Kooee! Super Snacks- a Perfect Hiking Snack

I first heard of Kooee! Super Snacks through Girls Gone Sporty and I thought it sounded like a perfect product for me (Jerky Trail Mix) so I asked the company to send a few sample packs.

KOOEE! Jerky Trail Mix is a super healthy snack.  It’s high in protein, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and has no added sugar, preservatives, nitrates or anything artificial. The beef is 100% grass fed beef raised in Australia and if you read the ingredients list there isn’t a single ingredient you can’t pronounce.

The company recently wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign and will have online shopping available soon. Good! Because I need to order this stuff by the case for next summer’s hikes, camping trips, and soft ball tournaments.

Currently they offer two flavours Lime Pepper with Mango and Smoke Chipotle with Apple and they have a third mystery flavor coming soon.

 Smoke Chipotle with Apple

I have mixed feelings on this flavor. I loved the spicy chipotle beef when I ate it at my desk with a water bottle handy but I think on a hike it would just make you thirstier.  Also, I HATED the caocao nibs, they were way too bitter for my liking.

Healthy snack on a mountain or at your desk

Healthy snack on a mountain or at your desk

Lime Pepper with Mango

I took this snack on a recent winter hike and I loved it! Every bit of trail mix was so tasty and it’s very filling. I ate half the pack mid way through our hike and the rest when we were done. This is definitely the flavor I’ll be ordering in the future.

The dogs wanted a snack too!

The dogs wanted a snack too!

Kooee! is a new company but definitely one to follow. Check them out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

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On a side note: congrats to Edmond & Louise for winning the So Delicious Giveaway! I’ll be contacting you via email today! 

 Disclaimer- Kooee! provided the sample packs free of charge in exchange for a review. My thoughts are, as always, my own.
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Winter Fit with Run Lift Yoga

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Winter Fit is a series where I interview Canadian fitness/outdoors bloggers and get a first hand look into how they stay fit and motivated during the long cold winter months.

This week, we’re talking to Bri from Run Lift Yoga. She has it a little easier than the rest of us living on the Island as their winters are milder, but it can’t be easy to be motivated in the rainy season!

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Introduce yourself

I’m an endurance sport and fitness junkie who loves to explore the great outdoors in my hometown on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC with my wiener dog Indiana Jones.  By day I work in communications for the government (desk jockey), but by night I’m a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and freelance fitness writer. I also have a blog (runliftyoga.com) where I write about training for marathons, triathlons and ultra marathons.


Where do you live and what are your winters like?

I’m pretty spoiled to live on Vancouver Island. We hardly ever get snow and the temperatures rarely drop below zero. From November to March, the weather here is dark, rainy and gloomy. Since we’re at sea level, we west coasters experience something we call “cold to the bone” — where you can’t really get warm no matter how many layers you wear. It’s like a wet cold. Not the greatest for running, but better than snow and 40 below!

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What are your go-to activities?

In the winter, I usually run twice a week – once during the week in the morning and once on the weekend when it’s light. I also hike a lot, and do strength training in the morning in the comfort of my home :)

How do stay motivated in the dark, gloomy winter months to stick to a fitness routine?

Winter is my “basic strength” building season, so I do four upper/lower split strength training routines indoors at home. I find that easy to stick to, as I don’t have to go outside! I usually mix in plyo and circuits to get some cardio in, and keep up my running fitness with a few short runs and hikes on the weekend. I like to think of it as prepping for another season of summer races.

Do you do any winter activities?

I head to the mountains to snowboard once a year, but since we don’t get snow here my activities are pretty much the same as they are in the summer (with less running and no outdoor swimming, of course).

Do you have a healthy comfort food recipe to share?

My easy-as-hell- turkey chili recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1lbs lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 a sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Large can of mixed beans
  • 500ml or so of salsa
  • 1 cup v8 juice
  • Whatever veggies you fancy

Add the olive oil to a large pot, heat to medium and cook onions and ground turkey until turkey is cooked thoroughly. As the meat is cooking, cook whatever veggies you want to add (I usually do kale, zucchini, peppers and mushrooms) in a separate pan with olive oil (or steamed if you want to make it even healthier!). When both are cooked, add the veggies to the meat, stir for about a minute then dump in the beans, salsa and V8 juice. Simmer on med-low, stirring occasionally until it’s warm enough to eat!

What advice would you give for someone struggling to get up and moving during the winter when hibernation mode sets in?

Set up a little home gym – all you need are a set of dumbbells, a yoga mat, a pull up bar, resistance band and maybe a stool or step box. That way you can roll out of bed and workout before you even know what you’re doing! You can also use free YouTube workout videos or DVDs for your cardio. Winter is a great time for strength training, which doesn’t require you to go outside. Think of it as your “building” phase to prepare you for when the weather warms up and the layers come off again :)

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There’s An Alien Inside of Me!

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After our winter hike I had a moment of weakness. I was starving, it was cold and I ate a great big Dairy Queen double cheeseburger. I decided it was worth a stomach ache and enjoyed every tasty bite. Afterwards, I felt slightly nauseous but not too bad and I couldn’t believe my luck! But then Monday rolled around and the nausea started. I woke up this morning (Tuesday) and considered calling in sick because I felt like puking and my stomach cramps were INSANE. But I decided I wasn’t going to let myself call in stupid (this was all my own doing) so I manned up and came in. But very little work is getting done as I can really only focus on my  pain and discomfort.

