Packing a healthy school lunch

Getting your kids to eat it is another issue entirely.  Since the advent of the doughnut, parents have struggled to convince their kids to eat the nutritious foods they prepare for them.

The following are a few tips along with sample cold lunches that may help get your kids to finally eat those veggie sticks while they are at school.

Make lunches fun!

At first glance, the look and taste of Lunchables® isn’t anything special. Contrary to appearances, however, Lunchables quickly became one of Oscar Meyer’s most successful products, partly due to the fun kids have eating them. Consider making your own healthy alternative. Pack some whole grain crackers, lean meat, cubed or sliced cheese, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, etc. and allow kids to build their own sandwiches. Consider using cookie cutters to cut the meat into fun shapes. Use the leftover scraps of meat on a chef salad you can take for your own lunch.

Add in tasty dips.

With a tasty dip, veggies can appear a bit more appealing to kids. Various dip options can be just as healthy as the veggies; but your kids will never know. Cheeses or creams are often the base of dips. Avocados contain healthy fats, which still provide a lot of flavor. As an added bonus, the fat in the dip will actually help enhance the absorption of carotenoids and fat soluble vitamins, as well.  Fat doesn’t need to be the principle ingredient in dips. Recipes using yogurt can be full of flavor, and hummus is mostly made of beans, which pack a fiber- and protein-laden nutritional punch.

Involve kids in the purchasing and preparation process.

Letting your kids help choose foods for their lunch at the grocery store makes them feel like they have some control, which may increase their willingness to eat them. Make sure you’re comfortable with all the options presented. Kids may enjoy preparing their own foods, with help from you, depending on their age. As kids prepare the food, they become more comfortable with the ingredients and the dish as a whole, and may be more likely to eat it.

Make it sweet.

Kids love sweet foods. While it is still advisable to limit the amount of sweetener used in the preparation of their foods, consider adding a little fruit puree, agave, dark chocolate chips, honey or maple syrup to enhance their appeal. Purchase meats and nuts with a honey glaze. Add fresh fruit to a vegetable smoothie. Incorporate fruits into whole-grain baked goods like breads, muffins or cookies.

Mila by PURE is a whole food that is great for children and adults alike. Each serving contains 3g of ALA omega-3 fatty acid which play a crucial role in normal growth and development and brain function.* Mila can be consumed on its own or incorporated into your favorite dishes, yogurt and smoothies. Learn more.

Share with us your tips and tricks on making healthier school lunches for your children.

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 or nutrition 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.

Back to school with Mila

There are still a few more weeks left to enjoy your summer break, you’ve likely started to see sales for back-to-school items, including supplies, clothes, and backpacks. Healthy snacks should be part of those items. Although you and your kids may celebrate (or groan) the thought of returning to school, there are many ways to get your kids into a healthy routine before that bus comes around the corner.

In my opinion, there’s one place where you can alleviate the back-to-school blues and that’s in the kitchen. While your kids may balk at the idea of eating something new or different, getting their input on food choices and allowing them to get their hands a bit messy gives them power over their choices. So, get them involved in the meal planning.

Mila plays well with others

As a prized superfood, Mila® micro-sliced chia seeds can be easily added into some of their favorite foods or recipes.  As a staple in the Mayan and Aztec cultures, this gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and plant-based source of protein and fiber can be a staple in your kitchen.

  • What could be more fun and kid friendly than chicken strips? Skip the fried chicken and make chicken tenders with a twist. Have your kids mix about a quarter cup of Mila to the breading mixture and you’ll have a crunchy alternative to the popular fried chicken.
  • Add chia seeds to your whole wheat muffin batter for a quick, last minute breakfast or afternoon snack. Using fresh or frozen berries, you can freeze these muffins and then put them into your kid’s lunch bags to thaw. They are a great alternative to a traditional high-fat muffin.
  • Create a more fiber- and protein-rich breakfast by adding a scoop of Mila to homemade granola. Most pre-made granolas are too high in sugar and calories and low in fiber. Create your own with dried fruit, nuts, oats, a dash of sweetener, like honey, and Mila!
  • Spaghetti and meatballs were a weekly staple in my youth. Mila gels and expands when added to liquid, so it’s a great binder in place of eggs in your homemade meatball recipes.
  • Frozen fruit and spinach are great to have on hand for morning smoothies. Combine your favorite fruits, such as strawberries, bananas, and peaches for a taste of summer! Add in a tablespoon of Mila to boost the nutrient content.
  • For dessert, make some healthy ice pops with Mila to beat the summer heat! Your child will never know their healthy! Try using fresh mango, soaked Mila and coconut milk. Let two tablespoons of Mila soak in ¼ cup of water overnight so they are ready to go! The next day, blend the mixture with one can of coconut milk and fresh mango (frozen works fine too).  Pour into your ice pop mold or ice cube tray and freeze!
  • Create a healthy, high fiber dessert! Combine five tablespoons of Mila with two cups almond, soy, or other milk, ½ tsp. vanilla extract in a sealed container and let the Mila go to work! Let it sit in the fridge for at least two hours. Once it gels, top with your favorite nuts and fruit! Again, let your kids create their own, healthy masterpiece!

