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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Guilt-free dessert: Chocolate Chia Avocado Pudding

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A rich, chocolate pudding full of nutritional goodness!

Avocado’s are an excellent source of healthy fats and a variety of additional nutrients and vitamins including potassium, fiber, and vitamins C, K, and B6.

And don’t underestimate the tiny chia seed! These seeds are packed with omega-3, calcium, magnesium, complete protein and fiber, just to name a few.

Prep time: 10-15 min
Serves: 2

Ingredients IMG_2148-adjusted

  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or stevia to taste

Directions

  1. Place the chia seeds and almond milk (or milk alternative) in a small dish. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes until the seeds form a gel consistency.
  2. Add the thickened chia seed milk mixture and the remaining ingredients into a small food processor.
  3. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for later.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe!

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Recipe: Mango Salad with Lime & Sweet Paprika Dressing

PGX presents Tasty Tuesday!

Enjoy a tasty and exotic salad that will definitely add a pop of healthy colour to your dinner table!

Salads are a popular staple in a meal for many people. But I know, from personal experience, that this green addition to the dinner table can often become repetitive, featuring the same leaves and the same dressing.

Treat yourself to something new with this delicious and incredibly colourful recipe from the Wooden Spoon: Mango Salad with Lime and Sweet Paprika Dressing!

Doesn’t that look delicious?! Click on through for the details and try adding a stick of PGX Daily Singles for that extra benefit of fibre!

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Berry Summer Salad

Enjoy this delicous berry summer salad!

What better way to enjoy fresh summer produce than with a simple, tasty recipe?!

My mouth is actually watering for a delicous, homemade salad like this one. And it’s full of healthy ingredients like spinach, avocados, mushrooms, goat cheese and, of course, berries! Lots of berries!

So what’s so great about these ingredients? Well berries are full of antioxidants, powerful substances that can help protect your cells against free radicals. Goat cheese provides some protein, riboflavin and phosphorus. Avocados are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fibre. Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin A, calcium, vitamin C and iron!

So what’s not to love about this recipe? Thanks to The Primitive Foodie, we have a delicious Berry Summer Salad! (click for recipe).

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Dive head first into Spring with one of our favourite PGX recipes!

We’ve gone into the PGX Recipe archives and retrieved one of our favourite recipes.

It’s an oldie but a goodie: Heirloom Tomato Salsa. Packed with fresh veggies and a couple sticks of PGX Singles, this salsa makes a light and refreshing snack for any potluck or bbq, in under 30 minutes.

Here’s a quick overview of the ingredients you will need:

  • ? cup lemon juice
  • 1.5 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (or basil), chopped
  • 2 cups heirloom tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium green onion
  • 1/8 tablespoon pink rock or grey sea salt
  • 5g PGX Daily Singles (2 sticks)

Optional Ingredient:

  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper, minced

Find the full recipe and directions here. Enjoy!

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Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Ravioli!

A tasty recipe for homemade ravioli with garden fresh fillings! Yum!

Everything tastes better homemade! Try this recipe from BC Living and make it your own!

My mouth is now watering for pasta, especially for this homemade ravioli! There really is nothing better than homemade and made from scratch when it comes to food…in my opinion! And when one uses fresh-from-the-market ingredients? Even better!

Here’s a lovely recipe from BC Living that combines all of those things! There are a lot of steps but this recipe also allows you to get creative and choose what you want to put in your ravioli!

So without further ado, Homemade Ravioli with Garden-fresh Fillings!

Try adding PGX Daily Singles to your sauce for that extra kick of fibre! Enjoy!

 

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Tasty Tuesday: PGX Coconut Blast Shake

Another fabulous (and easy!) PGX SatisFast shake recipe from nutritionist, Kristin Metvedt, RHN.

Made with PGX SatisFast’s delicious French Vanilla flavour and coconut water, try this new shake recipe from Kristin Metvedt! Nutritional sidenote: Coconut water from young coconuts provides minerals and electrolytes that provide valuable nutrition, so this smoothie is both yummy and healthy!

