#CityEvocation: 2016 Range Rover Evoque

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2016 Range Rover Evoque

Sure, I may get the opportunity to work with a lot of car brands but don’t make the assumption that my affinity for luxury cars stems from partnerships through my blog. I am almost embarrassed to admit that my final paper in my International Business class in university was on the impact of entry luxe vehicles making it’s way into the automotive industry. I know, nerdy right but hey some girls like handbags and shoes, I just really love cars. Over the last 15 years, I’ve watched just about every premium car manufacturer add a moderately priced entry level vehicle into their line-up. What does this mean exactly? A 20something climbing the corporate ladder no longer has to wait 10 years to have the vaunted badge of a Mercedes on the hood of their car. They can now afford one for almost the same price as a fully loaded Acura or Nissan – crazy right?

2016 Range Rover Evoque

So does getting an extra luxe whip mean you’re getting entry level quality in regards to finishes, features, power, speed and after purchase service? Well the assignment I submitted to my prof many moons ago argued yes, but lot’s has changed in the industry over the last decade. Case in point, Range Rover’s tiny but mighty 2016 Evoque. Honestly, I was a bit reluctant to accept the keys to this vehicle in fear I would be underwhelmed.  “What happens if the vehicle doesn’t match up with the rest of the brand’s impressive line-up? And how can a compact SUV that is such a departure from the design of the much beloved LR4, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models measure up?” These are the kind of questions that immediately swirled around in my mind when the opportunity came my way.  I mean, if it failed to impress, that would have made for an awkward blog post. BUT…the Range Rover Evoque is proof that one shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover or in this case, a low(er) price tag! The “Baby Rangie” launched in 2011 and is Land Rover’s most successful model ever. Shocking, isn’t it?! After reading this little fact online, I then started taking stock of the cars I saw on the streets here in Toronto. I swear, 1 in every 5 SUV’s seemed to be an Evoque. After spending quite a bit of quality time in the vehicle, it’s easy to see why it’s been a hit…a whole lot of tech, capability, and style has been crammed inside this compact SUV.

Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque

The sleek shape of the exterior turns heads on the road for sure, but it’s the car’s interior, handling and performance that won me over and more importantly sets it apart from it’s competition in the crossover category. Attention to detail was definitely paid here with brushed aluminum finishes and gorgeous double stitched oxford leather upholstery. If you’re the market to purchase, here’s a tip on interior leather choices. Go with black. Although beautiful, the lunar (white) coloured leather seats literally absorb colour from your clothes, with denim and dark coloured bottoms being the biggest stain culprits. The classy cabin layout closely resembles other Range and Jaguar models and is pretty well equipped with plenty of extras you can add on like; the luxury seating package for $1,700 (front seat heating/cooling and massage; rear seat heating), Driver Assist ($2,700) which includes parking assist, lane keeping assist, surround camera, blind spot monitor etc, in addition to a panoramic roof, privacy glass and heated steering wheel. All a must in my books, but be careful, these extras can add up quite quick. The slab sides and smaller windows gives the car a sportier aesthetic than the Audi Q5, even though it’s taller. However, the rear window is extremely shallow so I found it a bit difficult to see out of when parking, but I guess that’s what the rear cam is for, right?

Range Rover Evoque

Looking good and handling well on city streets is one thing but the true test for the Evoque was whether it can handle like a capable off-roader like it’s older siblings the Land Rover LR4, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover. Similar to the LR4 I took on my Land Rover Canada Off-Road Adventure in Montebello, Quebec earlier this year, the Evoque comes equipped with Hill Decscent Control, which gradually eases the car down a steep hill and Terrain Response, a technology that automatically changes the car’s settings for off-road driving, allowing it to easily navigate snowy, icy and hilly terrain.

Range Rover EvoquePhotography by Nathalia Allen

So here’s the skinny; my feelings towards the exterior design of the Evoque is not the way I feel about the Range Rover Sport (which I LOVE!) but it handles well, has beautiful interior design features, a size perfect for urban roads and the occasional road trip, Plus the technology I would look for in a luxury vehicle minus the hefty price tag. The price of this entry point SUV comes in at $49,990 for the base model, almost $60K less than the standard wheelbase Range Rover, which starts at $108,490 (my HSE model comes in around $56,490). To learn more about the Evoque and Land Rover’s portfolio of vehicles, head to LandRover.ca.

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How to Combat Cold & Flu Season 101

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Vicks Cold & Flu

As a blogger/freelancer with no real 9-5 job, I’m on the go 7 days a week. As much as I love the idea of being my own boss, not working for someone else pretty much means, no sick days. If I’m not working, this girl isn’t getting paid. I can’t afford to check out at the first sign of a sneeze, so DayQuil and NyQuil COMPLETE help me combat the dreadful cough and cold symptoms during flu season.

Vicks Cold & Flu

Every year I cross my fingers that I will make it through flu season unscathed, but unfortunately I’m not always successful. In times where it’s simply too late to combat my symptoms with Echinacea, I pull out my trusted Vicks Cold & Flu Survival Kit; the warmest blanket and Vicks products that have saved me numerous times from the most brutal colds.

