Snack Smart this year with @MapleLeafFoods Protinis #busierthanhayley

I have very active kids!

My two teens are in every sport you can imagine, basketball, soccer, track & Field and more. They are always on the go and often not eating right. Over the holidays I actually took my boys to the Dr as they were not feeling too well. Run down and always fighting a bug or something. Turns out they were not eating enough of what they needed. They were eating lots, but not the food they needed for their active lifestyle. Our Dr suggested we up their protein intake.  For our one son this was easy to do. For the other, the pickier one, not so easy. Dinners were not a problem, but mornings are rushed and on the run and lunch, well lunch is often at school. What kind of protein can I pack for school lunches?

Introducing Protinis skewers from Maple Leaf Natural Selections

PROTINIS Skewers, a new line of over-roasted chicken snacks for the whole family. Available in 3 yummy varieties, Spicy Thai chicken, Chicken Souvlaki, and Tandoori Chicken. All come with precooked oven roasted chicken skewers and an attached dipping sauce. With less than 90 calories per pack these are the only snacks that give you the protien you need after working out.


The first few months of the new year are times when we all re-focus on making health choices and improving our nutritional diets. Rather than focusing on what you can’t or shouldn’t eat, Hayley is reminding Canadians what they should be eating – and it’s really quite simple. Hayley has joined forces with Maple Leaf Foods to develop some simple tips on eating right and talk about the importance of getting enough complete protein in your diet.

In partnership with Maple Leaf Foods, five-time Olympic Gold Medalist for Women’s Hockey and Canadian flag bearer, Hayley Wickenheiser has some tips on how to “snack smart” to power through your day. As a hockey player, mom, and student, Hayley understands how busy life can be, leaving you with little time to prepare healthy meals and snacks.

Here are the gold medal tips from Hayley Wickenheiser for achieving optimal performance, health, and energy to keep you on your game:

1. Plan ahead. Avoid the temptation of vending machines, quick-service restaurants and convenience stores by planning your snacks ahead of time.

2. Always carry healthy snacks with you on the go – they’ll always be within reach so you won’t be tempted with less nutritious options.

3. When reaching for a snack, opt for something that is tasty and provides good nutrition to avoid the crash that often follows empty calories snacks (i.e. high in sugar/fat).

4. When at the grocery store, stick to the perimeter where you’ll find healthy, fresh and protein-rich foods such as poultry, dairy, fruits and vegetables.

5. Whenever possible, choose lean protein snacks. Since protein helps to slow down the digestion of food, protein snacks will keep you feeling fuller and satisfied longer.

6. Make sure you get enough complete protein every day. Complete protein contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs and cannot produce on its own. Examples of foods with complete protein are milk, eggs, fish, meat and poultry, like the oven-roasted chicken in the new PROTINIS Skewers.

7. Serve complete protein to your active kids as a perfect recovery snack to help build and repair muscles quickly – making sure their next game is even better!


I let my boys both have the Protinis and they really liked them. Even the picky one! Living where we do, they are a bit tougher to find in stores. So when we head into the city I stock up. They are perfect for them at school after gym or practice. I just add in an ice pack and they eat them cold. They seem to give them the fill they need and help keep them energized which makes me, as mom , very happy.


If you have an active family or yourself, are getting more active, try these Protini skewers. They are really tasty and flavourful! Great for a snack on the go, at school or at work.

Protinis Snack Skewers 3

PROTINIS is available at major grocery stores across Canada and retail for approximately $4.99.

Each retail pack comes with 2-3 PROTINIS snacks.

See these and the other Protinis at While there be sure to send a tweet and join the  #BusierThanHayley conversation!


Disclosure- This post has been compensated. All opinions are my own


  1. My family loves protinis, and they're so handy to have in the fridge. Frankly, I'm hungry just looking at them.
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  2. Yum! I've been meaning to pick up protinis for a while now. The two types you're featuring look great. I think they'd make a great lunch for both my kids (they are very picky eaters). Thanks for the review!
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  3. These are some great tips! I find if I eat small amounts of protein during the day, I eat so much better overall. These look like great snacks to have on hand!

  4. Love Hayley and she's got some great tips! I especially like the one that says to pack your own snacks so you won't be tempted by less nutritious options. I do this all the time and it works well for us. More nutritious and less expensive! I tried Protinis for the first time not too long ago and they are a great "on the go" snack. Also great to tuck in a lunch bag 🙂

  5. that looks like a good amount of protein for a school lunch, got to keep those boys on the move! I have the same problem with my dudes, they just aren't big on protein!

  6. These skewers look really good! I would love to try the Chicken Souvlaki.

  7. The protinis look great! I will have to try them. Great tips too. I have found planning ahead is so important to ensure you have enough healthy food with you throughout the day. Thanks for sharing.

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