How to Work from Home During the Coronavirus: TIPS FOR STAYING MOTIVATED, SANE & PRODUCTIVE

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced a slew of companies, including the PURE Corporate Office, to work remotely during social distancing periods. Working from home definitely has its perks, but it also requires a few adjustments if you’ve never done it before. It can be difficult to stay motivated, focused and productive when you have distractions like kids getting cabin fever, daytime TV, a potentially noisy partner and laundry visibly piling up right before your eyes. But don’t worry, if you’re wondering how to work from home during coronavirus, we got you.

In fact, you may find that the silver lining of COVID-19 is just how much you love working from home and the extra time in the day that you save otherwise commuting. These expert tips can help you make the most of your work-from-home time—so you have more time to play when you log off.

  1. Maintain a Routine

“Keep your routines as best you can,” Janel Dyan, executive brand strategist and author of Story. Style. Brand. Why Corporate Results Are a Matter of Personal Style warns. “Too much ‘downtime’ is not a good thing when times are uncertain, and keeping your usual routines helps us have a sense of control. Wake up and go to bed as usual, eat healthy, manage your work hours and find time to do the things that you always do.”

  1. Make Sure You Have the Right Gear

Jono Bacon, CEO of Jono Bacon Consulting, community strategist and author of People Powered: How Communities Can Supercharge Your Business, Brand, and Teamspoints out that a lot of us suddenly relegated to working remotely don’t always have what we need. He recommends the following to be efficient and comfortable outside of your usual office setting:

  • A computer and high-quality Internet connection that can (where possible) support video-calls
  • A desk for your computer, papers, and other items (standing desks are becoming increasingly popular as an option)
  • A comfortable, ergonomic chair
  • Ideally, a separate monitor, keyboard, and mouse (to reduce eye and wrist strain)
  1. Test Your Tech and Keep It Secure

Be sure you can actually physically do your job from home! “If you aren’t already quarantined by now, test your ability to effectively send emails, access and edit documents, access all applications, answer phone calls, and use your webcam for video chats, and make a note of any issues in advance so your company’s IT team can resolve,” Heinan Landa, CEO of Optimal Networks and author of The Modern Law Firm: How to Thrive in an Era of Rapid Technological Change recommended. “To ensure a secure workspace, if you can, use company-provided equipment that has centralized and up-to-date anti-malware, backup, screen lock, etc. and don’t let kids or family on it. For critical applications and accounts, be sure to use two-factor authentication; never use WiFi without using a VPN (Virtualized Personal Network); stay vigilant against suspicious emails or phone calls that ask for personal information; and stick to official health websites when communicating important messages about the pandemic to your team.”

  1. Get Dressed …

Bacon recommends getting dressed when working from home to create structure for yourself and help you stick to your schedule. “Always get dressed, always make time for breakfast and lunch, and take breaks,” he said. “You are not a robot. This solidification of the schedule will make your work feel more predictable and managed.”

  1. Or Don’t

Listen, pants aren’t for all of us. Don’t feel bad about it! “Embrace the mess. I see a lot of people advising others to ‘get dressed’ and ‘look the part’ for the new virtual office hours,” Miri Rodriguez, creative journalist for Microsoft and author of Brand Storytelling: Put Customers at the Heart of Your Brand Story says. “If we’re gonna be honest, attempting to recreate an IRL working experience during these stressful times will only add to the stress. Instead, go with the flow that feels best for you. Your dog might be barking in the background. You may be on the phone while also trying to put puzzles together with your toddler. It is all messy and it is alright. These are not normal times, so it’s OK to not be normal. Besides, normal is just a setting on the dryer.”

  1. Plan Your Distractions

Brooklyn psychologist and author of #AreYouHereYet: How to STFU And Show Up for Yourself Dr. Tony Ortega recognizes that you’re inevitably going to get distracted—so do it in a more efficient way as a means of rewarding yourself. “Set you timer and dedicate 20 minutes to your work task. Then set you timer to five minutes where you can distract yourself with something mindless like TikTok videos,” he recommends. “By doing this, distractions become purposeful and not a means to deviate from work.”

