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Pledge for a Healthier Food System

Every time we eat, we have a chance to make a difference. Know what’s going in your mouth! Say yes to more history, less mystery. The 1% for the Planet pledge is LIVE, thanks to our friends at takepart.com. Help us reach our goal of at least 5,000 signatures.

Meet the leaders at the forefront of changing the way food gets produced, distributed, and consumed.

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If you eat food, learn more about why you should care at onepercentfortheplanet.org/food.

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Amaranth Sweet Potato and Swiss Chard Fritters

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…Amaranth Sweet Potato and Swiss Chard Fritters…

Ingredients 

2 cups sweet potato puree (or sub squash/pumpkin)

2 cups amaranth, cooked

2 cups swiss chard, chopped

2 eggs

1/3 cup purely Elizabeth original oatmeal

1 tsp garlic powder

Coconut oil (as needed for frying- roughly 2-3 tbsp)

Directions

In a large bowl, add all ingredients and combine well. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium to high heat. Scoop out ¼ cup patties and place on skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side. Serve

Losing Weight the Right Way

Today, tips and tricks to lose weight are seen everywhere. We can’t pick up a magazine or get through a set of commercials on TV without some solution to dealing with weight! But, shedding off the pounds shouldn’t mean eating less or restricting yourself from foods you love. At Purely Elizabeth, we believe that you are what you eat. This means feeding your body with wholesome pure ingredients and treating your body with what it needs, such as whole grains and vegetables.

We want you to feel good about your body and the food you are putting in it everyday, which is why we strive to make products that are packed with nutrition that taste amazing. Forget the scale and start eating right! If you want to change your weight, consider some of the reasons that might be preventing you from accomplishing your goals. Some common reasons why you aren’t losing weight:

1. Calorie restriction

This is a dangerous way to lose weight and a trend that needs to stop today.Your body needs calories to function! Start focusing on nutrient dense food that will make you feel great and keep you full for longer. Set realistic goals for yourself, this means not trying to loose 20 pounds in two months, you must consider your metabolic rate before taking extreme measures. Everyone’s body functions differently, which means finding out what works for you and not what you saw on TV.

Nutrient-Rich Foods to Include in Your Daily Diet:

Almost all vegetables: especially dark leafy greens and bright colored ones; kale, swiss card, carrots, sweet potatoes and beets

This is the lowest calorie way to get you daily vitamin and minerals you need. Vegetables are basically zero calories because your body uses almost the same amount of calories to digest them. Eat as many vegetables as you can! 

Fruits: avocados, blueberries, bananas, peaches, papaya and mangos

Some fruits are high in sugar so try choosing lower sugar fruits like berries and avocados. While this sugar is different than refined sugar, too much can lead to weight gain and also spike your insulin levels. 

Beans: black, black-eyed, butter, lentils, kidney, soy and so many others!

These have really high protein content and fiber so they’ll keep you full for a really long time. Beans are also packed with minerals, essential for various body functions. 

Almost every type of nut: almond, cashew, peanut, pine, sunflower and pistachio

These are healthy fats and help you stay full for longer because of their high protein content. These are great snacks for in between classes or while sitting at your desk. We recommend a handful of nuts or two spoonfuls of nut butter a day. 

Whole grains: amaranth, quinoa, oats, millet, brown rice… the list goes on 

Great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Whole grains are great for your body by providing energy to last throughout the day.

IMG_55752. Believing that all calories ARE created equal

Eating a cookie that is 120 calories is not the same as eating a large banana for 120 calories. Junk food will leave you hungry sooner than you think with cravings for quick sugars, instead of good healthy food. Though this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cookie every once in a while! Don’t tell yourself you can’t eat something because it’s bad for you, just keep junk food or your secret cravings to a minimum. Try making deserts that are free from refined sugars and provide some nutritional benefit, such as dark chocolate and chia pudding. It will satisfy your craving but not deter you away from your goals. The key is balance in your diet, which will keep you away from binges. Listen to your body and what it needs.

3. Eliminating fats from your diet. Not including good fats in your diet.

Your body needs fat to function. It is recommended that you consume 20%-30% of your daily calories from fat. Restricting your fat intake can lead to poor vitamin absorption, depression, heart problems, high cholesterol and overeating. Most vitamins are fat soluble, meaning they need fat to use them! How can eating less fat be problematic for your heart though? We always hear that low fat diets will prevent heart disease. This is true, but by restricting fats from your diet it will lower your good cholesterol (HDL) and prevent it from being able to eliminate the bad cholesterol from your blood. All fats aren’t the same – there are good fats and bad fats, so keep this in mind when picking out your food. Some good fats include, nuts, salmon, olive oil and avocados. Everything should be consumed in moderation, so consider keeping track of your fat until you get a good idea of how much you should be consuming everyday.

