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Summer is finally here which means lots of backyard BBQs and parties will be popping up all season long. With that in mind, we whipped up some Veggie Hemp Summer Rolls for Foodie Friday today!

They’re the perfect light and fresh appetizer for any summer party and they look really fancy so everyone will be impressed by your cooking skills.

We stuffed these rolls with Hemp Hearts, cucumber, carrots, red pepper, spinach, and green onions but you can use whichever veggies you have on hand. Plus you can add some tofu, shrimp, or hummus if you’d like to make them into more of a meal.

We also made a Spicy Sriracha Peanut Sauce to dip the Veggie Hemp Summer Rolls in. It’s a slightly sweet sauce with a kick of heat from the sriracha and a rich and creamy taste from the peanut butter. You could also serve these with soy sauce or a sweet chilli sauce. 

Veggie Hemp Summer Rolls
Makes: 12 Rolls
Ingredients:
For the Veggie Hemp Summer Rolls:

  • 12 rice papers (22 cm)
  • 6 tbsp. Hemp Hearts
  • 1 red pepper, julienned
  • 3 large carrots, julienned
  • 1 long English cucumber, julienned
  • 4-5 handfuls of spinach, sliced thinly
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced

For the Spicy Sriracha Peanut Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. all natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. sriracha sauce
  • 1 tbsp. hemp oil
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. Hemp Hearts
  • 3-4 tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Fill a large bowl with hot water.
  2. Place one sheet of rice paper in the water and let it soak for about 30 seconds.
  3. Lift the rice paper out of the water and place it on a clean surface or cutting board and let it sit for 30 seconds to absorb the water.
  4. Layer on 1/2 tbsp. of Hemp Hearts, a few slices of red pepper, carrot, and cucumber, and top it with some spinach and green onions.
  5. Gently lift the side of the rice paper that’s closest to you and fold it over the fillings.
  6. Hold the middle of the roll while you fold each side in and then roll it until it meets the other end.
  7. Continue this process until all of your ingredients have been used up.
  8. To make the Spicy Sriracha Peanut Sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined. You can add more water if it’s too thick.
  9. Serve the Veggie Hemp Summer Rolls with the Spicy Sriracha Peanut Sauce and enjoy!

We hope you whip these Veggie Hemp Summer Rolls up for your next party! What’s your go-to summer appetizer?

Summer Road Trip

Summer is one of our favourite seasons because there are just so many awesome things to do all season long. From hitting the beach, to whipping up a cool treat, and even riding that big rollercoaster, we’ve got the ultimate to-do list to inspire your summer. Check out these 100 fun activities, trips, and things to do, and get ready to have the best summer yet!

  1. Read a new book.
  2. Have a picnic.
  3. Go hiking.
  4. Host a BBQ party.
  5. Hit the beach.
  6. Check out the Farmers’ Market.
  7. Go to a music festival.
  8. Pick strawberries at a local farm.
  9. Go camping.
  10. Take a walk in the park.
  11. Make homemade popsicles.
  12. Have a campfire.
  13. Go swimming.
  14. Go to a baseball or football game.
  15. Do yoga outdoors.
  16. Run through a sprinkler.
  17. Go for a trail run.
  18. Make homemade vegan ice cream.
  19. Play board games on a rainy day.
  20. Do a DIY project.
  21. Go paddle boarding.
  22. Go on a road trip.
  23. Grill some veggie burgers.
  24. Try a new restaurant.
  25. Check out a local museum.
  26. Start a journal.
  27. Fly a kite.
  28. Go to a waterpark.
  29. Stay at a cabin.
  30. Make s’mores.
  31. Practice your photography skills.
  32. Ride a rollercoaster.
  33. Watch a movie outdoors.
  34. Have a garage sale.
  35. Visit your family that lives out of town.
  36. Do a puzzle.
  37. Play cards.
  38. Learn a new instrument.
  39. Go mini golfing.
  40. Build a sandcastle.
  41. Watch the sunset.
  42. Go bike riding.
  43. Make a summer playlist.
  44. Write and mail a letter to an old friend.
  45. Sleep in a tent.
  46. Be a tourist in your own city.
  47. Watch a play.
  48. Sip drinks on a patio.
  49. Go to a thrift store or antique shop.
  50. Run a marathon.
  51. Ride a tandem bike.
  52. Check out an art museum.
  53. Go for a boat ride.
  54. Go bowling with your friends.
  55. Take a cooking class.
  56. Fall asleep in a hammock.
  57. Do a digital detox.
  58. Have a water balloon fight.
  59. Go to an arcade.
  60. Set up a slip and slide.
  61. Grill a homemade pizza.
  62. Check out a carnival.
  63. Have a spa day.
  64. Try a new workout.
  65. Have a movie marathon.
  66. Go shopping at garage sales.
  67. Have brunch somewhere new.
  68. Spend a whole day relaxing.
  69. Try a new recipe.
  70. Make fresh lemonade.
  71. Go to the zoo.
  72. Stay at a bed and breakfast.
  73. Have a stay-cation.
  74. Play tennis.
  75. Eat dinner outside.
  76. Go stargazing.
  77. Walk barefoot on the beach.
  78. Watch fireworks.
  79. Have a family soccer game.
  80. Go kayaking.
  81. Join a book club.
  82. Eat gelato.
  83. Check out local shops in your neighbourhood.
  84. Try hot yoga.
  85. Plant a vegetable garden.
  86. Compile all of your favourite recipes into a book.
  87. Visit your library.
  88. Go bird watching.
  89. Check out the planetarium.
  90. Paint something.
  91. Make homemade cookies.
  92. Redecorate a room in your house.
  93. Freeze grapes to eat on hot days.
  94. Explore a small town near you.
  95. Try sailing.
  96. Take a summer dance class.
  97. Jump on a trampoline.
  98. Listen to a new podcast.
  99. Make a mason jar salad.
  100. Spend a whole day with someone you love.

