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The Power Up program identifies quality products through clean and transparent labeling. These products will provide energy supportive nutrients essential to the body.

Our Mission

To engage and simply educate our customers on the importance of using quality food as fuel.

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Meet Danielle!

Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.), Natural Chef. R.M.T.

Danielle has grown up in the grocery business and is very passionate about healthy lifestyle choices and the importance of reading food labels. She’s been practicing in the health and wellness industry since 2006 and in 4 years she graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, and Bauman College in Berkley California. Danielle co-founded a company called 4 the Luv of Food, which developed a formula that has helped over 200 people gain control of their blood sugar levels. Using this simple formula she lost 23 lbs. in 3 years and hasn’t looked back. She developed a line of blood sugar friendly snacks called Danielle’s Naturals and believes healthy eating should NEVER compromise flavour. Danielle finds joy in educating and motivating others to make more mindful food choices.


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In Season Foods

We live in a country that has a limited growing season but in those 160 days of the year we yield some of the most delicious fruits and vegetables. We are also fortunate enough to have some impressive greenhouse crops year round.
When produce comes to us from other countries they are picked early to ensure ripeness upon arrival, which deprives the fruit or vegetable of optimal high-energy nutrients. Local produce is picked ripe, with minimal travel time allowing for peak nutrition.

We want to encourage you to eat with the seasons. Local, seasonal, homegrown food sustained our ancestors in a healthy manner providing all the energy they needed for their day. There were no strawberries in the winter, and while we are fortunate to have them available to us, are they going to give us the most nutrients? Not likely. Past generations were not influenced by the nutritional advice that promoted foods inaccessible to them. They kept things simple and so should we.

It’s our job at Vince’s to identify Ontario’s Goodness as well as in-season produce year round to make sure you’re getting nutrition at its finest.



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Local Foods

We are a community-based store that loves to support local. Beyond our produce department we have many suppliers that offer products using locally sourced ingredients. Buying local foods:

  • Supports our economy through local farmers and other producers.
  • Encourages sustainable agriculture.
  • Are more nutritious and taste better.

Whether it’s oats, barley, maple syrup, or honey we take pride in bringing awareness to products that support the local movement.



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Blood Sugar Friendly Foods

One of the main contributors to today’s health issues is excess sugar, which comes in the form of carbohydrates. All foods fall into one of, or a combination of three main nutrients – carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The body can breakdown and use all three, but the only one it can readily store are the carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates include sugars and starches as well as indigestible fibre which helps to slow down the rate at which the sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. Once consumed, all carbohydrates turn into glucose (sugar) which the body may use for energy or store as glycogen in the liver and muscles.

When we over consume carbohydrates and our body has to continuously store unused glucose, the glycogen tanks get full causing glucose to pool in the bloodstream. This increases the body’s production of insulin. Over time the body can develop a resistance to insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that shuttles glucose to the cells for use or storage. With excess glucose floating around the bloodstream the liver sends it to the fat cells and can also make it into LDL cholesterol, which is when diabetes and other diseases can manifest.

Diet plays a huge role in controlling insulin and blood sugar levels. Fats and proteins slow down the rate in which sugar is absorbed so they are good additions to carb heavy meals allowing the body to use the carbs for energy leaving nothing left to store.

Now that we’ve broken down the basics there’s a general rule that we stay true to, never eat “lonely” carbs.

We use a simple formula created by 4 the Luv of Food to identify the blood sugar friendliness of a product:

Carbohydrates (–) Fiber (–) Fat (–) Protein should = 0 or less than 0

We will be using the “Balance Factor” (BF) scale to clearly identify a products impact on our blood sugar. If a product has a number of 0 or < 0 then it has the green light.

If the product has a positive number then caution (yellow) is advised and pairing is recommended. For example: pairing crackers with cheese, apple and peanut butter, berries and Greek yogurt.



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Clean and Transparent Foods

What defines a clean label? Simplicity. Products made with minimal and pronounceable ingredients. Foods that are clean will provide energy, potential vitamins and minerals, and result in little to no waste. Clean foods should leave you feeling energized, healthy and satisfied. When you fuel yourself with quality foods your body is less likely to crave foods that aren’t beneficial.

Picture yourself looking through a clear food package and being able to see every single ingredient listed. Does that product look as appealing? Transparency is feeling comfortable looking at every ingredient and still wanting to take it home. When you look at a conventional food label there are likely several ingredients you may not understand. Some of them are fancy words for harmless add-ins and some of them are quite harmful especially when consumed on the regular. We understand that it’s nearly impossible to avoid every processed food but we are going to give you a clear picture on what to look for and what to avoid.