You can top just about anything with Mila — yogurt, oatmeal, eggs, salad, pasta ;o)and cereal — the options are endless! Just remember to start your child with a ½ tablespoon.  With three grams of protein, five grams of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium, Mila is definitely a super food for super kids!

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

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Ten years and GoYin strong!

Here at PURE, we are proud of our flagship product, GoYin.  Just take a look at GoYin through the years and how much this bottle represents PURE as a company and as a family.

The conception of GoYin ten years ago, combined with a vision to create quality nutritional products, has led to a portfolio of unique ingredients and effective formulas. Today, GoYin is impacting people’s lives around the globe.

Announcing the latest design of our flagship product, in honor of our 10-year anniversary. GoYin is PURE’s most beloved product, representing ten years of success.

This latest design continues to include a balance of superfruits, herbs, and other fruits that have been traditionally used to help reduce the impact of stress on the body and mind while enhancing overall well-being.*

GoYin bottles, listed from left to right:

  • Pink Breast Cancer Awareness – 2014
  • Blue/Green Snowflakes – 2010
  • Silver Ornament – 2012
  • Blue Snowfall – 2014
  • Lotus Flower – 2016
  • Blue Leaf – 2008 (original)
  • Blue Horizontal – 2018
  • Blue/Green Diagonal – 2017
  • Red Candy Cane – 2015
  • Silver/Red – 2013
  • Red/Gold – 2011
  • Blue Snowflakes – 2009

Happy Anniversary, PURE Family! Help us celebrate and get your limited-edition bottle of GoYin today.

The legacy of GoYin lives on and we look forward to our future at PURE.

Buy yours today, and share pictures of your favorite GoYin design over the years.

 

 

Happy 10-year anniversary PURE

To mark our 10-year anniversary, PURE is hosting Xcelerate, a sales event on October 19-20 in Frisco, Texas, to celebrate successes, recognize hard work and focus on the future.

Ten years ago, founder and chairman of the board, Dae Geun Jung, and PURE CEO, Daren Hogge, agreed to create a company that they knew would impact people’s lives around the globe. The discovery of GoYin, the company’s flagship product, combined with a vision to create quality nutritional products, has led to a portfolio of unique ingredients and effective formulas.

Daren Hogge has presided over the rise of PURE, now staffed by a team of 100, and a network of more than 30,000 Independent Business Owners (IBOs) and Members.

“I’m nostalgic thinking about how we started PURE with GoYin and ended up where we are today with more than 30 life-changing products,” said Daren Hogge. “What I’m most proud of is our community of entrepreneurs who are united by a mission to change people’s lives. Moving forward, we will continue to provide innovative products with the best that nature and science has to offer.”

“Over the past 10 years, we have created a path to Whole Health through our high-quality products and opportunity, encouraging people to share our health solutions with their families, neighbors and friends,” said Mr. Dae Geun Jung. “We will continue to sow the seeds of wellness by fueling the body with key nutrients and bearing fruits of happiness for those who follow PURE. I pray for the well-being and happiness of all the families that are with us.”

Over the course of a decade, PURE has successfully grown its portfolio of health and wellness products for nutrition, weight loss, performance, seasonal support and hydration to support overall health. In June 2017, PURE unveiled a new corporate brand and logo reflecting the company’s Whole Health philosophy and a commitment to delivering unmatched products and opportunity.

To join PURE in the celebration of 10 years, register for Xcelerate. Be inspired, motivated and get exclusive access to purchase new products. The event will happen at the Omni Frisco Hotel next to The Star, a state-of-the-art entertainment district and world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. Tickets are available through EVENTBRITE.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, PURE FAMILY!

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.

Sun-sational watermelon

Today is National Watermelon Day. We believe this juicy, red vegetable certainly deserves its own day!

Yes, the watermelon is a vegetable, in close relation to the pumpkin, cucumber and squash. It’s actually native to Africa which makes sense as this vegetable craves hot, sunny environments in which to grow.

