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.

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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.

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.

 

Cooking with Mila — plus a delicious recipe!

Mila micro-sliced chia seed 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.

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 soluble fiber, a form of fiber that may be especially beneficial for promoting cardiovascular health.*
  • Studies have illustrated improved cardiovascular health among those with a high intake of ALA containing foods like Mila.*

Experiment with the following tips to incorporate Mila into your recipes. Mila can be added either as a substitution to an ingredient already in the recipe, or as an addition without taking away from the flavor or consistency of the original recipe. This is a general guide. Results may vary. Be sure to test your new Mila-fortified recipe before serving to guests.

Substitutions:

  • Up to 1/3 the flour in a baking recipe
  • Part of the breading or batter in breaded dishes
  • All the corn starch or flour as thickeners in stews, soups, sauces, and other dishes
  • Up to 1/4 the oil or egg in recipes (1 egg or ¼ cup oil = 1-2 tbsp Mila in 3 tbsp water Allow mixture to sit 15 minutes before using in recipe)
  • All the flour, bread, or other meal extender/binder in hamburgers, meatloaf, meatballs or other dishes

Additions:

  • Add to oatmeal or cereals
  • Blend into smoothies
  • Stir into yogurt, pudding or beverages
  • Sprinkle on salads, pastas, sautés and grilled meats

The possibilities are endless! Discover many ways to eat healthier without compromising your taste buds!  Using Mila is a fun and interesting approach to enhancing a nutrient-filled meal or snack.

Almond Butter Mila Balls          

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 scoops Mila
  • 1 cup ground organic rolled oats

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl together.
  • Shape into golf-ball-sized balls, place in a container and freeze.
  • Take out and eat when ready for a quick, sweet snack.

With all herbs and supplements, it is important to consult a qualified health practitioner before implementing.

Do you have a recipe to share with us, using our products? Send it to marketing@livepure.com and we will share it on our blog!

Get GoYin in the kitchen

Set the stage for wellness with GoYin. This proprietary blend of superfruits, herbs, and other fruits have been traditionally used to help bring the body into balance and enhance overall well-being.*

Created on the premise of 5,000 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine, GoYin can provide nutritional support to help your body deal with everyday stressors.

Enjoy these delicious recipes using GoYin, just in time for summer.

GoYin Pops

Ingredients:
  • GoYin
  • Crushed fruit (optional)
  • 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.
GoYin Jello
Try this delicious jello recipe for a fun way to get your daily serving of superfruit juice. Experiment with different ratios and types of fruit juice and superfruit juice. Try using 1 cup of GoYin in this recipe. We found that 1 cup Goji and ¾ cup apple juice also works well. Mangosteen did not set up so you may wish to avoid using this superfruit as well as the Fusion.
Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup GoYin/superfruit/fruit juice
  • ¼ cup boiled water
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin
Directions:
  1. Put water on stove to boil.
  2. While waiting for water to boil, whisk gelatin into ¼ cup juice and mix until smooth.
  3. Add boiled water to juice and gelatin mixture; whisk until mixed.
  4. Add remaining fruit juice and whisk until combine.
  5. Pour jello mixture into a greased pan and allow to set in fridge for two hours.
  6. Remove, slice and enjoy!
“Warming” Baked Pineapple and GoYin
Foods and herbs are categorized as cooling or warming in traditional Chinese herbal practices. Cooling or warming foods may be eaten for a specific, desired result. Traditional Chinese herbal practices are to eat more warming foods during the winter to offset the cooling effect of the season. This recipe uses warming ingredients which are cooked to enhance their warming effect.
Ingredients:
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into spears
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup GoYin
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 3 tsp fresh, pureed ginger
Directions:
  1. Place pineapple spears in baking dish; pour GoYin over the pineapple and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Place ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg on top of pineapple and bake at 450° for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and enjoy.

Find more delicious recipes using Genesis PURE products here.

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Treat Mom to something extra healthy this weekend

Plan your Mother’s Day meal with our delicious recipes below. These are some of our favorites that use Mila, a superior plant-based source of protein and fiber, and GoYin, a superfruit traditionally used to help bring the body into balance and enhance overall well-being.*

Almond Butter Mila Quinoa Cookies

Try this alternative to chocolate chip cookies. These cookies are quick, easy to make, and fun to get the kids involved with! Using gluten free oats and allergen free chocolate chips, these cookies can be gluten, egg, and dairy free. Unlike the traditional cookie shape, these cookies do not spread or flatten and will retain a larger mound shape from when they are placed on a pan

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 1 cup rolled oats, blended in food processor
  • 1 scoop Mila
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine cooked quinoa, almond butter, and honey
  3. Add oats, Mila, and salt, and combine well
  4. Stir in chocolate chips and mix well
  5. Scoop (or use wet hands) 1 tbsp of dough onto lined baking pan
  6. Place cookies close together as they will not spread.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 18 – 20 minutes.

NOTE: Don’t be afraid to experiment and add a handful of dried cherries or cranberries, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, or nutmeg.

 

Warming Baked Pineapple and GoYin

Foods and herbs are categorized as cooling or warming in Traditional Chinese herbal practices. Cooling  or warming foods may be eaten for a specific, desired result. Traditional Chinese herbal practices are to  eat more warming foods during the winter to offset the cooling effect of the season. This recipe uses warming ingredients which are cooked to enhance their warming effect.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into spears
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup GoYin
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 3 tsp fresh, pureed ginger

Directions:

  1. Place pineapple spears in baking dish; pour GoYin over the pineapple and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Place ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg on top of pineapple and bake at 450° for 30 – 45 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and enjoy.

Find more delicious dishes using a variety of our products here. Do you have any recipes to share, please pass them on!