KICKING SELF CARE & YOUR DAILY GRIND UP A NOTCH

Short workouts that pack
a punch

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As we move through this month of PURESelfLove, we hope that you are turning your focus inward and looking at new ways you can make YOU a priority—or how you might find ways to do better. Lately the buzzword “self care” has been thrown around a lot. But what is real self-care and what does it mean to you?

Self-care is not an indulgence. Self-care is a discipline. It requires tough-mindedness, a deep and personal understanding of your priorities, and a respect for both yourself and the people you choose to spend your life with.

If we’re being honest, self-care is actually kind of boring. Which is why self-care is a discipline. It takes discipline to do the things that are good for us instead of what feels good in the moment. It takes even more discipline to refuse to take responsibility for other people’s emotional well-being. And it takes discipline to take full and complete responsibility for our own well-being.

Self-care is also a discipline because it’s not something you do once in awhile when the world gets crazy. It’s what you do every day, every week, month in and month out. It’s taking care of yourself in a way that doesn’t require you to indulge in order to restore balance. It’s making the commitment to stay healthy and balanced as a regular practice.

Ironically when you truly care for yourself, exercising all the discipline that requires, you are actually in a much stronger place to give of yourself to those around you. You will be a happier parent, a more grateful spouse, and a fully engaged colleague.

Those who take care of themselves have the energy to take care of others joyfully because that caregiving doesn’t come at their own expense. And those who take care of themselves also have the energy to work with meaning and purpose toward a worthy goal. Which means they are also the people most likely to make the world a better place for all of us.

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SELF CARE THAT MOVES YOU: QUICK-HIT WORKOUT LIST
When you look at your typical day, your typical week, what does it look like? How much time is allotted just for you? Outside of grocery shopping and work demands and laundry and driving kids to band and soccer…carving out small bits of time just for you probably feels like an indulgence. But it’s NOT. It’s a conscious decision to put 30 minutes on your daily calendar to do something that centers YOU.

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Exercise, even in small increments, can be a great energy boost and can keep your mood elevated—not to mention it’s good for us! Whether you exercise regularly or you’re thinking of getting started, here are a few short workouts from Fitness Magazine1 that will either shake up your current routine (which can sometimes start to feel stale) or get you off the couch without being intimidating or seem like too of a commitment too fast:

 

Quick-Start Morning Workout
5 moves you can do in your bedroom to start your day strong

5-minute Arm Workout with Dumb Bells
Say yes to sleeveless this summer in just few minutes a day—that’s a no-brainer.

Equipment-free Total-Body Workout
Work multiple muscles with the same intensity as a boot camp class, without all the heavy breathing. Say hello to a lean yoga physique.

From Flab to FAB: Tone up in 15 Minutes
Stop muffin top, nip hips and trim thighs. This Pilates and plyometrics routine tones every trouble zone.

Quickie Calorie Crushers: 15-Minute Cardio Workouts
Looking for speedy routines that count as your exercise for the day? Done.

  1. Fitness Magazine
    https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET YOUR MATCHA, IT’S VALENTINE’S DAY!

Screen Shot 2020-02-12 at 11.30.01 AMWhy we’re sweet on this SUPERFOOD

Have you been introduced to matcha, the current darling of the tea world? This finely milled green tea powder—the staple ingredient upon which traditional Japanese tea ceremonies were built in the 12th century—has skyrocketed in popularity recently thanks to its visual appeal, purported health benefits and distinct flavor. 

Matcha is essentially processed green tea leaves that have been stone-ground into a delicate powder. The powder is then sifted and whisked with hot water. Because of the laborious process required to produce matcha, the tea is generally pricier than others.

Matcha leaves are grown in a number of places, and the practice of milling tea leaves into a fine powder and whisking with water originated in China around the 10th century. Most agree the best matcha comes from Japan, with the most popular growing regions located in the southern half of the country: Uji, Nishio, Shizuoka, and Kyushu.

