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Loblaws CityMarket In-Store Dietitian Consultations

Keep Cardiovascular Health Top Of Mind And Stay Healthy With Loblaws CityMarket

I’ve been a little more liberal with my food choices since I completed my weight loss challenge, but I’m still keeping healthy eating a priority.  Recently I met up with Brittany Thomas, one of the in-store dietitians available at local Loblaws CityMarket. I live right by the Arbutus store, so it’s super convenient for us to pop in there for groceries, and this time for some additional shopping advice.

The dietitians offer one-on-one consultations tailored to your health needs, can provide heart-healthy recipes, do cooking demos, and can assist you with food choices to help you eat healthy, maintain normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Most of us know that lifestyle changes and improved nutrition can help with prevention of cardiovascular disease, but sometimes we need a little bit of help with strategies. I know I do.

For my consultation, we decided to best use the time to review new items in store that would help me eat well at home, a sort of what’s on trend tour of Loblaws CityMarket.Loblaws CityMarket

First up Skyr (pronounced “skeer”),  my new go to yogurt! It has even more protein than Greek yogurt. It’s thick and creamy, high in protein, fat-free and lactose-free. I’ve been mixing up berries and a sprinkle of granola for breakfast, made into a tzatziki for a dip for chicken souvlakia and using it to top fruit for a healthy dessert.

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Next up we ventured to the bread aisle for a look at breads that are made with the edition of legumes, way more nutrition in each slice.

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In the frozen section there’s kale, all prepped and ready for your smoothies, I often buy fresh and it gets old before I remember to use it. Plus, lots of berries for dessert, muffins and smoothies too.

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Back in the dairy section the Happy Planet grass-fed milk is available. Grass-fed products have a healthier ratio of 3:1 (omega 6: omega 3), as well as lower levels of saturated fatty acids, and total fat in general.  AND they taste so much better.

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Quick cooking grains are ready in 10 minutes.Loblaws CityMarket

The local section is a great place to find innovative local products. This hot sauce adds flavour without calories, fat or sugar.

You can email Brittany Thomas at brittany.thomas@loblaws.ca to book a free appointment and for more information on food that help to support good cardiovascular and general health. When you book your consultation, mention that you heard about the dietitian services on Good Life Vancouver.

**Loblaws provided a gift card so I could healthy-shop in exchange for this post. Thanks!

Happy Mornings with Happy Planet’s Nut Smoothies

Happy Planet’s Nut Smoothies Make Mornings Sweet

I’ve just returned from California and had the most spectacular time with plenty of amazing food and wine, and now it’s time to getting back into my home routine.  When I travel breakfast can be anything from just a cup of coffee, a muffin on the go, or a full sit down meal with the works (yesterday I even had shrimp and grits), but now that I’m back home I have to get back to my routine as I am focusing on my increasing the nutritional value in my meals and need to drop some pounds before summer.

I’ve recently discovered the new Happy Planet Nut Smoothies, which are made with all-natural almonds and cashews. My friend Elsa has been making her own cashew milk, and I do want to give that a try, but I’m currently in a bit of a rush in the kitchen, and Happy Planet has given me an easy and quick solution.

There are four flavours;
Vanilla Chai – Creamy, nutty goodness infused with chai and smoothed off with vanilla
Salted Caramel – rich creamy caramel with a hint of sea salt
Chocolate – Dutch cocoa
Coffee – Made with cold-brewed coffee and gives a little caffeine kick

Happy Planet’s Nut Smoothies are all dairy and soy free and available in 325mL and 900mL. We’ve got the larger formats as they keep for a couple months. I don’t eat a lot of sweets, and these milks are on the sweet side, so I’ve found that I like them best whipped up with some ice cubes in my Vitamix, or added to my coffee. Michael has been drinking them straight up and adding to cereal, and most will find they enjoy the sweet flavour. I’ve even subbed in for milk in some of my baking and had an extra excellent version of my usual banana bread as a result.

On the nutritional side these these milks are full of good fat (monounsaturated), that’s shown to lower cholesterol in blood, have a ton of the antioxidant vitamin E and are full of potassium and low in sodium which helps to keep blood pressure in check.

They’re also made in BC and are all-natural with no preservatives.

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I’ve also discovered a new cocktail and used 1/4 cup salted caramel and 1/4 cup chocolate and shaken with an ounce of vodka over ice. Perfect after dinner drink!

*sponsored by Happy Planet

Happy Planet Happy Soups To Go

Happy Planet Grab And Go Single-Serving Soup

We’ve often thrown a bag of Happy Planet Soup into our grocery bag for those times when we don’t have time to cook from scratch. Squash and cashew with coconut, tumeric and cinnamon is a favourite and we’ll usually grill up some cheese bread to complete our meal and pop open a beer or two as well.

Now it’s even easier to sup on soup even if you’re solo, or perahaps if your partners in the mood for one soup and you another, as Happy Planet has just released the Grab & Go single serving soups. They are super fresh,  delicious, healthy and filling! I work from home and sometimes can’t get out for lunch so I can now make a healthy meal that’s ready in three minutes; Michael has been taking a soup or two to work.

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There’s no messing up the kitchen as you can eat right from the bowl and then simply recycle. The soups are available in West African Squash & Cashew Soup (our favourite), Portuguese Kale & White Bean, French Lentil, Thai Coconut (close 2nd in our books) and Tuscan Tomato Soup. The soups are also gluten-free should that be an issure and made with fresh, premium, natural and certified organic ingredients; some are dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan options are available.

Grab a few the next time you are at the grocery store as they keep for several weeks and voila, healthy, tasty meals in minutes.

Brought to you by Happy Planet and GLV approved.

CONTEST CLOSED Happy Planet Soup for a Month #Giveaway

3-0-29939-Organic_Chicken_Landing_PageContest Closed. Congrats Emily!

It’s chilly out there folks and thankfully there’s soup for those cold days. Happy Planet has just launched two new soup flavours and would like to share their soup with you. In fact you can win THIRTY gift certificates for soup and you could have soup for an entire month, or space it out a bit as the certs don’t expire until October 2015! Thai Chicken high-res JPEG Horizontal

New for fall? Thai Chicken and Kwartha Chicken made with organic chicken and all good for you ingredients! We’ve sampled and love them! In order to win comment below on your favourite fall soup, whether it is one from Happy Planet, or homemade or perhaps from somewhere else! Random winner picked November 3, 2014.