We hope this list inspires you to have your best summer yet! Which activities are you going to do first?

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Remember when you were a kid and camping adventures or trips to the cabin meant eating things like s’mores, hotdogs, and lots of junk food? Although those times were filled with fun, they didn’t make you feel so good.

Now you can take a weekend trip to your cabin or camp in the woods while still eating healthy and feeling great. Here are five tips for eating healthy while camping plus some recipe ideas for every meal!

1. Plan it Out
Before your camping trip you need to do a little prep work first. We recommend making a meal plan for all the days you’ll be gone, so you’ll have more than enough healthy foods to get you through your trip.

2. Pre-Cook
Pre-cook some of your meals at home before your trip to save yourself lots of time and effort once you’re away. You want to be able to relax and enjoy yourself so whatever you can do at home first will make a big difference. You can pre-make things like Crustless Mini Quiches or Flourless Chocolate Muffins for breakfast, Mean Bean Salad or Waldorf Mason Jar Salad for lunch, and Feta Basil Turkey Burgers or Vegetarian Chili for dinner.

3. Freeze It
Before your trip, freeze any foods that could parish easily. Not only will they stay fresh but they will also help keep the other foods in your cooler cold! If you’re camping in a tent and won’t have a fridge, make sure you have lots of ice in your cooler and consume foods like meats, eggs, and dairy products first before the cooler gets warm.

4. Pack Snacks
Since camping trips are usually full of hiking, swimming, or other outdoor activities, you need to make sure you’re fuelling your body with nutritious foods. Make homemade trail mix and pack some Hemp Heart Bites so you can bring them along during your day at the beach or outdoor adventure.

5. Get Grilling
Pack a portable grill or make sure there’s a BBQ at your cabin so you can grill burgers, fish, and lots of veggies for your meals. Using a grill is great since you don’t have to add any oil or butter to cook your foods.

To help you get ready for your trip, check out this meal plan filled with healthy and delicious recipes you can make at the cabin or while camping.

Healthy Camping Trip Meal Plan
Breakfast
Oatmeal with Hemp Hearts and Fruit
Banana Hemp Granola with Almond Milk
Crustless Mini Quiches
Flourless Chocolate Muffins

Lunch
Mean Bean Salad
Waldorf Mason Jar Salad
Veggie Hummus Wraps
Cucumber Hemp Salad

Dinner
Feta Basil Turkey Burgers
Vegetarian Chili
Hemp Crusted Salmon with Grilled Veggies
Hemp Veggie Burgers

Snacks
Homemade Trail Mix
Veggies with Spicy Hemp Hummus
Hemp Heart Bites
Popcorn

Treats
Hemp Campfire S’mores
Super Seed Energy Balls

We hope these tips and recipes help you have a successful camping trip! What are your favourite recipes to make while in the great outdoors? 

Healthy Eating at the Cabin or While Camping

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Father’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking of the perfect gift for your dad. If you’re stuck in a rut and give him the same thing year after year, then we’ve got the perfect Father’s Day gift ideas to help you out. Keep reading for our top health and fitness Father’s Day gifts for the active dad! 

Fitness Tracker
If your dad is new to working out and is looking for ways measure his progress, a fitness tracker is the perfect gift! The new Fitbit Blaze is pretty impressive but if you’re looking for something more affordable, go with the Jawbone Up Move instead.