Matcha has recently been making waves in the health and beauty sectors because the green tea leaves are believed to be high in antioxidants. Regular steeped green tea is considered healthy because the leaves contain antioxidants, but water can only extract a small about of the leaves’ nutritional properties. In the case of matcha, you consume the entire leaf, making it exponentially more healthful.

Matcha tea is approximately 10 times stronger than regular brewed green tea. The anti-oxidant activity of Matcha is higher than that of blueberries, 100 times more potent than Vitamin C, and 25 Times more active than Vitamin E. Match contains over 70 times the anti-oxidants of fresh orange juice, and over 9 times the beta-carotene of spinach.

In addition to drinking matcha both warm and cold, there’s no shortage of creative ways to get your daily dose of matcha: infused into cocktails, whipped into lattes, sprinkled atop savory dishes, and mixed into any number of sweets from macaroons to mochi, and cakes to doughnuts.


GOTCHA, MATCHA.

Adding up the Potential Health Benefits

Longevity
Green tea has been researched for years and has been thought to lower mortality rates in humans. Matcha green tea, the mother of all green teas, is the most potent, delivering more than 10X the strength and health benefits of regular tea.

Heart Disease Fighter
Matcha is used as an anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol lowering and vasculo-protective supplement. 

Improved Memory
Matcha may help maintain cognitive ability while neutralizing harmful radicals that can cause damage to the brain.

Sustained Energy
Matcha can help sustain energy for 4-6 hours without the caffeine crash you find with coffee or sugary drinks.

Blood Pressure & Hypertension Relief
Matcha Green Tea may assist in lowering blood pressure by increasing the levels of nitric oxide, which dilates the arteries and reduces blood pressure

Weight Loss
Matcha is commonly used as a weight loss ingredient, and may work to naturally suppress the appetite while increasing metabolism.

With all these healthy benefits, don’t miss out on PURE’s current deal: PURE Matcha for the reduced price of $42.95. Sale runs through the end of April, 2020 (or while supplies last).

HEART-HEALTHY VALENTINE’S DAY TREATS
Want to create a something sweet with a good-for-you twist? Try these recipes with PURE Matcha and watch your sweetie swoon.


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Ingredients:
– 20-25 strawberries
– 6 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped
– 1.5 tsp. PURE Matcha powder
– 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
– Chocolate sprinkles (or other toppings) as desired

Directions:
1. Thoroughly wash and dry the strawberries and place them in the fridge.
2. Finely chop the white chocolate and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, and microwave again for 20 seconds. If the chocolate has not melted, continue microwaving in 10-second increments until completely melted.
3. Sift the PURE Matcha powder over the melted white chocolate and stir until combined.
4. Take the strawberries out of the fridge. Make sure each strawberry is completely dry before dipping it into the chocolate.
5. Gently hold the leaves of the strawberries and dip each into the matcha chocolate two-thirds of the way, twirling the strawberry to get an even coat.
6. Dip into your desired toppings and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave some strawberries with no toppings for the chocolate drizzle.
7. Chill the strawberries in the fridge for 8-10 minutes or until firm.
8. For the semi-sweet chocolate drizzle: microwave the chocolate for 45 seconds, stir, then microwave for another 15 seconds. If not completely melted, continue microwaving in 10-second increments until fully melted. Using a fork, lightly drizzle the chocolate onto the strawberries.
9. Chill in the freezer for another 8 minutes or until firm.
10. Share and enjoy!


