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  • Another Recipe Using Our Chips - Arugula Salad with Our BBQ Chips

    Arugula Salad with BBQ Chips

    At lunch time, why not think chips instead of croutons to add crunch to your salad? One serving of our Simply Protein chips contains 15-16 grams of protein and only 4 grams fat.

    Try this Arugula salad topped with BBQ flavoured chips that serves six.  Not only is it yummy, it is great because you can make substitutes based upon any food intolerances you have or if you are a vegetarian.

    arugulaIngredients:

    • 6 Bacon slices, cut into 1 inch pieces
    • 2 tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons of dijon mustard
    • 1 finely chopped shallot
    • Salt and ground pepper to taste
    • ½ cup of olive oil
    • 6 ounces of Crumbled blue cheese
    • 8 cups of Arugula
    • 2 bags of Simply Protein BBQ flavoured chips

     

    Directions

    1. Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy.
    2. Drain the bacon on paper towels.
    3. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, mustard and shallot, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Whisk in the olive oil in a steady stream until it is incorporated and an emulsion forms.
    4. Toss the arugula with just enough dressing to coat lightly. Add the bacon pieces and blue cheese.
    5. Serve the salad with the Simply Protein BBQ Flavored chips on the top.

    We adapted this recipe from Linda Steidel’s off of the ifood.tv website.

  • Savor the Goodness – Recipes Adding Our Chips

    eggsThis month we wanted to check out how adding our Simply Protein Chips could ramp up the flavor and healthiness of some great recipes.

    We were both pleased and astonished at our discoveries. We’ve gathered some of our savory favorites below that we hope you love!

    Chili Chip Torta

    Now we normally wouldn’t have thought about this, but turns out people are adding chips to their breakfast. We figured there was only one way to get to the bottom of whether this was a good idea or not...

    Turns out chips are great at breakfast!  There was no question but to use the chili flavored chips. This recipe takes 20 minutes and will serve 4 – just make sure you have a 10” non-stick skillet.

    Ingredients:

    • 6 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon sliced scallions
    • 2 cups Simply Protein Chili Flavor chips
    • kosher salt and cracked black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon butter
    • sliced scallions (to garnish)
    • Greek yogurt (to garnish)

    Directions:

    1. Beat eggs and scallions in a large bowl. Gently fold Simply Protein Chili Flavor chips into eggs, trying to break as few as possible. Season with salt.
    2. Heat pan over medium high heat and add butter; when foam subsides, add egg/chip mixture and turn heat to medium low. Using a rubber spatula, gently pull eggs away from sides of pan while the eggs set.
    3. When eggs have begun to set, use a oven mitt and a plate to flip over torta. Place plate over pan, and securing the pan to the plate with an oven mitt, flip pan over so torta lands on the plate, then gently slip torta back into pan to finish cooking.
    4. Slice into segments and serve with more sliced scallions, cracked black pepper, and Greek yogurt.

    This recipe was taken from Sydney’s great recipe off of serious eats and we just substituted with Simply’s chips.

    Herb Chip Crusted Cod

    This recipe allows for simple substitution of our herb flavored chips. What won us over was the texture of this dish. Although we did have that annoying moment of “why haven’t we thought of this before?”

    Ingredients:

    • 2 bags of Simply Protein Herb Flavor Chips
    • 16 oz. fillets (4 oz per person) cod fillets, 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick
    • Pepper, for seasoning
    • 2 teaspoons reduced fat mayonnaise

    Directions:

    1. Heat the oven to 400º F. Place the Herb Flavor chips in a gallon size plastic storage bag and gently crush the chips (using the heel of your hands).
    2. Line a baking sheet with a cooling rack and spray it lightly with cooking spray.
    3. Combine the mayonnaise and a few dashes of pepper and then schmear (not smear) it over the top of each fillet. Now gently but firmly press on the crushed chips, completely covering the top of each piece of fish and place them on the cooling rack.
    4. Bake the fillets until they are just cooked through, about 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.

    This recipe came from Jennifer’s blog at Savoring the Thyme.

    Let us know your favorite recipes that include chips! Or do you think there is a different flavor chips pairing we should have tried with a recipe?

  • How To Stick To Your New Year's Resolutions

    newyears1If losing weight and being healthy are amongst your New Year’s resolutions you are not alone. It is one of the top New Year’s resolutions made, but how do you become the 8% who actually keep theirs?

    We’ve gathered these 5 tips to help you achieve your goals:

    1. Plan ahead.
      At the beginning of the week see when you have time to make that gym class you wanted to try, or become a familiar face in that spin class.  Schedule it in and stick to it.You can also plan to try unconventional exercise like indoor rock climbing or boxing, things that you think you would love more than the traditional treadmill.

      Don’t forget about meal planning too. Convenience is so important when you are trying to get back to a healthy lifestyle. Keep delicious protein bars in your desk for those in between times so that you can keep your calorie count low and get through the day.

