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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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. MelaTrim 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

Keep your children well hydrated

The temperatures are rising and kids are gearing up for summer activities. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for children to stay properly hydrated, whether they’re going to day camp, visiting the zoo or are active in sports.

Because our bodies are 70% water, it’s imperative that we all replenish with water. Water regulates body temperature, helps with digestion and supports the removal of waste. All of us lose water when we sweat, urinate … even breathe! Signs of dehydration include fatigue, headaches, lack of concentration, reduced mental performance, even dry skin.2

Children’s daily water needs vary depending on their age, gender, physical activity level, the temperature outside and their health. Parents should make sure kids drink water before, during and after each activity; 4-6 glasses of water a day for children up to 8 years old and 6-8 glasses for children 8 years and older.1

Quench their thirst with products by PURE

PURE has three products that will ensure children are happy and well hydrated.

ENERGY drink mix (all flavors) is safe for children ages 12 and older. They can have one ½ serving, being careful not to exceed 1 serving per day because of the caffeine content (120mg per serving). Make ice cubes with ENERGY and add them to water bottles for a little flavor. Or make refreshing popsicles.

GPS Hydrate is safe for children ages 12 and older. GPS Hydrate, a product in the sports performance line, helps replenish vital fluids, electrolytes and nutrients lost during exercise. It quenches thirst while supplying a blend of amino acids, carbohydrates and B vitamins. Make ice cubes or popsicles. The kids will love the fruit punch flavor.

Goyin balancing blend tastes delicious and is safe for kids 6 years old and older. Kids ages 6 to 12 should take half a serving, whereas kids ages 12 and older can enjoy the recommended daily dosage. These GoYin Pops make a tasty treat.

GoYin Pops

Ingredients: GoYin, crushed fruit (optional) and toothpicks or popsicle sticks.

Directions:

  1. Pour GoYin into ice cube trays.
  2. Add a small amount of fresh fruit (optional)
  3. Place a toothpick or popsicle stick into each cube.
  4. Place in the freezer until frozen.

Smart and fun ways to hydrate:

  • Give them small amounts of fluid throughout the day, rather than large amounts at one time.
  • Use colorful glasses and curly straws.
  • Add flavor to water with a lemon wedge or fresh watermelon. Let your kids experiment with recipes for infused water by adding cucumbers, strawberries, and citrus fruits.
  • Create a hydration station in your home. Put together a water dispenser and cups and encourage your family to drink regularly whenever they pass by.
  • Have an ENERGY stand, the PURE equivalent to the lemonade stand. While they serve delicious lemon-flavored ENERGY, they can enjoy it themselves, and make some summer spending money.

Always remember that the nutritional needs of children during growth and maturation are different from those of adults. Please consult your healthcare provider about appropriate supplements for children.

 

1 https://healthy-kids.com.au/parents/children-hydration/

2 http://www.naturalhydrationcouncil.org.uk/hydration-facts/hydration-and-water-facts-for-kids-2/

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo, amigos!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It’s time to indulge in your favorite Mexican food, treat yourself to a margarita, dance to “La Bamba” and spend time with friends.

To help you celebrate, we’ve compiled some delicious Mexican recipes, each with a PURE twist.

 

Greens Guac

A Cinco de Mayo celebration is not complete without guacamole! Dip into this Greens-infused snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 T. Greens
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Mash avocados in a bowl. Mix Greens, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lemon juice and into avocado and combine well. Season with salt and pepper.

 

Cinco-Star GoYin Margarita   

A little indulgence is OK, especially when GoYin is involved!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 6 fl. oz. tequila
  • 2 fl. oz. triple sec
  • 1-2 fl. oz. GoYin

Directions:  Fill blender with crushed ice. Pour in limeade concentrate, tequila, triple sec and GoYin. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

 

Cha-Cha-Mila Tortilla Bake

Mila® chia provides a boost of beneficial fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, and improves the wholesomeness of this dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder (may add more, if desired)
  • 2 16-oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 16-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 scoops Mila
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 package rice or corn tortillas, cut into strips
  • Salsa (optional)

Directions:

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

Put on a sombrero, hire a mariachi, grab some maracas and enjoy the festivities and the food!

 

In the kitchen with Mila® micro-sliced chia

Mila micro-sliced chia seed is a super food that is gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and 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 chia seed varieties, you get a nutritionally robust product.

Because of its mild flavor, Mila is a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into a variety of dishes to enhance their nutritional value.  Just how nutritious is Mila?

  • Gram for gram, Mila is one of the richest whole-food sources of dietary fiber and omega-3 fats (ALA).
  • The fiber found in Mila is predominantly insoluble fiber, a form of fiber that is especially beneficial to the digestive tract. It supports intestinal regularity and promotes good bowel health, slows digestion of food to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and supports weight loss by helping you feel full for a longer period of time.
  • Studies have illustrated improved cardiovascular health among those with a high intake of ALA containing foods like Mila.*

Below are some recipes using Mila; you can also try Mila in your recipes. Add Mila as a substitution to an ingredient already in a recipe. You can also use it as an addition without taking away from the flavor or consistency of the original recipe. Add to cereals, smoothies, beverages, and salads. Learn more about Mila here.