Matcha Butter Cake
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Ingredients:
For the cake:
170 grams (3/4 cup) butter, soft
200 grams (1 cup) sugar
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
3 eggs
10 mL (2 teaspoons) vanilla extract
30 mL (2 tablespoons) heavy cream
1 tbs. PURE Matcha powder
120 grams (1 cup) flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder

For decorating:
1/2 tsp. PURE Matcha powder
1/4 cup powdered sugar, fruit and flowers, as desired

 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease and flour a 6×3 inch pan liberally.
2. Place butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with the sugar and salt and beat on high speed for 5 minutes.
3. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add in the eggs.
4. Beat on high for 5 more minutes.
5. Scrape the bowl and add the cream and vanilla extract; mix only until partially incorporated.
6. Add in the PURE Matcha, flour, and baking powder.
7. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix to ensure homogeneity.
8. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top.
9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is puffed and springy and a tester comes out clean.
10. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes; invert onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
11. To decorate, mix PURE Matcha and powdered sugar together very well.
12. Dust over the top of the cake and decorate with fresh fruit as desired.
Serve in repeated thin slices with hot tea!

Matcha Berry Smoothie

Screen Shot 2020-02-12 at 11.28.16 AMIngredients
– 2 cups nut milk of choice
– 2 cups blueberries frozen
– 1 banana
– 2 tsp. protein powder unflavored
– 1 tbs. PURE Matcha powder
– 1 tbs. chia seeds
– 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
– 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
– pinch of salt

Instructions
In a blender, mix the nut milk, blueberries, banana, protein powder (if using), PURE Matcha, chia seeds, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until smoothie. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.

Note: Nutrition calculated based on almond milk. A pinch of salt is not included.

Is Cauliflower Pizza Crust Really Healthier? It can be a toss up.

This Sunday is National Pizza Day—YAY!—and that’s something we can all sink our teeth into. Pizza is the best food on earth and nothing (NOTHING!) can change that—even though the stuff has long been vilified as a junk food because it’s high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium.

Spoiler alert: On average, a large slice of pepperoni pizza contains 311 calories, 13.5 grams of total fat (5.5 grams saturated), and 720 milligrams of sodium. And that’s just one slice, which almost never happens.
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So, how does indulging in this all-time fave really affect your body? Is it as bad as we think? Here’s the breakdown:

10 to 15 minutes:
Sugar begins to hit your bloodstream—even though fat and protein from the cheese and pepperoni slow the surge. You’ll feel less sluggish than you did before eating, but might develop belly bloating as your body continues to digest your food and residual gases—especially if you overate.

15 to 20 minutes:
Levels of leptin, that tells you to stop eating, rise steadily as your cells absorb glucose from the bloodstream. If you keep eating, your cells will reject the fuel and send it to your liver to be turned into fat.

30 minutes:
Unless you’ve grossly overeaten, which can make you feel sluggish, you’ll feel fully charged. Your body stops spewing out ghrelin (the hunger hormone), so “Satisfaction” is your new middle name. As your body digests fat from the cheese and pepperoni, and spews it into your bloodstream, levels of triglycerides (fat in the blood) rise, which could contribute to clogged arteries in people who eat unhealthy fats all the time or have preexisting health risks.

45 to 60 minutes:
Your blood pressure rises temporarily, which could promote dangerous blood clots in people who are at risk for heart disease. But good news: Leptin levels are at an all-time high, so you’re not even thinking about food. Unless you scraped off the cheese and meat, you should be good on energy. (If you only ate crusts, you might feel sleepy from the hormone serotonin that’s released when you only eat carbs.)

3 to 4 hours:
Hours after eating, your blood sugar is back to normal and your hunger hormone ghrelin starts to flow again. Because your triglyceride levels are still soaring (and will stay elevated for a few more hours), a lower-fat snack or meal is your best bet.

Even later:
If you’re pretty much healthy, indulging in a slice of pepperoni pizza every once in a while will not (repeat will NOT) kill you. It won’t even affect your weight, which will only increase by the actual weight of the pizza.

As you can see, cheating a little with a slice or two of regular pizza isn’t the worst thing in the world. The fear of carb consumption has led to an explosion of creative carb substitutes, cauliflower pizza crust being one of many. But when you dive into the details… is it really that good for you?

