Wouldn’t it be nice if a nutritionist came with you to the grocery store to choose healthy products for you? Well, consider yourself one step closer to that wish thanks to registered dietician Heather Bauer. After years of clients confessing to being overwhelmed trying to make healthy choices at the grocery store, Bauer created Bestowed—a monthly service that delivers curated nutritious products to your door.
“I created Bestowed to introduce people to the best healthy products on the market,” she says. “Bestowed members don’t have to obsess over nutrition labels or worry about disappointing grocery store experiments anymore.”
Bauer shares her favorite picks and their health and beauty benefits. Munch now. Thank us later.
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Quinoa is one of the hottest crazes for healthy eaters because it provides so many benefits. Besides providing a significant source of protein and fiber for your body, it can also nourish your hair. The amino acids that contribute to quinoa’s protein content also help repair hair damage and can actually protect and strengthen your locks. This prevents hair breakage and keeps your strands looking beautiful. Cocomama quinoa is the perfect way to eat your way to healthy hair. Not only is it delicious, but it can also fit into almost any diet because it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and vegan. Eat up and say bye-bye to spit ends!
Seaweed is a miracle food for your skin. It moisturizes, nourishes, revitalizes, soothes, protects and can even improve acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Ever wonder why spas offer seaweed baths and wraps? That’s because this leafy green has powerful exfoliating properties. No need to order sushi every night this week, though. SeaSnax contains all of the natural benefits for your skin, and all you have to do is add them to your healthy sandwich at lunch or munch on them as a snack at only 16 calories per pack.
3Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
Hemp is an up-and-coming health food. Along with its numerous nutritional benefits, hemp oil is also used in cosmetic products because of its beauty benefits. Hemp promotes cell growth, which leads to softer, smoother and clearer skin. A study in 2005 showed that a group treated with hemp oil had increased skin quality after 20 weeks. A great way to incorporate hemp hearts into your diet is to sprinkle them on your salad in place of croutons. This will give you an added source of protein instead of added refined carbohydrates. Another option is to mix Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts into yogurt in the morning or for an afternoon snack.
There’s a reason that olive oil is Europe’s secret weapon. The olive fruit can help keep your hair healthy and your skin radiant. In fact, olive oil can even be used as a skin moisturizer when applied on damp skin and as a conditioner when applied to your hair. So imagine the benefits you’ll feel by actually eating it. Oloves are a perfectly portioned snack that can provide you with skin and hair benefits for only 50 calories per pack. Eat them and feel as good as you’ll look.
5Kind Healthy Grains
Updating your cereal to Kind Healthy Grains Cinnamon Oat Clusters with Flax Seeds will start your morning off with a delicious metabolism boost. That’s thanks to cinnamon, which increases your glucose metabolism, helping you burn fat faster. This grains variety also contains quinoa, which, like cinnamon, revs your metabolism so you’ll get double the metabolism-boosting benefits. Adding Kind to your non-fat yogurt makes for the perfect breakfast that will have you burning calories before you even leave the house.
6Matt’s Munchie Island Mango
Mango is rich in vitamins A and C and is a skin superfood. Not only does it aid in getting rid of scars, but mangos can also improve pimples, leaving your skin flawless. Some acne medications contain vitamin A, proving how powerful this nutrient can be for your skin. Eating mango on a regular basis can keep your complexion soft and blemish-free. For only 40 calories per pack, Matt’s Munchie Island Mango is an easy way to take in all of mango’s beneficial properties. With a hint of coconut, it’s the perfect summer treat for your skin and taste buds.
7Sweet Riot Cacao Nibs
Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which absorb harmful ultraviolet light, increase blood flow to your skin and improve hydration, too. Some studies show that people who eat controlled amounts of dark chocolate every day have smoother, more hydrated skin compared to people who don’t. And thanks to Sweet Riot Cacao Nibs, you don’t have to worry about going overboard because these cacao nibs are only 1 calorie each. The entire tin totals only 140 calories, making them a perfect afternoon snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth and protect and improve your skin.
822 Days Goji Mate Firecracker Bar
The Goji Mate Firecracker energy bar contains a combination of foods that provide beauty benefits for your skin and body, including organic raw cashew butter (zinc), organic dried goji berries (antioxidants), gluten-free oats and organic raw sunflower seeds (more zinc). It’s the perfect pre-workout snack since it gives you a healthy energy kick.
9Living Fuel CocoChia Snack Mix
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3’s, which nourish hair even better than your favorite conditioner. Studies also show that this essential fatty acid can reduce acne and inflammation, leaving your skin blemish-free. Omega-3s keep your nails strong, too, so that manicure will last longer. Living Fuel CocoChia Snack Mix contains chia seeds mixed with organic coconut, making it the perfect addition to your morning oatmeal.