 Mila Coconut Pudding 

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons Mila
  • 1 Tablespoon organic coconut milk powder
  • 1 cup water
  • Honey, if desired

Directions:

  1. Add the coconut milk powder and water to a small pot and boil.
  2. Whisk the Mila into the liquid.
  3. Reduce heat; whisk again after a few minutes.
  4. Leave the mixture until it thickens.
  5. Drizzle with honey.

NOTE: As a fun alternative, feel free to add cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and/or dried fruit to the recipe.

Mila and 360 Complete Shake Protein Bars 

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup almonds, unsalted
  • ¼ cup pistachios, unsalted, shells removed
  • ¼ cup pitted dates
  • ¼ cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
  • 1 scoop 360 Complete Shake (flavor of your choice)
  • 1 Tablespoon Mila
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Grind the almonds and pistachios in a food processor until course, about 30 – 40 seconds.
  2. Add the dates and the raisins and grind again for another 30 seconds.
  3. Next, add the 360 Complete Shake, Mila, applesauce and coconut oil. Grind for an additional 30 seconds until the mixture is well combined, moist and slightly sticky (If the mixture is not moist enough add about ½ Tablespoon more of coconut oil and mix again).
  4. Remove the mixture onto a large cutting board.
  5. Place a large piece of wax or parchment paper over the mixture and using a rolling pin, roll into an even thickness.
  6. Cut into 6-8 bars and leave on the cutting board. Place the board in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the freezer and wrap individually in saran wrap.
  8. To ensure shape and freshness, store the bars in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to two months.
  9. Optional: Add chocolate chunks if using chocolate 360 Complete Shake.

Mila Jam 

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop Mila
  • 1 lb. fresh fruit
  • Up to ¼ cup honey

Directions:

  1. Prepare your fruit, thoroughly washing it and removing any stems, pits, or tough skin.
  2. Place your fruit in a pot and heat on medium, stirring frequently, until the fruit begins to soften.
  3. Continue to heat the fruit, mashing periodically, until it becomes liquefied.
  4. Taste the liquid and add honey until it reaches desired level of sweetness.
  5. Stir Mila into liquid, place in an airtight container, and store in the fridge.
  6. Note: if jam is still not thick enough after sitting in the fridge, additional Mila may be added to increase thickness.

Do you have a favorite Mila recipe to share, or a way to incorporate Mila into your favorite meal?

Find more delicious recipes here: https://livepure.com/recipes.

Egg-cellent Recipes

In honor of Easter and the tradition of hunting Easter eggs, we have some delicious egg recipes to share with you. The first one incorporates Mangosteen Superfruit juice and the second one uses Greens, both products by PURE. Not only do I love eggs for breakfast and brunch, but I’ll eat them for lunch and dinner, too.

Eggs are a nutrient-dense food. They contain high-quality protein, they offer all nine essential amino acids, and they’re a great source of vitamin D. They also contain vitamin A, vitamin B12, riboflavin (B2) and the antioxidant selenium, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, which help keep our eyes healthy.

Yes, the yolk does contain high dietary cholesterol, but it is also low in saturated fat, an important factor. Because of this, eggs get a thumb’s up from the government’s 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

These recipes are a great way to introduce the products to others, and a way to offer healthy alternatives the whole family can enjoy.

Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Mangosteen Sauce  

 Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons Mangosteen Superfruit juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 4 English muffins, split and toasted
  • 8 oz. smoked salmon, sliced into 1 oz. pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped dill (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat 2-3 inches of water, vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt in large saucepan to boiling. Adjust heat to keep liquid simmering. Break eggs, one at a time, into small bowl. Hold dish close to surface of pan and slip egg into water.
  2. Cook eggs until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 3-5 minutes. Do not stir. Lift eggs from water with slotted spoon; drain well on platter lined with paper towels. Keep warm.
  3. Whisk egg yolks, water, Mangosteen juice and lemon juice in a small saucepan until blended. Cook over low heat whisking constantly, until mixture is foamy and small bubbles appear. Whisk in the butter slices, one piece at a time, until butter is melted and sauce is thickened. Remove pan from heat immediately.
  4. Spread muffin halves with remaining butter. Arrange muffin halves on plates and top with salmon. Place an egg over salmon, top with sauce and sprinkle with dill.

 

‘Greened’ Deviled Eggs

 Ingredients:

  • 14 large, hard-boiled eggs
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ – 1 Tablespoon Greens
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup cooked bacon, crumbled
  • ¼ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Directions:

  1. Cut eggs lengthwise in half. Remove yolks to medium bowl. Reserve 24 white halves. Finely chop remaining 4 white halves and set aside.
  2. Mash yolks with fork. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, pepper and Greens; mix well. Add chopped egg whites, bacon, cheese and chives; mix well.
  3. Spoon 1 heaping Tablespoon yolk mixture into each reserved egg white half. Refrigerate, covered, to blend flavors. Sprinkle with paprika just before serving, if desired.

Find more delicious recipes at livepure.com/recipes. Do you have a favorite you’d like to share?

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.