8 Healthy Junk Food Alternatives

Healthy = delicious.

As summer approaches, many of us are making some changes in an effort to get that summer ‘bod. Whether you’re a ~seasoned~ juice cleanser, have doubled up on the cardio sessions, or are trying a (ridiculously unsustainable) fad diet, simply making some subtle adjustments to your daily routine such as adding 30 minutes of exercise to your day or increasing your fiber intake, can have an substantial influence on your efforts. If you’re a snacker, one proven way to slim down is by swapping your favorite junk foods for some healthy alternatives. We’ve put together a list of top 7 favorite healthy snacks and meals to substitute your preferred junk foods and meals, proving lifestyle changes don’t necessarily mean you will go hungry:

 

 

Chip Lovers

Alternative: Kale, Zucchini, Apple, or Sweet Potato Chips

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Who doesn’t love that crave that satisfying chip crunch? Luckily, there are many literally delicious healthy alternatives that deliver the same amount of crunch and flavour. Get 16 healthy chip alternative recipes here.

 

 

Wing Lovers

Alternative: Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

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When you just ~need~ buffalo wings, try this easy and healthy alternative to get both the flavor and the crunch of your favorite wings. Not a buffalo fan? Switch the sauce to your preference! Get the recipe here.

 

 

Chocolate Lovers

Alternative: Avacado Brownies

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I won’t insist that chocolate lovers switch to 70% cocoa chocolate (although delicious,  it’s not actually that healthy) because I’m here to help innovate your diet. For something completely different yet equally satisfying, try chocolate avocado brownies. You can eat these babies guilt free. Get the recipe here.

 

 

 

Popcorn Lovers

Alternative: Coconut Oil Popcorn

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A personal favourite, this is a great healthy (and cheap) alternative to junk food for when you’re on the go. Feel like spicing it up a bit? From chilli powder, lime powder, and salt & pepper, to traditional popcorn seasoning or vinegar, this snack is both quick and customizable. Get the recipe here.

 

 

Peanut Butter Lovers

Alternative: Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

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Peanut butter lovers, I get you. I could eat spoonful after spoonful, and you probably can too. Aside from simply switching over to natural peanut butter, another health-ish recipe to satisfy any peanut butter craving is dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Made with cocoa, coconut oil, and natural peanut butter, these are suitable for your healthy (and even ketogenic) lifestyle. Get the recipe here.

 

 

Pizza Lovers

Alternative: Cauliflower Pizza

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Why yes, there’s a healthy alternative for all of you pizza lovers too. With an abundance of veggies and healthy fats, cauliflower pizza is a personal pizza. Get the recipe here.

 

 

Candy Lovers

Alternative: Ketogenic Gummy Bears

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When you get a serious sugar craving, these gummy bears will help you get through the day. Get the recipe here.

 

 

Ice Cream Lovers

Alternative: Frozen Yogurt

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This healthy junk food alternative may seem basic, but I prefer calling it timeless. In a rush? Simply freeze your preferred type of yogurt add your favourite fruit, nut, or topping for the perfect snack. My personal favourite is strawberry greek yogurt with sunflower seeds. Get the recipe here.

 

 

No excuses! Try one (or all)  of these healthy alternatives to your favourite junk foods today.

Best Montreal Music Festivals

‘Tis the (festival) season.

No matter where you’re from in the world, it’s’ an undeniable fact that music brings people together. Even more so, there’s nothing like a music festival – summer vibes, like-minded music lovers, and top tier acts; it’s easy to see how music festivals inextricably linked to a great summer. Montreal being one of Canada’s premier art scenes, the city offers an abundance of festivals no matter your taste in music. Check out our list of the various MTL music festivals by music genre.

 

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EDM lovers, this one is for you! Montreal’s somewhat new electronic dance music festival has proved to keep up with other big Canadian festivals like Toronto’s Veld and B.C.’s Pemberton.

 

Osheaga

This huge music and arts festiva gains attention globally, with top artists headlining and performing at the event. Not only are the shows amazing, but Osheaga village is a must-have experience at least once in your life!

