Watching Your Weight? Here’s How Protein Can Help

Protein, which builds pretty much all of the tissues in our body (think muscles, organs, and even hair), is a key part of any healthy diet—but it’s especially important for people who want to build muscle or shed body fat (or both!).

How much protein you eat—and when you eat it—can help you reach your health and fitness goals. You just have to know how to use it! Watch the following video for the full run-down on how protein can help you manage your weight, and try a supplement (like the new MyTrition Natural Protein Blend) to meet your needs!

 

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4 Easy Ways To Use Aromatherapy Blends For Self-Care

Whether you want to relax your muscles or energize your senses, you can level up your self-care routine naturally with essential oil blends!

All you have to do is choose which of Mytrition‘s new aromatherapeutic oil blends best fits your mood. Need a pick-me-up? The Energy blend, which is loaded with refreshing citrus oils, will perk you right up. Trying to chill out? The Relax blend combines all sorts of soothing oils, like lavender, sage, chamomile, rose, and sandalwood, to help you unwind. When you need to clear your head and get down to business, oils like eucalyptus, ginger, and lemon in the Clarity blend will help you focus. And, of course, when it’s time to hit the hay, the Dream blend‘s lavender, frankincense, and ylang ylang will practically sing you to sleep.

What are the best ways to use these mind- and body-loving oil blends? Check out these four easy methods.

 

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Need An Energy Boost? Sip On One Of These Kombucha Mocktails

Few things are as satisfying as a fun, flavorful cocktail (or two). But the resulting hangover and/or sugar crash? Not so much.

So, in the name of health—and deliciousness—we created four mocktails that will not only look awesome and taste sinfully good, but also boost your energy instead of tanking it. Made with feel-good ingredients like kombucha and fruit, and our go-to energy drinks and mixes, these mocktails are totally happy hour-worthy. Seriously, go ahead and mix one up right at your desk. Trust us, you won’t miss the alcohol one bit.

Turmeric & Pineapple ‘Rise & Shine’

This sunrise-hued drink’s flavor is just as warm as its color. The rock-star here: BodyTech’s Pineapple Flash Point Preworkout Concentrate. Half a scoop gives the drink a kick of 125 milligrams of caffeine and tons of tropical flavor, without the sugar.

 

Ingredients:
½ cup Voss sparkling water
½ cup AquaVitea turmeric sunrise kombucha
½ scoop BodyTech Pineapple Flash Point (it’s BOGO 50% off in April!)
Orange slice for glass
Ice cubes

Combine sparkling water, kombucha, and Flash Point powder. Stir thoroughly, pour over ice, and garnish your glass with an orange slice.

Plum & Ginger ‘Sassy & Classy’

Craving something sweet? This fruity mocktail, complete with muddled plum and Isopure Alpine Punch Anytime Energy (which provides a mild 50 milligrams of caffeine, along with focus-boosting l-theanine and herbs), will do the trick.

Ingredients:
½ cup Voss sparkling water
½ cup AquaVitea Ginger Kombucha
½ scoop Isopure Alpine Punch Anytime Energy
1 plum
Ice cubes

Muddle a slice or two of plum in the bottom of a glass and add ice. Separately, mix sparkling water, kombucha, and Anytime Energy. Pour the mixture over the ice and muddled plum, and enjoy!

Black Cherry & Basil ‘Dark & Stormy’

When you’re feeling fancy, this twist on a classic is a total crowd-pleaser. It packs a superfood punch thanks to antioxidant-packed tart cherry juice, along with a smooth energy boost from Isopure’s Cherry Lime Anytime Energy.

Ingredients:
½ cup Voss sparkling water
½ cup AquaVitea kombucha
2 tsp Dynamic Health Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate
2 basil leaves
½ scoop Isopure Cherry Lime Anytime Energy
2 black cherries
Ice cubes

Muddle the cherries in the bottom of a glass and add ice. Separately, mix the sparkling water, kombucha, tart cherry juice, and Anytime Energy. Pour the over mixture over the ice and muddled cherries, and garnish the glass with a basil leaf or two.

Blue Raspberry & Lime ‘Light Me Up’

This sweet and sour mix is powered by Betancourt Nutrition’s Blue Raspberry B-Nox To-Go Pre-Workout, which supports energy and endurance—so it’s the perfect day-drinking option when you need a boost. Just looking at this bright beverage will perk you right up.

Ingredients:
¾ cup Voss lime mint sparkling water
¼ cup Betancourt Nutrition Blue Raspberry B-Nox To-Go
5 raspberries
lime slice for glass
Ice cubes

Combine sparkling water and B-Nox. Pour over ice and stir in the raspberries. Garnish with a lime slice.

Related: 5 Signs You Need A Break From Caffeine

3 Ways To Make Your Essential Oils Work Harder

Whether it’s a eucalyptus-infused towel, lavender-scented pillowcase, or citrus candle next to the tub, essential oils can make us feel everything from energized to relaxed to just plain luxurious.

Our favorite oils are more than just smell-goods, though! In fact, essential oils have some very practical, everyday uses.

These three blends, using Aura Cacia essential oils like bergamot, sweet orange, and tea tree, will give your cleaning routines an au-naturale upgrade. Use them to freshen up any room, wipe down the kitchen counter, and keep that yoga mat from smelling funky.

 

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3 Quick Ways To Level Up Your Pre-Workout

Is your pre-workout working as hard as you are? With a little DIY chemistry, you can customize your usual formula with single-ingredient add-ins to give it more of the oomph you’re looking for.

Want pump and endurance? Try adding extra l-citrulline or l-arginine AKG. Muscle recovery and gains? There’s betaine anhydrous for that.

Here’s exactly how to max out the potential of your pre-workout supp using the performance-supporting ingredients from BodyTech‘s Alchemist Series.

 

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These Are NOT Your Easter Bunny’s Peanut Butter Cups

Whether it’s Reese’s Egg season or not, chocolate and peanut butter always satisfy our most monstrous cravings. Unfortunately, the sweet and salty PB cups come at a high price: A two-pack costs you 220 calories and 22 grams of sugar from ingredients like milk fat, sugar, dextrose (which is also sugar), emulsifiers, and couple of preservatives. Not exactly squeaky clean.

But don’t worry, there is a better way! Leave those orange-packaged cups in the supermarket checkout shelf and whip up these guilt-free chocolate peanut butter cups, instead. Made with cacao powder, coconut oil, and high-protein peanut butter—and sweetened with maple syrup— these PB cups are as feel-good as they are delicious. And did we mention they’re surprisingly easy to make? Check ’em out.

