February Favourites

I can’t believe it is already March! 2017 has been flying by and I think it’s because I’m having so much fun in this new gig of mine. The air is getting warmer and the days are getting brighter, which is major for those of us who start our days at 5:00 am. Yay daylight! 

But I can’t officially begin this new month without first offering you my February Favourites. Make sure you read until the end for the GIVEAWAY!

Firstly, I want to apologize for the lack of posts this month. Between mine and DC’s birthday, our trip to Mexico (and the shortage of days in Feb) I found it hard to sit down and write. I’m so used to having a 9-5 job where I sit basically all day and get my work done. While I would never want to go back to that lifestyle, I am definitely still trying to get used to running around all day and fitting everything in. I promise I’ll do better this month.

So back to my monthly faves. I always need to reiterate that these posts are not sponsored. I’ll always tell you which items were gifted (in this case the shoes and collagen) but I would never include them as a favourite product unless I truly love them and believe in them. If you follow my Instagram stories you’ll know these products have clearly become favourites of mine. 

So let’s get to it!

Favourite Healthy Snack

Classic Almond and Cacao Energy Balls by Deliciously Ella 

My sister recently made a giant batch of these as I stood by and watched her. Although I didn’t help out (unless you consider eating the scraps being helpful) I could see they were super easy to make. She gave me a big container of them and I store them in the freezer. I like to grab them before I teach spin in the morning as the dates offer a good burst of sugar to wake me up while the fats from the almond butter and coconut oil keep me satiated. 

Favourite Pantry Staple 

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

I get asked about this product all the time so I am really excited to tell you guys about it. Firstly, what is collagen? Simply put, collagen is a protein in our bodies. It is in our bones, skin, blood cells, muscles and tendons. As we get older, the collagen production in our bodies slows down. Also when we work out really hard, our bodies break down collagen. We can replenish it by ingesting collagen to help repair muscles, re-hydrate the body, reduce joint pain and improve the elasticity of our skin (just to name a few benefits). I first learned about collagen when researching beauty products for hair and nail growth, which is where you may have heard of it as well. I looked into taking pill forms such as Biosil but Vital Proteins is super easy to use. It dissolves in hot or cold water and has zero taste. I scoop it into my coffee every morning. Vital Proteins  are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides so it is not vegan or vegetarian. I’ve definitely noticed a change in my hair and nail growth and strength. Hoping the skin will follow suit!

Favourite Skincare Product

Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel  

If you’ve ever taken one of my spin classes before, you’ll know I get super sweaty. And if you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ve probably heard me talk about my face breakouts one or two (or ten) times. The problem here is that I sweat a lot when I teach. And I teach a lot. Add in a hot yoga class or another workout and that’s a whole lotta face washing going on. My facialist recommended I try Naturopathica’s Aloe Cleansing Gel since aloe is known for its healing properties. It is also all natural and really gentle so I don’t worry about it using it multiple times a day. Extra bonus – it has lavender in it which is my all-time favourite smell so I feel amazing, calm and refreshed every time I use it. 

Favourite Workout Gear 

Adidas Ultra Boost X

I nearly lost it when Adidas sent these shoes to me. Aside from my Stan Smith‘s, I actually had never worn Adidas running shoes to work out and now I’m not so sure I can ever go back. The second I put them on I felt like I was walking on a cloud. They have major support and seriously add a bounce to your step. I am not remotely a runner (6 mph on the treadmill is a sprint for me) so when I went to walk on the treadmill I was shocked that all I really wanted to do was run. I am also in love with the #heretocreate campaign they are doing with the shoe. It definitely helps they are featuring my 2 favourite bloggers Hannah Bronfman and Hannah Andersson so I feel even more inspired every time I lace up. 

Favourite Self-Care Tip

Adding green to your living space

As soon as I started to work from home, I knew I needed to de-clutter our condo and do a little redecorating. Unfortunately, the condo gets about zero daylight. We are surrounded by other buildings and it just always feels dark in here. This never really bothered me until I started needing to photograph everything for the blog on my tiny balcony even in minus 20 degrees. Not so fun. I also knew it would really start to bother me as I spent more time at home so I resorted to making other changes in our space such as adding more candles and taking away more “stuff.” One thing I knew I wouldn’t be able to do is keep flowers or plants alive due to our lack of light so I went for the next best thing – fake plants. Oh the horror! I have to say, however, Homesense does a pretty damn good fake plant. I bought a couple to put around my living space and even though I know I’m not reaping the benefits of having those living organisms in my home, I still feel so zen every time I look at them. (Photo from Pinterest…but a girl can dream).

