Recipe: Droppin’ Beets with PGX

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Juicing is a great way to incorporate additional nutrients into your diet without feeling like you’re “only allowed to eat salad this week.” Uggh…I hate that feeling and thinking that way is not a great mindset for long-term goals.

Instead of that line of thinking, dieting should be considered a life-long, healthy attitude toward foods and with juicing, you can work a massive yet healthy amount of veggies (and some fruits) into your diet. Take this recipe, for instance: Today, I wasn’t planning on eating two beets, a half a head of celery, an entire romaine heart, two cucumbers and two apples – but that’s just what this recipe does, minus the additional pulp that doesn’t get juiced.

Further, when it comes to juicing, adding in an additional 2.5-5 grams of PGX® Granules (that’s two stick packs or between ½ and 1 full scoop of granules) I can get some additional fiber into my diet and get the benefits of satiety1,2 that you get from taking PGX.

Caution: Do not put the PGX granules through your juicer. They should be manually mixed into a glass of your juice by hand immediately before drinking.

Beet Juicing Recipe with PGX

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Ingredients:

  • 2 romaine hearts
  • 2 apples
  • 2 beets
  • 2 cucumbers
  • ½ head of celery (optional)
  • 2.5 – 5 g PGX Granules*

Directions:

  1. Using a centrifugal juicer – start by juicing the romaine hearts at LOW/MED speed. Because the leaves are thin, sometimes large particles of them can get caught in the blades. The rest of the “heavier” fruits and veggies will help push those un-juiced leaves through.
  2. Increase speed to HIGH and juice the remaining apples, beets, cucumbers and celery.
  3. Pour a 8-12oz of juice into a drinking glass.
  4. Mix with 2.5-5 g of PGX granules.
  5. Drink immediately (within 1-5 minutes). PGX Granules don’t dissolve in liquids – they absorb water sort of how chia seeds do, so they should be consumed quickly after mixing with any liquid.*

Yield: 2 Quarts

Variety Tip: Get creative by adding in any other healthy fruits or vegetables you have on hand. With this recipe, carrots or spinach would go nicely.

Storage Tip: You can refrigerate any juice you don’t immediately drink for up to 24 hours. Because of oxidation, the juice starts to lose its benefits very quickly, so be sure to drink it within 24 hours or make slightly smaller batches. Be sure to store it in an air-tight container – glass jars work perfectly.

 * Drink additional water (8 fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX.  If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX.

References:

1. Kacinik V, Lyon M, Purnama M, Reimer RA, Gahler R, Green TJ, Wood S. “Effect of PGX®, a novel functional fibre supplement, on subjective ratings of appetite in overweight and obese women consuming a three-day structured, low calorie diet.” Nutr Diabetes. 2011, 1:e22. doi: 10./038/nutd.2011.18.
2. Lyon MR, Reichert RG. “The effect of a novel viscous polysaccharide along with lifestyle changes on short-term weight loss and associated risk factors in overweight and obese adults: an observational retrospective clinical program analysis.” Altern Med Rev. 2010; 15(1): 68-75.

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PGX: We’re On Instagram

Connect with us on Instagram!

Find us on Instagram @pgxdailylife and stay up to date on what’s abuzz in the world of PGX.

We love connecting and seeing what you and your PGX products are up to! Post your photos of how you’re using your PGX, such as adding PGX Protein Powder or PGX Granules to your smoothie, or to any one of your favourite recipes. Be sure to use the hashtag #PGX and/or #PGXrecipe, or you can tag us in your photos by using our @pgxdailylife handle, so that we can find your PGX photos! You can also stay informed on what’s happening with us by following us at @pgxdailylife.

Below is an example of photos that we’ve put up over the last while, in addition to some photos that PGX’ers have shared with us that we’ve reposted.

We look forward to connecting!

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5 Heart Healthy Exercises

Easy forms of exercise to get you and your heart into shape.

As Heart Month continues on, so do our aspirations to keep your hearts healthy, PGX’ers! As we discussed earlier this month, being active and committing to regular cardiovascular workouts can help improve your heart health. However, getting going on a regular exercise routine can be a bit daunting if you don’t know where to start.

Fortunately, improving your heart health doesn’t require you to become an Olympic athlete; all it takes is some moderate exercise and the commitment to not give up! If you’re unsure of where to start in order to improve your heart health, below are five easy exercises you can do to keep your heart healthy.

Top 5 Heart Healthy Exercises

  1. Intensive walking
  2. Jogging or running
  3. Swimming
  4. Biking
  5. Circuit training

PGX Tip: Allow your body to recover post-workout by replenishing your energy with a PGX protein shake.

Stay healthy, PGX’ers!

 

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Recipe: Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

A recipe that’s incredibly easy, packed with protein and Olympic athlete inspired!

It’s Day 11 of the Olympics and, here at PGX, we’re still feeling very inspired by the drive and dedication of all the athletes who are taking part in these Winter Games. While, of course, we know that training is the most crucial element of any athlete’s regime, eating well also plays a large part in athletic achievements. Which is why we wanted to share another Olympic-inspired recipe with you!

