FOR THE LOVE OF STRAWBERRY (PLUS A WHOLE LOT OF PROTEIN)

A healthy, easy-to-make strawberry protein shake recipe with only 4 ingredients! Enjoy this delicious protein shake post workout or for a meal replacement. 

Screen Shot 2020-07-15 at 1.40.36 PMOne of the sweetest reasons to love summer is all the mouthwatering fruit ripe for the tasting all season. And if you’re exercising and trying to eat healthy, there’s nothing better than a protein-packed, strawberry smoothie brimming with goodness and guaranteed to satisfy.

If you aren’t using a protein powder, PURE’s Strawberry 360 Complete Shake mix is a great way to sneak extra protein into your diet. Protein helps you feel full longer and, because your body uses more energy to digest protein, you burn more calories when you have it on board.

PURE’s Complete 360 Shake contains a unique potato extract and fiber blend that helps the body control feelings of hunger. Whey and pea proteins also contribute to the robust 19 grams of protein, and the its packed with 25 essential vitamins and minerals from 100 percent organic, all-natural sources.

So, if you’re looking for a way to get your strawberry fix AND sip something that tastes pretty much like a thick and creamy milkshake (without any guilt!), you’ve got to give this recipe a spin. And for an added dose of healthy carbs and potassium, throw in half of a banana. Topping it off with a few Mila Chia seeds gives you another boost of plant-based protein and fiber—and even more good-for-you nutrients.

Strawberry Chia Seed Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop PURE 360 Complete Strawberry Shake mix
  • 2 teaspoons PURE Mila chia seeds, for sprinkling or stirring in

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except for Mila chia seeds to blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add a few teaspoons more of milk to create your preferred consistency. Once blended and smooth, pour into a chilled glass or bowl and sprinkle with Mila chia seeds. Enjoy!

 

Nutrition
Servings: 1 smoothie
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Calories: 195kcal
Fat: 3.6g
Carbohydrates: 18.9g
Fiber: 6.9g
Sugar: 9.6g
Protein: 22.5g

PURE AMERICAN: PURE Boasts Benefits of Products Made Right Here at Home

Screen Shot 2020-07-01 at 11.50.11 AMWalk into any big-box store, pick up an item at random off the shelf, and look at the label. Chances are you’ll see the same three words on the tag: “Made in China.” Depending on the product, it might read “Made in Mexico” or “Made in Taiwan” – but it will rarely say “Made in the USA.”

It wasn’t always this way. Decades ago, many or even most products on store shelves were American made. But since the late 1990s, American manufacturing has seen a steady decline. Many U.S. companies have moved their factories – and the jobs they provided – to other countries where labor is cheaper, such as China and Mexico.

However, there are some signs this trend is starting to reverse itself. Since 2010, reports cite that more than 300 companies have moved production back to the United States, creating about 240,000 new jobs. As a result, that “Made in USA” label – though still rare – is slowly making its way back onto more products.

One of those companies is PURE. All PURE products are manufactured in America, and the benefits for the company, the consumer and our country hit home when you take a look.

Darin Blackhurst, PURE’s Director of Research and Development, weighs in on what sets PURE goods ahead of others not produced in the U.S.A. “Knowing that our products are made here gives me a lot of confidence in their superior quality,” he says. “Some of the PURE ingredients are sourced from foreign markets because they are naturally derived from those places, but each ingredient, regardless of origin, goes through rigorous testing to ensure its safety and purity. Being made in America also ensures that each finished product is free of contaminants like heavy metals, bacteria and other harmful substances.”

This puts PURE products ahead of the game when it comes to quality and safety. But there are so many other great benefits to manufacturing goods here at home. Let’s dive in!

Reasons to Buy American-Made Products

According to a 2015 report by Consumer Reports, 80% of American shoppers say they prefer to buy goods made in the United States. More than 60% say they’d even be willing to pay 10% more for an American-made product.

