Back to school with Mila

With summer almost over, you’ve likely started to shop 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 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 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 they’re 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, and 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, 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.

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Do you ever crave a big, juicy burger?

…or a warm, cream-filled donut? Me too! Cravings are a funny thing. When I was pregnant I craved salmon. When I’m stressed, I crave chocolate. Cravings are usually food related, although they can be physical, too. Oftentimes I crave a hug from my child or a brisk walk outside.

Cravings of any kind usually mean something is missing or deficient, either from your diet or your life. Cravings can arise from stress or anxiety. For instance, we may crave carbohydrates when we’re anxious because they raise serotonin levels which have a calming effect.1

How do you calm a craving?

If you crave salt, you might be dehydrated or have an iron deficiency. Drinking a glass of milk, eating yogurt or making a salad with dark leafy greens can help.2  For a similar taste, try adding black pepper, garlic and ginger to food. Use the juice of lemons and limes to add flavor to meat, vegetables and sauces. And be sure to hydrate. Increase your water intake with ENERGY.

If you crave fat, you might be stressed. Or you could be deficient in essential fatty acids like omega-3s. Try supplementing with avocados and raw nuts which are both good fats. Mila® chia is an excellent source of protein and ALA omega-3 fatty acids, which play a crucial role in normal growth and development and brain function.* Mila is easy to add to a variety of dishes. Find recipe ideas at livepure.com/recipes.

If you crave sugar, your blood sugar levels may be off. According to Taylor Newhouse, registered dietitian with the Texas A&M School of Public Health, “As blood glucose levels change throughout the day, the body tries to keep these levels stable.”  Sugar also releases endorphins creating that “sugar high” resulting in eating more of it.2

If you’re psychologically craving someone in your life or you are unsatisfied with your life, you may be replacing those feelings with sugar. Try eating fruit or berries. Dark chocolate may help as well as snack bars that are low in fat and sugar. Click here to see a list of foods that help fight sugar cravings.

Other ways to calm a craving:

  • Try getting rid of or donating foods in your pantry that you are tempted to eat.
  • Before going to the grocery store, eat a light, healthy snack to curb your buying temptations.
  • When dining out or attending an event where food will be served, be sure to eat a healthy meal beforehand, and bring a healthy snack to enjoy if the food provided is not appropriate for your diet.

When a craving is coming on, ask yourself: When was the last time I ate something, and what was it? What kind of mood am I in? Have I exercised? Am I stressed about something? What am I craving? Your answers could help you better understand why you are having a craving.

Most importantly, take care of yourself. Look at what you are or aren’t eating, and make sure you are consuming the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Daily Build is a comprehensive multivitamin that contains 23 essential vitamins and minerals, and is an excellent supplement to add to your regimen.

Also look beyond your food for areas in your life that may be lacking. Be open to improving these areas in your life, along with your physical health.

Lastly, drink plenty of water.  Sometimes a food craving is simply a sign of thirst.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/James_Dinicolantonio/publication/319266735_Sugar_addiction_Is_it_real_A_narrative_review/links/59a0099045851508f105a3b2/Sugar-addiction-Is-it-real-A-narrative-review.pdf

2 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160614121859.htm

 

It’s National Beverage Day

Feeling thirsty?

We recently asked the employees at PURE to share their favorite PURE-centric beverages.

The ideas were endless! From hot, cold, blended, shaken, sweet and other delicious ideas, you just might discover your new favorite!

  • “Combine 2 fl. oz. of GoYin and 2 fl. oz. of Mangosteen superfruit with 2 tablespoons Mila® chia. Add ice and water as desired.” – Daren H.
  • “Blend Acai superfruit with 1 ½ cup strawberries, 1 ripe banana and 1 cup fresh spinach for a delicious breakfast smoothie.” – Jennifer E.
  • “I combine Mixed Berry ENERGY with 360 Complete Shake (Vanilla Bean) and Mila. My oldest daughter loves it!” – Ivonne T.
  • “I like to add 2 fl. oz. of GoYin to my morning shake. It makes it taste way better.” – Joel J.
  • “Combine one serving of Matcha Vegan Shake (Vanilla), 1 cup of vanilla almond milk, 2 spoonfuls of peanut butter, half a banana, a dash of cinnamon and a couple of ice cubes in a blender. Enjoy!” – Stacy K.
  • “Mix orange juice, lime juice and Goji superfruit for a delicious and refreshing morning drink.” – Jennifer E.
  • “Blend ¼ cup Noni superfruit, 1 ripe banana, ½ cup fresh pineapple, ¼ cup fresh mango, the juice of ¼ lemon, a handful of spinach, ½ cup almond milk and 1 tablespoon honey. Enjoy!” – Jennifer E.
  • “Make a hot cup of PURE Perk and add about 1 tablespoon of orange zest and a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Top with Cool Whip whipped topping if desired. Delicious!” – Anonymous

Do you have a favorite drink using PURE products? Don’t keep it a secret.

