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A Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Our Purely Spring Magazine will make its debut tomorrow–right in time for Cinco de Mayo festivities. Here’s a sneak peek at the colorful, flavor-bursting feature so that you’ll be ready to get the fiesta started! Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll deliver the magazine right to your mailbox first thing in the morning : )

This feature was contributed by our friend / incredibly talented recipe developer + blogger, Megan at The Loving Table.

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Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Spring Pea Guacamole

Guacamole is a Cinco de Mayo staple, and this recipe lightens things up with the addition of sweet green peas, fresh chives and spring green onions. Perfect with chips as an app, or eaten on top just about anything. 

Serves: 6

4-5 large avocados

1 1/2 cups green peas

1/2 cup loosely packed minced chives

1/4 cup chopped green onions

3 tbsp fresh lime juice

1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste

1. Mash avocados in a mixing bowl. Add green peas and continue to roughly mash until the peas are incorporated but still somewhat formed.

2. Stir in the chives, green onions, lime juice and salt. Add more lime juice and salt as necessary.

Mango-Pineapple Salsa

Yield: 4 cups

2 ripe mangoes, peeled and diced small

1 cup diced pineapple

1/2 cup minced red onion

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

juice of 2 limes (approximately 2 tbsp)

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

2 tbsp raw honey

1 tsp sea salt, or to taste

Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl, tossing together with a spoon.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Enchiladas

Making your own enchilada sauce is surprisingly easy, and much healthier than the store-bought alternative! Double up on the sauce and bottle it for cute, take-home party favors.

Serves: 6

Sauce:

4 cups organic vegetable broth

1/2 cup tomato paste

1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp cumin

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper
Assembled:

6 brown rice or corn tortillas

3 tbsp olive oil

1 bunch purple asparagus,

bottoms peeled and cut in thirds

3 cups peeled and chopped sweet potatoes

1 cup cooked black beans

1/2 cup organic salsa

1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

2 tbsp lime juice

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 tbsp chili powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp paprika

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp sea salt

1 recipe (approximately 3 cups) enchilada sauce

Sauce:

1. In a small bowl combine the gluten-free flour and all spices.

2. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the tomato paste, followed by the bowl of spices.

3. Cook for about 30 seconds, whisking continuously.
4. Whisk in the broth, then increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce down to a simmer, and continue cooking for about 10-12 minutes until slightly thickened. If you want a thicker sauce, continue reducing for 5 more minutes. Adjust salt, pepper and spices as needed and keep warm on the stove while preparing the enchilada filling.

Filling:

1. Preheat oven to 375 °F and grease a 9 x 13 pan.

2. Toss asparagus with one tbsp olive oil. Transfer to a sheet pan and place in oven. Repeat with two tbsp olive oil and sweet potatoes. Cook for 35-40 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.

3. Combine black beans, salsa, red bell pepper, lime juice, cilantro and spices in a medium mixing bowl. Add cooked asparagus and sweet potatoes. Mix well.

4. Spread 1 cup of enchilada sauce on the bottom of your greased 9 x 13 pan.

5. Prepare the enchiladas one at a time. Scoop about ½ cup of the enchilada filling onto the left side of a corn or brown-rice tortillas. Fold and roll, placing the enchilada seam-side down in the prepared pan. Repeat with the remaining 5 tortillas.

6. Pour two cups enchilada sauce over the enchiladas, cover with foil and bake in the over for 15-20 minutes.

7. Remove, and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, fresh herbs, and scallions. Top with cashew cheese.

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Horchata

This sweet & refreshing drink originated in Valencia, Spain, and has since changed in name and flavor from one region to the next. In Mexico, Horchata is traditionally made with rice, but rice has also been replaced with a variety of other seeds, nuts and grains depending on local availability. If you don’t have the time to make this recipe from scratch, you can easily substitute with pre-made almond, hemp, soy or coconut milk.

