Target fat – can’t live with it, can’t live without it

Let’s face it, fat cells get a bad rap. If you’re trying to maintain your weight, they are the enemy. If you’re trying to put on the pounds, well, that’s a different story. Either way, we suggest you get to know more about them, so you can better understand how they work in your body.

Fat cells, also called adipose tissue, may make you cringe, but the body needs them. They store energy for when you need it later, they regulate body temperature and they release hormones that control metabolism. The important thing is to keep them in balance. You don’t want too many of them, because once you have them, they never go away!

Did you know?

  • Fat cells can grow up to 1000 times their original size.1
  • Fat cells are permanent. You can’t get rid of it; they can only decrease in size.2
  • Once a fat cell reaches its maximum capacity, the number stays consistent. New fat cells are made as old fat cells die off.2
  • During adulthood, about 8% of fat cells die every year only to be replaced by new ones.3
  • As newborns grow, their fat cells increase naturally just like other cells.3
  • Muscle is more dense than fat; fat is larger in volume.
  • 75 percent of persons who are obese in adolescence will likely be obese in adulthood, while only 10 percent of healthy weight children will become obese later in life.4
  • There are three kinds of fat cells: brown, white and subcutaneous. Brown fat helps with warmth and burns more fat; white fat stores energy and produces hormones; subcutaneous fat lives right under the skin.5

PURE has a variety of products to help you target your weight goals. 360 Complete Shake ican help you gain or lose weight. Add it to your daily food intake to increase calories. The protein, when combined with resistance exercise, can help increase muscle mass. Instead of adding calories from unhealthy sources high in sugar and void of nutritional content, 360 Complete Shake is an excellent source of high-quality protein packed with nutrients. 

Other products by PURE that can help with weight management include Daily Detox, Green Coffee Bean, HealthTrim Cleanse, Matcha Vegan Shake, Metabolic ONE, Mila, PURE Café, PURE Perk and SleepTrim.

One more thing to note is that essential fatty acids, things your body can’t make and are available only through the foods you eat or supplements you take, are used for many functions in the body. The brain is 60% fat6 and thus needs essential fatty acids to do its job. Mila is an excellent source of fatty acids, or omega-3s.

To learn more about these products, and others, please visit livepure.com where you can find product descriptions, ingredients and recommended usage.

 1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC302341/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC302341/

2 https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/fat-cell-numbers-teen-years-linger-lifetime

3 https://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/2008/05/04/fat-cell-number-is-set-in-childhood-and-stays-constant-in-ad

4 https://iythealth.com/many-fat-cells/

5 https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth-about-fat#2

6 https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/prime-your-gray-cells/201109/the-skinny-brain-fats

Put on a sombrero, it’s Cinco de Mayo

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

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

Tortilla Bake with Mila® chia

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

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

Goji Salsa

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

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

Mila Horchata Pudding

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

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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

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

Find more recipes at livepure.com/recipes.

Hop-to-it Easter recipes

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

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

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

Mila morning egg baskets

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

Directions:

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

 

Spring-green egg salad

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

Directions:

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

 

Lemony deviled eggs

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

Directions:

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

 

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

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

 

Ingredient spotlight: chia seeds

Tiny but mighty is the chia seed! If they’re not part of your daily diet yet, read on and see how much you can gain from adding them.

Chia seeds may be small, but they hold a big secret; they’re one of the world’s most nutrient-packed foods. The Mayans, who ate these seeds to sustain energy, called them “chia” meaning strength. They come from the plant Salvia hispanica L., which is related to the mint.

Today, the chia seed is known as a superfood, for good reason!

Two tablespoons of chia (1 ounce or 28 grams) contain approximately 140 calories, 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber, 7 grams of unsaturated fat (from omega 3s), calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, thiamine and vitamin B2.1

That’s more fiber than what you’d find in oats, black beans, artichokes, brown rice and potatoes. That’s more antioxidants than you’d find in garlic, almonds, cherries, raisins, blueberries, kale and spinach. That’s more protein that what is in beans, lentils, tofu and spinach. And, that’s more omega 3s than what you’d find in salmon, oils and seeds. Chia seeds are also non-GMO, naturally gluten-free, trans-fat free and sugar-free. They are, hands down, a superior plant-based source of nutrients.

The benefits are even bigger

  • Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants which may prevent some of the damage caused by free radicals.
  • The carbohydrates in chia seeds come predominately from fiber which improves digestion.
  • Their high protein content combined with high fiber is an ideal combination that can help with weight management.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are good for the brain, the eyes, the skin and the cardiovascular system.
  • Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein are important for bone health.

Mila® chia is unique any way you slice it

Mila, in the purple bag, is our proprietary combination of three chia varieties to create a uniquely beneficial raw chia. It’s harvested whole, is carefully blended, thoroughly filtered, micro sliced (rather than crushed to preserve valuable omega-3 oils), then meticulously tested. The result is a versatile, raw food that delivers the utmost in quality and nutrition for the whole family.

Mila is easy to incorporate into your diet. Versatile and nutritious, it helps support heart health and the relief of occasional constipation. Add Mila to smoothies, pudding and juices. Sprinkle it on ice cream, yogurt, cereal, vegetables or rice dishes. Use it to thicken sauces and as an egg substitute in recipes for its ability to gel when added to water.

