Super Noni

Meet the noni, a large, light-colored fruit that grows in tropical climates, and was traditionally used as a food, an herbal remedy and nourishing tonic in the Polynesian islands. It is also a key ingredient in one of our Superfruits at PURE. Noni is deemed “super” when it comes to your health, and we are about to share why.

Polynesians ate noni fruit as a stimulant and as a way to combat fatigue and promote endurance.1 The fruit has been used for centuries as herbal and folk medicine in Indonesia, Hawaii, Australia and other tropical islands. The warm climate and nutrient-rich soil of the tropics guarantee perfect growing conditions for the noni fruit.

Nourishing noni

Studies have shown noni to be an antioxidant powerhouse, with immune-stimulating properties. Noni is naturally high in polyphenols, minerals and other nutritious compounds, including vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that is necessary for growth and development and is required to produce collagen, a protein. Potassium is a vital mineral that helps muscles and nerves communicate.*2

Topical treatment of pain and bruising is one of the most common uses of the noni plant in tropical alternative medicine. In fact, one of the traditional names for noni in the Caribbean was “pain killer”. A study suggests that noni juice improves range of motion and reduces pain in the joints.*2

Nothing but noni

Noni Superfruit by PURE uses 100% pure morinda citrifolia, the tree noni comes from. It is not diluted with other juices, and is kosher, gluten-free and vegan. Our formulation uses no additives or fillers so your body is benefiting from the whole fruit.

Noni Smoothie

If you are averse to the strong taste of noni, you might want to try the following recipe for a sweet tasting and nutritious smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Noni Superfruit
  • ¼ cup cranberry juice
  • ¼ cup pomegranate or apple juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ cup water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup frozen cranberries
  • ½ avocado (sliced)
  • 1 apple, cored
  • ½ cup chopped kale
  • Optional: cayenne or stevia

Directions:

  1. Add liquid ingredients to a blender followed by avocado and then the remaining ingredients.
  2. Puree until smooth.
  3. Add a bit of cayenne for a flavorful kick or stevia to enhance the sweetness.

Order Noni today and reap the benefits.

 

1 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228639276_Morinda_citrifolia_Lnoni_ improves_athlete_endurance_Its_mechanisms_of_action

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5920423/

 

Back to school with Mila

There are still a few more weeks left to enjoy your summer break, you’ve likely started to see sales for back-to-school items, including supplies, clothes, and backpacks. Healthy snacks should be part of those items. Although you and your kids may celebrate (or groan) the thought of returning to school, there are many ways to get your kids into a healthy routine before that bus comes around the corner.

In my opinion, there’s one place where you can alleviate the back-to-school blues and that’s in the kitchen. While your kids may balk at the idea of eating something new or different, getting their input on food choices and allowing them to get their hands a bit messy gives them power over their choices. So, get them involved in the meal planning.

Mila plays well with others

As a prized superfood, Mila® micro-sliced chia seeds can be easily added into some of their favorite foods or recipes.  As a staple in the Mayan and Aztec cultures, this gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and plant-based source of protein and fiber can be a staple in your kitchen.

  • What could be more fun and kid friendly than chicken strips? Skip the fried chicken and make chicken tenders with a twist. Have your kids mix about a quarter cup of Mila to the breading mixture and you’ll have a crunchy alternative to the popular fried chicken.
  • Add chia seeds to your whole wheat muffin batter for a quick, last minute breakfast or afternoon snack. Using fresh or frozen berries, you can freeze these muffins and then put them into your kid’s lunch bags to thaw. They are a great alternative to a traditional high-fat muffin.
  • Create a more fiber- and protein-rich breakfast by adding a scoop of Mila to homemade granola. Most pre-made granolas are too high in sugar and calories and low in fiber. Create your own with dried fruit, nuts, oats, a dash of sweetener, like honey, and Mila!
  • Spaghetti and meatballs were a weekly staple in my youth. Mila gels and expands when added to liquid, so it’s a great binder in place of eggs in your homemade meatball recipes.
  • Frozen fruit and spinach are great to have on hand for morning smoothies. Combine your favorite fruits, such as strawberries, bananas, and peaches for a taste of summer! Add in a tablespoon of Mila to boost the nutrient content.
  • For dessert, make some healthy ice pops with Mila to beat the summer heat! Your child will never know their healthy! Try using fresh mango, soaked Mila and coconut milk. Let two tablespoons of Mila soak in ¼ cup of water overnight so they are ready to go! The next day, blend the mixture with one can of coconut milk and fresh mango (frozen works fine too).  Pour into your ice pop mold or ice cube tray and freeze!
  • Create a healthy, high fiber dessert! Combine five tablespoons of Mila with two cups almond, soy, or other milk, ½ tsp. vanilla extract in a sealed container and let the Mila go to work! Let it sit in the fridge for at least two hours. Once it gels, top with your favorite nuts and fruit! Again, let your kids create their own, healthy masterpiece!

