Thursday, January 10, 2013
I have tried a lot of the shakes out there in my quest for a vegan superfood beverage. Some have been your run of the mill typical protein powder shakes which are nice for the average person wanting to supplement their diet. However, my needs have been somewhat unique when hunting for that ideal shake. First and foremost it has to be vegan and with the majority of shake powders out there containing whey that criteria quickly narrowed my choices. Secondly it had to provide a decent amount of protein, preferably from more than one source.
Next, I lead a very active life. I instruct fitness classes, I'm a mom of 3 busy kids 5 and under. In fact I'm a soccer mom in the real sense because I even coach my boy's soccer team. I'm also a Certified Personal Trainer and am always on the run.
As a result I need a shake that is high quality, good value, and by value I don't just mean price but also content. So many shakes on the market are full of fillers and other junk your body certainly doesn't need.
Since I'm always on the go it had to be easy to use. Something I could scoop into my shaker cup and run with. I shake that has to be blended is no good to me, and often if it has to be blended it is the kind that gets clumpy or gritty which brings me to taste. The shake has to taste good because chances are I'm having this once or twice a day.
Of course a good list of amino acids and superfoods was also critical in my final decision.
At this point my shake profile was quickly narrowed down to less than 6. Can you believe it? Out of the hundreds of shakes out there those that have real value and are truly good for your body were less than half a dozen!
Ready for the ones that topped the charts for quality, acting as a shake or meal replacement, packing a protein and superfood punch?
One that is easily attainable at most health food stores and sport supplements chains is Vega.
Vega has a sports performance line which the athletic side of me loves as it is geared towards athletes and the serious fitness buff. The performance line has shakes for before your workout (to enhance your performance), shakes for during to sustain you and even shakes for after your work out to feed your muscles and help with recovery. As well it has the regular shakes which I can use at home and share with my family.
So Vega is great because I want my shake to support muscle growth and to keep me full and satisfied. I also want it to be something I can use in recipes from smoothies for my kids to protein bars for myself.
I have been using Vega for almost a decade and for those who know me its the one I was quick to recommend.
However, there is a new kid on the block and this player packs a punch! I was recently introduced to Shakeology when Beachbody hit Canada for the first time in October last year and let me tell you this shake is the bomb!
The taste is almost addictive and if you want to talk super foods look at this line up to name only a few: Camu-Camu, moringa, maca, Sacha inchi, flax, chia, conjac root and so much more!
I am in love! The taste is out of this world and not only is it vegan it's fair trade. It supports the things I believe in and I'm proud to now have this as a staple in my home.
You can look at the line up of other shakes (see the chart at the end of this article). They just don't compare.
Shakeology also has an Empty Bag Guarantee that allows you to try Shakeology for 30 days and if you don't feel healthier, you simply call their customer service within 30 days for a refund. Yes, even if the bag is totally empty!
Now you won't find Shakeology in the health food stores or at the supplement retail stores. It's available only from Beachbody but it comes delivered straight to your home. How is that for service?
I'm a proud supporter of this amazing shake and if you want to learn more just click on the link at the end of this article for more information. Give it a try, you'll be glad you did!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
As a vegan I couldn't be more excited!
Healthy nutritious vegan shakes that you can order and have delivered straight to your home! Available in either chocolate or strawberry and the shipping is free on the 'home direct ' option!
You can have it as a snack or because of its amazing ingredients, to replace a meal! You can even use it before or after a workout which is great for me with my new body makeover I'm starting this month.
These shakes contain all the super foods you could want in a health drink like chia, flax, quinoa, sacha inchi, brown rice, pea, chlorella, spirulina, maca, spinach....and the list goes on! So you can see why I'm so excited!
With more than 20 different antioxidants and phytonutrients help reduce free radical damage that can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and stroke. plus fibre, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes help your body gently eliminate toxins more efficiently and promote better absorption of nutrients. This will now be a staple in my pantry. I'm planning on making some fun recipes with the shakes too for the kids to enjoy. Maybe strawberry Popsicles or a chocolate mousse!
You can use it to increase your energy, reduce cravings, lose weight, and feel great.
I am super pumped about my health and fitness this Fall! As a very busy mom of 3 I'm planning on being in the best shape of my life! Come with me on this journey to the best you this fall won't you?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Just because the leaves are falling doesn't mean your butt should fall too!
With the return of skinny jeans and leggings a lifted tight 'bum-bum' is what you want!
