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Energize Your Holiday Season

Energize Your Holiday Season

The Holiday sprint is here, which means balancing a really hectic schedule and festive activities with your health. Keeping your immunity game strong and energy levels up is what Blended is all about, so we thought it would be a good time to share some tips and a mini health-reset we do when our bodies start to feel drained. 

When you start to feel sluggish, bloated, brain fogged and generally run down, your body is telling you something. Gut health and nutrition play a huge role in all of the symptoms above (trust your gut!), which means even a quick heath-reset can go a long way in helping to reduce inflammation and bloating, increase energy and clear your mind. 

Here are 5 things we do (or don't do) when our bodies need a healing and recharge break.  Look ahead at your December calendar and mark the days that you can commit to following these simple diet and movement tips. 

1. Avoid refined sugar & syrups: we know sugar is a thing during the holidays, so it's good to avoid it entirely on days when you don't have festive activities planned. Naturally occurring sugars in whole foods like fruits and veggies are fine and come with lots of fibre and immunity-boosting nutrients, so load up.  

2. Go Cow Dairy-free: skip the yogurt, milk, cheeses all together (small amounts of sheep & goat cheeses are fine). Dairy often causes inflammation in the body, so skip on your 'health focused' days.

3. Go whole foods & plant-based (or mostly plant-based): we love all things plant-based eating, but know it's not for everyone.  During your reset days, avoid all non-organic animal protein and skip red meat. The focus: lots of fibre - veggies, fruits, grains (quinoa is a staple), sweet potatoes (and family), healthy fats, smaller amounts of proteins.  Avoid processed and fried foods.  If you'd like a foods list to follow, please email us here: Blended Clean Foods List

4. Get Fresh Air: exercise is often done with a mission to burn calories and exhaust the body.  During a health reset day, opt for outdoor activities that don't punish and require your body to do heavy repair work, and also help clear your mind and support mental focus. 

5. Be Beverage-Wise: one cup of coffee a day or pick tea as a better bet. No sugary drinks. Alcohol gets a break (go for zero units on your health reset days).  Check the sodium content on bottled bevs. Drink loads of water (+ lemon &/or cucumber) and herbal teas.

Pro tip: your Blended smoothie, soup or chia bowl is a great way to make sure you're getting a big dose of immunity-boosting, energizing nutrients every day. Check out some of our top blend picks for mental and physical energy support in our Energy Collection.

If you'd like further info or help deciding which blends are right for your taste buds and health goals, please email us.

Happy Blending!

Inflammation Part 2 + the Blended Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition Plan

Inflammation Part 2 + the Blended Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition Plan

Inflammation P2 + an Exciting New Product is Here!

Last week, in part one of our inflammation series, we did a deep dive into the important of topic of inflammation, specifically Chronic inflammation, and the serious negative long term impact it has on your body and mind. If you missed it, check it out here: Inflammation Part 1

Today, we're sharing tips on what you can do to reduce inflammation and keep your levels low.

A Quick Recap

Inflammation refers to your body's process of fighting against things that harm it, such as infections, injuries, and toxins, in an attempt to heal itself. When something damages your cells, your body releases chemicals that trigger a response from your immune system.

Chronic inflammation has a slow on-set and can last several months to years. Symptoms can include:

  • Body pain, aches, swelling
  • Chronic fatigue and insomnia
  • Depression, anxiety and mood disorders
  • Gastrointestinal complications like constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Frequent infections
  • ​In addition to the symptoms listed above, it is involved in the disease process of many conditions including: Alzheimer's, asthma, cancers, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes.

Six Key Tips & the Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods: ginger, turmeric, olive oil, green leafy vegetables, nuts, fatty fish, fruits, green tea, and berries.

Take Anti-Inflammatory Supplements: alpha-lipoic acid, curcumin (turmeric), fish oil, omega-3, resveratrol, spirulina, S-adenosylmethionine, zinc, frankincense, cat’s claw, ashwagandha.

Control your blood sugar: avoid simple carbohydrates like white flour, white rice, refined sugar, and corn syrup.

Minimize (or skip) alcohol: alcohol not only impairs gut and liver functions, but also has multi-organ interactions, leading to persistent systemic inflammation.

Get Physical: exercising (4-5 times a week) – combine cardio and strength training in your routine.

