Let’s get real here. Health and fitness is a HUGE deal right now. And companies know that. There’s a new food, a new gadget, a new clothing line, a new supplement, a new fix-all-your-problems-gizmo out almost every day. It can be difficult to sift through all of the nonsense and figure out what you need and what makes good healthy living products.
For me, there are two major things I look for when making purchases to maintain my healthy lifestyle: quality ingredients and products that fit my goals and needs. Here’s a list of my top 10 favorite products from NOW® Foods, a company whose products are in alignment with these two important issues.
- Why I like it: Isolate is my go-to after a grueling muscle building workout. Just one scoop provides 25 grams of quality quick absorbing protein. Not to mention, this one is quite tasty.
- How I use it: Post-workout shake! Combine 1 scoop of whey isolate, 1/2 frozen banana, 2T peanut flour (or PB2), 1-1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup ice and blend! The result? Creamy-choco-loco-nana-nutter-butter-yumminess. Or just a really awesome protein shake (but I like my name better).
- Why I like it: Soy protein is much kinder on my stomach than whey protein. Anyone who’s gone overboard with the whey protein knows what I’m talking about. Not to mention, it’s still a complete protein and is perfect for vegans.
- How I use it: This stuff ROCKS when you want to make protein baked goodies. Unlike whey, soy protein bakes beautifully. It doesn’t get dry and taste like cardboard. I prefer the unflavored kind, as it’s much easier to replace flour and you can use it in many types of recipes.
- Why I like it: It’s a high-quality protein that is typically less expensive than other sources. And for those who consume them, eggs are one of the best and yet most under-rated proteins. Why the powder and not real eggs? Well, if you’ve ever separated eggs before, sometimes it is just time consuming. Plus, the powder is more versatile. How? Keep reading.
- How I use it: Having the powder (as opposed to liquid egg whites) allows you to replace flour and other grains in recipes. Plus, this stuff whips up just like raw egg whites only it’s safe to consume without cooking. Hello protein frosting and protein marshmallows! I really need to start writing these recipes down.
- Why I like it: A great allergen-friendly protein that is the most easily digestible of the bunch. Like soy protein, this vegetable based powder works really well in cooking and baking.
- How I use it: This powder is reserved mostly for cooking and baking savory dishes : breads, flatbreads, crackers, and so on. It does have a slightly earthy-nutty flavor so it works better in these applications.
- Why I like it: this all natural sweetener is the best sugar-free solution I’ve found. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol, but unlike other sugar alcohols which can have you running for the bathroom (ick, I know… but it’s true.), erythritol does not because it is absorbed in a different way. It also has the bulk, the volume, the texture similar to regular sugar. This makes it a better substitute when baking. If you’ve ever tried those “baking” sweeteners in your local grocery store, you know they don’t work well. That’s because they don’t have the texture properties like erythritol does.
- Why I like it: Some brands of stevia have a bitter, licorice-like aftertaste that just isn’t pleasant. But not so with this product. It has a very clean taste and sweetness profile. And a little goes a long way so you definitely get your money’s worth.
- How I use it: Well, I use these in combination to make my own low carb natural sweetener blend.
1 cup erythritol + 1/2 tsp stevia extract = 1 cup sugar.
While I like erythritol and stevia on their own, when combined they make an even better product that more closely resembles real sugar.
If there were only 2 supplements I could ever take again, it would be these two: probiotics and omega-3. Why? Because even with a healthy balanced diet, I don’t typically get enough of them. So I choose to supplement my diet with these two products.
- Why I like it: it contains a variety of several research-proven beneficial bacteria and is convenient. No need to carry around an entire bottle of capsules or divvy it up into a pill box. Just grab a packet to go and mix it in to your favorite beverage.
- How I use it: 1-2 packets daily, mixed into my morning green smoothie. I like to start my day out the right way!
- Why I like it: in just 2 capsules you get 1200mg of EPA and DHA, the most commonly recommended dosage.
- How I use it: 2 capsules daily
- Why I like it: I’ve tried every over-the-counter and prescription cream to soothe and moisturize the skin on my hands. The one thing that worked? Coconut oil. Bonus: it’s natural and less expensive.
- How I use it: applied to my hands at night and cover with gloves. In the morning: healthy youthful skin!
- Why I like it: what’s not to like? This stuff is amazing. Anyone who damages their hair with color and heat treatments needs to invest in this stuff. It really makes your hair smooth and silky.
- How I use it: I apply a small amount to the ends of my hair before/after a heat treatment (hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron). Guys can use it too, just use less or you may end up like a grease ball (and we’re not living in the 50s anymore so please don’t bring that trend back. Thank you in advance.)
Do you have a favorite brand or product? Share below! I love finding out about new things 🙂
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. This information has been provided for your information and entertainment value only. Please seek consult from a medical professional before purchasing products or selecting a diet or exercise regimen.