Why does the brain do that? Why does it help you forget previous pain so you repeat the same mistakes? (Ha! I just described childbirth. Funny.) I keep forgetting how severe my “stomach aches” are when I ingest these foods and then I do it and feel like a massive pile of garbage!

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I Googled ways to make you feel better and most of them say the same thing; water, tea, sleep, relax. Well thanks for nothing! Because I have to work, I have obligations and I can’t just relax at home and nap and sip tea.

Does anyone have any tips for relieving pain associated with lactose/gluten ingestion?

Winter Hike Up Bears Hump

This past weekend I was finally able to drag Ryan on a hike! Its funny how I couldn’t get him to come all summer when the weather was nice but in -6C and snow he was willing.  I think he just felt obligated to go because I bought him  a new winter coat and boots JUST for winter adventures.

Drug him up there!

Drug him up there!

Driving into the park we watched five or six elk try to make a break for the road and stop when they saw a car coming. I love the elk in the winter. Often you’ll see a huge herd of hundreds on those plains, not just a handful. Unfortunately my stupid camera took blurry pics.

Blurry Elk SHht

Blurry Elk Pic

We stopped at the winter camp ground at the creek for a bathroom break. You can winter camp there, it has outhouses and a camp kitchen.

Frolicking by the creek

Frolicking by the creek

After doing a photo shoot for some clothing (recap to come soon) we pulled into the Bears Hump parking lot. There wasn’t a single car there which I found surprising because it was a warm day compared to the past week. It was only -6C instead of -18 (-35C with the wind). But that made the hike nice because we had the trail all to ourselves.

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And if you think Bears Hump is tough in the summer, try going up in the winter when the steps and rocks are slippery.

The steps and rocks were slippery

But the scenery was gorgeous and the trees sheltered us from the wind.

Peek of Upper Waterton Lake through the trees

Peek of Upper Waterton Lake through the trees

For a non-hiking, smoker Ryan hikes at a fast pace. My Runkeeper clocked my fastest hike ever at 16:46/mile.

Ryan was booking it!

Ryan was booking it!

When we got to the top the wind was howling so we didn’t stay up there very long. The clouds were covering the sun too so the view was dark compared to most other times we have went.

Clouds made for bad lighting

Clouds made for bad lighting

It was pretty windy at the top!

It was pretty windy at the top!

This hike wore little Apollo out. He slept the whole drive home (even when Ryan was pulled over for speeding) and when we got home he passed out on the couch and didn’t move except to pee the rest of the day.

Family photo!

Family photo!

It wasn’t an overly long day but you have to take baby steps with non-hikers. Next on the list is some cross country skiing!

Until we meet again Waterton!

Until we meet again Waterton!

Here are a few more pics from the day:

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I finally bought a spiralizer!

I have been reading about zucchini noodles for quite awhile now and FINALLY bought one for $15 on Amazon.

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I goggled how to make them and this is what I did:

Peel and cut off the ends (duh!)

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Send through spiralizer.

You have two options for size of noodles. I tried the larger end.

You have two options for size of noodles. I tried the larger size.

There was a cap thing that looked like it should help you twist the ends all the way through but it broke the zucchini apart rather than fed it through. My spiralizer had some weird leftovers.

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Sautee lightly in olive oil for a few minutes

From what I found online you can cook them slightly or eat them raw,  but I wanted a noodle-like texture so I sautéed them.

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Add sauce and enjoy!

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Can you believe it is THAT easy? Why isn’t everyone doing this? And it was really good. If you like vegetable pasta sauce with bits of carrot and zucchini than you will like the noodles because that’s exactly what they taste like.

Even Ryan liked it!

Even Ryan liked it!

Friday Fitness Recap- Nov.14

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Ah winter. You sure came in with a whollop didn’t you? I think I’m  the only person I know not complaining about the snow storms and frigid temps. I can’t help it, I love snow, I’m a December baby! My one small annoyance is that the weekend’s snow storm cancelled my hiking plans that I specifically took Monday off for.

Friday- 50 minutes Pedal Party
You can read more about my wild Friday night HERE, but I attended a new cycle studio in town and got my groove on while on a bike. It was a great way to kick off my long weekend.

I know ho to party on a Friday night. P.S. almost everyone was in the centre row. No one wanted to be in the front.

I know how to party on a Friday night. P.S. almost everyone was in the centre row. No one wanted to be in the front.

Saturday- Nothing

Sunday- Nothing
The snow storm hit on Sunday so I spent the day cleaning from 9:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and I still didn’t get the whole house! I left the kids rooms alone because they would just get messed up as I cleaned which would depress me.

Monday- Dog walk 1.25 miles in -15C
I bundled up and hit the local nature trail with the dogs on Monday. I even took the time to make a fun little video just so I could spend the remainder of the day editing video. I forgot to post it to YouTube so I’ll share it in another post.

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Tuesday- Dog Walk 1.55 miles in -14C
I like going for short walks in the extreme cold. It makes you feel alive and then you get home and put on warm sweats and it feels so good.

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Wednesday- Cheer conditioning and ab workout
I got in there with my Cheerleaders on Wednesday and did conditioning for 15 minutes, squats, shoulder push ups, V-ups etc. And then at my next class, we all did 6 minutes of abs.

Thursday- Nothing

So there you have my less than stellar week. But you know what, I’m human. We all have slumps and I’m in a slump right now. Here’s to a better next week! And if the weather would ease up a little bit I have a treadmill being lent to me for the winter!