Recycling on Earth Day and every day

Here at PURE we are proud to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Did you know that each year, nearly 29 million tons of plastic end up in landfills across America? Are you doing your part to recycle every day?

Look at the bottom of any PURE container or bottle and you’ll see the recycling logo. When you’ve used all the product, simply rinse out the remnants, then place the container among the rest of your plastics, cans and bottles you’re taking to the curb.

You can also upcycle your containers! Here are some creative ways to find new uses for empty containers and bottles. Have fun with these while, at the same time, making the planet a cleaner place.

  • Organize your junk drawer or craft space. The GPS Adapt bottle is small enough to hold glitter or sequins. It can also hold push pins, rubber bands, pencil erasers and other small gadgets.
  • Organize a tool box. The garage can quickly become a storage mess; but your toolbox doesn’t have to be. Our containers are great to hold loose nails, screws, hex nuts, etc. so you’re ready for that next project! Simply label the container with a Sharpie and voila.
  • Create a coin holder for your vehicle.
  • Loose tea and spices in your kitchen? Stick them into an ENERGY tub for a great airtight solution.
  • Make mini ice packs, or any size for that matter. Just fill a container with water, freeze and you’re ready for those impromptu picnics or camping trips. Also great for keeping your frozen items cold while coming home from the grocery store.
  • Store batteries, etc. Try screwing used containers, like Immune6, to a shelf to create hanging storage for batteries, screws, nails, nuts and bolts, etc.
  • No more missing game pieces, or Legos. Use containers to store small pieces from your kids’ games.
  • Keep matches dry for camping. Just glue a piece of sandpaper to the lid and you’re ready to go.
  • Keep jewelry safely stored while traveling.
  • Make a homemade mini first-aid kit.
  • Create a memory jar with a larger container, like Organic Sulfur. Jot down memories on paper that you can read during special moments or holidays.
  • Make a hide-a-key! Simply put your key in a used container and glue the cap to a rock or a pine cone.

What do you do with your empty PURE containers? Please share with us.

What is your favorite product?

ENERGY, Metabolic ONE, GoYin, MelaTrim — our products are pretty awesome! We asked our Independent Business Owners (IBOs) to share their favorites. If you want to add more products to your daily regimen or learn about a product you haven’t tried, our IBOs have a few suggestions for you.

Here’s what they had to say. Maybe you’ll discover a new way to take one of our products, or learn about a benefit you weren’t aware of.

  • “Lemon ENERGY mixed with Cherry-flavored GPS Energize explodes my energy and pumps me up for a workout!” – Larry Crimm, Diamond
  • ENERGY is a mom’s life! It’s necessary for functioning during long days and multitasking.” – Lindsay Scheel, Chairman Black Diamond
  • Metabolic ONE with ENERGY! ENERGY wakes up the brain and Metabolic ONE wakes up the body! I believe it’s a one-two punch. That’s what I sampled seven years ago when I was introduced to PURE. If you can make me feel like that every day, I’m in! It’s how I start every day!” – Leslie Forester, Chairman Black Diamond
  • Metabolic ONE is great for energy, curbing appetite, and burning fat!” – Jamal Luke, Silver Director
  • ENERGY! It keeps me on task, refocuses me and gives me the boost I need to work a long day!” – Mandi Doty, Ruby Executive
  • ENERGY! Because without it I’m a mombie (mom Zombie).” – Molly Cormican, Ruby Executive
  • Daily Build! This product fills the gaps I have in my diet. I don’t always eat clean, but this allows me to get the proper nutrients in my body so I can function at higher levels throughout the day. I work in a high stress environment and this comprehensive liquid multivitamin is essential for my success at work. Don’t leave home without it!” – Jayson Lavender, Presidential Black Diamond
  • ENERGY gets me through my night shifts as a Labor & Delivery nurse. It provides the clear mind I need for those early morning deliveries when focus is absolutely necessary. At home, GoYin helps to balance my mood. Finally MelaTrim is the perfect sleep aid as I transition back to sleeping at night with my family.” – Brittney Ford, Platinum Director
  • “Mix GPS Circulate and GPS Energize with ice and water! Blend it together to make an amazing smoothie!” – Cheryl Falkner, Chairman Black Diamond
  • “My favorite product is GPS Adapt. I am a stay-at-home mom and GPS Adapt has been a life saver for me. It keeps me grounded and helps me keep my emotions in check. It’s a daily dose for me!” – Lindsay Krause, Ruby Executive
  • “That’s a tough one, as I have several! Probably Daily Build. About 10 minutes after drinking it, I can feel it!” – Teena Story, Diamond
  • “When asking to pick a go-to product, and only one, it’s like choosing a favorite child! Each has its amazing qualities; however, I would not go a day without GoYin because it simply makes me feel balanced, helps decrease the morning stressors of getting out the door and helps relieve my tension. It tastes delicious!” – Heidi Taphorn, Diamond

What is your favorite product, combination of products or routines? Please share with us.

