Recently I was asked how I find the products and brands that I do and if I had any new ones to share. I often share what I’m loving on Instagram as I love trying new products to see if they are something I or my clients can fit into our/their lifestyle. I didn’t know so many people were interested so I decided to try out a favorites section of my blog to let you in on my favorite food & fitness products and snacks.If you love this idea, please comment and let me know so I can keep bringing you the goods.
This post is not meant to make you drop everything you are doing and buy all the products, but instead I figured it could give you some insight into what I’ve been trying out and what I actually like. I may even include some things that I haven’t been loving so you can skip on things you thought you might need.
Sound cool? I think it is, so let’s dive in.
Food & Fitness Products
First things first, people have asked how I find out about the new products, brands, and items/apps I am loving so I figured I’d give some insight. The ways that I find out about them vary month to month but a good summary is the following:
- Word of Mouth. I have clients, friends, & family members who either ask me about a product or tell me about a product they are loving or intrigued by. Naturally I want to know more, so I try it out for myself.
- Instagram/Social Media. I mean, this one is probably a given but being so involved on Instagram means I also get to see what’s the latest and greatest out there is.
- Expos/Conferences/Events. I go to Expo East and a few other conferences & events each year where I get exposed to new products & brands, which is super fun.
- Grocery Stores/Shopping. As most of you know I love grocery shopping and perusing new items. I get a lot of inspiration from my trips to the grocery store. This is sometimes a bad thing because I come home with food I do not need.
- Brand Outreach. Brands will sometimes reach out with new items for me to try. I have a weird relationship with my mailman at this point, I think he thinks I’m a chronic online shopper, however most of the boxes that arrive are gifted.
- Mistake/Luck. Honestly sometimes I have no idea how i find things that I love, they just happen to fall into my life/lap/world and I’m thankful for that.
Sassy’s Favorite Food & Fitness Products
Alright, so the point of this list is to share with you brands, products, etc. that I’ve been loving in the food, fitness, & health space. Feel free to use what you like and move on from the rest, I won’t be offended. But, if you happen to use any of the items below, feel free to let me know in the comments, on social media, or just use #sassyapproved in any post that you do. If you have a product/brand you want to share with me or are a brand that wants to collaborate, I’m always game, juste-mail me and I’m open to trying new things.
Favorite Food Products
We’ll start with food products first since that’s my specialty afterall. I love all things food and get hyped about brands that are making a difference and who have good humans behind the brand working hard to do the right thing and get real food and real food products out to the world My favorite food products in no particular order are…
Disclaimer, I’ve tried multiple air fryers (at least the basket variety) and I love them all for the most part. It certainly will depend on your budget for such an item, but a few of my favorites are:
I love my air fryer because it’s easy to use, easy to clean AND it doesn’t make the entire kitchen hot when it’s already 100°F out. The only downside is that for it’s size the basket doesn’t hold all that much. However, I’ve found it incredibly useful for vegetables and even cookies. It’s a great option for a single person too, as you could cook your whole dinner just in the air fryer, it’s something to consider.
I had heard about Butcher Box forever but really had no idea what to expect. I have access to good sources of meat and seafood so I figured, why would I need it? Honestly, I love it more than I thought I would.
Because it’s good quality meat, delivered to straight to your door, and freezes well. It really helps with quick meal prep & meal planning. I know that I can base my meals around healthy meat options as well as fish (they also sell salmon & scallops, yum!). Not to mention their breakfast sausage is amazing in these freezer burritos.
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Hoplark Hop Tea
This is a non-alcoholic & non-sweetened (therefore non-caloric) canned tea. It tastes almost like a beer without the hangover 😉 It is incredibly refreshing and my new favorite drink to snag when I drop in at Whole Foods. They have many different flavors but the green tea is my favorite. Find more out about them here.
Kind Nut Butter Filled Snack Bars
These Kind Nut Butter Bars are one of my new favorite snacks to grab before or after coaching. It is NOT your average Kind Bar, but instead almost seems like a dessert chocolate bar filled with nut butter, no joke. They are so tasty I can’t stop, won’t stop. If you know me, I’m not a bar-eater. I’d rather eat a full meal than eat a bar. HOWEVER, these have been a game changer when I need something fast and am starving.
I found these bars at Target but you can also snag them online.