 Favourite Podcast

Soul on Fire by The Balanced Blonde

I know I might seem like a Balanced Blonde fanatic and I’m okay with it. Jordan just does it right. Soul on Fire is an interview based podcast and the guests are all either wellness, fitness or blogging experts. Seriously, this podcast gives me life. I am obsessed with every single guest she has on and after the interview I am not only even more in love with the guest but feel so inspired listening to their stories about how they got started and learning more details about each person who comes on that I never would have known. I like to listen in the car and while I workout but I love to listen when I fold laundry. Thank you Jordan for making that fun! Aside from the interviews, Jordan always starts with a conversation about what is going on in her business. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned about the blogging world and the “business” of Instagram just by listening. My only complaint about this podcast is that it’s only once a week! I could listen every day.  

Favourite Accessory & GIVEAWAY

Ponytail Mail Hair Ties

If there is one thing every fit girl needs in her life, it’s hair ties. Yes, we need to keep our hair out of our face when we work out and yes, we lose them all the time. Where do they even go? I think they are actually hanging out with my missing socks, having a time. That’s why Toronto-native, Jackie, came up with the brilliant idea of a hair tie subscription service. Each hair tie is so colourful and cute that you will never want to lose them, but hey, life happens and Jackie’s got your back. With your subscription you will receive a set of beautiful hair ties each month. I personally love them because I have gigantic wrists and when I use these hair ties once, they stretch out just enough that I can keep them on my wrist where they look really cute. 

Since Jackie is super awesome and I love supporting local companies, we have paired up to offer you guys your own set of hair ties! This is the first Kale & Krunches exclusive blog giveaway! All you have to do is comment below and let us know what your favourite type of workout is! Winner will be announced via Instagram next week.

 

 

 

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44 Comments

  • Reply Jade Zylberberg 2017-03-01 at 8:19 pm

    I love spinning! The time flies by way faster than any other workout! Good music make the class one big party on the bike!

    • Reply Marlie C. 2017-03-09 at 9:17 pm

      Yes all about the music! Thanks love!! xoxo

  • Reply Katherine 2017-03-01 at 8:56 pm

    spinning is my fave workout, of course!

    • Reply Marlie C. 2017-03-09 at 9:17 pm

      nothing better ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Faith 2017-03-01 at 9:07 pm

    Currently my fave workout are bootcamp type strength and conditioning classes that get me pushing myself to my max! It feels amazing when I think I can’t do something so I start slow (like bench pressing the bar with no added weights!) and then end up doing way better than I thought I would!

    • Reply Marlie C. 2017-03-09 at 9:18 pm

      Yes, seeing progressions is always so motivating!!

  • Reply Valeska 2017-03-01 at 9:42 pm

    My favourite workout is by far going for a run. I love to run to just clear my head when I’m stressed. Or to go full out and get a great sweat on!

    • Reply Marlie C. 2017-03-09 at 9:18 pm

      I wish I could run! It hurts my legs so badly ๐Ÿ™‚ Good for you!! xoxo

  • Reply Olivia Ehmann 2017-03-01 at 9:51 pm

    I’m really loving HIIT classes that are a mix of cardio and strength training- I get such a high from them!

    • Reply Marlie C. 2017-03-09 at 9:18 pm

      I totally get that! The best kind of feeling ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Isolde 2017-03-01 at 9:52 pm

    My favorite workout is currently doing HIIT in the mornings and yoga or long walks in the evenings or at lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Marlie C. 2017-03-09 at 9:21 pm

      I love HIIT to! And totally – sometimes walking is just what we need ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Joelle 2017-03-02 at 12:37 am

    I’m currently obsessed wth Orange Theory
    Always love your blog
    Joelle

    • Reply Marlie C. 2017-03-09 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks Joelle! I need to try it there! xoxo

  • Reply Leora 2017-03-02 at 2:17 am

    Yoga is my go- to workout. Either a good flow class or a sweaty spin class!! Both make me feel very strong and accomplished after!

  • Reply Saunya 2017-03-02 at 2:21 am

    My fave workout is my weekly yoga class. Such a great way to de-stress and clear my head. Spinning is a close 2nd tho!

  • Reply Kristina P 2017-03-02 at 2:21 am

    Reformer Pilates or Essentrics

  • Reply Sara 2017-03-02 at 2:21 am

    I tried spinning for the first time last Saturday and it was awesome! But I’m still a strength training girl at heart! โค๏ธ

  • Reply Taylor Laist 2017-03-02 at 2:26 am

    My favourite workout is boot camp! I love the mix of cardio and strength training. I feel very sore the next day which makes me feel accomplished!