 

Jazzfest

Jazz lovers, you’re in the right city. Join people from all over the world at MTL’s renowned Jazzfest.

 

Heavy Montreal

There’s even one for those that prefer heavy metal.

 

Montreal International Reggae Fest

We’re jammin’.

 

Picnik Electro

 

Picnik is a Montreal staple that runs every weekend during the summer – yes Every. Weekend. Make sure to grab your EDM loving friends and hit up Picnik for an unforgettable Saturday.

 

Valhalla Sound Circus

Rock-lovers, this is a premier rock-centric weekend event, packed with great acts alongside an environment of free expression synthesizing art, music, and adventure all into one weekend.

 

Festival Mondial des Cultures

 

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In the mood for a cosmopolitan event, incorporating music from all over the world? Expand your horizons and embark on a new cultural experience at this dance festival in Drummondville!

 

What are you waiting for? Pick an event and get to dancing!

5 Trends to Embrace this Summer

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As school comes to an end (for most of us), and summer trips and internships become top priority, this period marks the perfect time to try something new, make changes, or implement healthier habits. With that in mind, we’ve come up with our favorite lifestyle, fashion, party, and health trends for you to try this summer!

 

Make/Drink Juices

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Start your morning off right by ditching your first daily coffee for an organic juice. Whether made at home or a stopping it at Freshii, adding a juice to your diet is sure to have positive effects, and exhilarate your taste buds. Not only do many of these juices taste delicious, but wit active ingredients like ginger, they help speed up your metabolism too #winning.   

Check out some of our favorite recipes.

 

Hit up a Music Festival

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Okay, I know this seems like a basic summer element checklist item, but given the abundance of amazing festivals in Montreal, you can’t miss out on spending the day at least one festival. Feel the vibes and enjoy a day out in the sun, no matter your preferred type of music.

 

Go on a “Staycation”

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Because vacations are so last summer. Whether it be a weekend in Tremblant, visiting Chicoutimi falls(link), or simply experiencing some of Montreal’s own tourist attractions, take some time to discover the coolest spots in your city or Province.

 

Try Photography

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It seems like everyone’s taking up photography lately. Why not try it out? Expand your artistic portfolio and try getting behind the lens this summer! Montreal’s vibrant downtown, picturesque landscapes, and a constant stream of people make this city a perfect spot to get great shots, no matter the style you decide to try.

 

Enjoy Some Instagram-Worthy Bites

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Okay so everyone and their mom post food pics on Instagram, but we can’t help but encourage it when Montreal is home to countless Instagram-worthy meals. Whether you choose La Diperie ice cream, bites from Mandy’s food truck, or a healthier choice from Vivalia, this city is home to many picturesque food options.

 

Go Paddle Boarding (SUP)

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SUP boards have become huge over the past two years, and we can attest as to why; spending some time out on a board is both relaxing and fun. They also create a perfect afternoon no matter your vibes; adventurers can paddle across a lake, yogis can enjoy and challenge themselves with some SUP yoga, and chillers can just hang out and tan on their boards for a while. What are you waiting for? Rent a SUP board in MTL today!

You’re sure to enjoy these popular activities, we promise. After all, they’ve become trends for a reason!

Montreal Summer Jobs Calling your Name

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Now that the school year has come to an end, the next important order of business for most students is to find a job. And yes, your parents have probably been nagging about locking down your summer job for weeks (and maybe even months) now, but the procrastination is inevitable. In case slacked a little and are now rushing for a job, we’ve come up with a list of 10 Montreal summer jobs and internships that are available right now! Thank us later.

 

Tutor

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Use all your knowledge from higher education to tutor some younger students this summer. Know a second language? Even better!

Apply here.

 

Laboratory Assistant

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Science students, a lab job in your field is sure to look great on those precious med school applications!

Apply here.

