29 August 2019

Chocolate for breakfast? You know it! We are not talking about dessert though. We are talking about a tasty and highly nutritious smoothie bowl that is sure to tingle your taste buds!

The chocolate smoothie of your dreams is easier and healthier than you might think! Smoothies, smoothie bowls, and “nice cream” are all fantastic avenues to boost your veggie and superfood intake, and this gooey chocolate creation is no exception. Actually, it’s the perfect vessel to deliver whole food supplements and superfoods that will nourish your body all day long.

For this recipe, we utilized both Mind and Forest to harness the power of both organic Wild Microalgae® and our favorite blend of superfood mushrooms. The best part? When you mix all of these ingredients together, the only thing you can taste is chocolatey goodness. It is truly the perfect combination of delicious and nutritious.

Let’s talk about chocolate for a minute. We are talking high-quality, delicious dark chocolate with a minimum of 70 percent ground cacao, a mixture of cacao butter (a natural oil) and ground cacao seed. The power is in the cacao seed as it contains a variety of phytochemicals including polyphenols (flavonols) and methylxanthines. These compounds have been studied extensively and have shown to benefit the brain, mood and cognitive function.

Chocolate isn’t the only mood-boosting ingredient in this smoothie. Mind contains a molecule called Phenylethylamine, or PEA, that exists throughout nature. Often referred to as a “feel-good” chemical, PEA is naturally produced by the body and is also found in fungi, bacteria, and our own organic Wild Microalgae, a blue-green algae called Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA).

Ok, so we have the brain, mood and cognitive function covered in one delicious smoothie but that just wasn’t enough for us so we turned to Forest, a proprietary blend of organic reishi, maitake, cordyceps, Poria cocos, and Wild black trumpet, designed to support a healthy immune system and energetic life.

Just like that, we had the added benefits of immune and energy support we were looking for. Now for the taste because, well, we like to enjoy our food; not choke it down.

The key to making this smoothie gooey like a chocolate brownie is texture! For this recipe, dates, cocoa nibs, and a little bit of dark chocolate were the perfect combo to satisfy that sweet tooth. The trick to adding dates to a smoothie is to pop them into some hot water for two minutes. The hot water will soften the date, making them easier to blend!

Now, finally, the recipe…

Ingredients
1½ frozen bananas
⅓ cup almond milk (add more as needed)
2 dates
1 serving dark chocolate chopped
1 tbsp Cocoa powder
1 Serving chocolate protein powder
½ tbsp Carob powder
3 Emptied capsules of Mind
3 Emptied capsules of Forest

Directions
Add the banana (Pro tip: freezing bananas will give you a perfectly smooth and sweet base for any smoothie) and almond milk, then blend until you reach a smooth “ice cream-like” texture. Next, add in the cocoa powder, chocolate protein powder, carob powder, and New Earth capsules. You’re going to want to add splashes of water or milk along the way to ensure a smooth blend. Once smooth, pour into a bowl, top with your favorite ingredients (peanut butter, coconut flakes, chopped nuts…) and enjoy!

Article by Kelly Scott, Social Media Manager who loves spending time making healthy recipes and being outdoors here in Southern Oregon.

27 August 2019

Your body is constantly communicating with you. Sometimes it’s a gentle tone—a little brain fog accompanied by a minor headache while other times it’s full-on screaming at you with an upset stomach, migraines, skin breakouts and so on—good or bad, your body has something to say. The challenge comes with listening.

It’s very easy to ignore the daily signals your body sends you. Feeling groggy or going through an afternoon slump have a cup of coffee, experiencing a skin breakout cover it up with makeup, have a headache take some medicine…Today’s world offers a plethora of temporary solutions to silence your body. The thing is, these signals are important and your body is sending them for a reason.

So, how do you go about listening to your body and how do you know what it is telling you? It’s tricky. As humans, we get used to ignoring these signals. It’s not intentional. We simply get used to hearing them and they become our new “normal”.

Let’s talk about “normal” real quick. Normal is not experiencing digestive issues daily, it’s not regularly experiencing an afternoon slump either. Your normal should be waking up well-rested feeling amazing and maintaining that amazing feeling throughout the day. You should feel great!

Will you have ups and downs in your day, of course you will, that’s where listening comes in…

We live in a fast-paced world, most of us are constantly “sprinting” through the day and dealing with a variety of common stressors on a daily basis. When you understand these stressors along with your body’s signals you can properly address them and maintain this great feeling.

So, what is your body telling you? Let’s look at a few common signals and what they mean.

