I’m not a gluten-free girl, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate good gluten-free food – or that I don’t understand how difficult it can be to be gluten-free. That’s why I am so happy to tell you about some new products in the President’s Choice line-up that are gluten-free to make the life of those of you living with a gluten intolerance or allergy a little bit easier!
Years ago when I was seeing a naturopath trying to get all my problems sorted out, one of the things I had to do was go gluten-free for a period. In the end I think it lasted 2-3 months, but fortunately for me, when I reintroduced gluten, nothing bad happened so I was able to leave gluten-free living behind me. But because of that experience, I do know what it’s like to be gluten-free.
And to be honest, the baked goods I made back then, were chewy, dry and sad. So while I am a cupcake aficionado I was both scared and concerned when these beauties arrived in my last President’s Choice product shipment
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I am loving not having to wait for my Zumba music to come in the mail anymore! I know a lot of you decided to keep the physical copies instead of going with ZIN Now, but for me it’s fantastic. Partly because I love that I can access the videos via my login, instead of having to dig through a pile of DVD’s to find the one I’m looking for. So far I’ve been only downloading the music and burning a CD, but eventually I do plan to also back up the video portions of the ZINs. It’s just not a priority for me at the moment. I’m so often at my computer it’s just easier for me to login and find what I’m looking for.
Anyway, enough about that, let’s get to the songs on this month’s release!
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Hello there! It’s that time again, time for a new workout video! Aren’t Fridays fun? You never know what you’re going to get, well except this week since I told you last week I’d recorded a two-parter. Well that and the title of this post clearly gives it away. So I guess it’s not much of a mystery at all. 😉
At our core we are all just toddlers aren’t we? If I could happily, and healthfully exist on a diet of macaroni and cheese with a side of ice cream I would. Sadly that isn’t the way the world works. So while parents will often stress themselves over ways to sneak more vegetables into their children’s diets, it’s rare that they take the time to look at their own to see if their own vegetable intake is really “measuring up”.
When coaching clients through my Team Spark program, it’s extremely rare for me to find someone who is already eating a minimum of five servings of veggies/day. We all know consuming vegetables is one of the best ways to improve your health and yet so few of us do it. Why? Because we still want that mac’n’cheese and ice cream instead.
That’s why I recommend people sneak vegetables in foods in different ways. In ways that get you eating your 5-1o a day without you feeling like all you do is eat lettuce. Here are my three favourite tips for sneaking extra veggies into your diet:
1. Hide it in the food you are already eating.
One of my favourite ways to do this is with carrots in lasagne. You can put a good cup or more of shredded carrot in your lasagne meat sauce and you’ll barely even notice it when you eat while still giving you a full extra serving of veggies as you go. A few other options are adding chopped spinach to soups (it shrinks down and nearly disappears!), adding zucchini into your pasta sauces (much like the carrot it nearly disappears, but it more watery so you will have to cook the sauce a bit longer into order for it to thicken up), and by adding zucchini to baked goods (like chocolate cake!).
A few times in the past week or two clients have mentioned that they wish they could do yoga relax classes with me everyday, and since my planned video for this week got bumped a couple weeks I decided to record a last minute yoga video. Since I had to record it on the fly, It was recorded in my backyard by a corn field, and at least one time during the video you can hear a big truck go by and honk the horn. Sorry about that! I muted the video but when I did the voiceover somehow the background noise was filtered back in. Oh the joys of recording and editing video right from your phone!