 

Student Painter

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Spend time both inside and outside working as a painter this summer! It may not be the most glamorous job, but you’re sure to have a great crew full of people your own age, and still avoid a minimum-wage paycheck.

Apply here.

 

Multimedia and Communication Specialist

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Looking for something more interesting than a classic retail/fast food part time job? Seize your opportunity to network and build your resume as a Multimedia and Communication Specialist at CHIP.

Apply here.

 

Office Intern

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Want to get first-hand experience in a non-profit organization and build your resume, but still get paid? Well, then this internship has your name written all over it!

Apply here.

 

Customer Relations

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Get your foot in the door of the pharmaceutical industry with this customer relations positions. This summer job can hold great benefits for science, business, and communications students, while simultaneously serving as an alternative to the classic part-time job.

Apply here.

 

Summer Camp Facilitator

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For those in the health field, this position as a summer camp facilitator helping people with disabilities will be a great opportunity to ditch a PSW position and try something different, sure to be a fulfilling experience.

Apply here.

 

Brand Ambassador

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Change your pace with a brand ambassador position. Not only are these jobs well-paid, but what’s better than hanging out and interacting with people all day, both inside and outside. Oh, and did we mention there’s usually an exciting event and a freebie or two involved?

Apply here, here, here, or here.

 

What are you waiting for? Grab an awesome summer position while they’re still available.

7 Ways to Decompress After Finals

Chill out a little.

You made it! Well, hopefully. Now that finals are officially over, it’s time to let go of that corresponding stress. That being said, after having been in that mindset for a month (and may longer cause well essays), letting go of that stress and shifting your frame of mind  isn’t always easy. Luckily, we’ve come up with a list of our favorite ways to decompress post-finals.

 

Head to the Spa

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What better place to decompress than a spa? Take advantage of the zen surroundings and therapeutic baths to calm yourself down and get ready for the all the new adventures coming your way this summer.

 

Get a Message

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Sometimes stress can literally physically take a toll on your body, making a relaxing massage an ideal way to chill out after finals. You’re sure to be feeling renewed yet relaxed; the perfect mix of feelings to begin your summer.

 

Take a Day off

You probably haven’t had a day where you focused on absolutely nothing in a while. No school, no work, no responsibilities – take a day to literally do and think of nothing. Not only will you give your brain a break from the over-drive mode it’s likely been in over the past month, but you will start your next day with a completely new outlook and fresh vibes.

 

Exercise

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Since you’ve probably been too busy to stick to your ~strict~ gym regiment, take some time out to hit up an exercise class or start a new workout routine/program. This will help you get a fresh physical start for the summer, while simultaneously giving you brain a break and releasing healthy positive endorphin to ensure you start this summer on the best note (oh and get a rockin’ bod).

 

Spend a day on the Water

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Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need to decompress. Whether it be on a paddle board, at a beach, or on a dock, heading out to the water will surely help de-stress and get some much-needed vitamin C.

 

Buy a Plant

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It’s science! Houseplants actually help you calm down, and serve as an air purifier. This two-in-one solution will help you get back into a serene mind sight for clear thinking. Need a suggestion? Try on of these plants for best results!

 

Treat Yourself

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Whether it be through chocolate, shopping, a glass of fancy wine/craft beer, or any other one of your favorite ways to pamper yourself, treat yourself to something just slightly indulgent after your hard work this scholastic year! This is not advocating over-indulging in really any activity, but there’s nothing wrong with a little self-reward after hard work.  
Take a day to pursue one of these decompressing suggestions and start your summer off with a fresh, stress-free mind!

10 WAYS MOVING OUT WILL BETTER YOUR LIFE

You do you boo boo.

Living alone is a big step in any student’s life, and as amazing as it is, it can also sometimes be stressful and lonely.  To keep things in perspective, we’ve taken this opportunity to list our favorite ways that living alone actually make you an increasingly complete person (#adulting):

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You become more responsible.

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You learn how to cook.

