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3 Easy Back-to-School Breakfasts Using NutraCleanse™

If you’re not back in the swing of back-to-school yet, don’t fret. We all know how hard it can be to fit in a nutritious breakfast when you’re running out the door. Try one of these easy recipes using NutraCleanse™ to start your day off right! Because it’s high in fibre, NutraCleanse™ is ideal to keep you feeling satisfied until lunch time rolls around. Plus, it’s packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which are perfect for boosting brain power.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Banana oatmeal smoothie

Adapted from My Recipe Peanut Butter Banana and Flax Smoothie

For a breakfast on-the-go, nothing could be easier than a smoothie. Simply pour into a to-go cup, and sip on the way. If you know you’ll be super crunched for time, make sure you prep your ingredients the night before. This satisfying smoothie is made with peanut butter and NutraCleanse™ for the perfect combination of protein, fibre, and healthy fats.

Ingredients

½ cup almond milk

½ cup Greek yogurt

1/3 cup NutraCleanse™

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon peanut butter (or other nut butter)

Directions

Place ingredients in blender, blending until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add more almond milk until it reaches the right consistency.

Vanilla Almond Overnight Oats

Adapted from Popsugar Overnight Oats Recipe

If you love the energy-boosting power of oats but don’t have enough time to cook oatmeal in the morning, overnight oats are a great option. Simply prep the ingredients the night before, and you’ll wake up to ready-to-eat oats!

Ingredients

½ cup rolled oats

½ cup almond milk

1/3 cup NutraCleanse™

1 tablespoon chopped almond

½ tablespoon sweetener of choice

1 tsp vanilla extract.

Directions

Mix ingredients together in a container (a mason jar works great). Cover, and stick in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, top with fresh berries and extra chopped almonds.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple muffins

Adapted from Vega Apple Streusel Muffins

This muffin is much healthier than one you would find at a coffee shop! Take advantage of apple season with this recipe that is loaded with fibre. Make these on the weekend, and you’ll be ready to go all week long.

Ingredients

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp baking soda

¾ cup coconut sugar

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1/3 cup NutraCleanse™

1 cup almond milk

1/3 cup apple sauce

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 cups diced apples

Chopped nuts for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare muffin tins.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients.
  3. Slowly incorporate wet ingredients into dry ingredients, being careful not to overmix.
  4. Stir in chopped apples.
  5. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins, and sprinkle chopped nuts on top.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool.

What’s the Deal with Fiber?

The topic of fiber is everywhere, from cereal commercials promising extra helpings of psyllium, to doctors advising we eat more of it during annual check-ups. It sounds like a good thing, but WHY?

Fiber is a really big deal when it comes to digestive health. Think of it as a broom for your intestinal tract: fiber saves the day by sweeping clean your colon, which is imperative for a healthy bowel. Since overall health really begins in this area of the body, it’s incredibly important that we keep it clean and working well.

So, how do you get more of this amazing fiber into your diet?

Fruit and Vegetables

Asparagus

Fruit and veggies are a great source of both soluble (the meat of the plant) and insoluble (the peels) fiber. They help create healthy bowel movements, and give your body a massive injection of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Corn, because you can’t break it down to digest it very well, is actually a great source of insoluble fiber—it stays intact, but sweeps everything out of the body with it.

Whole Grains

Wheat Bran Flakes Cereal Breakfast With Rolled Oats

Grains like sprouted buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa, and steel cut oats are fantastic sources of soluble fiber. They also lower cholesterol. There’s a huge difference between unprocessed or less-processed grains, and very processed grains. Always buy sprouted and brown varieties, because they retain the most fiber. When grains have been heavily processed (like white bread and rice), most of the original nutrients, including the fiber, have been stripped away. For example, whole grain wraps have 5 grams of fiber, while white or coloured ones have only 1 gram.

An interesting side note: dairy and meat contain zero fiber.

Fiber Foods

NutraCleanseTM

This is where it gets tricky: there are a lot of commercial products out there that are marketed to consumers as being equal, but all supplements are definitely not created equal. Some are really processed, and therefore have half the fiber they should have.