New Running or Training Shoes
Want to splurge and get your dad something that will really wow him? Go with a new pair of running or training shoes. Since it’s hard to pick out shoes for other people, you can always get him a gift card to his favourite fitness store and go with him to pick them out.

A Pre-Workout Smoothie Kit
This is a fun gift to give to your dad if he’s a smoothie lover. Get him all of the smoothie essentials like a Magic Bullet, shaker cup, and his favourite flavour of Hemp Protein Smoothie so he can whip up some tasty creations before he hits the gym!

Subscription Box Membership
If you want to give your dad the gift that keeps on giving then buy him a membership to a subscription box service. If he likes healthy snacks then go with Bulu Box or if he’s into keeping himself looking suave then go with Birchbox Man.

Headphones for Running
Got a dad that loves music and running? Get him a new pair of headphones that are made for hitting the trail. You can get some for pretty cheap and personalize the gift by making your dad a playlist of his favourite songs to run to.

Family Sports Game
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that don’t cost a dime! Get your family together for a day of playing your dad’s favourite sport like baseball or football. Even if you’re no all-star, your dad will have an awesome time making memories with his family.

Cook Him Dinner
If your dad is a foodie, whip him up a healthy dinner filled with his favourite dishes. We recommend making homemade burgers (beef, turkey, or veggie) with corn on the cob and a delicious salad. You can also make him a sweet treat for dessert like our Chocoholic Vegan Cupcakes.

We hope your Father’s Day is spent making awesome memories with your dad. What’s the most memorable Father’s Day gift you’ve ever given?

Father's Day Gifts

Avocado Hemp Toast - 3 Delicious Ways

Happy Friday everyone! Since we love avocado toast so much, we thought we’d come up with three delicious combinations of this breakfast favourite for #FoodieFriday this week.

First we have a sweet and savoury Strawberry Balsamic Avocado Hemp Toast, then an Italian inspired Tomato Basil Feta Avocado Hemp Toast, and finally a spicy Sunny Side Up Sriracha Avocado Hemp Toast.

Each combination starts with the basics of whole wheat toast with mashed avocado and Hemp Hearts, and then they’re jazzed up with some tasty toppings. You can get really creative when making avocado hemp toast and top it with whatever you like. Or if you prefer to keep things simple you can stick to the basic combo and top it with a little salt and pepper or spice it up with red pepper flakes.

A fun way to serve these for your family is to have a make-your-own avocado toast bar! Start by pre-toasting all of the bread and topping it with the mashed avocado. Next add all of your toppings to small bowls and place them on the table with your platter of plain avocado toast. Then call your family to the table and let the fun begin! Kids will love being able to get creative and choose their own combinations of toppings.

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Strawberry Balsamic Avocado Hemp Toast
Ingredients:

  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 avocado, mashed
  • 4 to 6 strawberry slices
  • Balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze
  • Hemp Hearts

Directions:

  1. Put the whole wheat bread in the toaster.
  2. Once it’s done, spread the mashed avocado on the toast.
  3. Top with strawberry slices and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or glaze and sprinkle on some Hemp Hearts.
  4. Serve immediately.

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Tomato Basil Feta Avocado Hemp Toast
Ingredients:

  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 avocado, mashed
  • 1 big slice of tomato or 8 cherry tomato slices
  • 1 to 2 basil leaves, sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp. crumbled feta
  • Hemp Hearts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Put the whole wheat bread in the toaster.
  2. Once it’s done, spread the mashed avocado on the toast.
  3. Top with tomato slices, basil, and feta and sprinkle on some Hemp Hearts.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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Sunny Side Up Sriracha Avocado Hemp Toast
Ingredients:

  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 avocado, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Hemp Hearts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Add butter, coconut oil, or olive oil to a small pan over medium heat. Crack the egg in the pan and cook sunny side up.
  2. While the egg is cooking, put the whole wheat bread in the toaster.
  3. Once it’s done, spread the mashed avocado on the toast.
  4. Top with the sunny side up egg and a drizzle of sriracha sauce and sprinkle on some Hemp Hearts.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

We hope you enjoy these three tasty Avocado Hemp Toasts! Which combo are you going to try first?

From Our Kitchen to Yours…

Sarah

Avocado Hemp Toast

Happy 7th Annual Hemp History Week everyone! From June 6 to 12 we’re celebrating all things hemp during this U.S. Nation-wide grassroots effort to restore support of Industrial Hemp farming in America.

To celebrate Hemp History Week, we’re sharing a list of our five favourite things made from hemp! From food, to clothing, to shoes, and even skincare products, we’ve got all your hemp needs covered.