Vicks Cold & Flu

I grew up on Vicks VapoRub as a child. When I was congested, my Mum used to rub my chest down with this heavenly eucalyptus smelling balm to help smooth my cough for easier breathing. Still to this day, when my nasal congestion gets really horrific, I slather the rub on my chest, throat and back so I am able to breathe easier at night. The worst part about a cold is that the daytime symptoms are very different than what you experience at night making any flu sufferer feel like Jekyll & Hyde. During the day, I get plagued with sore throat pain, cough with phlegm, headache and a nose that only intermittently works where one nostril seems to stay blocked while the other runs like a broken faucet. Whereas at night, my daytime cough with phlegm turns into a dry cough, my once runny nose turns into complete nasal congestion, not to mention body aches and fever.

Vicks Cold & Flu

My Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil COMPLETE Convenience Pack delivers all-in-one relief of the ugliest, toughest cold and flu symptoms so that I can not only tackle my busy day ahead but also get the much needed rest I need at night. To learn more about how Vicks may help you during flu season, head to Vicks.ca and Facebook.com/VicksCanada.

Vicks Cold & FluVicks DayQuil COMPLETE and NyQuil COMPLETE are available in both liquid and solid form. Products are not to be taken concurrently.

SS Health Tips: While taking these cough and cold remedies, I also love to drink cold pressed juices, copious amounts of green and ginger tea also depending on the type of cold, a light sweat from a gentle workout. My rule of thumb is; for head colds you can “sweat it out” but for chest colds you have to “rest it out”

*This post is in partnership with Procter & Gamble. All views and opinions are of my own

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Stutterheim Raincoats x Hudson’s Bay Collaboration

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Stutterheim x HBC

Leave it to Hudson’s Bay to make rainwear look chic. This spring the Canadian heritage brand joined forces with iconic Swedish rainwear label Stutterheim to launch an outerwear piece so dope, not only will you not mind getting caught in inclement weather, you probably won’t wait for rain on the forecast to wear it either. Stutterheim is world renown for their handmade raincoats in rubberized cotton inspired by Alexander Stutterheim’s beloved grandfather’s original fisherman rain jacket he found abandoned in a barn. Realizing the classic shell’s understated coolness and potential, Stutterheim decided to update the practical piece with a few contemporary touches making his jackets relevant and wearable for years to come.

Stutterheim x Hudsons Bay

Taking design cues from the brand’s most classic style coat, appropriately named the “Stockholm”, HBC team adapted the piece for their widely popular multi-stripe collaboration collection by giving it the classic green, red, yellow and blue colours, which embodies the wool-point blanket stripes of North America’s longest standing retailer. Typical for Stutterheim, there is quality in every single detail, with extra long sleeves, snap front and deep pockets to ensure both you and your belongings stay dry during the worst rain fall. You will even find swatches for each colour blocked panel in the inside of the jacket. Best part, if you’re clumsy like me and have difficulty keeping your fave outerwear clean, this rain slicker is machine washable.

Stutterheim x Hudsons Bay

Stutterheim x Hudsons Bay

Stutterheim x Hudsons Bay

Stutterheim x Hudsons Bay

Stuttterheim x Hudsons BayPhotography by Jilly Botting and Leslie Woods c/o WRG Magazine

I have somehow been lucky enough to snag one of the 160 exclusive unisex coats alongside some of my friends at WRG Magazine in Montreal and look forward to making dark rainy days a bit more brighter in my jacket. The Stutterheim Raincoats x Hudson’s Bay collaboration is available right now for purchase both at @HudsonsBay stores and online for $400.

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Delicious Genuine Health Recipes Your Gut Will Thank You For

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Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+

We’ve been talking a lot about the benefits of fermented supplements amongst the team here at So Sasha and have become a bit obsessed on it’s health benefits. Earlier this week Sasha schooled us on the importance of gut health and how to diagnose a very common, undiagnosed condition called “Leaky Gut Syndrome”. In case you happened to miss the post you can check it out here. I may not suffer from a leaky gut but god knows I want to prevent one and it turns out that Genuine Health’s fermented vegan proteins+ products improve the intestinal (mucosa) lining , which we rely on for optimal immune function and allows for an efficient flow of nutrients to tissues and organs. It also has been proven to help in the aid of digestion which is also critical – did you know that 20 million Canadians suffer from digestive issues each year? To make matters worse, we often eat foods with partially removed anti-nutrients making us deprived of foods intended nutritional potential and sometimes suffer from unwanted side effects like bloating and gas. Only fermentation can make nutrients readily available for proper absorption by the body.

So after getting the low down on all of this, I have come to the realization that I must integrate fermented vegan proteins+ into my diet right away and so should you. Incorporating it regularly can be pretty easy, especially if you’re into smoothies and smoothie bowls, but I took a stab at creating a pretty delicious recipe for the ultimate guilt-free cinnamon buns. The latter is because I watched the movie “Daddy’s Home” this past weekend and the breakfast scene had some in it so they’ve been on my mind. Instead of going to the closet mall to drown myself in a Cinnabon I decided best to make my own so I’ve created some including Genuine Health’s fermented vegan proteins+ powder. These won’t taste like the ones you get at the mall…but they do taste amazing and you’ll not crash and feel like shit after eating. These have been taste tested by my guy who “prefers the real stuff” and he really only has amazing things to say about them.

Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+

Fermented Vegan Proteins+ Vanilla Cinnamon Buns Prep time: 20 min Cooking: 27 min

 Ingredients:

 ROLLS

  • 1 3/4 cups finely ground blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 scoop of fermented vegan proteins+ vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or ghee, softened (I used coconut oil..the hard white stuff at room temp)
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey, softened
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature (Room temp is important!!!)
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

FILLING

  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil or ghee
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans (optional)

GLAZE

TOPPING

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl bowl, whisk together the coconut oilraw honey, vanilla and eggs.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the almond and coconut flourand sea salt.  I sifted all my ingredients through a fine mesh strainer to get rid of all lumps but you can also do this with a fork, breaking up any chunks.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the almond flour mixture and knead the dough until it is smooth. If the dough is too wet, add 1 tsp. coconut flour at a time until desired consistency is reached. Place the dough in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  5. While the dough is cooling, mix the coconut oil and raw honey for the filling together in small bowl and set aside.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper, sprinkling a little almond flour on each side of the dough before rolling. You want to form a large rectangle (see pictures below).
  7. Drizzle the filling evenly over the dough, using the back of the spoon to spread it all around. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top and then the pecans (optional).
  8. Roll the dough, starting at one of the shorter ends, until it forms a log. You want to work carefully and slowly in order to get the dough to roll correctly. Once the whole log is rolled, roll it gently until it is smooth on all sides. Wrap in clear wrap and place in freezer for 10-15 min.
  9. Slice the roll into 2 inch thick sections using a large chef knife. You should have about 9 rolls. Lay each piece (flat side down) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  10. Bake 20-27 min or until the tops are lightly browned. Keep your eye on them – better they be underdone than overdone.
  11. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes. Mix the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl while the rolls are cooling.
  12. Drizzle with the glaze and add toppings (optional) right before serving.

Cinnamon buns not your jam? Not to worry, I got you covered with a smoothie bowl recipe which are all the rage right now. And for good reason, they are almost to beautiful to eat in some cases. Sometimes our bodies crave something more than a shake. There are actual studies that prove the act of eating solid foods can leave you feeling more full and satisfied. So a smoothie bowl is absolutely the perfect replacement when you have the time. You can basically make it as beautiful or ugly as you want…Its going to taste the exact same….but for the creative purpose of this post I put my best foot forward :)

I love adding fermented vegan proteins+ because it gives that extra boost of flavour and sweetness leaving my body feeling satisfied without any bloating or discomfort. For anyone who hates the taste of protein powders, Ive been feeding this to my bf for a week and he hasn’t even noticed…lol…its that good.

Raspberry Swirl ’N’ice Cream Bowl Prep time: 5 mins

Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+

  • 1 scoop of fermented vegan  proteins+ powder
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Cashew butter
  • 1 cup Frozen Raspberries
  • 2 Dates
  • 1 Frozen Bananas

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth consistency. Top with whatever ingredients you have in your fridge and serve.

Genuine Health Fermented Vegans Proteins+

Our friends at Genuine Health are giving you an opportunity to win 1 in 8 fermented vegan proteins+ prize packs valued at $200 each. Click here for contest information and to register online. Contest is open to Canadian residents over the age of 18 until 11:59pm on April 30th, 2016. Check out Genuine Health’s “The Daily Digest” to discover more details on the benefits of fermented vegan proteins+ supplements. #LoveYourGut #LoveHowYouFeel #NoBloat 

Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+Photography by Jillian Botting 

Get more recipe inspiration from our talented and beautiful culinary expert by following Kristen Vander Hoeven on Instagram.

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Gut Health. Why it’s Important and the Focal Point to Overall Health

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Fermented Vegan Proteins+

Did you know our health is ultimately determined by the state of our gut? I’ve touched on this before here on the blog but I can’t reiterate it enough how important it is and here’s why. For the better part of the last decade I’ve dealt with a rare kidney disease and chronic pain issues…and it’s still a constant battle daily. After being on pharmaceutical drugs for some many years I started to experience a laundry list of side effects, but what I found odd was that I started to develop new allergies and sensitivities to foods that never bothered me before. Immediate reactions to any foods that contained gluten, sugars, processed white flour, wheat, vinegar, dairy and nuts. So I had to say goodbye to desserts, carbs, chocolate of all kinds, peanut butter, and all the other great tasting foods I loved to eat (welp). Cue the tears. Traditional doctor’s zoned in to only the gluten issue which isn’t surprising and I took more than one celiac test, but I knew deep down there was another culprit for this drastic change. After several months of obsessive reading and research, I discovered that my symptoms were textbook Leaky Gut Syndrome. Ok, pick your mouth up from off the floor now. The thought of a having a leaky gut sounds odd and terrible, I know and truth being told, it really is . Especially when you have no idea what’s happening to you.

There are several factors that play a role in diminishing our gut health: poor dietary choices, stress, over-use of antibiotics or other drugs and sanitizing cleaners are all part of our culture that reduces good gut flora. When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles and more can essentially escape your intestines and travel throughout your body via your blood stream. When this happens, your immune system marks these as foreign invaders to the system and attacks them back. How? The response to these invaders can appear in the forms of any of these very unpleasant symptoms:

  1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS)
  2. Seasonal allergies or asthma
  3. Hormonal imbalances like PMS
  4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis or celiac disease – all of which I was tested for
  5. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  6. Mood and mind issues such as acne, rosacea or eczema
  7. Diagnosis of candida overgrowth resulting in yeast infections
  8. Food allergies or intolerances

Fermented Vegan Proteins+Photo by Jillian Botting at the Four Seasons Toronto

I suffered from all the above with the exception of an autoimmune disease and asthma. Funny enough, most of my treating physicians did not put the pieces of the puzzle together and I had to take my health into my own hands. I realized something that most traditional practitioners never really address. If you promote health, disease cannot exist. Our gut lining is essentially a second skin that helps ward off viruses and infections. Once that wall is damaged, we are left vulnerable and susceptible to many types of illnesses. I had to take drastic measures to help my gut lining return to it’s intended state. This was a long and torturous process. I still encounter issues every now and then so I have been spending some time learning about fermented supplements and discovered that Genuine Health has just introduced a fermented vegan proteins+ into their product line-up. I recently started using the vanilla protein powder in my smoothies and the proteins+ bars to help me increase my protein intake and improve the lining of my gut.

