You say vegetarian, I say flexitarian

Flexible — it’s what makes the Flexitarian Diet unique.

If plants make up most of your diet, but you love a hamburger now and then, the flexitarian diet might be the perfect “plate” for you.  The name flexitarian is a blend of “flexible” and “vegetarian”. It is heavy on fruits and vegetables yet allows meat and other animal products when you have a craving.  It’s about adding all five food groups to your diet.

You’ve probably noticed more restaurants incorporating plant-based options to their menus, like that specialty hamburger made with pea protein, coconut oil and other ingredients. Flexitarians generally look for plant-based protein options, but since they enjoy meat, they also look for that sensory experience.

Benefits of the Flexitarian Diet:

  • It’s flexible, ha! Recipes are easy to come by and there is very little meal preparation involved. Plus, you can enjoy eating out and you can have alcohol, if you desire. When eating out, you’ll still want to steer clear of anything fried, crispy, breaded or sautéed. Instead choose meals that are boiled, baked, grilled, roasted or steamed.
  • Want to become a vegetarian? Let’s say you have eaten meat for many years and are interested in becoming a full-blown vegetarian. The flexitarian diet may be a great way for you to do this. The diet cuts down on meat but does not eliminate it.
  • Eating more plants and less meat will help you lose weight, but also lower heart disease, diabetes and more.
  • The Flexitarian Diet was ranked #3 in best diets overall, and #2 in easiest to follow in the U.S. News Best Diet Rankings.1
  • Flexitarians tend to weigh less than meat eaters. Of course, it depends on how often you choose to eat meat.
  • Lower bad cholesterol levels and likely lower blood pressure and improve heart health. 2
  • Registered dietitian nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner, the author of The Flexitarian Diet, says “…flexitarianism isn’t about the amount of meat you cut out—it’s about how many plant-based foods you add. As you add more plant-based foods, you’ll “crowd out” the meats.”3

Incorporate PURE into your diet.

Eat more Greens, a tried-and-true staple of a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet and lifestyle. Adding one scoop every day to your favorite 100% fruit juice or smoothie gives you a range of nutrients your body needs.

Matcha Vegan Shake contains 19-20 grams of protein – a significant amount. Not only is this a great meal replacement, but it can be used between meals as well. It helps boost energy while it calms, it suppresses the appetite, and it even boosts creativity!*

Do you consider yourself a flexitarian? What has your experience been like? Share with us!

1 https://health.usnews.com/best-diet/flexitarian-diet

2 https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/718395/improving-cholesterol-levels-low-fat-diet-high-plant-based-foods

3 https://dawnjacksonblatner.com/books/the-flexitarian-diet/

Veggies: more matters!

It’s National Eat Your Veggies Day! Did you eat enough vegetables today? If not, know you’re not alone. Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal vegetable recommendations. Depending on age and sex, adults are recommended to eat at least 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern.1

Besides simply tasting delicious, vegetables have so many benefits: they reduce the risk for heart disease, stroke and help manage body weight when consumed in place of more calorie-dense foods, and when combined with a healthy diet and exercise program.  Not only that, but vegetables provide color, texture, and appeal to every one of your meals! They are a convenient on-the-go snack option that are low in calories and fun to eat.

Whether its taste, cost, convenience, or texture, people find all sorts of reasons not to eat their vegetables.  If you are a parent and feel like you are losing the war of getting your kids to eat healthier, a college student looking to save money and space in your mini fridge, or someone who just can’t tolerate another serving of boring, steamed vegetables, there are many tricks to help you meet your daily servings!

  • Remember, all forms of vegetables count. Use fresh, canned and frozen foods. Prevent spoilage by using your perishable produce at the beginning of the week and canned/frozen at the end.
  • Get your kids involved. Have them choose vegetables they want to see in their meals and snacks. Let them pick by color or challenge them to try something new! Also use shopping as an educational opportunity for kids learning to read. For example, serve avocados on “A” day; broccoli on “B” day, etc.
  • Don’t be deterred by cost. With careful menu planning, smart storage and preparation, and good shopping techniques, you can make the most out of your food budget. Make sure you stick to your list while at the store. Plan your meals around vegetables and prepare more for leftovers. Soups, stews, and casseroles all make excellent meals that can be frozen for future uses. Finally, shop in season, and stock up when you see items on special.
  • Mix in vegetables for picky eaters. Sneak in vegetables whenever possible. For example, blend spinach and/or kale in smoothies; add zucchini or carrots to muffins. You can even bake mini vegetable quiches in muffin tins and have them ready in the morning.
  • “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” If your goal is to help your family eat more vegetables, then plan! Pick one night a week to chop and dice all vegetables and store in containers. This makes cooking at the end of a long day much easier; pre-sliced snacks are also easily accessible for little hands. Prepare all meals ahead of time. If a meal is lacking in vegetables one evening, for example, keep a bag of frozen vegetables handy. Simply season them and heat up to serve as a nutritious side dish.
  • Eating Greens by PURE on a daily basis adds unique nutrients to your diet that may be lacking in vitamins and minerals. It ensures you are getting a full range of nutrients that your body needs to function properly. Greens is made up of 4 Proprietary PURE Blends that use some of the most beneficial superfoods, botanicals, superfruits and mushrooms available.

