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Spring into Smoothies with NutraCleanse™

Happy spring, friends! Thank goodness this season is upon us, because we’re probably all lacking a little in vitamin D by now, aren’t we? We’re happy for spring, because it usually means warmer weather, which means cooler eats—like smoothies!

Smoothies are so incredibly great for your digestive health, because they often contain a mixture of fruit (and/or vegetables!), probiotics (in Greek yogurt), and water or a milk alternative like almond or coconut. The only thing that could make your smoothies even better is added fibre–like NutraCleanse™!

Here are 3 spring smoothie recipes to fall in love with. Try them and then let us know your thoughts by replying to this blog post or tagging us on social.

The Green Machine

Ingredients

  • 1 handful green grapes
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1 kale leaf
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds (Optional)

Method

Combine all ingredients into blender (except chia seeds), and blend until smooth. Top with chia seeds, if you wish. Enjoy immediately!

Flower Power

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup ripe raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2-3 edible flowers or petals (*See disclaimer at end!)

Method

Combine all ingredients except flowers into blender, and blend until smooth. Top with flowers. Enjoy immediately!

Classic Strawberry

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™
  • 1 tbsp. hemp hearts (Optional)
  • 2-3 fresh mint leaves (Optional)

Method

Combine all ingredients (except hemp hearts and mint leaves) into blender, and blend until smooth. Sprinkle hemp hearts and/or place mint leaves on top, if you wish. Enjoy immediately!

To order a bag of NutraCleanse™ online, visit our website. You can also find the complete ingredients lists there, too.

Happy April!


*Make sure that when using flowers, these three boxes are checked:

  • You know the species and have confirmed the flora is safe to consume
  • They haven’t been sprayed with pesticides and/or herbicides
  • They haven’t been foraged from the side of a city street (this flora will contain toxins from motor vehicle exhaust and such)

Click here to see a list of common edible flowers to try on your smoothies, courtesy of West Coast Seeds.

 

 

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.

Sweet + Simple: NutraCleanse™ Ingredients

Added to smoothies or baked goods, NutraCleanse™ is a dietary supplement that is packed with fiber and excellent for digestive health. But a supplement is only as good as its ingredients. Luckily, NutraCleanse™ is full of nutritious ingredients, and we’re all about transparency–you should know what you’re putting into your body, and we want you to know that with our product, it’s only the good stuff.

Let’s take a look at what exactly is in each scoop!

flax

Flax Seed

NutraCleanse™ is made with ground flax; by grinding this tiny seed, it is easier for your body to digest and absorb all those nutrients. In addition to fiber and protein, flax seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for heart and brain health. Also packed into that little seed are lignans, a type of phytonutrient that helps lower cancer risk. Flax seed is also ideal because it contains a mix of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which keeps your digestive system running smoothly, lowers cholesterol, and helps keep you fuller longer. Furthermore, some studies have shown consuming flax to be helpful with hot flashes in postmenopausal women.

psyl

Psyllium Husk

Psyllium husk is a common fiber supplement, making it a great ingredient to up that fiber intake. This increased fiber helps with digestive health and is also helpful in lowering cholesterol to help maintain a healthy heart and prevent heart disease. While some forms of fiber can cause digestive issues if too much is introduced at once, psyllium husk is a bit gentler and has been shown to help with digestive issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

dandelion

Dandelion Root Powder

Though it’s been used for thousands of years, dandelion root is a relatively new health food in North America. It’s great for detoxifying the kidney and liver, improves digestion, and is full of cancer-fighting antioxidants. But, the nutrients don’t stop there! Dandelion root is also high in vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as the minerals zinc, iron and potassium. Due to this vitamin and mineral content, dandelion is sometimes suggestion for treating anemia as well as mood disorders like depression.

burdock root

Burdock Root Powder

Burdock root comes from burdock, a popular vegetable in Asia. Burdock root has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years for supporting lung and stomach health. It’s also great for the skin and hair, helping to ease conditions like eczema, acne, and dandruff. Burdock root is rich in antioxidants—containing even more than most fruits and vegetables—and has been shown to be helpful with detoxifying the blood and liver. Burdock root is also high in vitamin B6, a frequently suggested nutrient for tackling PMS symptoms.

fenugreek seed

Fenugreek Seed Powder

Fenugreek seed is another ingredient found in NutraCleanse™ that’s amazing for your digestion. It’s actually been shown to help slow down the digestion of carbohydrates, which means that sugar is released into your blood stream more slowly for sustained energy. Because of this, it’s a great supplement for those who are pre-diabetic or diabetic. Rich in fiber, fenugreek helps all aspects of your digestion, treating indigestion, constipation, and acid reflux.