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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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banana

March 22, 2020

Delicious Gluten Free Banana Bread

bananaSo much has changed in the last couple weeks. It’s hard to wrap my head around, but I’m doing my best to stay positive and present. One thing I know for sure is that I’m having to start getting really creative with activities for my toddler. With everyone practicing ‘social distancing’ and staying at home for the most part, I’m sure you might be looking for a variety of things to keep you busy as well.

Spend Time in the Kitchen

Well, if time in the kitchen sparks your fancy, this gluten free banana bread is a real winner. Also, a bonus was that my toddler was able to help by mashing the bananas and mixing ingredients together. I’ve mentioned in the past that my daughter had a reaction to eggs, and we were instructed by the allergist to try them in a baked good, so this was our long overdue trial. Thankfully all was good and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Needless to say, it’s kid approved! Stay safe everyone.

Chickpea Flour Banana Bread

  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups chickpea flour
  • Add ons:
  • ½ cup chocolate chips or shredded coconut
  • ½ cup walnuts

Preheat oven to 350F. Line 8×4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and a bit of oil. In a medium bowl, whisk together chickpea flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

In a large bowl, combine bananas, maple syrup, vanilla extract, eggs, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. Mix until well combined. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in any add ins that you choose. Pour batter into pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

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,
Danielle

(This recipe has be modified from Ambitious Kitchen)
Sharon

March 9, 2020

Better for You Sharon, ON

We’ve got a new section in Sharon that I’m so excited to talk about. When I go grocery shopping in stores I’m not familiar with, I look to see if they have a wellness/organic section. Once I’ve shopped the parameter of the grocery store for fresh product, the wellness section is my go-to for most of my dry goods. From crackers, pasta, granola bars, cereals and sweets that’s where I find the cleanest ingredients for me and my family.

Better For You

In big box stores, it’s fairly easy to carve out a section for these types of items because space is not limited. However, at our Vince’s locations, additional space is not a luxury. So, we have always lined these items in with our conventional product. Fortunately the renovation of our Sharon location allowed for the perfect pilot project, and we are happy to announce we now have a “Better For You” section for your shopping convenience!

This section consists of products we currently stock as well as some new items that I’m very excited about. We are highlighting items with clean ingredients that are either organic, gluten free, kid friendly, functional foods, and/or superfoods. Since this is a dry goods section we focused on baking ingredients, snacks, crackers, treats, and pastas. Some items that you can find in this new section in Sharon are:

  • Go Bio Candies (lifesaving for our recent flight with kids)
  • Annie’s Crackers and Cookies (my go-to snack for our daughter)
  • Freeyumm Cookies and Bites (which are allergen free and great for school)
  • RW Garcia and Mary’s Crackers
  • Rawcology Granola and Nud Fud Snacks (all locally made)
  • Maria’s Pasta (my absolute favourite gluten free pasta)
  • Jackfruit variations (such an amazingly satisfying vegetarian option)

In the coming weeks I am going to be highlighting some of my favourite items from the section and how you can use them. This area of our store will continue to evolve and we would love to hear from our customers on what they might want to see in this section. Look forward to eventually working this into our other stores as well.

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,
Danielle

travel

February 24, 2020

Travel Tips

travelThis is the time of year when most people get the travel bug. The winter seems never ending and we are yearning for some Vitamin D. If you are traveling in the coming weeks here are some of my go-to travel tips.

Strengthen Your Immune System

When I know I’m going to be travelling, especially via airplane, I take extra measures to ensure I am in tip top shape before travel. I take extra vitamin C, vitamin D, elderberry, probiotics, and maintain a good diet. I also make sure to bring vitamin C with me, as well as my preferred over the counter medication just in case.

Bring Your Own Travel Snacks

Nothing is worse than travelling hungry. Food that is available either on the road or at the airport is usually pretty processed and expensive. Here are a few of my favourite food travel companions:

  • Nuts and seeds, homemade trail mix
  • Protein bars
  • Cut up fruits and vegetables
  • Babybel cheese
  • Popcorn
  • Peanut butter and jam sandwiches (they travel well and are satisfying)

Fruit, Fiber, Combine

With the change in routine, your bowel movements might change as well. One sure fire way to keep things regular is to up your fiber through fruits and vegetables and of course staying hydrated. Another bonus if you’re travelling to warmer climates is that a lot of the fruits may be local to you.