  1. Maximize Your Productivity Peaks

Now that you’re not spending time commuting to and from the office, you may find that the hour you normally spend driving to or from work is actually when you’re most efficient. Since you have more time, pay attention to how you use it, Dr. Ortega recommends. “Chart your most productive times of the day while you are working from home. This will later help you when you return to the office,” he says. “While you work from home, this can tell you what time of the day to tackle the important tasks and which ones to leave for other times of the day. Get to know yourself. You have the time!”

  1. Set Clear Boundaries Between Work and Play

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Working from home, especially if you aren’t used to doing so, can blur the lines between when you’re working and when you’re off the clock. Do not let this happen! “Set very realistic work-life boundaries,” Dr. Ortega says. “If you ware anything like me, you likely don’t stop until your body tells you to. This is the time to really hunker down and set a balance as it will seem difficult working from home. Have a set cut off time every day when work you ends and person you begins and vice versa.”

  1. Sequester Yourself

While you’re social distancing from the world, extend that isolation into your own home while you’re working, Bacon advises.

“Ideally, your office will have a door that you can close when you are at work. You need to be able to signal clearly to your family, roommates, and anyone else that when you are at work you shouldn’t be disturbed,” he told us. “If you don’t have a separate room, set the expectation with other people that when you are in front of the computer or at your desk during your working hours, you should not be disturbed. You should be intentional about this expectation so everyone is clear.” You can try wearing headphones during this time, or sitting in a designated place (if you don’t have a desk) to send the message.

One warning: “As a general rule, avoid lounging around on the couch or lying in bed with your laptop to work. Part of the goal here is to build a routine, and part of it have a dedicated place and time where you work,” Bacon notes. “This will also help to ease the mental separation between being at work and unplugging when you finish for the day.”

  1. Take Turns with the Kids—and Give Someone in Need a Break

If both you and your partner are working from home, keeping your kids entertained can be like a second job for both of you. Balance is key. “Stagger childcare with your partner—kind of like the person on look out,” Dr. Ortega says. “While one works, the other does the childcare. If you have children and are working but don’t have a partner, hire someone temporarily who is in the entertainment or food service industry (who are all basically out of work and income at the moment) to watch your children.”

  1. Find an Online Side Hustle

Relegated to your laptop for the time being? Find ways to make income at home. For PURE IBOs (Independent Business Owners) this is a great time to reach out to potential customers online, as many people are working from home and connected in ways they may normally not be. Take advantage of the shift in people’s schedules to connect with others who may have more time on their hands and are also dealing with the new ‘normal.’

  1. Check in Often

Checking in while working remotely isn’t to keep tabs on your employees (if you’re a boss) or to make your boss know you’re working and not Netflix bingeing (if you’re an employee). It’s to maintain a sense of teamwork and humanity! “Simply asking the question, ‘How are you doing?’ with genuine interest goes a long way,” Julie Kratz, CEO of Next Pivot Point and inclusion expert, says. “Listen with empathy and respond with statements like ‘I am sorry to hear that’ or ‘I am so glad you shared that with me.’”

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13. Remember—and Remind Others—That We’re All in This Together

Maggie Craddock, president and founder of Workplace Relationships Coaching, urges all of us—from entry level newbies to middle management and C-suite execs—to create a sense of safety and collaboration during this time of crisis. “One of the ways that the Titanic survivors beat the odds was by adopting the mindset that they were all in it together. No one was to be left behind,” she says. “This tone of unity helped these brave individuals beat the odds by tapping into a shared sense of hope, loyalty and courage—inner resources that are hard to quantify in monetary terms but priceless to us all when we grapple with unexpected change.”