 

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3 Ways To Satisfy Your Sugar Cravings On Keto

The keto diet grows more and more popular by the day—but practically eliminating carbs in favor of fat can seem like a daunting task. And, let’s be honest, the thought of always taking your coffee without your favorite sweet creamer or never eating another ice cream cone is outright depressing.

Unless, of course, you find a way to keto-ify your favorite treats. These recipes, using BPI SportsKeto Bomb powdered ketogenic creamer and Keto Aminos amino acid powder, contain exogenous ketones to support fat-burning while satisfying all your sugar cravings.

French Vanilla Keto Coffee

Here’s what you’ll need:

Add the brewed coffee, coconut oil, and Keto Bomb to a blender. Pulse for just five to 10 seconds and enjoy! (Makes one serving.)

Calories: 233  • Sodium: 100 mg  • Fat: 24 g  • Carbohydrate: 4 g • Protein: 0 g • Sugar: 0 g • Fiber: 0 g

Watermelon keto ice cream

Here’s what you’ll need:

Add the coconut milk to a food processor and blend. Once smooth, add the chopped watermelon and blend again until fully pureed. Then, add the Keto Aminos, coconut oil, stevia drops, and cream of tartar. Blend on a high speed until everything is smooth and creamy.

Pour into a bread pan lined with parchment paper (or two small Tupperware containers). Freeze for two and a half to three hours. Then, use a spoon to scrape down the sides and stir the mixture until even. Freeze another hour or two, then serve and enjoy!

Store any leftovers in the freezer. Re-blend the ice cream in the food processor until smooth and creamy before serving. (Makes four servings.)

Calories: 250  • Sodium: 20 mg  • Fat: 24 g  • Carbohydrate: 5 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 6 g • Fiber: 0 g

Vanilla Cream Keto Dream smoothie

Here’s what you’ll need:

Add only the thick, top part of the chilled coconut milk (about one cup) to a blender. (Discard the bottom, watery layer.) Then, add the Keto Bomb, coconut oil, crushed ice, and vanilla extract. Blend on high until all of the ice is processed and the smoothie becomes thick, about one to two minutes. Enjoy! (Makes two servings.)

Calories: 340  • Sodium: 75 mg  • Fat: 33 g  • Carbohydrate: 5 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 0 g • Fiber: 0 g

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What Happened When 6 Whey Lovers Did A Blind Plant Protein Taste Test

We know what you’re thinking: Plant-based proteins taste like dirt. Ten years ago (um, okay, maybe five) that may have been true, but today’s plant proteins are smoother and tastier than ever—so good, in fact, that whey has some serious competition.

Whether dairy bothers your stomach, you live the vegan life, or your morning smoothie is itching for an upgrade, plant protein is just waiting to win you over.

We put a bunch of whey devotees in a room to prove once and for all that plant protein is seriously good—and we’re willing to bet that their three favorite picks from our blind taste test will make converts out of you, too.

 

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Plant Protein

With 24 grams of protein, four grams of BCAAs and four grams of glutamine, Optimum Nutrition pulls out all the stops in making sure their plant protein is as muscle-friendly as their whey. Made with a variety of plant-based proteins—from peas, brown rice, sacha inchi nuts, quinoa, and chia—and naturally flavored and sweetened, Optimum Nutrition’s plant protein was the across-the-board favorite of our taste-testers. The vanilla’s pleasant ‘note of cinnamon’ and the chocolate’s ‘mocha-y vibe’ make these proteins delicious when mixed with plain ol’ water. Once you’re hooked, try the berry flavor.

 

Orgain Organic Plant-Based Protein Powder

One of the OGs in plant protein game, Orgain has mastered the texture and flavor of their brown rice-, chia-, hemp-, and pea-based proteins. A two-scoop serving offers 21 grams of protein and five grams of fiber for just one gram of sugar. (It’s sweetened with a variety of ingredients, like erythritol, stevia, and monkfruit.) Multiple taste-testers identified it as the closest to whey, thanks to its thick, creamy texture. In addition to creamy chocolate fudge and sweet vanilla bean, the peanut butter and iced matcha latte flavors are also scrumptious with every sip.

 

Garden Of Life Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein

One of our testers loved Garden of Life Sport’s plant protein so much she now swears she’ll never take another protein home. This buzzy protein packs everything the most active us could need from a protein supplement, including 30 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of BCAAs, five grams of glutamine, probiotics, tart cherry, and turmeric. The chocolate and vanilla flavors are simple and un-messed-with; our taste-testers said they’d drink them both with H20 and in smoothies.

Blind Taste Test: Which Natural Proteins Reigned Supreme?

The clean eating trend is no longer just for hippies and health nuts. And if you’re looking for a cleaner, meaner whey protein supplement, you’ve got plenty of options. But can a shake really exude the spirit of a chocolate fudge brownie or vanilla ice cream without artificial flavors and sweeteners? Yes, friends. Yes, it can.

We gathered a bunch of whey lovers in one room to taste test shake after shake (chocolate and vanilla), and pit the latest and greatest natural proteins against each other.

Here were their top picks.

 

Garden Of Life Organic Grass-Fed Whey Protein

Garden of Life has finally gifted us all with a line of organic whey proteins. Our expectations of the latest product from the leader in super-clean, natural supplements were high, but we weren’t disappointed: Both the chocolate cacao and vanilla flavors were crowd favorites. The vanilla had a ‘buttery vanilla flavor’ that our taste-testers compared to vanilla pudding, and said they could sip on all day. Meanwhile, the chocolate boasted a ‘pleasant, genuine cocoa flavor.’ Garden of Life uses ingredients like organic cacao, organic vanilla flavor, sea salt, and organic stevia for flavor that’s rich (but real!) and a serving packs 21 grams of protein.

Want to mix things up? Try the strawberry or peanut butter flavors.

 

Optimum Nutrition Naturally-Flavored Gold Standard 100% Whey

It was only a matter of time before protein giant Optimum Nutrition launched a natural whey protein—and no surprise that it was another taste test winner. With 24 grams of protein and 5.5 grams of BCAAs, it packs all the muscle-building power of your favorite Gold Standard, but swaps out artificial sweeteners for good ol’ sugar (just four grams a serving, don’t worry). Taste-testers loved the smooth, subtly sweet flavor of the vanilla and compared the chocolate to hot cocoa.

