Teach Your Kids How to Save Day

 

We’ve all heard the term “adulting”; scour the internet and you will find all kinds of jokes, quotes, and memes about how hard it is to be an adult.  So, what makes it so hard to transition from childhood to adulthood!? This question that could start a lengthy internet debate, but we do know financials would definitely be on that list! How do we acquire money and how do we save it responsibly?  These lessons should be taught at a young age, so it’s well understood come adulthood!

 

Let’s start at the beginning.  It will be a challenge for kids to learn how to properly manage money if they do not have any.  They can earn money through an allowance, business, or saving gift money that comes their way.

 

If you decide to set up a chore system with an allowance, be sure to clearly distinguish which chores are for the betterment of the family and which chores they can earn money by completing. Provide a set monetary value to each chore they complete so they can see firsthand that hard work pays off!

 

Your child can also make money by starting a lucrative business such as a KETO//OS® MAX Raspberry Lemonade stand, lawn care, babysitting, or selling items they have made.  Finally, they can acquire money through gifting.

 

Now that your kids have money, how do we teach them to be responsible with it?! This all depends on the child. Coming up with a save/spend/give system is helpful for children, as this mantra extends to adulthood.  It is important to buy what you need (and can afford), help others, and save for what you want or need in the future. Here are a few ideas to teach your kids how to save:

 

Envelope System:

Get an envelope and write what they are saving for on it. Each time they acquire money, have them put part of it in the envelope.  When they save up enough to purchase the item they saved for, celebrate their diligence and let them reap the rewards!

Savings Account:

Open a savings account for your child. Let them join you at the bank and make deposits.  Involving them in the banking process will help them understand and participate more. It will also teach them about interest.  The longer they leave their money alone, the greater the reward can be!

Round Up to Save:

Have your kids round up the price of an item they are purchasing to the next dollar.  If they purchase something for $10.60, have them put $0.40 into savings. This small amount will have little impact on them in the present, but can easily add up in the future. Talk about the impact of saving now has on being prepared for the future!

Triple Bank:

If your child is a visual learner, this may be the method for them!  Purchase or create a bank that has three separate containers labeled “spend” “save” and “give”.  Each time they acquire money have them add to each container. Have them place a picture of what the money in each container will be going to, so they can remember why the money is there.  For example, they may put a picture of St. Jude’s Hospital on the give section, a picture of college on the save section, and a picture of a toy they want on the spend section. Include them when taking the SHARE envelope to their charity of choice, CELEBRATE when they save, and commend SMART spending.

 

Raising a child to have financial literacy starts with YOU! Keep them involved in the process. Don’t underestimate their ability to understand and learn the importance of money. The more they learn about the process the BETTER, and they will learn through your example and encouragement!

Keto Cheese Ball

Did you know Prüvit HQ is in the 🧡 of Horse Racing country? Our city is gearing up for another racing of the Kentucky Derby and we are excited! This is where our Bacon & Blue Cheese Ball comes into play. Hitting all the right savory notes, and SUPER easy to make, this appetizer 100% sure to STUN those you serve it to!

 

 

Cheese Ball

8oz. cream cheese, softened
½ cup Blue cheese crumbles
1 cup bacon, finely chopped
3 tbsp green onion, chopped
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped

 

Instructions:

1. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy.
2. Add blue cheese, bacon, onions, and mix well.
3. Form mixture into a ball and roll in walnuts.
4. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
5. Serve with pork rinds or favorite low carb crackers.

 

This appetizer is also PERFECT for your next Keto Reboot Tailgate, so make sure to share this recipe to Pinterest for everyone to make at their next tailgate! Thinking about making this recipe tonight? Bring out your inner food photographer, share a picture of the finished dish to Facebook or Instagram, and tag us @justpruvit #KetoCooking

 

Nick Couch

Behold, Nick Couch! Known to many, but maybe not all. As our first Prüver Feature, we sat down with Nick to ask a few questions to get to know him and his pursuit for BETTER!


After seeing TONS of amazing testimonies and buzz growing louder on social media, Nick reached out to his friend, placed his first order, and became a Prüvit Promoter. His interest in Pure Therapeutic Ketones® grew quickly! Nick desired to have MORE freedom to enjoy time with his family and truly LIVE life. With his IT leading the way, Nick was ready to commit to Prüvit after he attended his first Prüvit event in San Diego, CA. Having worked 11 years as an Electrical Project Superintendent, making the switch to pursue BETTER was easy.

