Category: HEALTH

Healthy road trip hacks

Healthy road trip hacks

By INLIV INmates | GENERAL

It’s the last long weekend of the summer and for many of us, that means a final family camping trip or driving excursion before the kids return to school. The car rides can be long and often our food selection looks like a hungry, unsupervised, eight-year-old did the shopping. Try a healthier approach with our road trip hacks!

  • Instead of chips and cookies, fill your cooler with fresh vegetables and fruit
  • Apples and carrots last quite a long time, and hummus makes a flavourful dip
  • Pack some hard boiled eggs for a quick snack
  • Instant oatmeal can give you – and the kids – an energy boost in the morning before heading out for a hike
  • Tuna is convenient, especially in the packet versus a can. You don’t even have to worry about finding the can opener!
  • For a sweet treat, try grilling pineapple for dessert, instead of indulging in another s’more
  • Freeze your drinks before you pack them in the cooler. They’ll help keep everything cold

Our INLIV INmates have also put together a list of their personal tips and road trip hacks for your long weekend travel.

  • When planning a road trip, be mindful of where you’re going and how long it will take. If you know it’s a long drive with limited access to anything other than gas station snacks, try packing a small lunch box with healthy snacks like protein bars or bananas. Be careful when choosing your protein bars – make sure the grams of protein are always higher than the grams of sugar! – Zoë Saunders, Client Co-ordinator, INLIV Operations
  • Pre-portion everything. Cutting up vegetables in advance and packing them in small sandwich bags works great. – Susan Lea-Makenny, Medical Doctor, Total Health Management
  • I let my kids pick the snack for each other. And playing a game like ‘what’s behind door number one’ works well. All the doors might have broccoli behind them, but they don’t know that! – Steve Reynish, INLIV Client
  • I pack lots of healthy fats and fibre to hold me over longer while I’m out camping. Almonds are great for that. – Omar Ibrahim, Personal Trainer, Fitness
  • There are always ways to make your favourites slightly healthier! For your burger, wrap it in lettuce instead of a traditional bun. Skip the fries and choose veggies instead – and you’re good to go! – Zoë Saunders, Client Co-ordinator, Operations
  • It can be tough to keep kids entertained in the car, On our road trip this summer, we played ‘count the trucks and name the colours’. We got to about 50 trucks before our little guy lost interest. – Ryan Hamilton, Fitness and Rehabilitation Program Director
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Physical sunscreens are great – they don’t absorb into the skin, but sit on the surface and protect against both UV-A and UV-B rays. (Click here for more tips on sun safety) – Dr. Wendy Smeltzer, Medical Director at INLIV
  • Don’t overlook the basics – water, a first aid kit – and bear spray! All great items to make sure you enjoy your time outdoors safely – Cary Bohnet, Corporate Strategy and Strategic Partnerships, Business Development
  • When I go hiking I always carry a knife, tape and first aid supplies, just in case anything happens. With these items in your bag, you can tape a sprained ankle or make a splint if you need to. – Cole Elliot, Personal Trainer, Fitness 

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, safe, long weekend – from everyone at INLIV.

 

August 22, 2017

Stampede Breakfast

Stampede Breakfast

By INenergy | FITNESS | Fitness | FITNESS

Alright folks, it’s about that time of year again. Birds are chirping, sun is shining, and you have a hankerin’ for a whole mess of pancakes … drizzled with syrup and a side of bacon or some sausage links if you fancy!

That’s right; Calgary Stampede 2017 is here, and as a born and raised Calgarian myself, I’m not afraid to admit the very best part. It’s the ten days of what seems to be endless Stampede Pancake Breakfasts around the city. Most of them are FREE too… what a dangerous game!

June 27, 2017

By Kelly Blackshaw | Business Development Director | INvalue | CORPORATE HEALTH

When you’re one of the people in charge of the daily operations of a large company – be it a provincial heavyweight or a multinational corporation – it can be simple to lose track of good health habits. Over time, you may find yourself cutting corners a little bit, here and there: easy meals, instead of healthy ones; missed exercise classes; or less work-life balance. Before you know it, the stress and pressure of your career can take its toll on your health. 

March 8, 2017

By Nutrition team at INLIV | HEALTH

Healthy eating habits in childhood are the cornerstone to establishing good nutrition later on in life. However, many parents often find that their children are “picky eaters”, and that it’s seemingly hopeless to convince them to eat healthy diets – a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and other foods that deliver the nutrients they need. 

March 7, 2017