I love trying out new products, especially if they fall into the ‘healthy lifestyle’ category. Today, I thought I’d share six new-to-me products that I’m currently loving ♥
1. Tropicana Essentials Calcium
This 100% squeezed smooth orange juice has been fortified with calcium, with a 200ml glass providing 31% of the calcium RDA. This is such an easy way to boost our calcium intake! I give a glass to Lil’ L every morning with his breakfast, sometimes mixed in with the Tropicana Magnesium (a five fruit blend which we’re also loving!) In the UK, these juices are available in Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. I just can’t believe it took me this long to discover them!
2. Carley’s Organic Raw White Almond Butter
I discovered the Carley’s of Cornwall range of organic nut and seed butters and chocolate spreads in our local Harvest health food store in Bath. Lil’ L’s current favourite is the Organic Raw White Almond Butter. He loves it slathered on wholegrain toast or bagels, especially when he’s fuelling up before his Kung Fu lessons! I haven’t had direct contact with Carley’s yet, but it sounds like an interesting company. They’re currently converting buildings at a disused ochre and tin mine in Cornwall into an eco-friendly, zero-carbon, zero-waste factory. Sounds like a very interesting project! A list of Carley’s stockists can be found on their website.
3. Clarks ‘Fruit Sweet’
I’m already a huge fan of the Clarks range of maple syrups, so I was delighted when they sent me a bottle of their new carob fruit syrup to try. This sweetener is derived from the sugars of the Mediterranean carob fruit. It has a low glycemic index and 25% less calories than sugar. It’s great for anyone who wants to control their sugar intake, and is suitable for diabetics.
I love this syrup’s subtle fruity flavour, which I find perfect for sweetening our smoothies, stewed fruits and fruit crumbles. It’s also delicious drizzled over berry-topped porridge and overnight oats. This syrup is currently only available wholesale from Cotswold Fayre. As soon as it’s available in the shops, I’ll let you know.
4. Beyond Dark ‘Moments of Pleasure’ Chocolate Drops
I was lucky to win a box of these chocolate drops in a giveaway hosted by the lovely food blogger Nikki. They are the most superior choc chips I’ve ever tasted. They are far too good to throw into cookie dough mixture (which I did with the first packet before I’d actually tasted them!) They make a yummy treat all on their own. Since they’re 70% cocoa, I find that you only need to eat a few before you feel satiated. I’ve been enjoying them with my afternoon coffee, or while movie watching. I’ve just discovered that Beyond Dark also sell raspberry and orange flavoured chocolate drops. These are two of my favourite chocolate flavours so I can’t wait to give them a try! A list of stockists is available here.
5. Grip & Go Glass Drinking Bottles
For me, nothing beats drinking water out of a glass. I really dislike plastic water bottles and I’m not very keen on aluminum either. I find that both affect the taste of water. I recently read about the Grip and Go glass water bottles and was very keen to try one. Imagine my surprise when, a few days after reading about them, Grip and Go actually contacted me and asked if they could send me one of their bottles to review. Obviously I jumped at the chance! Their 500ml bottles have a slender middle (to make them easy to hold) and come with a funky coloured silicone grip (mine’s orange). They also have a leak-proof aluminum lid. I absolutely love my bottle! Yes, it’s a little heavier than a plastic or aluminum bottle, but it’s worth carrying the extra weight to have fresh tasting water 🙂
Grip & Go have kindly given me a code which entitles my readers to a £1 discount off their water bottles. Just enter the voucher code BOTGSAUG at the checkout. This code works on both the Grip & Go website and Amazon (there is free supersaver delivery available from Amazon).
6. Nike Pegasus Air Running Shoes
And finally, off the subject of food (for a change!) I finally got round to replacing my very loved, very old Nike Pegasus Air running shoes with a brand new pair. Check out how bright they are! If you live round Bath, you’ll definitely spot me coming! My old Nike’s were fantastic and since I hadn’t experienced any aches or pains whilst running in them, I wasn’t in a rush to change them. However, after 9 years(!), friends and family kept telling me that I really should replace them. I finally got round to it and I’m so glad I did. I can’t believe how much lighter and bouncy the new shoes are. I feel like Tigger when I run now!
So that’s some of the new stuff that I’m loving right now. How about you? Have you tried anything new recently that you’re loving? If so, I’d love to hear about it!
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