Shoppers have many different reasons for choosing American-made goods, including the following:

  • Jobs. The most common reason shoppers give for buying American is to help save or create jobs in the United States. According to a 2015 report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI)the U.S. lost a total of 5.7 million manufacturing jobs between 1998 and 2013 – partly because of the Great Recession, but mostly because of trade imbalances with foreign nations like China and Mexico. In addition to our products being made in America, PURE is adding to this list of homegrown jobs, as all of our IBOs (Independent Business Owners) are small business owners here.
  • Lower Carbon Footprint. Products made overseas have a higher carbon footprintthan U.S.-made goods. Goods made in China or India have to be shipped all the way across the ocean to reach American stores, burning fossil fuel and spewing out greenhouse gases with every mile they travel.
  • Less Pollution. One reason it’s cheaper to make goods in developing countries is that many of them have few or no regulations to protect the health of the air and water. Many factories overseas that produce goods for export to the United States also produce large amounts of hazardous chemicals that pollute the air, water, and soil. A 2014 paper by a team of Chinese researchers, published in the Journal of the National Academy of Sciences, concluded that the U.S. has effectively “outsourced” much of its air pollution to China, where more than 33% of sulfur dioxide emissions and around 25% of nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide come from the production of goods for export.
  • Human Rights. In addition to having weaker environmental regulations, the countries that produce the goods Americans buy often have no laws to protect the rights of workers. A 2015 report from the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rightsdocuments how Chinese workers who produce toys for American brands such as Hasbro, Mattel, and Disney work 12- to 13-hour days and sleep on plywood bunk beds in crowded, dirty, and freezing dormitories. An earlier report from 2006 uncovered child labor at a factory in Bangladesh that produced clothing sold by Walmart and JCPenney. Conditions in these foreign sweatshops can even turn deadly, as in the 2013 collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,000 employees.
  • Health. The lack of environmental and safety regulations overseas doesn’t just put foreign workers at risk – it can also threaten the health of American consumers. In 2007, dozens of types of children’s toys made in China were recalled because they were unsafe. Some posed a choking hazard, while others contained dangerous chemicals like lead paint and kerosene, according to The New York Times.
  • A Stronger Economy. Buying American-made goods doesn’t just support the workers who make those goods. Its benefits also ripple out through the entire economy. So, when you buy from a PURE IBO, you are not only shopping ‘local’ because all of our goods made in America, but you are boosting the economy by choosing to buy from an American small business owner. So buy American, buy PURE!

 

Men’s Health Month: June Helps Bring Awareness to Men’s Health Issues

MenHealthMonthThis one is for the dudes—the men in our lives. June is all about the men that we love and care about; it’s also Men’s Health Month. Celebrate what makes you amazingly you. Since 1994, sponsored by a congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the United States with health fairs, screenings, and other health education/outreach activities.

Why Men’s Health Month?

Despite amazing medical advances, men still have a 7-year average shorter lifespan than women do.

Prostate cancer has grown to an alarming rate of 1 in 9 (in 2015), with many men reluctant to visit their health care provider for regular exams. They may have related problems for many reasons, including, but not limited to fear, lack of information, and cost factors.

So, what do we do? Well, if you’re a female reading this, encourage the men in your life to schedule (and actually go!) to their check-up. If you’re a male: Pick up your phone. Dial your physician’s phone number. Schedule the check-up; physically put your appointment in whatever scheduling device you use. Actually, go to your appointment. This will be different from other age appropriate exams. If you’re between the ages of 20-39 you can schedule your exam every 3 years, 40-49 every 2 years, and over 50— head to the doctor every year.

But every guy should get his blood pressure checked yearly. Hypertension is a serious issue amongst men, as heart disease is the leading cause of death. There are no physical signs of hypertension and at the same time can cause permanent damage to body organs.

MEN’S HEALTH FOR SENIORS
It’s important as a senior man to brush up on your health facts, listen to your body and be sure to get regular checkups. Not only will you live longer, but you’ll have a better quality of life.

General Health. Even if you don’t feel sick, if it important to see your doctor regularly and schedule annual exams. Some of the screening tests recommended by Johns Hopkins for men 65+ are:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Blood pressure
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Depression
  • Diabetes mellitus, type 2
  • Lipid disorders


Illness
. It seems simple but if you’re sick, see your doctor. According to the Health in Aging Foundation, 40% of men said that when sick, they delay seeking medical care for a few days; and 17%  percent said they would wait “at least a week.” Don’t wait. Prompt medical care can be the difference between life and death.


Medications.
It’s important to take medications as directed, and especially for seniors to keep a complete list of medications and dosages handy.  Always inform any doctor you visit about your medications. The more they know about your meds, the better they can look out for potentially life-threatening drug interactions.

Vaccines and Inoculations. Keep up with recommended shots, including for flu, shingles, pneumonia and diphtheria/tetanus, is vitally important — especially for the elderly men in our lives.


Healthy Eating & Exercise
. Older men have specific dietary needs. They need more calcium, vitamin D, fiber and potassium. Experts recommend limiting fat calories to 20 to 35 percent of your diet and suggest the following guidelines for daily calorie needs for men 50 and over:

  • Not active: 2,000
  • Moderately active: 2,200 to 2,400
  • Active: 2,400 to 2,800.