 

Isopure Natural Whey Protein Isolate

With just three grams of carbs and a solid 25 grams of protein per scoop, Isopure’s natural protein also swaps artificial flavors and sweeteners for sugar. The testers’ taste buds loved Isopure’s slightly thicker consistency, along with the caramel vibe of the vanilla flavor.

Isopure also packs added vitamins and minerals—including B vitamins, calcium, and magnesium—for a more nutritionally-balanced refuel. Win win!

13 Fun Protein Snacks For When You’re Bored Of Bars

Protein bars help us reach our daily protein needs, satisfy our appetites, and squash sugar cravings when we don’t have time to sit down for a meal. But like any other routine, at some point your usual bar gets kind of, well, stale.

Switching things up can keep your taste buds entertained and your fitness results on track, and there are tons of fun and portable high-protein eats out there to help you do it. Here are 13 of our favorites—cookies, popcorn, chips, and brownies all included.

 

1. Buff Bake Protein Sandwich Cookies

Whether you bite straight into sandwich cookies or twist to eat the icing first, you’ll be satisfied by Buff Bake’s new cleaned-up version of this sweet classic. Made with ingredients you can recognize, like dry-roasted peanuts, whey protein, gluten-free oat flour, whole eggs, and organic cane sugar, Buff Bake’s sandwich cookies are guilt-free as can be. If PB isn’t your style, try Snickerdoodle or Double Chocolate.

 

2. Quest Protein Cookies

You already love their bars, and you’re going to love their cookies. Quest’s new Oatmeal Raisin, Double Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip protein cookies pack 15 grams of protein and nine grams of fiber but less than one gram of sugar. They’re soft, chewy, and gluten-free.

 

3. Power Crunch Wafer Cookie Protein Bars

These may look like bars on the outside, but take a bite of any one of Power Crunch’s 10 dessert-worthy flavors (including Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter Fudge) and you’ll become a believer in their layers of wafer cookie and creamy filling. With 14 grams of protein and just five grams of sugar per bar, they’re basically a Kit Kat’s older, more ripped sibling.

 

4. Nuts ‘N More High-Protein Cookie Butter Spread

Whether you’re topping rice cakes or apple slices, or just dunking your spoon in the jar, this protein-loaded (12 grams a serving) cookie butter spread will be your new go-to. After all, it contains about six grams of sugar less than your average cookie butter.

 

5. ProSupps MyCookie Protein Cookies

Raw cookie dough lovers will dig the soft, chewy texture of ProSupps’ MyCookies. The cookies’ seven flavors include Carrot Cake and Iced Lemon Pound Cake in addition to the usual crowd-pleasers so you can satisfy every craving under the sun (and muscle up with 18 grams of protein).

 

6. ThinkThin Protein Cakes

No sweet tooth can get in the way of your weight-loss goals with these low-sugar, high-protein cakes from ThinkThin on your side. The two bite-sized, chocolate-covered cakes make for a great afternoon pick-me-up or dessert.

 

7. Bhu Fit Protein Cookies

Plant-based eaters and carnivores alike will appreciate these vegan protein cookies. Made with organic cashews, plant protein, and sweetened with monk fruit and stevia, these cookies are perfectly crumbly and clean as can be—and they’re loaded with nine grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein.

 

8. Lenny & Larry’s Muscle Brownies

Already a fan of Lenny & Larry’s protein cookies? You’re going to want to try their brownies. Whether you go for Triple Chocolate, Peanut Butter, or Cookies and Cream, you’ll load up on 10 grams of protein while enjoying the rich flavor and texture of those homemade box mix brownies.

 

9. Quest Sour Cream And Onion Protein Chips

When you’re craving salt but need to hit your protein goals, swap your usual dessert-inspired bar for something crunchy, savory, and equally macro-friendly: protein chips. Quest’s sour cream and onion chips are just 120 calories and contain a whopping 21 grams of protein, with just five grams of carbs, zero fat, and all the eye-watering sour cream and onion flavor you could ever want.

 

10. MHP Chocolate High-Protein Pudding

Satisfy your inner-child and fuel your fit lifestyle with MHP’s protein pudding. This ready-to-eat treat offers 30 grams of protein (for zero sugar) and is thick and creamy enough to keep you satisfied. It’s a welcome change of pace when you’ve been chomping on bars day in and day out.

 

11. Icon Meals Protein Popcorn

Sweet, salty, and crunchy all at once, you’d swear this protein popcorn belongs in the candy aisle. And while Icon Meals’ extravagantly-flavored popcorns are a little more indulgent (they’re sweetened with real sugar), you can treat yourself knowing you’re also scoring an extra 10 grams of protein. Your taste buds will also go berserk for the Banana Split, Chocolate Mint, and Canadian Maple flavors.

 

12. Optimum Nutrition Protein Cake Bites

ON’s protein cake bites (they pack 20 grams of protein) are the perfect fitness-focused treat when cake pops and coffee shop baked goods are calling your name. Available in flavors like Birthday Cake, Chocolate Frosted Donut, and Red Velvet, these truffle-like bites have a satisfying, chewy texture—and they’re just plain fun to eat.

 

13. Enlightened Marshmallow Treats

Few vending machine temptations even come close to competing with the appeal of sticky, sweet marshmallow treats. With 15 grams of protein, nine grams of fiber, and nine grams of sugar, Enlightened Foods’ take on crispy marshmallow treats offers a more balanced alternative than what’s lurking in your office vending machine.

Have Your Cake And Eat It Too With These 3 Protein Cake Pop Recipes

It’s a universal truth that sweets in mini, bite-sized form are more fun. And that certainly includes cake.

Still, small as they may be, cake pops are still typically just itty-bitty carb bombs. That’s where protein comes to the rescue. Bake a fun-flavored protein into cake pops and you can whip up cute, more macro-friendly treats for the next time cravings strike.

Get your red velvet, chocolate peanut butter, or cookies and cream fix with these recipes from Andréa Marchese of Andréa’s Protein Cakery. You’ll never spend six bucks on a coffee shop pop again.

1. Cookies & Cream Protein Cake Pops

These sandwich cookie-inspired pops are made with BodyTech Whey Tech Pro 24 Cookies and Cream protein, unsweetened almond milk, almond flour, baking powder, stevia powder, and Newman-O sandwich cookies. 

