nutracleanse.biz, or find it at a retailer near you. Once you start using NutraCleanse™, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner.

 

 

How Much Fibre Do Kids Need?

As a parent, you’ve probably asked yourself “how much fibre do kids need?”, right? That’s a good question! Adults need about 35-40 grams of fibre a day, and kids need around 25 grams of fibre.

But do your kids get that amount each day?

There are plenty of foods that are rich in fibre, but kids are picky. Unfortunately, they tend to gravitate towards foods that have been processed or that are nutrient-low because they’ve been artificially  coloured a pretty red, green, or blue. (Yuck!)

Here’s a list of common items kids like to eat that contain almost ZERO fibre:

  • Chicken strips/nuggets
  • Hamburgers
  • Fried chicken
  • French fries
  • Potatoes
  • Potato chips
  • Candy
  • White bread
  • Most crackers
  • Dairy
  • Oils and condiments

So for that kid who’s go-to snack after school is crackers and cheese (seems healthy enough, right?) or peanut butter toast and a cheese string (doesn’t seem too bad), you should be aware that none of those foods contain any fibre (or very, very little).

Here’s a list of foods that DO contain good fibre:

  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Yams and sweet potatoes
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Whole grain breads, crackers, and wraps
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Oatmeal

From the list above, we’re willing to bet your child loves berries, watermelon, and whole grains. By just substituting processed cereal and milk in the morning for oatmeal and berries, you give your child about 25% of their daily recommended intake of fibre—all before school starts!

To make the day’s fibre intake even heftier, try substituting whole grain crackers and wraps for the more processed products in their lunch. You can also add NutraCleanse™ to a fruit smoothie when they get home (another 25% of their fibre intake right there at least), and make sure they have a serving of high-fibre veggies with their dinner.

By doing this, you can feel good about knowing that when someone asks you “how much fibre do kids need?”, you can respond with confidence and know that your child is getting enough!

When in doubt, add NutraCleanse™. It’s made from over 90% ground flax seeds, which are an amazing source of fibre, along with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. To purchase online, visit our website.

3 Ways to Get Kids to Eat NutraCleanse™

Ensuring your child receives a healthy daily dose of nutrients in her diet can be a daunting task. Generally speaking, kids tend to have very particular appetites, tastes, and opinions, and it doesn’t usually support a large serving of greens or grains!

We have mentioned this before (see here): the importance of a healthy diet rich in omega fatty acids and fibre is imperative for kids’ growing bodies and brain development.

NutraCleanse™ can help!

Our dry food product is a unique formulation of flaxseeds and mostly organic (locally sourced) ingredients to provide an excellent source of fibre and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. You can easily sneak NutraCleanse™ into many kid-approved meals and snacks so they can’t taste the healthiness (heaven forbid!) or have any reason to turn it down.

Here are 3 ways to sneak NutraCleanse™ in your child’s snacks and meals today:

Smoothies

Smoothies are a favourite snack choice for kids; probably for the slushy-like, fruity flavours that mask the taste of spinach and other healthy ingredients that were possibly added.

They’re great, because you can throw in whatever ingredients you have on hand, add some liquid, add some ice, and that’s it! There are tons of great recipes for smoothies out there that your kids will enjoy, and it’s so simple to increase the nutritional value of the smoothies by adding ⅓ cup of NutraCleanse™ to them.

Here’s a smoothie recipe from Angela Liddon (author of Oh She Glows) that mimics a chocolate milkshake:

Cheerful Chocolate Smoothie

Add to blender:

  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • ¼ cup avocado
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Very small pinch of fine-grain sea salt
  • 4-6 pitted medium Medjool dates, to taste
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Now add 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™ (and possibly a splash more almond milk if it’s too thick), put the lid on the blender, and blend on high for 30 seconds. Serve immediately.

Kids’ Oatmeal

Kids love the soft, gooey goodness of oatmeal and it makes for a great breakfast or snack. Avoid buying the prepackaged and processed stuff though; you’ll want all the nutritional benefits of making up your own batch from scratch.

Our tried and true recipe for oatmeal is always a hit with the kids: add 1/3 cup oatmeal to 1 cup cold water in a pot with a dash of salt. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Turn heat down and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ and stir. Empty into bowl, and serve with honey and milk.

Baking for Kids

Do your kids like cookies? (Silly question, right?)

Our product can be hidden into the goodness of all kinds of baked goods. This is a great one for kids, because you can include them in the process of baking, and talk to them about the importance of following recipes and measuring out ingredients. Kids love to help out in the kitchen, so go ahead and start them while they’re young!

To make a healthier version of whatever you happen to be baking, just add NutraCleanse™! All you need to do is portion out some of the flour. If the recipe calls for one cup of flour, you can use ⅔ cup of flour and ⅓ cup of NutraCleanse. Give it a try in your next batch of chocolate chip cookies or banana muffins!

Sneaking our product into meals and snacks everyday will provide your children (and you) with essential nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy. To learn more recipe ideas or find out where you can purchase our product, feel free to visit our website or watch the video below:

 

 

 

 

 

Heart Health Month and NutraCleanse™

February is a month for love. We’re not just talking about love for others; we’re talking about love for yourself, too! Although this month is mostly known for being host to Valentine’s Day, it’s also heart health month, and we want to show you how our product contributes to a healthy ticker:

Flaxseed Contributes to Increased Heart Health

NutraCleanse™ is composed primarily of ground flaxseed, which is naturally high in essential omega 3 fatty acids. These little wonder bits are called essential for a reason—your body can’t make them on its own!

They’re important for a variety of reasons; one being heart health! Essential omega 3 fatty acids help to lower your risk of heart disease, which is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths, according to the Centre for Disease Control.[1]

NutraCleanse™ Encourages a Better Diet

Once you begin incorporating better eating practices into your daily lifestyle, you start feeling better. And when that happens, you want to feel even better.

By adding our product to your meal plans, you inadvertently begin making small changes that contribute to big payoff. Making those little tweaks here and there will eventually lead to more salads, and less French fries.

You can do it—we believe in you! Try our little NutraCleanse™ challenge and see if what we’re claiming rings true.

When Your Feel Better, You Adopt Healthier Habits

Here’s the kicker: when you begin feeling better, it becomes addictive. Feeling good is an amazing feeling! As you strive to create better habits and set yourself up for consistent wellness, you begin to build a life that is conducive to living your dreams, and that’s why we love what our product does for people.

It’s really that simple!

To find a retailer near you, visit our website’s Retailer’s page or order online at www.nutracleanse.biz.

Be well, and to see a recipe for heart healthy Valentine’s Day pancakes, visit Running on Happy. (Try substituting 1/2 wheat flour for NutraCleanse™!)

[1] http://www.onhealth.com/content/1/heart_disease