Organic Spirilina. Shellie, our Organika Representative, will be there
sampling the tasty spirilina drink and will be happy to answer any of your
When: Sunday Jan 26th 9-1pm
Passport for Change
Organika is delighted to announce the upcoming, groundbreaking, Passport for Change. As the proud Event Senior Sponsor, we believe that this is an opportunity to bring positive change into your life.
Passport for Change, presented by Tonic Magazine, is a self-directed and personalized event that combines seminars, social media support and elements of “speed-dating” into a one-of-a-kind, consumer experience. We provide people who are looking for change with the tools and experts they need to fulfill their resolutions and goals for the coming year.
Also, proud to present Lisa Petty, Keynote speaker for Living Gluten Free – fundamentals to moving forward to a healthier you. Don’t miss out on Lisa Petty. Lisa Petty is a celebrity nutritionist and health expert for television, radio and print, an international speaker, award-nominated journalist and award-winning author who believes that healthy living is simple – although it often isn’t easy.
Registration is essential in order to purchase tickets and schedule one-on-one meetings with the 100 fitness, nutrition, wellness, and emotional health experts who will help you achieve your goals. You can email these experts in advance to ask questions, and you may attend as many one-on-one meetings and 20-minute discussions as you like.
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Here at Organika we like food. We like it a lot. Always in search of recipes that don’t compromise taste for nutrition, we’ve compiled a basic, delicious and healthy Christmas dinner menu. Please note, the following images and adapted recipes are from the inspirational clean-eating website, thegraciouspantry.com In search of more ideas? Our Pinterest Board, Health-Giving Holiday Recipes, has quite a few! Enjoy!
The Main Event: Savoury Thyme and Garlic Roast Turkey w/ Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
(Makes one 18 pound turkey)
- 18 lb fresh or frozen turkey (thawed)
- 1⁄2 cup Organika Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1⁄3 cup finely chopped fresh thyme
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 lemon, quartered
- 1 onion, quartered
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Line a roasting pan with foil; set rack in pan.
- Remove giblets from turkey; rinse turkey inside and out with cool water. Place turkey, breast-side up, on rack and pat dry with paper towels.
- Combine oil, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper. Gently loosen skin from breast meat, and rub herb mixture under skin and over turkey.
- Place lemon and onion pieces in turkey cavity. Tie legs together with heavy kitchen twine. Cover loosely with foil. Bake 3 hours.
- Uncover, and bake 1 hour longer or until a thermometer inserted in meaty part of thigh and breast reaches 165 degrees. Cover and let stand 10 minutes before carving.
- Note: Garnish turkey platter with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, lemons, fresh thyme, or flat-leaf parsley.
Saucy Sauce: Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
(Makes approximately 2 1/4 cups)
- 24 oz. (about 6 cups) fresh cranberries
- 1 cup honey
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Cook low for 4-5 hours or until you can easily pop the berries with a wooden spoon by pushing them gently against the side of the slow cooker.
- Remove lid, and allow to cook on high for about 1 hour. There will still be a small amount of liquid left. The more you let the liquid cook down, the thicker your cranberry sauce will be.
- Note: I did this in a 5 quart slow cooker. If you want to get it done in the time frame mentioned above, you want a big slow cooker for this because you don’t want the pot very full. If you have a smaller slow cooker, you will have to cook for much longer with the lid off to cook off the water.
Savoury Sides: Holiday Butternut Cranberry Bake
(Makes approximately 4 servings)
- 1 lb. (454 g) chopped/cubed, peeled butternut squash
- 1 large apple, peeled and cored1/2 lb. (227 g) bag fresh cranberries
- 1 tbsp. Organika Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 scant tsp. ground cloves
- Place all ingredients in a 1 gallon-sized ziplock bag or a large container with a tight-fitting lid.
- Shake well to coat everything in spices and maple syrup.
- Pour out into baking dish (Mine was 9×13) and bake at 350 F. for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes.
- Note that if you have a smaller, deeper baking dish that this will take longer in the oven. The bigger and more shallow the dish is, the quicker this will cook. (I do not recommend a cookie sheet due to the cranberries)
- Add salt to taste after cooking if needed.
That sweet, sweet dessert: Coconut Fudge Sauce
(Makes 2 2/3 cups)
- 1 (15 oz.) can full-fat coconut milk
- 1 cup Organika Organic Coconut Palm Sugar
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons Organika Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Over low to medium heat, continuously stir all the ingredients together in a medium sauce pan until melted. Transfer to a container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Drizzle, pour, or slather onto your favourite ice cream (we recommend coconut) or dessert of choice.