Here’s a list of food additives that sound scary but aren’t:

Guar Gum and Xanthum Gum – both vegetable derived and aid as a thickening agent especially in gluten-free goods.

Lethicin aka soy lethicin – Used as a stabilizer in bread and prevents salad dressings from separating. Derived from corn so best to look for organic and non-gmo products.

Ascorbyl palmitate – an antioxidant made from Vitamin C and palmitic acid, a natural compound derived from fat. It prevents spoilage in food and your body will use the vitamin C and breakdown the rest.

Absorbic Acid – another term for Vitamin C. It used to maintain the colour, flavour, and texture of foods.

Lactic Acid – made from fermented corn, beet, or cane sugar. Often found in probiotic rich foods.

 

If you see the following “toxic” ingredients on a label it’s best to avoid if you value your health:

Synthetic Trans Fats (partially hydrogenated vegetable oils)

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Artificial Sweeteners

Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Benzoate

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA and BHT)

Artificial Flavours

Artificial Colours (Yellow 5, Red #40 and Blue #2)

Yeast Extract (another form of MSG)



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Minimally Processed, Whole Foods

Fruits, vegetables, legumes, poultry, and meat are examples of whole foods. Rolled oats, and nut butters are examples of whole foods that have been minimally processed. While typically the most nutritious foods are on the perimeter of the grocery store the inner aisles have some hidden gems that are whole food based and we’re going to tell you all about them. 



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Convenient and Realistic Foods

Convenience foods have a bit of a bad reputation. Often they are associated with highly processed, pop-in-the-microwave, and serve type meals. This can be true, but as our lives become faster paced and the emphasis on health increases, so have our options. Retailers have adapted to meet the needs of their customers and lots of fresh and healthy options are available daily in stores. Vince’s puts time and thought into a variety of prepared foods made onsite. We are also going to put together some health conscious specific meals for an easy grab and go without the compromise… stay tuned! We will also be highlighting products on our shelves that are multi-purpose. If we recommend coconut flour we will be sure to include preparation suggestions and recipes at our in store demos. 



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Intern's Syndrome - Reading Food Labels with Caution - Vince's Market Power Up Program - Health Food Store Newmarket, Uxbridge, Tottenham, Sharon Ontario, Market & Co. Upper Canada Mall

October 14, 2018

Do You Have Intern’s Syndrome with Nutrition Advice?

Intern’s Syndrome is a condition reported by medical students who perceive themselves to be experiencing the symptoms of a disease that they are studying.  Thanks to the extensiveness of the internet, we all seem to suffer from Intern Syndrome.  Consequently, we start questioning our sense of wellness when the headlines state that “Dairy Causes Inflammation”, “Aspartame Causes Stroke-like Symptoms” and “Red Meat Causes Heart Palpitations”.

They Should Say ‘Some’, Not ‘All’ People

While it’s true that good research helps us understand why some people may suffer from symptoms that compromise their health, we need to remember that it’s ‘some people’ and not ‘all people’ that the research is referring to.  These findings are generally associations and NOT proven ‘cause and effect’ results. Research that makes blanket statements like “caffeine leads to higher blood sugar levels” misleads the rest of us in believing we have ailments that we don’t actually suffer from.

For this reason, a recent headline such as “No Level of Alcohol is Good for You” should have read “For Some, No Level of Alcohol is Good.”  According to this article, alcohol use led to 2.8 million deaths worldwide in 2016. 1  Those who are susceptible to addiction, drinking and driving, or liver disease should perhaps, through self-determination, avoid alcohol.  It doesn’t mean the entire population needs to “dry out”.  In 2010, there were 1.25 million deaths worldwide caused by motor vehicle accidents.  Should there be a headline that touts “No level of driving is safe”?

When you read an article that is preaching one end of the spectrum, try putting in the first two words, “For some…” and see how the article then reads.  It will help you differentiate which articles are worth spending your time on and which articles are going to leave you with a severe case of Intern Syndrome.

Our Vince’s Power Up Program Mission is simply to educate our customers on the importance of using  food as fuel.  For all your Power Up news make sure you check out Vince’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  Also make sure to follow @VincesMarket and #powerupwithvinces, sign up for our Power Up Newsletter and keep an eye out for nutrition tips and tricks from me, our in-house nutrition expert!

To our health & wellbeing,

Shannon, Guest Blogger

1  https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-new-research-concludes-there-is-no-safe-level-of-alcohol-but-look/

butternut squash and apple soup Power Up Recipe

October 1, 2018

Power Up Your Thanksgiving: Butternut Squash & Apple Soup and Apple Crisp

butternut squash and apple soup Power Up RecipeThanksgiving weekend is upon us and with that comes time with family and friends and of course, good food. When I think of a Thanksgiving meal, two words come to mind, traditional and seasonal.

