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RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS & RESOURCES

Welcome to the Happy Body Formula Resources section – a curated list of resources, products and websites we recommend for improving your health and wellbeing.

The Happy Body Formula team has tested every recommendation on this page.

Before digging into the awesome resources we know and trust, an important disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, we will earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. 

Healthy Kitchen Essentials

FOR THE KITCHEN NINJAS 

Instant Pot

Instant Pot

True story: I’m in love with my Instant Pot. It makes cooking REALLY fast. Trust me – it is nothing short of a miracle. Even foods known for slow cooking come together quickly in this machine. It also has a slow cooking function if you want to take it easy. Plus, you can make yoghurt in it… even dairy-free! There’s a button just for it. Here are our favourite Instant Pot recipes.

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High-speed Blender

Vitamix

If you’re looking for power and a lot of it, the Vitamix is where it’s at. From soups and smoothies to processing food, you can do just about anything with it. It’s a big investment, but its’s a wise one for someone who cooks often. Other more econimical options we like are the Ninja and the Blendtec. All three options are professional-grade, so wherever your blending priorities lie, you’ll have a great product on your hands.

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Vegetable Spiralizer

Spiralizer

Naturally, there’s a device that allows us to turn vegetables into spaghetti. This is the beauty of the modern world. The device in and of itself is pretty simple. It may not seem necessary until you get your hands on one and realise its full potential as one of the best kitchen gadgets. Zucchini is the most commonly spiralised veggie, but you can spiralise just about anything with the Paderno slicer which comes in a two, three or four-blade option to match your needs.

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FOR THE HEALTHY PANTRY 

Coconut oil

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has to be the most versatile oil to cook with. We recommend keeping it in bulk. For one, it’s cheaper to purchase that way, and two… you’re going to go through it quickly! It’s packed with good-for-you fats with its medium-chain triglycerides, it has a mild taste, and its smoke point is pretty high, so you can use it for just about any cooking technique.

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Olive oil

Olive oil

It’s no secret that olive oil is good for you. It’s rich in momounsaturated fats and antioxidants, and it’s impressively anti-inflammatory. Its smoke point is a little low compared to other oils, so it’s not ideal for cooking with high heat. Instead, it’s good to have handy for salad dressings, Italian cooking, homemade mayo and quick stir-fries.

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Coconut flour

Coconut flour

Coconut flour is versatile in any grain-free kitchen. It acts as a fantastic binder, considering its innate ability to absorb moisture. It also makes a good contender for baking bread, because its final product is often quite thick. When combined with other grain-free flours, it really holds down the fort. It’s any paleo baker’s best friend. Plus, it’s packed with fibre and healthy fats, and it’s low in carbohydrates.

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Ground Almonds

Almond flour or almond meal is simply made of ground up almonds. You can easily make your own at home, or you can buy it in the store. Unlike coconut flour which acts as a binder and a thickener, this can be used as a solid grain-free flour replacement. Almonds contain plenty of healthy fats, and it makes another low-carb wheat flour replacement for baked goods, bread crumbs and more.

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TOP NOURISHING SNACKS

RxBar

Rx Bar

Rx Bar is a clear winner because it lists the ingredients on the front of the package, taking a “No BS” approach which we love and respect. It doesn’t hurt that they are super tasty! The texture is fantastic, there’s plenty of actual protein from eggs in here, and no added sugar. These are my go-to snack while on the run.

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EPIC bar

EPIC bar

EPIC bars are delicious and nutritious. Unlike other jerky bars, these are made with grass-fed and pastured meats, and you won’t find any corn syrup or weird additives. Most are totally sugar-free. These are the best source of real, portable protein.

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Larabar snack bar

Larabar

I especially love Larabars for a sweet tooth fix (like when you really just need some chocolate), but they’re also loaded with good ingredients – just nuts, dates and the occasional tasty and healthy additional ingredient. It’s a boost of healthy fats and energy in a delicious package, with tons of flavour options.

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Jackson’s Honest sweet potato chips

Potato chips

Warning: these are just as addictive as regular ol’ potato chips. The good news? No sneaky ingredients, or refined oil. Instead, Jackson’s Honest uses coconut oil which is better for you and tastes ah-mazing!