 

Nick is self-proclaimed “INSANELY passionate” about the benefits of the Ketone Operating System and Ketosis, and all the science behind both. That is why he loves to hear from the variety of doctors, scientists, and researchers at KetoKademy®, his FAVORITE Prüvit Event! Nick doesn’t stop there, he attends ALL the Prüvit events he can! He continues to attend MORE because the personal growth he has seen in himself each time he’s attended. Getting to experience the best speakers teaching skills and techniques on how to be the best version of yourself is something Nick is grateful he can take back and share with his team.

 

Nick recently received the Oswald Award at EPIK 2018 with how he continued to move forward after the tragic loss of his father. However, losing his father was not the only challenge Nick has met in life. Nick has endured and recovered from 2 traumatic brain injuries. Nick sustained his first Traumatic Brain Injury on August 31, 2004 when he wrecked his street bike while not wearing a helmet. Fracturing his skull in 5 places upon impact, enduring subsequent medical ­­­­implications during his time in the ER, and 3 weeks in the Surgical ICU, Nick had a projected 1-2 year recovery once in rehab. He had to relearn every basic function from walking and talking to buttoning shirts and counting, but was determined to conquer rehab. 3 months later, he was HOME. After completing an additional 2 months of outpatient therapy to fine tune motor skills, Nick had made a 100% recovery. This STUNNED his neurologist and he was advised to never hit his head again.

 

Fast forward to September 24, 2016, as Nick is riding his dirt bike with his daughter, the gas was clutched, and she was not able release the throttle in time before he was thrown from the bike. Landing on his jaw, he smacked his face and was knocked unconscious. Once at the hospital, it was confirmed Nick has sustained ANOTHER traumatic brain injury, two brain bleeds in the exact spot as his first injury. After spending 24hrs unconscious with his chance of surviving unknown, Nick woke up completely cognitive and able to recall everyone around him bedside. After 36 hours, Nick was moved from the Surgical ICU to a normal room, after 60 hours he was sent home, and 14 days after the accident he was 100% recovered. Nick attributes his quick recovery to being in a state of ketosis before, during the time of accident, and while in recovery. Whether it was miracle, medicine, or coincidence, Nick does not have any lasting effects from either traumatic brain injury.

 

In his spare time, Nick enjoys traveling, attending church, exercising, shooting guns, and spending time with friends and family!  He also enjoys reading and recommends EVERYONE in the Prüvit Community pick up a copy of The Pursuit by Dexter Yager. Nick gives credit to the Prüvit Community for having made him more aware of his goals and what he wants to achieve, but also influencing him to have a bigger heart for helping others and to wake up every day LOVING life!


Our Prüvit Community is HUGE, and we want to recognize as many STELLAR Prüvers as we can! Share this post to Facebook so everyone can get to know Nick! Make sure to come back every week to see who’s being featured, you never know- it could be you 😉

Tax Day Frappeketo™

Mint and chocolate are a match made in HEAVEN. Present this duo in KETO//OS® form and you’ve got our Thinner Mint Frappeketo™! It’s perfect to bring along on your keto picnic this Spring or on your weekly Target run. Whip up a batch, sit back, and relax 😊

 

 

Thinner Mint Frappeketo™

1 cup crushed ice
1 packet Keto Envy KETO//OS® Max
1 packet Swiss Cacao KETO//OS®
½ cup milk of choice1 tbsp
Whipped Cream
Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup
optional  Mint Leaves

Instructions

1. Place ice, Keto Envy KETO//OS® Max, Swiss Cacao KETO//OS®, and milk in blender
2. Blend until smooth
     May need more ice or milk, depending on your preferred consistency
3. Optional- Swirl the sugar free chocolate syrup inside glass for playful design
4. Pour in Mint Frappe
5. Top with whipped cream and mint leaves
6. Pop in a straw and enjoy!

 

Think you can make this tasty drink? PRÜVIT! Post a picture of your Thinner Mint Frappeketo™ to Instagram or Facebook, tag us @justpruvit #ketocooking. Make sure ALL your friends can make this drink and pin it to your Pinterest!

National Eggs Benedict Day

Surely, we are not the only ones who feel super REGAL when eating Eggs Benedict? Something about the delicately poached eggs coated in a savory hollandaise atop some Canadian bacon we know must be served in a palace 😉 Royalty or not, Eggs Benedict is DELICIOUS and we’re it making all the time with this recipe!