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?

Has a product been shelved too long to consume?

How often do you pay attention to the stamped date on a food product or vitamin bottle? Depending on what kind of product it is, you may see the words “manufacture date”, “expiration date”, “best by date”, or another term. They all indicate the difference between a quality product and one that you should be consuming at your own risk.

Let’s imagine you had a bottle of unopened GoYin in your pantry with a stamped “manufacture date” of September 2016. Since it was made over a year ago, is it now unsafe to consume? Let’s find out.

First a little history

Federal regulations do not require dietary supplement manufacturers to include an expiration date on their products. Due to rules within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDAs) current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) regulations, our dietary supplement products (products labeled with Supplement Facts as opposed to Nutrition Facts) have “manufacture date”, “best by date”, or “expiration date”.

The “manufacture date” (mfg) printed on the label is the date the product was produced in compliance with Good Manufacturing (GMP) regulations.

Safe consumption

Most of our products should be consumed within two years of their “manufacture date”. Some products (i.e. Cell Water, Alkaline Water Concentrate) are good for four years past their listed manufacturer date. A “best by date” means a product has optimal flavor and nutrition through the end of the month of a listed date.

If your products have been properly stored with intact seals, then it is safe to consume them even if it is two years after the “manufacture date”. The flavor of the products may change if they are consumed outside of their intended shelf lives.

Once opened, products should be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within a 30-40-day window. The 30-45 days is the furthest date we still guarantee them to be safe and effective. If it is opened and has been out of the refrigerator overnight, it is okay to consume. Powered products, once opened, will last longer than this – up to 60-90 days.

Products that should be refrigerated after opening include:

How to correctly store your products:

Storing your supplements in the right place can make a big difference in their quality and potency. In fact, the top threat facing your supplements is moisture. Water can oxidize and damage the ingredients, so keep your supplements in a dry location.

High temperatures are also a problem, as they can interfere with the delicate structure of nutrients and cause them to break down.

  • Store your supplements in a cool dry place, away from heat, moisture and direct light.
  • Keep supplements in their original containers, that way you’ll know their “manufacture date”.
  • Always keep supplements away from children.
  • Always read each label for storage and usage directions.

Please see our FAQ regarding expired products at: http://www.livepure.com/faq#expiration_date. Thank you.

 

 

Chew on this, and cut calories at the same time

Wouldn’t it be great if you could lose weight while you ate? We are not talking about eating a granola bar while walking on the treadmill. Certain foods actually have thermogenic properties meaning they raise your core body temperature and thus boost your metabolism.

The following foods have actually been shown to boost your body’s calorie-burning potential, so you can burn calories while you chew and digest.

Fat-burning foods:  

Whole Grains: Did you know your body is burning calories when you digest food?  In one study, it was shown that a meal containing whole grains required twice as many calories to digest as a meal containing refined grains (137 vs. 73 calories).1 Whole grains have other health benefits as well, including a higher protein and fiber content than refined grains.

Lean or Plant-Based Protein: Moderately increasing protein intake may modestly increase metabolic rate. A healthy protein intake may provide additional weight management benefits by increasing fullness following a meal and promoting retention of lean muscle mass.2

Hot Peppers (capsicum): Peppers may modestly increase both metabolism and fat burning. The benefits of red peppers have been seen in studies using pills as well as whole foods. Regardless of how you ingest it, capsicum may aid your weight management efforts.3    Daily Build, Metabolic ONE and HealthTrim® Cleanse contain ingredients from peppers. Greens contains organic cayenne fruit and PURE Café has black pepper extract.