Stress Management: chronic stress is known to contribute to inflammation – try meditation, relaxation, yoga

One of the best ways to combat inflammation starts with the foods you eat. Read about the gut health-inflammation connection in part one of our series.

Foods that have shown to reduce inflammation:
Olive oil
Almonds & Walnuts
Apple Cider Vinegar
Green Leafy Vegetables (spinach, kale)
Omega-Rich Fatty Fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines)

The foods you eat can cause inflammation in your body. Skip these foods/ingredients:
Refined Sugar
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Artificial Trans-Fats
Refined Carbohydrates (white breads, pasta, candy, cookies, some cereals etc)
Processed meat

Introducing the New Inflammation-Fighter Package

You told us that reducing inflammation is one of your biggest health priorities, so we put together a new combo that includes our top inflammation-fighting blends, a free nutrition guide, and a tea we love to include as a part of an anti-inflammatory-focused nutrition plan.

Meet the Inflammation-Fighter Combo Package

This package includes 10 blends (7 smoothies + 3 soups) and a Turmeric Ginger support tea we love. We'll also send you a free 5-day nutrition plan* if you're needing to reduce your inflammation levels and reset gut health.

Click here to receive our free 5-day Inflammation-Fighter Nutrition Guide

* The 5-Day Plan gives a recommended sequence for having two blends each day (from the blends in the Inflammation-Fighter package) along with recipes that support reducing inflammation and getting your gut health back on track.

Click Here to Shop the Inflammation-Fighter Combo Package

Inflammation: the NEED to know (Part 1)

What is Inflammation & Why it Happens in the Body

If you follow Blended, you know we're BIG into helping you stay healthy, supporting personal goals and getting you through health-hurdle times. This week, we're talking about something that everyone needs to know about: how Inflammation impacts your body AND mind. It's such an important conversation, we're breaking this into a 2-Part series.

In Part 1 of our Inflammation series, we're going to get into the what-why of inflammation, how it impacts your mind and body and tips on keeping it low.

In Part 2 we'll be getting further into the nutrition-factor and giving you a three-day inflammation nutrition plan for when your body needs more support.

Let's dive in.

The Inflammation What-Why

Inflammation refers to your body's process of fighting against things that harm it, such as infections, injuries, and toxins, in an attempt to heal itself. When something damages your cells, your body releases chemicals that trigger a response from your immune system. There are two types:

Acute: acute inflammation is noticeable within a few hours and is caused by injury or illness. It is short term and typically lasts a couple days.
Symptoms: pain, redness, loss of joint and/or muscle function, swelling, and heat (felt externally from the skin). 

Chronic: chronic inflammation has a slow on-set and can last several months to years. It can be brought on by untreated causes of acute inflammation, an autoimmune disorder, which involves your immune system mistakenly attacking healthy tissue, and long-term exposure to irritants, such as industrial chemicals or polluted air. Symptoms

  • Body pain, arthralgia, myalgia
  • Chronic fatigue and insomnia
  • Depression, anxiety and mood disorders
  • Gastrointestinal complications like constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Frequent infections

We're most interested in the Chronic type and the critical role nutrition plays in both prevention and treatment. 

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation has very negative physical and mental health consequences.  In addition to the symptoms listed above, it is involved in the disease process of many conditions including: Alzheimer's, asthma, cancers, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes. 

The Gut-inflammation Connection

The major source of inflammation is coming from your gut, which hosts the largest number of immune cells in the body. You also have a lot of bacteria in your gut, which helps regulate your immune cell response. When you aren't eating the right foods, including getting enough fibre, inflammation is the response. You need to feed your gut bacteria the right types of food (fibre specifically).

We love how Dr. Rhonda Patrick breaks this down the what-why of inflammation in the body, the key role your gut and nutrition play in regulating it, and easy tips for keeping your levels in check. Throw in your ear buds, take a walk & listen: Understanding Inflammation

Inflammation & Your Brain

Keeping your brain healthy is another key reason to ensure you don't end up in a state of Chronic Inflammation. Neuroinflammation is proving to play a powerful role in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal dementia. Rates for these neurodegenerative illnesses are increasing steadily with the aging population, and it is thought that worsening symptoms can be blamed on the havoc inflammation wreaks on brain regions involved in thinking, memory, and movement, or, in the case of frontotemporal dementia, personality, behavior, and language. Read more on this here: Inflammation Harvard Eu

The good news is that what you eat can keep inflammation low, and bring it down if you're struggling with high levels now.