 

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cake Pops

Satisfy your PB cup cravings with these pops, made with BodyTech Whey Tech Pro 24 Vanilla proteinsmooth peanut buttersemi-sweet chocolate chipsunsweetened almond milk, almond flour, baking powder, and stevia powder.

 

3. Red Velvet Protein Cake Pops

Your sweet tooth will thank you for these velvety treats, made with BodyTech Whey Tech Pro 24 Red Velvet proteinunsweetened almond milk, almond flour, baking powder, and stevia powder.

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Try This Skin-Loving DIY Charcoal And Turmeric Face Mask

You’ve got a lot going on this holiday season, from office parties to New Year’s celebrations—so why not treat yourself to a facial with this decadent DIY mask? It’s got all the natural ingredients you know and love, like apple cider vinegar (which can tone your skin), turmeric (which can soothe your skin), and tea tree oil (which can cleanse your skin). Plus, it includes two buzzy beauty products everyone should have in their arsenal: Aztec Secret’s Indian Healing Clay and Ancient Earth Secrets’ Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder. 

You’ll need:

Ready for healthy, glowing skin? Watch this video for step-by-step instructions:

Snacking Stuffers For Everyone In Your Life

Flowers and concert tickets are always welcome, but the true way to anyone’s heart is by way of delicious snacks. This year, skip the snowman-shaped mugs, corny key-chains, and patterned socks, and stuff everyone’s stockings with eats and treats, instead.

Everyone from your gym-junkie brother to your eco-conscious sister-in-law will be overjoyed as they sink their teeth into these out-of-the-box snacks. Our top 12 snacking stuffers will satisfy every sweet, salty, and crunchy craving—all without compromising waistlines.

1. Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Kettle Corn, $3.99

Cuddle up with a classic movie or get the party started with this sweet and salty holiday snack. Since Angie’s popcorn is made with simple, real ingredients like cane sugar and cocoa powder, you can feel good about licking every last bit of that chocolate-marshmallow drizzle off your fingers.

2. Kettle Bran Moscow Mule Potato Chips, $3.39

We know what you’re thinking, but trust us when we say that one of these crunchy, thick-cut chips will make you a believer that cocktail-flavored snacks can be a good idea. Every bite is such a perfect explosion of salt, lime, and ginger that you won’t even miss the vodka.

3. Barnana Organic Chocolate Chewy Banana Bites, $53.99 for 12 bags

This potassium-packed snack is a great sweet tooth-satisfier for candy lovers and health nuts alike. Okay, these bites may not count as a serving of fruit, but they sure are a high-quality alternative to our usual chocolatey sweet treats.

4. Quest Cheddar And Sour Cream Protein Chips, $19.99 for 8 bags

For a salty, cheesy snack that doesn’t totally wreck the day’s macros, fit-focused eaters need look no further than Quest’s iconic protein chips. For 120 calories, a bag contains a whopping 21 grams of protein, with just two grams of fat and five grams of carbs. Good luck finding anything in the snack aisle that even comes close!

5. No Cow Vanilla Maple Frosting Almond Fluffbutter, $12.79

No Cow’s fluffbutter makes the perfect addition to any nut butter enthusiast’s collection. Two tablespoons offer 11 grams of protein thanks to a little boost from pea protein, and the vanilla maple frosting flavor is every bit as decadent as it sounds—all for just one gram of sugar!

6. Ostrim Beef Elk Habanero Sticks, $18.99 for 10

When high-protein is high-priority, supplements aren’t your only on-the-go option. Ostrim’s beef and elk sticks are hearty, flavorful, and tender—and easy to stash in your backpack, briefcase, or gym bag. Plus, each 90-calorie stick packs 14 grams of protein.

7. Endangered Species Chocolate Company Extreme Dark Chocolate, $29.99 for 12 bars

This 88-percent cocoa bar is the ultimate pick for dark chocolate lovers—and comes with a purpose. Endangered Species Chocolate Co. uses ethically-traded cacao and donates 10 percent of profits to support endangered animals and their habitats. It’s a do-good, taste-good power combo.

8. Nuts ‘N More Birthday Cake High-Protein Peanut Butter, $11.99

Have your cake and eat it, too, with this sprinkle-filled nut butter. At 14 grams of protein per serving (but the same number of calories as your average PB), Nuts ‘N More’s birthday cake spread is a fun addition to any smoothie or slice of toast—but we usually eat ours straight out of the jar with a spoon.

9. Enlightened Sweet Cinnamon Bean Crisps, $2.99

Add crunch, protein, and sweetness to oatmeal, yogurt, or homemade trail mix with Enlightened’s bean crisps. Made from roasted fava beans, these bad boys are coated in just enough cocoa, cane sugar, and sea salt, and offer seven grams of protein and a solid six grams of fiber per serving. Crunch on that!

10. FlapJacked Double Chocolate Mighty Muffin, $3.19

Baking is hard—unless you’re stirring water into a FlapJacked Mighty Muffin cup, popping it in the microwave, and enjoying a warm, gooey muffin just minutes later. Every 220-calorie muffin comes with 20 grams of protein, six grams of fiber, and a dose of probiotics—so go ahead and spread the joy of baked goods this season!

11. Icon Meals Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Protein Popcorn, $9.99

Chocolate-covered popcorn is one of the most beautiful sweet-and-salty combos out there. Icon Meals’ protein popcorns make this treat a little more balanced by adding 10 grams of protein to every sticky, candy-coated serving. Set this stuff out in the party bowl and it’ll disappear in five minutes flat.

12. Buff Bake Snickerdoodle Almond Butter, $12.99

If our favorite cinnamon-y cookie and go-to nut butter had a baby, it’d be Buff Bake’s Snickerdoodle spread. The high-protein nut butta’ (13 grams per serving) is made with just a few simple ingredients: roasted almonds, whey protein, coconut palm sugar, cinnamon, coconut oil, chia seeds, and flax seeds. We’re so obsessed, we spread it on everything—even snickerdoodle cookies themselves.

Shop stockings-worth of yummy snacks. 

This 5-Move Kettlebell Circuit Works Every Muscle

What’s super-time efficient, challenges your entire body, and requires just one piece of equipment? This kettlebell workout from Nike trainer Kara Liotta!

Here’s what you do: Grab a ‘bell, perform each of the five moves below, rest for 30 seconds, and repeat. Churn out three or four rounds total and, voila, you’re done. This circuit fires up everything from your arms to your core to your legs, sky-rockets your heart rate, and leaves you dripping with sweat.

