WHAT: Biokleen Bac-Out is a natural household cleaner that uses a blend of live enzymes, citrus extract and essential oils to removes stains and eliminates odor.
WHY: This family owned and operated company makes 30+ non-toxic, and eco-friendly cleaning products (covering everywhere from laundry, kitchen to carpets) that are all made in the USA. Biokleen is committed to the wellbeing of the planet – products are made with 100% renewable energy offsets; and no harmful hormone-disrupting chemcials such as chlorine, ammonia, butyl, SLS or any other materials listed by the ACGIH as hazardous.
WHERE: Available online at Amazon as well as at most health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, and Erewhon Natural Foods Market and Sprouts.
THE VERDICT: I can’t wait to continue to explore this “green” line of natural and EFFECTIVE cleaners. Since I began teaching hot yoga I have been on a quest for a natural cleaner that actually cleans my sweaty workout gear (most natural cleaners just don’t get the job done) but also without leaving skin-irritating chemicals. If you have sensitive skin, love to sweat, and want to live a more green life this eco-chic product is a must try!
WHAT: blk. is a fulvic acid-enhanced mineral water that is praised for being an alkaline, electrolyte health drink.
blk. is an organic source of minerals, vitamins, and amino acids for energy, metabolism and detoxification!
WHY: blk. water is an organic, virtually tasteless, mineral water infused with fulvic trace minerals* (one of the most powerful electrolytes, which “transport nutrients directly into your cells” and turn the water dark without dyes or coloring). This alkaline health beverage is great for restoring body’s electrolytes* (salts that are often lost in our sweat when we exercise) and hydration. Most water we buy is filtered, which removes the health-restoring minerals along with the chemical is pulls out. blk. water adds the specific minerals our body needs back into the water, giving your body the building blocks to feel great!
WHERE: Available at most health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, Erewhon Natural Foods Market ,and Bristol Farms and other retailers such as BevMo.
Also check out the flavored mineral waters!
THE VERDICT: I personally love to drink blk. water when I feel depleted from a strenuous workout, or a headache coming on. This supercharged vitamin and mineral drink always seems to take the edge off and liven me back up.
WHAT: E3Live is an organic & wild-grown blue-green algae (AFA) drink that is consumed as a nutrient-dense health “shot”.
E3Live AFA is harvested from from Klamath Lake in Oregon
WHY: E3Live is loaded with more than 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids. This organic, nutrient-dense superfood, is wild-grown and sustainably harvested, and considered by renowned health authorities to be nature’s most beneficial superfood. Health benefits include: increased endurance, lifted mood, increased mental focus, improved digestion, normalize blood sugar levels, and healthier hair/skin/and nails. E3Live is also a rich source of chlorophyll* (which helps to rebuild and replenish our red blood cells, boosting our energy and increasing our wellbeing almost instantly).
WHERE: Available online at E3Live at most health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, and Erewhon Natural Foods Market; 1 oz shots of E3Live are commonly sold at local juice bars. 8oz. bottle $19.95
Everyone likes the energy boost from E3Live!
THE VERDICT: E3Live might not be the best tasting drink on the planet but it’s ability to load your body with so many incredible nutrients (from just 1 Tablespoon size shot!) makes it worth it! Whatever you have to do just get it down and keep it movin! Important note: try to keep the liquid in your mouth for 10 second (swish it around if you can) before swallowing – this allows your mouths natural enzymes to mix with the E3Live, improving its absorption into your body and helps the brain absorb nutrients before it enters your stomach.
Herban Essential’s moist individually-packaged towelettes are perfect for on-the-go and travel
WHAT: Herban Essentials are essential oil-infused towelettes used to cleanse and disinfect your hands, feet, body, yoga mat (or anything else you decide rub clean). Available in essences of Orange, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus.
WHY: Herban Essentials are made with organic, wild grown, therapeutic-grade, cold pressed essential oils. Essential oils* are highly concentrated plant extracts known for their antibacterial and antiseptic properties (not to mention their amazing natural fragrance – no perfumes or dyes). Their antibacterial properties make them incredible for cleaning (oils that are best for cleaning are: Lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lavender, and rosemary).
The ultimate hot yoga essential!
WHERE: Available online at Herban Essentials or at health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, and Erewhon Natural Foods Market ; $16 for 20 count individually wrapped towelettes.
Essentials oils are also known to be healing to the skin, hair, and nails (lavender and rose will usually be best for this).
THE VERDICT: I absolutely love Herban Essentials for a quick body wipe after hot yoga (or any other sweat-dripping workout). They smell incredible and are great even on sensitive skin.
Charli XCX “Boom Clap”
Jhene Aiko “To Love & Die”
Banks “Warm Water (Snakeship Remix)”
Kyla La Grange “Cut Your Teeth (Kygo Remix)”
Duke Dumont “I Got U”
Nico & Vinz “Am I Wrong”
WHAT: Chia Bar is an incredible 100 calorie chia seed snack bar that is a perfect on-the-go snack, that comes in Apple Cinnamon, Mango, Chocolate Peanut Butter (Mmmmm!), Banana Nut, Coconut, Coffee, Acai Berry, Dark Chocolate Cherry flavors.
WHY: Health Warrior’s Chia Bar is a perfect size snack bar to hold you over between meals, for pre-workout fuel, or to have when you’re traveling. The organic, vegan, soy-free, non-GMO chia seeds (if you’re new to chia, munch slowly, they’re a little slimy but after you’ve experienced chia seeds once you will probably never be bothered by that again… or keep reading how good they are for you and you will get over the sliminess!) are known for their ability to increase energy and stamina over long periods of time (they were a staple in ancient Aztecs and Mayan diets). One ounce of chia has more omega-3 healthy fats than salmon; more fiber than oatmeal; and contain no gluten or grains. Since they are high in fiber, they leave you satiated and lower food cravings between meals.
Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants and help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer.
WHERE: Available online at Health Warrior or in-store at most health food stores such as Erewhon Natural Foods Market. $23.50 for box of 15 bars.
THE VERDICT: This chewy chia seed bar has incredible flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness. It’s pretty small, which I like because I prefer bars to be a snack not a meal replacement. I love chia seeds for their incredible health benefits, energy boost, and easily digestible nutrients.
WHAT: 22 Days Nutrition makes exploring the vegan world possible by providing healthy delicious vegan nutrition bars.
Packed with the recovery benefits of a complete, balanced amino acid profile, 20g of organic raw brown rice protein
WHY: This organic, vegan, gluten-free nutrition bar was created by exercise physiologist Marco Borges. 22 Days Nutrition (why 22? — Psychologists have discovered that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, on the 22nd day you have found the way) was created as the ultimate plant-based nutrition bar for peak physical performance. Borges has initialed the plant-based 22 Day Vegan Challenge as a jump-start for health, increased energy, and weight loss.
It doesn’t hurt that 22 Days Nutrition founder worked with Beyonce and Jay-Z during their 22 Days Vegan Challenge.
Jennifer Lopez is also a fan of 22 Day Nutrition & recently completed the vegan challenge
WHERE: Available online at 22 Days Nutrition or in-store at most health food stores such as Erewhon Natural Foods Market. $35 for box of 12 bars.
Filled with superfoods like hemp seeds, goji berries and cacao; vegan brown rice protein, and lightly sweetened with low-glycemic coconut nectar, these bars have it all.
THE VERDICT: This thick, chewy bar has incredible flavor + top-notch, nutrient-dense ingredients… and it doesn’t hurt that 22 Days Nutrition founder worked with Beyonce and Jay-Z during their 22 Days Vegan Challenge.