Be especially mindful of your communication during this time. “Give others the benefit of the doubt, particularly when you are working remotely,” she told us. “If they react in a manner that seems dismissive or defensive, remember that this person may be trying to deflect overwhelming feelings of vulnerability through temporary displays of false bravado. Strive to maintain a tone of gentleness in terms of your expectations of others, and of yourself, as we all pull together.”

*Tips courtesy of Parade Daily

 

 

WOMEN, STRONG. Lifting up the Women of PURE

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Celebrated on March 8 every year, International Women’s Day is a day dedicated to honoring the achievements of women throughout history and all across the globe, and is typically a day for women from all different backgrounds and cultures to band together to fight for gender parity and women’s rights

What is International Women’s Day?

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International Women’s Day (IWD) is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the social, economic, cultural and political spheres. The day, collectively founded by women, also brings attention to gender parity and women’s rights.

Of course, the global celebration of International Women’s Day is a time for reflection of how far women have come, advocacy for what is still needed, and action to continue breaking down barriers. With over a century of history, IWD is a growing movement centered around unity and strength.

What is the theme for International Women’s Day 2020?
In 1975, the United Nations officially recognized International Women’s Day, and, in 1996, began to adopt an annual theme for every year. The first theme was “Celebrating the past, Planning for the Future.” This year’s theme #EachforEqual is meant to be a shared goal throughout 2020.

“We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations, and celebrate women’s achievements,” states the organization’s site. “Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world. Let’s all be #EachforEqual.”

The IWD 2020 campaign theme draws on the notion of “collective individualism,” which refers to the idea that every individual is a part of a whole, and that an individual’s actions, behaviors, and mindsets can all have an impact on larger society.

Screen Shot 2020-03-06 at 11.41.43 AMHere at PURE, we are so proud of all the women who have contributed to the success of this company that spans the globe today. Join us in lifting up these women and celebrating how far we have come in helping support women’s aspirations and goals over the last several decades.

PROUD MOMENTS
The Women of PURE
Here are just a few snapshots of some of the amazing women of PURE and their most proud achievements. We are so glad you are part of PURE!

“I am most proud of becoming a mom and having a strong, healthy family.”
– Kristen Shoemaker, PURE Event Manager

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“When I lived in Kansas City, Missouri, I was a volunteer for The Dream Factory of Kansas City.  We granted dreams for children who were living with a chronic disease. Myself, and a few others organized an event at my job at the time to raise money for the Dream Factory.  It was very successful, and I was able to present the check to the Dream Factory with another co-worker. Volunteering with them for 3 years, I would hear so many different stories from parents, and the children themselves. The stories just pull at your heart strings, so to help raise money, to make a small difference in these families’ lives, really filled me with gratitude.”
– Marci Surls, PURE Sales Support Representative  

 

“I’m really proud of completing my degree. It shows how much time and effort I’ve dedicated to my personal growth and education. It’s an impactful milestone in my life since I’m still young. But, it has led me to many new friends and now leads me through this new chapter of my life—starting my career at PURE.”
– Aimee Srioudom, PURE Graphic Designer

“Chudaporn Lippatana (Jeap) has worked hard every single day since joining PURE.  She understands our mission of being People United Reaching Everyone.  She has been a pleasure to work with and I am blessed to call her my friend. Jeap continues to be a true pioneer and valuable leader in the success of Thailand.  She focuses on the individual achievements of each member of her team.
–James Watson, PURE Vice President of Southeast Asia

“Nantida Hongthong (Toon) is a modern example of today’s woman. She has a very busy life.  Entrepreneur, mother of two and a successful marriage, Toon has many responsibilities. After many years in the beauty industry, Toon wanted a networking opportunity which would allow her to take control of her destiny based on her passion, hard work and commitment. I am amazed at her passion and dedication to her team.  She is an inspiration to us all.”
–James Watson, PURE Vice President of Southeast Asia

ZHANGLI_01“I am proud to have an ideal career that helps me have a happy life. PURE provides me the opportunities to realize my dreams, as well as enjoy a great quality of life with its high-quality and effective products. At PURE, everyone is encouraged to become the best version of themselves.”
Zhang Li, Sapphire Executive, South Korea (right)