Digestive Issues
Digestive issues come in a variety of forms, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and so on. Experiencing any of these symptoms on a regular basis is not normal and it’s your body’s way of letting you know that something isn’t right. It could be a number of different things. Your gut bacteria could be out of balance, you could be sensitive to certain foods or food groups, you may not be consuming enough fiber and so on.

Correcting digestive issues can be a journey but here are a few things you can do to support a healthy gut:

  • Add some gut-loving supplements to your daily regimen. We are talking about enzymes, probiotics, and prebiotics. These friendly helpers will provide your gut with good bacteria and help you to digest and utilize the nutrients in your food.
  • Move your body however you are able to. Moving your body helps to get everything else moving, including your digestion.
  • Drink up. Be sure to drink water throughout the day. Hydration is a key component of digestion.
  • Get your fiber. Fiber is your friend and helps to keep the digestive tract flowing.

Skin Issues
What shows up on the outside is typically a reflection of what is happening on the inside. Breakouts and rashes can come with the season and/or the body’s cycle. When these signals fall outside of the season and your body’s cycle, it’s time to pay attention to what is going on inside.

Here are a few things to pay attention to when your skin is acting up:

  • Check your stress. Stress triggers certain hormones and chemicals to release that can lead to breakouts. While you likely won’t be able to eliminate the stress from your life you can find ways to manage it. Try a variety of stress-reducing techniques and find what works well for you. This may include meditation, exercise, breathing techniques and the list goes on.
  • Focus on food. Eat a balanced diet rich in whole foods and avoid the over-processed junk. Aim for a variety of colorful vegetables, fresh fruit, quality protein, healthy fats, and whole complex carbs.
  • Note your vitamin intake. Review your supplement regimen and ensure you are consuming whole food supplements as opposed to synthetic. Your vitamins should come from natural sources including plenty of raw fruits and veggies. Quality is of the utmost importance.

Exhaustion
Getting a night’s sleep and waking up exhausted is never a good signal and it’s typically your body telling you that your stress levels are too high and that something is getting in the way of your quality sleep.

Here are a few things you can do to help improve the quality of your sleep:

  • Practice some gentle evening yoga before bed. If yoga isn’t your thing try a few guided stress-reducing meditations.
  • Play with essentials oils. Invest in a diffuser and enjoy the scent of relaxing oils while you sleep.
  • Take time to wind down. Ditch everything with a screen about an hour before bed. You can use this time to take a warm bath, read a book, journal, listen to relaxing music…whatever helps you to relax.

Remember, you should feel great because that’s what normal is. Take some time to listen to your body and what it is telling you. Rather than using a temporary fix, think about what you can do to remedy the issue long term and enjoy great health!

22 August 2019

Are you Feeling Wild?

Seriously though, how are you feeling emotionally, relationally, and physically? Is your health and wellness where you would like it to be? Do you have wellness goals you are striving to accomplish and if so, are you receiving the support you need to do so? If you answered ‘no’ to any of the above, we have just the thing to assist you on your health journey. It’s called Dare to be Wild.

Dare to be Wild is much bigger than your health and my health, it’s a movement to demand better for you, for me, and for our peers everywhere. It’s a move to cut out the bad and take in the good. It’s taking the confusion out of health and getting back to the basics. It’s eating natural, high-quality foods and limiting processed and synthetic ones. It’s including New Earth products as part of your daily lifestyle regimen and keeping it up for 90 days or more.

We are surrounded by misinformation, overprocessed foods, food additives, and harmful chemicals. We know this isn’t groundbreaking news but think about the effects this constant bombardment has on our body, mind, and spirit. Being healthy has never been so confusing. We are left asking questions like should I be a vegan? Should I go paleo? Do I need to avoid dairy? Is gluten going to destroy my life? Is there anything I can eat besides fruit and vegetables?

Making the healthy choice doesn’t have to be confusing, and it shouldn’t be confusing.

When we make simple, life-changing shifts: getting back to nature, moving regularly, drinking plenty of fresh water, providing our bodies with the nourishment they crave and deserve we not only move toward a lifestyle that can change our lives but we will make a statement, we vote with our forks, and we start to change the world.

We invite you to join us on a movement to demand better: for you, for your family, for everyone. Join us today!

