Tuesday, January 28, 2014

SPUD.CA Shares Healthy Eating Tips for the Family

Start the New Year with a few simple tips from Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) to make sure you and your family eat right and make healthy choices.

1.    Family Meals
Take time to have a regular family meal. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with one another and studies show that kids who take part in regular family meals are more likely to eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains. 

2.    Start them Young
Food preferences are developed early so offer a variety at a young age and gradually introduce new foods. Try offering a few bites from your plate and for older kids, ask them to try one bite and then decide.

3.    Act as an Ambassador
Monkey see, monkey do. If you want your kids to make healthy choices, they need a role model so be a healthy eating ambassador at home by making nutritious choices when cooking meals and picking snacks.

4.    Milk or Water
Provide the option of milk or water as drinks to accompany meals instead of a sugary alternative.

For family friendly recipes, healthy snacks and meal ideas, visit SPUD Recipes.

Enter to Win a SPUD Happy Families Gift Set (Valued at $139.99)


The gift set includes 2-day prepared meals and healthy snacks along with baby and parent essentials.  Contest deadline is March 31, 2014.

New to SPUD? Get $20 off and start shopping today at spud.ca! Use promo code FIT20
SPUD provides online grocery shopping for home delivery of fresh produce, local organic foods and groceries in Metro Vancouver and Victoria.

Offer FIT20 valid for new customers until March 31, 2014 with a minimum order of $40. One promotion per customer; one account per customer and per household. This offer may not be combined with other discounts, promotions or offers. Delivery may not be available to all areas (check SPUD.ca for more information).

Thursday, January 2, 2014

What do the babies do?

We are often asked...."What do the babies do at class?"  Good Question.

At our indoor classes....some babies will be asleep,  some will be content in their stroller/carseat, others will be stretching out on the baby island (large mat in the centre) and others might be in mom's arms/carrier. Some moms like to bring chairs and toys.

Left: Babies Veronica and Ethan three years ago.  Babies & Moms still BFFs.

At Mom & Baby Spin and Strength, the babies hang out on mats in front of the bikes.  Some prefer to stay in their strollers.

When mom hops off her bike for strength intervals, she can incorporate baby as needed.

Our mantra is happy mom = happy baby.

At our outdoor classes....babies stay in their strollers until the core and stretch portion.  With the fresh air and movement, the sleeping babies tend to stay....well...asleep.  They awake babies also love being on the move and watching us moms entertain them as we exercise.

We aim to use equipment rather than baby for resistance whenever possible because you need to strengthen the muscles that you do not use all day and lengthen the muscles that you do use all day.  However, if a baby needs to be physically incorporated, and there is a safe way to do that, we do that too.

The last 15 minutes of class is dedicated to core work and stretching.  This is a great time to incorporate baby into the workout.

Other ways we interact with the babies is through songs, chants and entertaining exercise drills.  Babies also love to look at the other moms and babes.

At Mom & Baby Aquafit,  babies are either in moms arms or in a baby float.  This class is currently being offered in Winnipeg.

If you are feeling nervous about attending your first class with baby we have important news for you.  You are normal! Just come on out and try a class.  You'll be glad you did.  Classes begin Jan 6.  Find a class near you.  Answers to more FAQs here.