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.

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.

Below are the most popular questions from the previous week. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: How many ENERGY can you drink daily?

A: The Mayo Clinic defines moderate daily caffeine intake as 400 mg among healthy adults. This is approximately three servings of ENERGY daily. If you experience irritability, restlessness, anxiety, sleep issues, or irregular heart rhythms, be sure to speak with your doctor about healthy caffeine intake.

Q: What is the purpose of using xanthan gum in GoYin and other products?

A: Xanthan gum is a plant-based material created by mixing simple carbohydrates with bacteria. It is used to help thicken, emulsify, and increase viscosity of liquids. It also helps create a more creamy texture. Typically corn or sugar beets are used to create xanthan gum.

Q: Can you give me a list of your products that provide high protein/low carbohydrate nutrition?

A: Generally speaking, a low-carbohydrate diet (not ketogenic diet 20-50g) consists of less than 130g of carbohydrate (CHO) a day. As a meal replacement shake, 360 Complete Shake incorporates whey and pea proteins (20g per serving – high protein), as well as a unique potato extract and fiber blend that helps the body control feelings of hunger. 360 Complete Shake offers a combination of vitamins and minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber. One serving provides 19g of CHO, which includes 11g of fiber for a total of 8g of net carbs. Every serving of Mila packs three grams of protein-rich, heart-healthy omega-3s. In comparison, one half a fillet of salmon contains 4g of omega-3s. Mila is high in calcium and magnesium which contribute to bone health.

Q: Do you have any recommendations on how to travel by plane with the Superfruit juices and/or CalciuMK+?

A: Since these are liquids, they still adhere to the 3-1-1 rule: containers must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less; stored in a 1 quart/liter zip-top bag; 1 zip-top bag per person, and placed in the screening bin. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow these items on the plane.

Q: What products do you suggest are nutritionally good for young children to take?

A: Mila is a great product for the whole family, including kids. It offers plant-based protein and fiber, with no gluten, trans fats, or sugar. Overall, use of our dietary supplements is recommended for anyone over the age of 18 years. The nutritional needs of children during growth and maturation are different from those of adults. Please consult your doctor about appropriate supplements for people younger than 18 years of age.

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.

 

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!