Seemingly healthy foods to avoid this summer!

Pretty brunette measuring waist at the beach

Summer is here! This means bikini season is also here, and you are either ready to face it head on or still working on it….Maybe your summer body has been ready for months, or maybe you have been trying really hard but those last few kilograms just won’t move. You almost always choose the salad over the sandwich at lunch, almonds over a cookie when that 3 pm hunger hits, but you’re still not losing weight, or –even worse- you’ve seen the scale creeping up. Don’t get discouraged, because it might not entirely be your fault. There are some foods out there that are advertised as healthy but are really secretly making you gain weight. Here’s a rundown of everything you should avoid if you want to get your body beach proof and keep it that way all summer!

Drinking Green Juices

Grabbing a green juice is a quick way to feel like you’re on the right track to a healthier lifestyle, but it can have hidden downsides.

A lot of those green juices are really just fruit juices spiked with something like spirulina ( a green plant based food coloring) to make them look healthy. That makes them into incredibly dense sugar bombs that can pack hundreds of calories in a single serving. When you consume fruit in juice form, the fiber is gone, and you’re just ingesting tons of sugar in your body. Instead of buying a prepackaged or pre-made juice, DIY! Load up on tons of veggies, and add an apple, carrots or beets for a sweet taste that won’t pack on the calories.

Sushi

It’s no secret that Japan has one of the lowest obesity rates in the world, but our Western version of sushi is not always as healthy as the real deal. The veggies and seaweed wraps are low-cal, but skip the creamy dipping sauce. Plus, a lot of the popular rolls are slathered with cream cheese or mayo, and the fish may be tempura-battered. Thanks to those ingredients, a standard roll can contains as much as 500 to 600 calories. Also, soy sauce is loaded with sodium. It won’t make you gain weight, but it’ll cause you to retain water, so your bathing suit will feel (and look) tighter.

Dried Fruit

Cup for cup, dried fruit has five to eight times more calories than the fresh kind because it has been dehydrated and is much denser. Fresh grapes, for example, have 60 calories per cup, while raisins have 460. And many brands add sugar, amping up the calorie count even more. So stick to the fresh stuff. It’s cheaper and better for you!

Diet Soda

Make no mistake: Although they have the word “diet” in the name, diet sodas are just as bad for you as the regular stuff. Apparently our tongue has something called “sweet taste receptors”. When they detect something sweet (even if it’s a sugar substitute) your body will start to produce insulin, which is a fat-storage hormone. Sadly enough it’s not as simple as calories in, calories out. It’s about the hormonal response diet soda triggers. Diet soda also actually changes how your body responds to sugar. Fake sweeteners range from 300 to 600 times stronger than the real deal. So they dull your taste buds.

Granola
If you eat a bowl of granola for breakfast you might be starting your bad habits early in the day. While it’s loaded with good-for-you nuts and oats, it’s too bad that they add oil to make it crisp and tons of sugar for more yumminess. One bowl racks up around 500 calories. Other cereals with the same nutrients but less oil and sugar pack half that. So make sure to check the packaging before you buy your favorite kind.

Dark Chocolate

We’ve all read some kind of study that says dark chocolate is healthy. It’s good for your heart! So you happily clear out your cabinets of everything lighter that 70% cacao. Because it’s healthy! Right? Wrong… Along with a lot of cocoa comes saturated fat and sugar. Eating a little bit can be good for your heart, but if you go overboard you’ll get a lot of calories that can pile on weight, which isn’t heart healthy at all! So enjoy that chocolate, but in moderation!

Overdoing it With Alcohol

Alcohol is a total weight-gain trap! Your liver recognizes the by-products of alcohol as toxins, so your body stops processing nutrients from food you’ve eaten while it takes care of the “bad guys” first. As a result, your body burns empty alcohol calories for energy while digestion of nutrient-rich food is put on the back burner. So all those extra calories get stored as fat.

If you still want to enjoy a glass of wine now and then, you might want to choose St. Regis. Our dealcoholized wines have all the great flavor of your favorite drink but hardly any alcohol, and a fraction of the calories. A much better option in line with your body goals!

Cheers to your health and to your bikini body!


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day

Some of us have a gift (ba dum tss) for gift giving while some of us just can’t figure it out. If you are still looking for a last minute, perfect Mother’s Day gift or you just want to spoil yourself (because you deserve it!), here are some great ideas that will certainly impress her!

Her favorite St.Regis sparkling wine or wine
To any of these gift ideas, combine a bottle of St. Regis Brut or Royal Kir, for the mother-to-be, for guilt-free mimosas with a healthy breakfast, she’ll love being able to enjoy a glass of bubbly or wine and yet still tackle that long to-do list afterwards!