How do you include vegetables at every meal? Have you had success integrating a wide variety of vegetables into your family’s diet? Let us know on social media @livepureglobal.

1https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p1116-fruit-vegetable-consumption.html

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

 

A bountiful fall harvest

I greatly enjoyed shopping for fresh berries, peaches, cherries, and nectarines during the summer months, filling my basket with the most vibrant flavors and colors summer has to offer.  As seasons change, so do the fruits and vegetables that are at their peak, or “in season.”

Now that fall is here, I can still find berries in the store, but they don’t always taste as fresh, juicy or sweet because they are not at their peak time for harvest. Technically, almost all food can be grown somewhere throughout the world at any time of the year, but fruits and vegetables consumed within a few days of being picked, rather than trucked across the country and sitting in storage, taste better and may even contain more nutrients.

In addition to corn mazes, Jack-O-Lanterns, and Halloween candy, the signs of fall include delicious, robust flavors from fresh apples, pears, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, seasonal squash and more. The list is extensive, so be sure to add a new fruit or vegetable to your shopping cart next time you’re at the store!

Apples:

We are all aware of the “apple a day” adage. These sweet fall favorites are loaded with antioxidants which fight off free radicals.  Some varieties, like Fuji, are highest in phenolic compounds and flavonoids.1 Apples are also packed with vitamin C and pectin, a type of soluble fiber that helps with digestion.  Some apples are better for cooking, while others can be enjoyed raw, so pick the right apple for your needs. Make sure you enjoy the peel, as the skin contains up to six times the antioxidant content as the flesh.

Pears:

Another fall favorite, pears are higher in pectin than apples. Pectin is a soluble fiber that helps lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol and helps promote regularity and fullness. Pears are also a good source of vitamin C, copper and potassium.3 Pears are mild and sweet, and full of antioxidant phytonutrients like quercetin, so enjoy these fat-free, cholesterol-free and 100-calorie fall gifts.

Brussels sprouts:

Cruciferous vegetables are packed with phytonutrients, which may help protect the body against health concerns. They are also a good source of Vitamins A and C, potassium, folate, iron and fiber. Cruciferous vegetables are unique in that they are rich in glucosinolates, a sulfur-containing compound that imparts a pungent aroma and unique taste.2 Scientists are currently researching glucosinolates and their health-promoting properties.

Sweet potatoes:

Sweet potatoes peak during the fall. They pack a nutritional punch and are often a popular side dish on Thanksgiving tables. Similar to squash, sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, giving it (and other orange fruit and vegetables) their vibrant color. Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A and promotes healthy eyesight. Squash and sweet potatoes are also a good source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium and quercetin when eaten with the skin on. Don’t ruin these nutritional powerhouses with marshmallows or syrups. Instead, add spices, such as cinnamon, to give them unique flavors.

Squash:

Squash is another versatile and delicious vegetable that often takes center stage on tables as decoration during the fall months. But did you know that squash is actually a broad term used to describe various vegetables such as pumpkins and zucchinis?

Summer squash is available through October when winter squash crops into season.  This gourd comes in many varieties, including acorn squash, butternut squash, delicta squash and spaghetti squash (a personal favorite). Each variety packs a nutritious punch with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Be sure to try all kinds!

Stock up now on the season’s best

Don’t forget about pomegranates, rutabagas, cauliflower and a whole host of other seasonal produce.  If your local grocery store doesn’t have the particular fruits and vegetables you are looking for, then check out your local farmers market or CSA (http://www.localharvest.org/), or visit a pick-your-own farm near you (www.pickyourown.org).

You can get a whole bushel of nutrition from Greens by PURE. Greens is made up of four Proprietary PURE Blends that utilize some of the most beneficial superfoods, botanicals, superfruits, and mushrooms available, giving your life the edge it craves and deserves. In this way, your body is benefiting from the whole fruit and vegetable.

 

1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC442131/

2https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/food-beverages/cruciferous-vegetables

3https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/22-high-fiber-foods

Hit your detox goals with delicious recipes

Now is the time to get your health back on track, and support your weight loss journey with PURE’s 7-Day and 28-Day Detox Programs.  People are seeing amazing results! In just one week, you’ll remove harmful toxins from the body and experience better digestion, more energy, improved mental clarity, fewer sugar cravings and reduced body fat.*

To help you on your journey, we’re sharing the following recipes that are easy to make using products by PURE that are part of the Detox Packs. These are delicious and nutritious ways to experience Whole Health and support you on your detox journey.