Put on a sombrero, it’s Cinco de Mayo

There’s no time for siesta, only fiesta on this fifth day of May!  It’s a day to celebrate American-Mexican culture and that means parties, dancing, singing and partaking of delicious Mexican food.

To get your senses excited, check out the following three recipes (a main meal, a snack and a dessert) that are flavorful and nutritious, and which incorporate products by PURE. Whether you’re hosting the party or attending, these will surely satisfy.

Tortilla Bake with Mila® chia

Simply delicious main meal that the whole family will enjoy. With the addition of Mila, you know you’re getting your daily serving of nutrition. The fiber found in Mila is predominantly soluble fiber, a form that may be especially beneficial for promoting cardiovascular health. *

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs. lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 16-oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 16-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 scoops Mila chia
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package tortillas, cut into strips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook turkey, onion, bell pepper and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until turkey is no longer pink. Drain.
  3. Combine turkey with remaining ingredients, except the tortilla strips.
  4. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with tortilla strips.
  5. Top them with half of the mixture, spreading evenly.
  6. Repeat layers, alternating between tortilla strips and mixture.
  7. Cover and bake for 25 minutes, or until heated through.

Goji Salsa

This simple and colorful salsa is easy to make and tastes delicious! Serve with chips or on tacos.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe mangos, diced
  • ½ cup Goji superfruit
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 large lime, juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the bell pepper, onion, cilantro and jalapeno.
  2. Drizzle with the juice of one lime and mix well.
  3. Season with salt to taste.
  4. For best flavor, let the salsa rest for 10 minutes or longer.

Mila Horchata Pudding

A horchata is a refreshing Mexican drink made with rice, milk, vanilla and cinnamon. We’ve taken the basic drink and added Mila chia for a nutritious and fiber-filled pudding.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Mila® chia
  • ½ cups hot water
  • 1 ¼ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 14 oz. coconut milk, canned

Instructions:

  1. Place the Mila in the hot water and let it sit for 15 minutes. The Mila will absorb the water.
  2. Mix in all the other ingredients and let the pudding chill in the refrigerator.

Senors and senoritas, get your party started! Do you have a creative recipe for Cinco de Mayo to share with our readers?  Perhaps a GoYin Guacamole or fresh salsa verde with Greens? Let us know.

Find more recipes at livepure.com/recipes.

Hop-to-it Easter recipes

What is Easter without eggs? We decorate them, we hide them and we eat them. They’re a symbol of new life and a celebration of spring.

They’re also nutrient powerhouses. Eggs are one of the best sources of protein and they satisfy your hunger. With only 80 calories per egg, they’re great to eat when you’re watching your weight. Eggs are heart healthy and they provide all the essential amino acids which help build muscle and regulate immune function.1

Below are some popular egg side dishes in which we’ve incorporated products by PURE. Add these to your Sunday brunch menu and wow your guests. They will perfectly complement the honey-baked ham! They’re also a great way to introduce people to the versatility and healthy benefits of our products!

Mila morning egg baskets

  • Fresh spinach, cooked
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Mila® chia
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs with egg whites. Add remaining ingredients; mix well to combine.
  2. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick baking spray. Pour egg mixture evenly into cups.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside to cool.
  4. Enjoy warm or cover and refrigerate up to 5 days.

 

Spring-green egg salad

  • 12 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and diced
  • 4 stalks celery, minced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, minced
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons sweet relish
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Greens
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Mix celery, mayonnaise, onion, relish, mustard, Worcestershire, paprika and salt and pepper in large bowl. Add eggs and fold into the mixture.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. Enjoy alone or make sandwiches.

 

Lemony deviled eggs

  • 8 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons light sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh dill
  • ½ teaspoon Lemon ENERGY
  • Salt to taste
  • paprika

Directions:

  1. Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Transfer yolks to large bowl.
  2. Mash the yolks with a fork. Add mayonnaise and sour cream. Add dill, lemon ENERGY and salt. Blend.
  3. Fill the egg white halves with the yolk mixture. Generously sprinkle each half with paprika.
  4. Cover and refrigerate.