If you’re thinking about your weight loss goals for 2014, you’re probably wondering what you can add to your fitness and nutrition routines to see better results. One of Organika’s top ten sellers and an Optimyz magazine award-winner for weight-loss supplements is our Garcinia Plus™. Each capsule is formulated with 300 mg of Garcinia Fruit extract (Garcinia cambogia), 60 mg Bromelain, 0.1 mg Chromium Polynicotinate, 60 mg Apple Cider Vinegar Powder, and 80 mg Spirulina. This unique formula helps the body to better metabolize carbohydrates and fats, as well as support healthy glucose metabolism. All you have to do, in addition to all that dedication at the gym and in the kitchen, is take one capsule three times daily, 30 minutes before each meal.
- Garcinia Fruit extract is derived from the rind of this bitter fruit, which has been used for centuries in Southeastern Asia. The extract is high in hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which helps to halt the fat-making and storage process by inhibiting a key enzyme your body needs to make fat from carbohydrates: Citrate lyase. It is also an appetite suppressant in that it helps to raise serotonin levels, making you less likely to eat emotionally in order to cope with depression or anxiety.
- Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in the juice and stems of pineapples which aids in protein digestion. It is also thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect, and is a popular supplement in Germany, where it is approved by the Commission E to treat swelling and inflammation. Great for overworked muscles or injuries.
- Chromium Polynicotinate (naicin-bound chromium=more effective) is an essential trace element our bodies need to maintain good health. It’s thought to keep blood sugar levels normal by improving the way our bodies use insulin. Chromium is used to improve athletic performance and to increase energy. It’s popular among body builders who want to decrease fat and build lean muscle.
- Apple Cider Vinegar is shown in trials to stabilize blood sugar levels, therefore helping to control and suppress the appetite. ACV has a range of other health benefits; for a more complete profile, take a look at our previous post on its digestive benefits.
- Spirulina is a very rich source of beta-carotene, chlorophyll, fatty acid GLA, Omega-3, and vitamins B, C, and E. Its high nutritional profile is the reason why it helps in weight loss efforts: when our bodies are hungry, they are hungry for nutrients. Spirulina increases the concentration of nutrients in your body and may reduce hunger and cravings in the process. Because it contains up to 70% easily digestible protein, it will help build lean muscle mass in conjunction with a sound exercise plan, which will help your body burn more calories throughout the day. Do we have any Garcinia Plus™ fans out there?
Coconut Oil is not only the perfect addition to your diet, it’s also a great base for homemade Christmas gifts, such as body scrubs, sauces, potions and lotions. Seal them in a jar, adorn it with a cute label, or just keep it plain and simple. Tie a ribbon around it for decoration. Here are a couple Christmas gift ideas you can use your award-winning Organika Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for:
Mom’s Remedy: Inspired by my mom and her friend, who whipped up this simple but delectable recipe when they were looking for something on the healthier side to satisfy their sweet tooth. It’s very easy, simply combine 1/3 cup coconut oil with 2/3 cup raw (unpasteurized) honey. Add a dash of vanilla if you want more of those warm, sweet undertones, or a dash of lemon juice for a bright citrus note. Place in your mixer and whip until both ingredients are blended together to form a velvety, creamy texture. Use as a dip for fruit (we tried ours with strawberries and it was heavenly), as a spread on toast or muffins, or add a dollop to a bowl of oatmeal. A simple way to get your daily dose of coconut oil with the antibacterial and antiviral benefits of raw honey, especially good during cold season. Raw honey is also an amazing beauty treatment (coconut oil is too, of course) so this concoction could be used as a face or hair mask as well.
Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter: I already love using coconut oil as a moisturizer, but have been reading about whipped coconut oil all over the internet this year. The simplicity of this recipe makes it a winner. Put 2 cups coconut oil in stand mixer and whip for about 5-10 minutes. Putting the mixer bowl in the fridge first will prevent the oil from warming and being too liquidy to whip up.
Coconut Oil Salt Scrub: This recipe comes from the fabulous, coconut-loving blog, The Coconut Mama. You can use this scrub all over your body, or as a hand and foot scrub. The salt exfoliates the skin and the coconut oil leaves your skin feeling extra soft. Simply combine 2 cups coconut oil (no need to melt), 1 cup epsom salts, and if you like, 8 drops of your favourite essential oil. If you have a favourite skin oil such as goji seed oil or argan oil, this would also be a great addition. The Coconut Mama advises scrubbing your body down first before turning on the water of your shower as the salt will quickly dissolve. Be careful of a slick tub due to the coconut oil.
For a variation of the above using coconut milk and sugar, check out our previous blog post with recipe here.
There are hundreds of other ideas out there. Of course, Pinterest is a great place to look, and if you check out our Nuts for Coconuts board, you will find other recipes and gift ideas using coconut oil, such as a peanut butter and coconut oil combo, mmm! This might also be the perfect inspiration to start making your own beauty supplies on a regular basis, which will not only save you money, but ensure your body is free from the harsh toxins and petrochemicals found in most mainstream beauty products. Happy experimenting!
Image courtesy of cookies & corgis.
