How To Eat Healthier While Travelling

Travelling can constrain our options when it comes to choosing what to eat on the go. Whether you’re travelling through an airport or exploring on a road trip, you can still grab something healthy that is convenient, affordable and easy to eat.

A balanced diet for any meal consists of dividing your plate to include protein, carbs and fats. Here’s what you should, and shouldn’t grab for each category:

Proteins

Proteins are an essential part of your diet, as it helps to build and repair tissues in your body. It also assists in making enzymes, hormones and helps with building your muscles, skin and bones.

Healthy Protein Choices

  • Plain yogurt
  • Hard-boiled Eggs
  • Edamame
  • String Cheese

Unhealthy Protein Choices

  • Slim Jims
  • Fried Chicken
  • Hot Dogs
  • Flavoured Yogurt

Carbs

Carbs can be complicated, especially if you’re on a low or no carb diet. For healthier options, you can choose whole grains, vegetables and fruits. You can minimize the health risks associated with carbs by eliminating, or reducing, foods that are refined and processed, such as white bread or white rice.

Healthy Carb Choices:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Fruit Salad
  • Dried fruit
  • Whole grain bread, such as muffins or bagels

Unhealthy Carb Choices:

  • Sugary candy
  • Pastries
  • Chocolate bars
  • Chips

Fats

Trans fat is probably the worst type of dietary fat.  Foods that use trans fat turn healthy oils in solids, which is not fit for the body and studies have shown the terrible effects it has on clogging your heart. In fact, trans fat is so unhealthy that is has officially been banned from Canada’s food supply as of September 2018. So if you’re travelling in Edmonton or Canada, it is most likely that trans fat is not used in your food. Healthier fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. An example of monounsaturated fat would be dipping your (whole grain) bread into olive oil at a restaurant, or in the case of polyunsaturated fat would be using corn oil or sunflower oil while cooking.

Healthy Fats Choices

  • Hummus
  • Mixed nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Guacamole

Unhealthy Fats Choices

  • Sugary candy
  • Pastries
  • Chocolate bars

You have plenty of options on the go, whether they are at airports or even gas stations, to choose healthier choices while travelling. Healthier food options will help you have a better trip if you are travelling with children or are travelling for business.

For families, the lack of a sugar rush and the inevitable crash will help with children have a better commute while travelling. Business travellers tend to have short trips, whether they are meeting clients or attending conferences. Choosing healthier options will help maintain energy and focus on optimizing your performance. For better choices, opt to choose a hotel that offers a complimentary breakfast to help make your morning get started on the right foot, as you can choose from a variety of different options.

Of course, not every scenario allows for restaurant meals, however, convenience doesn’t have to mean choosing unhealthy foods to eat. Almost every airport, gas station or hotel offers a variety of on the go options to help create a healthy diet.

Edmonton Chosen to Host The Youth Science Canada STEM Event

Earlier in November, it was announced that Edmonton would be hosting the Canada-wide STEM event, for the next eight years. Youth Science Canada has selected Edmonton to host 2020, 2023, and 2026 editions.

Edmonton’s popularity, even among tourists, has been steadily increasing over the years. Last year, travel to Edmonton increased by 3.5%, according to Alberta Tourism.

The city will be busy during the week-long Canada-Wide Science Fair, which is set to attract more than 10,000 visitors. Over 500 students will exhibit their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects. In addition to the student developed projects, visitors will also get a chance to attend workshops, interact with hands-on exhibits from colleges and private sectors and much more.

The event will be held at the Edmonton Expo Centre, which is only steps away from Coliseum Inn, including the official awards ceremony. Event organizers were very confident in Edmonton’s ability to host and deliver a wonderful experience for the visitors and exhibitors. “We’re very happy for the City of Edmonton and especially for our participants and their families,” says Reni Barlow, executive director at Youth Science Canada. Members of Youth Science Canada have been putting Canada on the map in 2018, by winning two of the three First Place Awards at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Dublin, Ireland. Fifteen-year-old Brandon Matusch and Seventeen year old Nicolas Fedrigo made history as Canada became the first non-EU country to win these awards. Brandon won for their self-driving electric go-kart, while Nicolas developed an improved version of the awl-like tool surgeons use to create holes in vertebrae during spinal surgery.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had invited some of Canada’s top scientists and researchers to Parliament Hill this past September, to present their projects.

Youth in Edmonton, and across Canada, can join the Youth Science Canada membership by completing an online form, along with a one time of $50. You can click here to access the form details.

Places to Visit In Edmonton This Winter

The cold weather and snow can play to your advantage when it comes to making memories in Edmonton. The city is a beautiful place to explore during the winter season, offering a new set of adventures during this time of year.

Whether you’re visiting Edmonton during the holiday season or are planning winter activities for the family, we’ve created a list of some of the best winter events in Edmonton that are worth checking out:

Candy Cane Lane

This is an annual tradition for Edmonton, which brings to life a colourful holiday season. Candy Cane Lane is open from December 7 to January 1. Although the tradition started more than 40 years ago, every year the community always finds a way to make it more spectacular than the year before.

When: December 7, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Time: Nightly from sunset to midnight
Where: 148 Street between 100 Avenue to 92 Avenue, Edmonton
Click here for the Candy Cane Lane Website

Victoria Park Iceway

Grab your skates and get some fresh air and exercise with another Edmonton favourite winter activity. During the open season, you’ll be able to use the rink from 10am-10pm. Best of all, this family favourite is also free.