Serves: 6

1 cup long-grain rice

1 cup Brazil nuts

5 cups water

2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish

1 whole vanilla bean

1 cup coconut sugar

pinch of sea salt

ground cinnamon, for sprinkling

1. Combine rice, Brazil nuts, water and cinnamon sticks in a large bowl. Let soak for about 2 hours.

2. Transfer the rice mixture to a vitamix or high-speed blender, and add the vanilla bean. (If you have a small blender, you can mix in batches). Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, until well incorporated and smooth.

3. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth bag into a pitcher, return to the blender and mix in the coconut sugar and pinch of salt.

4. Chill until ready to serve, pour into glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Churro Doughnuts

adapted from babycakes classic gluten-free doughnut recipe

Yield: 2 cups

1/3 cup melted coconut oil (plush more for brushing)

1 cup coconut sugar

1 3/4 cups gluten free flour blend (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp baking soda

2 tsp ground flax + 4 tsp hot water (mixed together + let sit for 5 minutes)

6 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce

1/4 cup vanilla extract

1/3 cup hot water

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

2. Brush 2 six-mold doughnut trays with coconut oil and set aside.

3. In a medium mixing bowl combine coconut sugar, flour blend, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

4. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients. Add to dry ingredients and mix together to just combine. It shouldn’t be thick.

5. Use a melon baller or tbsp to drop 2 ½ to 3 tbsp batter into each doughnut mold, spreading with the back to evenly distribute.

6. Bake for 8 minutes, rotate, and continue baking until the doughnuts are golden brown, about 7 minutes more. Ovens vary, so test with a toothpick after the initial 15 minutes. If it doesn’t come out clean, continue testing every 3-5 minutes. You don’t want them to be too firm, as they will continuing firming up outside of the oven.

7. Remove from oven, and let cool for at least five minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Coat with your choice of toppings (I suggest dipping in melted coconut oil and sprinkling with cinnamon & sugar, or dipping in a chocolate glaze!)

*note: to make the chocolate glaze I simply combined ¼ cup coconut oil and ¾ cup vegan chocolate in a double boiler with a dash of cinnamon and sea salt. Let cool slightly before dipping doughnuts. 

Mother’s Day Gift Box Giveaway!

In honor of Mother’s Day, Purely Elizabeth is proud to be a sponsor of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation* + will be making a donation to their great cause!

Edith Sanford Mother's Day Box with Puffs

We’ve crafted festive + trendy gift boxes to send mom that you can buy on our website!

Gift Boxes Include:

– a Soybu Annie Scarf
– the “Edith” Julep Nail Polish
– a Cranberry Pecan Granola
– a Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Oatmeal
– a NEW Cranberry Pecan Ancient Grain Granola + Puffs Cereal

>> We’re offering these limited edition boxes for 50% off the retail value of $70!!! 

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We’re also giving away FOUR boxes on social media for you + a friend to win! 

4/28 – 4/29

Instagram:
1. Follow @purely_elizabeth on Instagram
2. Follow the directions on our Mother’s Day Box post!

Facebook:
1. Like Purely Elizabeth on Facebook
2. Follow the directions on our Mother’s Day Box post!

*Purely elizabeth is a proud sponsor of Edith Sanford and the purchase of a box or any other product does not affect purely elizabeth’s donation to Edith Sanford.

Edith Sanford Mother’s Day Box

As a female-run company focused on health and wellness, breast cancer is a cause that is close to us all. We’ve all been impacted in one way or another by breast cancer and are passionate about helping to stop it.

That’s why for Mother’s Day this year, we are not only crafting festive boxes to send to mom, we are also making a donation to the Edith Sanford Breast Foundation*.

Edith Sanford is a national nonprofit organization that we have been partnering with for almost three years now. The organization is pioneering a bold new comprehensive approach to breast cancer, with a mission to unlock each woman’s genetic code, advance today’s prevention and treatment, and end breast cancer for future generations.

