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.
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FOR THE KITCHEN NINJAS
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 favorite Instant Pot recipes.
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 economical 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.
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 realize its full potential as one of the best kitchen gadgets. Zucchini is the most commonly spiralized veggie, but you can spiralize just about anything with the Paderno slicer which comes in a two, three or four-blade option to match your needs.
FOR THE HEALTHY PANTRY
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.
It’s no secret that olive oil is good for you. It’s rich in monounsaturated 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.
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.
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.
TOP NOURISHING SNACKS
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.
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.
LARABAR SNACK BAR
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 flavor options.
JACKSON’S SWEET 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!
FAVORITE FOOD SUPPLEMENTS
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.
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.
Turmeric is easily added to any dish with its rather neutral flavor, adding a splash of color 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.
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.
FAVORITE NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL POWDER
Activated charcoal can be used to make DIY face masks and homemade toothpaste, despite its very dark color. 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!
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.
DR. BRONNER’S 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.
PRIMAL PIT PASTE DEODORANT
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 actually works! Score.
FOR THE HEALTHY HOME
The Lumie Bodyclock 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.
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!
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 normalize circadian rhythm. Try using it first thing in the AM to tell your body it’s time to wake up!
STANDING DESK CONVERTER
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.
FOR BETTER SLEEP
MAGNESIUM OIL 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 favorite natural sleep supplements.
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.
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.
DOHM 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.
FOR GETTING FIT
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.
GAIAM YOGA MAT
Gaiam has great mats (with beautiful designs!) for yoga, stretching, 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!
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.
FITBIT CHARGE 3 HR
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.
FOR STAYING YOUNG
This adaptogen does wonders for keeping you both mentally and physically sharp, well into old age. It works as natural stimulant of sorts, improving focus and endurance which can wane as we age. It’s safe to use, and works when used over time.
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 minimizing the appearance of pores and smoothing out wrinkles, so it’s one of our favorite anti-aging supplements.
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.