Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Little Big Run - Edmonton this Saturday

The Little Big Run has become one of the City of Edmonton’s premier lifestyle programs, having evolved from a single weekend event, to an active lifestyle, fitness and health movement. There is NO COST for the Little Event, School Division of the Little Big Run. The target grade levels are grades 3 to 9.
Each Little participant will recieve a package of Sharkies Energy Chews. Go Kids!!!

2009 Canmore Challenge

The 2009 Canmore Challenge will be held Saturday June 13th, 2009. Participants will enjoy a package of Sharkies and Ultima Replenisher in their complementary race kit. Ultima will be served on course.

The Canmore Challenge is a unique event that has something for runners of all ages and abilities. The course delivers breathtaking scenery, great up and down terrain and an exhilarating challenge. Good Luck Everyone!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

UCI World Cup ~ Damian Bissett

Watch Damian take the lead in the UCI Race this past weekend. Must be all the Ultima and HoneyStinger!

What is Rooibos?

Rooibos (Aspalathus Linearis) is a shrub that grows only in the mountains surrounding the Cedarberg in the Western Cape of South Africa. It was discovered hundreds of years ago by local Bushmen who cut its needle-like green leaves and stems and left them to ferment in the sun. Once fermented, the tea, distinctively red in colour, lent the bush's name to Rooibos tea, meaning "red bush". It is inherently sweet in flavour with woody undertones.

Rooibos has been enjoyed traditionally as a tea by generations of South Africans and, increasingly, by people all over the world. In 2005, red espresso® was invented and revolutionized Rooibos by turning it into the first tea to play by coffee's rules.

Photo above is courtesy of red espresso®.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Try This Triathalon

Join over 400 athletes as they start off the season with this fun event. Work the cobwebs out with a 500m pool swim, 16km bike and 3km run.
Planet Foods will stuffing the participant’s bags with Ultima Replenisher, Sharkies Energy Chews, and a Honey Stinger Protein Bar. Kicking Horse Coffee will be served to all Volunteers and 2 Planet Foods gift baskets will be donated as prizes. What a race!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Put the Boots To Hunger - This Summer

Common Calgary! Inter-faith food bank needs our help year round. Planet Foods, Highwood Crossing Farms, and local stores are getting ready to "Put The Boots To Hunger" through stampede season and we need your help.

Stay tunned for details! Together - We can do it!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

UCI World Cup ~ Damian Bissett

Damian Bissett, a Planet Foods sponsored Athlete, will be competing this weekend at the UCI World Cup. This Friday through Sunday competition will be Damian's shot to qualify for the 2010 Worlds, and also be the next step to his Olympic Dream!


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Damian Bissett - PF Sponsored Athlete

Damian Bissett is Canada's and Planet Foods hope for the 2012 olympics for BMX racing. Damian (the green bike in the lead) placed 2nd out of 62 on Saturday, and 5th out of 62 on Sunday at the North West Nationals in Redmond, Oregon. Damian fuels himself with Ultima & HoneyStinger Protein Bars.

Photo was taken at the North West Nationals in Redmond, Oregon.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Nicole Richie Snacks on Sharkies

What does Hollywood Icon Nicole Richie eat after working out? Today she twittered about eating Sharkies Energy Chews.
"Had a very athletic day. Pilates, and swim class. Oh yes, and I exercised my mouth by eating Sharkeys." from web ~ Nicole Richie

Two and a Half Men & True Lemon

Two and a Half Men recently aired an episode called "Sir Lancelot's Litter Box" and thanks to a keen eye of an Edmonton Grocery manager, we now know the secret to Charlie Harper's Wiskey Sour - True Lemon.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Favorite Breakfasts from PF Team

How do the PF Team members start their day?

Its called “Fire in the Hole”. Take a slice of bread, cut a whole in it the size of toonie, butter both sides and put it in a frying pan. Then crack an egg in the middle of the bread and cook on each side for a few minutes. Done perfectly it should ooze out yellow goodness once you cut into the centre. Serve this with Highwood Crossing granola mixed with your choice of fresh fruit and yogurt to make this meal a little healthier… ~ Jesse

I make my own granola using Highwood Crossing’s oats (Steel Cut & Old Fashioned Rolled), flax seed and canola oil, with organic cranberries or blueberries along with organic honey from a friend’s farm. I will eat this about three times a week, a batch will last me a month, the other breakfast’s in a typical week would be a GoMacro™ Bar with a mySmoothie, and not to be forgotten each morning start’s with a KHC (Hoodoo or Kick Ass) brewed in a stainless steel French Press coffee maker. ~ Peter

