Gallivanting down the cereal aisle, you may notice that there are SO MANY MORE to choose from, compared to five years ago. Sugar-packed confections, gluten-free alternatives, crunchy granola combos and super-bland, healthy options.
Despite all the new choices, cereal sales have actually dropped by 17% since 2009, according to Mintel market research. As it turns out, less people are eating cereal for breakfast, because they are put-off by the sugar. Many are not just opting, but demanding for breakfast foods that fit their health needs, like fruit, greek yogurt, kefir, egg bites and vegan bars.
Don’t worry (or do worry), sugary cereals have not been completely eliminated from the American diet. According to Mintel, milennials (and other age groups) are snacking on those processed cereals throughout their days.
We understand that snacks should be delectable, but they also need to be nutritious. Refined sugar can cause you to burn out in the middle of the day, bring on headaches, make you eat other foods and lead to serious health issues.
That’s why we created TWO totally nutritious AND totally tasty snack recipes using our favorite Pure Planet products. These will keep you on track, fill you up and best of all, please your sweet tooth. Enjoy!
Choco-Mint Spirulina Energy/Protein Bites
What You’ll Need
2 tablespoons Organic Pure Planet Coconut Oil (or use your favorite)
5 tablespoons Pure Planet Choco-Mint Spirulina
1 cup organic almond butter
1/3 cup organic cream honey
1/3 cup sweetened cacao nibs
1/3 cup ground flax seeds
Desired amount organic coconut flakes (optional)
Instructions for 3 Dozen
- In a medium size bowl, mix almond butter, honey and cacao nibs with a wooden spoon.
- Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Scoop about a tablespoon of the mixture (or use a melon baller to measure) and roll into a ball.
- Optional: Coat the balls with coconut flakes.
- Refrigerate (or place in freezer) in a tightly sealed container.
What You’ll Need
3 tablespoons Pure Planet Organic Coconut Oil (or your favorite)
2-4 tablespoons Pure Planet Spirulina (powder) or Choco-Mint flavor
1/2 cup non-GMO organic popcorn kernels
Himalayan sea salt (to taste)
Optional: Cayenne pepper (to taste)
- Melt coconut oil in a pan. Note: You can easily melt Pure Planet Coconut Oil by submerging in warm water until oil it is soft or turns to liquid. Caution: Container may be hot to to the touch, depending on water temperature.
- Add kernels in, cover and let pop. Caution: Do not leave pan unattended.
- Sprinkle spirulina on popcorn until there is a light green coat.
- Sprinkle sea salt and optional cayenne pepper.
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Everything’s coming up apples this month at Pure Planet. We launched two new apple cider vinegar products, a lemon-flavored Probiotic and a cherry-delicious Alkalizer. Each refreshing blend has their own set of benefits and tastes.
So, if an apple a day can’t keep you away, try using our Apple Cider products in these tasty drink recipes.
Lemon Berry Apple Cider
When the sun shines bright, nothing beats a crisp, cool drink. Primally Inspired’s Lemon Berry Apple Cider seems mighty good, so we think it would taste even better with Apple Cider: Probiotic as a substitute. A refreshing glass that can help us keep cool and aid digestion? Yes, please!
What you’ll need for one glass:
- 2 tablespoons fresh or frozen berries
- 1 scoop of Apple Cider Probiotic
- Optional sweetener like raw honey
What to Do:
- Drop berries into a glass (with sweetener, if applicable) and softly muddle with back of spoon.
- Pour water in glass.
- Mix in one scoop of Apple Cider Probiotic.
- Add ice.
If you’ve never heard of a switchel drink before, it is basically a drink comprised of four ingredients: vinegar, ginger, water and a sweetener like honey or syrup. We think that both Apple Cider products would be a perfect ingredient to plenty of switchel mixes (our Probitic already contains two of the necessary ingredients)!
Try substituting Apple Cider Alkalizer for tart cherry in this switchel recipe by YurielKaim. You’ll miss out on the tart taste of cherry, but gain the vibrant taste of beets and cherry!
