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My $500 Adidas shopping spree

- August 28th, 2014

If you had $500 to spend at the new Adidas store at the CrossIron Mills mall in Calgary, what would you buy?

Here’s what I bought during a shopping trip with my eldest daughter several months ago.

Infant baby gift set ($45) — I just couldn’t resist this cute little onesie for our newest addition.

Infant baby gift set

Infant baby gift set (back)

Cushioned crew socks ($15) — Gotta have ‘em. I picked up two packages of three pairs each. Running total: $75.

adidas socks

Trefoil tee ($27) — It matches the track suit. Wait ’til you see the track suit! Running total: $102.

adi trefoil tee blue

Check back to see what else I bought …

East River workout

- August 21st, 2014

Those outdoor exercise machines are seemingly everywhere.

Vacationing Edmonton Sun news editor Gary Poignant sent me the following iPhone photo of a handful of people working up a sweat on said equipment under the FDR expressway in New York City.

EastRiverWorkout

Very cool.

Click HERE for my recent Keeping Fit column on an outdoor exercise circuit in St. Albert.

Protein-bar recipes from my ol’ trainer

- August 19th, 2014

The bodybuilder in me loves protein bars.

But the cheapskate in me hates how expensive they are.

I told this to Kelly Hanscom of Athletes Nation back when she was training me in the spring of 2013.

She suggested I make my own protein bars and later sent me the following recipes she compiled — which she encouraged me to share with my readers.

Well, I haven’t actually tried any of the recipes yet.

But it’s difficult not to notice that these bars are devoid of any hard-to-pronounce chemical ingredients — unlike many of those sold in stores. So that’s another plus.

Anyway, if you cook up a batch, let me know how they taste.

ABC protein bars

Ingredients:

• 10 tbsp. natural peanut butter

• 5 egg whites

• 5 scoops whey protein

• 2 cups oats (Optional: For flavour, I dry-cook these on a frying pan until they are toasted)

• 1/2 cup soy milk

Directions:

Mix the peanut butter and egg whites in a bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, and mix well (so that the mixture appears smooth). Repeat 4-5 times until all traces of egg whites have dissolved into the peanut butter, and your mixture is a smooth consistent one.
Gradually add the protein (one scoop at a time) and stir into the mixture. Next, add the soy milk and follow with the oats. Continue mixing until a thick, “sticky” mixture is present. Smooth the thick mixture into a 13×9 tray and leave for 20-30 minutes. Cut into 10 equal sizes. Individually wrap each bar (I use aluminum foil) and store in the fridge.

Low-fat “Majmum” protein bars

• 8 oz fat-free cream cheese

• 4 scoops protein powder ( I use chocolate)

• 3 cups whole oats

• 1/2 cup splenda

• Dash of cinnamon ( to taste)

Combine splenda, cream cheese, protein, and cinnamon in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer on high until it’s smooth. Add the oats and mix with the mixer until you have a fairly homogenous mixture. Note: if it is too thick, add a 1/4 cup of milk or water. Spray an 8×8 pan with PAM. Spread the mixture in the pan. Sprinkle some additional splenda on top and place in the fridge for an hour.

Crispy protein bars

• 1/2 c light syrup

• 3/4 c crunchy peanut butter

• 3 c Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes

• 1 tsp. vanilla

• 1  c protein powder — any flavour (add 1/4 c more if not using cocoa powder)

• (1/4 c cocoa powder if protein isn’t flavoured)

• 1/4 – 1/2 c splenda

Heat syrup up and then add vanilla and peanut butter and protein powder (cocoa) and splenda. Stir until melted together. Add cereal and put into greased pan and pat down gently. Tip out and cut into bars and bag up. Freezes well.

Protein bars with oats

• 1/2 c skim milk

• 1 c peanut butter

• 1 tbsp. honey

• 1  1/4 – 1  1/2 c protein powder

• 2 c whole oats

Combine peanut butter, honey, milk in a pot and warm it over a low heat. Then add the oats. You don’t want to cook it, just heat it up enough so you can stir it together. Add more milk if you need to. Press into a 9×13 pan, let them cool and cut into equal bar sizes

Strawberry and banana meal replacement bars

• 1 c whole oats

• 5 scoops strawberry protein powder (90g)

• 1/4 c fat free cream cheese

• 1/2 c non-fat dry milk powder

• 2 egg whites

• 1/4 c water

• 1  1/2 bananas, mashed

• 2 tsp. canola oil (this is the secret to a moist bar instead of the traditional dry bar).

