Top Tips to Keep You on Track for the New Year

The holidays were busy, which made it difficult to focus on your fitness and health goals. Check out these simple tips for staying health-conscious with top Canadian brands featured at City Shred, Instagram’s largest fitness event series.

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Tip #1: Eat & drink mindfully

Enjoy your favourite foods – guilt-free! – by making healthier choices without compromising taste. Opt for better-for-you products to kickstart those New Year’s resolutions and carry you through the year.

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Wholly Veggie!

Looking for a dish that is easy, quick and healthy? Wholly Veggie! is a simple way to sneak more vegetables into everyone’s diet without compromising taste. The company’s delicious Vegetable Patties, Vegan Pizza and Vegan Cauliflower and Broccoli Bites are extremely easy to prepare and full of flavour. 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 towards supporting Community Food Centres Canada.

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Working hard on that six-pack? You deserve a six-pack. Enjoy your favourite cocktail without the guilt with SoCIAL LITE Vodka: 80 calories, 0 sugar, and 0 carbs. Canada’s original vodka soda offers a blend of premium Canadian vodka, sparkling water and 100 percent natural flavours to give you the freedom to enjoy a delicious flavoured, bubbly beverage without compromising your progress!

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Tip#2: Stay hydrated

Water accounts for 60 percent of our bodies’ 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 cells’ fluids and delivering nutrients. With alcohol consumption, higher-than-usual sodium-packed meals and late nights, rehydrating with electrolytes is key. Check out these two beverages for electrolyte-packed options.

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Ice Age Glacial Water 

This Canadian brand 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. It’s naturally pure glacial water, with only 4 parts per million of total dissolved solids, 9.5 PH level, and no sodium, fluoride or chlorine. The glacier water is melted only by nature, and Ice Age will never force the melting process.
Find Ice Age Glacial nationally at leading natural grocers such as Whole Foods, Noah’s, London Drugs, and more.

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ROAR Organic 

ROAR Organic is a cutting-edge, delicious line of organic and low-calorie electrolyte infusions. ROAR 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. These beverages’ USDA and Canadian Organic Certified hydration are designed with everything you need to make moves. With less than 5g of sugar and 25 calories per bottle, ROAR is your perfect sidekick.

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Tip #3: Choose healthy substitutions

Overindulgence during the holiday season was inevitable. With a few simple tweaks to your diet, you can pivot your approach to indulge in your fave treats – guilt-free.

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Station Cold Brew

Fuel 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. It’s a smooth, naturally sweet coffee that lacks the bitterness and acidity you’ll find in a traditional iced coffee. Fun tip: Try making a chilled espresso martini with Station Cold Brew.

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Mid-Day Squares

Avoid the guilt associated with chocolates and choose one you’ll feel good about eating! Designed to stop your midday hunger cravings, this combination of clean plant-based protein and superfoods delivers many of the nutrients needed to curb cravings for indulgent treats. Mid-Day Squares are made with real chocolate, and studies have shown the taste compounds in real chocolate can influence and decrease your level of hunger cravings. Now that’s a treat worth eating!

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Unbun Foods

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 percent whole food and non-GMO, offering 3g of net carbs, 11g of protein, 12g of fibre, and 15g 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.

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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.

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Herbaland Gummies 

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.

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Tonica Kombucha

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 meal bloating. Handcrafted, all-natural and made with certified organic ingredients, the 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.

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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 way to keep you healing and glowing from the inside out.

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Looking to up 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! City Shred will feature renowned celebrity trainers from around the world alongside each city’s top local trainers, to help you push yourself though a warm-up, 90 minutes of work broken into five segments, capped off with a cool-down session. Then, explore top health, wellness and fitness brands, like the ones mentioned above, and take home a swag bag filled with samples, free sessions and more. The next one is in Toronto at Lamport Stadium on February 16, led by Toronto Argonauts Head Strength Coach Shea Pierre and 2x Grey Cup Champion Chad Owens.

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+ in prizes. (For details and ticket info, click here.)

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