What better way to get it than with Brazil Butt Lift!
No, its not a cosmetic procedure, instead it's my new Fall workout!
Created by Leandro Carvalho trainer to world-famous supermodels, Leandro combines Brazilian dance, cardio, and his own signature lower-body sculpting moves to lift, firm, and shape your butt for a rear view you've only dreamed about.
Reduce, lift, and shape your booty Leandro style! His proven TriAngle Training method works all three major muscles of your butt from multiple angles to reduce your hips and saddlebag area, slim your thighs, and lift your butt without bulking up your thighs.
I'll be doing all 5 Booty-blasting 'BUM BUM' workouts (Brazilian slang for "butt" and pronounced "boom-boom") on the DVD and will be sure to let you know how it goes!
Interested in giving it a try click on the link and order yours today, and don't forget to let me know how it works for you!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
It's been some time since I've posted.
A lot of factors playing into it, like summer, gardening, mucho family time and the launch of Vegan News Magazine. If you haven't yet picked up a copy or heard of it, I suggest you go to the website http://www.vegannewsmagazine.com/ for more information about this great publication. It's not only vegan (that's right not vegetarian, 'veg' in hopes of appealing to both vegans and vegetarians or not offending one or the other, but VEGAN) it's both Canadian and free!
Working on the magazine has taken up a big chunk of my time as the response to it has been bigger and faster than every anticipated. Hence the reason I've been away from blogging for so long.
How has your summer been going?
I've been enjoying the heat!
I've also been enjoying cooling off with ice cream. I think that my ice cream maker has been one of my best investments. Maple walnut crunch, blueberry, strawberry, cherry and chocolate peanut butter have been some of my favourite ice creams so far. I think my thighs would agree. For the first time (being pregnant not included) in my adult life I'm looking at either going up a pant size or working out a little harder (No I am not cutting back on the ice cream! :-))
The Garden of Vegan (http://www.thegardenofvegan.ca/) has also made it's return.
I'm finishing up a few fitness classes and Weight Loss Challenges for groups.
All of the things things have really been eating up time and though I love doing them all I realize I can't do everything I love to do 100%. So, that being said I'm in the middle of juggling all these hats and seeing which ones are going to be shelved for a bit and which ones must go on.
Next month is September and I'll also be busy teaching a few cooking classes! I hope you can come out and join me for these they are bound to be tons of fun. You can register at 237-8130 or 667-6193. The classes are taking place at different parts of the city so register for the one closest to you. They will run for 5 weeks and include a shopping trip. Also, this hands on class will take you from appetizer, soups, entrees and desserts!
So it's been a busy life and now it's time to figure out if I have time to run out the door and join everyone at the vegan meet up taking place in less than a half hour.
Have a great day and a great summer and I hope to be back sooner rather than later!
Vegan Peace & Love,
Monday, June 6, 2011
If you are new to vegan cooking, want to learn new recipes, or how to turn your favourite meat dish into an amazing animal free one, the please join us for one of our introductory vegan cooking classes this summer.
A hands-on educational class including a grocery shopping field trip*, you will learn how to make appetizer, soups, entrees and desserts. This class will run for 5 evenings. By the end of the series you will be able to entertain throwing a great vegan dinner party from appetizer to dessert with everything in between.
Take home heart healthy, cruelty-free recipes your family will love!
*The field trip outing gives you an opportunity to navigate the aisles with new eyes. Finding healthy alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs. Students will have to opportunity to purchase products that night if they so desire. The grocery shopping field trip date and location will be announced at the first class.
Call 237-8130 to register today as space is limited and filling up fast!
As many of you may know Forks Over Knives hits Winnipeg this Friday, June 10th.
I think this is probably the most important movie you could watch this year!
As the Ambassador and Team Leader for the film in Winnipeg I encourage you to check out the following trailer for the movie.
I would also like to give you the opportunity to win free double passes to the film. All you need to do is head over to Vegan News Magazine's Facebook page:
Finally if you'd like to join us opening night at the Globe Cinema we have a group going which gives you a group discount on the movie. You are also invited to join us for dinner before the film at Affinity Vegetarain Restaurant. To join either or both group outings simply leave me a message on my Facebook page.
or leave us a note at the Forks Over Knives Winnipeg Meet Up Group webpage at: http://www.meetup.com/Forks-Over-Knives/Winnipeg-CA/150701/#initialized
Another great part about coming to the film on opening night is Sequel Naturals and Vega will be handing out free samples and information! So this is a night not to be missed! Remember this film could save your life or that of some one you love!