Edith Sanford Mother's Day Box with Puffs

So why not give your mom a thoughtful, trendy and tasty gift that gives back this Mother’s Day!

Edith Sanford Mother’s Day Box includes:

a Soybu Annie Scarf Black Strip ( cozy and long enough to double wrap around the neck, the Annie Scarf is made from a lightweight knit Burnout Jersey, versatile enough to wear through different seasonal transitions. 75% Polyester / 25% Rayon )
– the “Edith” Julep nail polish
a Cranberry Pecan Ancient Grain Granola
a Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Ancient Grain Oatmeal
– a BRAND new Cranberry Pecan Ancient Grain Granola + Puffs Cereal (exclusively available online in this box!)

We’re offering these limited edition boxes for 50% off the retail value of $70!

Shop now while supplies last! The last day to order for guaranteed delivery by Mother’s Day is May 1st.

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Meet the wonderful brands featured in our Edith Box: 

Edith Sanford Breast Foundation

Through a devoted son’s commitment to honor his mother, whom he lost to breast cancer, the Edith Sanford Breast Foundation was founded to help find the cures. The organization strives to unlock each woman’s genetic code in order to end breast cancer for future generations. By advancing today’s prevention and treatment, they are making big strides towards discovery. We love supporting great causes, especially when it comes to promoting good health for the ones we love.

Soybu

Creates beautiful fitness clothing that is both stylish and comfortable. Their clothing is made from eco-friendly fibers that create long lasting apparel for any occasion. The featured double wrap scarves are made from lightweight knit Burnout Jersey, a breathable and incredibly soft fabric that mom can pair with any spring outfit this season!

*Purely elizabeth is a proud sponsor of Edith Sanford and the purchase of a box or any other product does not affect purely elizabeth’s donation to Edith Sanford.

Celebrating Elizabeth’s Bday With A Giveaway for All Elizabeths!



Today we’re wishing a big happy birthday to Purely Elizabeth founder, Elizabeth Stein! In celebration, we’re hosting a special #ILovePurely Selfie Giveaway for anyone who shares the name. If your name is Elizabeth, follow the steps below for a chance to win one of each of our NEW products! What’s super exciting about this prize is that our products are so brand new that they aren’t even available on our website!

To enter: 

1. PRINT OUT the name tag template: #ILovePurely Name Tag

My Name Is Name Tag

2. FILL IN why you love purely elizabeth

3. TAKE A SELFIE holding the name tag AND POST THE SELFIE on your Instagram.

4. **FOLLOW** @purely_elizabeth AND INCLUDE HASHTAG: #ILovePurely

( if you don’t follow us, we won’t be able to see your post or give you your prize!)

PRIZES:

1. The first 30 Elizabeths to post will get two FREE new products! One (1) Ancient Grain Granola + Puffs Cereal Box and one (1) Ancient Grain Muesli.

2. AND, get this… The rest of the Elizabeths that post will get a free product coupon!

(This contest is only open to U.S. residents, we will not ship outside the U.S.)

Blueberry Hemp Granola + Puffs and Mango Almond Muesli

Have a friend named Elizabeth? Spread the word + maybe she’ll share with you : )

Introducing Two NEW Product Lines!

Introducing two NEW products redefining the breakfast aisle!  

[ Available in select stores below + both will launch on our website at the beginning of May! ]

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ANCIENT GRAIN MUESLI.

Muesli gets a superfood makeover! A flavorful blend of ancient grains, nuts, seeds and fruits for an innovative twist on an old classic.

– 3g fiber

– 5g protein

– No sugar added

– No oil added

3 Flavors: Cranberry Cashew, Apple Currant + Mango Almond

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 ANCIENT GRAIN GRANOLA + PUFFS CEREAL.

A new kind of breakfast cereal! We mixed our award-winning crunchy granola clusters with heart-healthy millet puffs for a lower-sugar, lower-calorie granola cereal.