Some of my favourite foods make up our Thanksgiving meal such as brussels sprouts, squash, potatoes, pumpkin and apples.

I wanted to share two of my favourite seasonal recipes; Butternut Squash & Apple Soup and Apple Crisp. I hope you’ll give them a try this weekend. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped yellow or Vidalia onion (about 3 large)
  • 2 Tbsp mild curry powder
  • 5lbs butternut squash (2 large)
  • 1½ lbs sweet apples, such as McIntosh (about 4 apples)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups water

What To Do:

  1. Warm butter, olive oil, onions and curry powder in a large stockpot uncovered over low heat for about 15-20min, until onions are tender. Stirring occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot.
  2. Peel the squash, cut in half and remove seeds. Cut the squash into chucks. Peel, quarter and core the apples, cut into chucks.
  3. Add squash, apples, salt, pepper and 2 cups water to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook over low heat for 30-40 minutes, until squash and apples are very soft.
  4. Puree in the pot with an immersion blender, or in a blender and return to pot. Add enough water to reach the desired consistency; it should be slightly sweet and quite thick. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

* This seasonal soup is a real crowd pleaser. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream and sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds. Yum 🙂

Apple Crisp

  • 2 lbs of apples, peeled, cored, and large dice
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Serves 10-12

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° and grease a large casserole dish with oil or butter.
  2. In a large bowl, combine apples, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Place evenly into baking dish.
  3. In the same bowl, mix together oats, flour, and brown sugar. Using a fork, mix in butter until it becomes crumbly. Stir in pecans and lay over apples.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for about an hour, or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender.

Our Power Up Mission is simply to educate our customers on the importance of using quality food as fuel.  For all your Power Up news make sure you check out Vince’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Make sure you follow @VincesMarket and #powerupwithvinces, sign up for our Power Up Newsletter and keep an eye out for nutrition tips and tricks from me, our in-house nutrition expert!

To our health & wellbeing,

Danielle

nutrition to support your workouts

September 17, 2018

Nutrition to Support Your Workouts

nutrition to support your workoutsExercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. But are you eating the right nutrients to support your workouts? This week we’re reviewing proper nutrition to support your workouts.

You work so hard to find the time and energy to work out.  Did you know that the food you eat before and after you exercise can do a lot to either help or hurt your fitness? Choosing the right foods can help increase fat burning, boost your energy, and aid in post-workout recovery. Here are some tips on nutrition to support your workouts.

Don’t Skip the Carbs

Carbohydrates are fuel for your body. The harder your body is working, the more carbs you will need to keep going. The pre-workout meal should be focused on protein and complex carbohydrates. It is important that both of these macronutrients be present. Carbs are the fuel. Protein is what rebuilds and repairs, as well as makes the right amino acids available for your muscles.

The meal should be consumed about 60-90 minutes before exercise begins to allow the body time to digest and make the nutrients available to the body during exercise.

Complex carbohydrates in your pre-workout meal will help ensure you have adequate energy levels for your workout.

Top Pre-Workout Snacks:

  • A small bowl of cereal, or oatmeal, with milk and a banana
  • 1 bagel spread with cottage spread
  • Greek Yogurt with berries
  • Apple and peanut butter or almond butter
  • Peanut butter and banana sandwich

A Pre-Workout Recipe:

Fruit Chews

  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped or ground dates
  • 1 ½ cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup walnuts

What to Do:

  1. In a bowl, mash bananas and leave small chunks. Mix in eggs and dates
  2. Stir in oats and nuts, set aside for 10 min once mixed.
  3. Pre heat oven to 350 F, place spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 18 min or until edges are golden, store in fridge or freezer.

 

Post Workout Nutrition

It’s absolutely necessary that you consume a post workout meal following your workout session to compensate for lost energy and nutrition.

This meal should be consumed within 20-30 minutes of your workout.

This will maximize potential muscle gains. In order to speed up the results of your regular workout, choosing the right foods is essential. Post workout nutrition, therefore, has to become an integral part of your daily workout regime.

The muscle tissue tends to break down after an intense workout session. To counter this, you should have a quick and easily-digested meal immediately post-workout to help the muscles recover as quickly as possible.

People often tend to skip the post-workout meal. This meal however is most important when it comes to recouping the muscles and achieving the desired results in the shortest period of time.