Makes 4 servings:
- 3 tbsp fresh grated ginger
- 3 tbsp Apple Cider Alkalizer
- 3 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 3 tbsp tart cherry juice
- 4 cups water
- Add all ingredients into a large sealed container
Shake well to combine
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and serve over ice
And of course, there’s no need to add extra vinegar when using any of the Apple Cider mixes! So, just stick to our mix, ginger, water and your sweetener of choice!
Sparkling Water Splash
Recipes are fun, but sometimes you just don’t have the time! Looking for a quick way to to make drinks with a splash? Substitute sparkling or seltzer water for regular water when mixing our Apple Cider drinks!
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a gem in the superfood health world. We’ve talked about how it is sometimes connected to digestive health, but some nutritionists also link it to alkalizing pH levels in your body.
We know what you’re thinking–what in the world is a pH and alkalinity? (And if you already know, then great, here’s a refresher!) Without boring you with all the scientific details, let’s put our lab coats on and dive in!
pH, Acidity and Alkalinity
Every water-soluble substance (or solution) has a pH level, which stands for “power of hydrogen.” That’s just a fancy way of describing how many hydrogen ions are present in a solution. The scale ranges from 0 to 14, with a neutral level at 7. Anything under 7 is considered more acidic, while anything closer to 14 is considered alkaline.
Our bodies have multiple pH levels–including our blood, and even our stomachs. Your body naturally balances your pH, to the best of its abilities. Most nutritionists suggest that our bodies’ pH levels lean slightly to the alkaline, but that depends on which part of the body. For example, your stomach will most likely be more acidic, which makes total sense! Acid is needed to help gastrointestinal functions, like dissolving enzymes. But for the most part, The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) reports your body’s pH level should be around 7.4, which is usually tested by saliva, urine or blood sample.
If your body’s pH level (not counting your stomach) is acidic, there may be a problem, including acidosis (an excess of acid in the body). This can happen if your liver lungs and kidneys can’t balance your body’s acidity in, leading to complications like kidney failure. Acidosis is most likely to occur when there is an underlying condition.
Apple Cider Vinegar and pH
So, where does apple cider vinegar come in? Well, many nutritionists believe that among a bunch of other health benefits, ACV can help your body maintain a balanced pH. This is because of its nature. Vinegar goes through a fermentation process, which usually produces acid. Although vinegar is technically an acid, this acid is believed to have an opposite, alkalizing effect on the body.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Alkalize
With our superfood know-how, Pure Planet has taken what we know about alkalinity and oxygenation, and created a refreshing new blend. Welcome, Apple Cider: Alkalize!
Alkalize pairs ACV with nutrient superfoods beets and cherries, boosting oxygenation and alkalizing properties. Plus, the group blends together to make a yummy-tasting drink.
Alkalize is just one of our new ACV products, along with Apple Cider: Probiotic. Try both today!
Read up on ACV and alkalinity:
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is taking the health world by storm and for good reason! With an abundance of qualities and properties, ACV has been used as a home remedy for a long time. With the rising interest in probiotics, ACV once again takes center stage.
In order to understand probiotics, we have to understand our gut first. We know, that’s a tall order–but as the days go on, we learn more and more! Our gut is almost like its own little world, full of its own bacteria and micro-organisms. That’s where probiotics come in.
Think of probiotics as little soldiers that help your gut fight the good fight. Probiotic products contain bacteria and micro-organisms that help your gut dispose of bad bacteria, while encouraging good bacteria to thrive.
Apple Cider Vinegar
So, where does ACV come in? ACV happens to be connected to digestive health, just like probiotics. It contains helpful enzymes, like pectin, which comes from fermented apples. This enzyme helps encourage healthy bacteria growth.
Some nutritionists also believe the fermentation process brings out probiotic enzymes, but this is mostly due to organic ACV and beneficial bacteria it may hold if kept totally intact (if its’ not pasteurized). The acid from fermentation has also been thought to aid digestive health and even acid reflux.
