Taste of the Holidays at Genesis PURE

We’ve gathered our favorite Genesis PURE holiday recipe, developed by Mrs. Davis who is the wife of a Genesis PURE employee, to share with you below. They are easy to make, healthy, and delicious! We hope you share these with friends and family this time of year. Like all recipes, you can substitute and mix and match the ingredients to work with your dietary needs. Sugar and Splenda can be substituted without changing the amounts. 

Fruit & Fiber/Mila Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients: 2 sticks (1/2 lb.) butter, softened ½ c. firmly packed brown sugar ½ c. granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 5 scoops Fruit & Fiber Mix 1 ½ c. all-purpose flour 1 scoop Mila 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt 3 c. oatmeal 1 c. raisins (optional) 1 c. chopped pecans (optional) Makes about 4 dozen bite-sized cookies Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place raisins in a small bowl and cover with hot water, set aside to plump. Beat together butter and sugars until creamy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla: beat well. Add the Fruit & Fiber Mix, beat well. After combining the flour, Mila, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, slowly work into the creamed sugars. Stir in the oats. Add pecans (if using). Drain the raisins and stir those in. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes.

Fruit & Fiber/Mila Hermits Ingredients: 2 scoops Mila 2 ½ c flour, spooned and leveled ¾ teaspoon baking powder ¾ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1 c. brown sugar ½ c. (1 stick) butter, at room temperature 2 large eggs ¼ c molasses 1 tablespoon milk 5 scoops Genesis PURE Fruit & Fiber Mix 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts Directions:

Place the raisins in a bowl and cover with very hot water so that they will plump. Set aside. Heat oven to 350. Line a 13x9 inch pan with parchment paper (or aluminum foil) leaving an overhang on each end so that you can later easily lift out the cooked bars. Spray the parchment paper with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, stir together the Mila, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Set aside. With and electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium high until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the Genesis Pure Fruit and Fiber Mix and the tablespoon of milk. Beat in the eggs, then the molasses. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Drain the water off of the raisins, then, by hand, stir them into the batter. Stir in the pecans. Spread the batter into your prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs. By holding both sides of the parchment paper, you can easily lift the cooked batter from the pan. Cut into bars and enjoy.

GoYin Cupcakes Ingredients: 1 box cupcake mix GoYin Eggs Coconut oil or olive oil Frosting: 8 oz. cream cheese 1 teaspoon vanilla 3-4 c powdered sugar, to taste Directions:

Using the recipe from a standard cupcake mix, make the following adjustments to ingredients:

Substitute GoYin for water – based on sweetness level Full Goyin = Very Sweet ½ GoYin = Medium Sweet 1/3 GoYin plus 2/3 water = Mild Sweet Bake as stated.

*You can add Mila to your GoYin cupcakes using the following recommended adjustments:

Same cupcake box recipe – reduce by 1 egg Add ½ scoop Mila Keep an eye on the mix consistency, Mila will absorb the GoYin and water, so a slight increase in water may be needed to keep required consistency of the batter. Bake and enjoy.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Mix cream cheese and vanilla together Slowly add sugar Let cupcakes cool before adding frosting Frost to you desired sweetness level 

If you have some favorite holiday creations of your own using Genesis PURE products, please share them with us. 

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Gifts That Inspire Activity

Gifts to Thrill the Athlete. (Or Inspire the Couch Potato.) Need a gift for your brother who loves the links? Your significant other with a significantly serious cycling passion? How about a colorful gym duffle bag, backpack or sackpack filled with exercise-related gear to encourage your TV binge-watching buddy to get to the gym? Or make a gift for the whole family a one-and-done solution; it can bring everyone together for some fun, and important memories. Here are a few ideas that will get everyone on your list up and off the couch, at least for a little while. Gifts for Gadget Lovers For techies, a digital device could be just the thing to jump start a new workout habit. Gifts such as the wildly popular wrist-worn activity trackers, high-tech cycling computers, compasses for the hiker, or calorie counters for speed walkers make functional, practical, and fun gifts for men or women. You’ll Need One of Those Huge Bows If a luxury automobile is a little outside your gift budget this year (ha), how about a present that’s almost as big? Table tennis, anyone? Air hockey tables, foosball, and miniature pool tables are always a big hit, especially for families. Or, test your knowledge of biomechanics and ergonomics before you spring for an elliptical machine, stationary bike, or high-tech treadmill. For Kids (Or Those Who Want to Feel Like One Again) Instead of sitting mesmerized in front of the gaming console, your kids could be dancing across electronic floor mat keyboards, kicking a soccer ball into a brand new goal, playing a rousing game of basketball on the driveway, or conquering the local mountain bike trail. That is, if you give accordingly this year. For the Athlete, or the Weekend Warrior. Golf clubs are a great gift, of course, but what about a few golf lessons? Your links enthusiast might enjoy a swing evaluation, one-on-one coaching, and interactive video feedback. 

