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your new fave condiment: avocado crema

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in bb approved recipes, Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness | 0 comments

avocado-crema

I put that $!&*@! on everything!

Rich, creamy, and packed with good-for-you, disease-fighting, gut-friendly ingredients. This avocado crema is about to become your new favourite condiment. Whip up a jar on the weekend and you can use this crema in a thousand different, healthy ways: (more…)

mommy of the week: josy b.

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in bb mommy of the week | 0 comments

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Meet Josy from our Bloor West location. Since joining BB last November, Josy has brought her A-game to every class, dropping weight, slimming down, and rehabilitating a knee injury through it all. She’s never fazed when she has to modify for her knee pain and doesn’t miss a beat when her little guy, Zaidan, wants to be part of the action. We know her amazing attitude will keep her #bbresults going strong! Thanks, Josy! (more…)

(video) tabata squat inferno

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in bbTV, Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness | 0 comments

You’ll feel the burn with these squats. Trust us! We don’t call this 5 minute fitness fix the Tabata Squat Inferno for nothing. Tone your butt and thighs in just 4 minutes with this simple home workout!

And…. it’s all no-impact and perfect for any level of fitness or stage of pregnancy/postpartum.

You don’t need any special equipment – just wear comfortable clothes and have some water standing by.

Get your #bbresults on! Take a picture of yourself doing your home workout with our bbTV videos, and tag us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to be featured.

 

Tabata Squat Inferno Workout by Belly Bootcamp

The BEST Results. The MOST Fun.

 

join toronto’s best stroller fitness

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness | 0 comments

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Are you ready to play? Come join us at Toronto’s best stroller fitness classes! We can’t wait to launch the 2014 Belly Bootcamp outdoor season!

The BEST results. The MOST fun. More than just a stroll in the park, BB offers trainer-led strength training, cardiovascular conditioning and the latest techniques in women’s fitness to help you lose fat, tone up & feel great…all with your little one alongside and the company of your fellow mommies. Our uniquely effective classes have caught the attention of BlogTO, Bloor West Villager, CTV, Today’s Parent and numerous online publications.

This year is going to be better than ever! Come to a park near you to join us for a trial class and see for yourself why Belly Bootcamp is Toronto’s hottest fitness for modern mommies.

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5-ingredient paleo breakfast casserole

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in bb approved recipes, Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness | 0 comments

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Here’s a delicious brunch recipe to slot in for this Sunday, with leftovers to provide healthy ready-to-eat breakfasts for your weekdays. This breakfast casserole is the perfect blend of protein, fats and carbohydrates, making it a complete meal in a pinch, or a great main dish to round out with fruit and/or veggies on the side. (more…)

healthyish spiced carrot muffins

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in bb approved recipes | 0 comments

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Gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan baking is awesome. No, really, it’s awesome. Or – at least – it CAN be awesome when executed by experienced gluten-free, vegan chefs. You know what else is awesome? Just enjoying your freaking muffin without the guilt, calorie counting or carb worries.

Shoot for that old 80/20 rule. Eat healthfully and without overindulgence 80% of the time, and completely with love for food and abandon the other 20% of the time. If you can find treat recipes you love (like this one) that happen to include healthy perks, bonus!

Here’s a great compromise between your practical side and your secretly-eats-ice-cream-standing-up-in-front-of-the-freezer side. This muffin recipe is moist like a cakey bakery muffin, with a fraction of the sugar and calories, and tons more fiber.  It tastes like a treat and it is a treat.  It just isn’t going to give you a coronary.  My kids and I have made this recipe time after time after time after time, and it always tastes fantastic.

Kids can help combine dry ingredients, beat wet ingredients, and grate the carrots on a box grater! And they are always up for some taste testing, in my experience.

spiced carrot muffins

yields 12

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (white will also do – no judgement here!)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt (I recommend a higher fat yogurt, like a balkan, not a 0%)
  • 4 tbsp. coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 carrots, shredded (about 2 to 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger, fresh grated (or 1/4 tsp. if using dried)

1. Line or lightly grease muffin tin and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 2. In large bowl, stir flour, sugar, powder, soda, salt & spices (except ginger if using fresh). 3. In separate bowl, whisk egg, yogurt, oil, vanilla and fresh ginger. 4. Add wet mix to dry mix and stir just until combined. 5. Fold carrots into batter. 6. Spoon into muffin tin and bake 18-20 minutes.

