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Discovering Healthy Fats and Their Benefits

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4-Circle-fats-chartHow many times have you been forced to put something back on the shelf because the fat content reported on the nutrition chart was higher than “advisable” for your diet? But does eliminating it all help you settle it out with your weight issues or is there a healthy alternative you can explore?

Good Fats vs. Bad Fats – The Basics

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The fact that fats are both a separate and important nutrient category underscores that we do need it in our diets – for the healthy functioning of the body, for the fatty acids and facilitating absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, for the softness of your skin, for energy, for heart health, take your pick.

According to the Dietary Guidelines (US Department of Agriculture), for adults, 20-35% of the calorie intake should constitute of fats. This is around 60-105g for men and 45-75g for women. Generally, even around 10% would suffice; however, we often end up consuming around 40%, and that’s where trouble comes knocking.

For their satisfying and flavor-enhancing qualities, fats are consumed more than the recommended amount, thereby contributing to weight gain and obesity, given the lifestyle and genetics aren’t flawed.

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Second to the total amount consumed, the other factor affecting your health will be the type of fats you consume. These include:

  • Saturated fats | found in dairy products, hard margarines, fatty meats, coconut oil, (clarified) butter, and palm oil
  • Monosaturated fats | found in non-hydrogenated margarine, olive oil, avocados, canola oil, nuts (e.g. hazelnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews) and peanut oil
  • Polyunsaturated fats | this is further categorized into omega-3 and omega-6. Sources include cold-water fish (e.g. sardines, salmon, mackerel, herring), soybean oil, flaxseed, canola oil, pine nuts, and omega-3 eggs for the former, and non-hydrogenated margarine, sunflower, safflower, and corn oils, and nuts (pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds), and prepared meals for the latter

Using Healthy Fats in Your Diet Over coming Dilemma

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While all fats will provide you 9 cal/gram, polysturated and monosaturated fats have a positive effect on your health as long as you eat in moderation. Now you know why they are known as “good fats” and the trans and saturated fats termed “bad fats”.

According to health experts, eating monosaturated fats will prove more beneficial if they replace trans fats or saturated fats in your diet.

Eat it in moderation and you’ll be provided with nutrients that develop and maintain body’s cells, contributing to an increase in vitamin E (an antioxidant).

Similarly, a diet rich in omega-3 is known to lower triglycerides and risk of stroke, prevent blood from clotting, and reduce inflammation. But caution should be taken where omega-6 is concerned because large amounts will reduce high-density lipoprotein (HDL) as well as the unhealthy low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

HDL transfers the extra cholesterol to liver to be disposed while LDL creates fatty deposits in arteries, restricting blood flow to the brain and the heart, thus increasing risk of stroke and heart disease.

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The next time you’re buying “low-fat” or “fat-free” foods, know that this may not necessarily be a healthy decision. For more questions, get in touch with U RISE Personal Training for any  help you may need accomplishing your fitness and health goals.

Gary is an award-winning personal trainer and certified by the NSCA – National Strength and Conditioning Association, which is a certification developed for professional personal trainers who work one-on-one with their clients. He has been awarded as Richmond's best Personal Trainer in 2012/2013/2014 and again this present year in 2015. Gary knows the intrinsic principles and positive attributes of nutrition combined with cardiovascular exercise and incorporates these aspects into unique and personalized U RISE fitness programs. With over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, Gary strives on helping people achieve a sense of well-being and reaching their fitness goals.

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Bring Italy to You with the Art of Aperitivo

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The pandemic may have shifted your travel plans, but if this year has taught us anything, it’s to learn how to adapt. With international travel looking unlikely for the foreseeable future, now’s the time to bring home the best cultural experiences from your favorite destinations and recreate them with your close friends and family, no boarding pass required.

Craving a taste of Italy? Take a break from this unsettling time and bring the beautiful Mediterranean sunshine to you with the art of the Italian aperitivo. As per the Italian tradition, aperitivo is the time of day to take a break to unwind with friends. This custom is present throughout the country; it’s a state of mind and an attitude which demonstrates gratitude for everything that makes life possible.

Here are three simple ways you can master the culture and art of aperitivo:

1: Give yourself some time to slow down

  1. The aperitivo represents the time of day when taking a break is most needed, so it’s of utmost importance to put yourself in a relaxed state of mind. Stop scrolling, sign out of Zoom, and connect with your socially distant bubble.

2: Recreate an Italian-inspired ambiance at home

  1. Aperitivo is always best enjoyed in the relaxed comfort of your own home. Treat your guests to an Italian-style spritz like Bella Amari on your patio during a sunny September afternoon. An effortlessly refreshing beverage, Bella Amari balances sweetness with bitterness and is available in three natural flavours: Blood Orange, Pomegranate Cherry and Limone.