Home gym equipment makes it difficult to avoid working out (good or bad, depending on how you look at it). Items like kettle bells, weight sets, resistance bands, yoga mats, and the like are all great gifts someone might not buy for themselves. Adventure Gift Experiences Have a risk-taker on your list, or someone who wishes they were? Give the gift of a once-in-a-lifetime experience he or she will never forget. You can find all kinds of adventures that range from stock car racing and hang gliding to hot air ballooning and skydiving. Athlete, couch potato, or somewhere in-between, your gift recipient is sure to appreciate something that inspires better overall health. Even better, plan to take up a new activity together!  

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Genesis PURE’s Holiday Guide to Nutrition

Just because Santa fattens up for the big day doesn’t mean you have to. There’s no doubt about it though … getting through the holidays without gaining a pound is a tough feat. Between the holiday parties, the tempting candies, and all the celebrating, watching what you eat and drink is the last thing you want to be spending time doing. We are here to help you get through the holidays without a lot of excess poundage to get rid of once it’s over. The holidays are a time to celebrate, so don’t deprive yourself of some goodies here and there. Instead, focus on maintaining your normal eating routine. Think how good you’ll feel come January 1st when you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done, and a body well taken care of. Twelve Tips to Healthy Eating

Don’t attend a party starved. Eating healthy fats and dietary fiber beforehand will keep you full and will help you avoid overeating at the party. Make yourself a HealthTrim Complete Shake that is packed with protein and rich in dietary fiber. Wear slightly tight clothes, or your skinny jeans, to your get-togethers. This will be a reminder not to over-do it. Don’t skip meals. This goes along with not starving yourself. When you don’t eat, you trick your body into storing your next big meal as fat. When you know you’ll be attending a party, cut back on calories during the days before so you can allow yourself a little bit extra during the festivities. Avoid salty foods because they’ll only make you thirstier. Foods high in salt include salsa and chips, pretzels, snack mixes and some nut mixes. Bring a Mila Bite or two with you, or if it’s your party, they make a tasty and healthy snack your guests will surely enjoy. Before your load your plate at the buffet, do a quick scan and decide ahead of time what you will and will not eat. Allow yourself only a certain number of items from the buffet. Or, allow yourself only a ½ cup of each item. Remember, you can always go back for more! Make substitutions. Instead of peanuts, have a handful of popcorn. Instead of a slice of apple pie, have a whole wheat roll. Instead of a piece of candy, have a handful of raisins or grapes. Hosting a party? Serve healthy beverages like warm apple cider or pomegranate juice on the rocks. Bring out the ENERGY for a delicious alternative to sugar-laden, non-nutritive drinks.* And, there’s always sparkling water. Beware of alcohol. You’ll add up the calories quickly. Decide beforehand how many drinks you’ll allow yourself at the party, and stick with your decision. There’s always club soda or flavored mineral water which will leave you hydrated and may help you manage your calories. Don’t forget to exercise! Not only will you burn calories, you’ll keep your spirits up, too. Go bowling with your family, plan a skiing vacation, build a snowman or make snow angels with your children, get an exercise video you can play indoors, or just get out and walk. Just say no. You know what’s best for you and your body. Don’t be tempted to eat something that is not on your holiday plan. Remember, the new year is just around the corner and you’re going to come out on top! Our sense of smell is very strong and certain scents, like that of essential oils, may influence our mood. For instance, when we are stressed we often crave food. Inhaling bergamot or orange essential oils can help produce a sense of calm and well-being. Try combining bergamot with lavender essential oil to enhance that calming effect.

Follow these tips and take it one day at a time. Enjoy each moment of this special holiday season. And by all means, celebrate! Happy holidays from your Genesis PURE family!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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