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are morning workouts more effective?

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness | 0 comments

 

morning-workouts

Morning workouts burn more fat. Evening workouts yield better strength gains. Flexibility is best in the evening. Afternoons are best for heavy lifting. With all the time you’ve got on your hands (pfffffffffttt…), you’re probably wondering which of your many idle hours each day to devote to exercise. How do you sort through the research and block out the hype? (more…)

gluten-free 4-ingredient blender pancakes

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in bb approved recipes | 0 comments

 

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When in doubt, make pancakes. For the under-5 set, there is no meal guaranteed to be gobbled up like pancakes. Actually, we’ve never known a mommy to turn her nose up at a pancake either. So, naturally, we had to figure out a way you could eat pancakes every single day. Here’s how.

Let’s be honest: nothing beats a buttery, crisp around the edges buttermilk pancake the size of, roughly, Texas, drenched in butter and dripping with maple syrup… oh… are you still here? You can save those blood-pressure bombs beauties for champagne brunches and Easter breakfasts when only the old-school fave will do.

 

Pumpkin season is every season! Try these fluffy paleo pumpkin pancakes.

 

These pancakes have the sweet, fluffy goodness of a diner short stack but are so simple and healthy, you can justify eating them every single day if the mood strikes you. Plus, they’re gluten- and dairy- free, whip up in 5 minutes flat, and are a great way to get some protein & healthy carbs into you and your little people. They also make a great finger food for babies & toddlers! Try making a big batch Monday morning and gently reheating in a skillet or wrapping in foil and reheating in the oven for the next couple of mornings. You will be Mom of the Year. Just like when you served that delicious Shepherds Pie last week…

Serve with a schmear of your favourite natural nut butter & maybe a drizzle of honey, or with maple syrup if you’re going all out.

 

gluten-free blender pancakes

 yields 6-8 small (4″) pancakes

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 small, ripe or overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • splash pure vanilla extract
  • coconut oil for frying

1. Combine all ingredients in blender or mini-blender (OK, OK, vanilla makes this “5 ingredients” — you can omit the vanilla, but it adds a lovely “fresh baked” aroma); whir until smooth and fully combined.

2. Heat coconut oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat; drop batter 1/4 cup at a time without overcrowding and fry 2-3 minutes until brown around edges & bubbly on top. Flip & fry 30 seconds.

3. Devour.

low-carb, high flavour shepherds pie

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in bb approved recipes | 0 comments

 lowcarbshepherdspie

Shepherds pie. It’s basically the pie incarnation of meatloaf + mashed potatoes. Saucy. Rich. Stick-to-your-ribs satisfying. The great news: it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. With a couple of tweaks, we’ve made a rich and delicious shepherds pie super packed with veggies, and lighter on carbs and calories than your mom’s version. (more…)

mommy of the week: danielle a.

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in bb mommy of the week | 0 comments

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Meet Danielle from our Mississauga location! Dani is a certified yoga instructor, and she’s on her second “round” of BB; she trained at BB with her middle child, then joined us again last year when she had her third. Dani always has a smile for her fellow mommies and somehow always looks fresh & rested, even with three little boys at home to chase after. We think maybe all the BB squats have something to do with it. Blood flow and all that…you know. Thanks, Dani!

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announcing our #BB30in30 winner!

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in bb approved contests | 0 comments

 

bb30in30-winner

Last month we ran our very first #BB30in30 Challenge. We challenged our BB community to do as many workouts as possible in January, and post to Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter with the hashtag #BB30in30.

Every workout you posted with the tag #BB30in30 was an entry to win!

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We were super high-tech about the whole thing, as you can see from the “official draw mixing bowl” pictured above. But we were FAIR. Each post got its poster’s name on an entry ballot, and after some thorough mixing (that is what mixing bowls are for, after all…) we drew our winner:

 

Congratulations, Michelle Parker!

You’ve won an entire month of FREE BB classes — twice per week, for 4 weeks.

 

Thank you everyone for participating! We loved watching you get creative at home and in the great outdoors, hiking, running, swimming, walking, dancing, stretching and, of course, bootcamping your way to a fitter 2015!

Stay tuned for another upcoming challenge and more chances to win! Follow us on Instagram so you’ll be the first to hear.

 

Love the idea of monthly challenges? Try this!

 

10 healthy 150-calorie snacks

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness | 0 comments

 

healthy-low-calorie-snacks

At BB, we don’t like to put a huge focus on calories – we’d rather just choose whole, natural foods and not worry about measuring out each bite. When it comes to whole foods, calories = nutrients! But even still, if weight loss is your goal – it’s important to manage portion sizes and if we’re snacking all day rather than eating full meals (which is pretty typical of a new mom – you eat when you can!) it can be easy to lose track of how much you are consuming when you’re eating straight out of the fridge randomly on 3.5 hours of broken sleep. (more…)

mommy of the week: aislinn r.

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in bb mommy of the week | 0 comments

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Meet Aislinn from our Leslieville location! Aislinn is a runner & avid exerciser; she wondered if BB would be challenging enough, so she started with a trial class last fall and has been training ever since. Aislinn is focused and never misses a beat, even when baby Charlotte wants to be part of the workout. Thanks, Aislinn!

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how to do the perfect plank

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness | 0 comments

 

how-to-do-perfect-plank

Plankity plank plank. It’s everyone’s favourite core exercise, and the base for a hundred variations of torture training, including the ubiquitous push-up (which is a plank PLUS upper body movement). It’s the simplest exercise but also one we see done incorrectly by even the fittest people. Here’s how and why to add the plank to your core training routine. (more…)

mommy of the week: melissa h.

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in bb mommy of the week | 0 comments

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Meet Melissa from our Beach location! Melissa joined us in the winter of 2014 to jump start her postnatal fitness routine and she’s been training twice per week ever since. We’ve watched her tone up and get fit over the months and get back to her old marathon-running self. Melissa loves to be challenged, and we love to challenge her! Thanks Melissa.

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how to really make a change in 2015

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness | 0 comments

New Year Wallpaper.

I’m the kind of person who doesn’t make resolutions (New Year’s or otherwise), because I know I won’t keep them. The most I’ve managed in the past was “no sugar for a week”, and even then I’d cheat with the occasional piece of dark chocolate. I’m just not into deprivation. But now that I have a kid, I find I have to make some tough choices. I’ve had to figure out just how much sleep I need to be (semi) effective at work, switch my exercise time to 6 am (a time I wasn’t really sure existed pre-kid), and accept that cereal is going to be on the dinner rotation.

I’m always looking for more balance in my life. Setting goals like “exercise more” or “eat less take-out” never work though. They’re too vague, too sweeping, and have no fixed expiry date. So how are we, as working mommies, supposed to set realistic goals to make incremental changes in our busy lives? (more…)