1. Hemp Clothing from PrAna

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These stylish and versatile outfits from PrAna are perfect for yoga classes or even a casual day out. Plus the fabric is so soft and comfortable you’d never know it was made from hemp!

2. Hemp Soaps from Dr. Bronner’s

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Dr. Bronner’s has a whole line of luxurious bar and liquid soaps that contain hemp oil. Besides using their Pure-Castile Soaps to keep your skin feeling soft and hydrated, you can also use them for doing dishes, laundry, and cleaning your house!

3. Hemp Body Lotion from The Body Shop

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If you’ve got dry skin then you’ll love The Body Shop’s line of lotions that contain hemp oil. They offer small sizes that you can keep in your purse, and they even have specially formulated hemp lotions for your hands, feet, and face too!

4. Hemp Shoes from Toms

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We love these hemp shoes made by Toms! They’re a great way to show off your love of hemp while still looking fashionable. Plus for every pair of Toms shoes you purchase, the company will donate a pair to a child in need.

5. Hemp Foods from Manitoba Harvest

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Of course we couldn’t make a list of our favourite hemp things and not mention our delicious hemp foods! From Hemp Hearts, to Hemp Protein Powders, and even some tasty Hemp Heart Bites and Hemp Heart Bars, we’ve got a full line-up of hemp products you’ll love.

We hope you have a great Hemp History Week and spread the hemp love with all your friends and family. What’s your favourite hemp product? For more information on Hemp History Week visit hemphistoryweek.com.

Happy National Donut Day! When a tasty holiday like this rolls around it’s hard not to indulge in some sweet treats, but instead of heading to your local coffee shop, whip up a batch of these healthier donuts. From gluten-free, to vegan, to paleo, and even some made with Hemp Hearts, we’ve got eight donut recipes that you can devour and not feel bad about.

  1. Chocolate Hemp Donuts from Chronicles of Passion

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These Chocolate Hemp Donuts have a boost of protein from our HempPro 70 protein powder and Hemp Hearts plus they’re topped with a light and fluffy coconut cream.

 

  1. Paleo Peppermint Donuts from The Healthy Maven

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If you’re a fan of mint chocolate chip anything then you’ll love these Paleo Peppermint Donuts. They’re sweetened with applesauce and honey and have a matcha and coconut frosting.

 

  1. Gluten-Free Breakfast Donuts from Fearless Dining

Donuts for breakfast? Yes please! These Gluten-Free Breakfast Donuts are full of coconut, flax meal, chia seeds, and raisins, and made with a blend of gluten-free flour and almond flour.

 

  1. Strawberries N’ Cream Blender Baked Donuts from Cotter Crunch

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These Strawberries N’ Cream Donuts are whipped up in a blender – no hand mixing required! They taste super decadent even though they’re made without butter and they’re gluten-free.

 

  1. Hippie Donuts with Hemp Sprinkles from Will Frolic For Food

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We think these Hippie Donuts with Hemp Sprinkles take the cake for the cutest donuts ever! They’re topped with an apple cider and maple syrup glaze and sprinkled with lots of Hemp Hearts!

 

  1. Raw Donuts with Coconut Glaze from Shine With Nature

If you’re looking for a super easy donut recipe then try these Raw Donuts with Coconut Glaze. You can make them in a food processor and they don’t require any baking.

 

  1. Banana Bread Donuts with Maple Hemp Heart Glaze from Tasty Yummies

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These Banana Bread Donuts with Maple Hemp Heart Glaze are so gorgeous and they taste even better! If you make a batch of these for your next brunch or coffee date, your guests will be very impressed.

 

  1. Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Donuts from Vegan Heaven

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We hope you have a happy National Donut Day and treat yourself to a donut or two!

Donut Recipes

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to switch your breakfast routine to something cool and refreshing that will fuel you through your busy mornings.

Smoothies are our favourite things to whip up for a quick on-the-go breakfast since you can fill them with nutritious fruits and veggies and if you add the right combo of ingredients you can make them taste like a sweet dessert!

Get your mornings started off right and blend up these delicious and easy-to-make smoothies that are filled with our Hemp Hearts and Hemp Protein Powders. 

  1. Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie from Manitoba Harvest

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  1. Peanut Butter Hemp Green Smoothie from The Healthy Maven

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  1. Green Vanilla Chai Smoothie from Lean, Clean & Brie

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  1. Green Mojito Smoothie from The Nutritionist Reviews

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  1. Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie from Eating Bird Food

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  1. Mango-Orange and Turmeric Smoothie from Healthnut Nutrition

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  1. Peach Creamsicle Smoothie from Manitoba Harvest

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Which of these smoothies are you going to try first? For even more delicious smoothie recipes, download our FREE 7 Days of Smoothies eCookbook!

