Product Roundup: Immunity-Boosting Snacks and Beverages
A healthy body is key to a healthy mind, and vice versa.
While most immune-system–enhancing products that show up on vitamin store shelves are full of uncommon ingredients, many new food products that are designed to help the brain and body fire on all cylinders feature familiar items such as green tea, acai, avocado, kale, garlic, and even apple cider vinegar. All provide vital nutrients and combine exciting flavors. Here are some of the most immune–system–friendly foods and beverages on the market today.
10th Avenue Tea All-Natural Green Instant Tea Powder. This new green blend has been given a boost with organic ingredients for a complex layer of green tea and earthy matcha. The powder comes in a 2-ounce reusable, recyclable metal bottle and makes at least 60 servings. Add five shakes of the powder to your mug, then a cup of hot or cold water; no stirring required. 10thavenuetea.com
Agua Active Hydration Pomegranate Acai. A combination of two sophisticated fruits into one flavor-packed beverage, Pomegranate Acai offers modern flavors for the refined tastemaker. Formulated to support an active lifestyle and provide consumers with hydrating electrolytes and natural caffeine, each bottle is packed with vitamins and good-for-you antioxidants for natural energy and maximum hydration. drinkagua.com
Barnana Organic Dark Chocolate Chewy Banana Bites. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. Now the combination of chewy banana bites and organic dark chocolate is unbeat- able. Bananas covered in fair trade 66 percent cacao dark chocolate make a pure match of two smooth flavors, providing luscious chocolate and potassium-rich banana in every bite. They are USDA organic, non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, kosher, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly. barnana.com
Forager Greens and Avocado. A refresh-ingly rich symphony of cucumbers, celery, spinach, and avocados, and enlivened with lemon juice, this drink is seasoned with sea salt, spices, and a touch of olive oil for flavorful depth. The juice is cold-pressed using all-organic vegetables. foragerproject.com
GimMe Roasted Seaweed Snacks. Savory sheets of organic seaweed are roasted to crispy perfection, then seasoned with a pinch of sea salt for a full-flavored umami experience. The GimMe seaweed product lineup includes sea salt, sesame, and teriyaki. gimmehealth.com
Golden Brew Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic. The light, floral sweetness of wildflower honey and cinnamon is the perfect complement to the tartness of apple cider vinegar. Golden Brew microbrews its tea using whole organic tea leaves and unrefined organic honey, never using flavorings, refined sugars, extracts, or anything artificial, resulting in a tasty, healthy drink. dundeefruit.com
GoMacro Protein Replenishment Macro Bar. The key to a long and healthy life may be a macrobiotic diet, and that includes eating foods made with ingredients that are wholesome and nutritious. Simple and few ingredients make up the peanut butter Macro Bar: peanuts, peanut butter, and a plant-based protein blend from sprouted brown rice and peas. With 12 grams of protein, this bar is ideal for providing strength and energy before a hard workout, and will keep the body strong long after it’s over. No salt, no sugar, soy-free, vegan, and non-GMO. gomacro.com
Harmless Harvest Harmless Coconut Water. The coconuts used are young and uniquely fragrant, grown using organic agroforestry methods in Thailand. This coconut water provides naturally occurring antioxidants and potassium to keep the body replen- ished and hydrated. The multi-step micro-filtration process allows the great flavor and nutrients of the coconut water through, while keeping bacteria out. The new 8.75-ounce bottles use 24 percent less plastic than the 16 ounce, using next generation technology to provide unparalleled food quality and safety, and a longer shelf life. harmlessharvest.com
Herb Guru Immunity. A unique beverage made from healthy and all-natural herbs, this tasty drink soothes cold symptoms, stimulates circulation and boosts the immune system in one refreshing sip. Serve both hot and cold. herbgurubrand.com
Lesser Evil Superbites Kale and Roasted Garlic. A unique combination of health and flavor that stands out from the rest, these super bites are loaded with white beans, quinoa, lentils, and chia seeds for an energizing snack, as well as kale and roasted garlic for savory flavor. Yeast- gluten- wheat-, and corn-free. lesserevil.com
Sara Kay is content and education associate at the Specialty Food Association.
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