Healthy school lunches kids will love

Packing a healthy school lunch is easy.  Getting your kids to eat that healthy lunch 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 and whole grains while they are at school.

Make lunches fun!

At first glance, the look and taste of Lunchables® isn’t anything too 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, cucumber slices, avocado 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 to enhance the fun.  Use the leftover scraps of meat on a chef salad you can take for your own lunch.

Add in tasty dips.

Veggies are notorious for being rejected by picky eaters. With a tasty to 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 and impart a rich flavor.  Avocadoes 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 over their food choices, and may increase their willingness to eat them.  The trick is to make sure you’re comfortable with all the options presented. Kids may also 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, especially if it is a new food. Kids also take great pride in what they create, and may feel a positive sense of accomplishment as they happily eat their food.

Make it sweet.

It’s not a secret that 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 the appeal of certain foods. A honey glaze on meats, nuts, and fresh fruit added to a vegetable smoothie, or fruits incorporated into whole-grain baked goods like breads, muffins, or cookies, can all be ways to get kids to eat healthy foods. You can even add Mila to those baked goods for extra protein. As children get older, gradually decrease the frequency and amount of sweetener added to foods.

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.

 

HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake, Part III

HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake is a product that takes the power of organic matcha green tea leaves and combines it with sacha inchi, chlorella and other ingredients for a nutritious drink that helps support weight management, sustained energy, and stress reduction.*

We shared the benefits of sacha inchi seeds in our last blog post. Here we will focus on chlorella, another green ingredient abundant in HealthTrim Matcha Vegan Shake.

Chlorella is a blue-green algae, a seaweed if you will, that is packed with antioxidants, nutrient-rich chlorophyll and other nutrients. It both detoxes and nourishes the body, and is just one of the superfoods found in matcha. Imagine a food with more antioxidants than pomegranates, grapes, even blueberries!

Chlorella is a freshwater plant that contains vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, protein, nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), chlorophyll, significantly more than any other leafy green vegetable, phytochemicals, calcium, beta-carotene, carotenoids, vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, and iron. Chlorella is thought to contain every nutrient required by the human body. And, since chlorella is a food, you can never get enough of it, and it’s easy to digest.

Chlorella helps cleanse the body, helps support the immune system, supports weight loss is in free radical-fighting antioxidants, helps with the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut, and more.

PURE HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake, in vanilla or dark chocolate flavors, is a great way to jump-start your weight loss and get your morning started. It can help control appetite which in turn helps the body use fat as an energy source. It also aids in healthy digestion and cleansing. And, it greatly enhances metabolism.

Replace up to two meals a day and use in conjunction with the entire HealthTrim product line to help support your weight management goals. Be sure to consult your healthcare provider prior to use if you are pregnant or nursing or are beginning a weight loss program.

Order yours today at livepure.com, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

1 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf020126a

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.

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

 

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.

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.

 

PURE Ask the Expert Questions and Answers

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 week. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: My husband has been on heartburn medication. Would any of your products help him?

A: Magnesium and calcium are effective acid neutralizers and have been shown to help to eliminate heartburn and acid reflux. Our CalciuMK+ is a delicious, liquid non-dairy formula offering the Rapid Delivery of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, E, and K2. Other steps your husband can take are not going to bed with a full stomach, eating smaller portions, eating slowly, and avoiding foods like onions, peppermint, chocolate, caffeine, citrus fruits, tomatoes and spicy foods. There are also products to avoid. In some individuals, GoYin may cause heartburn due to the fruit juices and citrus in the product. Some individuals may also experience heartburn with Organic Sulfur; consuming Organic Sulfur with a meal may help reduce this. Some studies have suggested that nightshade fruits like the goji berry may cause heartburn among some individuals.

Q: I was contemplating adding Metabolic ONE capsules to my Autoship, but I need to know how much caffeine is in each capsule and what the source of caffeine is.

A: Metabolic ONE contains natural sources of caffeine (88mg per 3 capsules) from guarana berries and yerba mate. It also contains green tea catechins and bitter orange extract (synephrine), which are known to boost the metabolism.

Q: Why would Organic Sulfur not be certified when it says organic on the label?

A: First, PURE does its best to use only organic, wild-crafted or cultivated without chemical, non-GMO ingredients. Methylsulphonylmethane (MSM) is a an organic sulfur compound found in all living plant and animal tissues. This form of sulfur is 100% organic; however, the term organic does not specifically refer to farming practices utilized in the production process of organic sulfur. While it may seem confusing, “organic sulfur” is the actual technical term for our MSM compound. Unlike sulfur oxide, organic sulfur is a food grade form of sulfur that is absolutely necessary beneficial for proper health and well-being. MSM (organic) sulfur works in the body by supporting the connective tissues of tendons, muscles and ligaments. Furthermore, organic sulfur, a naturally-occurring component of (MSM), is an essential mineral which helps cell oxygenation and detoxification.