 

 

Eggs Benedict

2 tomato slices
2 poached eggs
2 slices Canadian Bacon, cooked
6-8 Fresh Spinach Leaves
2 Avocado slices
Hollandaise Sauce (Recipe below)

 

Poached Eggs

1. Fill skillet with approximately 2” of water and add 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
2. Crack egg into ladle or small bowl.
3. When water starts to boil, reduce heat and gently transfer egg into simmering water.
a. *Optional Whirlpool Method: stir boiling water in a circular direction forming a “whirlpool”. Drop egg in center of whirlpool to help fanning out of egg white.
4. Cook for 3-4 minutes occasionally spooning water over egg, until egg whites are firm to touch
5. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towel to dry.

 

Hollandaise Sauce

4 egg yolks
½ cup melted butter
1 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp red pepper
1/8 tsp salt

1. Whisk together egg yolks and lemon juice in sauce pan until thickened.
2. Set the pan on stove top over low heat and continue to whisk.
a. Note: You want yolk mixture to thicken not scramble. If you notice tiny pieces of scrambled egg beginning to form, remove saucepan from heat and place in cold water. 
3. Make sure to whisk the bottom and sides of pan where mixture will easily over cook.
4. Eggs will become frothy and double in volume.
5. Slowly add the melted butter until sauce has thickened to desired consistency.
6. Whisk in salt and red pepper.

 

Putting it all together!

1. Top tomato slice with Canadian bacon, spinach, and egg.
2. Cover with hollandaise sauce
3. Garnish with avocado slice
4. Put your crown on and enjoy this regal meal!

Share the love of this dish by pinning to your Pinterest! Think you’ve got the SKILLZ to recreate this meal? Snap a picture of your finished dish, post to Instagram or Facebook, and tag us @justpruvit #ketocooking!

 

National Pecan Day

Happy National Pecan Day!! There sooo many ways to enjoy this versatile nut, but one of the easiest and tastiest ways is candied! The toasty aroma mixed with subtle sweetness will fill your house with a heavenly scent and a heavenly snack!

 

Candied Pecans

1 cup pecans
2 tbs butter
2 tsp KETO//KREME®
2 tbs brown sugar truvia
2 tbs granulated truvia

Instructions

1. Add nuts to medium pan
2. On medium/medium high heat, toast nuts ONLY for about 5 minutes until lightly browned. (Make sure not to burn the pecans!)
3. Add butter and coat pecans evenly once melted
4. Add 1 tbsp brown truvia, 1 ½ tbsp regular truvia, and KETO//KREME® to the pan.
5. Sautee 2-4 mins until sweetener is completely dissolved and mixture is evenly coating nuts
6. Speed out nuts evenly on parchment paper lined baking sheet
7. Sprinkle remaining 1tbsp brown truvia, ½ tbsp regular truvia over warm nuts, toss, and smooth back out nuts.
8. Let sit for 30 mins, or until sweetener syrup has hardened

 

Spread the love for this treat and pin it to your Pinterest! Go even further and make a batch yourself! Snap a picture, post to Instagram or Facebook, and tag us @justpruvit #ketocooking

 

Ketones 101


With KetoKademy® on the horizon, let’s talk about Ketones! There is no one better suited to bring you the latest science on Pure Therapeutic Ketones® than our latest speaker, Dr. Maleah Holland!! Dr. Holland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Director of the Nutrition, Exercise, and Stress Laboratory at Augusta University. She focuses her research on ketosis, in regards to cognitive performance, systemic health markers, body composition, and exercise performance. Keep on reading for her break down of ketones or jump to the end for a quick summary!

 

Insulin = Storage.  

To understand how ketones are produced, it is first important to note briefly the role of insulin. When carbohydrates (i.e., cake, cookies, rice, fruit, oatmeal, etc.) are consumed, the pancreas releases insulin due to the elevation in blood glucose (sugar) levels. Insulin is a hormone that provides a signal for tissues to take up the excess blood glucose; the glucose is then either stored as glycogen or converted to and stored as fat.  Chronically elevated glucose levels circulating in the bloodstream are harmful and therefore, insulin protects our body from glucose-related damage.  However, when insulin levels are even slightly elevated, stored fat cannot be broken down and used for energy.  Also, dietary fat will be stored.

 

Carbohydrate-restriction = Breakdown.