Additionally, it is recommended that senior men try to incorporate 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 times a week into their daily schedule (physical limitations, permitting.)

Sunscreen. Up to 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have at least one skin cancer, and Caucasian men are particularly at risk. It’s never too late to take steps to prevent further damage from the sun. Try to avoid the sun during peak hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., wear a hat and sunglasses, and liberally apply SPF 30 or greater sunscreen to all exposed skin.

What else should you get every year? Well, a rectal exam, PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test, and hem-occult screening (screens the stool for microscopic amounts of blood that can be the first signs of polyps or colon cancer).

Prostate Cancer is drastic—it’s the second leading cause of cancer death for males only behind lung cancer. We are also seeing a rise in melanoma (skin cancer) diagnosis, killing twice as many men as women. When you visit the doctor, take a journal with you, jot down questions or symptoms you have been feeling.

This is your month, gentlemen—so stay healthy. These are just a few ways for men to stay healthy as they age, and there’s no better time to commit to better health than during Men’s Health Month! Do it for yourself—and your family.

And, if you do end up going to the doctor after reading this, feel free to reach out to us at livepure.com. We’re here for your Whole Health, always.

For more information and resources, go to http://www.menshealthresourcecenter.com/aging-seniors/

 

INGREDIENT DEEP DIVE: L-THEANINE

L-theanineDo you ever find yourself reading the ingredient label on the back of the bottle or package and wonder, ‘what the heck does all this stuff really do?’ Well, you’re not alone, and we can help. We’re going to take a closer look at L-theanine, an effective amino acid found in a number of PURE products that can aid in mental focus, improved sleep, relaxation, cognition and weight management.

Let’s dive right in.

What IS L-theanine?
It is a water-soluble amino acid naturally found in black tea leaves, green tea leaves and Bay Bolete mushrooms.

What does it do? Research shows that consuming L-theanine promotes an “alert calm” feeling. It also supports non-drowsy relaxation for cooler, calmer and more collected you.

Where can I find it? L-theanine is an active ingredient in PURE’s Daily Build, Metabolic One, and SleepTrim.

Here’s a look at each of these Whole Health products in the PURE line-up and exactly what L-theanine, in combination with other key ingredients, brings to the table.

Are you making sure you get all of the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to perform at its best? PURE’s Daily Build (in both liquid or capsule form) offers the delivery of antioxidants, methylated (readily absorbed) B vitamins, and Phyto-vegetable and Phyto-fruit blends that help fight free radicals.

It also offers immune and cardiovascular support from eight different forms of vitamin E. Additionally, a combination of L-theanine, inositol, choline, PABA, vitamin D and resveratrol support brain and nervous system health.

Daily Build’s all-inclusive formula consists of twenty-three essential vitamins and minerals, vegetable extracts, antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids, trace minerals, neuro-protectors, cell defenders, and a host of other body-beneficial ingredients to support immune, nervous system, cardiovascular health and more. *

Are you a stress eater? Most of us have been guilty of this at some point, and we can end up frustrated after working so hard to stay on track with our health and fitness routines. But, PURE’s Metabolic One offers an effective way to help supercharge a sluggish metabolism. L-theanine, combined with adaptogen herbs, can produce a calming effect, helping to alleviate stress—and who can’t use a little less stress?

A unique blend of naturally occurring amino acids, nutrients, herbs, botanicals and caffeine work together to help support your weight management goals. Metabolic One also helps the body adjust to physical and emotional pressures that can lead to stress eating. In addition, it allows your body to utilize insulin more effectively, helping to curb appetite. *

Burning calories while you sleep? Sounds like a dream, right? With everyone’s new ‘at-home’ routine having become the new normal, quality sleep is key to a healthy lifestyle, and PURE’s SleepTrim can help you stay on track. If you are not getting the recommended seven-to-eight hours of sleep every night, you may be eating more, exercising less and gaining weight.

With a calming blend of botanicals (chamomile and passionflower), magnesium and L-theanine, SleepTrim helps the body relax mentally and physically.
SleepTrim’s Extended-Release Technology gently delivers melatonin in stages so you can fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed. It’s formula also features a microencapsulated, extended-release technology that slowly delivers a blend of melatonin and blend of capsaicin and red pepper extract to help the body burn calories while you sleep. *

So, there you have it, the mystery behind L-theanine uncovered. We hope the next time you’re reading yet another complex label and spot this ingredient, you can rest easy knowing—you’re in the know on this one.


