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Angela deJong graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Physical Education. She is a certified personal trainer and nutrition and wellness specialist. Angela has more than 13 years of hands on experience in the health and wellness field. Prior to starting her own personal training and health business, Angela spent 8 years as a marketing professional in the health industry. In addition to her full time position, Angela trained clients, on her own time, simply because she had a passion for helping individuals lead a healthier life.
Through Acacia Fitness, Angela is able to reach out to individuals that are ready to make a lifestyle change. Passionate about health and fitness and its possibilities, Angela provides a range of services that help people meet their personal goals.
Angela’s personal achievements and pursuits include: traveling the world, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends. Specifically, Angela has completed several marathons, adventure races, and has trekked to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Machu Pichu in Peru, and to base camp of Mt. Everest in Nepal. Overall, Angela enjoys leading a healthy/happy lifestyle, and truly loves what she is now doing with Acacia Fitness. Acacia fitness is named for the Acacia tree found in Africa. The Acacia tree acts as a source of nutrition, healing, and shelter for people and animals alike.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, summer has bid us farewell and we’re moving towards the long months of winter. For those of us who live in climates—like Canada’s!—where exercising outdoors gets harder to do with snow and ice on the trails and roads, it can be so easy to lose our motivation for fitness.
It's All About the Mindset
So, what can you do when you don't necessarily have a 5K or another race to train for? How do you stay active?
Change the way you think about exercise!
Planning Makes It Happen
For those who are new to my nutrition coaching, you may be asking yourself, “What on earth is a veggie satchel?!”
Simply put, a “veggie satchel” is any container you use—Ziploc bags, Tupperware containers, and so on—to measure out pre-cut vegetables for your week. (You can see more about it here.) It’s a terrific way to make sure you’re getting enough veggies without having to spend time every day washing, chopping, and slicing.
But, what can you do if you don’t really like the taste of plain, raw vegetables...but you also don’t want the high fat and sugar content of a salad dressing?
You amp up your veggie satchel!
I made a great discovery at my local Safeway supermarket: Herdez salsa verde.
Check out the great ingredients list: Freshly harvested green tomatillos, savory onions, spicy serrano peppers, salt and fresh cilantro.
That’s it! No sugar, low in sodium, fat, and calories—a super-healthy dipping sauce with big taste.
Of course, if you can’t find this salsa at your local grocery store or on Amazon, making your own is simple. Roast peppers on a baking sheet in the oven until they’re soft, then use your food processor or blender to puree them until you get a really thin salsa.
Check out more about the Veggie Satchel 2.0 here.
How do you amp up your veggie satchel? I’d love to hear about it!