Apple Cider: Probiotic
At Pure Planet, we like to use what Mother Earth has given us. That’s why we used our superfoods know-how to make ACV even better, including alleviating the bitter taste of vinegar. We’ve amped up the the digestive aid nutrients with our new Apple Cider: Probiotic.
Apple Cider: Probiotic contains ginger root, tumeric, lemon and probiotic Lactospore. Ginger root has been connected to help digestion and inflammation. Tumeric is also thought to have anti-inflammatory benefits, with many people using it when they have stomach issues. Lemon, while great-tasting, has also been tied to digestive health. Finally, Lactospore is a well-researched probiotic that can help encourage healthy gut flora. Together, these ingredients work together to make one great-tasting, effective superfood drink!
Want to learn more about probiotics and apple cider vinegar?
Besides using it around the house, coconut oil’s health benefits have made it a fairly common kitchen staple.
While substituting it for canola or olive oils are its most popular use, there are a number of other ways to incorporate heaping spoonfuls of it. Check out these coco-tasty and kitchen-easy recipes.
Coconut Oil Coffee
Substituting coconut oil for your coffee creamer, is delicious, more heart-healthy AND free of chemicals and sugar. Plus, mixing the saturated fat with caffeine helps give a longer-lasting energy boost! On top of that, the creamy addition supports proper digestion AND is satiating. Just add a spoonful of coconut oil to your cup and stir. If you want to step it up a notch, place already brewed coffee, coconut oil and honey in a blender, and froth!
Coconut Oil Popcorn
Another super easy (+ super tasty) coco-kitchen hack is to use it for popcorn! The perfect, all-American snack just got a lot healthier.
Coconut Mama has the perfect, simple recipe. What you’ll need is:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of organic corn kernels
- Sea salt
Simply heat the coconut oil until it is completely melted (don’t go over medium heat, because the texture will not allow the kernels to pop). Place a few kernels in the pan to test if the oil is hot enough to pop them. Once it is, add the remaining kernels. Cover the pan and shake every 10 seconds when you hear popping. Remove the pan from heat after the popping slows down to every 2 to 3 seconds.
Let your popcorn cool and then add some sea salt! Enjoy!
Corn Tortilla Chips
Chips are another guilty-pleasure snack! Healthy living is a compromise and all about moderation. Don’t fill your cabinets with bags of processed chips that list unknown ingredients, make your own with whole foods! Coconut Mama has a pretty easy recipe with only a few ingredients.
You will need:
- 1 pack of corn tortillas (preferably organic and non-GMO)
- 6 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
- Sea salt
The directions are pretty simple too:
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Melt the coconut oil.
- While waiting on steps 1 and 2, cut the tortillas into small pieces. Place those pieces on a cookie sheet or tray when done.
- Evenly spread the melted oil across the chips.
- Place in the oven for 6-8 minutes.
- Rotate the sheets or trays, and continue baking until the chips are light brown and crispy.
- Add salt once done.
You can eat them warm (just be careful) or cool! Don’t forget to store some away for tomorrow! Just be sure to use a Ziploc or airtight container.
Coconut Oil Spreads
If you have a food processor or high performance blender, you can really put coconut oil to use by making spreads. You can make coconut butter and other spreads for bread or crackers.
To make these, you will need to combine selected ingredients into the blender with coconut oil, and blend away! You’ll want to place them in the freezer for at least ten minutes afterward (depending on how firm you want the spread to be) and then place it in the fridge after that. Use spreads within a few days of making them, depending.
Here are some cool, coconut combinations (say that three times fast) from Healthy Happy Life:
Cinna-Banana Coconut Spread:
- 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 banana
- 2-3 dashes of cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons of maple or agave syrup
- 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 5-6 strawberries
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 teaspoons of maple or agave syrup
Remember, when experimenting with coconut oil spreads: Blending coconut oil with slightly cold or chilled liquids might leave you with clumpy butter. Unless you’re into that, you should probably stick to room temperature or warm liquids.
Have fun and get cooking!
Here at Pure Planet, we like to stay crafty and slick. After all, Mother Nature provides us with the richest resources, the least we can do is learn how to make sure we don’t waste them.