I usually have 1/2 cup Highwood Crossing Sunflower and Flax Granola with either Soy milk or Yogurt. Sometimes I add fruit or will have a My Smoothie; Pomegranate is my favourite. I finish it all with a glass of water with Orange Flavoured Ultima mixed in so I start my day off hydrated. ~ Dana

Highwood Crossing Granola with steamed milk. Yummmmm ~ Leanne

Smoothie style: Crushed ice, vanilla yogurt, banana, fresh spinach, Highwood crossing flax oil, & water. Blend & enjoy. ~ John

Amy's ultimate favorite breakfast is: Fried Egg on Rice
- bowl of cooked, Texmati brown rice
- 1 organic fried egg with about 1/3 cup of egg white added to it.
- sautéed purple onions
- washed, healthy handful of raw cilantro.
- place fried egg on top of brown rice, drizzle with tamari and sesame oil, add sautéed onions and garnish with raw cilantro.
- most important part, eat it with a spoon- it just makes it taste better!

Breakfast is usually free range organic eggs scrambled with Quality Bakery Bread toasted and smothered with organic butter, and for “second breakfast” either fruit and yogurt, a cup of miso soup, or yogurt and Highwood Crossing Granola. ~ Shelly

What Makes a Mother?

What makes a good Mother anyway?
Is it patience?
Broad hips?
The ability to nurse a baby,
cook dinner,
and sew a button on a shirt,
all at the same time?
Or is it the heart?
Is it the ache you feel
when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time?
Happy Mother's Day!!!

Bag Full of Cookies

There is nothing better than reaching deep into a bag of cookies to get a snack. PatsyPies handmade cookies, biscotti, brownies, and muffins are big bags full of tasty gluten-free treats.
Made with love, and made fresh to order these are easily a favorite to celiacs and non-celiacs alike.

Each bag contains:
10 cookies per bag
10 muffins per bag
12 Brownies per bag.

Did you know??? The fork marks in the Peanut Butter cookies are real fork marks. Just like Mom made.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Healthy Hearts

Keeping your Heart Healthy

1) Avoid Tobacco Use & Second Hand Smoke, they both can damage your arteries
2) Eat a Healthy diet:
a. Rich in plant foods
b. Use only real Salt sparingly – Lake Crystal Salt is organic and high in essential minerals
c. Omega-3’s from Highwood Crossing Cold Pressed Flax Oil.
d. Whole Grains like RiceSelect Brown Texmati & Highwood Crossing Steel Cut Oats or Granola.
e. Vitamin D3 & sunshine – the fresh air helps too.
f. Coenzyme Q-10 helps reduce the risk of atherosclerosis by improving energy production in cells, inhibiting blood clot formation, and it is an excellent antioxidant.
g. Drink your antioxidants. Red Espresso, Vastu Rooibos Chai & Revolution Green Tea are high in antioxidants.
3) If you have diabetes, it is important to manage it. People with diabetes have a much higher risk of heart disease.
4) Do not drink excessively.
5) Reduce Stress.
6) Keep Active – 30 minutes a day minimum.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Weight Maintenance & Breakfast Ideas

Quick Simple Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Weight Target:
1) Have a realistic achievable weight goal for your body type and don't set unrealistic time lines.
2) Eat Breakfast everyday.
3) Watch less TV. Aim for less than 10 hours each week. That includes movies and video games.
4) Slowly change your food and lifestyle habits.
5) Stay physically active for at least 30 minutes each day.
6) Don't weigh yourself too often. It's about feeling good not a number.

Some great breakfast ideas from Planet Foods:
1) Highwood Crossing Granola with yogurt and fresh fruit
2) Quality Bakery Bread smothered in Sunland Peanut Butter
3) Ruth's Hemp Chia Goodness Cereal with added Fruit
4) A Shepherd Gourmet Feta Cheese and spinach omelet
5) PatsyPie's Morning Glory Muffins and a mySmoothie
6) Highwood Crossing Oatmeal, Ruth's Soft Hemp, and Equinox Maple Flakes
7) Don't forget to enjoy these breakfasts with Kicking Horse Coffee, Revolution Tea, Red Espresso, or Vastu Chai.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dandy Spring Salad

Don't spray them, eat them!
4 cups mixed greens with washed fresh baby dandelion grenns mixed in. Mixture can be equal parts Dandelion, arugula, spinach, baby chard, and baby romain.
1/4 cup diced green onions or 1/4 fresh chives
1 cup diced pepper of your choice (Red or Yellow add lots of colour)
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley or cilantro
1/2 cup nut or seeds, toasted slightly in a pan.
1/3 cup hemp, olive, flax oil or a mixture of all 3
1 clove crushed or grated garlic or finely minced red onion
Juice of 1/2 a lemon or lime
1/2 teaspoon of dijon mustard (my favorite is horseradish for a nice bite)
Toss and enjoy!
Happy Eating!