Take any food you love, make it out of cauliflower, and it’s magically healthy. Or at least that’s what most people think when they hear about mashed potatoes, rice, bread, and pizza made out of cauliflower.

“People are so anti-carbohydrate and think white flour isn’t good for you. So they wonder, ‘How can we still eat pizza?,’” says Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet.1 “[Cauliflower pizza crust] also has a health halo because it’s associated with a vegetable.”

But look beyond that halo glow and check the labels. Then you can really see if cauliflower crust is better for you than regular crust.

Choosing the best pizza crust requires a bit of detective work. Luckily, all the clues you need are in clear sight—on the product’s label.

Every product is different. Some cauliflower crusts are higher in calories and may have just as many carbs as a thin-crust, 100% whole-wheat pizza crust.

Alternative crusts that are high in calories won’t help you with weight loss, since calories have the most direct impact on weight. If too many of your calories come from fat and protein, you can gain weight—even when you’re on a low-carb diet.

Also, when food companies try to make traditional carbohydrate-based foods out of low-carb vegetables, nutritional chaos can ensue. For example, some manufacturers add extra saturated fat in the form of cheese to make cauliflower crust bind together and taste better.

Be sure to read the ingredients list and nutrition facts to make your own call. Factor in the serving size and review the calories, total carbs, saturated fat and fiber.

Does this crust crush it? Let’s break it down.

Trader Joe’s* Cauliflower Pizza Crust (one slice):
Calories:        57
Fat                  6 g
Sodium         105 mg
Carbs             26 g
Fiber              2 g
Protein          2 g
*Trader Joe’s just replaces regular white flour with corn-and potato-based flour alternatives.
When it comes down it, what is your reason for opting for a cauliflower crust? Whether you hope to save calories or cut carbs, or you’re trying to eat more vegetables, be sure to read the nutrition facts so you can confirm you’re achieving what you want.

It’s also important to be mindful of the serving size and toppings, since that’s the other part of the pizza picture. You can’t eat the whole pie, and you can’t throw all the other health ‘guidelines’ out the window. Are you building your pizza and making it a healthy vehicle for more vegetables, or are you adding processed meats like pepperoni and sausage?

To make the healthiest pizza (regardless of crust), choose plenty of vegetables, such as fresh tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and artichoke hearts. Give this recipe a go when you want to indulge, just not too much:

CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST
This is a really low carb approach to pizza. By using a cauliflower pizza crust, you can really cut a ton of calories when compared to a traditional pizza recipe.

Ingredients

1 cup cooked frozen cauliflower, riced or minced
1 large egg
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. dried parsley

Directions
Beat egg, add the cauliflower, and shredded cheese. Mix, then press into a greased pizza pan then sprinkle with the spices. Bake at 450 for 12 to 15 minutes. If you double the recipe cook 15 to 20 minutes.

Add desired pizza topping (not included in nutritional info) such as red sauce, mushrooms, green pepper, onions, cheese, etc. Bake until brown and cheese is bubbly. This makes four pieces.

As we embrace National Pizza Day with gusto, maybe just take a spin on the wild side and go for it. Pizza is one of our holiest indulgences. And In this Month of #PURESelfLove, cheating on our diets once in a while can go a long way in making us feel like we’re really taking a slice out of life and enjoying ourselves a little, as well as helping us to stay on a healthy diet long term because we’re not constantly denying ourselves. (You can use code PURESELFLOVE on our site to save 10% off any purchase: https://livepure.com/shop)

So for now, as the Italian’s say, buon appetito! And whichever pizza option you choose, rest easy knowing that eating bad pizza, no matter what’s on the top OR the bottom, is pretty hard to do.

 

  1. http://www.eatingwell.com/article/292160/whats-healthier-cauliflower-pizza-crust-or-whole-wheat-pizza-crust/

WILL YOU BE YOUR VALENTINE?

