"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will." - Vince Lombardi
"I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela
Best piece of advice you have been given
Focus on what you can control and have faith in the rest
University of Toronto
Bachelor of Physical Education and Health, Masters Candidate in Exercise Science
Favorite Trampoline Trick
The "Gluckstein" (triple twisting triple back pike)
Full full straight
Athletes you admire in trampoline
Masaki Ito, Alexander Moskalenko
Athletes you admire in other sports
Longboarding, skydiving, going to the beach
Skiing/Snowboarding, wakeboarding, dance - basically anything active or outside. Nerdy Interests: Corporate social responsibility, Athlete social responsibility, sport for development, social marketing, physical cultural studies, public health & health promotion, medical anthropology
Do you ever find it difficult to get your kids to eat different foods? We’ve found the perfect way to give them a little bit of everything. This is also a GREAT way to handle portion control and overeating at snack time.
Tools:1 ice cube tray
Ingredients:ANYTHING you wish! However, remember to choose healthy things to munch on.
This may be the easiest snack you’ll ever have to put together. Simply grab an ice cube tray and fill each pocket with healthy snack foods! Serve to your kids and watch them enjoy their ice cube tray buffet.
Mason jars are a FANTASTIC way of preparing, organizing and transporting snacks. We’ve put together three of our favourite snacks for after jumping that you can try at home! They are so easy to put together and the air tight jar keeps them fresher longer.
Our first mason jar snack is a classic combination - veggies & dip. Simply spoon whichever dip you prefer (we used ranch) into the bottom of the jar about an inch high. Next, cut celery and cucumber into pieces that will fit nicely into the jar and place them as well as some baby carrots inside. Note: we used celery, cucumbers and carrots but you could also use other veggies such as peppers for this snack as well.
The second snack idea is one of our personal favourites, a yogurt parfait! We recommend using vanilla yogurt but you can use any flavour yogurt you wish. Grab your mason jar and spoon about a half an inch of yogurt into the bottom. Next, pour another half inch of granola into the mason jar and top that off with some blackberries and chopped strawberries (you can use blueberries or raspberries too!). Repeat these steps as many times as it takes to fill up your jar and voila! Get ready to enjoy a delicious parfait.
This last mason jar snack is VERY easy and takes basically no preparation! Follow these three simple steps:
1) pop a bag of popcorn in your microwave
2) fill your mason jar with popped popcorn
3) fasten the lid!
How easy was that?! This is a great way to manage portion control and store popcorn for later.
What’s a perfect way to get your kids to eat fruit? Put it in an ICE CREAM CONE! Here’s a great looking AND tasting idea for making a typical fruit salad more appealing to your little ones:
Optional: place cupcake cups into ice cream cone to hold the fruit
ice cream cones
Take out a cutting board and knife and grab your watermelon and cantaloupe. Cut the watermelon and cantaloupe in half and scoop out pieces of each using the melon baller. Once you have all of the watermelon and cantaloupe balls scooped out, set out enough ice cream cones for each person and arrange the balls and grapes in the cone – as seen below. Serve to your kids and watch them enjoy this delicious fruit salad!
One order of nachos please… Sweet & Fruity Nachos that is! This post-jump snack is one that your kids are sure to dive right into after a long jumping session. It’s fun to create, great to share, and appealing to eat. Here’s how you make this delicious and healthy order of nachos:
½ cup chopped strawberries
½ cup blackberries
¼ cup yogurt
Grab your cutting board and cut two apples into thin wedges. Drop the apple wedges onto your plate and spread them out as desired. Next, take your chopped strawberries, blackberries & granola and sprinkle them over the apple pieces. To top your nachos off, take a spoon and drizzle yogurt over top of the fruit and granola – it is up to you as to how much yogurt you want! Sprinkle the entire plate with shredded coconut and you have your Sweet & Fruity Nachos.
Kids love pizza, it’s just a fact! Why not let them create their own delicious slice of pizza using healthy ingredients? We created two funky pizzas that is a sweet post-jump snack for your kids! The beauty of these pizzas is that you and your kids will have fun making it and even more fun eating it. The combinations of toppings are endless! Want to know how we made our fun and fruity pizza slices? Take a look!
