First up were products to get you ready for the gym!
Nutribar Meal Replacement Bar: Make the Nutribar plan a regular part of your life, and you'll keep your weight under control without going hungry or eating something unhealthy. Nutribar is filling, delicious and contains all the nutrients essential for a complete meal. It satisfies hunger...so you can lose weight. $2.50 each
SlimFast Optima Meal-to-Go Bars: Start losing weight today with the Slim-Fast Plan! Each of these delicious bars have only 235 calories so you can keep your cravings under control and keep that weight off! $2.50 each
BSN® SYNTHA-6™ Decadence - Cookie & Cream: Decadence without the Guilt! A rich, decadent high-protein meal replacement, this bar is designed to support muscle growth, recovery and nutrition. $2.70 each
The verdict: These meal replacement bars are great in a pinch, my favourite was the Nutribar for flavour. If you're concerned about what goes into these bars, nothing beats my homemade version:
1.5 c oats
1/2 c shredded Coconut
1/2 c Pick your favourite dried fruit (raisins, date chunks, cranberries, craisins, dried cherries, apricots etc)
1/2 c Chocolate Chips
1/4 c almonds, chopped (or put in fave chopped nuts. I love almonds)
3 scoops Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (optional) 2 Tbsp Flax Seeds 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds 1.5 Tsp Cinnamon
Wet: 1 Ripe Banana 1/2 c Agave (or Maple Syrup) 1/2 c Peanut Butter (or any nut butter) 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl, mash a ripe banana, and add all wet the ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into the dry bowl and mix well. Spread mixture into 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish lined with plastic wrap or waxed paper. Press until flat.
Place your dish in freezer for a few hours, or until firm. Remove the mixtures from the dish and carefully cut into squares or bars. Wrap individually for easy grab and go treats.
You can store in fridge or freezer for up to a month. These bars soften quickly at room temperature.
Under Armour Bra: The newest version of the classic compression sportsbra with Four way stretch. This bra customizes the usual small, medium, large options to band and cups sizes. $70
Enell: This Sports Bra is for any woman serious about support and a healthy body. The ENELL was designed specifically for larger breasted women. $75
Adidas SuperNova miCoach Glide Bra: Bonded sensors in the band turn this bra into a heart rate monitor too! $55
The verdict: My favourite is the Under Armour Bra. It's comfortable and keeps the girls in place. -- Taylor
The Enell bra is my absolute favourite. This product is the best I've ever tested as an Angel. It doesn't hurt to workout anymore! -- Cher
I like the Adidas bra. It's comfortable, holds everything together with the added bonus of the heart rate monitor. -- Joanne
The claim: Train your agility and reaction time. These balls bounce all over the place. Start by bouncing them on the floor and then move to a wall as you get better.
The verdict: Save your money and toss these - the only thing they're good for is as chew toys for my dog! -- Taylor
The claim: k.e.f.t.y.--Kinesthetic Exerciser For Transforming Yourself. The only athletic instrument being tested by NASA for use on the Mars Mission. It only weighs 4 pounds, comes apart and engages your body in hundreds of different exercises.
The verdict: If you don't have any athletic gear this is a good one stop shop. I like that it's easy to put together and take apart to hide when you have company over! -- Cher
The claim: Don't struggle to lift your neck & back doing crunches! Just sit back, relax and rock! you get a complete ab workout both forwards AND backwards!
The verdict: Sit ups are a struggle regardless of the product to use. Save yourself the cash and just keep it old school and do some crunches on the floor! -- Joanne