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TIME TO TAKE CARE OF #1

With February 14 just around the corner, thoughts of red roses, romantic dinners and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates have us thinking of all the ways we can express our love to others. But instead of swooning for romance this month, we’re shifting gears at PURE and choosing to show ourselves the love!

We’ve deemed February the month of PURESELFLOVE, because we think that so often putting ourselves first often comes last. We’re ready to look at all the ways self love and care can bring about life-changing benefits that complete the Whole Health goal we think is so important at PURE.

Self-care is something that is often easier to say than do. Self-care might hover at the bottom of our to-do lists because no one—outside of ourselves—is holding us accountable for it. Without that external motivator and with so much pressure from the other responsibilities we carry day to day, we fall further and further behind on caring for our own needs. It’s time we changed that. Why does self-care matter?

The best answer comes in the form of an old proverb—you cannot pour from an empty cup. When we neglect self-care, all other areas of our lives are neglected as well. You may think you are simply too busy to add self-care to your over-packed calendar, but if you are feeling burned out, depressed, lethargic, or drained, then it’s time to think again. Here are four questions you can ask to help you prioritize self-care without adding more stress1.

1. Are there changes I want to make?
Self-care means bringing balance to your inner and outer worlds. For example, if your home is cluttered or untidy, you may frequently feel unmotivated, stressed and anxious. You may also feel guilty about the mess, which may perpetuate a cycle of indifference and anxiety. Making other lifestyle changes, like eating healthier meals, quitting smoking or getting better sleep can also impact your self-care and stress levels.

2. What activities bring me joy?
Self-care is one strategy to keep you from getting burned out. When we work for others—from employers to children, spouses to clients—without refueling, our mental and physical health starts to suffer. You can prevent this by making sure you are taking some regular “me” time by engaging in activities you enjoy. If you like reading, join a book club to keep you motivated to turn the pages. Making a habit of getting facials, pedicures, and massages can be a way to let go of tension in the mind and body. And what better way to feel energized and charged than to get a little exercise?

3. Where can I add self-care to my busy schedule?
When it comes to the end of the day and you still have half a dozen priority tasks to complete, self-care activities often fall off the to-do list. But it’s not fair to your overall wellbeing to keep putting off taking care of your own needs. It’s not sustainable.

You can get started with self-care by sneaking and squeezing it into your schedule. First, do something in the morning. Start your day with at least 15 minutes of self-care to guarantee you won’t put it off. Physical activity, even moderate exercise, can boost your mood and energize you for the rest of the day. Walk your dog. Go for a jog or practice yoga. If possible, try to not check your phone or email until after your self-care activity.

4. How will self-care make me happier?
Self-care has been shown to reduce anxiety, improve productivity, boost mood, power up your immune system, and lower your risk for health concerns associated with chronic stress, like heart disease and diabetes. It won’t happen overnight, but self-care is like strengthening a muscle—you have to work it a bit to see improvement.

To start, take an inventory of your life find out what kinds of self-care activities and habits are missing. If you want to make creating self-care habits more effective and efficient, start simple and keep it short. Make this activity somewhat reasonable and attainable—and then build from there. Why? Because self-care is crucial to your mental and physical health—and fortunately, it’s a skill we can learn and grow.

Stay tuned to the PURE Blog throughout February as we take a deep dive into all the ways we can make self-care more of a priority in our lives. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #PURESELFLOVE on anything you post that shows YOU being nice to YOU!

  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/skinny-revisited/201805/self-care-101

 

 

SUPER BOWL SNACKS THAT SCORE HEALTHY POINTS

Screen Shot 2020-01-31 at 9.46.49 AMWith the 2020 Super Bowl right around the corner, most of us are busy getting our pre-game together for what we’ll be sipping, serving, and snacking on Sunday, February 2. But as much as we love fried chicken wings, cheesy queso and chips, and chocolate anything, we don’t love falling into a food coma during the halftime show (it’s the best part!)