– 4g of sugar

-130 calories

– Sweetened with organic coconut sugar

– Baked with organic coconut oil

4 flavors: Original, Cranberry Pecan, Pumpkin Fig + Blueberry Hemp

>> Check them out!

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Now Available in 10 More Grocery Chains Nationwide!

Our Ancient Grain Granola is now available at 10 more grocery chains nationwide! Want some coupons for your next grocery trip? Click here : )

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Feeling Down? Try These Mood-Boosting Foods

Everyone gets down every once in a while. Sometimes simple pick me ups such as running or meditating can help you get out of a mood funk. But your diet plays a role in how you are feeling as well, after all, food affects your hormones by providing nutrients to your body to keep it stable. Making sure you have a balanced diet is essential to keeping you feeling good and providing you with energy to get you through the day. Here are the top foods to boost your mood and fight depression:

Flax seeds

Flax seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids, which have been known to be mood lifting and possibly help combat depression. Several studies have found that increasing the omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can aid in preventing major depression disorders. Flax seeds are also great for preventing heart disease – thanks to their inflammation fighting properties, which prevent plaque build up.

Getting omega-3s can be difficult if you don’t have fresh fish available to you, but there are many other sources you can get them from! A few of our favorites are peanut butter, oatmeal, flax seeds, walnuts, brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

Berries

Berries are considered one of the healthiest foods. There is nothing worse than letting stress get in your way, especially when you are feeling down. This can lead to an overwhelming spiral–exhausting you mentally and physically. Blueberries can help prevent the release of cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland during stressful situations, that travels to the hippocampus (a major portion of your brain) and provides emotional responses. Berries can help control and counter the effects of this hormone’s impact on your mood.

Berries are loaded with anthocyanidins, known to boost brain function and antioxidants, which promote brain and nervous system health. Berries are also low in sugar and calories, so pile them on!

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Limit sugar intake

Keeping your blood sugar level steady is more important than you think. When your blood sugar gets low you are more prone to feeling depressed and irritable. This means that paying attention to what you are eating is essential to maintaining your glucose levels to keep you in a balanced state of mind. Sugar promotes inflammation in the body that is directly correlated to promoting depression and anxiety. It also interferes with the balance of hormones within the hippocampus because of the inflammation it promotes throughout the body. Furthermore, sugar creates spikes in your blood levels, promoting you to eat unhealthy and to make poor food choices more frequently. It becomes an addiction for quick pick-me-ups, but will not help your mood in the long-run. Choose healthy wholesome foods that will make you feel great. Try choosing a balanced meal with lean protein, vegetables and whole grains to control your blood sugar and prevent inflammation.

Folic Acid

Folate and vitamin B12 are important for mood control because low levels can lead to depression and other mental issues. Studies have shown that low blood levels of these vitamins are sometimes related to depression, although no one is exactly sure why. Some scientists believe that these vitamins are used by the body to create serotonin, one of the key neurotransmitters that help normalize mood. This vitamin is especially important for women and even more important during pregnancy. Some foods that provide folic acid are lentils, leafy greens, citrus, asparagus, kidney beans, oatmeal and broccoli.

Whole Grains

Whole grains are a great source of B vitamins, which are key nutrients for good moods. Research has shown that vitamin B6 deficiencies can lead to higher stress, irritability, tiredness and depression. By choosing whole grains, you can get your carb-comfort food fix–boosting your mood without derailing your diet. So, don’t eliminate all carbs — just make smart choices when choosing which carbs to put into your body. Limit sugary, unrefined carbs (such as cakes and cookies) and pick smart or “complex” carbs (such as whole grains), along with plenty of fruits, vegetables and legumes, which all contribute healthy carbs and fiber.

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Find out what works for your body to ensure you are staying balanced. Don’t let your mood get in the way of your enjoying your day! Try changing your diet to promote a healthy lifestyle and most importantly a healthy better feeling you.

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