Don’t let the term fermented intimidate you. Trust me, when I first started doing research, I didn’t understand why the process is so important. Simply put, fermentation amplifies the nutrition of the food we eat by increasing it’s nutrient profile and bioavailability of essential nutrients like magnesium, zinc and B vitamins. According to the Genuine Health team, studies have shown that the process basically magnifies the benefits of plants and herbal blends and in some cases produces unique photo nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components that didn’t exist before fermentation.

Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+

Whether yore trying to restore a leaky gut like me or maintain a healthy one, this specially formulated powder is designed to not only promote gut health but also aids in digestion and allows for more nutrient absorption. The best part, it’s plant protein based making it great for vegans and doesn’t cause any bloating. I have asked our foodie expert Kristen Vander Hoeven, whose culinary skills never cease to surprise me, to help create some tasty ways to enjoy fermented vegan proteins+ at home, so stay tuned for some unexpectedly delicious recipes that will not only strengthen your gut health but will also amplify your nutrition. In the meantime, to learn more about fermented vegan proteins+ powder and bars, check out Genuine Health’s “The Daily DigestYou can find Genuine Health products at most health food, grocery, and supplement stores across Canada. Click here to find a retailer near you.

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Tech Talk: Food Accountability with Apple Watch & Lark App

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Food Accountability with Lark

Ok, so here’s the ugly truth people. Exercise alone won’t give you the body you want. Sure you’ll feel better. Have more energy. Sleep better and even move better. I know it’s not what you want to hear and you were probably hoping I would say, “I workout everyday so I can eat what I want!” Could you imagine if that were true?  I would eat chocolate cake for breakfast every single day. But unfortunately that’s not how it works kids. You simply can’t out train a bad diet.

Food Accountability with Lark

Food Accountability with Lark

Since the beginning of the year, you’ve probably noticed I’ve been religiously wearing an Apple Watch strapped to my wrist; to run, at the gym, out and about, to sleep (for those of you who follow me on snapchat) and even with evening wear to events.  This has all been in an effort to find out whether wearable technology can really enhance my life like brands claim it can. This results so far may surprise you. I will be sharing some of my findings over the coming weeks but after reading several tweets on my timeline about food accountability, I felt compelled to jump the gun and share this little secret. I confess…I have an issue with food. I love everything that’s bad for me. Carbs, sugar, anything with gluten and the occasional cocktails – all of which cause me issues due to my health condition. It’s super easy to sneak in a cupcake (or 2) when nobody’s around. It’s almost as if it doesn’t count because only you knew it happened. Well, when I deviate from my prescribed and highly suggested foods, I feel the affects physically. Having to record everything that goes into my mouth holds me accountable. I recently discovered this genius tool while researching apps for my Apple Watch called Lark. I have used the app for six out of the last eight weeks and noticed a considerable difference in what I consumed when I was not recording my meals and snacks through it.

Eating healthy would be much easier if we had a personalized nutritionist telling us what we should eat, what we shouldn’t and suggest healthier choices to our favourite foods, wouldn’t it? Well, imagine if your best friend was a certified nutritionist and she checked in on you several times during the day to give you feedback on what you’ve eaten, your activity level and workouts. That’s Lark in a nutshell.

Food Accountability with Lark

Compatible for both Apple Watch and iPhone devices, Lark uses a mix of artificial intelligence and human experts to help people stay in line with their goals, get fit and lose weight. The app helps you track all the elements that goes into a healthy lifestyle and also has a texting interface that stimulates communicating one-on-one with a personal health coach. Personally, I often get sidetracked with my hectic schedules and in the past it wasn’t uncommon for me to accidentally skip a meal or not get enough water intake but frequent texts from Miss Lark forces me to be more mindful. It was ranked in Apple’s Top 10 apps in 2015 and it’s clear why. Here’s how it works:

The lesson is quite simple, recording your meals and activity makes you accountable and forces you to make better choices during the day when it comes creating healthy habits. Instead of falling victim to shitty takeout during a busy workday, I instead noshed on this amazing Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl created by our resident foodie expert Kristen Vander Hoeven with SOTO Sake; a premium, gluten free Japanese sake and my meal feel into the “green” category otherwise known as the “healthy” zone. Meals that are borderline fall in the “orange” or safe category, followed by the “red” category which probably needs no explanation. In case you missed this ridiculously healthy recipe on the bloggie, you can find it here. And not to worry, Kristen promises prepping a meal with raw fish at home isn’t as scary as you think.
Ahi Tuna Poke Quinoa Bowl
Stay tuned for more on how my Apple Watch is helping me keep a well balanced lifestyle. In the meantime, you can learn more about Lark and download this amazing app for free here.
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Nike 2016 Innovation For Everyone Event in NYC

