More recent food and drink discoveries to try
Founded by GRAMMY-winning musician Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, MAD TASTY is an all-natural, low-calorie beverage with 20 mg of pure broad-spectrum hemp extract. It also happens to be the first non-musical product Tedder has created.
As the story goes, the product was created to help Tedder and his peers to relax, hydrate, and boost their creativity. Battling anxiety and panic attacks since 2017, Tedder started using CBD/hemp extract and wanted a way to take it every day without the bitter CBD/hemp taste and he’s not alone.
MAD TASTY also features zero sugar, while also being vegan, low-calorie and non-GMO. And on the charitable end, for every 12-ounce can sold, MAD TASTY donates 12 ounces of clean water to people and places in need through DROP4DROP.
YUNO Energy Drink
Last month YUNO launched its line of “BioTactical Drinks” that are designed to mix and match to promote increased energy, focus, memory retention, relaxation or even a better night’s sleep. Made with over 100 all-natural superfood ingredients designed to maximize body and mind nutrition, the ingredients of YUNO were scientifically-chosen and formulated through a proprietary process to increase bioavailability, natural absorption and hydration.
With six unique blends, there is a YUNO drink for whatever situation you may encounter. The blends available at time of launch were “Energy,” “Focus,” “Memory,” “Uplift,” “Zen” and “Dream.” By mixing and matching the six different YUNO’s, there are hundreds of combinations.
The effects of the ingredients in the drinks can last up to eight hours, providing users with the boosts that they desire. All of YUNO’s drinks are gluten-free, paleo/keto friendly, vegan, GMO-free and are free of wheat, dairy, soy, egg, fish and peanuts, while keeping a shelf life of at least 6 months.
Mikey’s was founded in 2014 when Mike Tierney noticed a growing number of companies using the claim “gluten-free” as a way to convince consumers their products were better for them. But in reality, many of those gluten-free products were actually loaded with artificial ingredients, fillers and preservatives.
Utilizing his culinary training and restaurant experience, “Mikey” used only 8simple ingredients found right in his kitchen to create his first product: the Original English Muffin. From there, Mikey’s was born. Mikey went on to expand his line into over a dozen other products crafted using the same principle of delivering nutritious products made from only simple, recognizable ingredients.
My personal favorite are the Cheese Pizza Pockets, which are pretty much a healthy take on Hot Pockets. Their crusts are surprisingly paleo while the product as a whole is grain-free, soy-free and lactose-free.
Fourth & Heart
Fourth & Heart’s grass-fed ghee uses high quality, grass-fed butter sourced from a cooperative of farms in New Zealand. Grass is naturally high in Vitamin A, D, E, K and CLA, so when the cow’s milk is rich with these vitamins, it goes directly to the butter and therefore the ghee. Just like how Mom’s nutrition goes to her baby when drinking breast milk.
When you keep your ghee clean from debris and water, your ghee is shelf-stable for up to 12 months. Hence Fourth & Heart’s products simultaneously being home-friendly, environmentally-sustainable, and delicious.
The Coconut Collaborative
The Coconut Collaborative was founded in London in 2014 as a premium yogurt and dessert brand. The brand’s mission is reportedly to make the world a better place with its roster of plant-based products. These better-for-you yogurts and desserts are plant-based and are a healthier swap to our favorite dairy products.
Its full line of yogurts and dessert cups offer dairy-free alternatives that are both vegan, gluten-free and low in sugar when compared to most yogurt and dessert brands I personally can’t imagine ever tiring of The Coconut Collaborative’s Chocolate Dessert Pots, which are Non-GMO and only 100 calories per pot.