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

 

TASTE OF SUMMER with PURE ICE POPS

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Summer is here, and there is something about an ice pop that makes a hot day a-okay.  It harkens back to a time when we were kids and would hear that familiar ice cream truck song coming from a mile down the road.  We would instantly start hunting for change in the couch as fast as we could, or running around looking for our mom’s purseall the while trying to figure out what we would choose. Even now when I hear that tune I immediately get excited and start looking around for loose change.

As we get older and transition into a healthier lifestyle, we tend to give up things like ice pops.  They are generally full of sugar, food coloring and empty calories. NOT TODAY FRIENDS!  With PURE products, I have discovered  ENDLESS possibilities for making a healthier version of the beloved ice pop.  It’s just what you need after an intense workout or maybe just a little something in the afternoon to get over that pre-dinner 4 p.m. hump. Give these recipes for fruit ice pops, protein-powder-based smoothie pops and a  “fudge-sicle” a try while temps outside go up. They’re so good (and healthy), you may even be tempted to have one for breakfast! 

Each of these recipes makes 8 ice pops in my mold, but feel free to adjust the measurements for the ones you have. (Amazon is a great place to find all kinds of molds.)

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 packets of PURE ENERGY powdered energy drink mix (flavor of your choice)
  • 2 cups of distilled water

Any fruit of your choice, chopped (my personal fave is ENERGY Mixed Berry, adding blackberries*)

DIRECTIONS
Dissolve the powdered juice mix in the water and add to the ice pop molds.  Freeze for an hour or so and then add the chopped fruit.  Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

360  CHOCOLATE VEGAN SHAKE “FUDGE-SICLES”

INGREDIENTS  (makes 8 ice pops in my mold)

  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 6 tablespoons of PURE Vegan 360 Protein Shake
  • 1/4 cup carob chips

DIRECTIONS
Blend all of the ingredients and pour into the ice pop molds. Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

SMOOTHIE POPS

INGREDIENTS (Makes 8 pops in my ice molds)

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 scoop of PURE Vanilla Shake
  • Any fruit of your choice (chopped)* or choc chips

Remember, creativity is key here! The combination of fruits, the different flavored ENERGY packets, the various types of milk, and the protein powders allow you to come up with dozens of flavor combos.

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These are super fast to makeall you need is patience and a few ingredients. A few tips when you are making these:  When you freeze water it can taste a little different, so I highly recommend using distilled water if possible. Your ENERGY pops will turn out less cloudy and taste much better. I recommend using coconut milk because it freezes nicely (with fewer crystals), and gives you that creamy, milk-based texture.  So, there you have it. You get to feel like a kid again minus the any guilt. And not to worry…the smoothie recipes are kid-tested and highly approved!

*Note: I used frozen fruit. It gives a better texture and won’t brown while you’re waiting for the liquid to freeze.


Unknown-3Hey guys!  Before I get started on giving you all my secrets, I thought I would take the time to introduce myself!  My name is Elizabeth aka BB Cooks.  I am an Advertising Art Director, by day, and a wanna be chef in every other minute of spare time I have. My boyfriend, Jason, and I live in Easton PA with his son (9), daughter (7) and a precious puppy (3). Needless to say, our lives are pretty crazy!  No matter how insane it is around here we always make time to sit and have dinner together.  Food is where we come together and share our stories, our problems, our wins and lots and lots of laughs.

I have 2 very good friends that work at PURE corporate and once they introduced me to the products they carry I felt my brain start churning with ideas and we decided this would be a great way for me to share my love for food and my passion healthy living!  Whole health is at the forefront of my cooking and I can’t wait to share how PURE products have influenced my recipes.

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Follow my instagram @BB_Cooks where you can find all the recipes from this blog as well as tons more drool worthy creations from my little kitchen.

 

PURE Joins The Salvation Army to Help those in Need, Fox 11 News Los Angeles Shares the Story

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Fox News 11 Los Angeles, on-air personality Dave Dettman, “Dr. Gadget,” partnered with PURE and the City of Los Angeles to share the story.

Last week was a great week at PURE. In a joint effort with The Salvation Army, PURE was able to team up with the City of Los Angeles, The Salvation Army and their community partners to donate and disseminate 10,000 bottles of Skin Defense, our all-natural, non-toxic spray, to help support those need during the COVID-19 crisis.

