This time of the year can be extremely busy, which makes it difficult to focus on your fitness and health goals. Check out these simple tips for staying health conscious over the indulgent season with top Canadian brands featured at City Shred, Instagram’s largest fitness event series. —Vita Daily
tip 1: eat and drink mindfully. Eat, drink and be merry while enjoying the holiday party season—guilt free—by making healthier choices without compromising taste! You never want to party on an empty stomach, so opt for better-for-you products to carry you through the indulgent season and get a kickstart on those new year’s resolutions.
Looking for a dish that is easy, quick, and healthy to bring to a holiday party? Wholly Veggie! is a simple way to sneak more vegetables into everyone’s diet without the compromise of taste. Their delicious vegetable patties, vegan pizza and vegan cauliflower and broccoli bites are extremely easy to prepare and full of taste! Wholly Veggie! strives to inspire sustainable diets for families and that means eating more vegetables. If that doesn’t convince you, a portion of the sale of each Wholly Veggie product goes toward supporting Community Food Centers Canada.
Alcohol consumption is inevitable and one of the largest factors in hindering any health and fitness goals. When sugar filled and packed with calories it is the easiest party pleasure that can set you back on your health and fitness journey. Show up to every holiday party well-equipped with Sole Vodka, the perfect party trick. North America’s first ever vodka water infused with electrolytes, Sole Vodka has no sugar, no calories, is carb-free and sugar-free. An all-natural flavour alcoholic beverage with absolutely no preservatives. Make the right choice this holiday season and see for yourself how good it feels!
Another great party pick is Spiked Seltzer Vodka Soda. Each beverage includes purified water and natural fruit flavours so you don’t have to worry about missing out on any sugar-filled holiday punch! It’s true, around the holidays alcohol consumption can set you back because of the high calories and sugar intake. Spiked Seltzer gives you the freedom to enjoy a delicious flavoured beverage without compromising your progress!
tip 2: stay hydrated. Water accounts for 60 per cent of our body’s total weight and we need to stay hydrated in order to maintain this ratio. It is also necessary for several bodily functions, including maintaining our cell’s fluids and delivering nutrients. With alcohol consumption, higher-than-usual sodium packed meals, and the late nights—rehydrating with electrolytes is key. Check out these two beverages for electrolyte-packed beverage options:
Iceage Glacial Water is a Canadian brand that proudly sources water from the ancient ice fields of the Toba Inlet, 200 kilometres northwest of Vancouver in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Ice Age features a low-impact collection method straight from the source of its ultra-pure Ice Age Glacial water. Naturally pure glacial water with only four parts per million of total dissolved solids, a 9.5 PH level, no sodium, no fluoride and no chlorine. The glacier water is melted only by nature, and they will never force the melting process. Find Ice Age Glacial nationally at leading natural grocers such as Whole Foods, Noah’s, London Drugs, Amazon.ca and more.
Roar Organic is a cutting-edge, delicious line of organic, and low-calorie electrolyte infusions. These beverages are packed with organic coconut water and b-vitamins, while remaining gluten-free, non-gmo and all-natural. Roar uses a proprietary electrolyte blend created with organic coconut water, organic cane sugar and sea salt. Its USDA and Canadian Organic Certified hydration is designed with everything you need to make moves. With less than 5 grams of sugar and 25 calories per bottle, Roar is your perfect sidekick.
tip 3: choose healthy substitutions. Overindulgence during the holiday season is inevitable. With a few simple tweaks to your diet, you can indulge in your fav holiday treats—guilt free.
Start by fuelling up before spending your day at the mall or driving to visit family. Station Cold Brew crafts products that not only taste great, but that you can feel good about putting in your body while still giving you the boost you need to make the most of every moment this holiday season.A smooth, naturally sweet coffee that lacks the bitterness and acidity you’ll find in a traditional iced coffee, try making a chilled espresso martini with Station Cold Brew this season!
Next, avoid the guilt associated with yet another box of holiday chocolates. Gift your loved ones with a treat they’ll feel good about eating! Designed to stop your midday hunger cravings, a combination of clean plant-based protein and superfoods delivers many of the nutrients needed to curb cravings of indulgent treats, Mid-Day Squares are made with real chocolate and studies have shown the taste compounds of real chocolate can influence and decrease your level of hunger cravings. Now that’s a treat worth eating.
Finally, kick carbs and replace your typical bread with Unbun. From holiday dinner leftover sandwiches to serving up family-style pizzas, Unbun’s line of bakery products includes keto buns, pizza crusts, tortillas and baguettes—all certified keto, paleo, grain-free and gluten-free. Made from real ingredients, the keto bun is 100 per cent whole food and non-GMO, offering 3 grams of net carbs, 11 grams of protein, 12 grams of fibre and 15 grams of healthy fats. The solution is simple: transition from traditional gluten-free brands that are filled with unhealthy alternatives to clean whole-food alternatives like Unbun and enjoy your favourite seasonal dishes—guilt free!
tip 4: boost your immune system. The holidays are the busiest time of the year so it’s imperative to keep your immune system in check during the season and into the new year. Check out three awesome brands to incorporate into your everyday consumption for an additional immunity boost:
Herbaland knows committing to a healthy lifestyle is easier said than done; that’s why its products are simple and delicious, making it easy to get the proper nutrition that you and your family need. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is one of the best things you can do to ensure you’re getting some top immune-boosting nutrients; however, if you find yourself running short on leftovers you can turn to Herbaland Gummies—vegan gummies made with low sugar and free from major allergens like nuts and gluten—as your go-to substitute.
Revered for its detoxifying and cleansing properties, raw kombucha has been praised for its ability to aid digestion, cleanse the liver and rejuvenate skin and hair cells. Wonderful as a digestive with any meal, this could be the cure for your post-holiday meal bloating and feeling sluggish. Handcrafted, all natural, made with certified organic ingredients, the Tonica brand was created with the notion that superfoods could be both healthy and delicious. Cleanse your system of any toxins and start the new year fresh.
A health supplement made for simple and sustainable use, Sproos Marine and Grass-fed Collagen can be added to a variety of different recipes for a natural boost. Adding one scoop or sachet of Sproos Collagen a day is a simple to keep you healing and glowing from the inside out all season long!
tip 5: get a move on. Looking to up for your fitness game in 2020? Grab your fit fam and get ready for an epic group-training experience that challenges you to push your limits, work as a team and break a sweat, together. City Shred, Instagram’s largest fitness event, will be hitting Toronto (twice), Montreal and Vancouver this coming year to deliver an intense sweat session that will test your strength, endurance, agility and speed while motivating you to complete a killer workout like no other! Featuring renowned celebrity trainers from around the world alongside each city’s top local trainers—push yourself though a warmup and 90 minutes of work broken into five segments, capped-off with a cool-down session. Then, explore top health, wellness and fitness brands and services onsite and take home a swag bag filled with samples, free sessions and more.
If a two-hour HIIT workout isn’t enough, level up by competing in the partner burpee challenge that kicks off each event. You’ll compete for the most burpees done in 10 minutes to win $2,000-plus in prizes. Find a city and date near your and learn more at city-shred.com.