When October hits, everything from your coffee to the air freshener products seems to feature that fabulous orange pumpkin, usually with a little spice. If you’re a fan of this seasonal pumpkin phenomenon then take it a step further with some DIY magic. Few food choices do so much for the body as the basic smoothie. In one drink, you can meet the daily allowance for many vitamins and minerals. The problem is not all smoothies are created equally. There are just as many unhealthy recipes out there for pumpkin smoothies as there are healthy ones. A recipe that calls.... [Read More...]
If summer means sunshine and ice-cream to you, then let’s take it to the next level this year by going patriotic and probiotic with a summer smoothie. The right mix of sweetness and natural probiotics in a summer smoothie means the whole family has a stronger immune system and happy, healthy guts. Go ahead and hang the flag out this Fourth of July, but be sure to get patriotic with our red, white & blue delicious smoothie, too. Why a Smoothie? Smoothies and summertime are natural bedfellows. It’s the perfect beat-the-heat substitute for sugary ice cream or soda. It cools.... [Read More...]
The holidays are over – now it’s time to kick your new year off right with healthy eating in 2017! Did you know that the average American gains 0.4 percent of their body weight within ten days after Christmas? This means a 150lb person could gain more than a half pound in just ten days – and this is on top of 0.2 percent weight gain during Thanksgiving. What’s worse is that holiday foods tend to be very high in sugar, fat, cholesterol and empty calories. Add a few drinks, the hustle and bustle of shopping, parties, and the stress of.... [Read More...]
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The holidays bring us so many warm treats. Hot mulled wine, warm apple cider, so why not add warm yogurt to your seasonal repertoire? Most people think of yogurt as a dish served cold – but you’d be surprised at the versatility that this staple brings to your table. Yogurt is an ancient functional food, rich in beneficial bacteria, and is super-easy to make at home to ensure maximum freshness and freedom from chemicals, sugars, and preservatives. It can be refrigerated for use whenever you need an extra creamy addition to your meal. Using Natren’s Yogurt Starter you can make.... [Read More...]
It’s back-to-school time once again! While most parents are rejoicing the return of normality to the household, there is the small matter of lunches, snack-time, and after-school treats – how do you keep the kids happy with healthy snacks, and keep it fresh & interesting for them? No surprise, we’re big fans of yogurt here at Natren – not least because for centuries it has been a healthy, functional food, offering a natural way to get some beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. We’ve put together a selection of healthy yogurt-based snack ideas on our Pinterest board for inspiration, and.... [Read More...]
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School is out and the kids are home and hungry, what are you going to feed them? You want your kids to have a healthy relationship with food, but you also want them to enjoy life. The USDA dietary guidelines suggest half of their plates be filled with colorful fruits and vegetables, and that can lead to mealtime battles and lots of tears. Your job is to teach them that fruits and vegetables are just as fun as burgers and fries. The obsession with healthy eating starts at a young age and lasts a lifetime. You can encourage that progression.... [Read More...]
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In the heat of a summer day, nothing beats a cold & refreshing beverage. There are plenty of options out there, but instead of reaching for a soda, why not go for something healthy that will help boost your digestive health as well as keep the heat at bay. We’ve been on the lookout for some classic summer smoothie recipes that can be adapted with Natren’s homemade probiotic yogurt (using our Yogurt Starter) or by simply stirring in any of our probiotic powders, to give your summer treat a little extra functional kick. If you need a little refresher on.... [Read More...]
You often hear us say this – there are endless possibilities when it comes to cooking with yogurt and most recipes are really easy to prepare and incredibly delicious. However, if you’ve never cooked with it before, you don’t want to rush into it. Consider reading what we wrote in our previous blog when it comes to cooking with Yogurt. There are definitely a few things to bear in mind as you’re making it. Obviously, since yogurt is a cultured product, you want to make sure you have all the ingredients, like Natren’s Yogurt Starter before you make your first.... [Read More...]
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When you think of yogurt, more than likely you think of eating it cold. As we’ve written in previous blogs, yogurt is so versatile, and when you make it yourself, it’s packed full of goodness and it’s all natural. It has no artificial colors or flavors and unlike the store bought variety, it’s not laden with sugars or other additives. There are so many different things you can make with yogurt, but did you know that you can use yogurt in delicious warm winter recipes? So now the colder weather is here, don’t put away your yogurt maker just yet..... [Read More...]
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Last month we wrote about Fun with Homemade Yogurt: Our Favorite Toppings, Tips & Recipes and how simple it is to make it yourself, not to mention cheaper and much healthier than the store bought versions. We realize not everyone has the time to make it themselves so be sure to read the labels carefully when you’re buying a store bought yogurt, as not all yogurt is healthy. Some of them are laden with sugar and preservatives and goodness knows what other chemicals. If you read our blog How Big Brands Turned Yogurt into Junk Food, you’ll have a better.... [Read More...]
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Yogurt is one of the most well known functional foods and often associated with probiotics, but unfortunately, not all yogurts will give you probiotic benefits. Many yogurt manufacturers pasteurize (heat) the yogurt after the cultures are added; they do this to kill potentially bad bacteria, but unfortunately it kills the good bacteria as well. In addition, many of them contain more sugar and artificial preservatives than a Twinkie (!!), and then there’s the problem with all the sweeteners and flavors that have been added. You’ll be happy to know there is a healthier and easy alternative – you can make.... [Read More...]
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By KC Kahn – Blogger at The Kitchen Chopper Let me introduce you to a great healthy eating concept called The Chopped! All Chopped “balanced meals in a bowl” start with a base of green veggie goodness. Kale, Arugula, Spinach, and/or Romaine are just the beginnings of the nutritious functional foods you can deliciously incorporate into your day! The Chopped is a “Full Balanced Meal in a Bowl”. I take all the components of a nutritious meal, chop them and bring them together with a delicious, homemade, healthful dressing that’s a delivery system of enormous antioxidant flavor. I suggest eating The Chopped.... [Read More...]
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