 

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Gifts For The People Who Make Your Life Easier

You know those people who keep your life running when you can’t get your to-do lists straight? Whether it’s your on-the-ball assistant, motivating fitness trainer, or hair colorist who doubles as your therapist, these special folks warrant a special gift that says I value you. Here are a few to choose from.

1. Evolution Salt Co’s Himilayan Salt Lamp, $13.79


For the person who always has your back, this gift offers warm, radiating light for their own self-care. Perfect for creating a relaxing, subdued ambience in their office, bedroom, or living room, salt lamp lovers swear by their ability to cleanse the air of pollutants—which you can read all about right here.

2. Evolution Salt Co’s Himalayan Crystal Fire Bowl Salt Lamp, $35.99


If your recipient already has a salt lamp—and many people do, because they’re awesome!—why not give them their first salt lamp bowl? These pretty crystalline lamps can be used at the office or even as a nightlight. Bonus: They can be left on 24 hours a day without skyrocketing your electricity bill.

3. Now Foods Lavender Essential Oil, $26.99


Lavender oil is known for its relaxing, soothing, and calming qualities—perfect for that someone who always keeps your head on straight when things get crazy. If you’re unsure about essential oils, you can read all about them right here—from how to use them to what they actually do.

4. Nubian Heritage African Black Soap, $4.29


Treat someone special to a pampering skin experience. Used to detox and purify the skin, this natural soap is made with shea butter, oats, vitamin E, papaya, and other goodies. It exfoliates the skin without stripping it of its oils, which is key—especially during the harsh winter months.

5. Soi Company’s Soy Lavender Candle, $26.95


Give the gift of relaxation with this lavender-scented candle. It boasts a whopping 140 hours of burn-time, which means your gift will go the distance. Plus, lavender is a soothing scent, perfect for those after-work downtime hours or lazy weekends.

6. Aiya America’s Ceremonial Matcha Gift Set, $69.99


For the person who makes your life simpler, easier, and happier, why not give them some matcha love? With this tea set, they’ll get a tin of matcha tea (packed with antioxidants!), bowl for drinking, whisk, scoop, tea tin, and ceremonial tea-making instructional DVD. Each bowl is handcrafted in Japan.

7. Desert Essence Jojoba Oil, $9.89


This gloriously-hydrating oil is a hit with all beauty junkies. Made from natural plant extracts, it can be used as post-shower body oil, makeup remover, hair mask, or even as a scalp moisturizer. Plus, it’s got no synthetic or gross ingredients. A little goes a long way.

8. Takeya Thermoflask, $24.29

This is the sleekest, most well-designed bottle out there—perfect for anyone who works out, travels, or is always on the run. So, you know, just about everyone. With its leak-proof lid and easy-to-drink spout, it’s perfect for carrying or hanging off a bag.

Shop the full selection of gifts for people who make your life easier at VitaminShoppe.com.

Gifts For The Hipsters In Your Life

We all have that friend—the one with the trendy but laid-back wardrobe, who listens to the cool new bands and bakes vegan chocolate cookies. Whoever this person is—your brother, sister, co-worker—they deserve a thoughtful, unique gift that reflects their creative, independent spirit. Here’s your very own hipster-approved, totally hand-curated gift list. It’s, like, super bespoke, you guys.

1. SheaMoisture Beard Softener & Skin Protector, 10.99


This one’s for the coolest guy you know, with his flowing facial hair and a serious dedication to keeping it looking effortlessly good. A small price to pay for the envy he’ll draw.

2. Badger’s Beard Grooming Kit, $29.99


Let’s say your hipster buddy wants to crank his facial hair maintenance up a notch. This grooming kit is for the gent who also wants to keep those stray hairs in check. First he’ll apply the leave-in oil to his beard, followed by the balm (about a pea-sized dollop) in order to give it shape and hold. Bonus: Its pocket size means it’s travel friendly!

3. Evolution Salt Co.’s Himalayan Salt Lamp, $13.79


For the hipster who likes to work or play in a relaxing, inspired environment, a salt lamp is key. Enthusiasts of these decorative lamps say they also offer health-boosting perks, like cleansing the air and providing a respite from the damaging blue light of our phones and computers. Mostly, though, they’re just really pretty.

4. The Dirt’s Oil Pulling Mouthwash, $18.99


Why only brush your teeth when you can also promote extra mouth cleanliness with oil pulling? If you’ve not heard of this oral health trend, rest assured your hipster friend has. It keeps your breath fresh, your lips soft, and it may reduce germs, too. And, it’s full of wonderfully-scented essential oils, like pepperminttea tree, and rose.

5. Green Foods Organic Matcha Green Tea, $14.99


Perfect for the hipster who gave up coffee or who simply wants to dial up their intake of health-boosting antioxidants, this soy-, dairy-, gluten- and GMO-free green tea is the perfect mixture of tasty and rejuvenating. Just mix with six-eight ounces of cold or hot water—and voila! You’ve got a super-delicious treat. P.S. It can be used to make smoothies, cookies, and puddings, too.

6. SpaRoom’s Aromaharmony Diffuser, $59.99

Prepare to give your best gift ever. This brilliant machine blends music and fragrance (yep, you heard that correctly) for an ultra-sensory, totally relaxing experience. The AromaHarmony speaker works alongside a diffuser so you can chill out to instrumental guitar while surrounded by calming scents. Folk rock and lavender, anyone?

7. Takeya’s Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, $23.79


Cold brew is the newest (and coolest) coffee craze, no matter the season. Most people like their coffee hot or cold—as long as it’s strong. And cold brew leaves behind a potent, clean coffee without the bitter, acidic flavors you tend to get when brewing normally.

8. Nutribiotic Rice Protein, $33.59


Not everyone eats meat or drinks dairy, so it can be hard to get all the protein necessary to feel strong, mentally alert, and ready for the day. With this vegan and gluten-free rice protein, you can gift someone a supplement that keeps them healthy and happy—while tasting delicious, thanks to its vanilla flavoring.

9. Orgain’s Smooth Chocolate, $37.99 for 12 drinks


We’ve got the chocolate lovers out there covered, too. With Orgain’s high-protein vegan nutritional shake, you’ll gift someone plant protein (16 grams per drink) galore. It’s made with organic brown rice, hemp, chia, and pea protein, ingredients sure to get any hipster excited. Yum!