But what we really want to avoid is backtracking on all the progress we’ve made on our new year’s goals to get fit, lose weight or just eat healthier.

Don’t lose heart—you can still celebrate with some not-so-guilty eats. We’ve rounded up a few simple recipes for healthier versions of some game-day faves, including dips, wings, and more…tasty treats that promise to become regular crowd pleasers around your table, minus the stress of feeling like you’re blowing your healthy game plan.

A televised sporting event without wings? That’s a bummer. These easy wings are baked at a high temperature to get ‘em nice and crispy.

CRISPY BAKED BUFFALO WINGS
Ingredients (for the wings)
– 1 pound chicken wings
– 1 tsp. avocado oil or melted ghee
– ½ tsp. coarse sea salt
– ½ tsp. ground pepper

(For the semi-homemade Buffalo sauce)
– ¼ cup butter
– ½ cup hot pepper sauce, such as Franks Red Hot

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 F, then place a wire baking rack on a rimmed baking sheet
2. Wash and pat dry chicken wings. Brush or toss the wings with the oil, then dust evenly with half of the sea salt plus the ground pepper, and lay the wings on the rack, making sure they don’t overlap
3. Bake at 400 F for about an hour, or until golden brown and the skin is firm to the touch
4. While the chicken is baking, make the sauce
5. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk in the hot pepper sauce. Cook for about 2 minutes, until bubbling, then remove from heat.
6. When the chicken comes out of the oven, let them rest for 5 minutes then place in a large bowl and cover with the sauce. Stir until each wing is evenly coated.

Move over, queso, this warm and gooey dip gets a healthy boost from Greek yogurt and veggies—corn, red bell pepper, onion, and jalapeño.

Roasted Corn & Cheese Dip

Ingredients
– 4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped (or 1 tbsp. olive oil for vegetarian)
– 1 tsp. olive oil
– 3 ½ cups roasted corn (frozen works well)
– ¼ tsp. salt
– ¼ tsp. pepper
– ½ sweet onion, chopped
– ½ red pepper, chopped
– 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
– 4 green onions
– 2 garlic cloves, chopped, minced or pressed
– ½ tsp. smoked paprika
– 1 (17 oz.) container 2% Greek yogurt
– 5 oz. cheddar cheese
– 5 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, freshly grated

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. If using bacon, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Fry until crispy and all fat is rendered, then remove bacon and let drain on a paper towel. If not using bacon, start here and add 1 tbsp. of olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Add roasted corn to the skillet, cooking and stirring until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Remove corn and add it to a large bowl.
3. Add olive oil to the skillet; then add onions and red peppers with salt and pepper.
Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in jalapeño, green onions and garlic,
cooking for just 2-3 minutes. Transfer mixture to the bowl, adding in the yogurt,
paprika, bacon and 4 ounces of each cheese. Stir until combined then transfer to serving dish. Top with remaining cheese.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is golden on top.
Serve immediately with tortilla chips or crackers.

A sweet alternative to greasy, high-calorie French fries? Enter, the sweet potato Parmesan tot—the perfect winter comfort food and game-day snack.

Sweet Potato Parmesan Tots

Ingredients
– 4medium sweet potatoes
– 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
– Kosher salt and black pepper
– 1 clove garlic, grated
– 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
– 2 teaspoons chipotle or regular chili powder
– extra virgin olive oil for brushing
– 4 tablespoons salted butter
– 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
– 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
– 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Prick the sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Bake directly on the rack until tender, 50-60 minutes. Allow cooling.
2. Once cool, use your hands to peel away the sweet potato skin. It should just easily slip off. Place the potatoes in a medium-size bowl and mash well. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, garlic, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
3. Combine the Panko and chili powder in a shallow bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
4. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the sweet potato out of the bowl, roll into a cylinder and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining sweet potato mix. The sweet potato mixture will be wet, don’t stress, the shape does not need to be perfect. Roll the sweet potato cylinders in the crumbs to coat and place back on to the baking sheet. Lightly brush/mist each tot with olive oil. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes, flip and bake another 10-15 minutes or until golden and crisp.
5. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the herbs and cook 30 seconds, until fragrant. Drizzle butter over the tots. Serve warm, with ketchup and additional herbs, if desired.