Where: 11004-12004 River Valley Road // River Valley Victoria
Click here for the Victoria Park Iceway Website

Ice Castles

Dubbed as the ‘Ultimate Winter Wonderland,’ the giant Ice Castles are a magical place to visit in Edmonton. Although the timings are heavily dependent on weather, this would be a beautiful experience to be part of if you’re looking for things to do in Edmonton. Located in Hawrelak Park, the Narnia-like display is typically open from late December to March. Check out their website for up-to-date scheduling information and tickets.

Click here for the Ice Castle website

Table Top Cafe

If you’re looking for a warm and relaxing night in, Table Top Cafe is just place to visit. There is nothing more memorable than being around loved ones and keeping yourself entertained with games. Open seven days a week, Table Top Cafe provides a large selection of board games to enjoy for all types. This is an excellent spot for people of any age. This may not be a winter activity, but it can be a great place to stay warm while staying entertained, outside of the house. There are 2 locations in Edmonton, which you can check out by clicking here.

Edmonton is has a unique winter appeal. If you haven’t explored some of the winter favourites, be sure to do so this coming season. Each of these locations can be accessible with commutes ranging approximately 10 to 20 minutes away from the Coliseum Inn, making it more accessible to attend some of the best winter interactions.

Safe travels and have fun!

Ideas For Hosting The Best Office Christmas Party in Edmonton

An office Christmas party is a great way to celebrate with your team while boosting morale. As we inch closer to the holidays, it is an excellent time to plan, book and announce your holiday party to your staff, giving them something to look forward to.  Whether you are looking to shake up your holiday party or are hosting one for your office for the first time, there are plenty of options you have in Edmonton to make it memorable.  The first task on your list is to determine your budget. Some office parties allow for spouses to attend, while others keep it strictly for employees. Once you have anticipated the number of attendees (better to overestimate than underestimate), you can get a better sense as to how you can shape your budget.


Now, depending on the number of employees, you can select a venue that is suitable for your needs and style. For example, you can decide to keep it casual and interactive such as hosting your party at a bowling alley. Here are some examples of venues you can choose

  1. Banquet Hall: Of course, this will depend on the number of employees attending, a banquet hall may be the most appropriate and cost-effective solution. This also gives your team a chance to glam up and psychologically remove themselves from the work environment, allowing for better and casual connections.

  2. Restaurants: Restaurants are also a great option to host an event; however, you do need to keep in mind that it is harder to control expenses. Regardless of whether you are entertaining at a more elegant restaurant, or at a pub, always aim to overestimate the budget.

  3. Comedy Club: A good time out is a night spent laughing. A comedy club, tagged on with dinner, would also make for a great outing. Check out places such as Yuk Yuk’s or The Comic Strip to inquire about their group packages.

  4. Venetian Carnival at the Expo Centre: This is probably one of the best solutions for many businesses in Edmonton to host their office party. The Venetian Carnival is designed as a Multi-Office Christmas party event, which allows any company to join the ‘office Christmas party.’ This option takes away a lot of stress of planning and organizing while giving employees the right office Christmas Party, without the hassle. The party is set for one day only, which is December 8th, starting at 5:30 pm.


Regardless of what you do, acknowledging the holidays with your employees is a great sign of appreciation. Be mindful of food allergies, vegetarian options, and if it is more economical to book a weekday, you may even decide to give your employees the next day off or start work later. 
For Edmonton businesses looking to attend the Venetian Carnival or host a party close to Coliseum Inn, we can also set up bulk rooms for employees to spend the night (paid by employees or employer). For inquiries, do not hesitate to reach out at book@coliseuminn.ca. If your holiday party is held more towards the west end of the city, you can always check places such as Edmonton Ramada Yellowhead to check out their rates and accommodations. Just a reminder that businesses can be held liable, regardless of where they host a party if sufficient options are not given, so ensure your staff has a great and safe night. 

We hope everyone enjoys a safe and fun holiday season ahead!

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Best Gift Ideas For The Frequent Canadian Traveller

It seems like as we age, we more become appreciative of receiving socks as a gift, well maybe not always. It can be hard to choose a gift for people on our list, especially to think of something that may be useful.

Fortunately, if you have someone who is a traveller on your list, whether for business or for pleasure, there are great gifts in which to select. For the most part, a traveller’s hotel room is like their second home, so the way to optimize your gift is to focus on the journey, not the destination.


We’ve compiled a list of some useful gift ideas for your frequent travellers:


Noise-cancelling headphones:
  A pair of noise-cancelling headphones is essential for the light sleeper and/or the music lover. Trying to diminish boredom or to relax is difficult when you’re trying to listen without the hustle and bustle of life around you. This leads us to our next point…

Subscription: Audible would be a great gift to give to a frequent traveller, to keep themselves entertained during their travels. However, as Audible in Canada does not offer a gift option just yet, you can opt for a Spotify or Amazon gift card to purchase Amazon Prime. This option provides a video option (like Netflix) and music platform, getting the best of both worlds.

Portable charger: This makes for a great gift, probably one of the best if they don’t have one already. Battery life is perhaps one of the most important factors during travel and drainage can be an issue between long stops with no outlet in sight.

Packing Cubes: Organization while the packaging is crucial, regardless of how long the trip is. Packing cubes keep the essentials together in one cube, helps increase space in the suitcase, and makes it much easier to find items when needed.

Personalized Luggage Tag: A personalized luggage tag adds a hint of sentiment to the gift, and can be great to help identify luggage when trying to pick it out during arrival among a sea of other bags.

Even if your gift recipient is not travelling far and is staying within Edmonton, gifts such as subscriptions and portable chargers can be a great choice for anyone.

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