A Breakfast Delivery
On Mother’s Day, your mother should NOT be slaving away in the kitchen to prepare breakfast. If you can’t surprise your mom with breakfast in bed, why not deliver it right to her door? The Oat Box offers delicious gift sets, made with top quality natural oats – a nice way for mom to kick off her day!
https://www.oatbox.com/en/products/gifts

Sweet subscription
Is your mom a real sweet tooth? Why don’t you get her a 6-month candy subscription for Mother’s Day? Every month, she’ll get a sweet surprise in the mail and remember which child is her favorite 😉
https://laboiteabonbons.ca/products/cadeau-6-mois

Monogram necklace
What’s better than jewelry? Personized jewelry!
https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/delicate-monogram-necklace

Temporary tattoos
Show your love in the boldest but temporary way!
https://tattly.com/products/mother?mc_cid=2824d761fc&mc_eid=193e15ceeb

Ice-cream machine
Mother’s Day or not, everyone needs one of these in their home!
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/switch-language/product/

DIY blooming monogram
Show mom your creative side! Glue some faux flowers inside a hollow papier-mâché letter and you’ll have a low budget, personalized gift that’ll she’ll cherish all year round!
http://blog.lulus.com/general/blooming-monogram-diy/

Clip line photo frame
Because memories are the best gift you can give your mom!
http://www.thebay.com/webapp/
A personal ornament
What better gift to give a new mom than a mold of her newborn baby’s foot or hand? Laissez-vous mouler is a Montreal-based company that offers anything from custom mold family portraits to an artistic mold of a mother-to-be’s baby bump!
https://youtu.be/QVkV955QjU0

Moms give you everything –and then some– so let’s spoil them this Mother’s Day! If you’re a mom or a mom-to-be don’t forget about yourself.
Have a great Mother’s Day and thanks to all the moms!


Alcohol-Removed Wine: More Than Just a Compromise

Moderation is in

The non-alcoholic beverage trend has really grown over the past few years. Several social factors can explain this general shift towards an attitude that embraces being cautious and staying healthy. The result? The public is a lot more conscious of the importance of drinking responsibly. Indeed, whether it’s to promote a healthy pregnancy, for when you’re the one driving, or for overall health reasons, moderation is a hot topic for people of all ages.

And just because a drink doesn’t contain alcohol doesn’t mean that it lacks taste or creativity!

Quality products, different ways to enjoy them

If the sales of non-alcoholic beverages have been on the rise for the last few years, it’s because there are now quality products on the market that are not simply mere imitations of original versions: rather, you’ll find a slew of options that are interesting to drink, and they’re tasty, too.
For example, St. Regis wines are not what you would call “non-alcoholic”, but rather wines that have been dealcoholized. They are basically regular wines, from which the alcohol has been extracted without removing the aromas, colour and other qualities that make them unique and provide consumers with an interesting drinking experience. The alcohol is removed from the original product through a state-of-the-art vacuum distillation process. This involves the evaporation of alcohol before bottling the product, resulting in wines with alcohol content that is lower than 0.5%.

Although alcohol-removed wines taste excellent on their own, they have become so popular that several cocktail recipes have been created using them: they’re ideal for baby showers, evenings with friends, or family events where members both young and old can enjoy the same drinks!

Pass the bubbly!

For more official events, or simply for a nice change, why not opt for some alcohol-removed sparkling wine? St. Regis even offers a Brut that will make you completely forget that you’re not drinking the original version with alcohol. So enjoy a mimosa on a weekday or during your pregnancy, guilt free! Also, don’t forget to try their cassis-flavoured Kir Royal.

 

In short, no matter what the context or reason, it is now possible to drink in moderation without compromising on taste. Much less damageable to your health, less expensive, and containing fewer calories than products with alcohol, alcohol-removed wines and sparkling wines are a great option that combine multiple benefits with a great drinking experience.

Cheers!

White Peach Sangria

Ingredients (for one glass)

  • 4 oz of St. Regis Chardonnay
  • 2 oz of tropical fruit juice
  • 1/4 oz of lemon juice
  • 4 pieces of frozen honeydew melon
  • 5 pieces of frozen peach
  • 3 cubes of cantaloupe
  • 2 pitted M’LORD lychees in light syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Garnish: 1 lemon wedge

Method

In a tall wine glass, add the ice cubes and fruit. Pour St. Regis Chardonnay over them. Complete with lemon juice and tropical fruit juice. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Tropical Champagne

Ingredients (for one glass)

  • 4 oz of St. Regis Brut
  • 2.5 oz of pineapple juice
  • 1/4 oz of grenadine
  • 1 slice ginger
  • Garnish: 1 pineapple slice

 

Method

In a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass, add grenadine syrup, pineapple juice, and ginger slice. Complete with St. Regis Brut. Garnish with pineapple slice.