In two major Food Distribution events, The Salvation Army will ultimately distribute 4,000 food boxes to those struggling during the Covid19 pandemic. At last week’s event at L.A.’s Exposition Park, The Salvation Army disseminated 2,000 Food boxes and hygiene kits containing bottles of Skin Defense to families in the Southern California area who had pre-registered based on need. Each food box contained 18 meals, delivering a total of 34,000 meals.
Skin Defense provides a layer of quick protection against unpredictable environmental elements, PURE’s Skin Defense utilizes key ingredient Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL), a naturally occurring chemical produced by white blood cells every day to fight off bacteria, superbugs and viruses*.

4udscUhwNon-toxic and non-sensitizing, Skin Defense is safe for use on intact skin, hands, the face and around the eyes, utilizing an alcohol-free, non-irritant formula that provides a less drying alternative to many other products currently on the market. Additionally, it serves as an effective medical aid for daily use on intact skin or for minor cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes, blisters and insect bites.

And with the current critical needs of so many across the United States right now, leaders at PURE jumped at the chance to help.

“The Salvation Army does so much to help many people in need,” said PURE Founder Mr. Dae Geun Jung. “We wanted to do something to show our appreciation for such an important organization whose work is making an even bigger impact than usual during this crisis.”

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“An unprecedented crisis demands an unprecedented response,” said Lt. Colonel John Chamness, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army’s California South Division. “Having a partner such as PURE to help bring health and safety to go along with the food we will be distributing today is a true blessing.”

Ovb2Z7aQAdditionally, as featured on Fox News 11 Los Angeles, on-air personality Dave Dettman, “Dr. Gadget,” partnered with PURE and the City of Los Angeles to share the story. “Skin Defense is the perfect blend of advanced technology and consumer protection—a true game changer in the world of health & wellness,” said Dr. Gadget. “This donation is an exciting way to show support to the community of Los Angeles, and we’re thrilled to spread this kind of good news right now.”

See the Fox News 11 Los Angeles story here.
PURE is also working to help emergency responders in our local community of Dallas/Ft. Worth—for every 10 bottles sold, PURE will donate a bottle of Skin Defense to help those who are helping so many during this crisis.  Join us in furthering this great cause—you’re just a click away. Help donate to our first responders here!

 

 

 

Vindaloo Chicken Curry with MILA

IMG_1454My boyfriend said to me the other day that he was craving Vindaloo.  I love to experiment with food from different cultures, so I was happy to oblige.  Indian food is lesson in flavor combinations and what spices bring to the table.  When we are eating healthy we rely on spices to take chicken breasts to a whole new level.  It’s not fat that brings the flavor in this dish.  I keep a well-stocked spice cabinet, but these spices can all be found at your regular grocery store. They’re also pretty cheap if you can get the little 2-ounce jars.

Don’t be afraid of the number of ingredientsit’s sooo worth the smell about to fill your house!  You will need a small food processor or a blender, a microplane or box grater, and a mortar and pestle or spice grinder (Good old-fashioned elbow grease and a fat wooden spoon works, too.) Roll up your sleeves, and let’s get into this!

 

IMG_1442INGREDIENTS
8-10 dried red chiles (less if you want it mild)
1 tablespoon of coriander seed
10-12 black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or 1” cinnamon stick)
1/8 tsp ground cloves or 6-8 whole cloves
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons MILA chia
10 cloves of garlic (peeled and grated)

1-2” piece of fresh ginger (peeled and grated)
1 teaspoon tamarind paste
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
4 large ripe tomatoes*
1 med-large onion
1 1/2lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
3/4 cup chicken stock or 1 cup  water with a bullion cube dissolved
1/4 cup PURE Mangosteen juice
1 teaspoon brown sugar

DIRECTIONS

1. In a dry skillet, over medium heat, toast all of the dried spices for a few minutes until fragrant, and remove from a pan to a spice grinder or small food processor.
2. While the pan is still hot, but not on the heat, add the MILAand ground spices. Let them warm up a bit before adding those to the processor/grinder.
3. Add the garlic, ginger, tamarind paste and apple cider vinegar to the processor and buzz around until a paste forms.
4. Chop the tomatoes and add them to a hot skillet with a drizzle of oil.  Cook on medium until they begin to break down.
5. Add the paste to the pan and cook together, stirring constantly, until it is fully incorporated and you can smell the ginger and garlic.
6.  Transfer the entire contents of the pan to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Set aside.IMG_1449
7.  Clean out your skillet and use it to brown your chicken.  Once you start getting a little color, add the turmeric, paprika, salt and pepper.  Toss around and then add the onion. Cook until the chicken is brown, but not completely cooked, and the onions are nearly translucent.
8. Add the reserved sauce to the skillet, along with chicken stock, PURE Mangosteen juice and brown sugar.  Stir to combine and cook over medium heat until the sauce reduces and become thick.  This should take about 10-15 min.
9. Spoon chicken curry over rice and garnish with fresh cilantro and limes.