These are just a few of the dozens of recipes at your fingertips offering healthier options for dishing up a winning Super Bowl party. So get out there and count points on the field instead of unwanted calories. You’ll be your very own MVP.

 

 

 

KEEPIN’ IT GREEN

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Juice that packs a healthy punch

The holidays may be over, but the New Year celebration and commitment to our resolutions persevere with National Green Juice Day on January 26. Green Juice drenches your body in plant nutrients and chlorophyll (aka liquid sunshine.) Chlorophyll strengthens your immune system, helps control inflammation, increases red blood cell production, and helps enhance your cells’ ability to carry oxygen.

Go green first thing
The easiest way to enjoy the benefits of a green juice is to drink it as your morning meal, at least an hour before or after your coffee (the acidity of which will negate the juice’s alkalizing effects), and never with a cooked meal.

Benefits of regularly drinking your greens include:
– fast and easy absorption of nutrients
– increased energy levels
– improved cognitive function
– glowing skin
– a little rest for your digestion system
– strong hair and nails.

Celebrate by sipping your way in a brighter direction with this recipe that makes getting your daily greens in a tasty treat.

SUPERGREENS WELLNESS LATTE
Ingredients
– 1 cup plant-based milk
– 2 tablespoons hot water
– 1 scoop PURE Greens
– Organic coconut sugar, to taste

Directions
1. Place a saucepan over medium-high heat, add plant-based milk and stir with a whisk until hot.
2. Meanwhile, add hot water to your mug and stir in PURE Greens Powder until dissolved. Stir in coconut sugar, mixing until dissolved.
3. Once milk is hot, carefully pour into your mug with PURE Greens Powder, and enjoy!

 

A Change for the Best You Yet

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Top Fitness Trends and the PURE GPS Support to
Level up your Fitness Game in 2020

A lot of fitness trends have come and gone over the last 10 years—some effective and worthwhile, and some we could have done without. (Goodbye forever, waist trainers and full-body sweatsuits!) The good news is that a fresh decade is upon us, and it’s already looking like it could be your healthiest and happiest year yet.

Thanks to the digital fitness boom, you’ll be able to get a solid workout from anywhere—not to mention have the coolest high-tech equipment and wearables right at your fingertips. There’s also a change in focus happening: Instead of just working out to get a six-pack, the mental benefits of exercise are equally important, if not more so, than the physical. Here’s a quick look at the top 5 fitness trends you can expect to see everywhere in 2020.

1.  All-in-one fitness 
Typically, you’re left going to multiple places to stay healthy, from hitting the gym to booking appointments with your nutritionist and doctors. That might not be the case in the future, though, as more health professionals join forces.

Instead of having to go to different places for your fitness, health, and wellness needs, you’ll be seeing more trainers, dietitians, physical therapists, and doctors working together under the same roof. By eliminating the gray area between these practitioners, it’ll be easier for you to get the results you’re looking for.

2.  Live workout experiences
You don’t even have to leave your house to work out in real time with other fitness buffs. In 2020, it will be even easier to have a live workout experience in your own space no matter which kind of exercise you enjoy. This trend will allow people to take their favorite fitness experiences and stay connected with their workout communities whenever they want, wherever they are. Right now, you can already take live spinning classes with Peloton, livestream fitness classes through ClassPass Live, and more. And the options are only growing.

3.  On-the-go wellness
If you have trouble squeezing in workouts while you’re on the road, that’s only going to get easier in 2020 with opportunities available right on your phone. According to health experts, the demand for on-the-go wellness is only increasing—especially around fitness.