Organic Valley Ultra-filtered Milk
There used to be a product out there that will go unnamed that was a great higher source of protein that I used with my athletes. Sometimes you just need to find new ways to get more protein & less sugar to help fuel activity. Post workout meals/snacks should run in this category. The problem was the quality of said milk was not my favorite.
Enter: Organic Valley
Organic Valley recently released a product they have been working on for quite some time known as Ultra-filtered milk which is high in protein, low in sugar, AND lactose-free for my lactose intolerant folk. Per serving you can get 13 grams of protein, WOOHOO!. The best news though is that they have a high quality brand, so you get a win-win-win here with good quality, good source of protein, and good for those with lactose intolerance. Not to mention it tastes good too.
Quinn’s Snacks Pretzels
I have a new love affair with Quinn pretzels. I don’t know what it is about them but they are so delicious and one of my favorite hummus carriers. I’ve packed them for I think every trip I’ve been on this summer. I want to start trying their other products as all I’ve had are their sea salt pretzel sticks, but man are they DELICIOUS.
Siete Foods Hard Shell Tacos
I’ve never been a hard shell taco girl, until now. I was meeting with some fellow lady entrepreneur friends and I was making them food. Two of us are gluten-free so I figured i’d try out something new, the Siete Grain-Free Hard Shell Tacos. Not only was I a fan but so were the ladies. They are actually melt in your mouth delicious and ingredients you can feel good about. They are currently sold online but I just saw our local Whole Foods selling them. Snag them quick, otherwise I will.
Favorite Fitness Products
I live and breathe fitness, and as my friends have known me to say “i’m like really into fitness.” So I figured since I’m in this space and get asked quite often about what I’m loving I figured I’d share some of my favorite fitness products for you. These products allowed me to stay fit this summer and will continue to help me feel comfortable all year long. Feel free to skim through, but I think you might like what I have to share.
I recently purchased these Cloudfoam Pure Shoes (currently 30% off) because I was having ankle/foot pain from constantly coaching and walking my dog in shoes that are probably 10 years old, yeah I’m not a big clothes/shoe shopper, so I end up long overdue for things like this. I found a good deal on these shoes and heard others who loved Adidas shoes, so I had to try for myself.
The verdict: I love them.
They are super easy to slip on when I need to rush to the gym or take the dog out quickly. Also, I’m not sure if it’s coincidental but my ankles/feet feel better. Who knew?! Ha! They are very lightweight and, they are (in my non-fashion-expert opinion) aesthetically pleasing.
Crop Top Workout Tops
Okay, I have to say, I was not a crop top fan until maybe last year. Part of it is that I thought crop tops were super revealing and that I didn’t know if I could pull them off. Let me tell you short ladies this, if you are my height (5’4″ ish) or under, crop tops are basically just normal length (in most brands) tank tops without the weird bunching at the bottom. AND you can pull off anything you want to, you just have to wear it, own it, and find comfort in it if thats what you want to wear.
Anywho, my friend has been selling these amazing crop tops and the style is my favorite. I’m thinking we need to collaborate and get some Sassy Shirts made, who’s in?!
Ok, the next two products make me sound like I drank the CrossFit kool-aid and maybe I did, but we are where we are. The Fleo shorts are so incredibly comfortable and I get complimented on them often, so I think if you are looking for a gym short that is form fitting, doesn’t move and is comfortable as all get out, Fleo is your go-to. My favorite ones are these but I have yet to be sad about anything that I’ve ordered from them.
NoBull High Tops
Last one for this edition. I was so hesitant to buy No Bull because of the price, HOWEVER they are well made and look amazing on. I was celebrating a big project being done (more on that later) so I decided to treat myself with these high tops and I have to say, NO REGERTS. They are comfortable just be warned to get them on you have to aggressively loosen the laces so you can slide your foot in. Once you get your foot in you probably won’t want to ever take them off, just know you’ve been warned.
Okay, that is a wrap. If you like learning about new food products and new fitness products let me know and I’ll keep sharing what I find for you guys.
In Summary Favorite Food & Fitness Products:
(for those who prefer to skim)
- Air Fryers
- Butcher Box
- Hoplark Hop Tea
- Kind Bar Nut Butter Filled Snacks
- Organic Valley’s Ultra-Filtered Milk
- Quinn’s Pretzels & Snacks
- Siete Grain-Free Hard Shell Tacos
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