 

How spicy you want this will determine how many chiles you use.  I used 10 and mine was hot, but not TOO hot.  This is subjective, obviously.  I like my curry to be hot enough to make my eyebrows sweat, so this one was PERFECT!  This made my boyfriend slap the table it was so good.  I also had a close-my-eyes-and-don’t-speak-to-me-moment that made the effort worth it. 

One pro-tip: Let this hang out overnight and reheat it in the morning and toss it with some roasted potatoes. Fry up an over-medium egg and slap that bad boy on top.  Garnish with cilantro and green onion, and you have yourself a curry hash that will impress all your brunch peeps. ENJOY!


Unknown-3Hey guys!  Before I get started on giving you all my secrets, I thought I would take the time to introduce myself!  My name is Elizabeth aka BB Cooks.  I am an Advertising Art Director, by day, and a wanna be chef in every other minute of spare time I have. My boyfriend, Jason, and I live in Easton PA with his son (9), daughter (7) and a precious puppy (3). Needless to say, our lives are pretty crazy!  No matter how insane it is around here we always make time to sit and have dinner together.  Food is where we come together and share our stories, our problems, our wins and lots and lots of laughs.

I have 2 very good friends that work at PURE corporate and once they introduced me to the products they carry I felt my brain start churning with ideas and we decided this would be a great way for me to share my love for food and my passion healthy living!  Whole health is at the forefront of my cooking and I can’t wait to share how PURE products have influenced my recipes.

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Follow my instagram @BB_Cooks where you can find all the recipes from this blog as well as tons more drool worthy creations from my little kitchen.

 

Savory (No-Bake!) Curry Granola Bars with a MILA Boost

IMG_1356When we think about granola, we think something sweet, right?  I started pondering a savory granola a few months ago and wondered what kinds of flavors would make it something I’d actually want to eat more than once.  My boyfriend is the kind of guy who would eat beef for breakfast, so the idea of eating a healthy, savory granola bar is right up his alley.  I’m not that person but I really appreciate a sweet/savory snack in the afternoon. I ran the idea past a few of my family members and friends.  I got a lot of stink faces, a few maybes and only a couple of enthusiastic “yeah I’d totally eat that!” Can we pull this off? YESwe can!  So with a bit of trepidation and an encouraging word I decided I would dare to do the impossible!


INGREDIENTS (Makes 12 bars or about 5 cups of granola)IMG_1290

– 2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
– 1 cup old fashioned oats
– 3 tablespoons PURE MILA Chia seeds
– 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
– 1 cup sliced almonds
– 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
– 3/4 teaspoon salt
– 2 teaspoons curry powder
– 1 teaspoon ground ginger
– 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
– 1/2 cup honey
– 1/2 cup natural almond butter (room temp)

DIRECTIONS
1. Lightly grease a 9×13 casserole dish with coconut oil
2. In a large bowl, mix together the cereal, oats, PURE MILA chia, coconut, almonds, pistachios, cranberries, salt, curry powder, ginger, and pepper
3. In a separate bowl, stir together the honey and almond butter
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix with your hands until combined
5. Pack the mixture into your dish and refrigerate for at least one hour, and then cut into bars or break into chunks

I’m not going to lie to youcutting these into bars didn’t really want to happen.  I tried freezing the entire dish, cutting them and putting them back in the freezer.  I got about 6 bars out of it and the rest just crumbled into chunks.  My boyfriend, being a silver-lining kind of guy, took a pile of it and put it in a bowl with unsweetened almond milk and ate it like cereal.  He said it was the best granola he’d ever had and couldn’t wait to see what else he could put it on.  I had a container of plain yogurt in the fridge and thought, okay, this is going to go one of two ways.  Much to my surprise, it was FANTASTIC.


I packed up the bars that survived and shipped them to a friend, and the rest went into a giant mason jar where it lasted about two days before it disappeared.  The puffed rice added an interesting texture.  The curryTHE CURRYI mean who would have thought!? If you are a fan of the sweet/savory combo this insanely good-for-you recipe is right up your alley.  I’ll try this againmaybe with more honeyto see if I can get the bars to stick together better but, for now, I’m very happy with out this turned out and think you will be, too!


