I’m always on the look-out for new, exciting vegan foods and natural wellness products. I love discovering new finds and then I become temporarily obsessed with them. If I find a new type of cracker that I like, that’s what I will snack on everyday for weeks, until I’m so sick of it that I don’t want to see it anymore! Then a while later, I will come back to it and rekindle my love affair with it. I do this with body products as well, and other wellness stuffs.
I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list from time to time of all the great things I’ve discovered and maybe that you haven’t heard of yet. There is a chance you may become obsessed with some of these products, but that’s okay, they are all very good for you and won’t cause any harm if used in excessive amounts!
Daiya Greek Style Yogurt
I first discovered Daiya products because they make the best plant-based cheese I’ve ever found. Not only is it vegan, it is soy-free and gluten-free as well, and it melted and tasted just as great as regular cheese (As far as I remember, it’s been a while …) I was delighted to find Daiya’s Greek Yogurt while shopping at Wholefoods in Boston during the World Championships. It is filled with real chunks of fruit and the creamy texture will have you wanting more. It is packed with calcium and protein as well, making it a great post-training snack. But sadly, once I left the USA, I never found it again. Unfortunately, this happens often when I find a great product while in America. But, because Daiya is a Canadian company, I figured I should be able to find this yogurt somewhere in Montreal. I happened to stop by Le Couffin Bio on Parc and Sherbooke this week, and I found peach, blueberry and cherry Daiya Greek yogurts! It was heavenly! I have stocked up and as soon as I finish writing this blog post I am ordering some online because I don’t think I can live without these for much longer.
(I also found Vegan Roast Beef slices at Le Couffin Bio but that’s for another post).
So Delicious Cashew Ice Cream Salted Caramel Cluster Flavour
So Delicious makes some good products. Great ones actually. But I’m not even an ice cream lover. I prefer cookies and cakes to a frozen slab of flavoured milk. But this Salted Caramel Cluster made with cashew milk is incredible. It is creamy and smooth, with chocolate covered cashews, ribbons of caramel and chunks of cashews in the mix. Of course, there is a lot of sugar in it… it is ice cream after all…. but as a little treat on a hot day, it’s not bad. You need ultimate will-power with this one though, because if you aren’t careful, you’ll eat the entire pint in one sitting. I keep it in my freezer and on a really hot day, I like to take it out and have a bite or two, three at the most, then put it back for another day. This is definitely worth trying and I find it in Montreal at Rachelle Bery.
Arnica Muscle Soak
Weleda has been making great natural products since 1921. They use organic ingredients and work with fair-trade partners to bring excellent quality to their products. I also like that they use essential oils and organic arnica in their muscle relief collection (As well as other collections). Arnica Muscle Soak is ideal for post-workout recovery, as the organic arnica and birch extracts relieve fatigue from the muscles, the rosemary works to relieve pain and the lavender is added to provide an uplifting natural fragrance, so toxic ingredients are not needed. My body always feels refreshed and rejuvenated after soaking in a hot bath with Arnica Muscle Soak and I suggest it to any athlete as part of their recovery process.
Tiffany on Yogaglo
Everyone knows I’m a big yoga fan, but I wouldn’t quite call myself an expert. I love to try different classes and I enjoy the way yoga makes my body feel, whether it’s in the morning to wake me up for the day, after training for a recovery session or as a training work-out. Yoga is gentle on the body, yet it builds strength and flexibility while ensuring very little chance of injury. Much like new foods that I find, I get obsessed with certain yoga classes or instructors as well. I go to my studio in Montreal when I am home but when I am busy and on the road, I like to do yoga online on www.yogaglo.com They have endless videos to pick from, including various levels and focus points (core strength anyone?). Right now, I’ve been trying to go through all of Tiffany Cruikshank’s videos. Tiffany started a business called “Yoga Medicine”. She has a medical background in sports medicine and acupuncture, as well as an understanding of traditional yoga methods, which makes for in-depth yoga classes, esp. for athletes. What I love most about Tiffany’s classes is that she shares my passion in using natural sources (like yoga) as a form of medicine to heal the body, mind and spirit. It is definitely worth finding some of her classes online, or even better, in person! My personal favourites are the FasciaGlo, Side Body Recovery for Athletes and Unravel from Travel.
Kronobar TURBO Bites
I‘ve been fueling myself with Kronobar’s sports products for a few years now. The chocolate/pear recovery bars for my favourite protein snack for post-training and I use their pure beetroot powder as a sports drink before and during training. The nitrates in the beets increases blood flow and oxygen to the muscles during a workout, allowing you to train longer without feeling the burn. Recently, they’ve created new Kronobar TURBO bites, an electrolyte bite to boost your training and performance effort. It is once again made with beets and sweetened slightly with pineapple, which has bromelain, helping the inflammation process. But don’t expect these bites to taste like candy, or the other electrolyte bites you’ve had in the past. Cliff Bar bites and Pro Bar Bites, for example, are filled with artificial flavouring and sugars, and taste like a candy bar. Those don’t fuel the body with the essential nutrients for training and improving your athletic results. Kronobar TURBO bites taste like real food, because they are made from pure beetroot powder and beet juice. Definitely worth a try!