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Lockdown Heroes – The Essentials Seeing Us Through

We’ve found ourselves reaching for snacks, wine *and* dumbbells a lot more in lockdown. If there are any positives to take from the last few months, we can say we’ve enjoyed a little more time to focus on exercise, our eating habits and daily rituals to keep the spirits up.

Here’s a selection of the best products we’ve been kindly sent to review, or absolute favourites we turn to in times of crisis, helping to keep the balance.

Body By Ciara Home Workouts

Ciara Madden AKA Ciara London is changing the way women think about fitness and exercise, from her very own living room during lockdown. For £15 per month, she’s uploading classes from several different instructors to her Instagram account, from 6am to 7pm every day of the week. Try yoga, pilates, boxing tabata, meditation and circuits, not to mention dancehall party sessions and fitness & nutrition Q&As with Ciara and other prominent trainer friends. The queen of squats drops in to teach a brutal HIIT or AMRAP session at least 6x per week herself – her positive energy will never fail to lift your spirits (and your booty!).

Lush Twilight Shower Jelly

Exuding the same sleep-inducing scent as the rest of Lush’s Twilight range, this tonka & lavender shower jelly is the last word in comfort. Use the jelly as a whole or break off a small piece, before working into a smooth lather to release powerful calming notes that’ll put stressful days to bed.

MyVegan Gooey Filled Cookies

All that exercise has meant were a LOT hungrier, but we’ve been trying out some tasty snacks to keep our nutrient levels high without compromising on dessert. MyVegan sell a range of ooey gooey dessert-like snacks, that pack a huge protein punch – our favs being these soft chocolate cookies, filled with a creamy peanut butter centre and dotted with chocolate chips. Each has 15g of protein and just 3g of sugar – and they’re vegan, too!

My LIfeline CBD Coffee

‘Calm but kick ass’ is the tag line of this innovative new product, a cooling cold brew blend of Indian, Peruvian and Colombian coffee augmented with 20mg of CBD. We’ve enjoyed the coconut flavour most, its sweetness taking the edge off what’s quite a strong brew. Normally after a strong coffee we’d be a little wired, but these feel us feeling switched on and serene. Great for powering one through a two hour Zoom meeting (yawn).

Lizi’s Super Muesli

Available in blends to help you ‘Glow’, ‘Cleanse’, ‘Boost’ and ‘Focus’, Lizi’s Super Muesli combines the likes of almonds, linseeds and quinoa for the perfect crunch – with much less sugar than the usual suspects. High in fibre and vegan-friendly, a bowl of this properly preps us before a high-energy class with Ciara – just be mindful of the nutritional info if you’re counting calories – the high (good) fat, nutrient-dense ingredients mean the calorie count is relatively high.

Encona Hot Pepper Sauces

If you’re anything like us, lockdown’s made you sick to death of cooking – not to mention googling recipes and loading the dishwasher. We jumped at the chance to sample three bottles of Encona’s latest hot pepper sauce flavours, which effortlessly add kick to a ton of different meals. Thai-inspired Chunky Sriracha draws on flavours from the East (best in fried rice, with an egg on top), while Scotch Bonnet jazzes up fajitas and prawn dishes.

Two Brooks Boozy Sparkling Water

We’ve been exploring the world of hard seltzer in lockdown, a healthier alternative to fizzy, sugar-filled mixers to spice up our picnics. Two Brooks sent us a box of Lime Coolers, Mango Hi Balls and Passion Stars to try out, perfect for cracking out on a sunny day safe in the knowledge they’ve no added sugars, are gluten-free, vegan and low in calories.

Nurishment Milk Drinks

Packed with protein and fortified with vitamins, there’s plenty of good in Nurishment milk drinks. Old-style ring pull cans and dated packaging put us off them in the past, but now available in handy bottles, we were tempted to try them out. Pitched as a convenient snack for the school run or post-workout, we were sent a bottle of each flavour to try. They’ve a milkshake-like texture, perfect for blending into smoothies or drinking before a run or weights session – and they’re light on the stomach, too.

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