Unknown-3Hey guys!  Before I get started on giving you all my secrets, I thought I would take the time to introduce myself!  My name is Elizabeth aka BB Cooks.  I am an Advertising Art Director, by day, and a wanna be chef in every other minute of spare time I have. My boyfriend, Jason, and I live in Easton PA with his son (9), daughter (7) and a precious puppy (3). Needless to say, our lives are pretty crazy!  No matter how insane it is around here we always make time to sit and have dinner together.  Food is where we come together and share our stories, our problems, our wins and lots and lots of laughs.

I have 2 very good friends that work at PURE corporate and once they introduced me to the products they carry I felt my brain start churning with ideas and we decided this would be a great way for me to share my love for food and my passion healthy living!  Whole health is at the forefront of my cooking and I can’t wait to share how PURE products have influenced my recipes.

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Follow my instagram @BB_Cooks where you can find all the recipes from this blog as well as tons more drool-worthy creations from my little kitchen. 

Chia Falafel (Just add MILA!)

IMG_1106I was a vegetarian for 18 years and in that time I fell deeply in love with falafel.  I used to be able to find a boxed mix in the grocery store but lately have had a hard time.  I was having a craving the other day and decided I was going to take measures into my own hands… literally.  These are already pretty healthy but adding in the Mila Chia is gonna take these up a notch.  The Mila added a great texture and I’m pretty sure I’ll never make them again without it!  Don’t be intimidated by all the ingredients. I have a pretty well stocked spice cabinet so I had all of these but you can find them in most regular hometown grocers or online.  All you do is toss them in a food processor and whiz them around for a few minutes and DONE!  Add a side of pita bread if you like, and enjoy! Ok, let’s do this!

IMG_1075INGREDIENTS (Makes 18-20 falafel)
1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight (don’t use canned chickpeas)
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1 cup parsley, chopped
1 cup cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper (cored & seeded)
5 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons PURE Mila Chia Seeds
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoon chickpea or all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
canola/vegetable/avocado oil for frying

YOGURT SAUCE


5oz container of plain greek yogurt
1/3 of an english cucumber (grated on a box grater)
3 radishes (small dice)
1/3 cup cilantro (finely chopped)
2 tablespoons PURE Mangosteen juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Grate the cucumber and wrap in a towel or paper towels and squeeze all of the water out.  Add to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and stir.  Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

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DIRECTIONS
1. The night before, soak the dried chickpeas in cold water. Make sure the water covers the chickpeas by 2-3 inches, as they’ll triple in size.
2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add them to your food processor.
3. Add the onion, parsley, cilantro, pepper, garlic, cumin, salt, cardamom, chia seeds and black pepper to the food processor and pulse several times until it resembles the texture of coarse sand.
4. Transfer the falafel mixture to a bowl and add the flour and baking soda. Stir together, then cover with plastic wrap so that it touches the top of the mixture to prevent it from drying out.
5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to one hour.IMG_1083
6. Use your hands or an ice cream scoop to form the falafel into patties. If you find the mixture is too wet, you can add another tablespoon of flour. If it’s too dry and crumbly, you can add a teaspoon or two of water or lemon juice.
7. Heat a little less than a 1/2” of oil in your skillet over medium heat.
8. Once it’s good and hot place 1/2 of the patties in the oil about an inch a part.  Work in smaller batches if you need, depending on the size of your pan, so that you don’t overcrowd them.
9.  Brown on both sides and transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.  Keep them in a warm oven while you cook the rest.

YAAASS!  Look at what you just did!!!  Be proud of yourself.  No really… take a breath and be proud.  You just made something most people make with a box mix.  Like the first time you made a cake from scratch… life changing.  Serve with Pita bread, yogurt sauce, IMG_1098sliced tomato and lettuce.  You can even add tahini or a squeeze of lemon.  I added radishes to mine for some extra crunch. OH!!! And if you want this but don’t want to take the time to fry, I get it and this is a judgment-free zone, you have options!

My favorite way – the “FAWAFFLE.”  Yup, you heard me. Put that mix in a preheated waffle iron on high that you have hit up with a little olive oil spray.  Or you can spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray, place patties, spray again and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.  IMG_1093Just remember to flip them half way through.

If you want to make a large batch of this mixture you can even freeze the mix for up to 3 months.  So that’s it guys!  Pretty simple… WHO NEEDS A BOX MIX!?  NOT US, THAT’S WHO.