3: Prepare a delicious charcuterie platter al fresco

  1. Italians consider it important to prepare the body for a meal by slowly waking up the appetite, hence the concept of a small snack beforehand. Charcuterie, mozzarella, bruschetta with fresh herbs (maybe from your quarantine patio garden), pickled olives, peppers and gourmet chips served with a spritz over ice can all enhance your aperitivo.

With seemingly so many moments, vacations, and celebrations on hold this year, it’s more important than ever to practice gratitude for the small joys in life, like spending time with your close loved ones, that likely would have been easy to take for granted in any other year. Salute!

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Pandemic Puts Sustainability at the Top of the Shopping List for B.C. Residents

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Oroweat Organic releases new research revealing an increased desire to shop locally and eat sustainably following the outbreak of COVID-19

B.C. residents are prioritizing eating locally-sourced food and making more sustainable food decisions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a newly commissioned study by Oroweat Organic. The research shows that fears around food scarcity at the start of the pandemic have shed light on the importance of being more self-sufficient, in turn leading to a greater desire to support local food producers and adopt more sustainable eating habits.

The survey was commissioned by Oroweat Organic, sustainably baked bread produced locally in Langley, BC, to mark its launch in Western Canada. Results revealed that 85 percent of B.C. residents are more aware of the importance of supporting locally-sourced food as a result of the pandemic. Additionally, one in three residents are more likely to prioritize locally-sourced food, and notably, this stands true regardless of household income. When it comes to sustainability specifically, 75 percent of B.C. residents are more aware of the importance of eating sustainably and the environmental impacts of their food choices, as a result of the pandemic.

While survey results indicate that shoppers are putting more focus on sustainability, this year’s unique and unpredictable back-to-school season raises concern. Fifty-two percent of B.C. residents are worried about their ability to juggle their schedules in the ‘new normal’ this fall and 48 percent worry this will impact their renewed efforts to shop and eat sustainably.

This September, three varieties of Oroweat Organic hit shelves in Western Canada, making sustainable and healthy bread options simple and accessible for British Columbians. The brand is locally produced in B.C., using sustainable baking practices and certified organic ingredients.

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Celebrate National Organic Week With the Launch of Coors Organic

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Did you know that tomorrow marks the beginning of National Organic Month (or even more widely celebrated, Organic Week (Sept 7-13)? To help celebrate this month, Coors has launched the latest addition to its line introducing: Coors Organic a new, organic beer that is brewed with one thing in mind – simplicity.

Coors Organic decided to offer a simple way to feel better about your choices for Canadians looking to integrate healthier alternatives into their day-to-day lifestyle but who feel overwhelmed by all of the options to choose from. Next time you are reaching for a beer, enjoy an organic option and feel good about the healthier choice you made.

Certified organic, 90 calories and 4g carbs (per/355mL), this light, refreshing organic lager is expertly brewed with minimal ingredients including organic hops, organic barley, and water.

Product:

  • Made with three simple ingredients: Organic hops, organic barley and water.
  • Certified Organic
  • 3.8% ABV
  • 90 calories, 4g carbs (per 355ml)

Taste:

  • Light and refreshing malt-forward taste with a crisp and clean finish.

Availability:

  • Coors Organic is available at BC Liquor Store and Independents.
    • Single can – $3.05
    • 12 x 355ml can – $27.50
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Introducing: Le Cheeseburger Week 2020

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From September 1st to 7th, Le Burger Week is back with a cheesy twist, and, it’s called, Le Cheeseburger Week

From September 1st until September 7th, 2020, gather up your appetite because Canada’s beloved food festival, Le Burger Week, sponsored by Saputo & Lightspeed is back! With Saputo, Canada’s cheese dynasty in the mix, this year’s catch is cheese, cheese, and more cheese, thus transforming Le Burger Week 2020 into Le Cheeseburger Week. Chefs & restaurants across the nation must abide by one rule – integrate cheese or “fauxmage” (vegan cheese) into their burger, because, why not? In addition to providing Canadian’s with a delicious and fun experience, Le Cheeseburger Week is committed to giving back to their local communities notably, through their 2020 affiliation with United Way Centraide. Get ready for the cheese to melt, Canada, as you dive in, mouth first, to Le Cheeseburger Week!

Heading into its ninth year, Le Burger Week has become an annual autumn foodie tradition to look forward to. Restaurants across the nation are asked to think outside the bun and create a unique burger reflective of their overall concept, style, and cuisine. The 2020 edition will replace the traditional call to vote for the best burgers with a call to help through the charity partnerships. Both Lightspeed and Saputo will be awarding the “Lightspeed Choice” & “Saputo Choice” awards to their favourite burgers!

We understand that this year is different, but one thing remains the same – Canada’s love for burgers. To adapt to the current landscape, many of Le Cheeseburger Week’s participating restaurants will be offering their burgers for take-out and delivery, so that customers can still enjoy the festival whether they plan on dining-in or indulging in the comfort of their own home with mobile ordering apps, like Lightspeed’s.