 

You learn how to fix things.
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You have time to self-reflect (no we don’t mean selfies) and discover.
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You learn how to depend on yourself and entertain yourself.
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You can order delivery at any hour (let’s be honest, that is a luxury).
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You can decorate however you please.
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You can do things on your own time, and have no one to blame but yourself for procrastination.
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You don’t have to answer to anyone when you come in at all hours of the night.
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THE BATHROOM. Never feel rushed, sing in the shower as loud as you please, and don’t ever put a toilet paper roll back on the holder.
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BEST VEGAN/VEGETARIAN PLACES IN MONTREAL

This one’s for you, veggie-lovers.

If you subscribe to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, you may be used to having a hard time finding a suitable restaurant or fast-food options, but luckily Montreal likes to cater to the healthy! Here’s a list of 10 of the best vegetarian and vegan places in Montreal:

 

Crudessence – 2157 Rue Mackay

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Vegan restaurant or healthy living classes? The choice is yours as Crudessence! Focused on serving you healthy, energy-filled meals, Crudessence offers 100% organic, gluten-free, vegan, and homemade dishes, perfect for getting the healthiest and most efficient energy out of any meal! They also offer healthy living/cooking classes, so if you’re into fitness or healthy eating, this will be your new fav place!

 

Bonnys – 1748 Rue Notre Dame O.

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If you’re into eating vegetarian, yet love ethnic foods, a unique dish, or global culinary culture, Bonny’s if for you. This restaurant strives specifically to make vegetarian and vegan dining fun and exciting- and do so by providing diverse selections of delectable ethnic tastes from around the world… I’m already hungry.

 

Aux Vivres – 4631 Boul. Saint Laurent

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This bright hangout is one of Montreal’s best vegetarian restaurants. Similar to Bonny’s, Aux Vivres focuses on ridding the idea of boring from vegetarian dishes, and creates innovative delish vegan food. Between that, the extensive (and delicious) juice bar, and an attractive patio, Aux Vivres is begging to host your next lunch date. 

 

Burrittoville – 2055 Rue Bishop

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All the joy of a burrito, without the meat. Burritoville is an OG Montreal vegetarian restaurant, featuring no-meat tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. In the chill setting with live music and art, this is a perfect spot to mix Montreal culture with mouthwatering vegetarian burritos.

 

Resto Vego – 1204 Avenue Mcgill College

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Montreal’s Resto Vego combines the savoir-faire of over 35 years in the vegetarian restaurant industry, with the ~bombness~ of a buffet restaurant. That’s right, ALL. YOU. CAN. EAT. Go ahead, indulge a little.

 

Lola Rosa Cafe – 545 Rue Milton
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Lola Rose is perfect when you’re seeking a pub night or actively looking to fill a bar-food craving. With beers on tap and an extensive menu, Lola Rose Cafe is the perfect night spot to stay awhile and indulge with your friends.

 

Antitode Comtpoir Vegane – 3459 Rue Ontario

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Antitode Comptoir Vegane is a big Montreal vegan restaurant that works in promotion of eco-friendly, healthy, organic, and vegan eating in Montreal. This restaurant, however, goes above and beyond an ordinary dinner- the brand also offers an email list containing healthy recipes, online grocery shopping, and members rewards and discounts. Antitode is much more than a restaurant- more like a healthy-living and vegan community.

 

Sushi Momo -4669 Rue Saint Denis

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Yes, this city has it all- Sushi Momo is Montreal’s premier vegetarian sushi spot. The restaurant focuses on vegetarian sushi and Japanese cuisine, offering a big selection with over 10 types of vegetarian sushi- the most diverse in Montreal!

 

La Panthere Vert 2153 Mackay & 66 St. Viateur

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Smoothies, sandwiches, cookies & cakes, juices- Le Panthere Vert’s menu is catered to be the perfect lunch or mid-afternoon munchie spot for vegetarians and vegans around Montreal. Not only that, but if you or your date has a sweet-tooth, the above mentioned available cookies & cakes are an entire menu section with many options and flavours – sure to satisfy even the most sugar-obsessed.