Simply blend the ingredients together and enjoy!

Summertime Detox Drink

  • 1 Grape ENERGY
  • 1 scoop of GPS Hydrate
  • 1/3 cup of strawberries
  • A bottle of water
  • Ice

Heaven In Your Mouth

  • One packet of PURE Café
  • 6-8 fl. oz. of unsweetened, nut-based milk
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Ice

Seasonal tip: Want a festive fall twist on this recipe? Use the Limited-Edition PURE Cafe in Pumpkin Spice!

Blue Green Goddess

  • 1 Mixed Berry ENERGY
  • One scoop of Greens
  • One scoop of Mila
  • 1 fl. oz. of GoYin
  • 1 cup water
  • Ice

Our bodies naturally remove toxins through seven channels of elimination. Carefully selected products by PURE help this process by nutritionally supporting the body’s natural health-maintaining processes. Follow the program for seven days, or if you desire a deeper detox, continue with the 28-day program for additional results. You’ll create sustainable habits and experience life-changing results. You’re on your way to a lifestyle of Whole Health.

Learn more at https://livepure.com/7-day-detox.

Detox your body with PURE:

Detox Pack — This combination of herbs and botanicals effectively helps facilitate the removal of toxins from the body while supporting your weight loss journey during the 7-day and 28-day detox plans.

Detox Plus Pack — This pack was created with two in mind. Grab your weight loss partner and get ready for success!

HealthTrim® Cleanse (capsule or liquid) — A blend of cleansing herbs and botanicals. Cascara sagrada, the primary ingredient in Capsule Cleanse, has traditionally been used to support the body’s primary channel of elimination and aid in regularity.*

Probiotic — Following your cleanse, use this formula of pro- and prebiotics to help foster beneficial bacterial growth and help maintain a healthy digestive system balance.

Order your products by PURE today and start enjoying overall health and wellness.

Ask the Expert answers your product questions

At PURE: People United Reaching Everyone, we have an expert team that is dedicated to answering your product and nutrition questions.

Here are the most popular questions from the previous few weeks. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: Does Probiotic contain yeast?  A: Probiotic is a product that contains seven strains of good bacteria essential to our health. It does not contain yeast.

Q: My sister is really interested in your products for her family. However, she has an allergy to apples. Occasional exposure has not caused a reaction but she’s wondering about the amount in Daily Build and GoYin A: People who are allergic to pollen might be allergic to some raw fruits including apples. The body mistakenly recognizes the protein in pollen as fruits.  Also, some people have an allergy to apples but are not allergic to apple juice.  Daily Build and GoYin are wonderful liquid supplements. The apple juice they contain is different from raw apple, and the amount is minimal.

Q: Is there any wheat in any of the products?  A: We do not use wheat in our products.

Q: Where does the energy in Greens come from?  A: Greens contains many plants that provide plenty of nutrients and adaptogens for energy and body metabolism.  It also contains antioxidants that help the body deal with daily stress and environmental contamination.

Q: Are there any enzymes in the Daily Build?  A: Daily Build does not contain enzymes.

Learn more about products by PURE at livepure.com.

Have a question about a product? Submit your question on our Ask the Expert forum.

Ask the Expert answers your product questions

At PURE: People United Reaching Everyone, we have an expert team that is dedicated to answering your product and nutrition questions.

Here are the most popular questions from the previous few weeks. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: Does PURE have a potassium product?  A: We do not have a product specifically for potassium supplementation, but we have several products with potassium at levels that can be used as a supplement. GPS Rebuild contains 420 mg; GPS Hydrate contains 180 mg; 360 Complete Shake contains 220 mg; Matcha Vegan Shake contains 280 mg.

Q: Is it safe to take Organic Sulfur and aspirin? A: Organic Sulfur contains MSM which has anti-inflammatory effects and has been reported to help inhibit abnormal cell functions.  Aspirin has also been widely used for anti-inflammatory purposes.  Few reports have shown these two to have interactions.  To prevent any potential adverse effects, you may take MSM in the morning and lunch time and aspirin at night. Always check with your healthcare provider for approval.

Q: What products will help me with allergies, including rashes/itchy skin and irritated skin from post-workout sweating?  A: Organic Sulfur and Mangosteen help build immune function, which includes maintaining a healthy inflammatory response. Consistent use of Daily Build liquid or capsules offer essential nutrients to support healthy skin, overall wellness and immune system support. GoYin is rich in antioxidants. HealthTrim® Cleanse liquid or capsules help cleanse the body of toxins.* Skin Defense is a natural antimicrobial product composed of HOCI for minor skin wounds and irritations.

Q: Which products contain spirulina, flaxseed or hemp seed? A: Greens and ENERGY contain organic spirulina.  Our products contain no flax seed or hemp seed.

Learn more about these products at livepure.com.

Have a question about a product? Submit your question on our Ask the Expert forum.