I love a great product. I especially love a great product when it's natural and healthy! In today’s product round-up, I’m sharing some of my current favorite natural, organic and healthy finds. I hope you enjoy them as much as I am!
Make-up and Skincare
I’ve gotten pretty particular about what I apply topically to my skin. As I age, I’m getting more and more careful to avoid “creepy” ingredients in the products I use. I wanted to begin replacing my make-up with "cleaner" alternatives. When I discovered Mineral Fusion Cosmetics it felt easy! I am absolutely loving this make-up line.I feel like they are just as good as their more toxic counterparts and most of them far less expensive (bonus!). My favorites are the BB cream, Pressed Powder Foundation, and Blush (I'm using Smashing).
OK, I love all things chocolate, so when I discovered this cocoa pigmented bronzer from 100% Pure Natural Beauty Products I was hooked. This bronzer is hands down the best I've ever used and with an ingredient list that reads more like a brownie recipe than a cosmetic you can't help but love it. It's super natural looking and comes in lovely packaging. I think you'll go crazy for it!
Obsession alert! I am mildly (ahem, OK, moderately) obsessed with this next skincare find. These face oils from Uma Oils are simply amazing. They are super concentrated which makes them really, really effective and they smell DIVINE! Now, these are a bit on the pricey side, but I can tell you that you use a teeny-tiny amount so even the small bottles last a very long time. I'm soooo hooked and restraining myself from buying every. single. one., but so far my favorite is the Ultimate Brightening Face Oil. It's like a trip to the spa every time you use it! Swoon!
Drinks & Treats
I am NOT a fan of drinking my calories. I will almost never choose to use my daily calories on a drink, I'd much rather eat them. I do however love a good, fun drink treat when it doesn't require a big calorie hit or yucky artificial sweeteners. You can imagine then my love for these new sparkling probiotic drinks from Kevita. They are so tasty, super refreshing, provide beneficial probiotics, come in glass bottle (not plastic), and all for a mere 10-40 calories depending on the flavor! Score, sign me up! My very favorite is the Lemon Cayenne! Yumma.
My other mild obsession has been cooking with, and snacking on plantains. These are obviously not a new discovery, but I've been having so much fun experimenting with them. I never knew they were so versatile and could be used in so many wonderful ways. These plantain chips from Terra Chips are so yummy! I've loved their root veggie chips for years, but these are my new go-to afternoon snack. They really hit just the right spot. I love the sea salted version dipped in a 100-calorie serving of guacamole, or the sweet version dipped in the No Bake Cheesecake Fruit Dip when I'm craving just a little something to satisfy my sweet tooth. So very good!
Protein & Supplements
If there's one thing I'm always on the hunt for it's the "perfect" protein powder. My body doesn't tolerate many protein powders very well. Most whey, soy, and egg white protein powders just don't set well in my stomach. I've used plant-based proteins for years and while some are not bad, the fact is I just didn't love any of them. After an arduous search, I am thrilled to tell you that this Vanilla Bone Broth Protein from Dr. Axe is as close to perfect as they come in my opinion. I love this protein! It's really tasty, like - really - tasty. It's got great nutritional stats. It's super tummy friendly, I feel great when I drink it. And, it gives you a good dose of skin, joint and muscle friendly collagen. I'm using it in all my Dashing Dish shakes and recipes that call for protein powder. Victory!!
Finally, this has been a fun new find for me. I've been adding a small scoop of Sacred 7 Organic Mushroom Extract Powder to my morning Skinny Protein Frappuccino for a little nutritional boost. This powder is a powerful antioxidant rich super-food that can help boost immunity and just leaves you feeling really good! I buy it here on Amazon.