Getting Your Fibre

For a healthy gut, you need to load up on fibre every day (aim for at least 30 to 40 grams).  Get 10 to 14 grams of fibre in one single Blended For You smoothie, soup or bowl.  Email us for a list of blends with the highest fibre count. 

Inflammation-Fighting Foods

Olive oil
Almonds & Walnuts
Apple Cider Vinegar
Green Leafy Vegetables (spinach, kale)
Omega-Rich Fatty Fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines)

Your daily Blended habit is one way you can keep your gut health in check & keep inflammation levels down. Email us anytime for a list of recommended blends that are right for your taste buds and health goals.

Stay tuned for Inflammation Part 2: we've got more tips and tools for sticking to an anti-inflammatory diet. We've also got an exciting new blend package launching. Can you guess what it's all about?

Happy Blending!

Three Ways to Get Your Daily Dose

Three Ways to Get Your Daily Dose

Getting Blended Your Way

We love being your go-to daily mega-nourishing smoothie. We also know that sometimes you like to shake things up (spoon instead of sip, get fancy with DIY bowls, and warm-up vs refresh), but still need all the essential nutrients, protein and health-focused boosters we pack into each blend. 
In this Blended news, we've got three Fall-style ways to inspire your at-home blend innovation. Use our smoothie, soup & chia bowl blends to keep the prep easy, nutrition high, and taste all your own thing. 
We'd love to hear about your favourite Blended recipe hacks. Email us yours and if we feature it in an enews we'll set you up with a 5-pack of fave blends. Click here to share: How I Get Blended

Warm Bowls

Take any of our three soups (Sweet Potato Coconut, Greens Immunity, The Pumpkin Patch) and turn them into the star of your veggie/rice/noodle bowl.

Here are 3 quick steps:

1.  Cook your quinoa, rice or noodles 

2. Prepare your veggies (stir-fry, roast, steam)

3. While the cooking is happening, make your delicious, nutirent-packed sauce: either let thaw in the frigde ahead or defrost your soup blend. Add to a small saucepan with 1/4 cup water of canned coconut milk.

Add your quinoa/noodles/rice to a bowl, layer veggies in, then top with sauce. Garnish or dive right in.

Here are a couple of our in-house recipes:

Greens Immunity Bowl

What you'll need:
  • 1x Greens Immunity Soup Blend
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (canned not carton)
  • 50g rice noodles (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups of stir-fry veggies (peppers, onions, broccoli, snap peas, celery)
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TSP sesame seeds
  • handful of green onion (chopped)
The Sauce: in a saucepan, over medium-heat, heat your partially sotened soup blend with 1/4 cup canned coconut milk. Stir often. Keep on warm.
The Noodles: while your soup is heating bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in the rice noodles and let stand for 3-5 minutes or until tender but firm. Drain water and place in serving bowl. Cover to keep warm.
The Veggies: add 1 TBSP of olive, avocado or coconut oil to a pan & heat on medium, add veggies and sautee for 2-3 minutes (until semi-soft). 
Serve veggies over rice noodles, top with the sauce, then garnish with sesame seeds & green onion.
Harvest Bowl
What you'll need:
  • 1x Sweet Potato Coconut Soup Blend
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (canned not carton)
  • 50g sweet potato (1 cup) or zucchini noodles (2 cups)
  • 2 cup veggie mix (bite size pieces of cauli, parsnip, carrot, celery, onion)
  • 1 TSP rosemary
  • 1 TBSP olive oil 
  • 1 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 TBSP pumpkin seeds
The Veggies: toss your veggie mix with olive oil & rosemary (cauli, parsnip, celery, onion), then season with salt and pepper to tatse. Place in the oven for 15 minutes, turn, then roast for another 10 minutes. 
The Sauce: heat your partially sotened soup blend and 1/4 cup coconut milk (canned not carton) in saucepan over a low-medium heat. Stir often. Keep on warm. 
The Noodles: bring a saucepan of water to a boil and cook your sweet potato noodles for 8-10 minutes. If you are cooking zucchini noodles, wait until veggies are almost done - you're only boiling for 30 seconds).   Once noodles are cooked place in serving bowl & cover to keep warm. 
Serve veggie mix over noodles, top with sauce, and garnish with parsley & pumpkin seeds.

