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Best in Nutrition & Beverages 2020

That’s It Fruit Bar

That’s It’s goal is simple - make eating healthy snacks easy and stress-free. All of their products are Non-GMO, vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and free from contamination from the top 12 food allergen groups. They don’t use added preservatives, colors, or added sugars through purees, concentrates, and juices. All of the bars contain 5 ingredients or less, eliminating all of the questions surrounding the health of these bars. Most of the fruit combinations are delicious so young and old will find their favorites. You can find them at most grocery stores nationally.

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Highclere Castle Gin

Famous around the world as "the real Downton Abbey," Highclere Castle is now the home of the award-winning Highclere Castle Gin. Using botanicals from its ancient gardens, Highclere Castle Gin is distilled in England’s oldest distillery to create an exceptionally smooth, super-premium London dry gin. Upcycling its historical gardens and tools to create world-class gin is what makes their case a lesson in sustainability. They have gone on to win several prestigious gold awards from the Critics Challenge and Proof Awards, a Double Gold from Sunset International Spirits Competition with a score of 95 points, and just recently 2 gold awards from the John BarleyCorn International Spirit Competition.

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Amazing Grass - Amazing Protein Glow

The collagen space is booming and we understand why. However, while collagen and bone broth powders are finding huge success in the protein powder aisle, there are limited plant-based alternatives to choose from. Enter Amazing Grass. This USDA Certified Organic, collagen-supporting supplement provides a plethora of plant-based eaters with an animal-free collagen solution. Each scoop features an array of superfood ingredients, like acerola cherry to maintain collagen synthesis and the adaptogenic holy basil, in tandem with 15 grams of plant-based protein to promote glowing skin, hair and nails while offering lean muscle recovery and repair.

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O’teas Organic Lemongrass, Ginger & Cinnamon

A conscious awakening has occurred across the globe. The movement towards ridding of single-use plastics grows each day. Oteas chooses natural, whole leaf tea ingredients and responsibly packages them, utilizing %100 Plastic Free, Plant-Based materials. Oteas is a unique sugar-free, whole leaf, whole herb, whole spice, tea line that houses our high-quality ingredients in sustainable packaging. Their packaging is certified Home Compostable and will break down in a backyard composting system in 4-6 weeks, leaving no trace and zero additions to the landfill (LOVE THIS!). We loved the combo of the lemongrass, ginger & cinnamon. It is a healing tea and a delight on the palate.

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Teeccino Maca Chocolaté Herbal Coffee

To all of the caffeine addicts out there, we aren’t judging you, who want to break free from the reliance on the stimulant and burden on your adrenals then you need to check out this company. Teeccino is a delicious blend of organic herbs like chicory, carob, dandelion or barley plus fruits and nuts that are roasted and ground to brew like coffee or steep like tea. All of their products contain the highest quality ingredients without any artificial flavors, preservatives, chemicals or stimulants like caffeine and sugar. A cup of Teeccino brims with many health benefits including natural energy from nutrients, heart-healthy potassium and prebiotic inulin.

Let us repeat: naturally caffeine-free – no processing or chemical residue, acid-free – helps restore alkaline balance, natural energy boost – from nutrients, not stimulants, and antioxidants.

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Mooala Organic Coconut Oatmilk

As the industry's first refrigerated organic oat milk to hit the U.S. market, Mooala Organic Coconut Oatmilk meets the need for a better-for-you oat milk. Created with USDA organic and non-GMO ingredients like toasted oats blended with coconut cream and a hint of cinnamon, Mooala Organic Coconut Oatmilk has no added sugar and only 50 calories per serving. The brand's latest innovation incorporates Mooala's signature core values—the oat milk is organic, soy-, dairy-, gluten- and carrageenan-free, with no preservatives added to help healthy shoppers enjoy their favorite foods guilt-free.

