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  • Meditation for Reluctant Beginners

    Meditation is not, by any means, a new concept. While it is Meditationcommonly associated with Eastern spiritual practices, the overall concept of stilling, calming or training the mind is a commonly used tactic. A common myth with meditation is that it’s exclusive – belonging to health conscious young single people, or those devoting their life to spiritual observance. Truthfully, meditation is an effective tool that may be employed by anyone that has just 5 minutes of free time.

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  • Low Sugar Back-to-School Snacks for Kids

    As summer winds down, we brace ourselves for an explosion of back-to-school activity come September. Anticipation of our soon-to-be packed calendar brings excitement, anxiousness and stress to kids and parents alike. Continue reading

  • High Protein Snacks to Fuel Your Outdoor Adventures

    Summer is here and the sun is shining, birds are chirping and you’re…..inside?!? Canadians spend a shocking 90% of their time indoors. Summer is the perfect time to break that statistic and get outside to enjoy the beautiful outdoors! Continue reading

  • Summer Frenzy: Quick Healthy Snacks and Exercise Tips to Stay-on-Track

    After a long winter full of easy excuses to justify straying from our healthy eating and exercise goals, summer always seems like the perfect time to get back on track. But as the dog days of summer approach filled with BBQs and picnics, lazy days at the beach, travel and unusual schedules, staying on track can be harder than we anticipate. Below are some tips to help you achieve your health goals as you navigate a hectic summer schedule.

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  • Living with Diabetes

    There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Patients with type 1 diabetes struggle with insulin production because their immune systems actually destroy the cells that release insulin. Insulin is the hormone that helps the body control the level of glucose in the blood. A lack of insulin means cells cannot absorb sugar (glucose) and use it properly for energy.  Continue reading

  • The Better Protein Chip

    Simply and Quest Chips

    The protein chip trend is on the rise, with new products entering the market all time.  For over 4 years Simply Protein Chips have been the industry favorite savoury snack. Our award winning Simply Protein Chips are packed with pea protein and wholesome ingredients. 

    Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, and  Kosher

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  • Mindfulness and Muscle

    powerhouseThis week, we have Charlene San Jenko of PowHerHouse. PowHerHouse connects women to build a stronger and better community. Empowering the mind, body and soul, they have retreats, events, and online support for every woman.

    Charlene gives some tips for optimizing your body and mind and how both are connected in this busy world that we live in.

    There are many similarities between muscle and mindfulness and the roles they both play in our lives: Continue reading

  • Simply Spring Salad Recipes

    Spring is in the air… right?? We’ve decided we will start getting ready for the season change with these two spring salad recipes and maybe winter will follow our lead.

    First up, we delve into this Lime Caesar Salad recipe by Javier Plascencia in Coastal living. We put our own spin on the baguette slices by substituting Simply Protein Chili Flavor chips.

    Ingredientslime caesar salad

    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 canned anchovy fillets
    • 1/4 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon fresh Key lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
    • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
    • 2 whole romaine lettuce hearts, separated
    • 2 bags of Simply Protein Chili Flavor chips.

    Preparation

    1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large wooden bowl. Press with Continue reading
  • Speed Dating: Artificial Sugar and Sugar Alcohols

    feb-Artificial-sweetenerIn under two minutes we sum up what each of these two sugars are  about and why Simply is not going to get their number at the end.

    Speed Date # 1

    Who: Sugar alcohols

    What: Reduced-calorie sweeteners

    Where: Commonly found in gum, candy, and low-carb nutrition bars

    When: Often have names ending in "-ol" such as  Xylitol, Sorbitol, Mannitol, Maltitol, Lactitol.. you get the idea

    How: They are extracted from fruit and vegetables where they naturally occur, as well they can be manufactured from other carbs such as fructose and dextrose.

    Why does Simply avoid them?

    The major downside to sugar alcohol is they can have a laxative effect especially in large amounts. You’ll feel bloated, have gas or even diarrhea.

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  • Can Men Really be Vegan Bodybuilders?

    Most men consume animal products as their main source of protein, under the guise that they must in order to be lean, mean and strong. But what about vegan sources of protein and those vegan bodybuilders? Can men really subsist on vegan sources of protein?

    Movies like the ‘Rocky’ series portrays the male species as needing to chug raw eggs every morning and continuously eat animal products to get in fit, fighting form. But this is far from the truth. There are plenty of ways to get the amount of protein needed to build solid muscles and lean body mass with different sources of protein.

    Learn the various sources of plant based protein, and you’ll could be well on your way to becoming a vegan bodybuilder!

    1. Veggies:  One cup of cooked spinach has about 7 grams of protein. The same serving of French beans has about 13 grams. Two cups of cooked kale has 5 grams. One cup of boiled peas has about 9 grams. You get the idea.

     

    2. Hemp.  Toss 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie and get about 11 grams of protein!

     

    3. Non-Dairy Milk.  A mere 1 cup of soy milk can pack about 7-9 grams of protein.

     

    4. Nut Butter. Eat up your peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter. A couple of tablespoons of any one of these will get you 8 grams of protein.

     

    5. Quinoa. Quinoa is so versatile, delicious, gluten free, and delivers about 9 grams of protein per cup.

     

    6. Tofu. Four ounces of tofu will get you about 9 grams of protein. It’s also versatile, so the options are limitless!

     

    7. Lentils. With lentils, you can make rice dishes, veggie burgers, casseroles and more. One cup cooked delivers a whopping 18 grams of protein!

     

    8. Beans.  One cup of pinto, kidney or black beans will get you about 13-15 grams of protein, a full belly and heart-healthy fiber.

     

    9. Tempeh. One cup of tempeh packs about 30 grams of protein! That’s a lot of protein!

     

    10. Sprouted-grain bread. Pack a sandwich with vegan sprouted-grain bread (gluten free!) and you’ll get about 10 grams of protein in the bread alone.

     

    Vegan Protein bars and snacks? No worries! We’ve got your covered! Check out our protein bars and chips!

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