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FAVOURITE FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

Protein Powder

Collagen peptides

Collagen is much like gelatin, but it doesn’t gel, so it’s more easily used as a protein powder or supplement. It contains all essential amino acids – the building blocks of proteins – and benefits for the gut, skin, hair, nails and more. You can easily mix it into drinks, broth or smoothies to reap the benefits and up your protein.

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Spirulina Powder

Spirulina

Spirulina is a nice supplement that makes getting in those leafy green benefits better. It’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, so gram for gram, it’s loaded with the good stuff. You can use it as a water mix-in or smoothie blender. Most notably, it contains significant amounts of beta-carotene and iron, plus vitamins A, K1, K2 and B12.

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Turmeric Powder

Turmeric

Turmeric is easily added to any dish with its rather neutral flavour, adding a splash of colour to any dish from eggs to soothing golden milk and curry. Its anti-inflammatory properties are widely known, and this is food-as-medicine the spice cabinet should always have stocked. Here are some turmeric recipes to try.

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic supplement or herb that’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It has the ability to increase our body’s resilience to stress. When used over time, it can be both physically and mentally beneficial. Stir it into water or tea, or mix it into a smoothie.

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FAVOURITE NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Activated charcoal powder

Charcoal

Activated charcoal can be used to make DIY face masks and homemade toothpaste, despite its very dark colour. It’s a fantastic detox mechanism for the skin, and you can also turn it into a beauty drink if you want. The secret? Its absorbency. It’s also a mighty stain remover!

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Shea butter

Shea butter

Shea butter is naturally antibacterial for all kinds of skin healing. That’s why you’ll find it in so many natural beauty products as it stands. You can use it to make your own lotion, face cream, diaper cream, deodorant and more. It has a nice, nutty smell to boot.

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Dr. Bronner’s castile soap

Castile soap

Dr. Bronner’s is the clear choice for all-natural soaps. This brand can be trusted, and they’ve been around for a long time. It can be used for general washing, cleaning clothes, brushing teeth, shaving or washing hair. It’s your one-stop shop with ingredients you can feel good about.

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Primal Pit Paste deodorant

Primal Pit Paste

This deodorant is aluminum and paraben-free, so it’s safe compared to most on the market if you don’t want to make your own. Oh, and it acutally works! Score.

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FOR THE HEALTHY HOME

Lumie Clock

Lumie clock

The Lumie Bodyclcok has the ability to transform you into a morning person. It basically emulates the sunrise with its gradually increasing light each morning for a gentle wakeup call. Oh, and it includes a “sunset” to help you fall asleep. It’s a fantastic tool for quality zzz’s.

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Himalayan salt lamp

Himalayan salt lamp

Salt lamps offer a gorgeous, natural, soft light. They also have some fun benefits to using. They help to purify the air of toxins so your house is more breathable, as it releases negative ions into the air. It’s an effortless way to improve air quality in your home – and especially bedroom for better sleep!

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Light therapy box

light-therapy-box

A light box is a great way to combat seasonal affective disorder during the longer days and gloomy moods, without sun exposure and subsequent vitamin D. It can also help normalise circadian rhythm. Try using it first thing in the AM to tell your body it’s time to wake up!

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Standing desk converter

Standing desk

This adapter can sit on your current sitting desk and turn it into a standing desk. That way, you can switch between sitting and standing while working at home. Getting into the habit of this improves circulation and lessens back pain from sitting for long periods of time.

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FOR BETTER SLEEP

Magnesium oil spray

Magnesium spray

Magnesium can be really helpful in relaxing the body and getting good rest, but it’s not always easy to remember to take a supplement before bed. This spray can easily sit bedside, and you can use it while you’re winding down. Here is a list of all our favourite natural sleep supplements.

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Valerian root

Valerian root

Valerian is an herb that acts as a natural sleep supplement that increases GABA which has a sedative effect. It can also reduce anxiety and reduce stress, leading to deeper, more substantial rest at night.

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Blackout curtains

Blackout curtains

Blackout curtains are a surefire way to address light bleeding into the room, especially at night! A dark room makes a huge impact on sleep quality, so shut it out entirely. Bonus: they help if you like to sleep in past sunrise, too.

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Dohm white noise machine

White noise machine

A white noice machine can help to drown out excess noise at night. Whether you have thin walls in an apartment building, a snoring partner, an aversion to silence or you live in a busy downtown that never sleeps, the gentle, consistent sound can lull you to sleep. Check out more sleep products we love.