Find recipes using Mila at livepure.com/recipes.

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

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

 

1https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/chia-seeds/

Chicken with crunchy Mila crust

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

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

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

Mila Chicken with Crunchy Crust

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

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

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

Mila:

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

Brr … it’s getting chili

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

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

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

 

Chocolate Chili

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

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

 

Mila Chili

This is a delicious, vegetarian chili that uses chia. Mila is a super food that is gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and is a superior plant-based source of protein and fiber. Mila uses different varieties of micro-sliced chia that is easily digestible and nutritionally robust.  

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

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

Women’s Healthy Weight Day

“Being healthy and fit isn’t a fad or a trend; instead, it’s a lifestyle.” – Author Unknown

Hello women readers! Today is Women’s Healthy Weight Day and we’re on a mission to ensure your well-being by providing you with solutions. When you’re healthy, you get more out of life and you feel awesome. It takes eating a balanced diet, exercising, getting adequate sleep and, of course, taking products by PURE.

What else can you add to that list? Keep your muscles strong, read books, stress less, meditate … the list goes on!

First, determine where you stand with your weight.

Refer to this chart, courtesy of National Institutes of Health, to find your ideal weight.

Height and Weight Chart

Height Weight
Normal Overweight Obese
4′ 10″ 91 to 118 lbs. 119 to 142 lbs. 143 to 186 lbs.
4′ 11″ 94 to 123 lbs. 124 to 147 lbs. 148 to 193 lbs.
5′ 97 to 127 lbs. 128 to 152 lbs. 153 to 199 lbs.
5′ 1″ 100 to 131 lbs. 132 to 157 lbs. 158 to 206 lbs.
5′ 2″ 104 to 135 lbs. 136 to 163 lbs. 164 to 213 lbs.
5′ 3″ 107 to 140 lbs. 141 to 168 lbs. 169 to 220 lbs.
5′ 4″ 110 to 144 lbs. 145 to 173 lbs. 174 to 227 lbs.
5′ 5″ 114 to 149 lbs. 150 to 179 lbs. 180 to 234 lbs.
5′ 6″ 118 to 154 lbs. 155 to 185 lbs. 186 to 241 lbs.
5′ 7″ 121 to 158 lbs. 159 to 190 lbs. 191 to 249 lbs.
5′ 8″ 125 to 163 lbs. 164 to 196 lbs. 197 to 256 lbs.
5′ 9″ 128 to 168 lbs. 169 to 202 lbs. 203 to 263 lbs.
5′ 10″ 132 to 173 lbs. 174 to 208 lbs. 209 to 271 lbs.
5′ 11″ 136 to 178 lbs. 179 to 214 lbs. 215 to 279 lbs.
6′ 140 to 183 lbs. 184 to 220 lbs. 221 to 287 lbs.
6′ 1″ 144 to 188 lbs. 189 to 226 lbs. 227 to 295 lbs.
6′ 2″ 148 to 193 lbs. 194 to 232 lbs. 233 to 303 lbs.
6′ 3″ 152 to 199 lbs. 200 to 239 lbs. 240 to 311 lbs.
6′ 4″ 156 to 204 lbs. 205 to 245 lbs. 246 to 320 lbs.
BMI 19 to 24 25 to 29 30 to 39

Source: National Institutes of Health.

Next, know what you’re eating.  

Carbohydrates are essential. But you want to focus on complex carbs, like brown rice,  millet flours and green leafy vegetables. Consume less simple carbs which come from bread, white rice and added sugars.

Proteins are essential for building muscle, tissue, cartilage and skin. Foods like fish, milk products, and white meat are healthy choices of protein. Protein helps burn off fats in the body, too!

Fats, some, are essential. Things like omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are beneficial. We get these from fish and olive oil. Minimize saturated fats which come from packaged foods, junk food, milk, cheese, cocoa, kernel oil, fatty cuts of animal fat, pork, lamb and beef (lean cuts of these are available), chocolates, fried foods, etc.

Vitamins and Minerals – women need different amounts of these than men. For instance, women need more vitamin D and vitamin C as well as iron and calcium.

I think we all know how important it is to drink water and stay hydrated throughout the day. It helps with losing excess weight and it keeps the body running properly. I’m guilty of not drinking enough. Try laying out three packets of ENERGY drink mix every morning and commit to drinking them by late afternoon. That will take care of about 40% of the eight, 8-oz. glass-a-day recommendation.

Don’t overlook fiber. Fiber serves as an appetite suppressant. It also enhances bowel function. Mila® chia is a superior plant-based source of fiber and can be used in a lot of recipes.

Third, get on the PURE Detox bandwagon!

People are seeing incredible results with PURE’s Detox programs!

Carefully selected products by PURE can help you achieve your weight-loss goals 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.

Of course, exercise! It’s harder in the winter to exercise outdoors, unless you belong to a gym. Gym alternatives can be climbing stairs, using a stationary bike or a home treadmill and following exercise videos. Call on a friend to take a brisk walk together. Take time out of your work day to walk around the block.

Cheers to a Whole Health day!