As we get busier, we want to have our favorite workouts on our phones and at our fingertips so we can work out consistently no matter where we are. Going digital also makes boutique fitness more accessible and affordable. In most cases, it gives everyone the access to top trainers for less than the price of just one class. You can also get some quick exercise tips by checking out our IGTV on Instagram: https://instagram.com/livepureglobal

4.  Community-driven fitness
It’s so much easier to stick with a workout plan when you have a community of like-minded individuals by your side, leading to the trend of community-driven fitness is really going to take off in 2020. As a society, we are seeking connection true now more than ever.

Instead of just hitting the gym by yourself, you can easily connect with others, thanks to the rise in live-streamed classes, sweaty selfie check-ins, social media challenges, and online chats within fitness apps. Having a team to cheer you on and empathize with where you are in your journey helps make those tough days more achievable.

5.  Virtual trainers
Maybe getting a trainer has been out of the question in the past because of the sky-high fees that can come with that one-on-one time. But if you go the virtual route and work with a trainer through your screen, you can get the same attention and guidance for a fraction of the cost.

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Work smarter, not harder
So you’re ready to mix up your workout routine for 2020, but how can you make your new workouts really work for you? PURE’s GPS line of 6 unique products work together to give you the complete support your body needs to perform and feel its best.  You can customize the products to use how you wish, however, we recommend using all six, as they are designed to work together in a cycle.

Check out the PURE GPS product lineup and when to use each to maximize your entire workout routine:

PRE-WORKOUT
Energize:
Prepares the body both physically and mentally for heightened levels of activity. Provides vitamins, minerals and amino acids to deliver nutritive support to your workouts, delivering immediate energy and mental focus. It also works to support the metabolism to help you burn fat, activate muscles and circulate hormones, while producing a feeling of vitality and building lean body muscle. Energize comes in a tub or handy, on-the-go stick packs.

Circulate: A precision combination of arginine, citrulline and complementary amino acids for maximum physical performance, muscle metabolism and natural anabolic support. It opens up the circulatory system, enabling the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the organs (heart, lungs and liver) and muscles. The ultimate formulation, it is scientifically based and show to support growth hormone release, nitric oxide production, muscle energetics and lean muscle growth.

Adapt: Supports the body so it can handle additional physical stressors. It combines moomiyo and a unique blend of herbal ingredients such as golden root, reishi, cordyceps and codonopis, which support your workout by enabling you to push yourself further.

DURING WORKOUT
Hydrate:
Helps replenish vital fluids, electrolytes and nutrients lost during exercise. The formula quenches thirst by supporting rehydration and includes a blend of amino acids, carbohydrates and B vitamins. With less sugar then competing products (just 3 grams), Hydrate helps fluids leave the stomach more quickly, entering the small intestine for faster absorption.

POST WORKOUT
Rebuild:
Designed to refuel and nourish muscle tissue after exercise. Each serving provides a properly balanced protein-to-carbohydrate ratio, with a combination of vital biochemical components to support the muscle recovery phase. It also minimizes muscle soreness and enhances the ability to perform the next day.

BEDTIME
Reset:
Supports muscle repair and growth which, in turn, burns more calories and stored body fat while you sleep. GPS Reset also encourages proper immune function and the beneficial release of human growth hormone (HGH).

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


THE BEST NEW TREND OF ALL? Doing What You Love

Here’s a trend we can all get behind: doing less of what we hate, and more of what we love. Mandi Em of Healthy Living for Hot Messes says 2020 is “the year of the nature walk, the lazy hike, or the living room dance party.”2

Science shows us that getting out into nature is immensely good for our bodies and minds, says Em, which makes nature “the original gym.”

“Also, it’s free and comes with complimentary endorphins! Literally just go for a walk,” says Em. “That’s your step one. Kettlebells can wait. What 2020 needs is people looking at where they are at and taking it to the next level instead of bounding to the top step, falling short, hating it, hating themselves, and giving up entirely.”

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