January is National Soup Month

Baby, it’s cold outside! No wonder that January was designated National Soup Month. We have a delicious soup recipe to warm up your stomachs, and hearts. It incorporates Mila® micro-sliced chia as an ingredient, so you know it’s healthy!

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 the chia seed to provide a wide array of nutrients. By combining these crops, you get a nutritionally robust product.

Enjoy this pureed soup while getting your daily serving of Mila and increase your intake of leafy greens and other nutritious whole foods. This soup is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, not to mention flavor!

Mouth-Watering Mila Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetable stock, separated
  • 3 cups leafy greens, chopped
  • ½ tsp. thyme (fresh or dried)
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • 2 Tbsp. Mila
  • Optional: garlic (minced)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, place Mila in 1 cup of vegetable stock to hydrate. Set aside.
  2. Using a tall frying pan or wide-bottom pan, sauté chopped onion in olive oil until translucent (3-5 minutes). Add garlic to pan if preferred.
  3. Add remaining 3 cups of vegetable stock, chopped greens, thyme, cumin, lemon juice, and quinoa to pan; bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium; cook until quinoa is translucent and greens are wilted (8-12 minutes).
  5. Add soup and hydrated Mila (including the remaining vegetable stock) to a blender and puree until smooth.

This flavorful soup can also be made into a hearty dip or spread by reducing the vegetable stock used to boil the greens by 1 ½ cups.

Enjoy!

Find more recipes like this at http://livepure.com/recipes. Do you have a favorite recipe to share? Submit it here.

And the holiday recipe winners are…

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Holiday Recipe Contest. You shared some delicious recipes and surprised us with your creative product usage ideas. 

We are happy to announce our three winners:

  1. Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies – Julie Theriot, IBO Silver Director
  2. Easy GoYin Vinaigrette – MistyBleu McAmis, IBO
  3. Waffles with 360 Complete Shake – Michelle Yoder, IBO Bronze Director

Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour – measure and remove 3 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoons Mila (replaces the 3 tablespoons of flour above)
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Additional powdered sugar for rolling after baking (about 1 1/2 cups)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla with mixer until fluffy.
  4. Add flour, Mila and salt and mix until the dough forms.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips. If dough is too soft, chill until you can work it easily into balls.
  6. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and place on cookie sheet. Roll to form a nice ball shape.
  7. Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes until bottoms are slightly brown and tops are no longer glossy.
  8. Remove from oven and cool 5-10 minutes.
  9. Fill a small bowl with 1 cup powdered sugar and roll each cookie in it until coated.
  10. Place on rack to cool. (Once cookies are cool, you may want to re-roll them in more powdered sugar).

Easy GoYin Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1 roasted shallot
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 parts extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 parts GoYin
  • 1 part red wine vinegar
  • sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

  1. Add ingredients to blender except the olive oil.
  2. Pulse until ingredients are blended.
  3. Slowly add the olive oil.
  4. Once everything is blended, add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Enjoy on salad. For fruit salad, substitute red wine vinegar for a nicely aged balsamic vinegar.

Waffles with 360 Complete Shake

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour or oat flour
  • 1 scoop 360 Complete Shake, vanilla or cacao
  • 3 tablespoons stevia
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon Mila

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients until flour is mixed.
  2. Pour 3/4 cup of batter into center of large, greased waffle iron.
  3. Enjoy!

Winners will receive free products by PURE.

Be sure to check out all the recipes in PURE’s test kitchen by visiting here.  These have all been cooked and loved by so many.

 

Terms and Conditions

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Participants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the contest. Contest sponsored by Genesis PURE, Incorporated – 7164 Technology Dr., Ste. 100, Frisco, TX 75033. Contest ends December 13, 2017. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Winners will be determined at 12 am CT on December 14, 2017, and will be announced via email the same day. Winners will be determined by most creative recipes. Judges will include a committee of PURE employees, comprised of Nutrition and Health professionals with degrees, studies, or work experience in Nutrition and Health. Prizes will be awarded promptly upon conclusion of contest.

Win a PURE prize over the holidays

With all the blessings in life, let’s celebrate with a fork and knife — and a fun contest!

From November 20 through December 8, you can win a fun prize just by submitting your favorite holiday recipe(s) that incorporate(s) at least one of our products. We will feature the winning recipes on our corporate blog.

Simply click here to fill out the form and submit. We are always looking for new recipes to share with our community. But remember, they have to include one, or more, of our products here at PURE. We encourage you to submit a photo of your creation, too.

Explore healthy recipes from PURE’s very own test kitchen. We’ve compiled our tried-and-true favorites that incorporate our products, from Mila to Matcha Vegan Shake. Find entrees, sides and soups, drinks and smoothies, and desserts and snacks your entire family will enjoy.

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Oh-Mila-My! Cookies

Children and adults alike will eagerly devour these delicious yet naturally healthy cookies! Get baking and find how simple and wonderful these gluten-free* and vegan morsels can be!

