This time of year, we’re all about the great purge, aka spring cleaning our lives here on this wonderful place called Earth. First, we figured out how to clean out our closets, and now it’s time to clean up our diet and make sure we’re nourishing both our bodies and our souls. And there’s no way we’re sacrificing taste or quality FYI.
We want to eat healthy, yes, but no matter what time of year, we’re not about to chew on any salt-free, flavour-free cardboard. What we do want is to have a peaceful existence and hot bods—and that includes good food that comes from good sources and most of all, a serene environment.
We’ve been on a hunt to make that happen and we found 9 great products that will get you started. Even better, we’ll be sampling lots more—so keep your eyes on the prize and wait for updates on what #BrazenLoves. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.
9 NEW NATURAL AND ORGANIC PRODUCTS WE LOVE
Hate swallowing a zillion vitamins? No more. Orange Naturals MagPop! are single-serve packets bursting with orange flavours and magnesium. The supplement is a quick and easy way to get your daily dose of Magnesium, Vitamin C and electrolytes. It’s easy to drink too. Just dump the contents of the packet into a glass of water, stir, and chug-a-lug.
Why we love it: Magnesium is the new hot mineral. Wonder why? It’s used by your body in more than 250 ways, including maintaining metabolism, bone building, and muscle function. It’s also a pretty effective solution to pesky migraines.
Price: $16.99 per box (35 packets)
The new Love Crunch Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter is a deliciously decadent, premium granola. Made with yummy whole grains, roasted peanuts, Fair Trade dark chocolate, and dusted with creamy, peanut-buttery goodness, this is the ideal snack on its own, or used as a topper for yogurt or smoothie bowls. Oh and it’s heavenly on ice cream (highly recommend that!). Try making this smoothie bowl if you’re interested in being on-trend. For every bag sold, Nature’s Path donates the equivalent in cash and food to food banks across North America, up to $1 million annually.
Why we love it: Ok fine, this one might not be on your ‘diet’ per se, but if you’re going to have a treat, might as well make it whole grain and fair trade. Warning: Don’t eat the whole box in one sitting or you’ll just crave more.
Price: $5.79 per box
DeeBee’s Organic TeaPops are a healthy, low-calorie, frozen treat packed with fresh tea and real fruit. All flavours are organic and fair trade certified as vegan, non-GMO, kosher and gluten-free. Try all 4 new flavours: Pink Lemonade, Raspberry Citrus, Strawberry Harvest and Chocolate Fudge (#Brazenloves it because it’s just like a creamy fudgscicle but dairy free. Ya baby.).
Why we love it: Never mind the fact that we adore supporting female entrepreneurs—obv the founder’s nickname is DeeBee—but these ice pops are completely addictive and crave-worthy. We won’t be hitting the pool without a stash of these babies in the freezer.
Price: $6.99 per box
Que Pasa Thin and Crispy Tortilla Chips
Que Pasa’s NEW hand cut, extra thin and crispy chips are crafted from whole kernel corn ground with real volcanic lava stone—the traditional way they’ve been made in Mexico for generations. Available in Sea Salt and Twist of Lime, these organic, gluten-free and Non-GMO chips are just the snack you’ll want to eat with your favourite dip or salsa.
Why we love them: Um, you had us at chips. But really, these tortillas are perfect for scooping up our guac and super-spicy salsa. It IS baseball season after all.
Nutiva’s Organic Refined Buttery Coconut Oil is definitely a Superfood in more ways than one. It’s free of cholesterol, is non-hydrogenated, vegan and steamed without the use of chemicals. While coconut oil might seem high in fat, there’s all kinds of good fat in there and the unique combination of fatty acids can have a very positive effect on your health such as fat loss and brain function. If you’re looking for a great replacement for butter, especially if you’re on a vegan diet, look no further.
Why we love it: This is one delicious way to replace butter and enjoy the benefits of a Superfood all at the same time. Oh and PS. Great on bread or for baking. Or to make the best stovetop popcorn just in time for your fave Netflix show.
Price: $10.99 per jar
Looky here: skinnypasta SUPERFOOD TEFF is a fresh gluten-free pasta made from teff, an ancient grain with plenty of nutritional elements. The skinnypasta lines are a nutritious protein-packed alternative to traditional pasta. One serving is about 230 calories, which is half that of regular pasta. Yep, half.
Why we love it: We’re not willing to give up our pasta addiction just yet, and with this product, we can have our noodles and our waistlines, too. Plus, it’s tasty. And it cooks in 90 seconds. Bonus for busy women like us.
Price: $5.99 per box (2 servings)
SimplyProtein makes delicious and wholesome snacks with clean ingredients. Their Decadent Bars and Sweet and Salty Peanut Bars contain 3g of sugar and 100 calories but you’d never know by the taste. They are a light, gluten-free treat to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Why we love it: We’ve been fans of SimplyProtein bars for a long time, and keep a stash in our car for on-the-run days. What a way to satisfy our sweet tooth and binge-snacking habit without doing too much damage.
Price: $1.99 per bar
Nature’s Shield is an essential oil with a sweet and uplifting aroma that will fill any room with a scent you’ll want to breathe in. It produces energizing effects that smells great, too. A modern version of Four Thieves Vinegar meant for freshening and cleansing, you can use the oil in many ways, such as diluted in a spray bottle or in your favourite diffuser.
Why we love it: Easy. It makes everything smell and feel better. A lot better.
Price: $27.99 per bottle
Let’s face it, natural and organic can get pricey, so we’re big fans of this website that offers tons of discounts and coupons on the products we love. At HealthyShopper.ca, you can learn, find and save on healthy, natural and organic products and services in Canada. Fan of paper? Find the coupon book at health food stores across Canada. And stay tuned for the brand new website. It’ll offer even more e-coupons and local shopping news.
Why we love it: Coupons and discounts plus product info and recommendations on healthy foods. Isn’t that enough?
Do you have a fave new natural or organic product? Tell us about it and we just may try it!
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