The meal should be easily digestible, containing carbohydrates and proteins in the ratio 3:1. This is important because the nutrients are quickly absorbed into the body. This is one of the only times I advocate a low fat meal as fat slows down the absorption of carbs and in this case you want them absorbed as quickly as possible.

The ultimate post workout meal is a fruit and protein smoothie. It is low in fat and fruit is a fast acting carb which will replenish your body as quickly as possible.

What are some of your favourite pre- and post- workout meals and nutrition to support your workouts?

Our Power Up Mission is simply to educate our customers on the importance of using quality food as fuel.  For all your Power Up news make sure you check out Vince’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Make sure you follow @VincesMarket and #powerupwithvinces, sign up for our Power Up Newsletter and keep an eye out for nutrition tips and tricks from me, our in-house nutrition expert!

To our health & wellbeing,

Danielle

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August 26, 2018

The Gastronomy Dichotomy

Canadians are suffering from a gastronomy dichotomy – healthy eaters and not-so-healthy eaters alike are struggling with excess body fat.  It’s what makes our obesity epidemic so confusing.

Should We ‘Eat Less and Exercise More’?

On one side of the spectrum, we have healthy eaters who are focussed on the age-old advice to ‘Eat Less and Exercise More’.  Unfortunately, if we don’t eat enough or if we burn too many calories over long periods of time, the body’s survival mechanism kicks in.  When a constant semi-starvation state is reached the result is the storing, rather than the burning, of excess body fat.

How Many Calories Do We Actually Consume?

On the other side of the spectrum are those people who are completely unaware of how many calories they are actually eating.  A local Canadian bar and grill serves an appetizer of naan and hummus.  According to their nutritional facts list, one quarter of the dish is 330 calories!  Add a glass of wine and a paltry bowl of soup and the person has just consumed 1300 calories in one relatively unassuming meal.

Our ancestors didn’t struggle with this dichotomy.  No one advised them to ‘Eat Less and Exercise More’ nor did they have much processed food with hidden calories.  They ate when they were hungry and they stopped when they were full.  They ate homemade, local fare and took a break in the day to enjoy and digest it.

Your body is a powerful intuitive communicator. When it comes to food, listen to your gut instinct.  Keep an eye on those processed calories and go for those familiar homemade recipes that your ancestors knew were important enough to pass along.

Our Vince’s Power Up Program Mission is simply to educate our customers on the importance of using  food as fuel.  For all your Power Up news make sure you check out Vince’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  Also make sure to follow @VincesMarket and #powerupwithvinces, sign up for our Power Up Newsletter and keep an eye out for nutrition tips and tricks from me, our in-house nutrition expert!

To our health & wellbeing,

Shannon, Guest Blogger

Healthy Homemade Iced Cappuccino Recipe from Vince's Market Power Up Program Healthy Eating York Region Grocery Stores

August 12, 2018

Healthy Homemade Iced Cappuccino

Healthy Homemade Iced Cappuccino Recipe from Vince's Market Power Up Program Healthy Eating York Region Grocery StoresWhat if a delicious iced cappuccino was just part of the healthy daily menu? With a summer like this one, hydration is key.  Water is essential but so are calories. We forget how hard the body is working to maintain a normal body temperature and keep us from overheating!

This recipe for a Healthy Homemade Iced Cappuccino is a great way to replace those calories and re-hydrate the body is with a healthy take on homemade iced cappuccino.  It has 200 calories and no added sugar. We always recommend avoiding processed foods and sticking to whole foods, so this homemade iced cappuccino is a winner!

Healthy Homemade Iced Cappuccino Recipe

What to Do:

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of Coconut milk powder with 2 tablespoons of vanilla protein powder in 1 cup of lukewarm water.  (I use a 1000ml jar with a lid.)
  2. Shake until the powder is dissolved.
  3. Add ice to fill the jar
  4. Then add a hot espresso.
  5. Stir and enjoy your iced capp all afternoon.

Note: If you want it a little sweeter, add a splash of coffee creamer or some maple syrup. 

Remember, you might be on vacation but your body still needs to be fed. And who says healthy food can’t be delicious? Make it a priority to re-hydrate, replenish and restore the body.  Why not start the day with a healthy homemade iced cappuccino!

Our Power Up Mission is simply to educate our customers on the importance of using quality food as fuel.  For all your Power Up news make sure you check out Vince’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  Also make sure to follow @VincesMarket and #powerupwithvinces, sign up for our Power Up Newsletter and keep an eye out for nutrition tips and tricks from me, our in-house nutrition expert!

To our health & wellbeing,

Shannon, Guest Blogger


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