20 August 2019

Time is not on our side, friends. Every year there is a small window of opportunity to capture the Basin’s prettiest colors. Vivid greens. Beautiful blues. Reds, yellows, and purples. Spring brings cold rainy days, sometimes snow, and Summer quickly dries most of the foliage before we really have time to take in its essence. Ron Matchett, our Audio and Visual Manager, Kelly Scott, our Communications and Social Media Specialist, and I have been patiently waiting for just the right day to get out and take photos of the Basin. These photos will soon be showcased in multiple ways: Social media, corporate videos, and other marketing projects. It’s important for us to collect images of the area; it’s unique and so important to what we do here. Especially during this time of the year, the mountains and forests are breathtaking—and I can’t help but feel blessed to live in such a mystical area. Now is a great time to really capture the Basin and take advantage of its beauty.

We started early in the morning as the sun was rising. The weather was surprisingly perfect. Klamath County is infamous for its mood swings, constantly changing from dry, crisp heat to biting, shivery winds, sometimes within the hour. But, the powers that be were on our side today, and the climate and lighting was perfection for the day’s corporate field trip.

Of course, to set our day right, each of us nicked an Essentials packet from our set of “props”. Given the nutrient value of each product included in the packet (Body, Mind, Bifidus, Acidophilus, Enzymes) and the small convenient packaging, Essentials is especially easy to pack on trips—each serving is packaged separately, making it simple to share with others.

Our first stop was Hagelstein, a mountain just North of Klamath Falls that quite literally is on Highway 97. Known really only to the locals, this large bluff offers some of the best views of Upper Klamath Lake. Climbing the hill, crawling at a slow speed, the three of us got to really soak in the gorgeous mountain and its terrain. Lush wildflowers bloomed on both sides of the roads, poking out of the heavy overgrowth of bush and sage. In the background are rocky drop-offs, steep grassy slides—this is where our journey takes us.

At the top, you can see Mount Shasta to the South, McLaughlin to the West, and what used to be Mount Mazama, and is now Crater Lake National Park, to the North. Each one a namesake to New Earth’s three harvesters. Nestled in the center and spreading across the horizon is Upper Klamath Lake. It’s waters shining blue and sparkling in the new sun the morning has provided.

Although Hagelstein is just a few miles from the New Earth Headquarters, we decided to take a quick break after snapping some pictures to enjoy the view and capitalize on its properties—each taking a few Mind to reawaken our brains and spark our creative juices.

After taking a plethora of photos and footage, we made our descent and started our trek to our next stop: Running Y Resort.

Home of our annual New Earth University: Klamath Falls, Running Y sits on the south side of Upper Klamath Lake. This fair sized resort and community sits with its back to the lake. But, if you know the way, you can find yourself on the lake’s shore, enjoying the sounds of the birds and breeze moving the tall grass. This offers a special vantage point of the lake, and if you’re in the right place at the right time, you’ll be able to see one or more of New Earth’s harvesters headed out in search of New Earth’s rare payload, organic Organic Microalgae, an amazing blue green algae.

Several snap photos and one snake scare later, and we’re back in the car headed to get lunch. Our meal of choice: Mermaid Garden on Main St.

We grab our lunch to-go and make our way to Moore Park. This park also sits South of the lake and is home to several docks, playgrounds, and shady trees for people to enjoy. We park near the water’s edge, unwrap our sandwiches, and pop another packet of Essentials in our mouths. Why? All four products, but especially the Enzymes, offer optimal digestive support. And, since we’ll be off to more stops, hiking, taking photos, and kayaking, we need all the help we can get to fight that after lunch groggy-ness.

We took a couple of minutes to just enjoy the view of Klamath Lake from the park and then set off to meet up with Kelly’s sister, Kristen, at Fish Lake.

This smaller lake is just west of Lake of the Woods and offers equally enjoyable views with fewer crowds. The day was getting late and the wind had picked up, I copied Ron and grabbed my New Earth hat. This hat has been on some fun pretty adventures! My first New Earth University, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where we went to the Corkscrew Swamp, NEU: Dana Point, where we went whale watching as a group, NEU: Las Vegas, where a small group of us Home Team members took a Krav Maga lesson, and my personal adventures with my family. It’s white may not be as bright as it was at first, but it’s worn in, breathable, and perfect for the outdoors.

The sun was at the perfect angle and the wind had slowed, so we made our way back to Lake of the Woods to rent out a kayak to get some more “active” photos. The wind had grown to a steady gust by the time we pulled up to the lodge. With some brokering, we were able to grab a rental kayak to get some shots. Kelly and Kristen volunteered as tributes and made their way out onto the lake. The wind might have been blowing against them, but they did a fabulous job making it look easy!