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Nike Innovation For Everyone

The fitness apparel game has changed with more players seeking marketshare than ever before. Brands whose core business had only been about high street fashion are now jumping onto the fitness craze bandwagon. With some, actually making quite beautiful contemporary activewear with luxe technical fabrics. This change in the landscape has no doubt left big players like Nike to continue to push the envelope on their apparel and footwear technology innovations. About a week ago I made the longest possible trek from Toronto to NYC (approximately 28 hours and 6 missed flights due to bad weather conditions) to Nike’s highly anticipated “Innovation for Everyone” event.  Tired and extremely frustrated, I had seriously contemplated cancelling my trip altogether knowing that I missed so much of the festivities. However having been to more Nike media events than I can count, I knew that if I sat this one out I would most likely regret it. Similar to previous innovations summits I’ve attended, the event featured TV, print, and digital media from all over the world who checked their egos at the door and anxiously waited for the special reveals of Nike’s most technologically advanced products to date.

Nike Innovation For Everyone

Nike Innovation for Everyone

On day one, Nike’s President & CEO gave attendees a peek in the breadth of innovations we were all going to see during the event including Nike Air VaporMax; the future of a global icon, Nike Anti-Clog Traction technology that has a mud-beating polymer and will take a player’s game on the pitch to another level, Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 – the world’s first sport informed adaptive lacing shoe and of course the new and improved Nike+ app. Celeb Nike Brand Ambassador and notorious funny man Kevin Hart took to the stage to help kick off the festivities. What came as a surprise to most, the comedian and actor bypassed opportunities to make the crowd erupt in laughter and instead spoke passionately about training and what he’s been able to achieve through social media and the Nike+ Community. To build off the latest updates to the app, Hart hosted a private NRC/NTC combined session for the first time alongside elite athletes Sonya Richards Ross, Victor Cruz, Shalene Flanagahan and Global Nike Running Head Coach Chris Bennett.

Nike Innovation For Everyone

Nike Innovation For Everyone

Nike Innovations For Everyone

Nike Innovations For Everyone

This June Nike+ will get a refresh and the brand promises the new app will inspire athletes to pursue their potential.  And what can be more motivating than hearing Kevin Hart’s voice cheering you on at every milestone? The actor’s voice has also been integrated into the app similar to elite athlete cheers you get when completing a run in the existing platform. What else can you expect to see from it this summer? The “plus” now equates to “personal”. Members will be able to stay connected to the Nike+ Run Club, Nike+ Training Club and the SNKRS apps. And if that’s not enough, a personal store based on the info members provide the app that houses performance product recommendations personalized to members’ sport and lifestyle preferences. Also, a unique QR code that can be scanned upon arrival in a Nike retail outlet allowing store employees to immediately pull products for you based on your profile and reserved invitations to their favourite sneakers. These combined offerings taking care of each step of a member’s athletic life. “We live in a world where technology and data are all around us. Technology is at it’s most powerful when it serves people. And today athletes want more than a dashboard – they want a relationship” says Nike President and CEO Mark Parker. The biggest impact I think will be within the Nike Training Club component which until now was reserved for the ladies. Internally the Nike team discovered that tons of men were actually also using the app and with the workouts designed specifically women, it only made sense to add male-centric workouts into the app to appease everyone. This means that in the future we can also expect to see men incorporated into NTC Live events and workouts both regionally and across the globe.

Nike Innovations for Everyone
Nikki Neuberger, Vice President of Global Brand Member Services

Nike Innovations For Everyone

Nike Innovation For Everyone

Adaptive lacing? What the hell is that, right? My thoughts exactly as I impatiently sat in the airport thirstily refreshing my twitter timeline looking for updates from the event I was beyond fashionably late for at this point. Well, the HyperAdapt 1.0 is Nike’s latest platform breakthrough deep utilizing deep rooted research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement. The self lacing shoe challenges the traditional understanding of fit as we know it and is said to be the solution of individual preferences and idiosyncrasies in both lacing and tension preferences.  “Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it,” says Tinker Hatfield the sneaker icon behind the Air Max 1, Air Jordans 3 through 15 and more. “We are able to anticipate the needs of athletes because we know them better than anybody. Sometimes, we deliver a reality before others have even begun to imagine it.” This I can attest is true specifically for running and training, the brand has thought of every single convenience function imaginable. From a technology standpoint, Nike seems to have pushed past it’s competition in athletic footwear apparel with this innovation however, I am not completely sold on the design aesthetic. Although relatively light, I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the flashing blue light in the midsole, I think shoes with flashing lights are reserved for children under the age of 10, but this design hiccup is certainly trumped over the fact the shoe that ties it’s own laces. Below, soccer star Cristian Ronaldo, is the first athlete to try on the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0.

Nike Innovation For Everyone

Nike Innovation for EveryoneTinker Hatfield watches as attendee locks himself into the HyperAdapt 1.0

Nike Innovation For Everyone Tiffany BeersNike Senior Innovator Tiffany Beers played an integral role in the development of this shoe and is also known for her work on the self lacing Nike Mag, Air Yeezy, Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard collabo, the ParaNormans and more.

When I finally got to the event grounds, I immediately beelined for the shoe to see if first hand. When you step into the shoe, your heel hits a sensor and the system automatically tightens. Then there’s two buttons on the outer side of each shoe’s upper to tighten and loosen if necessary so you can adjust until the fit is perfect providing a tailored-to-the-moment custom fit. The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available ONLY to members of the Nike+ community beginning holiday 2016 in three colour ways. Click here if you would like to receive a notification when the shoe becomes available.