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Harvest Snaps’ Lightly Salted Green Pea Snack Crisps

You have probably seen these on a shelf near you. They are tasty, baked (never fried!), addicting, plant-based snack that features green peas as the #1 ingredient. The peas are milled in-house, cutting down on food waste and lowering the product’s carbon footprint. The packaging is also part of the TerraCycle® recycling program, which uses only circular methods (reuse, upcycling or recycling) for repurposing the waste that is collected. Nothing is sent to landfills or incinerated. Once collected, the packaging is broken down and separated by material. The flexible plastics are cleaned, shredded, and pelletized.

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Nature’s Garden Keto Snack Mix

Everyone is on board the keto craze will fall in love with this snack to-go. This Keto Certified, Nature’s Garden Keto Snack Mix is specifically designed to offer the keto community a delicious treat with that coveted crunch factor! Featuring probiotics that are proven to shed belly fat and support digestive wellness, they’re committed to creating snacks that are functional, healthy, and ensure that everyone can snack with a purpose! The company offers incredible customer service and promises to deliver on all its snack varieties.

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Right Rice Cajun Spice

RightRice is Re-Inventing the Rice Aisle. Last year’s winners took the supermarkets by storm, and now they are back with some bold new flavors. What’s your favorite? The Cajun Spice. While the rice entrée options that have existed for decades are high in sodium and made with artificial ingredients, RightRice Medleys are made using real herbs and spices (rather than a lot of salt) to deliver flavor and are non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and low glycemic. Cajun Spice highlights the bold flavors of New Orleans with savory onion, garlic, herbs, and a touch of spice. In just under 12 minutes to cook, this is going to be your favorite rice alternative.

Giving back is a core part of the brand’s DNA. Following the launch, RightRice became the first food and beverage brand to join the Pledge 1%, donating 1% of the company to No Kid Hungry, as the first part of its partnership to help battle childhood hunger.

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Fressko LIFT Glass Tea Infuser Flask

The LIFT Glass Tea Infuser Flask is simply beautiful. The design alone makes it a must-have. What makes Fressko design extra unique is the included 2 in 1 infuser which creates added versatility. Not only can you steep tea using the long infuser component, but you can also create icy cold, delicious fruit infusions by simply using the short filter component. Made by Fressko has created a range of BPA Free, highly versatile, and sustainable insulated drink bottles. This one is a double-walled glass container with a bamboo lid ensuring your drink will still be cold or hot for hours.

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Once Again Nut Butter Organic Lightly Sweetened Sunflower Butter

You will frequently find yourself, Once Again, in front of your refrigerator contemplating what you will spread this delicious nut butter on to. Once Again’s organic lightly sweetened sunflower butter is a wholesome spread that features clean, simple ingredients like organic sunflower seeds and organic sunflower oil, with a touch of organic cane sugar and salt. The product is processed in a peanut-free facility and is an alternative to peanut butter for those who have allergies. In addition to being certified-organic, the product is Non-GMO Project Verified, certified gluten-free, Kosher, and vegan. Once Again’s lightly sweetened sunflower butter is also part of the brand’s Honest in Trade program.

Once Again utilizes a flatter supply chain that is streamlined in the way that commodities are grown, purchased, and distributed. Farmworkers are negotiated with directly and receive above fair-trade market prices. The company starts co-ops in developing countries, helping to address issues of economic crisis and poverty. It was the first peanut company in the world to get SQF (Safe Quality Foods) certified. And they use recycled glass jars for all of their packagings.

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MAGICdATES - Original Lemon Bites

Looking for a way to curb that sugar craze and feel good about it? The owners of Magic Dates are advocates for a whole-food diet and minimally processed diet and believe that sugar can be enjoyed in its whole form, straight from nature. That's why they create a delicious snack that is indulgent, yet good-for-you with NO added sugar or dairy. The lemon bites have the perfect balance of flavor and are quite satiating limiting the urge for over-snacking. Refined sugar is harming our health and causing a global pandemic. They believe that dates, nature's candy, are the answer to enjoying something sweet without the guilt or damage to the body. They are the perfect snack in between meals or before or after a workout.

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