 

Do you have any recipes to share that use products by PURE? Don’t keep them a secret! Share them with your peeps!

1https://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-eggs.html

 

Chicken with crunchy Mila crust

Today is National Poultry Day, so what better time to share a delicious chicken recipe!These chicken tenders use Mila® chia for a light and crispy crust.

Mila is a versatile ingredient in cooking and baking. It is high in fiber and omega-3s, it’s gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and a superior plant-based source of protein.

Mila uses different varieties of chia seed to provide a wide array of nutrients. By combining these crops, you get a nutritionally robust product. Mila contains the omega-3 fat ALA, or “alpha-linolenic acid.” ALA has been shown to support heart health; in fact, studies have shown improved cardiovascular health among those with a high intake of ALA- containing foods.

Mila Chicken with Crunchy Crust

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. small chicken tenders
  • 1 Tablespoons almond meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Mila
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Coat chicken tenders with almond meal, salt and pepper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs. Pour Mila into another bowl. Dip each tender in egg, then Mila.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until chicken is baked through.
  4. Serve with salad.

Chia seeds are prized for their ability to provide sustainable energy and have been a food staple in both the Mayan and Aztec cultures, along with native tribes of North America. In fact, chia is the ancient Mayan word for strength.

Mila also helps meet the fiber needs of your family. The fiber found in Mila is predominantly insoluble fiber, a form of fiber that aids in the relief of occasional constipation.

Mila:

  • Is a whole, raw super food and a natural source of omega-3s, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
  • Is a blend of different crops of chia seed to help maximize nutrient density.
  • Contains 3 grams of protein.
  • Contains other important nutrients such as calcium.
  • Is a good source of magnesium and phosphorous — both important nutrients for bone health.*
  • Contains 3 grams of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in normal growth and development and brain function.*
  • May be a great vegetarian substitute for fish oil.
  • According to the USDA, chia seeds contain a significantly higher percentage of fiber than corn, rice, oats, wheat, or barley. Fiber helps promote satiety and relief from occasional constipation.*
  • Mila can supplement your diet with plant-based fiber and protein.
  • Can be consumed on its own or incorporated into your favorite dishes, yogurt, and smoothies. Mila® can replace eggs or up to ¼ cup of oil in recipes.
  • May be a great addition to your pet’s diet.

Brr … it’s getting chili

I can’t think of a better day to share chili recipes than on National Chili Day! I’m talking about the hearty, comforting, meaty and veggie kind of chili!

It’s still the perfect time of the year to warm up with a big bowl just packed with a unique combination of ingredients, including products by PURE.

I think these are definitely cold-weather worthy and I hope you’ll agree. Grab your ingredients and get cooking! Make one of these, or both, and have your friends and family choose their favorite! 

 

Chocolate Chili

This is a delicious, hearty chili with a very subtle chocolate flavor, but a lot of tang. You can add jalapenos to this recipe if you desire more of a kick.

The additional of Matcha Vegan Shake adds omega fatty acids and all essential amino acids for sustained energy, Also, naturally occurring tryptophan in sacha inchi helps serotonin production for elevated mood. Matcha naturally supports fat metabolism and aids in healthy digestion and cleansing.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp Matcha Vegan Shake – Dark Chocolate
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15-oz. cans ranch-style beans, undrained
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Garnish with sour cream and/or shredded cheese (optional)

Directions:

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and cook for two minutes until browned. Next, add the onions, chili powder and cumin and stir together. Add the Matcha Vegan Shake (Dark Chocolate) and garlic, mix together and cook for two minutes. Next, add in the ranch-style beans, cayenne pepper and oregano and cook for another minute. Add the black beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and broth, cover and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally.

 

Mila Chili

This is a delicious, vegetarian chili that uses chia. 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 micro-sliced chia that is easily digestible and nutritionally robust.  

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can chick peas
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, rinsed and chopped
  • ½ cup Mila chia

Directions:

In a large pot on medium heat, cook garlic, onion, chili powder and hot sauce. Add chopped tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, chick peas, red kidney beans and black beans. Allow vegetables to cook. Add cilantro and Mila. Stir. Slowly add spinach. Cover and let simmer on low heat for at least an hour.

Find more recipes at livepure.com/recipes. Have a favorite recipe that incorporates products by PURE? Share it with us at stories@livepure.com.