Watermelon really is the quintessential summer snack. The sweet, slurpy goodness you get from every bite of ripe watermelon is not only delicious, but it’s full of healthy nutrients. It’s almost 100 percent water and it boasts significant levels of vitamins and minerals. Watermelon ontains vitamins A, B6 and C, lycopene, antioxidants, potassium and amino acids. It’s fat-free, has very low sodium and contains only 40 calories per cup.1

Watermelon contains:

  • Amino acids — the basic building block for protein.
  • Potassium regulates blood pressure and reduces stress and anxiety. 2
  • Vitamin A helps fight inflammation. 2
  • Vitamin B6 is important for metabolism. 2
  • Vitamin C helps boost the immune system.2
  • Antioxidants, like lycopene, help prevent free radical damage.3
  • Lycopene may have anti-inflammatory properties, too.3

The entire watermelon is edible

You can eat the rind and seeds of a watermelon which are also very nutritious. The white rind of the watermelon contains the amino acid citrulline, which converts into the amino acid arginine.4 These amino acids promote blood flow, leading to cardiovascular health and improved circulation, much like the benefits one gets from PURE’s GPS Circulate product.*

Next time you enjoy a slice of watermelon, save the seeds. Watermelon seeds are low in calories and high in protein, magnesium, vitamin B and healthy fats. Chew them to get the most from their nutrients.

Roasting the seeds is a great way to enjoy them. Place the seeds on a baking sheet and cook at 325F. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle them with olive oil and salt, or cinnamon and sugar. If you like them spicy, add lime juice and chili powder.

Love the taste of watermelon?

You’ll love our watermelon-flavored ENERGY drink mix! It’s packed with antioxidants, botanicals and natural sources of caffeine, and is the perfect alternative to sugar-laden, artificially sweetened energy drinks on the market.

ENERGY drink mix:

  • contains B-vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin, B6 and B12, which are useful for converting food into fuel
  • eases fatigue*
  • fuels your focus*

ENERGY is made with:

  • no artificial coloring or sweeteners
  • no preservatives

You can also use ENERGY drink mix to make ice cubes or popsicles. It is available in lemon, island splash, grape and mixed berry flavors, too. Learn more.

 

1https://www.livescience.com/46019-watermelon-nutrition.html

2https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/listing_of_vitamins

3https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-554/lycopene

4https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/l-citrulline-uses-and-risks#1

Autoship makes life that much easier

We all live extremely busy lives. Does it ever feel like there is not enough time to finish what you started? Are you always adding something else to your to-do list? If this sounds like you, it’s time to make your days easier by participating in PURE’s Autoship program. The benefits are amazing and you’ll find it can help you save time and make you more efficient!

Always have product!
Autoship is a convenient way to have the products you sell or consume most frequently, shipped automatically to your doorstep every 28 days. You never have to remember to place your orders for products that you use regularly. You can set the schedule you want for when your products ship to you.

PAR Program
The PAR (PURE Autoship Rewards) Program is open to Preferred Customers, Members and Independent Business Owners (IBOs) who are on Autoship. To become qualified, products must be delivered through Autoship. Regular participation rewards you with PAR Points* that can be redeemed for FREE product** and access to exclusive offers every month when you have had three consecutive months of Autoship orders. Points are awarded based on the PV (Product Volume) of each Autoship order you place. (Product Volume is the amount of volume assigned to each product.) Learn more.

Example: You have an Autoship set up for 100 PV every 28 days. Once that order is processed you will receive 20 points! These points are banked up and can be redeemed for product by calling Sales Support. (100 PV x .20 = 20 PAR Points)

PAR Perks Promotion
Being on Autoship allows you to participate in the PAR Perks Promotion every month. The first full week of every month, PURE offers exclusive product promotions for that week only. Those who are PAR Perk qualified can take part in these promotions. Call Sales Support to participate at 866-535-5888.

Build Customer Loyalty
Growing your business means ensuring your IBOs and Customers are receiving products every month. If one or more of your customers are purchasing the same products repeatedly, introduce them to the Autoship Program. They will certainly appreciate the convenience and savings.

Save money
When participants have 12 consecutive Autoship orders, their yearly renewal fee of $25 will be waived.

Easy to use
You can easily make changes as your product needs change. Make adjustments to quantities and frequency, add another shipping address, update a credit card and more!

Click here to see a list of redeemable products. Some 100 PV bundles we recommend include:

CORE4 Liquid (savings of $26)

PURE Performance PRO Pack (savings of $27)

Superfruit plus GoYin Pack (savings of $32)

Do you already participate in the Autoship program? How has it benefited you and your business?

 

*Products purchased using PAR Points are non-commissionable and do not satisfy Volume requirements. Points are accrued on each PAR order processed every 28 days and can only be accrued until a maximum of 75 points is reached within a single month. No returns are allowed on products purchased with PAR Points. Accrued PAR Points are forfeited once there have been 2 consecutive months on the account without a PAR order being processed. PAR Points are to be applied only for the purchase of select products and cannot be used to cover shipping and handling costs.

**Products available for redemption may change based on availability.