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“I am a mother of two sons, and I had my own fashion shop for many years. I always imagined having lifestyle in which I could enjoy financial freedom as well as a life with more time to spend with my children. PURE has helped me achieve my dream!”
–Sony Xu, Gold Director, South Korea (left)

“My husband and I help lead a church in Sachse. We’ve built a family there for the young adults. We love seeing people’s lives change and being part of that journey with them has been the most rewarding part.”
–Alina Bui, PURE Digital Content Specialist

The Coronavirus Disease: Myth vs. Fact & What You Can do to Stay Healthy

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With the recent media frenzy around the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID), it can be difficult to decipher between fact and fiction. There is a lot of misinformation circulating about the disease, so it’s important to know what’s true and what’s not.

Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H. senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins, helps clarify information to help keep you and your family healthy and safe.

TRUE OR FALSE? A vaccine to cure COVID-19 is available.

FALSE.

True: There is no vaccine for the new coronavirus right now. Scientists have already begun working on one, but developing a vaccine that is safe and effective in human beings may take many months.

TRUE or FALSE? You can protect yourself from COVID-19 by gargling with bleach, taking acetic acid or steroids, or using essential oils, salt water, ethanol or other substances.

FALSE.

True: None of these recommendations protects you from getting COVID-19, and some of these practices may be dangerous. The best ways to protect yourself from this coronavirus (and other viruses) include:

  • Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, using soap and hot water.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing.
  • In addition, you can avoid spreading your own germs by coughing into the crook of your elbow and staying home when you are sick.

TRUE or FALSE? A face mask will protect you from COVID-19.

FALSE.

True: Certain models of professional, tight-fitting respirators (such as the N95) can protect health care workers as they care for infected patients.

For the general public without respiratory illness, wearing lightweight disposable surgical masks is not recommended. Because they don’t fit tightly, they may allow tiny infected droplets to get into the nose, mouth or eyes. Also, people with the virus on their hands who touch their face under a mask might become infected.

People with a respiratory illness can wear these masks to lessen their chance of infecting others. Bear in mind that stocking up on masks makes fewer available for sick patients and health care workers who need them.

TRUE or FALSE? The Coronavirus is affecting many more people than the Flu.

FALSE.

True. As of Mar. 3, 2020, the flu is showing much more of an impact on Americans than COVID-19. You can find up-to-date information on COVID-19 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Similarities: COVID-19 and the Flu

Symptoms

  • Both cause fever, cough, body aches, fatigue; sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
    Can be mild or severe, even fatal in rare cases. Can result in pneumonia.

Transmission

  • Both can be spread from person to person through droplets in the air from an infected person coughing, sneezing or talking.
  • A possible difference: COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route (see details below under Differences).
  • Flu can be spread by an infected person for several days before their symptoms appear, and COVID-19 is believed to be spread in the same manner, but we don’t yet know for sure.

Treatment

  • Neither virus is treatable with antibiotics, which only work on bacterial infections.
    Both may be treated by addressing symptoms, such as reducing fever. Severe cases may require hospitalization and support such as mechanical ventilation.

Prevention

Both may be prevented by frequent, thorough hand washing, coughing into the crook of your elbow, staying home when sick and limiting contact with people who are infected.

Differences: COVID-19 and the Flu

Cause
COVID-19: Caused by one virus, the novel 2019 coronavirus, now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.

Flu: Caused by any of several different types and strains of influenza viruses.

Transmission
While both the flu and COVID-19 may be transmitted in similar ways (see the Similarities section above), there is also a possible difference: COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route, meaning that tiny droplets remaining in the air could cause disease in others even after the ill person is no longer near.

Antiviral Medications
COVID-19: Antiviral medications are currently being tested to see if they can address symptoms.

Flu: Antiviral medications can address symptoms and sometimes shorten the duration of the illness.

Vaccine
COVID-19: No vaccine is available at this time, though it is in progress.