See you on Friday!
Vegan Peace & Love
Saturday, May 14, 2011
If there is one book you should read this year, this is it!
“Whole Foods to Thrive” is one of the few books that I can say will appeal to all readers as it addresses concerns that affect us all.
In a world where so many people have health issues or dietary related diseases, where animals are being abused and slaughtered and where our environment is rapidly deteriorating this book brings solutions and hope!
An easy and informative read “Whole Foods To Thrive” is the latest book by best-selling author Brendan Brazier, the formulator of Vega.
As a vegan, fitness professional and cook, I didn’t think there would be much for me to gleam and take away from this book. I was pleasantly surprised to find I was wrong. This book kept me captive and I devoured it in one afternoon!
Now most books out there that touch on diet, health and our planet’s depleted resources are depressing and leave readers feeling hopeless and depressed. This book is quite the opposite! “Whole Foods to Thrive” is life changing and restores a feeling of empowerment! It puts the power back in your hands to improve your health, save animals, and help the environment! It encourages you that as one person you can make a difference and a big one!
Canada’s Professional Ironman Triathlete Brendan Brazier teaches us in this book how we can reduce stress by good plant-based nutrition. As a vegan who tries to eat as close to the earth as possible I found out from this book that this is not enough. Just because I was eating whole foods didn’t mean I was getting the nutrients I thought I was. Why? As Brendan delves into we have destroyed our planet so much that even the soil our food is grown in can be devoid of nutrients! So if our soil has little nutrients so does the food growing from it! To some that may seem like no big deal, but if our soil lacks minerals and our food is deficient, then we tend to eat more as our body craves more food, as it hasn’t been satisfied nutritionally. For the first time the lights went on for me to start consuming more organic food for the reason of consuming more nutrient rich foods.
Aside from talking about the importance of “Nutrient-to-Resource Ratio” (a term coined by Brendan himself) and alkaline forming foods this book is chalk full of recipes! Not just any recipes either! This book features top chefs of some of the best restaurants in North America. These recipes will take you from appetizers to desserts leaving out nothing in between so that you can create your own 5 course meals for you and your family or for entertaining.
Dishes like Pumpkin Gnocchi with a Jerusalem Artichoke Puree or West African Yam and Bean Patties show this is no boring plant-based menu. In fact the recipes in the book reflect foods from around the world! …And with desserts like Key Lime Pie or White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake with Chocolate-Almond Crust no guest is going home disappointed!
As a cook myself I can’t wait to try every recipe in this book and I’m sure some of them will make appearances in my vegan cooking classes.
There is so much more I could share with you about this book, but the best is the advice to go out and get yours, I promise you will not be disappointed.
Congratulations Brendan Brazier you have just released a book that will change the world!
Vegan Peace & Love
Friday, May 6, 2011
I've been wearing hemp clothing, using my hemp body lotion, I made hemp milk ice cream for the family (yes from scratch and yes I'd be happy to share my recipes with you just ask) and of course drinking my favourite hemp milk by Manitoba Harvest!
Did you know that hemp could be used for so many things?
I use hemp protein powder on a weekly basis after my workouts and was just given a lip balm made out of hemp and even received a hemp journal for my birthday in March.
Today I did a corporate display with chocolate hemp milk. The response was amazing! People fell in love with it! Many never knew such a thing existed and it was their first time tasting it. For some it was decided it would be an acquired taste and the majority planned to run out and buy some this week-end!
A lot of taste testers were lactose intolerant were thrilled to know they had another option out there.
..and can I just add that hemp milk has as much or more calcium than dairy milk and is so much better for you!
It also contains protein, omega 3 & 6 and did I mention Manitoba Harvest hemp milk is organic!?
So great was the response I was asked to return next week and make chocolate hemp smoothies for everyone! I can't wait!
So may I suggest you go out and try something hemp this week and let me know just how much you enjoyed it too!
Vegan Peace & Love
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
So here it is for you to enjoy, not just on St. Patrick’s Day but any day you choose!
It’s healthy and tastes great!
A handful of shelled pistachios (with the pistachios there is no need for green food colouring!)
2 cups of almond milk
2 scoops of vanilla vegan ice cream
1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Blend and enjoy!
For another healthy alternative either substitute an avocado for the pistachios or add one in to the recipe above.
Vegan Peace & Love