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  • We Practice What We Preach!

    Lemon_Coconut_CND_Dec_10-300x106Lately we’ve been telling you to cut sugar from your diet, so we decided to take our own advice! Introducing our new, 1 gram sugar bars! All the same great flavours, but with only 1 gram of sugar!

    We’ve warned you to be on the lookout for sweetening syrups, so we’ve cut the brown rice syrup from our bars and increased the fibre.

    • The sugar count in our bars has now gone from 3g to 1g!
    • The fibre count has gone from 4g to 7g!

    Enjoy!

  • Doting on Dates – A Dangerous Game

    There is a common misconception out there that, as long as the source is natural (say, from a fruit) adding a little sweetness to the foods we consume regularly really isn’t so bad. So I can’t have a spoonful of sugar? How about a spoonful of dates?

    Just add… dates?

    The date is an ancient fruit that has long been a staple of the Middle Eastern diet. It is a known source of niacin, copper, magnesium and iron – all good things. It offers a moist, sticky texture and an intense sweet flavor. And we’ve managed to incorporate dates into everything from desserts, to salads, to smoothies! We love dates, we just can’t get enough!

    Ah, this is where the problem lies. Because of the reduced water content in dried dates, the sugar content is very high.  Continue reading

  • Agave: Magical Sweetener? or More of the Same?

    In an effort to cut refined sugar from their diets, many people gravitate towards other, seemingly healthy, options. Agave syrup is a popular go-to for those who know sugar is bad, but don’t want to sacrifice that sweet, sweet flavor.

    About Agave
    Agave syrup is made from the blue agave plant, which is grown primarily in Mexico. The root of the plant is a starchy substance that, through enzyme, chemical and heat processing, produces a sweet syrup that has an almost honey-like consistency. Found in most grocery and health food stores, agave syrup is sold as a substitute for honey and other sweeteners. Sometimes flavoured, the syrups are sold in squeeze tube bottles, and customers are encouraged to go ahead and include it in baking recipes, or drizzle it over cereal or yogurt for a breakfast treat.

    Oh, so sweet!
    Although agave syrup actually contains more Continue reading

  • Why Should You Avoid Fructose

    Don’t be fooled by fancy labels and names; harmful sweeteners are hidden in our daily food products and a majority of the time, we don’t even know it! The issue? Canadians don’t know what ‘sugar’ refers to. A recent article in the Globe & Mail explains that a mass amount of the sweetener added to food is actually high fructose corn syrup, which – by many experts – is thought to be more harmful than sugar itself. However, in Canada high fructose corn syrup is referred to and labeled as glucose-fructose, which causes label readers to mistake it for a different ingredient when looking for added sugars. HFCS is considered to be harmful due to the negative metabolic effects of one major ingredient when consumed in large amounts: Fructose.

    The body metabolizes glucose and fructose very differently. Fructose is one of the many forms of sugars that can cause long-term damage to our bodies. When an individual’s diet contains high amounts of fructose, the liver starts turning the fructose into fat causing weight gain, which in turn can cause elevated blood pressure, heart disease among other potential issues whereas the body primarily uses glucose as a form of energy.

    Large quantities of fructose can be found in Continue reading

  • How a Low Sugar Diet can Lead to a Healthier & Longer Life

    With new research stating that added sugars increase the risk of mortality from heart disease, why not take that as a challenge to rid your diet of those sugar filled snacks and convert to better, healthier alternatives? JAMA Internal Medicine recently released a study claiming that added sugars make up at least 10% of calories in the average Americans daily diet, with one in ten people obtaining a shocking 25% of their calories from added sugar. The study only focused on added sugars to processed drinks and food – leaving out naturally occurring sugars that appear in liquids and fruits meaning the average persons sugar consumption likely surpasses the numbers collected by the study.

    Many of these processed foods are a typical snack for a busy individual – chips, granola bars, pop, cookies and even some fruits such as dates, mangos and bananas contain high amounts of hidden sugars that many of us are unaware of, and what’s worse is we don’t Continue reading

  • 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

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