From superfood snacks to natural beauty hacks, we review this season’s must-have products.
PURPLE POWER POWDER
There are some mornings when I startle myself by making noises uncannily similar to those produced by my coffee maker. Luckily, I’ve found a way to transform from groggy ol’ gal to limitless lass before I have to leave the house… Call on Auntie Antioxidant, superhero of the circulatory system! The tastiest and easiest way I’ve found to get my daily dose of antioxidants is by adding a sachet of Viberi Blackcurrant Powder to my morning smoothie. With double the antioxidant content of blueberries and up to four times the amount of vitamin C as oranges, it’s little wonder the blackcurrants leave me feeling duly transformed.
I’m not sure about you, but I’m prone to snackidents at the most inopportune of times. I was delighted to receive some of Wazoogles’ new Snack Bombs, and now have at least one packet in my handbag at any given moment. The superfood snacks are mostly covered in chocolate, with crunchy quinoa pops, chewy sun-dried fruit and coconut chips thrown in for good measure. Choose between Berry Bombs, Choc Bombs, Cacao Coconut Crunch and – as in any good line – Cheeky Monkey Bombs. You may like that they’re 100% organic, vegan and dairy- and gluten-free. I like that there are unicorns on the packaging.
CALL ON COLLAGEN
Collagen supplementation appears to have emerged as the latest breakout star of the ingestible beauty industry. A structural protein found in our hair, skin, muscles and bones, collagen is naturally made by the body. But as we age, we produce less of it, leading to achy joints, weakened muscles, less lustrous-looking hair and dull skin. If you’re not quite ready to encounter this sexy version of yourself, you may be encouraged to learn that findings are showing promising results for the ability of collagen supplementation to help mitigate the effects of the decline. The most efficient delivery method is via a powder, and while I’d like to pretend that I’m above the hype, I’m sipping on pulverized bovine collagen in my coffee as I write this.
I’m never really sure how much of a difference taking a multivitamin makes to my overall wellbeing. While our merchandise manager likes to tell me to imagine just how weak/sick/ stressed/sad I’d be without it, I’m not always convinced. Except when I’m taking Metagenics PhytoMulti, that is. I’m not sure whether it’s the ‘proprietary blend of concentrated extracts’, the phytonutrients or the added iron, but something in those green tablets really does transform me into a morning person who never skips leg day. Try it in tablet or capsule form, with or without iron, to meet your very own 2.0 self.
I must confess that when I received a bottle of Ubiquinol from Solgar, I had no idea what to do with it. Grandpa Google says it’s an ‘electron rich form of coenzyme Q10’, with ‘the natural ubiquinol form of coenzyme Q10 being 2,3-dimethoxy-5-methyl-6poly prenyl-1,4-benzoquinol’. Of course! When I finally discovered that it is in fact another addition to my antioxidant arsenal, I started taking it with reckless abandon. Apparently, it’s found in every cell in the human body, so it must be rather important. It’s involved in the conversion of carbs and fats into energy and supplementing with it is said to help mitigate the harmful effects of the free radicals and oxidative stress directly related to the ageing process. Bring on the 2,3-dimethoxy-5-methyl-6-poly prenyl-1,4benzoquinol
We all know that date we want to enjoy with everything. Sweetness in the morning, over the midday hump, after dinner… The best thing about this one? It’s not only irresistible, but also good for you. Try Silan’s 100% natural date syrup in your smoothies, breakfasts, desserts and more to enjoy a match made in heaven.