I don’t know about you, but just thinking about all the feasting that will take place next week already has my stomach in knots. There has not been one Christmas dinner I have not overeaten at. Stuffing ourselves senseless seems to be part of the tradition of Christmas, but a couple years ago, my body taught me a very nasty lesson in doing so, by bringing up all of the yummy food I had put into it. It was definitely not as delicious coming up as going down, let me tell you, and I had to ask myself why I pushed my limit so far, only to end fabulous Christmas Day hovering over the toilet bowl.
A trick I have used since, to help my digestion in such situations, is apple cider vinegar. ACV is famous as a digestive aid. It helps with common indigestion, general digestive distress, and gastrointestinal discomfort from certain foods, and when taken with every meal, can clear up chronic acid reflux. It can help stimulate hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach, which is responsible for breaking down foods. ACV also helps with detoxification and reducing intestinal bloating. The acetic and butyric acids promote gastrointestinal health by balancing your pH and encouraging friendly bifido bacterial growth. Bonus, it can help stabilize blood sugar for a longer period which helps control appetite.
The problem for most people is the taste, which is why I prefer to take mine in capsule form. Organika’s Cider Vin is pure apple cider vinegar powder, and all you have to do is take 1-3 capsules with a glass of water before your meal. Easy. Do you have any tips on surviving Christmas dinner?
Good ol’ Vitamin C. Since childhood, we’ve been indoctrinated to consume Vitamin C whenever the inevitable cold strikes. But does it really help? Studies show mixed results as to its efficacy as a preventative, except for those who are very athletic or undertake intense physical activity, such as marathon runners. For them, Vitamin C supplementation decreased the incidence of colds by half. These findings, though, do not hold up for ordinary people.
There is evidence, however, that Vitamin C supplementation may shorten the duration of the sickness. The Cochrane review, from the Cochrane Collaboration, an organization that reviews medical trials and their results, found an 8% decrease in the duration of a cold for adults, and a 13% decrease in duration for children. These may be moderate findings for the common cold, but we must not forget the range of other health benefits this antioxidant imparts, such as protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, cancer prevention, stroke prevention, and even skin wrinkling.
If you’re looking to supplement every day, try choosing a buffered Vitamin C. Buffered Vitamin C is regular Vitamin C combined with calcium ascorbate, which is gentler on stomachs. Organika’s Instant- C is buffered, includes bioflavinoids, and is formulated with Ester-C, a patented from of vitamin C that has been scientifically designed to deliver optimum levels to the body for an extended time period, rather than one short dose. Instant refers to it being “body-ready”, which means our bodies don’t need to do much work to gain its benefits quickly. Do you take Vitamin C regularly? What benefits do you experience?
Are you experiencing the following symptoms? Irritability, anxiety, restless leg syndrome, problems sleeping, muscle spasms, poor circulation, and poor nail growth? What you might attribute to a change in seasons, such as cold weather aches and pains or minor depression, may in fact be the telltale signs of a magnesium deficiency. Health Canada reports that 42% of Canadians are deficient in magnesium, with Newfoundlanders at 65%.
If you are experiencing aches and pains, poor circulation, or any of the above symptoms this winter, try supplementing with magnesium. Magnesium is also necessary for the absorption of calcium, which we all know is needed for healthy bone growth. Our magnesium supplement is formulated with calcium, and comes in a divine chocolate chewable form, made with real cocoa. A delicious way to get your daily intake.
I’ve been surprised by the amount of people who have told me about zinc this year. It’s imperative for proper immune function, as your white blood cells can’t function without it.
The Cochrane Review found that zinc reduced both the severity and duration of the common cold. Results indicated that using zinc preventatively did indeed help prevent colds, which lead to fewer school absences and less antibiotic use by children. Zinc is the principal molecule for thymic proteins, which are immune substances made by your thymus gland. And of course, without zinc, you lack this immune defense. Zinc salts are deadly to most pathogens.
Organika’s Zinc is chelated, which means because of its particular structure, it better survives passage through the stomach and into the small intestine where absorption into the bloodstream takes place. Zinc not only helps the body to maintain immune function, it also helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins.It’s also wonderful for the skin, helping to form and maintain healthy connective tissues.
We all know that Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin. It helps battle depression, and is also great for bone and muscle health. But it also helps protect our body’s immune system, and therefore, may be effective at preventing colds and flu. According to scientists at the University of Copenhagen, the so-called sunshine vitamin arms the body’s T cells, which destroy invading bacteria and viruses. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, there is also growing evidence that Vitamin D may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, particularly colon and breast cancers.
Living north of the equator deprives us of the opportunity to produce Vitamin D 6-9 months of the year. It is therefore important to supplement our Vitamin D levels. Organika’s Vitamin D-3 is a sustained release formulation which provides an active dose of vitamin D-3, a more bioactive form than D-2, throughout the day. Our Vitamin D-3 provides a full 1000 IU of this essential nutrient. It’s as simple as taking one capsule per day.
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Have you taken a Vitamin D supplement throughout the darker months? How did it make you feel? We’d love to hear your story.