Oolong, Green, or White Tea: Oolong, green, and white teas are rich in polyphenols (plant chemicals) and also contain caffeine. The metabolism- and energy-boosting effects of consuming polyphenols and caffeine have been shown in numerous studies.4

Coconut Oil: While coconut oil has not specifically been found to increase metabolic rate or promote fat burning, it may be a beneficial food to add to your weight management program. In recent studies, individuals consuming coconut oil as part of a weight management program experienced greater reductions in waist circumference than those who did not consume the coconut oil5, 6 in addition to helping support weight management, preliminary evidence suggests that coconut oil may also help promote blood cholesterol profiles at normal levels.7

HealthTrim® line of products:

In addition to the foods above, the HealthTrim® line of products can help you reach your own unique weight-management goals with targeted nutrition. The following products are all part of Rally28, PURE’s Complete Nutrition Weight Loss System.

  • 360 Complete Shake contains a proprietary Craving-Control technology and fat-burning ingredients. A unique potato extract helps promote healthy weight loss while Protease Inhibitor, derived from potato, helps to reduce appetite.
  • Green Coffee Bean contains chlorogenic acids which offer beneficial polyphenol antioxidants, an amount comparable to some products used in weight management research. Some studies show that the chlorogenic acid in green coffee beans affects how the body handles blood sugar and metabolism.
  • PURE Café is a slimming coffee that suppresses appetite so you can limit the amount of calories you are eating throughout the day.
  • Metabolic ONE contains green tea and cayenne pepper and caffeine, ingredients that help supercharge a sluggish metabolism.

Devise your fat-burning meal today, and be sure to combine it with plenty of exercise and adequate sleep.

Please consult a healthcare professional before beginning any diet plan, supplement regime or workout plan.

 

References:

1 Barr SB1, Wright JC. Postprandial energy expenditure in whole-food and processed-food meals; implications for daily energy expenditure. Food Nutr Res. 2010 Jul 2:54.

2 Paddon-Jones D1, Westman E, Mattes RD, Wolfe RR, Astrup A, Westerterp-Plantenga M. Protein, weight management, and satiety. Am J. Clin Nutr. 2008 May;87(5):1558S-1561S.

3 Ludy MJ1, Moore GE, Mattes RD. The effects of capsaicin and capsiate on energy balance: critical review and meta-analysis of studies in humans. Chem Senses. 2012 Feb;37(2):103-21.

4Hursel R1, Westerterp-Plantenga MS. Catechin- and caffeine-rich teas for control of body weight in humans. Am J. Clin Nutr. 2013 Dec;98(6 Suppl):1682S-1693S.

5 Liau KM1, Lee YY, Chen CK, Rasool AH. An open-label pilot study to assess the efficacy and safety of virgin coconut oil in reducing visceral adiposity. ISRN Pharmacol. 2011;2011-949686.

6 Assuncao ML1, Ferreira HS, dos Santos AF, Cabral CR Jr, Florencio TM. Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity. Lipids. 2009 Jul;44(7):593-601.

7 Feranil AB1, Duazo PL, Kuzawa CW, Adair LS. Coconut oil is associated with a beneficial lipid profile in pre-menopausal women in the Philippines. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2011;20(2):190-5.

 

HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake, Part II

We just introduced our newest product, HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake. This unique product takes the power of organic matcha green tea leaves and combines it with sacha inchi, chlorella and other ingredients for a nutritious meal replacement that helps support weight management, sustained energy, and stress reduction.*

As we continue our blog series, we will focus on sacha inchi seeds, a powerful ingredient in HealthTrim Matcha Vegan Shake.

Sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) is a plant native to Peru that produces large, edible seeds rich in protein. Sacha inchi is also known as sacha peanut, jungle peanut, or Inca peanut. The nutrient-dense seeds are often consumed lightly toasted and whole, in protein powder form, or as the extracted oil which is taken as a dietary supplement.

Sacha inchi oil is a rich source of vitamin E and alpha-linolenic acid, a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseed oil. Sacha inchi seeds are a whole food that are easily digestible and provide fiber, iron, amino acids and omega fatty acids for sustained energy.

A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2002 found that sacha inchi is unusually high in tryptophan, an amino acid essential to the production of serotonin (a nervous system chemical involved in regulating appetite). 1 Sacha inchi may help promote weight loss by increasing serotonin production.

HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake, in vanilla or dark chocolate flavors, is a great way to jump-start your weight loss and get your morning started. It can help control appetite which in turn helps the body use fat as an energy source. It also aids in healthy digestion and cleansing. And, it greatly enhances metabolism.

Replace up to two meals a day and use in conjunction with the entire HealthTrim product line to help support your weight management goals. Be sure to consult your healthcare provider prior to use if you are pregnant or nursing or are beginning a weight loss program.

Order yours today at livepure.com, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

1 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf020126a

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!