New Year, Same You, Better Habits
Anyone else sick of the queues at Parkrun, busier-than-usual gyms and watercooler chat about January diets?
Granted, it’s a time of change for a lot of people – but if you’re feeling a little sluggish, making a few simple tweaks day-to-day can be enough to help you feel renewed- without overhauling your entire life. Check out the newest products making your diet, fitness regime and sleep habits work smarter, not harder.
ION8 Leakproof Water Bottle
For good skin, good sleep, and general good vibes, all roads lead to one beauty tip:
DRINK YOUR WATER.
One more time for those in the back… drink. your. water.
We find it easier to chug the recommended daily amount of H20 (2 *litres*) if we’re carrying it around with us in a pretty (and leak-proof!) bottle – don’t ask why, because we don’t know. But it works. Try this cute frosted rose bottle by Ion8 – it’s easy to wash and comes with a handy finger hook to encourage maximum lugging around between meetings.
Wanda At-Home Water Purifier
Filtered water, but make it stylish. This borosilicate glass water jar works along with Wanda’s charcoal water jar filter. It comes with a stainless steel dispenser tap, and works hard to purify 5 litres of water at a time. Wanda are a great company working hard to reduce plastic bottle use and lessen water miles – do you bit to support them and buy one now!
Peroni Libera 0.0%
We won’t waste time extolling the virtues of drinking less alcohol – we all know it does us no good. The perfect jar to get us through January, Peroni’s 0.0% offering tastes so authentic you genuinely won’t notice the difference (until you wake up headache-free the next morning).
Peroni Libera, Tesco, £4.50 for 4 x 330ml
Lo Bros Kombucha
Created by fermenting organic green & oolong tea with sugar, water and a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), kombucha is rich in antioxidants, can kill harmful bacteria and could help fight several diseases. Containing just 1.6g of sugar per 100ml and more than 100million living cultures in every bottle, we highly recommend giving Lo Bros a go – super tasty *and* vegan.
Pollen CBD Gummies
Still not sure to start with the whole CBD thing? Pollen offer a taste of their full range of CBD-infused gummies, each containing 10mg of Broad-Spectrum Hemp CBD oil, in this handy taster pack. While not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any condition or ailment, CBD oils and products are thought to help stabilise sleep patterns and reduce anxiety in some people. Worth a shot, huh? They taste banging, too, by the way.
Elderflower Prosecco Tea
Settling back into business as usual can be tough after an indulgent festive period. Bird & Blend’s Elderflower Prosecco Oolong tea positively encourages you to start bleak mornings with a bit of bubbly. A heady mix of zingy citrus, apple and lemon verbena, it feels like a proper treat.
Birdandblend.com, 50g pouch £6.65
Lizi’s Low Sugar Maple & Pecan Granola
High in fibre, (9.7g per 100g), and beta-glucans (which help contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol) this low-sugar granola still tastes like a real treat.
Lizi’s Low Sugar Granola, Lizis.co.uk, £3.89 for 500g
MyProtein Break Bar
Eating should never be considered cheating, and these healthy MyProtein bars will help you reward yourself with a smart snack after a workout or walk in the park. They contain double the protein of most supermarket alternatives and real chocolate, to boot.
MyProtein Break Bars, Myprotein, £21.99 for 16
Drynks Smashed Apple Soft Cider 0.0%
Smashed beers and ciders feel, smell and taste like the original full-strength craft drink, minus the booze. They’re vegan and gluten-free whenever possible and are low in calories and sugar. Winning.
Drynks.com, Smashed Cider, £1.99 per bottle
MadeGood Allergen-Free Granola Bars
100% vegan and choc-full of organic all-natural ingredients from dried fruits and wholegrains, MadeGood bars are 100% allergen-free. A truly great new snack if you live with an allergy and they’re perfectly safe to stash in your kid’s lunchbox.
MadeGood, ASDA, £2.90 for six bars
Small Beer Session Pale 2.5%
As the world’s first dedicated small beer brewery, Small Beer set out on a mission to reignite the lost art of brewing classic beers below 2.8%.
Made possible by rethinking the entire process, they’ve created a unique, strong flavour that doesn’t rely on alcohol.
Small Beer, Ocado, £2.15
Cawston Dry Sparkling Water
Perfect for that mid-afternoon pick me up, Cawston offers up a simple blend of British sparkling spring water, a twist of pressed juice and natural extracts. No added sugar or sweeteners, no artificial nonsense and no shortcuts.
Cawston Dry, Amazon.com, 24 for £24.99
With 100% RDA of 8 vitamins, L-carnitine plus Mate tea, Vithit Lean & Green is ideal for those wanting to speed up their metabolism.
Vithit, Sainsbury’s, £1.40
Orange Natural Wine
Fruitier than your average reds and whites, this zingy orange wine contains no added sugars, yeast or sulphur – promising a clearer head the next day. If you’re gonna do it wrong, you might as well do it right…
AnySharp 5-In-1 Multi Scissors
Let’s make 2020 the year of making things easier for ourselves – we are in love with these kitchen scissors, which serve so many purposes we hardly know where to start. Can opener? Sure. Spatchcocking a chicken for your Sunday roast? Yep. Crushing garlic? You bet. These things can strip wires, crack nuts, open beer bottles and tons more – super handy to have in the drawer when you’re caught short.
Carba Killa Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar
As healthy as a chocolate bar can possibly be, this tastes like it contains 1000 calories – but we swear to god, it’s only 226. Packing 20g of protein too, its ooey gooey goodness is perfect for visualizing while you lift (and diving into the *minute* you leave the gym).
Sainsburys, Londis, Holland and Barrett, £2.49 for a 60g bar