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.

 

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.

 

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.

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!

Ask the Expert: Frequently Asked Questions

At Genesis PURE, 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: How much EPA, DHA, and DPA are in Mila?

A: EPA, DHA and DPA are all omega-3 fatty acids. Mila contains 4 grams of essential fatty acids, 3 grams of omega-3 and 1 gram of omega-6. The type of omega-3 fatty acid in Mila is ALA or alpha-linolenic acid. The body converts ALA into EPA, DHA, and DPA, so technically Mila does not actually contain these fatty acids. Everyone’s ability to convert ALA to EPA, DHA, and DPA will vary, so it is difficult to say how much of each you will actually get from consuming it.

Q: Does your GPS Energize contain dairy?

A: No, GPS Energize does not contain milk.

Q: What is the best way to take supplements and what should the timing be between each?

A: We are currently working on a helpful guide on when to take our supplements. Please check online on the Recommended Use page for each product in question. For products that contain caffeine, including Metabolic ONE, Green Coffee Bean, PURE Café, we suggest not taking them together as you don’t want to consume too much caffeine at once.

Q: Do any of your products contain lutein, and if so, what amount?

A: Yes, our Daily Build contains lutein. One serving contains 2mg of lutein which is about the same amount you would find in a cup of cooked broccoli, sweet corn, Brussels sprouts, or about a 1/2 cup of cooked green peas or summer squash.

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!

 

 

 

Eat more fiber

Has your doctor ever told you to eat more fiber? Maybe you wanted to stay “regular”. Dietary fiber not only helps to relieve constipation, it also helps the body maintain a healthy weight and lowers the risk for diabetes and heart disease.1  Children and adults need at least 20 to 30 grams of fiber (e.g. 2 ½ cup of blueberries) per day for good health, but most Americans get only about 15 grams a day. 2

There are actually two kinds of dietary fiber — soluble and insoluble. The body needs both of these to support health, and there are many delicious fiber-rich foods that make it easy to get your daily servings. So what is the difference between these two kinds?

Soluble fiber

Soluble fiber is soft and sticky. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance inside the digestive system when combined with water. It helps soften stool so it can easily slide through the gastrointestinal tract. It also binds to cholesterol and sugar, preventing or slowing their absorption into the blood.

Soluble fiber creates a feeling of fullness, which helps with weight management. A study in Annals of Internal Medicine suggested that aiming to eat 30 grams of fiber each day can help with weight management. 3 Soluble fiber is also known to help regulate blood sugar levels, and protect against heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol. 3

Soluble fiber comes from oats, peas, white beans, avocado, black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, raspberries, blueberries, barley and psyllium.

Insoluble fiber

This is the type people think of as “bulk” or “roughage.” It’s the tough matter found in whole grains, nuts, and fruits and veggies that doesn’t dissolve in water. Insoluble fiber is not digestible or readily absorbed into the bloodstream. It adds bulk to waste in the digestive system, which helps prevent constipation.

Insoluble fiber comes from corn, green beans, pears, oatmeal, whole wheat pasta and bread, brown rice, nuts, celery, sprouts, onions, cucumbers, leafy greens, cauliflower, broccoli, and potatoes.

Our bodies need both soluble and insoluble fiber

On product labels, you’ll often see “Total Dietary Fiber” listed, for good reason. Both kinds are important for your health. A study in The Journals of Gerontology reported that eating the right amount of fiber…can help us avoid disease and disability into old age. The study found that those who had the highest intake of fiber or total fiber actually had an almost 80% greater likelihood of living a long and healthy life over a 10-year follow-up.4

Did you know that 360 Complete Shake meal replacement has 11 grams of fiber per serving? It’s actually one of the best sources of fiber that you can take on a regular basis. And, Mila contains both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Be sure to drink plenty of water

Fiber depends on water to do its job. Soluble fiber absorbs it, while insoluble fiber traps water adding bulk and moisture to waste to prevent constipation. Be sure to balance your fiber intake with plenty of water. The Institute of Medicine suggests about 9 cups daily for women and 13 cups every day for men.5

1 http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983

2 https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/fiber/

3 http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/making-one-change-getting-fiber-can-help-weight-loss-201502177721

4 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160601112609.htm

5 http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/fiber-increase-water-needs-9140.html