You can top just about anything with Mila — yogurt, oatmeal, eggs, salad, pasta ;o)and cereal — the options are endless! Just remember to start your child with a ½ tablespoon.  With three grams of protein, five grams of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium, Mila is definitely a super food for super kids!

Read more about Mila here: https://shop.livepure.com/mila/dt/GP00231.  Order yours today by visiting livepure.com.

Let us know on Facebook what you use your Mila for!

January is National Soup Month

Baby, it’s cold outside! No wonder that January was designated National Soup Month. We have a delicious soup recipe to warm up your stomachs, and hearts. It incorporates Mila® micro-sliced chia as an ingredient, so you know it’s healthy!

Mila is a super food that is gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and is a superior plant-based source of protein and fiber. Mila uses different varieties of the chia seed to provide a wide array of nutrients. By combining these crops, you get a nutritionally robust product.

Enjoy this pureed soup while getting your daily serving of Mila and increase your intake of leafy greens and other nutritious whole foods. This soup is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, not to mention flavor!

Mouth-Watering Mila Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetable stock, separated
  • 3 cups leafy greens, chopped
  • ½ tsp. thyme (fresh or dried)
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • 2 Tbsp. Mila
  • Optional: garlic (minced)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, place Mila in 1 cup of vegetable stock to hydrate. Set aside.
  2. Using a tall frying pan or wide-bottom pan, sauté chopped onion in olive oil until translucent (3-5 minutes). Add garlic to pan if preferred.
  3. Add remaining 3 cups of vegetable stock, chopped greens, thyme, cumin, lemon juice, and quinoa to pan; bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium; cook until quinoa is translucent and greens are wilted (8-12 minutes).
  5. Add soup and hydrated Mila (including the remaining vegetable stock) to a blender and puree until smooth.

This flavorful soup can also be made into a hearty dip or spread by reducing the vegetable stock used to boil the greens by 1 ½ cups.

Enjoy!

Find more recipes like this at http://livepure.com/recipes. Do you have a favorite recipe to share? Submit it here.

Yo quiero (I want) tacos!

Today is National Taco Day, and the perfect excuse to eat tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Who doesn’t love this cumin-and-chili-infused, traditional Mexican favorite? Tacos are easy to throw together and so customizable. Plus, they can satisfy the the biggest appetite.

Tacos are traditionally associated with fresh tortillas, ground beef, cheese and sour cream. Here in the U.S., taco dishes are as varied as life itself — from taco dip to pizza tacos to dessert tacos. Tacos are rich in protein, fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium; however, depending on how you make them, tacos can be heavy on fat and cholesterol.

Make your tacos healthier with the ten tips below. We also share some delicious taco recipes that incorporate some of our products.

10 ways to “taco” healthier:

  1. Substitute chicken, fish or turkey for ground beef
  2. Skip the meat altogether and use vegetables, like roasted cauliflower and beans
  3. Choose kale or dark, leafy greens instead of iceberg lettuce
  4. Replace sour cream with guacamole, yogurt, or a low-fat sour cream
  5. Load up on the tomatoes, slow down on the cheese
  6. Use quinoa instead of rice
  7. Use lettuce or bell pepper boats as tortilla substitutes
  8. Choose soft corn tortillas instead of baked
  9. Make your own sauce or salsa and control the sodium
  10. Make your own taco seasoning, or simply use lemon, lime and garlic. Store bought seasonings can contain too much sodium.

Customize your tacos the PURE way. Use our products to create your own sauces or seasonings. Add Mila to your choice of meat as we do below in the meatloaf recipe. Do you have a favorite product you use to make your taco dishes? Share with us below.

TACO MEATLOAF

This recipe uses our micro-sliced Mila® — a super food that is gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and is a superior plant-based source of protein and fiber. Mila uses different varieties of the chia seed to provide a wide array of nutrients. By combining these crops, you get a nutritionally robust product.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 cup micro-sliced Mila
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 ounces grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, micro-sliced Mila, taco seasoning, chili powder (optional), salt, pepper, eggs, 4 ounces of the cheese, and water. Mix with your hands to combine well.
  3. Shape mixture into a long, low loaf. Sprinkle top with remaining 2 ounces grated cheese. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the center reads 135F for medium.
  4. Remove and cut into slices. Top with your favorite taco toppings such as sour cream, chopped tomatoes, and avocado.

TACO SAUCE with GOJI

Goji superfruit is a dark, delicious juice with a tinge of sweetness. As a natural source of vitamin C and polysaccharides, Goji provides nutrition to help support healthy functions of the immune system. Goji is also is a source of carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help enhance eye.

health.*Ingredients:

  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoon Goji
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions:

Stir tomato sauce, water, Goji, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, garlic salt, chili powder, paprika, sugar, and cayenne pepper together in a saucepan over low heat; cook at a simmer until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Cool sauce slightly before serving.

