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Foodie Swellness: How I snackKIND

Kind Snacks

I’m always struggling to add more routine to my schedule but the nature of my work means I’m almost always running around the city and fitting in things whenever I can, and that includes working out, spending quality with friends and, of course, the pets (Billie Jean needs to get plenty of exercise!), and eating well.

Having healthy snacks makes my life a helluva lot easier. I don’t always have time to make a smoothie or bake superhero muffins, so snacks from Kind Snacks, for one, often save the day. So I’m so happy to join the #snackKIND movement as an ambassador!

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I’ve long been a fan of their bars. You can see the whole ingredients they’re made of, and when you compare it to other bars on the market, they contain much less sugar (5 grams compared to 23 grams). And they have such a variety of flavours (and gourmet combinations at that!), so there’s always something that appeals to me (almond sea salt and dark chocolate when I’m craving something more dessert-like, or almond coconut when I want something with a hint of tropical funcoconut always takes me away to a faraway beach).

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Add to this some of their newer offerings and I’m a snackKIND fan for life. The Breakfast Bars are more substantial in size and it’s something I can eat quickly and easily as I’m rushing out and onto a streetcar to get to a meeting. The Almond Butter Breakfast Bar has saved me from starting off the day hangry more times than i can count. And because some days I schedule my day so tightly going from one event to another and I forget to schedule in important things like stopping for a bite to eat, I always try to keep either a Kind Bar or a Kind Healthy Grains bar in my purse. The Healthy Grains bars are more like the granola bars I grew up with (and they’re thinner and crunchier than the Breakfast Bars) and these convenient 150-calorie bars are filling enough to keep me going until I have time to stop for a meal. My fave is the Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt, perfectly sweet and savoury. (Oh, and the Healthy Grains bars are all gluten-free, for those of you who follow a GF diet!).

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Last but not least are their Pressed by Kind Bars. I think of these as healthy versions of a fruit roll-up. They’re only made of either fruit and veggies or fruit and chia, and sometimes I’m just more in the mood for something fruity and not nuts, grains or seeds, and since I can’t stash a fresh fruit in my purse all the time (I’ve had too many apples and bananas get too bruised and forgotten about in the depths of my handbag!) I can stash one of these bars as an essential emergency fruit snack. Since these are conveniently portable (more so than fresh fruit), I also often travel with a Pressed by Kind bar when I’m out of town. Oh, and each bar is two servings of fruit (and getting my RDA of fruit and veggies is something I’m always working on!).

Are you a Kind Snacks fan, too? I’d love to hear your faves (I’m sure I haven’t tried all the flavours yet!).

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Leave a Comment November 19, 2018

Foodie Swellness: Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow GIVEAWAY

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When I was in Chicago last weekend for the Chicago Marathon (have you checked out my race recap?), one of the many awesome things from my weekend with Nike (besides Nike Chicago surprising me with my own Nike billboard on Michigan Ave.!) was getting to attend a session on Friday with Elyse Kopecki, co-author with Shalane Flanagan of Run Fast, Eat Slow and its sequel Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow.

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I got a copy of the second cookbook signed and personalized and chatted a bit with Elyse about carbloading, which I’d been stressing about that week after being recently reminded by an article about the daunting amount of carbs that is recommended. “In the days before a race, you don’t need to force feed yourself,” she said. “Eat so you feel good and don’t feel overstuffed. Eating easy to digest carbs like rice and sweet potatoes, and the treats we have in here, the sweet potato breakfast cookies in our first book and the superhero muffins in this book, and in the final weeks leading up to a race, adding in an extra snack per day to get those extra carbs will help you, but you don’t have to force feed self to eat huge bowl of pasta day before the race. You don’t want to change your diet too much.”

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On Saturday, the Nike crew hosted us for a family-style brunch so we could fuel well for the race, and we all received a signed copy of Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow…and since I already have my own copy, I’ve decided to give this one away!

You can enter on my Instagram (details on how to enter are on the IG post — look for the pic that is at the top of this blog post on my Insta feed), but here on the blog, you can get one additional entry by commenting on this post and sharing what you like to eat before a run. For me, if it’s in the morning, i’ll have some toast with peanut butter, or some steel-cut oats. If my run is after work or mid-aft, I might have an apple or a Kind Snacks bar.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, October 22. The winner will be chosen at random. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S. and the prize is awarded as is.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy the cookbook as much as I have so far! I’ve made the superhero muffins and a soup from the first book, and the slow cooker beef and minestrone from the second book, yum!

 

 

 

 

Leave a Comment October 15, 2018

Foodie Swellness: Grey Goose Marché

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Um, can someone explain to me how it’s almost August? Geez. This summer’s flying by, which is giving me all the more reason to enjoy the rest of the season to its fullest, including some amazing cocktails like the Le Grand Fizz (recipe below!).

With my friend Amanda Phuong

With my friend Amanda Phuong

Not that I’ve wasted the first half of summer. For one, I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Grey Goose event in Toronto twice: first to an exclusive lunch with Michelin-starred chef Christophe Dufau, and then the next day for cocktails.

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While last year’s theme was a sunset soiree picnic, this year’s theme was Grey Goose Marché  held on the grounds at Campbell House and they had some of Toronto’s food purveyors (such as Fifth Town Artisan Cheese (which I’ve visited in Prince Edward County), Nadege Patisserie and Thobors Boulangerie, to name a few) at the charming market set-up. It made me ache to be back in the south of France…

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Chef Christophe Dufau was very stylish and charming and his food was dreamy. My favourite course was probably the Provence-style smoked fresh cheese. My only regret was not being able to eat enough of it…I wasn’t familiar with Chef Dufau or his restaurant Les Bacchanales but now if I ever find myself in Vence I’ll have to go.

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When I returned the next day for cocktails, I took this as my opportunity to shop the market, and picked up some Truffalino cheese, a baguette and some of the best strawberries I’ve had in ages.

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Shopping done, I said bonjour to a few cocktails. I love the Le Grand Fizz and now that I’m stocked with a limited-edition bottle of Grey Goose, I’m all set to enjoy these through the rest of this summer.

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Thank you Grey Goose Canada for yet another memorable meal. It’s truly one of my favourite events of the summer (and in the fall, the Grey Goose events for TIFF aren’t too shabby either!)

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Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz

1 1/2 parts Grey Goose vodka

1 part St-Germain elderflower liqueur

2 parts chilled soda water

1/2 part freshly squeezed lime

Method

Build ice into an oversize cabernet wine glass with lots of ice. Add Grey Goose vodka, then squeeze fresh lime and discard. Top with St-Germain and chilled soda water. Garnish with fresh lime wedges.

Cheers!

Photos (with Amanda, flowers, table setting): Ryan Emberley

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