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  • A Simple Ingredient That Keeps You Full

    FibreEverybody is looking for a quick fix, especially when it comes to dieting. There are tonnes of supplements, shakes, and snacks that claim you can lose multiple dress sizes in a week! What really is an ingredient that will keep you full and calm your hunger pangs?

    Fibre

    Fibre not only keeps you physically full, but during digestion, acetate is produced, which tells your brain that you’ve eaten enough. You should have around 35g of fibre a day. Don’t ignore other foods and make sure to look at the big picture and have a wide variety of healthy foods. The great thing is fibre can be found in many nutritious foods (containing protein, vitamins and minerals). Inulin is also a source of fibre (found in many packaged goods). It is derived from chicory root and is a prebiotic (a non-digestible substance that promotes the development of good bacteria in the gut).

    Try including one of these high fibre foods into each meal:

    • Beans (black beans, kidneys) in soups and salads
    • Leafy vegetables for your wraps or stir-fries
    • Fruits for dessert

    I often have beans or oats readily available in my pantry. Convenience is a simple trick to make something a habit. Overtime, creating balanced meals, high in fibre will be easy. Not only does fibre help weight loss and obesity, it is also key to lowering cholesterol, helping with heart disease and maintaining a healthy gut.

  • Sugar – Friend or Foe!

    Ok, so I admit it. Even though I should know better, I love sweet foods and SUGAR ! Who doesn’t? Are we fighting a losing battle? Is that so bad?

    Look what we are up against. Sucrose is good old table sugar – refined white glistening granules of joy. Sucrose becomes glucose and fructose in digestion. Fructose and especially High Fructose Corn Syrup, is added to beverages, especially pop, fruit juices, and many processed foods. Fructose is sweeter than sucrose and less expensive in the US because of government corn subsidies. Fruits and vegetables also contain some natural sucrose and fructose, so how bad can they be?

    Well, let’s see what happens in our bodies? Continue reading

  • 5 Ways To Eat Your Crunch

    5-ways-to-eat-your-crunchHow do you like to eat our Simply Protein Crunch? We’ve gathered some feedback from you and tried to come up with our own creative ones. We thought about ridiculous ways like eating the crunch while crunching but after some testing we ask that you don’t try that at home. We like you and do not want you to get hurt.

    So how does one enjoy this delicious snack?

    Share it on social media. We love seeing the crunch on our feeds! Just last week Marissa instagrammed this beauty. Not to brag, but the crunch can pretty much pull off any filter. NBD.

    With some milk in the morning. Soy milk, almond milk, skim milk, rice milk, flavoured milk- you’ll enjoy them all with the crunch. Although maybe not all at once… that really is a call we’ll leave up to you. Continue reading

  • Spring Activities!

    woman-running-outdoors-300x199The birds are chirping and the sun is shining. You’ve seen a robin and you know spring is officially here.

    Depending on where you live, it may not be quite as warm as you would like. This is the in-between stage of weather: there is no snow for tobogganing and no hot sun for shorts-wearing.

    What to do?

    Check out your local community event listings to see what is happening. Library’s newsletters and your city’s website will be great resources for event listings.

    Leave the window open to catch the first of the spring breeze as you make a bird feeder. HGTV has a great bird feeder using recycled items around your house that you can make with the kids.

    Head over to your local park and Continue reading

  • Simply Whey Bars on The Marilyn Denis Show

    sw40-top4-ca-2tDid you watch the Marilyn Denis Show on Wednesday when they did the Challenge Check-in? Or were you lucky enough to have attended the show live?

    Why do we say lucky enough? Because every audience member received a box of Simply Protein Whey Bars!

    Nutritionist Miranda Malisani was on sharing a meal plan that she had prepared for a family who had taken on the weight-loss challenge. She went through recipes for breakfast with quinoa flakes, quick Tacos Mas Machos and sprouted tofu and fresh vegetable stir fry. As a snack she talked about vegetables and our very own Simply Protein Whey Bars.

    Miranda spoke about how they are a great snack because few bars on the market have only two grams of sugar in them. She suggests never leaving home without a healthy snack to go and the Simply Bar is the perfect fit.

    As well, we liked hearing about how important water consumption and variety in your diet is. Missed the episode? Watch it on her website!

    Were you in the audience? Let us know how you like the bars!

    VIDEO - Simply Whey Bars – Marilyn Denis

  • Personalized Holistic Nutrition is Making Inroads into Healthcare

    We are starting to hear a lot more about the profound impact of our food on our health. In North America, our processed food intake has grown at the expense of what I call whole foods – foods with 1 ingredient and less processed foods, which I consider foods with 5 ingredients or less.

    Obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and inflammatory diseases along with a huge increase in the incidence of digestive disorders are on the rise. This has been occurring in parallel with the rise in refined sugars, refined grains, processed / hydrogenated oils trans fats and toxins in our environment.

    Over the last 50 years, we have been led to believe that ‘low fat’ foods are the way to go. This has resulted in a bigger problem Continue reading

  • Spring Revival – Coping With The Final Weeks Of Winter

    Beating the Winter Blues… the end is near!spring-activities

    No matter what the verdict our groundhog friends give us, winter sure does drag on.

    What do you do to keep you happy? Positive blogger Dale Partridge shares tips on what he does to lift his mood. He journals at least 3 times a week, watches funny movies and rock climbs.

    With having to wait until March 20th for spring to officially come, “winter blues” hasn’t ended yet. Many people may not be their happiest during these dark months, and others suffer from Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD).

    If you are feeling the effects of the somber weather check out these recommendations from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to help battle mild symptoms: 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
  • Addicted to Sugar?

    mound-of-sugar"Sugar is one of the few foods that humans crave. Babies will prefer sugar water over milk," Richard Johnson says. "It appears to be due to the stimulation of dopamine in the brain, which creates a pleasure response." So as time goes on, your response to sugar lessens and you need even more to have the same effect you crave. Studies have shown that when mice fed sugar water are deprived of their sweet drink, they can exhibit withdrawal symptoms.

    Unfortunately, Mary Poppins pretty much summed up the only benefit of sugar with her famous song. Sugar has very little nutrients for your body and yet it is something we crave.  It can increase your weight, mess with your metabolism, impair brain function and leave you susceptible to a host of different diseases. (example: heart disease.)

    The American Heart Association has a great way to think about your sugar intake: Continue reading

  • Introducing Nutrition – The Simply Protein Way!

    Marsha-FenwickNutrition is important. Now, while that may seem like quite the obvious thing to say, it’s actually a pretty big understatement in my estimation. You see, it seems like everybody believes that it’s necessary to live a healthy lifestyle. But unfortunately, there are just too many of us taking life for granted by eating just whatever we want. I’ll be the first to admit that bad food tastes good…but is it worth it?

    Hi, I’m Marsha Fenwick. And although I’m no “social media wizard” by any stretch of the imagination, I’ve taken to starting up the Simply Protein Blog because I feel incredibly passionate about sharing my beliefs about healthy eating. I hope you’ll enjoy reading my blogs going forward as I plan to do the best I can to provide as many helpful ideas as possible in an effort to change your life.

    Now, I know what you may be thinking - “Why should I listen to you, Marsha?” Well that’s a fair question. Let’s hope I can provide a fair answer. Continue reading

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