Have a “berry” happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner wouldn’t be the same without the cranberry — that quintessential fall fruit that combines a bit of sweet with tasty tartness. Cranberry sauce just might be my favorite dish at Thanksgiving, atop a slice of turkey. I love the smell of cinnamon and citrus that comes from cranberry sauce bubbling on the stove.

Cranberries are only available October through December, but you can freeze fresh cranberries up to a year. Stock up now. You can also enjoy them dried, canned or in juice form (100% juice). Not only are cranberries delicious but they are packed with nutrients.

  • Cranberries are high in fiber.
  • When it comes to fruit, cranberries have the least amount of sugar.
  • They are loaded with vitamin C, a rich source of antioxidants.
  • They have natural detoxifying properties in that they help balance bacteria in the gut.1
  • They contain proanthocyanidins, which may help ease urinary tract infections. 1

These two recipes incorporate products by PURE and are a great addition to your Thanksgiving dinner.

Cranberry Goji Sauce

  • 1 pound of fresh organic cranberries
  • ¼ cup Goji superfruit juice
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 orange, juice and zest
  • Raw honey (add to your desired sweetness)

Rinse cranberries and place in a slow cooker with Goji, water, cinnamon and allspice. Cook on low until the berries soften and break open. Add orange juice and zest and continue to cook until the sauce is the desired consistency. When the sauce is nearly the consistency you want, add honey to taste. Add a little more water as needed. When ready, remove from heat and serve cool. Refrigerate leftovers.

Matcha Cranberry Scones

  •  2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Matcha Vegan Shake (Vanilla)
  • ½ butter (cold/cubed)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk substitute
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  • Sliced almonds and sanding sugar

Preheat oven to 400°. Sift and whisk the dry ingredients together. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and cut until crumbly. Whisk the wet ingredients together and add them to the dry ingredients along with the cranberries and white chocolate, until a soft dough forms.

Divide the dough in half. Flatten each to about ¾-inch thick. Cut the dough into 8 wedges and place on a greased baking sheet, flattening the sides. Dab the wedges with milk and top with sanding sugar and almond slices. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

Other ways to enjoy raw cranberries are to add them to cereal or stir into scrambled eggs. Try making relishes with them or make a trail mix with dried cranberries.

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe to share that uses a product by PURE? Share it with us at https://livepure.com/recipe-submission!

 

1https://www.activebeat.com/diet-nutrition/the-incredible-health-benefits-of-cranberries/9/

Habits that sabotage your weight management goals

Do you feel like you’re making lifestyle changes, but not seeing the results you’d like? There could be many reasons why the scale won’t budge or your clothes aren’t fitting well.

Simple habits like not drinking enough water or not getting adequate sleep can throw off your best intentions. Read on for some common habits that could sabotage your health goals.

Skipping meals: A common misconception is that skipping meals saves calories. Studies suggest that skipping meals is linked to abdominal weight gain.1 People who end up skipping a meal may be already hungry and may not always reach for the healthiest option.

Some people may choose to replace a meal with either 360 Complete Shake or Matcha Vegan Shake. Each 160-calorie serving of 360 Complete Shake features proprietary Craving-Control Technology to help support weight loss. Matcha Vegan Shake is a lean plant-based protein shake that contains 180 calories per serving. Ceremonial matcha, sacha inchi and chlorella offer a nourishing, protein-rich, drink that helps support weight management and sustained energy.*

Try making this Summer Protein Shake for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Poor sleep habits: Sleep is essential for overall health. It allows your body to rest and repair itself. Poor sleep raises cortisol levels and affects hormones regulating hunger which can affect your ability to lose weight.2 Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night. SleepTrim sleep and weight-loss support is a combination of melatonin, herbs and a metabolic-boosting blend that help the body burn calories naturally while sleeping.*

Too many liquid calories: People who drink sugary beverages do not feel as full as if they had eaten the same calories from solid food.3 Calories from pre-made smoothies; coffee with cream and sugar; and sweetened sodas, teas and waters all contribute to weight gain. Consume liquid calories in moderation. Switch from calorie- and sugar-laden drinks to ENERGY drink mix which contains antioxidants, botanicals and natural sources of caffeine, or drink plain or fruit-infused water. If you choose juice, make sure its 100% fruit juice.

Not drinking enough water: Hydrating with water always does a body good. Drinking adequate water helps boost your metabolism, cleanses your body of waste and helps you feel full, which suppresses appetite.

Poor stress management: Healthy living and weight management are not only about a clean diet and exercise program. Chronic stress can undermine health and weight loss efforts. Stress affects your cortisol levels, blood pressure, heart rate, immune function, digestion and hormones and may lead to emotional eating.4 L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, combined with adaptogenic herbs in Metabolic ONE can produce a calming effect, helping to alleviate stress eating. In addition, the ingredients in Metabolic ONE help your body utilize insulin more effectively, helping to curb appetite.* Find different ways to manage stress such as taking walks, doing yoga, calling a friend or seeking support.

Opting for low-fat or fat-free foods: You really aren’t making healthier choices when you purchase these items. As manufacturers create low-fat versions of foods, they have to increase the amount of sugar in them so we still enjoy their taste.5 Manufacturers also add artificial flavoring and processed ingredients. Instead, focus on eating whole foods that contain healthy fats, like yogurt, salmon, raw nuts and avocados.