    2. Track your progress.
      Monitoring your success will only help you build on the progress you have been making.  Download an app to help you track your progress. Check out a recent article with a bunch of great suggestions where you can find the right app for your needs. If you are more of a pen and paper person then try a diet and exercise journal.
    3. Talk about your goals
      While a benefit of sharing your goal is that it keeps you accountable, there are other added benefits.  A community of people who share the same resolution could help you form a support group that keeps you on track. People may have great strategies to help get you closer to your goal, share in your struggles, become workout buddies or form a new healthy lunch crew.
    4. Reward Yourself
      Let’s not be unrealistic and suggest you will eat no chocolate and only kale. Allow a small amount of that thing you love once a week knowing how it will affect the great strides you made to that point.Plus, there are many ways to still delight in your favorite indulgences and be healthy about it. Our Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bar is a yummy option!
    5. Know that you are not perfect
      While we think you are pretty awesome, unfortunately we can’t be perfect 100% of the time. It is more than normal for things to not go exactly as planned. You are learning new habits so don’t beat yourself up about a slip here and there. Learn from it and know that you can still accomplish your healthy goals even with a minor blip.

     

    Good luck with your resolutions! 2014 is your year!

    If you want more suggestions or have some of your own to share please do so!  We love to hear from our customers!

  • Digesting the Holidays

    It’s a reality for many of us that the holidays are not a particularly stomach friendly time of year. Sometimes it seems impossible to get

    through the month without finding yourself with an upset stomach. It’s a time where we overeat, eat foods high in fat, and eat recipes with surprise ingredients you never saw coming.

    Here are some helpful hints to eat your way through the holidays:

    Avoid your triggers

    One of my least favourite decisions to make at a dinner party is to be hungry or feel sick.  As someone with food allergies or intolerances I don’t want to leave early because of something I ate.  Also I don’t want to behave like someone who is turning down everything and being a food snob.

    My tactic is to avoid both situations by having a healthy snack available, like a protein bar or some veggies.  Obviously choose a snack that avoids of all your triggers, such as gluten and lactose, and still leaves you satisfied. Grabbing one of our bars is a tasty option, and only contains 150 calories!

    Enjoy the benefits of peppermint

    It may be the time of year for skinny peppermint mochas and candy canes lattes but it’s not exactly the mint we are talking about.  Drinking peppermint tea can help relieve your stomach symptoms before or after a meal.

    Peppermint has a calming effect on your intestines relieving many symptoms such as abdominal cramping and pain as well as bloating.  Peppermint tea is also a great solution before bed to make sure you have a solid sleep.

    Stress is also linked to causing stomach discomfort. Peppermint can relieve stress symptoms, so take a bath and add a few drops of peppermint oil.

    Eat what you love

    Sometimes it hardly seems fair to watch your friend eat every dessert they like over the holidays. We don’t want you to miss out on the dessert fun over the holidays just because you are gluten-free! If you have to steer clear of the traditional desserts you can try our Peanut Butter Chocolate and Cinnamon Pecan Bars as a dessert you can call your own!

    Fun fact: cinnamon has been shown to lower the effect of high fat meals which is perfect over the holidays…

    We hope you enjoy your holiday parties and get through without even a hiccup.

     

  • Bringing in the Autumn Harvest

    The leaves aren’t the only ones who are changing this season. It is amazing how with the change in temperature and environment we crave autumn harvest. Consider adding these delicious seasonal foods to your shopping cart, or better yet- take a drive to a local farm and make a day with your family picking these Fall favorites from mother nature herself.  Although most of these foods are available year-round, they are at their peak from September to November.

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  • Add some CRUNCH to your breakfast routine

    The first meal of the day gives you the energy you need to get going. However, a healthy breakfast on-the-go is not always feasible and is often heavy in refined sugars, carbs, with minimal fiber and protein. Not having a nutrition breakfast can make us feel hungry, tired, and groggy. Its time to revamp your  cold cereal and milk routine with these quick breakfast ideas to start your mornings right! 

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  • Happy National Vegetarian Awareness Week!

    Did you know that the 2nd week of September is national Vegetarian Awareness Week?

    We started spreading vegetarian awareness early this year at the Toronto Vegetarian Festival at Harbourfront on September 6th-8th. Although we started the weekend getting caught in the rain, it didn’t stop us from selling out! Here is a special shout out to our loyal customers who came to the show just to see us! Thank you for the ongoing support and for loving our products as much as we do. Continue reading

  • Healthy Tips to Follow When Busier Than Ever

    September has come and it is here to stay.

    Labor Day weekend flew by without looking back and we are now back to work while being busier than ever!

    With so much going on in every split second of the day, what can we do to improve our health when our work plans have gotten the best of us?

    Actually, the makers of SimplyProtein think about this situation often. In the words of CEO Cathy Richards, “Our mission is to make healthy snacks for busy people.” Continue reading

  • Happy Trail Mix Day From Your Friends at Simply Choices!

    Did you know that this coming Saturday, August 31st is national Trail Mix Day? This day is devoted to a high energy snack loved by many. Great for almost any occasion, trail mix can be enjoyed when you are on the road, being active, watching a movie, or when you just need an energy boost at work.

    Trail mix is nutrient dense snack for the whole family to nosh on. Generally, trail mix is high in fiber, good fats, and even protein. However, store bought trail mix is known for being very high in sodium. If you have never made your own trail mix now is your chance! Remember: No two trail mixes are alike - especially if you are making them yourself - and there is no wrong way to make a trail mix! Continue reading

  • 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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