For the past few years, Le Burger Week has remained committed to giving back to communities across Canada. This year, a proceed of select burgers sold in Canada will be going to Centraide and United Way ; philanthropic organizations that collect donations to support a vast network of community agencies that help individuals and families. Locally and nationally, their goal is the same – to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our communities. United Way Centraide uses local knowledge to make community investments that provide the greatest impact including; food programs, housing programs, job skills training, continued education opportunities, amongst others.

Created in 2013, by Montreal-based entrepreneurs Na’eem Adam and Thierry Rassam, the idea for Le Burger Week was born out of their shared love of burgers and an understanding that their fellow Canadians shared that same love. Adam and Rassam wanted to create a fun and exciting way for burger lovers to interact and support their favorite restaurants, while, at the same time, providing restaurants with the chance to build greater public awareness through their participation. As co-founder Na’eem Adam explains, “Le Burger Week began as a fun local food project to celebrate our city’s (Montreal) love for burgers. Over the years, we have grown into a national festival that continuously helps to stimulate businesses across the nation.”

On September 1st, burger-lovers across the nation are called upon to get stomachs hungry as they get a chance to discover the very best (cheese) burgers that Le Burger Week has to offer. Bon appétit!

For more information regarding Le Burger Week, please go to www.leburgerweek.com.

About Saputo:

Saputo produces, markets, and distributes a wide array of dairy products of the utmost quality, including cheese, fluid milk, extended shelf-life milk and cream products, cultured products and dairy ingredients. Saputo is one of the top ten dairy processors in the world, a leading cheese manufacturer and fluid milk and cream processor in Canada, the top dairy processor in Australia and the second largest in Argentina. In the USA, Saputo ranks among the top three cheese producers and is one of the largest producers of extended shelf-life and cultured dairy products.

In the United Kingdom, Saputo is the largest manufacturer of branded cheese and a top manufacturer of dairy spreads. Our products are sold in several countries under well-known brand names such as Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Armstrong, Cathedral City, Clover, COON, Cracker Barrel*, Dairyland, DairyStar, Devondale, Friendship Dairies, Frigo Cheese Heads, Joyya, La Paulina, Liddells, Milk2Go/Lait’s Go, Montchevre, Murray Goulburn Ingredients, Neilson, Nutrilait, Scotsburn*, South Cape, Stella, Sungold, Tasmanian Heritage, Treasure Cave and Woolwich Goat Dairy. Saputo Inc. is a publicly-traded company and its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SAP”.

*Trademark used under license.

About Lightspeed:

Lightspeed (TSX: LSPD) powers complex small and medium-sized businesses with its cloud-based, omnichannel commerce platforms in over 100 countries. With smart, scalable and dependable point of sale systems, Lightspeed provides all-in-one solutions that drive innovation and digital transformation within the retail, hospitality and golf industries. Its product suite enables SMBs to sell across channels, manage operations, engage with consumers, accept payments and ultimately grow their business. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Lightspeed is trusted by favorite local businesses worldwide, where communities go to shop and dine. Lightspeed has staff located in Canada, USA, Europe, and Australia.

For More Information, Please Visit www.lightspeedhq.com.

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Uber Eats Celebrates 1 Year of Starbucks Delivery With BC and Canadian Trends Data

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To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Starbucks on the Uber Eats platform, Uber Eats has released top trends highlighting Canadians ordering habits at Starbucks.

While COVID-19 prevented many of us from going in-store to grab our favourite Starbucks beverages and treats, Uber Eats Starbucks orders tripled from March-August 2020 compared to August 2019-March 2020.

So, what are Canadians ordering? From coast-to-coast, Canadians love their Starbucks Caramel Macchiato – it’s the most ordered beverage on the platform. And while Alberta and British Columbia prefer it hot, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan like it iced.

Overall, order sizes have increased since March with many customers ordering food along with their favourite beverages. The Starbucks Birthday Cake Pop, which is the most popular food item on the platform, is a Canadian favourite in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, while Canadians on the East and West coasts love the Double Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Egg sandwich. Both Nova Scotians and British Columbians enjoy this savoury breakfast item more often!

Below are some fun facts highlighting the Canadian love for Starbucks on Uber Eats:

  • A Torontonian placed the most amount of Starbucks orders in one year ordering 342 times.
  • The largest Starbucks order placed through Uber Eats was delivered to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. The order contained 8 bagels, 8 banana bread, 8 blueberry scones, 8 carrot muffins, 10 classic coffee cakes, 8 lemon loaf, and 3 coffee travellers.

What province orders the most Starbucks coffee on Uber Eats?

  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Manitoba
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Saskatchewan

What province orders the most Starbucks tea on Uber Eats?

  • Saskatchewan
  • Ontario
  • Nova Scotia
  • Manitoba
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
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