Because NutraCleanseTM contains minimal, raw, relatively unprocessed ingredients like ground flax seed, it works wonders for the digestive tract. Teeming with high-fiber ingredients that are medicinally helpful and supportive to the body, it really packs a massive punch when it comes to supplementing your digestive tract with the nutrients it needs. One third of a cup of this bad boy contains 14 grams of fiber—now that’s amazing.

To find out where NutraCleanseTM is sold near YOU, visit our map of retailers HERE.

5 Natural Ways to Combat Constipation

Being constipated isn’t fun. In fact, chronic constipation can create some pretty major health problems, including (but not limited to) depression, diverticular disease, and can even contribute to colon cancer. Just as chronic stress has recently been found to be heavily correlated with disease, so has chronic constipation. (Just to be clear, “chronic” refers to ongoing conditions, not those that occur just once or twice.)

While there are many over-the-counter remedies that tout their helpfulness in helping one overcome constipation, it’s actually much better too try and relieve the condition naturally. This means consuming whole foods, exercising, and adopting lifestyle habits that are conducive to a healthy bowel.

Here are 5 ways to combat constipation naturally:

Drink Up

pure water

Drinking at least 6 cups (or 48 ounces) of water daily can greatly help promote healthier bowel movements. Without enough fluid, stool simply cannot be passed easily. Bowel movements should be quick and effortless, and if this isn’t the case for you, then you should drink more water.

Walk Baby, Walk

Walking and running

Incorporating walking into your daily routine is a great way to get your bowels moving. Different than weight lifting or attending spin class, walking works most of the muscles in your abdomen and the slow and steady movement induces a full-body stimulation.

Eat Your Veggies

Freshly Picked Carrots

Your mom wasn’t joking—fruit and veggies are essential to good health, and to keeping a happy tummy. The fiber that these foods naturally possess helps to give stool shape and bulk, and promotes daily expulsion of waste. Aside from the fiber, fruit and vegetables are also chalk full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Eat Smart

Eat Smart

Becoming aware of how many foods you consume each day that may contribute to a slow and sluggish bowel, is key. Foods like heavy breads, pasta, dairy, and sugar can really throw your digestive tract of track. By making better choices, we can make an enormous difference in our bowel health.

Increase Your Fibre with NutraCleanseTM

nutra

Incorporating NutraCleanseTM into your diet may take your bowel health to another level. It ensures you receive adequate amounts of fiber (the main benefit of flax seed, which our product is primarily composed of), and gently promotes overall digestive health.

Cheers to a happy healthy gut and please take care!

Benefits of Burdock Root

Burdock, one of the five ingredients present in NutraCleanseTM, boasts amazing health benefits and a solid nutritional profile. Although many people haven’t heard of it, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try! The ingredients we selected for our product are there for a good reason: they’re highly beneficial to YOUR health.

We want to give you some information on what exactly burdock is and what it does, so check it out:

Plant Description

In Japan and Europe, burdock is cultivated as a root vegetable and frequently eaten in stews, soups, and stir-fries. Although being originally native to Europe and Northern Asia, it’s now widespread throughout the United States, where it grows as a weed and is not as revered as it is overseas.

Burdock has burrs that stick to clothing or animal fur. A member of the daisy family, it grows to a height of about 3 to 4 feet, and has purple flowers that bloom in the summer and early autumn. Burdock also has wavy, heart-shaped leaves that range in colour from green to white, and the roots, which are used medicinally in the east, are brownish green to almost black on the outside.

What It’s Made Of

Burdock consists primarily of carbohydrates, volatile oils, plant sterols, tannins, and fatty oils. Researchers aren’t sure which active ingredients in burdock root are responsible for its healing properties. But the herb may have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial effects. Recent studies show that burdock contains phenolic acids, quercetin and luteolin—all powerful antioxidants.”

 

The root is also full of fiber, which adds to the effectiveness of NutraCleanseTM.

Medicinal Uses

Burdock has been used extensively for hundreds of years to treat a variety of ailments. Uses include:

  • Purifying the blood
  • Increasing urine production in an effort to rid the body of unnecessary, toxic liquids
  • Topically treating skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema

So now that you’re more familiar with burdock, give it a try by incorporating NutraCleanseTM into your daily diet. You can add the healthy mixture to many common foods, such as smoothies, oatmeal, and sauces. Order HERE, or find a retailer near you HERE.

Our product is sold in both Canada and the United States.