Coconut oil is one of those riches and it has quickly become a pantry favorite in kitchens across the world. And, why not? It’s organic, nutritious and adds a hint of island vibes to flavor any dish.
Yet, did you also know that this cooking companion is also a friend to many other household jobs, too?
Check out why all of us at Pure Planet like to keep our Coconut Oil in the pantry AND in the linen closet.
It’s kind of crazy, but coconut oil can really help improve natural wood-based furniture. Just dab a washcloth with a bit of oil and smoothly rub it against the wood. Watch the furniture reveal a bit of luster and shine. Don’t forget to wipe away any excess residue.
You can also use this on wood cutting boards! Just leave the coconut oil on for ten minutes, then wipe away the residue.
Seasoning Cast Iron Skillet and Pans
Cast iron skillets can bring your dishes to the next level, but most are not non-stick. Even then, you still have to “season” them every once in a while to prevent rust and decay.
Enter: coconut oil.
Season cast iron pans and pots by covering it in a thin layer of coconut oil. Then, place it in the oven at 450 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Remove left over residue once the cookware has cooled.
Removing Sticky Labels or Residue
Don’t you hate when a sticky label just won’t come off? You buy a beautiful glass vase, candle holder or cup and you try to peel off the label or price tag…and YUCK! The sticky paper absolutely won’t come off. Coconut oil can help!
Some people have found that mixing a small amount of coconut oil and baking soda (equal parts) makes it easy to wipe off the annoying remnants. For smaller jobs, just the oil will suffice.
Preventing Dust Build-up
With coconut oil, you can have a real life TV commercial cleaning moment and Mr. Clean appears!
Okay, maybe not, but this household hack is the next best thing.
Lather coconut oil where dust likes to build up or in hard to reach areas, like book shelves or ceiling fan blades. The oil will help actually prevent dust. But remember that it won’t keep it away forever. Unfortunately, you’ll still have to clean…just not as often!
It happens–kids get gum in their (or your) hair, on the floor, on her shoe and/or in the car! It’s a disaster. Luckily, it can be easily remedied with some good ol’ coconut oil. Lather some on the gummy area and leave it alone for about 30 minutes. The gum should loosen up by that time. You’ll have an easier time removing it.
Removing Crayon Marks
Of course you love that your child is Picasso reincarnated, but it’s okay not to be stoked that your walls are coated in colorful wax. Don’t worry! Dab a washcloth in your coconut oil and begin to wipe away the crayon mess. You may also need to add vinegar for extra removal support.
Cleaning Bathtub Grime
Bathtubs can accumulate dirt, especially if there is soap build-up (from ALL the bubble baths or teenagers who use WAY too much shampoo). Luckily, coconut oil can help clear it away, effortlessly. You’ll want to use a towel or washcloth to avoid flushing the majority of the oil through your pipes. Use hot water to make sure the residual oil melts away.
Easy, Breezy, Natural, Make-up Remover
Taking off make-up can be a hassle and time-consuming, unless you use products with chemicals – and no one wants that. Try using coconut oil and a soft cloth next time you’re removing make-up.
DIY-ing Hygiene Products
Coconut oil can be used to make DIY bar soap and even toothpaste! Most recipes are simple and only involve a few key ingredients. Plus, you will be able to control what goes into it, instead of using potentially harmful products from major brands.
Make easy soap for bathing or laundry.
Make natural toothpaste.
Get more use of your coconut oil: https://www.custommade.com/blog/coconut-oil/
Thirsting for something truly enchanting? That’s right, we said enchanting.
We’ve created 9 “Love Potions” with four of our most pure and enchantingly beneficial products, Organic Tart Cherry, Aloe Vera 40x, Ionic Elements and Ginseng. What’s the best thing about these products, besides their benefits (LINK TO FIRST BLOG-PICK YOUR POTION)? You can be your own mixologist (or apothecary) by combining some of our products with other common ingredients to create refreshing drinks!