How do you enjoy your taco dishes? Share your recipes with us at http://livepure.com/recipe-submission.

Back to school with Mila

There are still a few more weeks left to enjoy your summer break, you’ve likely started to see sales for back-to-school items, including supplies, clothes, and backpacks. Healthy snacks should be part of those items. Although you and your kids may celebrate (or groan) the thought of returning to school, there are many ways to get your kids into a healthy routine before that bus comes around the corner.

In my opinion, there’s one place where you can alleviate the back-to-school blues and that’s in the kitchen. While your kids may balk at the idea of eating something new or different, getting their input on food choices and allowing them to get their hands a bit messy gives them power over their choices. So, get them involved in the meal planning.

Mila plays well with others

As a prized superfood, Mila® micro-sliced chia seeds can be easily added into some of their favorite foods or recipes.  As a staple in the Mayan and Aztec cultures, this gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and plant-based source of protein and fiber can be a staple in your kitchen.

  • What could be more fun and kid friendly than chicken strips? Skip the fried chicken and make chicken tenders with a twist. Have your kids mix about a quarter cup of Mila to the breading mixture and you’ll have a crunchy alternative to the popular fried chicken.
  • Add chia seeds to your whole wheat muffin batter for a quick, last minute breakfast or afternoon snack. Using fresh or frozen berries, you can freeze these muffins and then put them into your kid’s lunch bags to thaw. They are a great alternative to a traditional high-fat muffin.
  • Create a more fiber- and protein-rich breakfast by adding a scoop of Mila to homemade granola. Most pre-made granolas are too high in sugar and calories and low in fiber. Create your own with dried fruit, nuts, oats, a dash of sweetener, like honey, and Mila!
  • Spaghetti and meatballs were a weekly staple in my youth. Mila gels and expands when added to liquid, so it’s a great binder in place of eggs in your homemade meatball recipes.
  • Frozen fruit and spinach are great to have on hand for morning smoothies. Combine your favorite fruits, such as strawberries, bananas, and peaches for a taste of summer! Add in a tablespoon of Mila to boost the nutrient content.
  • For dessert, make some healthy ice pops with Mila to beat the summer heat! Your child will never know their healthy! Try using fresh mango, soaked Mila and coconut milk. Let two tablespoons of Mila soak in ¼ cup of water overnight so they are ready to go! The next day, blend the mixture with one can of coconut milk and fresh mango (frozen works fine too).  Pour into your ice pop mold or ice cube tray and freeze!
  • Create a healthy, high fiber dessert! Combine five tablespoons of Mila with two cups almond, soy, or other milk, ½ tsp. vanilla extract in a sealed container and let the Mila go to work! Let it sit in the fridge for at least two hours. Once it gels, top with your favorite nuts and fruit! Again, let your kids create their own, healthy masterpiece!

You can top just about anything with Mila — yogurt, oatmeal, eggs, salad, pasta ;o)and cereal — the options are endless! Just remember to start your child with a ½ tablespoon.  With three grams of protein, five grams of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium, Mila is definitely a super food for super kids!

Read more about Mila here: https://shop.livepure.com/mila/dt/GP00231.  Order yours today by visiting livepure.com.

Let us know on Facebook what you use your Mila for!

 

This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health or nutrition concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease.

Matcha Vanilla Shake Cake

If you like our new Matcha Vegan Shake, we think you’re really going to like this deliciously sweet cake that includes our Matcha as an ingredient. This cake is easy to make, has a light vanilla flavor, and a slightly moist texture.

Matcha Vanilla Shake Cake goes well with a good cup of tea or as a light after-dinner dessert. Please note that this cake is not vegan as it contains eggs, butter and milk.

Matcha Vegan Shake makes a great meal replacement or nourishing snack and boasts a delicious, nutty taste. It contains 19 grams of protein per serving, is an excellent source of antioxidants, and can help improve mental clarity thanks to naturally occurring amino acids and theanine. Available in both vanilla and dark chocolate, the shake can also help suppress appetite, help sustain energy, and help regulate blood sugar and blood pressure already at normal levels.*

Matcha Vanilla Shake Cake

Ingredients:

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet Matcha Vegan Shake, vanilla
  • 2 cups milk, lukewarm
  • confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Instructions:

  1. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and beat until they lighten in color. Add the vanilla extract and butter and beat until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and Matcha Vegan Shake powder, then add to the wet mixture and mix until just combined. Gradually add the milk and mix until well combined. Add the beaten egg whites in thirds, folding with a spatula until just combined.
  2. Pour the batter into a buttered 8″x8″ square cake pan and back at 325°F for 40-50 minutes, until the cake doesn’t jiggle when you gently shake the pan. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely before serving.
  3. To serve, dust the surface with confectioner’s sugar and enjoy!

Do you have a favorite recipe using our products that you’d like to share? Send it, along with a photo, to marketing@livepure.com and we will post it on our blog.