Ingredients:

  • 240 ml  100% pure coconut water (e.g. O.N.E. Coconut Water or Blue Monkey Pure coconut water)
  • 60 ml cold water
  • 1 scoop PGX Satisfast French Vanilla
  • Option: 2 ice cubes

Method:

  1. Measure liquids into a shaker or blender cup.
  2. Add 1 scoop of PGX Satisfast Very Vanilla. If using a blender, add 1-2 ice cubes if desired.
  3. Shake or blend until smooth.
  4. Drink an additional glass of water (375-500 ml) after taking PGX.

Nutritional Information:

Each serving contains: 146 calories; 1 g fat; 23 g carb (2g fibre, sugar 11 g); 10 g protein; 220 mg sodium; 330 mg potassium.

Have questions for Kristin about the smoothie? Or a nutrition question? Ask her here!

Enjoy!

 

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Weight-Wise Wednesday: Olympic Inspiration

A tasty new recipe for you to try from the other side of the world; inspiration provided by the Olmpics!

For this week?s Weight-Wise Wednesday post, I set out to write about out how to eat like an Olympian. However, in my search across the net, I stumbled upon this truly unique and fun blog, Eat The Olympics. Having no idea how one might ?eat the Olympics? I decided to check it out ? and boy was I happy I did!

What I found was a blog full of recipes. But not just any recipes ? these were recipes from all over the world. In fact, the writers of the blog, two Londoners, have set out to make a dish from all 204 countries that are currently participating in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Quite a challenge!

The blog is filled with beautiful pictures of each dish they?ve made, along with the recipe of the dish and country that it’s from. Each recipe is even given a rating on a scale of Bronze to Gold (or in some rare cases Disqualification).

One of the healthier choices I came across is a dish from Lesotho, an African country located within South Africa, called Lesothan Chakalaka. Made with delicious veggies, such as peppers, tomatoes and chillies, and served over rice, this dish is definitely on my To Try list!

You can find the full recipe here! Give it a try and let us know what you think! And, remember, don?t forget to add in your PGX!

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Easy Fish Fillets

It’s Tasty Tuesday!

When it’s hot outside and you don’t feel like making a big complicated meal, try this easy fish fillet for dinner. Any white fish such as cod, halibut, haddock, or grouper will work well.

We found this great recipe that only calls for lime juice, some light mayo, onion powder, pepper, breadcrumbs, margarine and parsley.

You could add a squeeze of lemon if you’re not a fan of lime. Or combine lemon and lime for a zesty flavour! Approximately 1 1/2 pounds of white fish will yield 4 servings. Half the recipe and you’ve got a nice meal for date night!

Pair it up with some asparagus and rice for a light, healthy and tasty meal. Enjoy!

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20-Minute Applesauce Cookies

Guilt-free, nutritious and tasty cookies for Tasty Tuesday!

Indulge your inner cookie monster with PGX and this healthy recipe!

Have you ever been hit with a serious cookie craving? Silly question. I’m sure at some point in our lives and at least once, we’ve all craved cookies or something along those lines of sugary goodness! Well I have big plans to indulge this particular craving in the healthiest way I possible! Shape Magazine has shared a quick and tasty recipe that won’t make your waist line grow!

This cookie recipe will let you enjoy delicious, sugar-free treats that are packed with healthy ingredients like flax! By adding PGX Daily Singles (try 2.5 to 5 grams of PGX granules= 1-2 sticks), you can give these cookies a kick of fibre!

20-Minute Applesauce Cookies!

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas
2 c. rolled oats
1/3 c. applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. ground flax
1/2 c. dried cherries

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a fork, mash the bananas in a bowl. Stir in oats, applesauce, dried cherries, flax and vanilla extract. Mix batter well. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 36 cookies

 

 

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