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Happy Friday everyone! If you’re like me then your mornings are rushed. Between working out, showering, getting ready for work, and trying to get a lunch and snacks packed, you probably have little time left to make a delicious breakfast that will get you through the morning. That’s where overnight oats come in. They’re the perfect breakfast for busy people since you can make a big batch one evening and have breakfasts ready for the whole week!

Now of course you can just make regular old overnight oats but that’s boring. These Banana Split Overnight Oats are way more delicious! They have all the flavour of the classic ice cream sundae but you can eat them for breakfast without feeling bad. Plus this recipe contains our Chocolate Hemp Protein Smoothie and Hemp Hearts so the overnight oats have added protein, omegas, and greens too!

The oats themselves are super easy to make, you just throw everything into a bowl, mix it all together, and store it in the fridge overnight. Then in the morning you transfer it to a container or bowl, top it with some sliced banana, strawberries, coconut flakes, walnuts, chocolate chips, and Hemp Hearts and you’re good to go!

If you’re planning on taking these on the go, then I suggest you divide the oats into a few small containers before you refrigerate them, pre-slice your strawberries, and keep all of the toppings (except the banana) in one container so you can just shake them on your oatmeal once you get to work.

Banana Split Overnight Oats

  • 1 extra ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other non-dairy beverage)
  • 2 tbsp. Hemp Protein Smoothie – Chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla Greek yogurt (or coconut yogurt if you want it dairy-free)
  • 2 tsp. chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp. Hemp Hearts
  • 2 tbsp. honey (or more if you want it sweeter)

Toppings:

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp. dark chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life if making dairy-free)
  • 1 tbsp. Hemp Hearts

Directions:

  1. Add the almond milk, Hemp Protein Smoothie, and vanilla extract to a shaker cup or mason jar with a lid and shake until will mixed.
  2. Combine the oats, mashed banana, yogurt, chia seeds, Hemp Hearts, and honey in a medium bowl.
  3. Pour the almond milk mixture into the bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight.
  5. In the morning, divide the oats into two bowls and top with banana, sliced strawberries, coconut, walnuts, chocolate chips, and Hemp Hearts and serve.

I hope these Banana Split Overnight Oats help make your mornings less rushed and more delicious! What’s your favourite on-the-go breakfast?

From Our Kitchen to Yours…
Sarah

Banana Split Overnight Oats

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Staying fit and healthy can be hard when you work full time and sit at a desk for most of the day. To help you fight off the negative effects of sitting, we’ve come up with eight easy ways to stay fit even when you’re super busy. 

  1. Work Out in the A.M.

When you come home after a long day at work, the last thing you feel like doing is exerting more energy by working out. That’s why the morning is a great time to squeeze in some fitness. After a morning sweat session you’ll feel great all day knowing that you already completed your workout.

  1. Divide and Conquer

If you just don’t have the time to do a 30-minute or hour-long workout then split it up into smaller workouts throughout the day. Maybe do 15 minutes of yoga in the morning, then go for a 20-minute walk or jog at lunch or after work.

  1. Bike to Work

Biking to work (or walking if you live close enough) is the perfect way to stay fit if you’re busy. You have to get to work somehow, so why not burn calories while you’re commuting? If you can’t commit to biking to work everyday then just pick one or two days a week to do it.

  1. Get Moving at Lunch

The lunch hour is a great time to get moving. If your work offers yoga or fitness classes at lunch then sign up! If not, you can always encourage your co-workers to do a workout video with you in one of the conference rooms or go for a walk if it’s nice outside.

  1. Pack Healthy Snacks

Make lots of healthy snacks to bring to work so you can fight off cravings and not over indulge in those donuts or cupcakes your co-workers bring in. Our favourite work snacks are hummus with veggies, apples with almond butter, and Hemp Heart Bites (they’re great to stash in your desk for hunger emergencies!).

  1. Walk it Out

During the workday, try to walk as much as possible. Easy ways to walk more are taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to your co-worker’s desk instead of just emailing them, and going for walks on your breaks instead of just sipping coffee at your desk.

  1. Drink Water

After you’re done your morning coffee or tea, switch to drinking water for the rest of the day. There are so many health benefits from drinking water and since we tend to drink less in the evening it’s a good idea to get your 8 to 10 glasses in during the day.

  1. Multitask

Once you’re off work and just want to watch a few of your favourite TV shows, try exercising while you’re watching! We love these two POPSUGAR Fitness workouts that you can do while you’re on the couch.

We hope these tips help you stay fit while you’re at work! What things do you do at work to stay active?

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