 

 

 

 


 

Unknown-3Hey guys!  Before I get started on giving you all my secrets, I thought I would take the time to introduce myself!  My name is Elizabeth aka BB Cooks.  I am an Advertising Art Director, by day, and a wanna be chef in every other minute of spare time I have. My boyfriend, Jason, and I live in Easton PA with his son (9), daughter (7) and a precious puppy (3). Needless to say, our lives are pretty crazy!  No matter how insane it is around here we always make time to sit and have dinner together.  Food is where we come together and share our stories, our problems, our wins and lots and lots of laughs.

I have 2 very good friends that work at PURE corporate and once they introduced me to the products they carry I felt my brain start churning with ideas and we decided this would be a great way for me to share my love for food and my passion healthy living!  Whole health is at the forefront of my cooking and I can’t wait to share how PURE products have influenced my recipes.

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Follow my instagram @BB_Cooks where you can find all the recipes from this blog as well as tons more drool worthy creations from my little kitchen. 

 

Protein-packed Banana Bread! PURE 360 Shake makes this favorite even better

BananaBread_doneLike a lot of people out there I want to make sure the food I eat is fuel and not something that is going to drag me down.  At the same time, I like to eat and I want it to taste good! The struggle is real for those of us with a sweet tooth who also don’t want to feel like we are taking the walk of shame every time we leave the kitchen.  This recipe for Banana Bread is exactly what we all need right now.  A comfort food that makes us feel good about ourselves and not like that second helping might as well get duct taped to our thighs ‘cause thats where its going anyway.

This recipe is packed with PROTEIN, is VEGETARIAN and REFINED SUGAR-FREE.  Yup… you heard me.  And you may not believe me now, but is certainly doesn’t look, smell or taste like it’s good for you.  But go aheadeat that second slice.  Have a “close your eyes” moment where you sit in the corner and ENJOY.  You earned it!

BananaBread_IngredientsINGREDIENTS
1 2/3 cup unbleached flour
1 scoop (heaping) PURE Vanilla Bean 360 Shake
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil (room temperature)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
3 large bananas (mashed)
1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

BananaBread_mashedDIRECTIONS
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.
  In a medium size bowl mix together flour, 360 Shake, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3.
  In another bowl, beat sugar and coconut oil, on medium speed, until well blended. (We recommend a bowl with a fitted paddle attachment if you have one.)

4.  Add eggs in one at a time, beating well.

5.
  Add mashed bananas, milk, and vanilla all at once and mix until well blended.

6.
  Using a rubber spatula, gently add dry ingredients to banana mixture. Mix until just blended.  Try not to over mix this as it will cause the bread to be rubbery and not fluffy.

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7.
  Fold in the chocolate chips and set the batter aside to rest for 10min.  This will ensure that the flour has a chance to relax and will result in a lighter texture

BananaBread_pan8.  Add batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes.  Check the bread at about 40 minute by sticking a butter knife or toothpick in the center.  If it comes out dry – its done!  If not check every 5min for doneness.

9.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing – ITS GONNA BE HARD – JUST DO IT!

Note:  This bread is gonna get DARK.  The 360 Shake, oil and the brown coconut sugar are the reason. If it feels like its getting TOO dark – cover with foil and move the bread to the 1/3 of the oven.

My kids DEVOURED this bread.
  Who are we kidding… I DEVOURED this bread!  It was everything you’d ever want it to be.  Soft, not too sweet, full of banana flavor and the dark chocolate just takes it to that “treat yo self” level.  This is an awesome recipe to get the kids involved too.  My little girl was all about mashing the bananas and stirring the dry ingredients together.  They love to bake with me and I love showing them that eating well doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor or that sense of indulgence!

 


 

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Hey guys!  Before I get started on giving you all my secrets, I thought I would take the time to introduce myself!  My name is Elizabeth aka BB Cooks.  I am an Advertising Art Director, by day, and a wanna be chef in every other minute of spare time I have. My boyfriend, Jason, and I live in Easton PA with his son (9), daughter (7) and a precious puppy (3). Needless to say, our lives are pretty crazy!  No matter how insane it is around here we always make time to sit and have dinner together.  Food is where we come together and share our stories, our problems, our wins and lots and lots of laughs.

I have 2 very good friends that work at PURE corporate and once they introduced me to the products they carry I felt my brain start churning with ideas and we decided this would be a great way for me to share my love for food and my passion healthy living!  Whole health is at the forefront of my cooking and I can’t wait to share how PURE products have influenced my recipes.

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Follow my instagram @BB_Cooks where you can find all the recipes from this blog as well as tons more drool worthy creations from my little kitchen.