Health-Boosting Food & Beverage Finds
While many resolve, or re-resolve, to follow good nutrition practices when the New Year rolls around, it’s important to sustain those healthy eating habits all year through. Luckily, modern food and beverage manufacturers are developing innovative products in convenient form factors that make sticking to a healthy diet regime easier—and tastier—than ever before. Here are a few wholesome, delicious and nutritious options.
LEVEL Life Bars and Shakes (www.LevelFoods.com) – $5.99 and $8.99
LEVEL Life Bars and Shakes are great tasting, precisely formulated low glycemic and gluten free snacks that fight hunger and support healthy blood sugar. They are packed with protein and fiber and low in carbs and sugar. As part of a proper diet, these snacks can help facilitate weight loss, which can lead to diabetes control. There are four delicious flavors of both the bars and shakes. LEVEL Life’s Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Turtle Bars are formulated with 80 percent- and 60 percent-less sugar than traditional offerings, respectively. The decadent snacks help to keep blood sugars stable throughout the day while also offering healthier options for those seeking a sweet treat or dessert without the guilt of a candy bar. They are low glycemic and gluten-free, making them ideal for anyone looking for simple solutions to satisfy hunger while watching carb and sugar intake. The Peanut Butter Cup features 9g fiber and 5g protein and contains only 3g sugar. The Peanut Turtle Bar has 7g fiber, 6g protein and 8g sugar. The convenient treats fit easily into a pocket or purse for a satisfying snack on-the-go.
Mamma Chia’s Chia Vitality Granola Clusters (www.MammaChia.com) – $6.99
Chia Vitality Granola Clusters are bursting with nutrient-rich chia seeds, whole rolled oats, wild blueberries or toasted nuts, all naturally sweetened with a touch of golden honey and rich molasses. Enjoyed by the bowlful or the handful, with milk or yogurt at the table or in a container while on-the-go, these satisfyingly crunchy granola clusters are an excellent way to get a full serving of (1,500mg, one day’s worth), gluten-free whole grains, 10 grams of vegan protein (dairy-free and soy-free) and 5 grams fiber. Available in Wild Blueberry, Vanilla Almond and Cinnamon Pecan.
KURA Nutrition Smoothie Protein Powder (www.Sprouts.com) – $3.30 and $24.00
KURA makes smoothie protein powders that combine high nutrition, great taste and the ultimate convenience. Every GMO-free KURA smoothie is packed with 14 grams of pure New Zealand dairy protein, vitamins and minerals, probiotics and prebiotics, and Omega-3’s. Unlike protein supplements with hard-to-pronounce ingredients, KURA is a protein smoothie you can easily understand and feel good about. KURA can provide a delicious, nutrient-rich start to your family’s busy day and is also an ideal mid-day snack or post-workout recovery smoothie. KURA brings all the benefits of New Zealand dairy–long considered the gold standard–to the U.S. in three healthy flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla and Berry.
KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks (www.KeVita.com) – $2.99-$3.49
KeVita is a functional beverage brand guided by a vision to help consumers improve their overall health and vitality from the inside out. KeVita crafts three great-tasting and easy-to-drink varieties of healthful beverages that are refreshing and revitalizing: KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks available in 12 vibrant flavors; cleansing and invigorating KeVita Tonics with apple cider vinegar; and naturally energizing Master Brew Kombucha with a bold and smooth flavor. All KeVita drinks are probiotic-rich, low-calorie, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, certified organic, Non-GMO Project verified, and Kosher.
Mocktails Brand Cocktails (www.Mocktails.com) – $39.95 4-pack
Mocktails Brand Non-Alcoholic Cocktails are a ready-to-drink, non-alcoholic beverage line created to provide a sophisticated alternative to alcohol, soda, and water—both for yourself as well as your guests on social occasions. Convenient and dual purpose, each of the indulgent, low calorie flavors can be served with or without alcohol and come in a reusable and recyclable glass shaker bottle. When adding alcohol, it’s best to do so by the glass to keep the remaining beverage in the bottle alcohol-free so it may be enjoyed by others as such since each bottle provides four servings. Mocktails brand products come in four flavors: The Karma Sucra Cosmopolitan, The Vida Loca Margarita, Sevilla Red Sangria, and Scottish Lemonade Whiskey Sour.
Three Bridges Chef-Crafted Meals (www.ThreeBridges.com) – $7.99
In our time-crunched lives, spending hours making a meal for the whole family often isn’t possible. With this in mind, Three Bridges created its Chef-Crafted Meals. Three Bridges’ foods are, literally, chef-crafted and use only fresh, premium natural and organic ingredients that you can see and recognize, including restaurant-quality meats, cheeses, vegetables and herbs. The easy-to-make, artisanal Chef-Crafted Meals can be prepared in four minutes in the microwave or 25 minutes in the oven. Currently the company offers seven meal options including Chicken Paella, Sausage and Basil Lasagna and Chicken Enchilada.
Cindy Crawford’s ‘Essentials by Urban Remedy’ Nutrition System (www.UrbanRemedy.com) – $175.00
Cindy Crawford’s “Essentials by Urban Remedy” nutrition system is a collection of Cindy’s favorite certified organic, non-GMO and low-glycemic, cold-pressed juices, teas/coffees, ready-made meals and snacks that offers three complete days of planned organic nutrition designed to boost energy, lower inflammation and “help anyone become their best self. All selections are made with the highest quality organic, low-glycemic, plant-based ingredients available.” Health-seekers can use this collection to acquire all the complete nutrition needed for 3 full days or, as Cindy does, spread out the items throughout the week as you choose. With great tasting, grab-and-go healthy essentials at your fingertips, this system makes it easier to look and feel your best.
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