As always, I’m a big advocate of ensuring stable blood sugar levels, making sure not to overindulge in lonely carbohydrates, especially in the form of alcohol. As temping as those sugar filled drinks seem, consider them treats and try not to overdo it. Even better, have them with your meal so that you have some protein and fat to help slow down their absorption.

Water Yourself

Proper hydration is the key to health. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, or dizziness – none of which you would like on vacation.

Relax

The most rewarding part of changing your routine with travel is the ability to relax. We live in a world where stress is a normal part of day to day life so when you get the opportunity to “turn off”, take advantage.

What are some of your favourite travel tips?

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,
Danielle

Valentine's Day Treats

February 9, 2020

Valentine’s Day Treats: Creamy Peanut Butter Cups

Valentine's Day TreatsValentine’s Day is coming up and even though it’s a typical Hallmark holiday that gets blown way out of proportion, I love the sweetness in the day. When I was a kid, Valentine’s Day was about making homemade cards for friends and small tokens of affection, which were mostly sugar filled and are far out of my radar these days.

Even though I’m not into heart shaped gummies and commercial chocolates I do love dark chocolate and I think small gestures are what stand out the most. So this year why not make a batch of Creamy Peanut Butter Cups dark to share with your loved ones.

Choosing the Right Chocolate

The health benefits of chocolate are the result of the flavonoid content found in the cocoa bean. Flavonoids are natural compounds with antioxidant properties. Berries, red wine and green tea have been famed for their health benefits due to these compounds. Like with any food, the more it is processed the less nutrients it retains so in order to maximize the protective effect chocolate has to offer it’s best to reach for dark, ideally 70% or higher.

Dark chocolate has the most flavonoids, almost four times as many as milk chocolate, while white chocolate has none. Despite it’s “sweet” reputation, chocolate has a low glycemic index which makes it less likely to impact your blood sugar levels allowing for a much more balanced energy throughout the day. Cocoa naturally contains minerals such as copper, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron which are vital for your health, especially your heart.

Creamy Peanut Butter Cups

  • 16 oz 70% bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1-cup cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sea salt

Makes 12-15 medium cups

What to Do

Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl over a small pot of simmering water. Place baking cups in muffin tins for easier handling and pour melted chocolate to fill ¼ of the way.

Place in freezer or refrigerator to set. Using a food processor or hand mixer blend the cream cheese, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla together until smooth.  Spoon or pipe into the hardened chocolate cups and then pour a thick layer of remaining chocolate over top making sure the edges are sealed.

Sprinkle with sea salt and place back into fridge until tops have set.

What are some of your favourite Valentine’s Day Treats?

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,
Danielle

 

reflecting

January 27, 2020

New Year’s Reflections

Happy New Year everyone! I took a little break from Power Up Blogs for some personal development, so I wanted to share what I’ve been reflecting on and hopefully encourage you to do the same.

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As we closed in on 2019, I decided I wanted to take a different approach to the new year. In the past, I really put emphasis on having a fresh slate the what greatness the new year brings. I would get all caught up in resolutions and what I wanted to change. What I realized is that without reflecting on the year that had passed and the areas for improvement, it made the follow through quite challenging.

I realize that new year reflection usually takes place at the beginning of January. However, since we just passed the so called “Blue Monday”, I couldn’t think of a better time to do some reflecting when the excitement and momentum of the new year has simmered down a bit.

This year I asked myself some questions to reflect on. There is questions online to prompt your thought process, but these are the ones that I found resonated with me the most.

1.     In what way(s) did you grow spiritually/physically/emotionally?

A loaded question but an important one. Maybe you started yoga, journaling, meditation, etc., these are all areas for growth.

2.     Who needs to be acknowledged?

Who were your most valuable relationships with? Or maybe you cut ties with a toxic relationship. Think about the people who impacted your year and how they impacted it.

3.     What was an unexpected challenge or obstacle?

For me this was a tough one as I experienced something totally unexpected and heartbreaking, but I truly found a sense of strength I never knew existed within me. 

4.     What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?

I loved this question. I definitely needed to reflect on my use of time. Maybe you spend too much time with an energy vampire, or too much screen time. Either way, it’s important to reflect on your use of time and how to better it. Also, to recognize how your time was BEST used in the past year. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2020!

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 more nutrition tips and tricks.

To our health & wellbeing,

Danielle 


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