One of the reasons Lake of the Woods is so popular and unique is because it offers a spectacular view of Mount McLaughlin. We had arrived at just the right time. And, just as the mountain had come into view, a large, tough, looking cloud got stuck on the mountaintop, like a trash bag gets stuck on a fence. It stayed there for a good 15 minutes until it was able to break free, but not without a price, by the time Kristen and Kelly made their way back to the dock, it had torn and faded into the sunset.

As we set home and the sun disappeared behind the Cascades, it didn’t feel much like a work day at all. Just a day spent having fun with friends and enjoying the ecosystem that gave us such an exceptional and significant gift, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, or as you know it organic Wild Microalgae.

Maggie Porter is the stand-in office comedian at New Earth, a Klamath Lake fan girl, and lover of exploration. Her time is spent creating memorable New Earth events and doting over Organic Wild Microalgae.

15 August 2019

Like you, I’ve been on a journey, a food journey. And, this journey has recently lead me to explore the world of smoothies, green drinks, and green shakes. Now, I understand this isn’t terribly groundbreaking for those who have their own green-drink-groove going. But you never know what you can learn from a rookie. Especially one who isn’t afraid to experiment in the kitchen.

A few months ago, I figured that I could use more fruits and vegetables in my life. When it comes down to it, most of us can. I am fortunate in that my wife and I really enjoy cooking (and eating). We enjoy the time spent together, the savings, and maintaining a diet of ‘real’ foods. While we rarely eat highly processed foods—we pretty much eat what we want. I’ve never bought into fads when it comes to eating. Rather, I’ve stuck with creating meals from scratch using whole ingredients from all food groups, and it has done well for me. It’s also no secret that much is left to be desired in the average North American diet.

For many reasons, the general bias in my eating habits doesn’t include as many raw fruits and vegetables as they could.

I do, however, consider myself a fairly advanced consumer of New Earth’s nutritionals. My average daily intake includes about: 12-15 caps of Mind Wild Microalgae, 10 total Acidophilus, Bifidus, and Spectrabiotic, 3-5 Flex, 4-5 Renew, and Enzymes + for meals and sometimes just for funsies.

But I have also heard about these delicious blended drinks that have these life-giving properties that feature a variety of essential nutrients including micronutrients, phytopigments, enzymes, and antioxidants…

Going From CouldaShouldaWoulda to Gonna

I started with the equipment. I found a good deal on a refurbished blender. If I already had a blender I’d use that but I have never owned a blender other than an immersion blender, and that’s a different animal entirely. (The Immersion blender works way better than a traditional blender to get solicitors off your property, trust me on this.)

Then I started to compare and triangulate some recipes and got a shopping list together.
I picked up the following: apples, oranges, pineapple, banana, strawberries, spinach, mint, chia seeds, ginger, and almond milk.

Once I had all of my ingredients I prepped them and started piling them into the blender along with some Mind Wild Microalgae (a blue green algae called aphanizomenon flos aquae or AFA), almond milk, and some ice.

What came out was a wonderfully delicious and nicely textured smoothie. I hear that the chia seeds make a nice texture and that paired with the banana created a nice smooth, uh…, smoothie! (It does).

I’ve never had so much fun eating and enjoying New Earth nutritionals… And, I’ve never had such a good time adding these superfoods to my diet.

As I developed my routine, I realized how much I enjoy the ritual of experimenting with different ratios of ingredients, shopping for new ingredients, and balancing their use so that I don’t end up with a mug of pure spinach (never go full Popeye).

Each day, I look forward to creating something that’s wholesome, adds tangible benefits, and increases the quality of my life. The very act of creating in this form is a pleasure to me.

So what do I feel with my new morning regimen? A bit more energy, a bit more mental clarity, and better elimination (maybe TMI but it’s important!). But nothing profound—I haven’t been really under the weather since the early 1990’s—and I credit very stable health to a decent diet, some exercise, and consistent use of New Earth’s nutritionals.

So adding smoothies to my diet is for the same reason I eat New Earth products: It makes sense to do so for a million reasons, and I want to feel good for many decades to come.

The Rookie Smoothie
Makes about 32oz.

Ingredients
½ apple
½ orange
½ pineapple slice
1 banana
5-6 strawberries
5 leaves of spinach
5-6 mint leaves
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 thin slice of ginger
½ cup almond milk
4 emptied capsules Mind
About a cupped hands full of ice

Directions
Pile in a blender, blend away and enjoy!

Article by Justin Straus, New Earth Director of Marketing and long-time algae consumer.