Have a question of two for the expert? Visit http://livepure.com/forms/asktheexpert and we’ll try our best to send you an answer within 24 hours.

People are talking about Rally28!

Let’s face it, losing weight and breaking bad habits are hard to do. But, I’m sure you can agree that having a “buddy” can help you stay motivated when it comes to exercising and eating healthy. That special friend or family member might be all it takes to keep you focused on your journey to Whole Health.

You’ll definitely find that support with PURE’s Rally28 program. We’re seeing it happen here in our PURE corporate community, and among our members and Independent Business Owners (IBOs) out there! You’ll find support in our Facebook community as well. Consider it your accountability group where you can find encouragement, stay focused, achieve your goals, and most importantly … have fun!

See what others are saying about the transformative power of Rally28

“I am so fired up about the lifestyle changing nutritional system called Rally 28.  My wife, Jana, and I believe in healthy living and in the power of proper nutrition, rest, hydration and exercise. The first few days were the toughest because of the bad habits we had let set in and the sugar cravings that often ruled our food choices throughout the day. But within a few days we were loving the process.  And our results were UNBELIEVABLE!” – IBO Doug Young

“… On Rally28, I began feeling and seeing results within 10 days. I still have some work to do which is why I will continue using Rally28 until I have achieved my goal. Wonderful program! Even if you are already in shape, I would encourage everyone to try this program. I have not felt so invigorated in years!” – IBO Lyndle Spencer

“I have been able to lose weight every week since my weight loss journey started in November 2016. Since then I’ve lost 75 pounds. I still have a lot to lose but with all your products, it’s given me an edge that I haven’t had ever. My weight has been up and down all my life. My goal is to get it off and keep it off.” – IBO Carol Gardner

“I always feel so much better when I am eating good food. This program was easy to follow and had a step-by-step process.” – IBO Jill Parton

“…I highly recommend Rally28 and strongly emphasize the importance of appropriate physical activity along with the Rally28 products. Muscle weighs more than fat but a toned and healthier body is far more valuable than a lighter, flabby, saggy body. My goal was to improve my health by toning my body … and I achieved that. I will continue to follow Rally28, as well as exercise, to further improve my health. If I can do it, so can you. Forget coulda, shoulda, woulda. I did!” – IBO Angela Johnson

“I needed to lose weight! I have done Rally28 before. I used to weigh 245 pounds! I knew that even at 225 pounds, I was still overweight. I was often tired and it was difficult to do simple tasks. I wanted to do Rally28 not only for me but for my family, too! I want to be able to run around and participate in activities with them without being exhausted. I want to be able to push our son and do races as we used to. My wife rallied with me. People started noticing my weight loss and that encouraged me to keep going. As I saw the numbers dropping on the scale, I said I can keep this going. The Rally has a great system with great products that work! I want to thank PURE for giving me and my family all the products we need to lead a healthier life! And yes, everyone in my family consumes the products!” – IBO Tony Rebimbas

Discover for yourself what it feels like to rally. It really is life changing. Visit rally28.com today.

Always be mindful and understand your own limits and always speak with your doctor before starting any exercise regimen.

PURE’s Rally28 weight-loss system is changing lives everywhere, including here at the corporate office. It offers a simple, yet effective way to help you change your body and your life. This winning combination of Genesis PURE’s proprietary Craving-Control Technology and sustainable fat-burning ingredients support weight loss while you develop healthier habits for real, lasting results.

 

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.

 

Sponsorship with Korean basketball team

The Korean office of PURE: People United Reaching Everyone announced that it signed with the KT Sonic Boom national basketball team to sponsor and provide GPS products valued at $40M Korean Won (U.S. $37,000), based on distributor price for one year.

“We are proud to partner with and sponsor KT Sonic Boom,” said Daren Hogge, PURE CEO. “Our desire to help people achieve their goals through quality products is our mission and we believe our GPS products have a global reach. It’s an honor to support the Sonic Boom athletes. We hope to continue this relationship and the development of the players.”

The products in the GPS Sports Performance line are 100% natural and backed by science. They provide amino acids, support muscle health, replenish vital nutrients, and promote support through all phases of a workout. The Korean GPK sports line includes:

  • “Enogy” (Circulate and Energize – U.S.): pre-workout supplement provides immediate energy and mental focus with amino acids for superior muscle growth*
  • Adapt: pre-exercise supplement offers adaptogens to help build stamina
  • Supply (Hydrate U.S.): during-workout supplement replenishes fluids, electrolytes and nutrients
  • Rebuild: post-exercise supplement promotes muscle recovery and tissue maintenance

KT Sonic Boom is a national basketball team based in Busan, South Korea. Sonic Boom’s General Manager, Hyun Jun Choi, agreed to designate “Genesis PURE Day” during the 2017-2018 season starting on October 14, 2017. “We know GPS will help improve the achievement of athletes by enhancing athletic stamina and improving performance.” said Choi.

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