Chai for Fall 3-Ways

Your smoothies 3-ways in mintues: blend it up old school-style, make it a bowl with your fave toppings, or turn them into chia jars. We're using our energy & immunity-boosting Daily Chai blend in the example below, but you do you with any of our smoothies.
Pumpkin Chai Smoothie
What you'll need:
1x Daily Chai blend (let soften partially)
3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of your choosing)
1-2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
Dash of cinnamon
Add your blend, liquid & pumpkin puree & dash of cinnamon to blender.
Pour into glass and finish with another dash of cinnamon. 
The Pumpkin Chai Bowl

What you'll need
1x Daily Chai blend (let soften partially)
1x small banana
1x tbsp pumpkin puree
1/2 cup of almond, oat or cocobut milk 

2 TSP cacao nibs
1/4 cup Granola (look for a no-sugar added or try our faves): 
1 TBSP shredded coconut
dash or two of cinnamon
Add your blend, banana, liquid & pumpkin puree & dash of cinnamon to blender.
Pour into bowl & add your toppings.  
Chai Pumpkin Chia Jars
(makes 2)
Chia jars are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, energizing snack or brunch starter.
What you'll need
1 Daily Chai blend (let soften partially)
1 cup of almond, oat or coconut milk 
1/4 cup of chia
1/4 TSP of cinnamon
2x TBSP pumpkin puree
Topping: coconut whip
Add a softened Daily Chai blend with 1 cup of mylk + 1/4 tsp cinnamon + 2 TBSP pumpkin in a bowl, then stir until combined well.
Stir in 1/4 cup chia.
Let stand in fridge for 30 minutes, stir well, then cover for 4 hours (or overnight).
Spoon into two jars or bowls & top with the coconut whip.
Happy Blending!

Blended Immunity Boosting Must-Haves

Blended Immunity Boosting Must-Haves

Love for Your Immune System 

Remember the last time you had a bad cold/flu and felt incredibly grateful for not feeling sick any longer when it passed? Let's skip the sick part this year and make prevention the goal.

It's that time: start loading up on your Vitamin D, C, Bs & show your immune system some serious love. Here are the foods we double-down on as the cold/rainy season rolls in:

Zinc: reduces the risk of upper respiratory infections. Find it our Choco Banana Hero, Maca Energy, and Shroom Energy blends.

Probiotics: improve gut health which boosts overall immunity. Sources: yogurt, fermented foods (tempeh, kimchi), kombucha.

Vitamins B6, B12, C, D, E: boost your immune system & help your body fight off bacteria and infection. Check out our Immunity-Boosting & Recovery collection for healthy doses of each. The Remedy Smoothie & Greens Immunity Soups are your go-to in this category.

Garlic: helps the immune system fight germs. Are you cooking with it yet? Find it in our three soups.

Ginger & Turmeric: known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting properties. The smoothies in our Deep Greens & Tropical Greens blends are packed with both. For those of you wanting a turmeric dose in a nutty-banana or berry flavor, try the Nutty Athlete or The Athlete smoothies.

Antioxidants: are powerful compounds in our foods that keep our immune systems strong. Many natural cellular processes in our bodies create waste, some of which form free radicals that raise havoc on our health. The ability of antioxidants to destroy free radicals protects the structural integrity of cells and tissues. Dark chocolate/ cacao, spinach, kale, berries are all amazing sources; loaded into a ton of our blends (take your pick!).

The Blended Cold & Flu Fighter combo gives daily immune system support and makes your supplement routine way more taste bud friendly. Unlike pill, powder and tablet forms, we make sure the ingredient combination maximizes your body's absorption of all those key vitamins & minerals. Hit by a bug? The blends will help with recovery and make nourishing yourself back to good health the easy part.

The Details: ten immunity-boosting, antioxidant-packed blends nourish your body with tons of essential vitamins and minerals including high doses of: Vitamins C, A, K, B12, zinc, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium, plus plant protein and fibre. Your one-a-day habit that keeps your body strong & taste buds happy.

Bonus: It's also a great gift for anyone who needs some love in the form of nutrition support. This 10-pack of blends includes:

2 x The Remedy
2 x Vita-C Immunity
Greens Daily Dose
Be Green
Greens Immunity Soup
Sweet Potato Coconut Soup
Green Beginnings
The Cherry Bomb 

Click, Shop The Cold & Flu Fighter 

Happy Blending!