Use any of the following:
- Mint leaves
- Green or black tea (bags or leaves)
- Mineral, sparkling or plain water
- Raw honey
Choose one of the recipes below and let’s start brewing!
For a 4-serving batch, you’ll need:
- Organic Tart Cherry
- 2 Black tea bags
- 4 cups of water
- Mint leaves (your desired amount)
- Slices of lemon (optional)
- Raw honey (optional)
- Steep your black tea and place it in the fridge to cool (or leave it out until cool).
- Pour your tea out over ice (to create iced tea).
- Stir in desired amount of tart cherry (half cup or less recommended), mint leaves (handful recommended) and optional slices of lemon.
NOTE: You can also get your daily dose of tart cherry by mixing with sparkling or mineral water, making for the perfect soft drink substitute.
For one serving, you will need:
- 1 cup water
- 1 lime
- 1-2 teaspoons of Aloe Vera 40x
- Mint leaves (your desired amount)
- Honey (optional)
- Squeeze a lemon’s juice into an empty glass.
- Mix or blend in water.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera.
- Add one teaspoon of honey, if desired.
Note: You can also get your daily dose of Aloe Vera by mixing one teaspoon with water or your favorite green drink.
For one serving, you will need:
- 1 cup water
- 2 slices of lemon
- Honey (optional)
- Heat up one cup of water.
- Mix 1-3 teaspoon of Ginseng extract into water.
- Add two slices of lemon.
- Add honey, if desired (amount dependent on taste).
NOTE: You can also get your daily dose of Ginseng by just mixing it with water.
For one serving, you will need:
- 1 cup water
- 1 thinly sliced piece of cucumber
- Mint leaves
- Ionic Elements
- Place thinly sliced cucumber in 1 cup of water.
- Place the mint leaves.
- Insert desired amount of Ionic Elements (according to saltiness preference).
NOTE: You can also get your daily dose of Ionic Elements by mixing with pure juice or pure water.
Have fun and don’t be afraid to experiment with some of your own ideas. Be sure to send us any of your own Love Potion creations on our Facebook page and use the hashtag #purelovepotions.
LOVE is in the air. Can you smell the roses and strawberries dipped in chocolate? Mmm, what about a little taste of champagne?
We won’t judge anyone who partakes in the occasional guilty pleasure, but isn’t it peculiar that we choose to gift our love with things that aren’t actually healthy for our loved ones?
Forrest Gump once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” Well, actually Forrest, we know exactly what we’re going to get: divine, yet momentary bliss followed by sliding down a slippery slope of regret. Sugar does no body, any good.
We know these sugary and delightful treats are traditional (and easy) Valentine’s Day items, but how are they treating your and your loved ones’ bodies? What if you tried something different, say out of the (chocolate) box?
Leave the chocolates behind and opt for something healthier, like one of our 9 “Love Potions.” Don’t be silly–these aren’t witchy potions made with voodoo magic, but herbs and superfoods have been known to conjure up real health benefits. Pure Planet’s 9 Love Potions provide you with some of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts: Organic Tart Cherry, Aloe Vera, Ionic Elements and Ginseng. The best part: you can add these to most anything you already drink!
These treats can actually treat! Go figure.
Organic Tart Cherry is made from tart cherry concentrate. Tart cherries are so rich in antioxidants, that they provide incredible benefits that can an impact on immune system function and even help regulate metabolism. And that’s just the tip of the cherry-flavored iceberg. According to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, the melatonin present in tart cherries has effects similar to insomnia medications–the small group studied reported better and deeper sleep. Plus, our Tart Cherry is pretty delicious, so there’s that.
Aloe Vera 40x contains fresh aloe vera concentrate. Like tart cherries, aloe has so many benefits. For one thing, aloe vera is used to aid with stomach and digestive issues, like constipation. The aloe liquid actually increases the water content in your intestines and helps normalize healthy bacteria. This also helps with hydration and liver function.
Ionic Elements contains fulvic acid and trace minerals. Fulvic acid provides your body electrolytes that fuel your body at the cellular level. Pretty cool, right? This helps your cells easily absorb minerals and nutrients. Plus, it can help with digestions too!