4. Skipping breakfast

We love breakfast, so skipping it isn’t an option at purely elizabeth. Not only is it because we cant get enough of our oats and granola, but also because skipping breakfast slows down your metabolism by putting your body in a fasting state. When you finally decide to eat breakfast mid-day, you are super hungry, not just a little bit (we’ve all been there)! Your body will crave the quick sugars and fats leading you to pick unhealthy options and too much of it.

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5. Not getting enough sleep

How can this be contributing to your weight? Sleep is essential for your body because it helps control your metabolism. Loss of sleep can lead to a dangerous cycle of eating quick energy foods to help you wake up, not exercising and being lethargic. Sometimes going on a walk or going to the gym tired is the best time to work out. Being sleep deprived also messes up your hormonal imbalance of Ghrelin and Leptin (they control your hunger). When you are lacking Zs it signals to your body that you are hungry (even if you actually aren’t) and doesn’t tell you to stop eating.

6. Still caught in atkins world. You need the right carbohydrates in your diet (high glyvemic load and high in vitamins, nutrients, fiber)

Eliminating carbs is extremely dangerous because your body needs fiber and energy. By not eating carbs your body can go into ketosis, your body is now breaking down fat leading to the production of ketone bodies. This can cause you to binge and make you sick.

7. Ignoring how you eat (are you relaxed, eating slowing, actually chewing your food?)

If you don’t pay attention when you are eating, you are more likely to over eat. Food is delicious! Don’t eat mindlessly–pay attention to every bite you are consuming, while appreciating and enjoying it. If you take the time to chew your food you are more likely to know when you are full because your body takes some time to get the signals from your stomach that it is full. When you scarf down a ton of food, your body hasn’t yet processed how much you have eaten, leaving you feeling sick or uncomfortable when it figures it out. Enjoy your food, which means taking the time to sit down and have a meal.

Overall, changing your diet has endless health benefits, including weight loss. Once you change the way you eat, you will notice a change in the way you feel. At purely we think you are beautiful the way you are and shouldn’t focus on the scale, instead focus on eating right everyday (weight loss will only be an added perk). Ask yourself, what can I add to this meal to make it healthier? When making a salad, this can mean adding some spinach or sprinkling on some hemp seeds for extra nutrients.

Grab a Spoon And a Fork because it’s Italian Night! Healthy Pizza, Pasta + More

What makes Italian food so close to heart? We can all admit that pizza and pasta are some of our favorite dishes to share with friends and family. What makes this food so special isn’t just the amazing taste, but the quality and care that goes into making intricate sauces and complex flavors. Baked, sautéed or simmered, we complied our favorite dishes from a slew of talented bloggers who have a flair for Italian cooking.There is something so satisfying about a hearty warm dish during the winter, but that doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. These 10 dishes offer that hearty, satisfying taste with a healthy spin. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

by: Taylor Kiser

Spaghetti Squash Primavera {GF, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Carb + High Protein} - Food Faith Fitness

Spaghetti Squash Primavera

A classic Italian dish that’s loaded with light-weight veggies! Food Faith Fitness features delicious recipes, stunning photography and essential advice for encouraging faith + fitness.

by: Bree Hester 

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Braciole 

A delicious, hearty dish–Braciole uses a combination of two cheeses and white wine to create its savory baked sauce. BakedBree offers meal ideas for any occasion, we could scroll through for hours!

by: Victoria Berman

Pasta with Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce and Ham

Pasta With Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce and Ham

A gluten and dairy-free option–this pasta is covered with a creamy cherry tomato sauce and topped with sautéed crispy ham creating a colorful, flavor-packed dish! Using coconut milk to create the thick, creamy texture–Avocado Pesto is right up our ally!

by: Dorit Jaffe

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Tomato Soup

A rustic tomato soup that is made with fresh tomatoes, carrots and onions. Whole Healthy Glow has a beautiful blog filled with great meal ideas for any time of the day. She believes that being healthy encompasses a physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental state of well being.

by: Anjali Shah

Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Pizza

An easy, vibrant dish, made with tomatoes, onions and bell peppers. This whole wheat pita pizza is an easy go-to meal for The Picky Eater, who inspires readers to try healthy alternatives that still taste amazing! We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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by: Elizabeth Stein

Mushroom Ravioli in Tomato Sauce Spoon 

A gluten free Mushroom Ravioli with tomato sauce is a simple dish that can be served before dinner. It has a cashew filling that is creamy and packed full of flavor. Elizabeth focuses mostly on gluten-free and vegan options.