Pre-heat oven to 325 C. Spray a 9×9 square pan with pam spray and set aside. In a bowl combine together oatmeal, protein powder and dry milk. Set aside. In another bowl beat together with an electric hand mixer, cream cheese, egg whites, banana, water and oil. Add the oat mixture and continue to beat until the two are combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-35  mins or until toothpick comes out clean.

Join Deepak Chopra in Global Meditation for Peace

- August 7th, 2014

Call me a cynic, but “world peace” seems to be a fanciful notion in these violent times of ours.

Have you read a newspaper lately?

Garnering the most attention on the planet right now, and for good reason, is the ongoing bloodshed in Gaza.

The body count is also on the rise in eastern Ukraine, where the current crisis continues to escalate.

And we mustn’t forget northern Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Libya, where bloody battles of varying intensity rage on.

All of this — and much more global strife that largely goes unnoticed in the west — comes 100 years after the start of the First World War. You know, that so-called “war to end all wars.”

And so it seems Deepak Chopra’s timing couldn’t be better.

The spiritual guru is set to lead a record-breaking Global Meditation for Peace at noon EDT tomorrow (Aug. 8).

Chopra is in Toronto this week for his biannual Seduction of Spirit retreat, a seven-day meditation and yoga gathering.

Tomorrow’s mass meditation will involve retreat participants, as well as tens of thousands of others online through live-streaming video.

“We are hoping to have about 100,000 people online,” he tells me in a phone interview.

“We’ve done smaller groups before, but this is the most ambitious project. We have applied to the Guinness Book of World Records to see if we can have the largest meditation ever in the history of known civilization.”

The best-selling author and former physician, who will be accompanied in the meditation by fellow spiritual guru Gabrielle Bernstein and American singer India Arie, says he doesn’t plan to single out Gaza, or any other war-torn regions for that matter.

“I don’t think we’re going to mention that (Gaza) specifically. I think it’s better not to,” he notes. “The main thing is if you are peaceful, then people around you will feel peaceful. And if you are peaceful, then you’re family will feel peaceful. And if many people in a critical mass in the world experience peace, that will hopefully affect the whole world.”

As Chopra explains it, peace begets peace.

“Peace can only be created by those that are feeling peaceful,” he adds. “Otherwise, you have this very strange situation of angry peace activists. So you can’t be angry and want peace at the same time. When you are peaceful, then people around you feel peaceful. When the critical mass of people in the world are feeling peaceful, then they spread that energy. It’s just like when you go to a football match and a certain number of people go crazy, then it reaches critical mass and you have a mob, and they burn down the stadium. That’s how consciousness works.”

Those interested in joining the meditation are asked to register online at globalmeditation.chopra.com.

“Once they register, they’ll be able to go online for a livestream, watch us on video on their computer and they’ll be getting instructions on how to start the process,” explains Chopra, long a proponent of daily meditation, “and we’ll all be in this together.”

Bernstein offered a more detailed explanation of the process in an online message delivered this morning.

“As a spiritual activist I believe that we can harness the power of our energy through meditation. That power is magnified when groups come together for shared meditation. When people gather to raise their collective energetic vibration they can create a ripple effect worldwide,” she writes.

“If you’ve seen the headlines lately, you know the world is in dire need of this higher vibration. Therefore, I am committed to inspiring you to start contributing more positive energy to the world through meditation.”

The live event is free and is open to anyone and everyone on the planet.

Sign up here.

“If you’re feeling powerless given the circumstances of our times, this is your chance to harness your true power,” Bernstein adds. “Join us tomorrow for the Global Meditation for Peace. Together we can help uplift and heal the world as we raise our own energy and intentions.”

Video: Highlights of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games

- August 1st, 2014

CrossFitGames

I’ll be bloggin’ soon about my experiences at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games.

And watch my Keeping Fit column over the next two weeks for features on the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth.

In the meantime, check out this cool video from Reebok …