Flu: A vaccine is available and effective to prevent some of the most dangerous types or to reduce the severity of the flu.

Infections
COVID-19: Approximately 92,818 cases worldwide; 118 cases in the U.S. as of Mar. 3, 2020.

Flu: Estimated 1 billion cases worldwide; 9.3 million to 45 million cases in the U.S. per year.

Deaths
COVID-19
: Approximately 3,159 deaths reported worldwide; 7 deaths in the U.S., as of Mar. 3, 2020.

Flu: 291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year.

The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly. Since this is a new virus, people do not have immunity to it, and a vaccine may be many months away. Doctors and scientists are working on estimating the mortality rate of COVID-19, but at present, it is thought to be higher than that of most strains of the flu.

HOW CAN WE BOOST OUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS?

Your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these:

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
  • Try to minimize stress.

The PURE Advantage
Additionally, PURE’s line of Immune-strengthening products is here for added support and peace of mind.

Immune6 is a capsule taken once a day (two capsules a day) to help support the immune system. It contains graviola fruit which helps sustain a healthy immune system.

Additionally, each serving of Immune6 contains 140% of the daily value of selenium, found mainly in nuts, seeds and whole grains. Selenium helps lower oxidative stress. Studies have linked a higher level of selenium in the body with an enhanced immune response. In addition to selenium, Immune6 contains vitamins C and D3, both of which work to help support a healthy immune system.

Another PURE product that works from the outside in is Skin Defense—a spray that is safe for all ages. It contains hypochlorous acid, a naturally occurring chemical found in white blood cells. It is also:
– non-toxic
– non-irritating
– non-sensitizing
– antibiotic-free
– steroid-free
– alcohol-free

Because Skin Defense contains no alcohol, it is a non-drying alternative to typical hand sanitizers that can dry out skin. It actually helps to keep skin hydrated and moisturized.
Simply toss the travel size bottle in your bag and travel with knowing you have extra protection on board.

Another product in the  PURE Immunity family is Silver, a patented SilverSol Technology of nano-sized particles that travel through the body to boost the immune system and are flushed out within approximately 48 hours. The formula contains 10 parts per million of elemental silver with purified water.

So, when it comes to keeping our immune systems in top form and avoiding illness, the best defense is a healthy lifestyle and knowing the facts about how illness is transmitted. For another layer of support, let PURE’s line of Immunity-boosting products are here to provide added peace of mind.

PURE DISCLAIMER INFORMATION:  The information in this post is intended for educational purposes only. The PURE products mentioned are intended to nutritionally support and maintain a healthy immune system. PURE products do not diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, including the COVID-19 Coronavirus. 

One Day at a Time

The PURE 31-Day Get-Healthy Challenge is Here!
Show Us What You Got.

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“Eat right, bite by bite,” is this year’s theme for National Nutrition Month, which kicked off March 1st. It’s a simple statement, but a goal that is harder for many of us to reach when our day-to-day stresses and realities unfold.

But there is power in simplicity. When we break things down one by one, any task becomes easier, more doable. With this in mind, we’re excited to kick off the PURE 31-Day Get Healthy Challenge! Throughout the month of March, watch for daily challenges to mix up your diet and exercise routines in a big way. We’ll have prizes for those who check off the most challenges, so plug in and show us what you got! Follow our social channels to get in on all the fun.

To get the healthy ball rolling, here’s 20 tips from the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to get our eating habits on the right track. Doing just one of these on a regular basis is a step to get you moving in the direction of achieving Whole Health. You can do this.

1. Eat Breakfast
Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try making a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, low-fat cheese, salsa and a whole wheat tortilla or a parfait with low-fat plain yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal

2. Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber to your plate. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 1⁄2 cups of vegetables your daily goal. Experiment with different types, including fresh, frozen and canned.

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3. Watch Portion Sizes
Get out the measuring cups and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size. Use half your plate for fruits and vegetables and the other half for grains and lean protein foods. To complete the meal, add a serving of fat-free or low-fat milk or yogurt.