  • Reply Jenna 2017-03-02 at 2:28 am

    spinning is my ultimate favourite workout.. I love going to different studios and seeing what they offer. Spinco is one that beats it all, you get a good full body workout and feel like your having a party on the bike

    • Reply Marlie C. 2017-03-09 at 9:16 pm

      Congrats on winning this blog giveaway! Please send me a direct message on Instagram to claim your prize! @kale_and_krunches. xoxo

  • Reply Linds 2017-03-02 at 2:35 am

    K seriously… LOVE the favourites posts!!!!!! Can’t wait for more blog posts.

    My favourite workout varies on my mood. Sometimes all I need is a good HIIT but right now I’d kill to get back outside for a nice run, getting out in good weather last week was such a tease!! Fingers crossed for more spring like weather soon…

  • Reply Jaiden t 2017-03-02 at 2:36 am

    my favourite work out is definitely spinning!

  • Reply Michelle 2017-03-02 at 2:38 am

    My favourite workout is a climb and core at TRACK. It is by the hardest workout I do and, to be honest, I dread it until I’ve finished it. It’s the only workout that pushes me physically and mentally. My cardio endurance has increased immensely since climbing!

  • Reply Grace 2017-03-02 at 3:08 am

    I love your monthly favourites posts ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have been super into Lagree classes lately! Have you ever tried Studio Lagree in TO? They are amazing!

  • Reply Rebecca 2017-03-02 at 3:18 am

    My favourite workout are weights. Nothing makes me feel more accomplished than picking something heavy up and putting it back down!

  • Reply Alanna Feldman 2017-03-02 at 3:24 am

    My favourite workout is P90X!!!

  • Reply Shelby 2017-03-02 at 3:26 am

    I could definitely used these in my power yoga classes. There’s been a few too many downward dogs with hair in my face.. maybe this will help!

  • Reply Amanda 2017-03-02 at 3:36 am

    I just bought the collagen peptides – good idea to put it in my morning coffee!

    My favourite workout is a mix of a military style bootcamp & boxing classes!! I like the variety and the challenge. Plus, working in a team environment reinforces the importance of never letting your team mates down and especially yourself ! I always am amazed at what I can do when I over power my mind.

  • Reply Alyssa 2017-03-02 at 3:48 am

    Any Les Mills class! They’re all equally amazing and it’s fun to mix-it-up!

  • Reply Melissa 2017-03-02 at 3:56 am

    My favourite workout is running! It feels so amazing to get outside for a bit at the end of a long day of sitting at an office and clear my mind.

  • Reply Rachel Danto 2017-03-02 at 11:43 am

    Definitely varies week to week, but right now body weight exercises are my fav! I love seeing my body get physically stronger week to week.

  • Reply Hilary Mymin 2017-03-02 at 11:54 am

    Currently I am loving Orange Theory. The class is always different and I have never left without a tomato face!

  • Reply Kiley McNairn 2017-03-02 at 3:05 pm

    Yoga. There’s nothing more relaxing or stressing relieving. I just love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Karen hurwitz 2017-03-02 at 6:23 pm

    All I do is SPIN SPIN SPIN no matter what!!!!

  • Reply Izzy 2017-03-02 at 11:17 pm

    My favorite workout is running! I loveeeeee running so much and show that girls can do just as much and just as good!

  • Reply Jessica BJ 2017-03-03 at 12:18 am

    HIIT and any strength training!

  • Reply Ashley Fulton 2017-03-03 at 4:36 am

    I’ve just become addicted to soul on fire too! My fav workout is crossfit, love the challenge

  • Reply Erika 2017-03-04 at 6:05 am

    My favourite workout is your spin class! The energy in the room is motivating and the music always gets me pumped!

  • Reply Hayley 2017-03-06 at 8:22 pm

    My faves are hiit, yoga and lagree!

  • Reply Shannon 2017-03-08 at 4:34 am

    My favourite workout is Spinning. It’s such a fun workout and a great way to start or end your day!

  • Reply Kristin 2017-03-09 at 4:40 pm

    I love that you got fake plants. I actually have resorted to this because I cannot keep anything alive. It’s really hard to find fake plants that pass the test. My favorite workout as of late has been yin yoga. It’s been a great reminder to slow down.

  • Reply Laura 2017-06-12 at 3:18 am

    Where do you find Vital Proteins in Toronto? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Marlie C. 2017-06-21 at 12:50 pm

      The Healthy Road on King St East ๐Ÿ™‚

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