I don’t know about most of you but December was a complete write off in terms of healthy eating and sensible choices. With Christmas meals, catch up drinks and enough chocolate to keep most of my town happy I am the first to admit that I did not make the right choices last month. January is the time for getting back into good habits with your health and wellbeing because happy insides make for happy outsides. Here are some of the best products out there to help maintain your healthy lifestyle.
Yes, the first thing to feature is a sugar. SugaVida is the UK’s ‘super-sugar’ which can be used as part of a low-sugar, or sugar-free lifestyle in hot drinks, baking, and cooking. SugaVida isn’t sugar as you know it, it’s a crystallized, unrefined nectar alternative which is low in GI so perfect for those with diabetes or those regulating their blood sugar levels. Just one teaspoon has 36% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin B12 and it’s actually the only plant-based source of the vitamin, 210% of the RDA of vitamin B6, and a massive 500% of the RDA of vitamin B1. If that wasn’t enough it’s organic and ethically sourced to make you feel even better about where it’s come from. You can grab SugaVida from most major retailers at £6.49 for 250g.
Onto another ethically sourced brand: Karma Cola. I’ve talked about the brand before, but I couldn’t talk about being health conscious without taking about my fizzy drink obsession. Although I’m a lot better than I ever used to be I can still go through a 2-litre bottle in a single sitting #notevensorry. Karma Cola are a great alternative to your traditional fizzy drinks as they’re both organic and fairtrade, with profits from the brand pumped back into the people of Boma to help re-establish their lives in the wake of the ebola crisis and civil war. When I tried the brand before they were in these beautiful retro bottles but now they’re back with cans which are far more practical to pop in my bag and take to lunch with me. The lemony lemonade is still my favourite and a taste which is tangy with the right amount of lemon to not feel sour. There’s tang in the gingerella and the cola is made from real cola nuts but tastes just like normal cola. If you’re going to treat yourself to the occasional fizzy drink make sure it’s a worthwhile one.
Hemp seeds contain more protein than chicken and they’re so high in Omega’s 3 and 6, iron, magnesium and manganese and due to it’s versatility it’s popping up everywhere. Nike have just made a shoe from it! Hemp is starting to find itself in more foods such as protein powders, milk, ice cream and even yoghurt because it’s easy to digest due to its lack of enzymes, it’s a great source of essential fatty acids which our bodies need and it contains all the essential amino acids which we need. While protein powders are good I decided to try out some other items from Hemp including the oil which is great for using with my cooking as it contains no additives; and their snacks. For the snacks, I got the Super Mini Bouchees which are great for on the go when I need a healthy alternative snack.
We’ve all heard of probiotic drinks which help activate the good bacteria in our tummies, well Bio-tiful are fruit flavours of the brands award- winning current range and is championed by both supermodels and top nutritionists. They’re a creamy yoghurt-like daity drink which are packed full of probitics, in fact about three times as many as conventional yoghurts. Lactobacillus Kefiri (I have no idea how you pronounce that) are only found in this drink and they keep your bowels regular and help to prevent bloating and IBS- related symptoms. The yoghurts themselves are tangy and have a fruity taste and have no preservatives or sugar included within them. The range includes the Original Organic Kefir milk drink, the Orangic Riazhenka which is slightly sweeter than the original and a Kefir smoothie range which is fruity, light and makes for a great breakfast or healthy snack.