 

mommy of the week: nishta s.

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in bb mommy of the week, Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness | 0 comments

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Meet Nishta from our Riverside location. Nish is a mommy of two with a busy nutrition practice, but she has still made time to train with us at BB for 5 months now, with no signs of slowing down. We’ve watched her get leaner, faster, stronger & more confident in her body since starting at BB, and she trades us in spunk, charm and hard work. Nish is one of those charismatic people that others look forward to seeing at class each week, our trainers included. Thanks, Nishta! (more…)

‘butt lift’ home workout – no surgery required!

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness, The Trainer's Toolbox | 0 comments

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Our regular Belly Bootcampers know that glute circuits are a mainstay in our weekly routines.  As the biggest muscles in your body, your glutes are involved in countless body movements from walking, running, jumping, throwing and twisting.  But because most of us spend too much time sitting, our glutes get compressed or squished and become lazy muscles, letting other muscles such as your lower back, hamstrings and quads to take on work they just aren’t meant to perform. Including effective glutes exercises into your regular fitness routine will train these muscles to work properly and, because they are such big muscles, will burn more calories. That’s right, these powerhouse muscles are also metabolic busters and will help you burn fat all over your body! A shapely, curvy butt and a leaner frame? Yes, please! (more…)

mommy of the week: ladan m.

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in bb mommy of the week, Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness | 0 comments

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Meet Ladan from our St. Clair West location! A mommy of two, Ladan has been training with BB for 5 months, and we’ve watched her really blossom recently, leading the pack at class and pushing herself with a determination only a (self-proclaimed) Type-A mom can muster. She claims she still has weight to lose but she looks lean and toned to us, plus she’s always game for whatever our trainers can dish out. Thanks, Ladan!

What brought you to BB? How long did you train?

I started mid-November, 2013, and have been training since then. I used to see BB classes in Cedarvale in the summer/fall, and was totally envious of the workouts (which looked hard-core!) and the fact that these women were there with their babies (and having fun)! I was with my baby, in the stroller, jogging, which was pretty lonely in comparison… I happened to past by a BB poster somewhere close to the St. Clair West BB location at around the same time and signed up immediately. I was so happy when I realized it was the same group of women I used to see at the park!

What results have you experienced?

I have a knee problem/injury that seems to have gone away since I started BB classes. I have also improved my cardio and strength since starting BB classes. I wish I could say that I have lost weight (I am still 10 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight), but I haven’t! That’s my fault though, not BB! BB has also helped increase my energy level, even without much sleep at nights.

How do you stay active outside of BB?

I used to jog outside, but since November, haven’t done much other than BB. I walk a lot and try to do crunches at home, but that’s about it. I can’t wait for the warmer weather so that I can be outside running again.

What is your #1 fitness goal now?

I want to reach my pre-pregnancy weight, lose my belly fat, and fit into my pants (all of which are my #1 goal)!

Fave healthy food?

I know this is going to sound unhealthy, but I have to say my favourite healthy food is my partner’s risottos – my favourite one is probably the spinach-mushroom-chicken risotto (no butter and no cheese added). Anything homemade really.

Fave BB exercise?

The one where we use the resistance band under our feet, and walk sideways across the room, in small steps.

Exercise you want to punch in the face?

I don’t remember the name [we think you mean 'shoulder press,' Ladan], but one of the exercises, using the resistance bands, while kneeling. We are supposed to push both arms up at the same time (I always alternate because I just can’t do both together). I really, really want to punch that exercise in the face, especially when the instructor makes us do both arms for the last two counts. Argh!

Last splurge food or drink?

Ferrero eggs (dark and milk chocolate covered crispy eggs with chocolaty filling)! In fact, I just had another one right this minute!

You in 5 words. Go!

Compassionate. Proactive. Political. Bossy. Always-a-student.

 

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the peanut butter & chocolate diet

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in bb fitness news roundup, Most Buzzed About Topics, Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness, What's In the News | 0 comments

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This time on the BB fitness news roundup our fave fitness sleuth, BB trainer Kara, shares 3 nutrition tidbits to help you eat what you LOVE while still getting into tank-top ready form for spring! (more…)