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FOR GETTING FIT

Kettlebells

Kettlebell

Getting a kettlebell at home is relatively inexpensive, and it offers you a wide range of workout ability for the full body. It’s a fantastic tool to begin strength training at home, after learning to use it properly! Different weight options make it accessible to all fitness levels. Check out our kettlebell workout guide for more.

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Gaiam yoga mat

Yoga mat

Gaiam has great mats (with beautiful designs!) for yoga, stetching, pilates and aerobics at home. There are so many free yoga classes online, and you can probably find new student discounts at your local studios along with donation classes (pay what you can). It’s exercise for the mind and body!

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Foam roller

Foam roller

Getting fit is just as much about putting in the work as it is putting in the proper time to recover. The foam roller is the poor mans massage, and it can really help you stay mobile, reduce injury and feel good. It hurts, but it really works out those kinks in the body. Learn how to foam roll properly, and more about the benefits.

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Fitbit Charge 2 HR

Fitbit

The Fitbit is wearable accountability. If you want to be more active in day-to-day life, having something that tracks your steps, heart rate, flights climbed and calories burned can be really helpful by giving you something to work towards everyday.

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FOR STAYING YOUNG

Korean ginseng

Korean ginseng

This adaptogen does wonders for keeping you both mentally and physically sharp, well into old age. It works as natural stiumlant of sorts, improving focus and endurance which can wane as we age. It’s safe to use, and works when used over time.

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Frankincense oil

Frankincense

This essential oil is really good for the skin. It can reduce sun spots, age spots, and overall even out the tone of your skin if you have scars or red patches, keeping your face young. It’s also good for minimising the appearance of pores and smoothing out wrinkles, so it’s one of our favourite anti-aging supplements.

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InstaNatural serum

Vitamin C serum

Vitamin C and vitamin E are amongst the top essential nutrients for the skin, and this all-natural serum contains a bit of both alongside therapeutic oils. It works to reduce wrinkles, and its high antioxidant content moves free radicals from the skin for effective anti-aging.

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FOR YOUR BRAIN

Walnuts

Walnuts

The healthy toss-up of antioxidants and omega-3s in this nut make them the perfect snack. They are also the only nut that provides a good source of alpha linolenic acid which promotes blood flow, delivering more oxygen to the brain. A brain that can breathe is a brain that can work. Walnuts are on our list of the top foods for the brain.

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Leuchtturm1917 notebook

Bullet journal

This little notebook is perfect for bullet journaling. What’s that got to do with the brain? Decluttering the mind, reducing stress and feeling organised contribute to good mental wellbeing! Stress can wear on neural processes, so keep it in check and have fun doing it.

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L-theanine

L-theanine

L-theanine is a fantastic nootropic (read more about them here) and adaptogenic supplement. Paired with caffeine, it can really give your brain a healthy buzz when you need to focus more. It’s natural and safe to use, and it also contributes to reduced stress/anxiety (another brainy benefit!).

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5-HTP

5-HTP

5-HTP is good for sleep, and it’s a nice entry-level nootropic as it works the brain over time. It’s important in the production of serotonin and melatonin which can make a huge impact in mood, thus naturally improving energy levels, cognitive abilities, stress management and more.

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FOR STRESS RELIEF

Lavender essential oils

Lavender

Lavender oil smells good, but it also has proven stress-relieving benefits. It’s super versatile, but you can simply diffuse it, use some on your skin or draw a bath with a bit. It’s good for sleep or just taking a few deep breaths with midday.

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Adult colouring book

Coloring book

Who doesn’t want a good excuse to colour? It’s not as silly as it sounds, and we quite like the trend. Colouring really helps you focus on the moment – just colouring in the lines is your only worry for the time being. It’s super effective to reduce stress.

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B-complex vitamins

B-complex

A good B-complex vitamin that the body can readily absorb is fantastic for increasing energy and reducing stress. It’s an easy habit to get into, and a good supplement addition to your ritual.

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5-HTP

Epsom salts

Epsom salts are one of my favourite ways to wind down a few hours before bed. A bath is good in and of itself, but epsom salts can offer up a solid dose of relaxing magnesium and release both physical and emotional stress. Pro tip: a glass of red or a piece of dark chocolate in the bath.

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