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By: Jess Pelasky

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Italian Sausage with Peppers Pasta 

Jess loves pasta, so you know she takes her Italian dishes seriously! This pasta is perfectly paired with sausage and peppers to creates a wholesome hearty dish that is packed with flavor. Her blog is filling with ton of meal ideas that will always leave you wanting more!

by: Heather 

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Paleo Pizza Sticks

Is there anything better than pizza sticks? Especially ones that aren’t from Domino’s or Papa John’s?? These Paleo Pizza sticks from Multiply Delicious hit the spot and are perfect to make with the family. Check out Multiply Delicious for advice and even has meal plans to help with paleo eating.

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by: Brittany Mullins

Skinny Tofu Zucchini Lasagna // Eating Bird Food

Skinny Tofu Zucchini Lasagna 

Skinny Tofu Zucchini Lasagna is packed with protein and wholesome ingredients. This bubbly pot of goodness is an easy way to enjoy comfort food without the guilt. EatingBirdFood has great advice for finding balance in your diet and making recipes you’ll love eating.

by: Sunnie Heers

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Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Vegan Vodka Sauce

This is a delicious vegan dish made with cashews and peas. It is so creamy, but soo good for you! Modern Girl Nutrition is all about balance and learning to eat without counting the calories.

WOLFANG PUCK’S POTATO PANCAKES WITH SMOKED SALMON

In honor of the Oscar’s, chef Wolfgang Puck shares with us his gluten free potato pancakes with smoked salmon being served at the ceremonies.  Look out for our feature interview with Wolfgang Puck in our upcoming Purely Spring Magazine out this April!

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POTATO PANCAKES WITH SMOKED SALMON

(recipe courtesy Wolfgang Puck, “Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy,” Rutledge Hill Press, 2004)

Yield: 4 servings, 12 to 14 latkes

1 pound russet baking potatoes, peeled

1 small onion, peeled

1 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons brown rice flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon  salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

olive oil

1/2 cup crème fraîche or sour cream

1 teaspoon minced fresh dill

Lemon juice

1/2 pound smoked salmon, sliced thinly, skin and bones removed (you may substitute smoked whitefish, trout, or smoked sturgeon)

  1. Using the large holes of a box grater/shredder, or the grating disk on a food processor, shred the potatoes into a mixing bowl. Grate in the onion.
  1. Line a large bowl with a clean kitchen towel. Transfer the mixture to the towel-lined bowl, twist the towel around it and squeeze out as much liquid as you can (alternatively you can pick the mixture up by handfuls and squeeze dry). Transfer to another bowl. Add the egg, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Stir with a fork until well blended.
  1. Heat about 1/4 inch of oil in a large, heavy skillet or in a an electric fryer set at 350 degrees F. until it ripples and feels quite hot when you hold your hand over it. With a metal tablespoon, carefully place a spoonful of the mixture into the hot oil. Press down on the mixture with an offset spatula to form an evenly thick pancake about 3 inches in diameter. Add more spoonfuls, taking care not to overcrowd the skillet. Cook the pancakes until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side, turning them over carefully with a slotted metal spatula. Transfer to a tray or platter lined with paper towels to drain. Continue with the remaining mixture. If not serving right away, allow to cool completely. When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and heat in the oven until crisp, about 10 minutes.
  1. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the crème fraîche or sour cream and dill. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  1. To serve, transfer the hot potato pancakes to a platter. Spoon a small dollop of the crème fraîche mixture onto each pancake and top with flakes of sturgeon. Serve immediately.

Creamy Mushroom Soup

…Creamy Mushroom Soup…

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

1 large shallot, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 lb shitake mushrooms

1 lb Portobello mushrooms

3 cups of vegetable broth

1 can coconut milk

Truffle Sea Salt to taste

Pine nuts

 

Directions

In a pot over medium heat, add olive oil, garlic and shallots. Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until fragrant. Add mushrooms and continue to sauté for 20-30 minutes on low to medium heat. Add broth and cream of the coconut milk, discarding the coconut liquid. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth.  Continue to cook on low for 10 minutes.  Add truffle salt to taste and top with pine nuts.

Kale Salad With Golden Raisins, Pistachios, Hemp Seeds And Tahini Dressing

…Kale Salad With Golden Raisins, Pistachios, Hemp Seeds and Tahini Dressing…

Ingredients

2 bunches of lactino kale, finely shredded

¼ cup golden raisins

¼ cup pistachios

¼ cup hemp seeds

 

Dressing 

⅓ cup tahini paste

1 garlic clove, minced

1 lemon, juice

1 tbsp. mellow yellow miso paste

⅓ cup water

Pinch of Himalayan sea salt

 

Directions

Make the dressing by missing in a high-speed blender or simply pouring into a mason jar and shaking vigorously to combine. In a large bowl add salad ingredients. Toss with dressing and serve with hemp seeds on top.