When carbohydrates are restricted in the diet due to fasting or a very low-carbohydrate diet, insulin release from the pancreas reduces substantially. This means that the body is not in a state of storage and therefore, stored fuel supplies like glycogen and fat can be broken down for energy.  Once glycogen is depleted, usually after the 1st or 2nd day of carbohydrate-restriction, fatty acids are heavily relied upon to fuel the tissues.  The brain, however, cannot directly use fatty acids for energy.  This is where ketone bodies come into play!

 

Ketones!

Ketone bodies are natural compounds formed in the liver and include β-hydroxybutyrate, acetoacetate, and acetone.  Similar to carbohydrates and fats, ketone bodies can provide energy for our cellular needs. They are produced in the liver when 1) glucose levels are low and the pathway that breaks down glucose slows down, and 2) high levels of fatty acids are available either from dietary fat or fat stores.  Fatty acids can be broken down completely to provide energy directly to certain tissues or they can be broken down partially and transported to the liver.  In the liver, these partially broken down fatty acids are then converted into ketone bodies through a pathway called ketogenesis.

Ketone bodies are water soluble unlike fatty acids, so they travel easily through the bloodstream to reach other tissues to be used for fuel.  The brain uses ~100% glucose for energy when carbohydrate is present in the diet.  However, when ketones are present, the brain can derive up to 60% of its energy directly from ketone bodies.  The liver can convert substrates like proteins into glucose (i.e., gluconeogenesis) which can then fuel the other 40% of the brain’s energy during carbohydrate-restriction. All cells have the capacity to use ketone bodies, except liver and red blood cells, however some cells prefer ketones.  Besides the brain, the heart and intestines also prefer to use ketone bodies for fuel.

The production and utilization of ketone bodies is thought to be a protective mechanism during times of famine as they increased survival time in starving individuals by providing a non-dietary source of energy. In addition to providing a cellular energy, ketones have a plethora of associated health benefits.  Some benefits include (but are not limited to):

– Regulated energy levels
– Reduced oxidative stress and inflammation
– Reduced anxiety and depression
– Improvements in conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer
– Improved body composition

 

Ketone Supplementation

Individuals may elevate circulating ketone bodies by fasting long-term or chronically restricting dietary carbohydrates, as mentioned above.  If those ketone-producing strategies are not feasible to maintain as a lifestyle, ketones may also be consumed in order to elevate blood ketone levels.  These are called “exogenous ketones” because they are made outside of the body whereas “endogenous ketones” are made inside the body in the liver.  Studies have shown success with using exogenous ketones as a therapy for certain conditions in infants and adults.  Ketosis, or elevated ketone levels, has become a hot topic in the nutrition, health, and athletic performance fields, and rightfully so. With the positive outcomes that both a very low carbohydrate, ketogenic diet and exogenous ketones are demonstrating, researchers are hopping on board to study how ketone bodies affect various aspects of health and human performance.  It is an interesting decade for nutrition, as ideas on “good nutrition” seem to be dramatically shifting and the shift seems to be in favor of carbohydrate-restriction due to the associated ketone body production.

 

A Quick Summary!

Carbohydrate consumption causes blood sugar levels to rise, subsequently raising insulin levels. Insulin prevents fats cells from entering the bloodstream to be used for energy, so it remains stored in the body. When you lower your intake of carbohydrates, blood sugar and insulin levels drop, causing your body to look for an alternative energy source. Excess glucose that has been converted to glycogen is depleted after 1-2 days of a carb restricted diet, then it turns to fat storage. Entering the metabolic state known as ketosis, your body begins to utilize ketones, the energy source produced by the liver as it breaks down fat. To maintain a ketogenic diet is done so with a HIGH FAT, low carbohydrate diet. This can be difficult for some, so the supplementation of exogenous ketones helps you maintain a higher level of ketones in your body!

Grilled Cheese Day

Of all things good and pure, grilled cheese is at the top of our list! We know the OG grilled cheese isn’t Keto-friendly, which is why we put our spin on it with cauliflower “bread”!! Any excuse to sandwich savory melty cheese between two pieces of “bread”, am I right?

 

 

Grilled Cheese

3 cups of cauliflower rice
1 egg
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 slices of your favorite cheese

 

To make you own Cauliflower Rice

1. Starting with 1 medium sized cauliflower head
2. Cut florets off cauliflower stems.
3. Place florets in food processor and pulse on high until rice like consistency forms.
4. If you don’t have a food processor you can use a grater.