Nike Innovation For Everyone

Nike Air VaporMax

Nike continued to tackle technology in footwear by redefining and re-developing the widely adored Air Max shoe. Debuting in 1987, the Air Max was the first shoe to have a visible air cushioning unit. If you’re old enough to remember it’s inaugural release like me, you have literally seen the legendary shoe transform in the 90s when the entire sole because an air unit. The next leap in technology is Nike Air VaporMax’s standalone outsole.

Nike Air Vapor Max

The VaporMax doesn’t require the air unit to be insulated anymore by a secondary rubber layer for added durability and protection and has more air than ever directly under the feet. They did have a size 8 on display and of course I squeezed my size 9 foot into the shoe to take it for a quick test drive. Having a Flyknit upper combined with eliminating the bulk of a foam layer, the shoe significantly reduces waste and weight while increases flexibility. I tried to get the dish on available colour ways but seeing as though this shoe won’t release until spring 2017 (yes you read that correctly) this decision has yet to be made.

Nike Innovation for Everyone

Having missed an entire day of announcements and excitement, I had to get a crash course in the remaining vignettes throughout the innovation grounds. I crept up to the KD9 booth where Kevin Durant sat perched on a chair for what seemed like hours surrounded in masses of media, microphones and cameras all there to learn about the shoe’s design elements, inspired by Kevin’s new found love of photography and combines flyknit uppers with Zoom bags, first hand from the ball player and Nike Basketball Senior Design Director Leo Chang.

Nike Innovation For EveryoneNike Basketball Senior Design Director Leo Chang

Nike Innovation for Everyone

And what seemed to fascinate most, even if they were there for running, training and basketball categories was the new Anti-Clog Traction technology for football (soccer). This redefining technology literally repeals dirt off the footbed of the cleat avoiding mud buildup that creates added weight to the shoe throughout a game in inclement weather conditions:

If you can believe it, all of that went down within the five hours I was in the city before having to rush to head back to the airport butI did manage to squeeze in the reveal of the Olympic kits for the upcoming games in Rio and chatted about training, go-to beauty products and boyfriends with Canadian 800m Olympic hopeful Melissa Bishop.
Nike Innovation of Everyone
Nike Innovation for Everyone
Nike Innovation for Everyone
Nike Innovation for Everyone
Nike Innovation for Everyone
Nike Innovation for Everyone
Nike Innovation for Everyone
Nike Innovations for Everyone
Nike VP of Footwear Innovation Tony Bigell speaks to the System of Performance for Allyson Felix’s Track Spike
For more details on Nike’s “Era of Personalized Performance” and complete list of 2016 innovations that you can expect to see in the near future click here.
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Guilt Free Meal Ideas: Ahi Tuna Quinoa Poke Bowls with SOTO Sake

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Ahi Tuna Poke Quinoa Bowl

Shoyu like Tuna, you say?

Our crew here at SoSasha.com is always looking for guilt-free indulges when it comes to our food. Just because we want to eat clean and healthy doesn’t mean we should have to feel like we’re sacrificing anything, know what I mean? Enter my Ahi Tuna Poke Shoyu Bowl served with SOTO Sake. Shoyu (pronounced SHOW-YOU) is just another name for soy sauce and let’s be honest, a good use of word for a pun! Last year my boyfriend and I were lucky enough to travel to Hawaii.  If you’ve never been before, it should definitely be on your destination bucket list. The country is beautiful, the people are warm in nature and the food does not disappoint.  It wasn’t until our trip that I discovered that Hawaii has a huge Japanese influence, which largely impacts its cuisine.  This is likely where and when my obsession for Poke bowls started. By the way, “Poke” is pronounced POH-KAY and all it really means is to cut or chunks of raw fish…sorry for the pronunciation lesson guys!
Ahi Tuna Poke Quinoa Bowl
adapted from IAmFoodBlog
 
I decided after digging through millions of Tuna Poke recipes on pinterest, that I would just doctor my own.  One that would be manageable, keeping in mind the ingredients I have access to. Side note: I get that using raw fish at home can be completely intimidating. For the longest time I thought it was sketchy and you needed some special kind of fish.  This is not entirely the case.  All you need to find is a fish monger with great reviews and no funky smells.  Reviews and blogs can be really helpful when sourcing out these types of shops.  When you go to buy your tuna, just make sure you ask for sushi grade.  This means that by wholesale standards you are getting the highest quality of fish available. Check out this link for more info and guides on how to shop for sushi grade. My Tuna Poke bowl is a little off the traditional path, but none the less delicious and healthy.
What you’ll need…
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated garlic
  • 1 lb. fresh ahi (sashimi grade) tuna, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • smoked sea salt, to taste
  • toasted sesame seeds, to taste
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • radishes
  • cabbage (next time I will be adding Kimchi instead)
  • cucumbers
  • sprouts
  • crispy shallots
Directions
  • In a small bowl combine soy sauces, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. 
  • In a separate small bowl, gently toss together the tuna, green onions, and diced onion. Add the soy sauce mixture to the ahi and toss until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Remove Poke from fridge and taste to see if you need too adjust any seasoning (soy sauce, sesame oil, and smoked sea salt). 4. Scoop quinoa into bowls and add your toppings of choice.  Add a generous amount of poke to the bowls and sprinkle on sesame seeds. 