Last, but not least is Ginseng. Our liquid-extract White American Ginseng (not Red/Panax Ginseng!) packs a healthy energy push, without jittery effects. Plus, ginseng has been said to help stimulate physical and mental activity, and even responses to stress. It’s the perfect compliment to morning or afternoon tea!
Pick a Love Potion combo that’s perfect for you or your loved one. Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥
Learn more about:
Tart cherry: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/ways-cherry-juice-benefits-you
Aloe Vera: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/aloe-vera-juice-benefits#3
Ionic Elements: https://www.livestrong.com/article/111554-fulvic-acid-benefits/
Beets are an underrated yet magical vegetable that can help boost athletic performance with their nitrates and antioxidants. Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating the magical part, but they are mighty, little roots.
And they don’t just benefit athletes! Beets can help keep older folks get healthier, too! A study at Wake Forest University showed that drinking a beetroot juice supplement before working out helps the brain perform more efficiently. The University also found that a daily dose of beetroot juice can improve physical endurance and blood pressure for elderly patients with heart failure. Pretty cool, huh?
Why not add beets to your diet? Well, because they’re messy and time-consuming to prepare.
However, with our beet products, it’s way easier. Just add our Organic Power Beets powder to your favorite dish and enjoy healthy joint support! Let’s take a look at some fun recipe ideas.
Beet powder can easily be added to any bowl for a tasty and healthy result!
- Add Power Beets to a breakfast bowl
- Add Power Beets to a Cherry Pineapple Smoothie Bowl
Give these classic dishes a delicious twist by using Power Beets!
- Use Power Beets to make Red Beet Pancakes
- Substitute beet powder for beets in this healthy alternative to spaghetti: zucchini spaghetti with beetroot pasta sauce
Got any recipe ideas? Let us know!
Want to learn more about beets?
Who doesn’t love a good workout? Veteran athletes know the key to a good workout is preparation. Preparing with protein shakes and energy drinks is pretty common, but there’s a magical little vegetable that can help make the most out of your workouts, too—we’re sure you’ve heard by now. It’s beets!
A study by the University of Exeter’s School of Sport and Health Sciences reported that beet juice can increase athletic stamina. Two different groups of cyclists were studied for six days. Group 1 drank half a liter of beet juice while group 2 drank a currant drink. The beet root group cycled an average of 16 percent longer! The same group had lower resting blood pressure as well and better oxygen re-uptake levels!
Part of the reason is that beets contain nitrates, which can power up your workouts. These can be found in other vegetables, but beets are one of the most abundant nitrate sources. Nitrates help bring oxygen to muscles, helping them pump more efficient and for a longer period of time – giving you a way better workout.
For a good, strong workout, you’ll need to be prepared for the recovery afterward. Excessive sweating means an excessive lose of electrolytes. And all that high-octane action can cause inflammation. Beets are so magical that they can even help with that! Beet juice is high in potassium, which helps balance fluid levels and electrolytes. It also contains betaine, which can help reduce chronic inflammation.
We got the beets!
We’re such big fans of beets that we didn’t make just one beet product, but two! Both of the dry-mix beverages are specially formulated to give you the best workout possible: from start to finish. Take the Pre-Workout before your workout and take Rapid Recovery Fuel afterwards.
- Organic Power Beets Pre-Workout: Promote healthy blood flow and stable energy for a strong workout. With some extra support from Yerbe Mate and Rhodiola Root, this helps support healthy adrenal function and hydration for all athletic levels.
- Organic Power Beets Rapid Recovery Fuel: Promote a better recovery after workouts with a special superfoods blend that helps support electrolyte levels and healthy joint function.
If you didn’t like the taste of beets when you were younger, don’t worry (we won’t tell your parents, it’s our secret)! These products are available in tasty and natural flavors. Why would we use an artificial flavor? You want to burn those calories, not gain them back! Both are affordably priced and conveniently packaged, all you have to worry about is getting that cardio in!