2 small tortilla wraps
peanut butter OR Nutella
jam (you pick the flavour! we used strawberry.)
Note: Feel free to use any type of fruit or berry you wish. Our ingredient list includes the types of fruit that we used this time around. Try putting out bowls full of the ingredients and let your little ones design their own pizza!
The directions for these yummy pizzas are quite simple. Each person should get one tortilla wrap. Then, you may choose to spread either peanut butter or Nutella (or both!) across the wrap. Now your creativity comes into play! Design the pizzas however you’d like. Make a face out of jam like we did, or simply top it with cut fruit and sprinkle shredded coconut over the surface of the wrap.
Did you create this snack at home? Share photos of your kids’ unique creations with us!
We’ve taken a sweet spin on the traditional sushi dish. These banana sushi rolls are sure to be a hit amongst your kids – and of course mom and dad too! The bite-sized snacks are great to share and even more fun to make. Get your kids to help you roll ‘em up! Here’s how it’s made:
1 tortilla wrap
Optional: replace Nutella with peanut butter
As you can see we’ve created two types of banana sushi rolls for you to choose from. To begin creating this masterpiece of a snack you'll want to set out a tortilla wrap on the cutting board. Next, spread your desired amount of Nutella (or peanut butter) across the surface of the wrap. Peel the banana, lay it across the centre of the wrap, and roll it on up!
Now that the banana is rolled up in the tortilla wrap, you can choose to leave it as is and cut it into sushi-sized pieces OR you can make it even MORE delicious. Grab a plate and pour some Rice Krispies onto it. Next, spread Nutella or peanut butter on the outside of your wrapped up banana and roll it across the plate of Rice Krispies. Cut your roll into bite-sized pieces and enjoy this sweet and fun treat! :)
What could look more appetizing than an avocado salad INSIDE of an avocado? This delicious mixture of tomato, onion, celery, cucumber and of course avocado is the perfect snack to get your kids to eat their vegetables. They’ll have fun scooping out the bowl before they even realize it’s good for them! Want to find out how we made this funky salad?
Here’s the recipe:
¼ cup diced tomato
¼ cup diced cucumber
¼ cup diced onion
¼ cup diced celery
salt & pepper
Optional: balsamic vinegar & olive oil
Putting the salad together is quite simple! First, cut the avocado in half and scoop out the pit. Next, dice the tomato, cucumber, onion, and celery. Put each diced vegetable into a bowl and mix together. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over the vegetables and mix again. Spoon the veggie mix into the avocado and ta-da! You have our Adventurous Avocado Salad. Note: you may choose to drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the vegetables if you wish to have more of a dressing for your salad.
If you feel like it, dice more of your veggies and save them for a tasty snack the next day!
There’s nothing more refreshing than a popsicle on a hot summer day. Instead of buying sugary popsicles from the grocery store, why not make your own at home using fresh fruits and juices?! The fruit chunks look awesome once the popsicles are frozen while also tasting really fresh.
¼ cup blackberries
¼ cup cut strawberries
¼ cup cut grapes
white grape juice
Grab a cutting board and chop the kiwi, strawberries and grapes into a desired size for your popsicle mould. Layer the chopped fruit and blackberries into the mould – make sure some of the fruit pieces lay against the sides so that your popsicles have a cool & fruity effect once they’re frozen! Finally, pour white grape juice into each popsicle mould, insert the plastic mould stick, and put your popsicles in the freezer.
And of course, enjoy your popsicles outside with friends, family and your Springfree. :)
Did you know that 10 minutes of jumping is the cardio equivalent of a 30 minute jog?
Not only is jumping on your Springfree Trampoline a fun activity for the whole family but it has health benefits as well. We’re here to share a few of many moves you can do on the Springfree Trampoline to get an awesome workout while bouncing. Try a few of these moves next time you’re jumping and we promise that you’ll feel the burn of a great workout!
We recommend doing each move for around 30 seconds, followed by 30 seconds of casual jumping – and repeat!
Why go to the gym when you have a personal piece of exercise equipment in your very own backyard? :)
If you have exercise moves you’ve thought of that work on the Springfree, share them with us!