Ahi Tuna Poke Quinoa Bowl

Ok, so what are we doing to wash down this bowl of deliciousness? SOTO Sake. We are kinda crushing hard these days on SOTO for various reasons. I am passionate about quality ingredients, so I love it for it’s dry finish and mild taste. It’s a super premium sake, using only the very best ingredients – finely polished rice and fresh mountain water. If you were to ask Sasha why she loves it, I have no doubt that besides the taste, she would mention the fact that it’s gluten free and has no preservatives or additives.  The best part, each bottle comes with this chic, decorative square piece of denim over the cork, as a nod to the Japanese craftsmanship of their beloved denim. SOTO Sake is currently available in both New York and Miami but will be made available in additional markets soon. For a full list of establishments and retailers carrying the brand click here.
Ahi Tuna Poke Quinoa Bowl
Photography by Nathalia Allen www.amillionminds.ca
For more recipe ideas and inspiration (we all need some from time to time), follow me on Instagram @KristenVanderHoeven. Mahalo!
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The Buddy Workout: Guaranteed To Keep You Motivated

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BFF Sweat Sesh

Catching up with your homegirl over lunch or drinks is cool but in my opinion, girl talk during a sweat sesh is even better. The beauty of working out with your BFF; not only will you be spending the time together but you’ll also work out much harder than you would if you were in the gym solo. You can’t flake out! To help kick off your spring workout routines, we’re sharing a fun but fierce head to toe workout that will deliver results you will notice in just a few weeks.

What you’ll need: a medicine ball (you choose your poison, or shall I say weight), a resistance band and a friend that’s willing to get sweaty with you like my gal pal and SoSasha.com culinary contributor Kristen Vander Hoeven. Before getting down to business with your partner in crime, you’re going to need to do a short warm-up to get the body warm and the blood flowing. Run on a treadmill at a relaxed pace, skip rope or run around the block. Then go through each of the exercises below. Rest only as necessary and every third move, do a cardio blast exercise for 30 seconds (i.e burpees, high knees or jumping jacks).

 BFF Sweat Sesh

Rotational Medicine Ball Toss

Your partner rotates her upper body with the medicine ball completely away from you. Then immediately rotates her upper body towards you and releases ball. You catch the ball and execute the same sequence by rotating completely away, then back to her. Continue to pass the ball for 30 seconds on each side.

BFF Sweat Sesh

Plank Jumps

One partner holds a forearm plank with shoulders directly above elbows, hands parallel (or clasped to make it easier). Keep core tight, back straight and hips level. Feet can be a few inches apart. The second partner will stand at the planker’s feet, jump laterally over her ankles to the right. Land lightly on her toes and immediately jump back to the left as quickly as possible. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch roles.

Make it easier: Rather than jumping over your partner, take a hop over your partner with the left foot and allow the right to follow. To go back the other way, simply take a hop with the left foot and allow the right to follow.

Make it harder: The partner holding the plank can alternate by moving between a forearm plank to a high plank throughout the 30 seconds. To do this, push up on the right forearm to the right hand, then follow with the left forearm up to the left hand. Next, lower the right side down back to the right forearm and subsequently the same on the left side and repeat.

BFF Sweat Sesh

Overhead Tricep Extension with Bands

Stand a few feet behind your buddy. She should stand tall, feet high-distance apart, her arms extended overhead while holding the resistance band in each hand. Grasp the band pulling it taunt at shoulder height with your arms comfortably in front of you. From this position, your partner bends her elbows behind her, keeping her upper arms close to her ears. Then uses her triceps to press up against the resistance band extending her arms overhead without allowing her elbows to bend out to the sides. Continue for 60 seconds before switching sides.

- 30 seconds of cardio blast exercise (high knees, burpees, or jumping jacks) – 

 BFF Sweat Sesh

Reverse Crunch Leg Throw

Have your partner stand just above your head with her feet hip-distance apart. Laying on your back, wrap your hands around her ankles with your feet starting on the ground. Slowly lift your straight legs towards your her outstretched hands. The standing partner will gently push your legs back down to the floor while you engage your core muscles to bring your legs back down in a controlled manner. Make sure that your feet only hover the ground and don’t actually touch before raising them back up. Repeat for 30 seconds and then switch.

Make it easier: If you’re still working on strengthening your abs, allow your feet to touch the ground for 1-2 seconds before raising them back up to your partner.

Make it harder: For an extra challenge, allow your partner to surprise you and give your abdominals an extra workout by gently pushing your legs to on the right and left side in addition to the centre. Leave the decision up to her and allow your abs and lower body to react to direction in which your legs is being pushed to.

BFF Sweat Sesh

Bicep Tug-of-War

Remember this as a child? Well although fun, this is an excellent exercise to help develop bicep strength and definition. Stand in front of your partner with a staggered stance. You should have either your left leg or right leg in front and your gal pal should have the opposite leg to you in front of her. Grab a towel or t-shirt in one hand (opposite hand of your opponent) and take turns pulling towards yourselves. You should be applying some resistance to the towel making it a challenge for your other half to pull towards her. Alternate bicep pulls for 30 seconds then switch arms and repeat.