Check out some healthy recipes here.

Fueling up with energy bars or sports drinks: If you snack on these during exercise, know that many of them pack in the calories and added sugar and are not necessary. Instead, opt for any of our GPS sports performance products which provide energy and support before, during and after your workouts.

Try making these Complete Shake Protein Bars or Lemon Blast ENERGY Granola Bars, for a healthy, filling snack in between reps.

If you are trying to lose weight, and falling short, it’s time rethink your habits and incorporate some of the above tips. And, don’t be fooled if the numbers on the scale aren’t moving down. You may be likely losing inches, and gaining lean body mass, which is a move in the right direction!

 

1 https://news.osu.edu/news/2015/05/19/skipping-meals/

2 https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sleep-and-weight-gain/faq-20058198

3 https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-drinks/sugary-drinks/

4 https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037

5 https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/truth-about-low-fat-foods

Here’s to a healthy and delicious St. Patrick’s Day

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we have some “green” recipes to share with you. These all incorporate a product by PURE.

We think these are all worthy of dancing a jig over, as they are healthy, delicious and easy to make. Enjoy!

 

“Greens” Hummus

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup water
  • 15 oz. frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Greens (to sprinkle on top)
  • ½ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup tarragon
  • 3 tablespoons chives
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Add water and edamame to small saucepan and place over high heat. Bring water to boil and cook uncovered for about 1 minute. When edamame has thawed, turn off heat.
  3. Pour edamame and water from pan into food processor. Add avocado, garlic, parsley, tarragon, chives, lemon juice, tahini, and 1 t. salt. Process. Allow to cool before serving.
  4. Serve with chips or pita bread.

 

“Greens” Power Balls

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup raw cacao, ground
  • ¼ cup goji berries, ground
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1-2 scoops Greens
  • 1 tablespoon micro-sliced Mila® chia
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients well in a large bowl (little hands work great here!)
  2. Once fully mixed, use your hands to form small balls
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat!

 

Matcha Green Tea Pancakes

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup Match Vegan Shake
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons oil

Directions: Mix ingredients together and make using pancake grill.

Do you have a favorite “green” recipe to share? You can find more delicious recipes at livepure.com/recipes.

How to better manage stress

Stress isn’t just a state of mind, it has physical effects in the body. It can wreak havoc both mentally and physically and play a role in your immune system’s ability to function. When you are under stress, your body goes into fight or flight mode.

Back in cave-man days, you might have been chased by a ferocious animal.  Today, you may be stuck in traffic or frantically trying to meet a deadline. You get a burst of adrenaline, which then causes your cortisol levels to rise. These two chemicals evoke the following:

  1. You get a burst of energy.
  2. Digestion is slowed and your immune system is weakened.
  3. Heart rate is increased.
  4. Sensitivity to pain is reduced.

This bodily response is appropriate if you have a real physical emergency and need to react quickly. However, being in this state for long periods of time can affect your health and well-being.

With the fast-paced society we live in, it can be challenging to keep stress levels at bay.  Healthy eating and supplementation can definitely improve your body’s ability to manage stress; but this may not be enough. If you find yourself feeling stressed on a regular basis, assess your life and find ways to mitigate stress.

These are some of many questions you can ask yourself to start down a path of self-improvement.

  • How would you rate your stress levels?
  • Is there anything you can do to modify your own behavior or the way you perceive things?
  • Do you need to make a change?

Stress-Relieving Activities

While stress is inevitable, you can incorporate activities in your life that help you mitigate it.  For example, simply taking a minute to breathe in deeply several times can bring your adrenaline back to normal. Taking a brisk walk can help oxygenate your body and relax your mind. Taking a warm bath at night can relax your body and mind. You can also use this breathing technique.

  1. Breathe in through your nose deeply for 4 counts.
  2. Hold your breath for 7 counts.
  3. With the tip of your tongue lightly pressed to the roof of your mouth, force your breath out through your mouth for 8 counts.
  4. Repeat this process 5-10 times, or as long as you would like.

Note: this technique may make you a bit light-headed the first several times you do it.  This is because of the massive amount of oxygen you are bringing in. You will get used to this sensation over time.

Need help managing stress? PURE is by your side.

HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake, a clean and lean plant-based protein, can help in promoting a sense of calm. L-theanine is a special ingredient in matcha that has been shown to reduce psychological and physiological stress responses.1 It helps promote relaxation by affecting brain waves and decreases anxiety and helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels.2

GoYin balancing blend can enhance well-being with a delicious, proprietary blend of superfruits, herbs and other fruits. It can provide nutritional support to help your body deal with everyday stressors. Created on the premise of 5,000 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it contains a proprietary blend of superfruits, herbs, and other fruits that have been traditionally used to help bring the body into balance and enhance overall well-being.*

Whatever you choose to do, I encourage you to be consistent in managing your stress levels. Anytime you notice elevated stress levels, try and take a short break to counteract your stress. Over time, you will learn to effectively mitigate stress quickly, keeping your body and mind healthy and full of vitality.

1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16930802

2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3518171/

 

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

Matcha Vanilla Shake Cake

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

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

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

Matcha Vanilla Shake Cake

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

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