And the Winner Is…

The results are in! As many of you know we had a huge oatmeal challenge this past month and were in awe of the creations that were sent our way. We had hundreds of amazing, creative and unique recipes submitted–making it no easy task to choose a winner.

After you voted, we had our panel of seasoned expert breakfast experts make the recipes and judge them based on taste, creativity and presentation

Meet the Judges: 

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Summer Sanders is a Certified Raw Food Chef, Sports Nutrition Specialist and is Certified by The National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer. Summer is now the proud owner of Radiantly Raw, a company that focuses on the benefits of cleansing and a plant-strong diet.

http://www.radiantlyrawlifestyles.com/

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May Zhu is a 22 year-old nutrition nerd + foodie with a love for an active lifestyle. May is aspiring to be a registered dietitian–hoping to instill healthy habits for the mind, body, and soul.

http://www.nutritionhappens.com/

Ksenia Avdulova, also know as Breakfast Criminals, is well known for her decadent acai breakfasts–inspiring followers with her heart shaped bowls and healthy lifestyle.

http://www.breakfastcriminals.com/

Elizabeth Stein, Purely Elizabeth Founder

Elizabeth Stein, founder of Purely Elizabeth is a strong believer that good health begins with what you put into your body. That’s why she creates delicious breakfast products using the most nutrient-rich, high quality ingredients on the market and spends her spare time in the kitchen cooking for friends and family!

http://www.purelyelizabeth.com/

Erin Harper

Erin Harper oversees Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program, while ensuring access to education, mentorship, community and a successful supplier partnership between Whole Foods and small food businesses.

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/loans

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Megan is an active instagramer and tumblr blogger, known for her breakfast overnight oats and passion for fitness and nutrition.

http://goodhealthgoodvibes.tumblr.com/

And the Grand Prize Winner is… Deanna Paolini, with her decadent Purely Vegan Cheesecake!

Deanna wins our grand prize of a $200 Whole Foods Market Gift Card, a year’s supply of purely elizabeth + a feature in our Purely Spring Magazine!

Purely Vegan Cheesecake

Purely Vegan Cheesecake Recipe:

Crust Ingredients:
– 2/3 cup non-sweetened shredded coconut or slivered almonds
– coconut oil (for greasing)
– 1 cup purely elizabeth ancient grains hot cereal
– 1 cup dates (about 10 dates) soaked in 2 cups of hot water for 2 minutes
– 1/2 cup reserved soaking water from the previous ingredient
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1/4 tsp saltPlace ancient grains, dates, soaking water, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor—mix until well incorporated—and then set aside. Next, grease the sides of a 9 inch spring form cake pan with coconut oil. Then, cover the bottom of the cake pan with shredded coconut (or slivered almonds) to prevent the crust from sticking the the pan. Pour the ancient grain and date mixture on top of the shredded coconut—spread out evenly and mold into the cake pan. Bake the crust for 18-20 minutes at 350. Remove crust from oven and set aside to cool.

“Cream Cheese” Filling:

– 3 cups raw cashews soaked for 2-3 hours
– 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
– 3/4 cup maple syrup (or raw honey)
– 3/4 cup creamed coconut/coconut butter, slightly melted
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1/2 tsp sea salt

To make the “cream cheese” filling, blend the cashews, lemon, maple syrup/honey, creamed coconut/coconut butter, vanilla, and sea salt in a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour the “cream cheese” mixture on top of the “crust” and smooth with the flat side of a knife.

Topping:
– 1 cup fresh/frozen berries or fruit of choice

Pour berries over “cream cheese” mixture. Then, place the pan in the freezer for 2-3 hours or overnight. Before serving, place the cheesecake on the counter to thaw slightly—it is best served semi-frozen, yet soft enough to cut.

Meet Our Runner Ups!
The prize includes one purely elizabeth mason jar, one “Eat Purely” hand-stamped spoon + one assorted case (6 bags) of purely elizabeth Ancient Grain Oatmeal and Hot Cereal.
Irene Chou’s Veggie Oatmeal Hand Roll Sushi Bouquet

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 Aurora Kenney’s Soaked 6 Grain Sesame Banana Bread

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Thank you everyone for entering your amazing recipes! We loved every single submission and couldn’t believe what you came up with. We couldn’t be more grateful for your support and love for purely elizabeth. We can’t get enough of the recipes you cook up with our products, so please keep sending them our way and tag them #eatpurely!

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