The below quinoa recipe, adapted from Olympic runner, Kara Goucher’s recipe, is the perfect quick and easy snack to eat at home, in the office or on the go to fuel your body up with energy and protein. With only a few simple ingredients, this recipe takes practically no time to make. Prepare a large amount Sunday or Monday and continue to snack on it whenever hunger strikes throughout the week.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • 1/3 cup of canned black beans
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 scallion
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 stick of PGX Granules per serving

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa as directed on package.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, drain and rinse black beans, chop tomato, slice scallion and squeeze lemon.
  3. Mix all ingredients, except PGX Granules, together in a large bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve individual serving and add PGX Granules.

Train hard, eat well and tackle those goals, PGX’ers!

 

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Train Like an Olympian

5 tips on how to train like an Olympic athlete.

Although standing on the Olympic podium may seem like a dream fit for only the world’s most elite athletes, there’s no reason why we can’t all take notice of how they train and find inspiration for our own fitness goals and workouts.

Below, find motivation from our top five favourite tips on how to train like an olympic athlete, inspired by an article shared by Men’s Fitness. Read the full Men’s Fitness article here.

  1. Fuel your body: Eat well and stay hydrated. For extra help in preventing sugar cravings and overeating, try adding PGX to your diet.
  2. Rest: Downtime and getting enough sleep are just as important as training. Don’t work your body too hard without giving it the proper rest it deserves.
  3. Warm-up: Be sure to warm-up your body properly and leave time in your workout for a proper cool down and recovery.
  4. Believe in yourself: Mentally prepare yourself for your goals. Write them down; find inspiration and don’t allow yourself to give up.
  5. Early bird gets the worm: Schedule your workouts for the beginning of the day before you can get too tired or distracted.

 

 

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Wear Red Day

Support Heart Month and women’s heart health by wearing red today.

Today is National Wear Red Day in the United States and we want to help spread the word on how you can support the movement! By wearing red today, you’ll be helping raise awareness of heart disease, which is the number one killer of women.

Learn more about heart disease and how you can help create survivors by watching the video below and visiting the Go Red for Women website.

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Get Social With the PGX Team

Keep up-to-date with our PGX Team on Twitter!

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Keep informed with updates from our PGX Team of experts and spokespeople by subscribing to our PGX Experts list on Twitter. The list includes our incredible team of NDs, RDs and RHNs, as well as our wonderful spokesperson, Olympic gold medalist, Sylvie Fréchette.

Not following us yet? No problem! Follow us @pgxdailylife.

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Exercise & Heart #Health

How exercise can help support your heart health.

This February, we are focusing on Heart Month in more ways than one: with healthy eating (read our latest Heart Health Tasty Tuesday recipe) and healthy habits, such as exercising regularly.

We all know that being active is a part of a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that regular aerobic exercise can strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system and improve heart failure symptoms?

Aerobic exercise can be as simple as taking a 30 minute walk or jog, or as complex as hitting the gym and engaging in multiple exercises, such as jumping rope, using the stationary bike and the rowing machine. No matter which exercises you decide to do, however, it’s important that you commit to doing them at least three times a week in order to reap the maximum health benefits.

If you’re just getting started, try taking your dog for a walk or ask a friend to go on a leisurely bike ride with you. It’s best to begin slowly and increase the level of difficultly and the length of the exercise as you go along; this will prevent feelings of frustration and you’ll be more likely to stick with your new routine!

PGX Tip: Try fuelling up with a PGX protein shake before you begin your exercise.

 

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Heart Healthy Berry Smoothie

It’s Heart Month and we’re celebrating with heart healthy recipes!

In honor of Heart Month, we’ve decided to dedicate every Tasty Tuesday this month to heart healthy recipe. This week, we’re kicking it off with a heart healthy breakfast smoothie, adapted from the Heart and Stroke  Foundation, that is the perfect option for those of you who are too busy in the morning to sit down and eat. Grab it on the go, fuel up for the day and feel good about what you’re feeding your body and your heart!

Find the full recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 pear
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 0.5 – 1 tsp PGX Granules per person

Directions:

  1. Cut the pear up into small pieces.
  2. Blend all ingredients together, except for PGX granules.
  3. Pour into glasses, stir PGX into individual glasses and serve.

 

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How to Keep Your Resolutions Alive

Checking in on your New Year’s Resolutions.

Tomorrow marks the end of January and we want to take a moment to check in with all you PGX’ers and see how your New Year’s Resolutions are coming along.

If you’ve found yourself falling behind, don’t panic! We have some tips on how you can get back on track.

3 Tips to Help Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions Alive:

  • Be specific – Setting goals is a great start but broad, general resolutions, such as “get healthy,” most likely won’t get you very far. Try to be specific with your goals, such as “I will eat one piece of fruit with breakfast and lunch, cut out my afternoon latte and go to the gym every day after work.”
  • Ease your way into it – Trying to quite bad habits and pick up good ones cold turkey will only set you up for failure. Try giving up your vices gradually. For example, if you want to cut down on your daily two trips to Starbucks, instead of attempting to not go at all, try cutting your trips down by half for one month. Then the next month, cut it down even further, etc.
  • Share you goals – Tell your friends and family about the goals you’ve made and ask them to help keep you accountable. Better yet, pick a resolution buddy and make your goals together. It’s always easier to achieve your goals with support!

Let us know how your goals are coming along in the comments below. And if you have any other tips, we’d love to hear them!

 

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