To make Cauliflower Bread

1. Place 3 cups of cauliflower rice in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 7 minutes.
2. Once cooled, place cauliflower in a cheese cloth (can substitute heavy duty paper towel) and squeeze out excess liquid.
3. Return to bowl and mix in egg and cheese
4. Season with salt and pepper (add a tablespoon of fresh chopped herbs like rosemary or parsley for more flavor!)
5. Form dough into bread slices about 1/3” thick.
6. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 450 for 15-18 minutes.
7. Let cool for 10 minutes and remove with spatula.

To make the Grilled Cheese

1. In a large skillet melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat until butter starts to sizzle.
2. Place one piece of bread in butter and top with cheese slices.
3. Cover the skillet with a lid until cheese is almost melted, 2-3 minutes.
4. Top the sandwich with the other piece of bread and flip the sandwich over.
5. Cook until golden brown 1-2 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and enjoy!

Optional: Add cooked Bacon or favorite deli meat with cheese slices.

 

Share this recipe to Pinterest and spread of the LOVE for the glory of grilled cheese. Feeling inspired to put your own spin on these? Snap a picture, post to Facebook or Instagram, and tag us @justpruvit, #KetoCooking

 

Love Our Children Day

Today is National Love Our Children Day, and although we love our children EVERY DAY, we can certainly show them even MORE love today! Getting children involved in the kitchen is influenceable on their food preferences and willingness to try new things! We took two kid approved recipes and made them SUPER FUN; Olive & Cream Cheese Penguins & Hotdog Octopus over Zucchini Spaghetti!

 


Penguin Olives and Cream Cheese

1 can Jumbo Olives, pitted
1 can small olives, pitted
1 package of cream cheese (softened)
1 bag of round carrot chips

Drain olives and let dry on paper towel.
Take jumbo olive and cut from top to bottom lengthwise on one side.
Pipe or spoon in softened cream cheese to form body.
Cut a small triangle out of carrot chip to make feet.
Place triangle in hole of small olive to make nose on the head.
Place body on top of feet, then head on top of body.
Secure with tooth pick.

 


Hotdog Octopus on Zucchini Spaghetti

1 package of zucchini spaghetti (or make your own)
2 Tbs. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 bun length hot dogs

Zucchini Spaghetti

2 Zucchini, peeled

Slice zucchini lengthwise with vegetable peeler stopping when you reach the seeds.
Discard seed center and cut zucchini strips into thin spaghetti strips.
Coat with olive oil and place on baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper

Octopus HotDogs

Slice hotdog lengthwise into 8 strips leaving about 2” in one end.
Use a toothpick to make eyes and mouth in uncut end.
Place in boiling water and watch octopus form.
Decorate eyes and mouth with ketchup and/or mustard.
Serve over zucchini “seaweed”

 

Crafted for children but great for sharing with everyone! Share this recipe to your Pinterest to inspire others spread the love and great kid approved food today! Make these recipes with your children and post a picture, tag us on Facebook or Instagram, @justpruvit #KidsKetoCooking

 

Tailgate Treats: Day 7

Homemade chicken salad nestled inside a crisp cucumber cup, is there a more satisfying duo out there? We don’t think so! These cucumber cups keep the creamy chicken salad contained while delivering MAXIMUM flavor, perfect for sliding into the Keto Reboot with! Check out our Keto Reboot Tailgate Fb Event here!

 

Chicken Salad Cucumber Bites

Chicken Salad

3 cups chicken, boiled and chunked
¾ cup mayo¼ cup sour cream
½ cup diced celery
1 tbsp curry
1 tbsp Fresh lime juice
½ tsp. Himalayan Pink Salt
¼ tsp. Black pepper

1. Mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, curry, salt, pepper, celery and lime juice.
2. Pour mixture over cubed chicken.
3. Optional: add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

 

Cucumber Bites

2 Cucumbers
Chicken Salad
Cherry tomatoes
Parsley

1. Wash and dry cucumbers (peeling is optional)
2. Cut cucumbers width wise into half inch slices
3. Scoop out 3/4 of center creating a “bowl”.
4. Fill with chicken salad and top with half of a cherry tomato.
5. Chop parsley and sprinkle over top

 

Share this recipe to Pinterest and let everyone know what you’ll be making for the Keto Reboot Tailgate! Keep the sharing going and share pictures once you’ve made these! Post a picture, and tag us on Facebook & Instagram @justpruvit, #KetoCooking!

 

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