4. Be Active
Regular physical activity has many health benefits. Start by doing what exercise you can. Children and teens should get 60 or more minutes of physical activity per day, and adults at least two hours and 30 minutes per week. You don’t have to hit the gym—take a walk after dinner or play a game of catch or basketball.

5. Get to Know Food Labels
Reading the Nutrition Facts panel can help you shop and eat or drink smarter.

6. Fix Healthy Snacks
Healthy snacks can sustain your energy levels between meals, especially when they include a combination of foods. Choose from two or more of the MyPlate food groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein. Try raw veggies with low-fat cottage cheese, or a tablespoon of peanut butter with an apple or banana.

7. Consult an RDN
Whether you want to lose weight, lower your health-risks or manage a chronic disease, consult the experts! Registered dietitian nutritionists can help you by providing sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice.

8. Follow Food Safety Guidelines
Reduce your chances of getting sick with proper food safety. This includes: regular hand washing, separating raw foods from ready-to- eat foods, cooking foods to the appropriate internal temperature, and refrigerating food promptly. Learn more about home food safety at www.homefoodsafety.org.

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9. Drink More Water
Quench your thirst with water instead of drinks with added sugars. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, especially if you are active, an older adult or live or work in hot conditions.

10. Get Cooking
Preparing foods at home can be healthy, rewarding and cost-effective. Master some kitchen basics, like dicing onions or cooking dried beans.

11. Dine out without Ditching Goals
You can eat out and stick to your healthy eating plan! The key is to plan ahead, ask questions and choose foods carefully. Compare nutrition information, if available, and look for healthier options that are grilled, baked, broiled or steamed.

12. Enact Family Meal Time
Plan to eat as a family at least a few times each week. Set a regular mealtime. Turn off the TV, phones and other electronic devices to encourage mealtime talk. Get kids involved in meal planning and cooking and use this time to teach them about good nutrition.

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13. Banish Brown Bag Boredom
Whether it’s for work or school, prevent brown bag boredom with easy-to-make, healthy lunch ideas. Try a whole-wheat pita pocket with veggies and hummus or a low sodium vegetable soup with whole grain crackers or a salad of mixed greens with low- fat dressing and a hard-boiled egg.

14. Reduce Added Sugars
Foods and drinks with added sugars can contribute empty calories and little or no nutrition. Review the new and improved Nutrition Facts labels or ingredients list to identify sources of added sugars.

15. Eat Seafood Twice a Week
Seafood—fish and shellfish—contains a range of nutrients including healthy omega-3 fats. Salmon, trout, oysters and sardines are higher in omega-3s and lower in mercury.

16. Explore New Foods and Flavors
Add more nutrition and eating pleasure by expanding your range of food choices. When shopping, make a point of selecting a fruit, vegetable or whole grain that’s new to you or your family.

17. Experiment with Plant-based Meals
Add more nutrition and eating pleasure by expanding your range of food choices. When shopping, make a point of selecting a fruit, vegetable or whole grain that’s new to you or your family.

18. Make an Effort to Reduce Food Waste
Check out what foods you have on hand before stocking up at the grocery store. Plan meals based on leftovers and only buy what you will use or freeze within a couple of days. Managing these food resources at home can help save nutrients and money.

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19.  Slow Down at Meal Time
Instead of eating on the run, try sitting down and focusing on the food you’re about to eat. Dedicating time to enjoy the taste and textures of foods can have a positive effect on your food intake.

20. Eat Less Salt
Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Even if you don’t add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much. About three-quarters of the salt you eat is already in the foods you buy. Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1.5g of sale per 100g means the food is high in salt. Adults and children aged 11 and over should eat no more than 6g of sale (about a teaspoon) a day.

*Tips provided by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics staff registered dietitian nutritionists.

 

KICKING SELF CARE & YOUR DAILY GRIND UP A NOTCH

Short workouts that pack
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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!