NKPR’s healthy lunch ideas

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After watching the students from George Webster Elementary get excited about exercise and healthy eating at yesterday’s At My Best Ultimate Play Day, my staff and I were inspired to eat extra nourishing lunches today (and to make this type of food a more regular part of our everyday). And because everybody loves a little food voyeurism, I posted the pics here for you to check out. Enjoy!

Emily: Vegan, gluten-free taco salad. (Made with mashed up veggie burgers, kidney beans, guacamole, soy cheese, salsa, red peppers, lettuce, corn tortilla…) Deliciousness aside, this is my all-time favourite homemade lunch because it’s full of low-fat protein and veggies, and it only takes five minutes to make.


Lauren: My lunch was the “Chopped Caesar” from FRESH. Skip the bacon! The edamame and tempeh bits are unique additions that make this Caesar a healthy one!


Kaley: I forgot my lunch at home! Maybe someone will share their healthy snacks with me today? (below: NKPR’s fridge)


Kristin: Chicken pita. Delicious veggies and grilled chicken in a whole wheat pita. So delicious, I had to take a bite before I took the photo…


Cat: A salad full of veggies and legumes. A quick and healthy lunch fix!


Jordan: Veggie pita from Pita Pit with an apple and water. A healthy and fast lunch when I am on the go! (Helps that Pita Pit is next door to the office. ;))


Heather: Ever tried to take a photo of a veggie quesadilla oozing cheese? It’s not pretty. But here’s an approximation of the healthy lunch I ate almost every other day this week: baby tomatoes, a few slices of cheese and my lentil salad on greens. (Which, FYI, is so good my friend had to capture his lunch envy with this Twitpic.)


Sarah: My lunch today is a sweet romaine lettuce salad with goat cheese, onions, pecans and baked chicken with oil and balsamic dressing. Healthy and yummy.


Brittany: Vegetarian sushi is my fave (I hate seafood) and apparently ginger is really good for you.


Bunmi: My salad consists of the following: spinach, chicken, strawberries, mushrooms, peas, pumpkin seeds, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, cranberries and pear vinaigrette! It’s a great way to get some veggies into my system and it fills me up. BTW, I think it’s absurd that a place called Sandwich Box makes salads in bowls! (But that’s beside the point.)


Did these ideas inspire your next healthy lunch? Tweet me @natashankpr


Flying high with At My Best

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I don’t know about you, but I love being able to squeeze in a workout first thing in the morning. There’s really no better way to start the day. Apparently the students at George Webster Elementary School agree with me because they had quite a workout at this morning’s At My Best™ Ultimate Play Day… and they loved every second of it!

At My Best is a school-based children’s wellness program for students in kindergarten to Grade 3 that focuses on the three key areas of wellness: physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being. Today’s event was held in celebration of the third annual At My Best Day, a national event that invites schools across the country to show Canada what it means to be healthy. At today’s event, athletic superstars came out to inspire the kids to get moving! And wow, did it ever work! The kids had so much fun!

Trish Stratus, former WWE superstar and owner of Stratusphere yoga studio, taught the kids some yoga moves and stretches. Jennifer Botterill, a member of Canada’s 2010 Olympic gold medal winning hockey team, played ball hockey with the students and showed them some fancy new stick handling skills. And three Olympic medalists from the Canadian trampoline team–Karen Cockburn, Rosie MacLennan and Jason Burnett–put on an incredible high-flying show!

Here are some photos from the event…

Thanks to everyone for coming out!



New contest alert!

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My team is pretty healthy and they’re always thinking about new ways to get in shape. Brittany runs half-marathons, Dzeneta spins, Emily is getting into hot yoga, Rebecca and Aimee started an NKPR running clinic, and the whole staff has switched to mini drumsticks (just 110 calories each!). 🙂 And now, maybe we’ll all add trampolining to that list!

At My Best, a school-based children’s wellness program founded by AstraZeneca Canada and Physical and Health Education Canada, is joining with Springfree™ Trampoline to give away one trampoline per week (valued at $1,299) from now until At My Best Play Day on June 9, 2011! Entering the contest is easy, too. Just visit the At My Best Facebook page here and  answer the weekly “JUMP INTO JUNE” question. The winners will be randomly selected.

Good luck!