BFF Sweat SeshShop our head to toe Adidas look here: Infinite Series Supernova Sports Bra //  Techfit Capris // Ultra Boost Shoes Apparel courtesy of Adidas Canada. Photos by Nathalia Allen amillionminds.ca

Bodyweight Squats

Stand back to back with your partner and lock arms placing your hands on your hips. Slowly take 2-3 steps forward while bending your knees lowering your body until your knees are at a 90 degree angle. Hold the position for 30 seconds. Return to standing position. Repeat 4-6 times.

- 30 seconds of cardio blast exercise (high knees, burpees, or jumping jacks) – 

REPEAT THE CIRCUIT TWO TIMES

I like to throw in a bonus exercise at the end of my sessions. It’s amazing what you can do even when you think your tank is on empty. After completing the circuit twice, try executing the following:

Push-Ups with a Shoulder Tap

Face your partner and come into a high plank position. In unison, you’ll each perform a push-up, dropping your chest to the ground while keeping core tight and legs straight (for a modified version you can keep your knees bent on the floor). Push back up and at the top of your push-up position, lift right hand and tap your partner’s left shoulder, so you’ll be tapping the shoulder of the non lifted hand, straight across from you. Repeat alternating that shoulder you tap after each push-up. Perform 8 to 12 reps.

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Land Rover Canadian Off-Road Adventure – Montebello, Quebec

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Hibernot

Most car owners learn the basics of their vehicle when they purchase it – and I mean basics. Let’s face it; learning to navigate the infotainment system, pairing your iPhone and which gasoline is best suited for your engine is usually as far as it goes. However, things seem to be a little bit different when you own a Land Rover. The British luxury automotive manufacturer offers owners of it’s vehicles an opportunity to learn all the capabilities of their newly acquired Land Rover or Range Rover at one of the brand’s 32 global driving centres.

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Hibernot

Hibernot

A few weeks ago I got an off-road experience of a lifetime in quaint Montebello, Quebec, where Canada’s only Land Rover Experience School can be found nestled within the grounds of the Fairmont Chateau Montebello. Although Canadian, I’m not typically a lover of the outdoors during the winter and much prefer sun and the beach, but Land Rover Canada’s #Hibernot adventure reminded me that winter time in the north isn’t so bad. And it turns out, late night sleigh rides, ice skating and curling can be fine when you have the right group of people with you. But in all honesty, winter activities aside, I was really just there to see what Land Rover’s fleet of vehicles could do off-road.

Hibernot

The conditions on day two were absolutely perfect with a fresh blanket of thick, white snow on the ground. I was eager to explore the 65,000 of unspoiled nature that was somehow perfectly designed for car enthusiasts like Moi to navigate the technical woodland obstacles. Land Rover vehicles have a strong blood line.  For over 60 years their SUV’s have tackled the most difficult terrain across the globe. To help guide us through this experience, we had a group of expertly trained instructors who all had in-depth knowledge of our 2016 fleet; Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Evoque, LR4 and the Discovery. They helped guide our white convoy to our training destination, but stopped midway to apply winter chains to our tires. It was at that point I realized that this was not going to be a “basic” off-road drive program.

Hibernot

Hibernot

After being assigned to my white LR4, I immediately got an “Intro to Off-Roading” from my instructor. Proper seat settings, the importance of having driver arm rests raised and out of the way, so it’s not a hinderance when navigating the terrain. Where you look is naturally where you will steer the vehicle, therefore making sure to always look 10 feet directly in front of the vehicle while driving will allow drivers to keep the car from going into a ditch – eeeek, and most importantly, “drive as slow as possible, as fast as necessary“. We typically think when driving in snowy conditions that it’s best to increase speed for momentum when in deep snow to avoid getting stuck. Turns out, that’s the absolute worst thing you can do. Increasing speed when your tires are immersed in show actually increases your probabilities of either spinning out entirely or digging yourself into a deeper hole. Keeping the vehicle moving at a deliberately slow and consistent pace is the key to winter driving success and avoiding venturing off road into a ditch in real life driving situations.

HIbernot

The LR4 has come some way since my Mother had the SUV’s predecessor the LR3. The exterior similar but more sleek and refined but it’s the interior where I saw a lot of the upgraded details. A reverse traffic detection with blind spot monitor and closing vehicle sensing. Surround camera system – so yes ladies and gents, this camera doesn’t just give you a rear camera view when backing up, you have access to 360 vision allowing you to view in front and also the sides of the car. For those of you who have always loved the vaulted roof of Land Rovers, you will really love the extended moon roof that brings in so much light into the vehicle it’s almost like your driving a cone

Hibernot

Ok, so the aesthetics are on point but what about the performance right? The 340hp, V6 engine has an eight speed automatic transmission that drives on all four wheels making it possible for the LR4 to expertly tackle the most treacherous driving conditions and toughest trails in the wilderness. Besides it’s adjustable air suspension, the car is equipped with some sophisticated technology in it’s arsenal that blew myself and the other media away. Terrain Response allowed us to manually choose the driving surface we were only for more control, which was really useful in deep snow but there was also an automatic option where the car intuitively detected it on it’s own. Most impressive was the HDC (Hill Descent Control) which allowed for a smooth and controlled descent in the rough terrain without me having to touch the break pedal at all – how crazy is that? When it’s turned on, the Land Rover descends using the ABS brake system to control each wheel’s speed.

Hibernot

Thank you Land Rover Canada for an amazing experience and giving me a deeper appreciation for these awesome vehicles. Want to learn more about the brand’s beautiful and powerful line-up? Find more details at LandRover.ca.

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