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp Mila
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1 ⅓ cup old fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking oats)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups natural peanut butter
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
 Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, stir together Mila and water, then set mixture aside to gel. In a medium bowl, toss the oats, cinnamon, and baking soda together. Set aside. In a large bowl, stir peanut butter, brown sugar, Mila mixture and applesauce on low or with a large rubber spatula until combined. Add dry ingredients and slowly mix until everything is combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Form dough into balls about 1½ tablespoons each and place onto prepared baking sheet. Slightly flatten each ball of cookie dough gently with the back of a spoon. Lightly blot each cookie with a paper towel to absorb excess oil from peanut butter if necessary.
  4. Bake for 9-10 minutes. The cookies will appear very soft and underbaked. For crispier cookies, bake for up to 11-12 minutes.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies stay fresh stored covered at room temperature for up to 7 days.
  6. Make ahead tip: For longer storage, freeze the cookies for up to 3 months then thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

*If gluten intolerant, make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.

Yo quiero (I want) tacos!

Today is National Taco Day, and the perfect excuse to eat tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Who doesn’t love this cumin-and-chili-infused, traditional Mexican favorite? Tacos are easy to throw together and so customizable. Plus, they can satisfy the the biggest appetite.

Tacos are traditionally associated with fresh tortillas, ground beef, cheese and sour cream. Here in the U.S., taco dishes are as varied as life itself — from taco dip to pizza tacos to dessert tacos. Tacos are rich in protein, fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium; however, depending on how you make them, tacos can be heavy on fat and cholesterol.

Make your tacos healthier with the ten tips below. We also share some delicious taco recipes that incorporate some of our products.

10 ways to “taco” healthier:

  1. Substitute chicken, fish or turkey for ground beef
  2. Skip the meat altogether and use vegetables, like roasted cauliflower and beans
  3. Choose kale or dark, leafy greens instead of iceberg lettuce
  4. Replace sour cream with guacamole, yogurt, or a low-fat sour cream
  5. Load up on the tomatoes, slow down on the cheese
  6. Use quinoa instead of rice
  7. Use lettuce or bell pepper boats as tortilla substitutes
  8. Choose soft corn tortillas instead of baked
  9. Make your own sauce or salsa and control the sodium
  10. Make your own taco seasoning, or simply use lemon, lime and garlic. Store bought seasonings can contain too much sodium.

Customize your tacos the PURE way. Use our products to create your own sauces or seasonings. Add Mila to your choice of meat as we do below in the meatloaf recipe. Do you have a favorite product you use to make your taco dishes? Share with us below.

TACO MEATLOAF

This recipe uses our micro-sliced Mila® — 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 the chia seed to provide a wide array of nutrients. By combining these crops, you get a nutritionally robust product.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 cup micro-sliced Mila
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 ounces grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, micro-sliced Mila, taco seasoning, chili powder (optional), salt, pepper, eggs, 4 ounces of the cheese, and water. Mix with your hands to combine well.
  3. Shape mixture into a long, low loaf. Sprinkle top with remaining 2 ounces grated cheese. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the center reads 135F for medium.
  4. Remove and cut into slices. Top with your favorite taco toppings such as sour cream, chopped tomatoes, and avocado.

TACO SAUCE with GOJI

Goji superfruit is a dark, delicious juice with a tinge of sweetness. As a natural source of vitamin C and polysaccharides, Goji provides nutrition to help support healthy functions of the immune system. Goji is also is a source of carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help enhance eye.

health.*Ingredients:

  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoon Goji
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions:

Stir tomato sauce, water, Goji, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, garlic salt, chili powder, paprika, sugar, and cayenne pepper together in a saucepan over low heat; cook at a simmer until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Cool sauce slightly before serving.

How do you enjoy your taco dishes? Share your recipes with us at http://livepure.com/recipe-submission.

Whole Health smoothie recipes

Fuel yourself up with a healthy, easy-to-make smoothie. The following recipes are great for after a workout, as a midday snack and an easy way to get more of your recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables.

Better yet, they incorporate Goji superfruit, HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake, Mila® chia and Greens, so they are packed with protein and other nutritious ingredients.

Strawberry Goji Smoothie

Goji superfruit is a dark red juice with a tinge of sweetness. As a natural source of vitamin C and polysaccharides, Goji provides nutrition to help support healthy functions of the immune system. Goji is also is a source of carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help enhance eye health.*

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Goji superfruit
  • 1 cup strawberries, cut up
  • 2 teaspoons honey, optional
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • Ice

In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

Matcha Banana Protein Smoothie

This is a delicious smoothie just right for fall mornings. Plant-based HealthTrim Matcha Vegan Shake makes a great meal replacement or nourishing snack and boasts a delicious, nutty taste. Unique ingredients include sacha inchi, which contains omega fatty acids and all essential amino acids for sustained energy, and chlorella, a great source of nutrients and antioxidant-rich chlorophyll. Naturally-occurring theanine, an amino acid in matcha, helps elevate mood and reduce stress.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ medium banana (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 packet vanilla Matcha Vegan Shake
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

Green, omega-rich smoothie

Micro-sliced Mila® chia 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 the chia seed to provide a wide array of nutrients. By combining these crops, you get a nutritionally robust product.  Greens is made up of four Proprietary Blends that utilize some of the most beneficial superfoods, botanicals, superfruits, and mushrooms available, giving your life the edge it craves and deserves.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, thickly sliced, frozen
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 tablespoon Mila
  • 1 scoop Greens
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup orange juice

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

 

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.

 

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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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.