10. D’s Naturals No Cow Bars, $29.99 for 12 bars


Everyone—not just hipsters—loves healthy food that also tastes great. After all, you shouldn’t have to skimp on flavor in order to eat well. With this yummy lemon meringue bar, you’ll get 22 grams of plant protein with only one gram of sugar. It’s also got probiotics in there, so your gut can feel good, too. Perfect as a post-run snack or during a concert in the park.

Shop the full selection of gifts for hipsters at VitaminShoppe.com.

Gifts For The Beauty Junkies In Your Life

Whether you’re seeking a few items for your vegan sister, who uses all-natural products exclusively, or your mom, who’s constantly on the search for the best hydrating facial crème, you’re in luck. This holiday season, get the beauty junkie in your life some thoughtful, top-quality, and inexpensive products that are praised by bloggers and flying off The Vitamin Shoppe shelves.

1. Aztec Secret Bentonite Aztec Healing Clay, $8.79

A.k.a. “the world’s most powerful facial,” as it claims on the packaging. Made with 100 percent natural calcium bentonite clay, which is thought to absorb excess oils and dirt from the skin, you’ll literally feel your face pulsating as the stuff does its work. Mix it with equal parts raw apple cider vinegar (we recommend Braggs—see below) or water for the perfect mask.

2. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, $6.99

Whether you’ll be purchasing this as a set (along with the Aztec Secret Bentonite Aztec Healing Clay) or on its own, you really can’t ever go wrong with ACV. This natural, inexpensive elixir of life is beloved by health and beauty enthusiasts worldwide, since it contains plenty of vitamins and minerals along with antioxidants. (Here’s everything you can do with it to support good health (and good looks!).

3. Reviva’s Alpha-Lipoic Acid cream, $18.99

This miracle cream is loaded with antioxidants alpha lipoic acid and vitamin C, which can help keep skin looking firm, healthy, and supple. It’s blended with Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, which boosts its anti-aging magic, too, by decreasing the appearance of those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Derma E’s Hydrating Night Cream, $29.99

What did your grandmother always tell you? Yep, that’s it: “Don’t skip your night cream!” She was right, since the stuff keeps your face looking oh-so hydrated and glow-y. Derma E’s Hydrating Night Cream feeds the skin hyaluronic acid (a natural substance that supports hydration), vitamins, and aloe.

5. Vital Proteins’ Lavender Lemon Collagen Beauty Water, $49.99

This one’s for your most dutiful skin-care buff. Made with marine collagen peptides, which help to keep our skin supple, organic ingredients (like lavender, lemon, beets, and honey), probiotics, and hyaluronic acid, this powder packs a serious beauty punch. All you’ve got to do is mix it with eight ounces of water, and you’re fast on your way to glorious skin.

6. Zuze Luxe’s Truth or Dare Lipstick, $7.74

Forget lipsticks made with gross ingredients. This Natural Products Association-certified, vegan, and gluten-free lipstick comes in a daring shade of kiss-me pink, perfect for anyone who wants to get glam in an ethical, clean way.

7. Life-Flo’s Replenishing and Renewing Rosehip Seed Oil, $7.19

Move over, argan oil—you’ve got some competition. Packed with rosehips and retinol (vitamin A), this heavenly-scented oil is perfect for anyone who wants to give their skin some dewy, natural (and sweet-smelling) love.

8. My Magic Mud Activated Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste, $8.99

Why settle for boring old toothpaste when you can hop on the activated charcoal train? Sure, the idea might sound a little weird—but for anyone interested in naturally effective ways of cleansing the mouth and brightening the chompers, this is a steal. Plus, it tastes like peppermint!

9. SanMedica SeroVital-hgh Liquid Concentrate, $98.99 (on Sale for $78.99 in December!)

This one’s for anyone interested in feeling and looking better (so, you know, all of us). Made with a human growth hormone (HGH), secretagogue, this unique product promotes the increase of HGH levels—potentially leading to improved mood, higher sex drive, and more energy.

10. Jason Natural Cosmetics’ Vitamin E Oil, $8.79

For natural body-care lovers out there, this is a gift that can’t go wrong. Made with vitamin E to nourish and moisturize the skin, it also stars almond, apricot, avocado, and wheat germ oils—a treasure trove of skin-loving goodies designed to promote the appearance of glowing, elastic, wrinkle-free skin.

Shop the full selection of gifts for beauty lovers at VitaminShoppe.com.

Gifts For The Fitness Fanatics In Your Life

The good feeling a solid sweat leaves you with is a gift in itself, but if you spend your free time pounding the pavement, tearing it up in spin class, or loading up a barbell, chances are your wish list is chock-full of gear, supplements, and goodies to make your workouts feel even better. After all, living a fit lifestyle is about much more than just the time we spend moving.

Here are the products we trust to help us work hard, restore our bodies, and feel fitter and stronger than ever. Treat your gym buddy—or yourself!—to a routine upgrade or two, and power into the New Year on your a-game!

1. Cellucor Cherry Limeade C4 Ripped, $39.99 for 30 servings

You probably know that your workout routine starts before you even step foot into the weight room—about a half-hour before, to be exact. Cellucor’s C4 Ripped preworkout formula boosts your workouts and your efforts to get shredded with ingredients to support energy and weight management, like caffeine (150 milligrams), B vitamins, green coffee bean extract, and cayenne extract. Consider it classic C4’s shredded twin.

2. Optimum Nutrition Fruit Punch Gold Standard Pre-Workout, $29.99 for 30 servings

This tried-and-true preworkout is perfect for the gym-goer looking to build muscle. Optimum Nutrition’s formula packs 175 milligrams of caffeine, three grams of creatine, and 1.5 grams of beta alanine. A scoop also offers a slew of B vitamins, plus citrulline for a little extra pump. Your workouts—and muscle gains—will thank you.

3. Classic Black 28 Oz Blender Bottle, $9.99

If you’re still using a smelly shaker cup from three years ago or trying to pour your supplements into plastic water bottle without making a mess, consider this your invitation to cut that out. Treat yourself to a new Blender Bottle for easier shakes than ever, wherever you are. C’mon, a 28-ounce bottle is BPA-free and fits in your cup holder.

4. Optimum Nutrition Vanilla Ice Cream Gold Standard 100% Whey, $29.99 for 32 servings

Whether you mix it up plain with water, blend it into a smoothie, or stir it into your oatmeal, whey protein is practically its own food group for fitness lovers. With 24 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of branched-chain amino acids, and just three grams of carbs, Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard whey is an absolute staple. A 32-serving tub ($29.99) helps keep your stomach satisfied and your muscles growing—and the vanilla ice cream flavor is as versatile as it gets.

