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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.

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.

Quinoa Crusted Skillet Baked Eggplant Parmesan

…Quinoa Crusted Skillet Baked Eggplant Parmesan…

Ingredients

1 eggplant, sliced in ¼ inch slices

1 cup quinoa flakes

1 cup almond flour

½ cup basil, chopped

2 eggs

1 jar of tomato sauce

1 8oz ball of fresh mozzarella cheese

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Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, in a bowl combine quinoa flakes, almond flour and basil. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs. Dip eggplant into egg mixture then dredge in quinoa mixture, covering to coat. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes per side. In a baking dish, pour tomato sauce on the bottom to coat. Layer with eggplant and sliced mozzarella. Top with tomato sauce. Continue to layer ending with mozzarella on top. Cover with foil and bake in the even for 25 minutes and serve.

Healthy Egg Nog Smoothie

Healthy Egg Nog Smoothie

From guest contributor: Arielle Haspel, nutrition and  lifestyle expert + blogger at Be Well with Arielle

When the holidays come around, I don’t really get excited about the presents… I get excited about what I’m going to eat and drink!

Egg nog is one of my favorite holiday treats, but it’s traditionally made with loads of sugar, cream and even whipped raw eggs.

Not Be Well with Arielle approved.

And, the healthy versions typically have bananas in it — yuck!

Healthy Egg Nog Smoothie

So instead of depriving myself of my favorite holiday treat, I did a lot of recipe testing and healthified it into the healthiest, most delicious egg nog ever!

This Healthy Egg Nog is made without refined sugar, cream, milk, raw eggs or banana.

Instead, its sweetened with dates and coconut water, and made with avocado and coconut milk and almond milk to add the perfect amount of creaminess.

It’s spiced just right with some of Simply Organic’s cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and a splash of almond extract.

Healthy enough to drink for breakfast on-the-go, sweet enough to indulge in for a holiday dessert and #spicedright.

Healthy Egg Nog Smoothie

Ingredients:
8oz. almond milk
8oz. coconut milk
½ c. coconut water
1/4 avocado
14 small pitted dates
1/2 tsp. Simply Organic vanilla extract
1 tsp. Simply Organic almond extract
1/2 tsp. Simply Organic cinnamon
1 tsp. Simply Organic nutmeg
handful of ice

*optional: top with raw cacao nibs

Directions:
1. Blend up all ingredients
2. Serve in a pretty glass
Cheers!

Pumpkin Lentil Lasagna

Pumpkin Lasagna

…Pumpkin Lentil Lasagna…

Ingredients 

Pumpkin Cashew Ricotta

2 cups of raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours

2 cups of pumpkin puree

1 clove garlic

1 lemon, juiced

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp olive oil

Lasagna

1 container of gluten-free lasagna (I love Capello’s)

1 jar of marinara sauce

1 cup cooked black lentils

8 oz shredded organic mozzarella cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, in a high-speed blender add cashew ricotta ingredients. Blend until smooth. Add 1 tbsp at a time of water if necessary to reach desired consistency. Set aside. Meanwhile, in a lasagna pan spread a layer of tomato sauce, followed by noodles, pumpkin cashew ricotta, lentils, then sauce. Repeat. Top the lasagna with shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover lasagna with tin foil and bake for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly.

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