5. BodyTech Rich Chocolate WheyTech Pro 24, $49.99 for 74 servings

If chocolate protein is more your speed (who doesn’t love chocolate milk, after all?), BodyTech’s WheyTech Pro 24 is a fan favorite. The rich, chocolate-y whey packs 24 grams of protein, just three grams of carbs, and costs only 67 cents a serving! We love baking it into protein cookies, rolling it into truffles, or mixing it into fudge.

6. Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar, $24.99 for 12

Ultra-portable and available in flavors that taste like dessert, protein bars come in handy when you’re on the go, at work, in the car, or just don’t feel like whipping up a snack. Quest’s chocolate chip cookie dough bar is low-carb (just four grams of net carbs), low-sugar (less than a gram), and high protein (21 grams). Plus, with 14 grams of fiber, it’ll keep you feeling satisfied until your next chow-down. We stash them everywhere from the office to our gym bag.

8. Lenny & Larry’s Double Chocolate Complete Cookie, $19.99 for 12

Treat yourself and load up on protein at the same time with one of Lenny & Larry’s best. These vegan cookies contain nothing artificial and pack eight grams of protein and three grams of fiber per serving, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth guilt-free. So why not make your desserts do double duty? These will make all your chocolatey dreams come true.

8. Scivation Strawberry Kiwi Xtend BCAAs, $23.99 for 30 servings

If you down your preworkout before the gym and shake up your protein after but don’t give much thought to what you’re sipping during your workout, you might be missing an opportunity to level up your fitness. Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) support your muscles and boost recovery. Scivation’s Xtend BCAAs contain seven grams of the good stuff per serving, at the ideal muscle-building ratio of 2:1:1, leucine to isoleucine to valine. And, as a bonus, this supp also includes an electrolyte blend for hydration and performance, along with citrulline for pump.

9. True Athlete ZMA With Theanine, $29.99 for 180 capsules

Sure, your workouts are huge for growing stronger and fitter and seeing your body change—but in order to see those results, your body has to recover. True Athlete’s ZMA supplement combines zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6, and theanine to support rest and recovery—all while you snooze.

10. Universal Animal Pak, $31.99 for 44 packets

When you’re hardcore about the gym, you need a hardcore supplement regimen to support your training. Universal’s Animal Pak is basically your supplemental foundation, and covers all of your bases—from key vitamins and minerals to important amino acids to adaptogenic herbs to antioxidants to digestive enzymes. This training supplement is the go-to of heavy-lifters and bodybuilders alike.

11. 6 Pack Fitness Innovator 300 Stealth Meal Bag, $79.99

Solid nutrition ensures all your hard work in the gym pays off—but keeping your eats consistent and tune into your goals can be tricky, especially when you’re busy or traveling. That’s where this cooler-than-a-lunchbox meal bag comes in. Stash a full day’s-worth of meals, snacks, and supplements in this bag and you’ll have quick access to healthy meals no matter where you are.

12. Accufitness MyoTape, $6.92

Whether your goal is to bulk up or slim down, taking body measurements is a reliable way to track your progress over time. Accufitness’ looped measuring tape adjusts to fit around any body part you want to measure—whether your waist, biceps, chest, or thighs—for accurate measurements. At $6.92, it’s much cheaper—and more helpful—than a scale!

Shop the full selection of fitness-friendly gifts at VitaminShoppe.com. 

Your Guide To Surviving Black Friday

There’s nothing more exciting than splurging on mega-discounted must-haves at the end of the year. That flat screen you’ve been eyeing? Two, please. That sofa sectional? Haul it onto the truck. But when you’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on your way to the mall—or when you’re getting pushed and shoved in the cash register line—stamina is key.

This Black Friday, keep your energy high and your tummy full of healthy, on-the-go eats. Consider these snacks and stress-fighting items your best friends—and you’ll be ready to shop ‘til you drop.

Trace Minerals’ Electrolyte Stamina Tablets, $31.72 for 300 tablets


Black Friday shopping is basically a race—a race to the store, a race for a parking spot, and a race to the register. If you’re running on empty, you may end up walking off that 40-person line and heading straight to the nearest donut chain for a sugar rush. Instead, up that energy the healthy way with Trace Minerals’ Electrolyte Stamina Tablets. Pop up to four of these and replenish those lost electrolytes!

Three Jerks’ Original Filet Mignon Jerky, $8.49


Ain’t got no time to stop for a sit-down lunch. When hunger strikes midday, chew on this tender, savory snack, which packs 12 grams of protein. No preservatives, MSG, or nasty nitrates—just delicious, healthy beef.

Marley Coffee’s One Drop Mocha Coffee Drink, $2.49


You need your java fix—we get it. With this ice-cold bevvie you’ll get no artificial sweeteners and you’ll enjoy the rich flavor of chocolate blended with Marley’s Jamaican coffee. Inspired by Bob Marley himself, a single can of this stuff will have you feelin’ irie while you scan those aisles.

VPX’s Bang Peach Mango, $25.99 for 12 cans


Coffee’s not your thing—but you never turn down caffeine? We’ve got you covered. With VPX’s Bang Peach Mango (an exclusive flavor to The Vitamin Shoppe), you’ll get a strong energy rush with 0 calories. It’s got branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), creatine, and caffeine (357 mg of it, to be exact). Start your happy dance!

Celsius Stick Packs, $14.29 for 14 packs


If you’re gonna be guzzling water all day—and you’ll need to!—you might want to try adding Celsius’ orange-flavored pack to your agua. The pre-workout formula (filled with vitamins, taurine, and guarana extract) actually kicks up your metabolism, helping to burn calories and boost energy. SCORE!

Amazing Grass Green SuperFood, $26.99 for 30 servings


With its fresh, lemon-lime flavor, you’ll want to start your shopping day off with this good-for-you powder. Made entirely with organic green, raw, and gluten-free foods, you’ll enjoy a natural flavor (matcha and yerba mate teas) and an energy kick (hello, 85 mg of plant-based caffeine). Filled with probiotics and enzymes, your tummy will be ready to take on the day

ONE Brand’s One Bar in Birthday Cake, $27.99 for one box


In the mood for something sweet? Of course you are. Before heading to the mall, grab a gluten-free ONE Bar and go, go, go! You’ll not only indulge in the yummy flavor of birthday cake, you’ll get 20 grams of protein. You’ll also be supporting your appetite and helping to promote healthy muscle—which you’ll need when you’re fighting strangers for the last Paw Patrol Sea Patroller.

Sunfood Superfood’s Mango Slices, $13.95


Need a second wind? These delicious mango slices will help you refuel when the late-afternoon slump attacks. With vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, fiber, you’ll get a quick dose of nutrients when you need them the most. Plus, they’re non-GMO, organic, and totally raw—with only six grams of sugar.

Zenify’s Zero Sugar Natural Stress, $21.99 for a box


If you dig drinking your supplements, you’ll love Zenify’s Stress Relief concoction. With zero sugar or caffeine (yep, you read that correctly), tons of B vitamins, vitamin C, and 250mg of L-theanine, you’ll de-stress and feel good. Because when you’re running around like crazy, you want to feel relaxed—but not sleepy. This healthy drink will keep your mind sharp so you can finish your holiday shopping without losing your marbles.

FitAid’s Recovery Blend, $10.99 for four cans


After a long day of shopping, carrying giant bags and boxes to your car, and standing on line, you’ll undoubtedly be zonked. Speed up your recovery by swigging some of this yummy stuff. Packed with lots of good-for-you ingredients like turmeric, coQ10, omega 3s, and vitamins C, you’ll be feeling less like a frenzied shopper and more like yourself in no time.

Your Guide To Surviving Holiday Calories

There are so many reasons to get excited about the holiday season: friends, family, delicious meals, office parties, classic movies, colorful decorations, and more. Not on the list, though: all those extra calories packed into a steady flow of wine, homemade stuffing, pie, and peppermint bark.

The endless eating and drinking that continues through November and December can be pretty anxiety-inducing—especially if you’ve been busting your you-know-what to eat your veggies and keep your body in tip-top shape.

With a little will-power and strategy—along with help from products designed to conquer sugar and carb cravings, control your appetite, and support a healthy weight—that once-daunting ugly sweater party transforms into an opportunity to blissfully bust a move to Mariah Carey.

Consider these 12 supplements just the reinforcements you need to keep your healthy habits going strong this holiday season.

1. Crave Crush Spearmint Lozenges, $7.99 for a 15-pack

When turning down that second (or third) piece of pie seems downright impossible, Crave Crush will stop your sweet tooth in its tracks. By blocking the sweet taste buds on your tongue, these minty suckers can help you enjoy your favorite holiday flavors without spiraling yourself into a food coma. Sail through all the parties and cookie exchanges on your calendar with these bad-boys.

2. Garden Of Life Vanilla Raw Organic Fit Meal, $33.59 for 10 servings

With all the hustle and bustle—and never-ending supply of sweets and treats—during the holiday season, having quick and portable healthy snacks can make the difference between making it to January feeling fit and healthy and falling off the bandwagon. Garden of Life’s Fit Meal packs 28 grams of raw, organic plant-based protein, six grams of fiber, and 20 vitamins and minerals—all for just 190 calories.

3. Ultimate 10 Probiotic 13 Billion, $19.99 for 100 capsules

Probiotics, a.k.a the ‘good’ bacteria that live in your gut, help support good digestion, regularity, and immune function. And having a healthy population of these critters is extra important when your diet includes more cookies and cocktails than normal—and when gift shopping season stress skyrockets. The Vitamin Shoppe’s Ultimate 10 Probiotic in 13 Billion strength can help re-colonize that good bacteria for smooth sailing all season long.

4. Sports Research Sweet Sweat Stick, $29.99

A little too much holiday spirit? Maybe you need a good sweat. Make Sweet Sweat your gym buddy and you’re guaranteed to have a sweatier, more satisfying workout. (One of our never-sweaty staffers put this stuff to the test and dripped like she’d never dripped before!) Sweet Sweat has a fresh, clean scent so you can crush your workouts worry-free.

5. Tonalin CLA 1,000mg, $24.89 for 180 softgels

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that can reduce how much of the fat you consume gets stored. This well-researched fatty acid has even been shown to have a small, but legit, impact on body composition (how much of your fat comes from lean mass like muscle versus fat). Supplement with 1,000 milligrams three times a day.

6. Atkins Advantage Café Caramel Shake, $5.99 for a four-pack

As much as we may want to indulge from Thanksgiving straight on until the New Year, sometimes we just have to tell our sweet tooth ‘no’—or do we? With 15 grams of protein, two grams of net carbs, just one gram of sugar, and 180 calories per shake, Atkins Advantage’s Café Caramel shakes are a guilt-free way to satisfy your sweet tooth and fuel your body. Four-shake packs are just $5.99 and easy to stash at work or at home.

7. Green Coffee Bean Extract, $31.49 for 180 capsules

Green coffee bean extract contains antioxidants that help maintain our body’s defense system against damage from free radicals. Plus, one of these antioxidants, called chlorogenic acid, has been shown to support healthy blood sugar and fat metabolism. The Vitamin Shoppe’s green coffee bean extract can be taken up to three times a day.

George’s 100% Aloe Vera, $29.99 a gallon

Soothing aloe vera does your digestive system good and can help keep you regular—two things we all cherish when our eating habits (and bathroom habits) get all out of whack during the holidays. Sip down those soothing benefits with George’s aloe.

9. Healthy Delights Naturals Appetite Control Soft Chews, $19.99 a bag

These natural acai berry chews taste like candy and may actually keep you from destroying half the batch of cookies you were supposed to bring to Grandma’s house. Made with ingredients like garcinia cambogia, green coffee bean extract, l-carnitine, and green tea extract, these chews may be helpful before big meals and nights out.

10. Sports Research MCT Oil, $29.99 for 32 ounces

MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) aren’t your average fats. MCTs can be used as an energy source and boost our metabolism more than many other fats—and they’re also less likely to be stored as fat. Sports Research’s unflavored MCT oil can be the way you’d use some other oils (like in salad dressings) or added to smoothies or coffee for lasting energy.

11. Enzymedica Digest Gold, $79.49 for 240 capsules

If your digestive system isn’t partaking in the holiday cheer this time of year, a digestive enzyme can help your body better break down all that gingerbread and Santa-shaped chocolate. Enzymedica’s Digest Gold formula contains digestive enzymes to help your system conquer everything from protein to fat to carbohydrates to fiber. Survive every rich, belly-busting meal with a 240-capsule bottle, $79.49.

Check out more holiday-friendly, weight-management products at VitaminShoppe.com, all 15% off!