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Best Health and Fitness Gear | July 2017

Gear Up For Summer Fun With Our July Must Haves

Whether you're road tripping around the country or your county, here are some things to keep you fit, healthy, and happy on your Summer adventures both big and small.

Fourth & Heart Ghee on the Go

"I have a longstanding obsession with Fourth & Heart ghee. I love cooking veggies in the garlic ghee, the original recipe is delightful slathered on a thick piece of toast, and the vanilla ghee adds a rich creaminess to my morning cup of collagen coffee.

When Fourth & Heart came out with its Ghee on the Go ($9 for a five-pack box), I was thrilled. As an avid camper, it now means I can bring my favorite nutrient-rich ghee with me whenever I hit the trail. The squeezable packets are just a little under one ounce, which I find is perfect for one or two uses. Fourth & Heart also seems to be mind readers — the packets are available in my three favorite flavors: original, vanilla, and California garlic." — Michele Foley, director, Fitness

Lululemon Enroute Bag II

"I never leave the house without my reusable water bottle, healthy snacks, wallet, phone, and keys, so I need a bag that has lots of pockets. This Lululemon Enroute Bag II ($128) has been my go-to. It has two huge outer pockets so I stay hydrated and keep my phone and keys close by. And I love the zippered inner compartment for my wallet and essentials like tissues and lip balm. It's perfect to take to my CrossFit classes to hold my fitness journal and protein powder packets, and there's plenty of room in the deep interior pocket for a change of clothes and shoes. Its comfortable to wear and durable, and I love the dark carbon color." — Jenny Sugar, editor, Fitness

Pearl Butters

"I just got to try these delicious and pastel-pigmented coconut butters, and I'm obsessed. I'll absolutely admit that I was captivated by the colors, but what really hooked me was the bonus nutrition in these tasty treats. Beauty Butter boasts a collagen boost, while Brain Butter gets its hue (and nutrition) from 'neuroprotective' royal blue algae (but it doesn't taste fishy!), and Bliss Butter calms anxiety and stresses with 13 adaptogens like reishi and pearl.

Pearl Butter ($30 each) is available online and makes your nut milk lattes, toasts, and smoothies beautifully pastel and nutritionally dense." — Dominique Astorino, assistant editor, Fitness

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Body Love by Kelly Leveque

"Kelly Leveque is the nutritionist to celebrities like Jessica Alba and Molly Sims. Her new book, Body Love ($17), is a Food Freedom Program rather than a diet. I love that she emphasizes eating protein, fat, fiber, and carbs to balance your blood sugar rather than just focusing on weight loss. As someone who has diabetes in my family, I am very interested in ways to manage my sugar levels (since I love carbs and sugar.)" — Genevieve Farrell, video producer, Healthy Living and Fitness

Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Eggs

"Is it weird to include eggs as a must have? Probably, but you must listen to me when I tell you that pastured-raised eggs are worth the extra cost.

The first thing I noticed when I cracked open an egg from Vital Farms (prices start at $7 for one-dozen eggs) was the vibrant orange color of the yolk, which has everything to do with the diet of the chickens, resulting in eggs that are much healthier for you than mass-produced varieties. Pasture-raised eggs are higher in vitamins A, E, and D; beta-carotene; and omega-3s. They're also lower in cholesterol and saturated fat. If that's not enough of a reason to sway you, you can feel good knowing that these chickens aren't stuck in small cages, but get plenty of room to roam." — MF

Pullin Shorty Shorts

"I discovered the French underwear brand Pullin in college, but only recently found out it have an active line. The superaffordable and incredibly comfortable Shorty ($16) short style is perfect for yoga (or lounging!), and they don't dig into your hips or thighs, which is a huge bonus for me." — DA

REI Outessa Summit

"Craving a curated camping adventure? Look no further than the REI Outessa Summit ($799 for three-day pass), a three-day women's weekend of outdoorsy fun and wholesome food so you can sow your wild oats before Summer ends. You create your own adventure from a wide range of over 250 classes — including rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, yoga, and trail running. It's going to be hard to choose. All the classes are led by the best female instructors REI Outdoor School has to offer, so learn some new skills and go deeper into your current fitness passion. You can even choose from three locations! The Summit will be happening at: Kirkwood Resort near Lake Tahoe, CA, from July 14-16; Mt. Hood Skibowl, OR, from Aug. 18-20; and Waterville Valley, NH, from Sept. 22-24." — Susi May, senior director, Fitness

8greens

"Despite my best intentions, I don't eat as many greens as I should. I go through phases where I'll smoothie it up (I love Kimberly Snyder's Glowing Green Goddess Smoothie), but when I haven't been grocery shopping, I definitely don't get the recommended amount of greens. I was very intrigued by 8Greens ($14 per tube), a tablet made of greens like spinach, kale, and spirulina. It easily dissolves into a glass of water and contains a powerful nutrient punch: as much vitamin B6 as six cups of spinach, as much vitamin C as six oranges, and as much B12 as seven cups of milk! I have to say I'm pretty obsessed, as the lazy girl in me thinks she has just found the easiest way to get a veggie fix." — GF

Green Chef Organic Meal Delivery

"In an ideal world, I'd be cooking from scratch every day and meal prepping like a boss. Sadly, that isn't my reality, which is where Green Chef organic meal delivery (starting at $32) comes in and saves the day.

Each weekly shipment contains everything I need to cook three meals that feed both myself and my partner. You can customize your plan to omnivore, vegan, Paleo, or gluten-free, and you get a wide selection of meals to choose from each week. Is it more expensive than buying your own groceries? Yes. But it's cheaper than takeout, and I get the satisfaction of feeling like I did actually stay in and cook. Most importantly, everything tastes so. damn. good." — MF

Manduka eKO Superlite Travel Yoga Mat

"As a fitness video producer, I do workout videos whenever I travel. The only equipment I need is a yoga mat, and I have found the perfect on-the-go one: the Manduka eKO Superlite Yoga Mat ($42). Just 1.5 millimeters thick (yes millimeters!), this mat is exceptional for traveling. It can be folded to easily fit in any travel bag." — GF

Nike Free Focus Flyknit 2

"I'm admittedly pretty bad at wearing training shoes to training classes and weightlfiting (my running shoes are just so cute!), but these Nike Free Focus Flyknit 2 trainers ($99-$120) have become my new favorites. They're SO soft with a breathable, stretchy, ultracomfy Flyknit upper, and they're flat enough for lifting but have enough arch support to keep your feet nice and comfortable." — DA

Hyperice Vyper 2

"Perhaps the most high-tech item in my home at present besides my actual MacBook Pro is this vibrating foam roller, which showed up to show my fascia who's boss. The Hyperice Vyper 2 ($199) is about 10 times the price of my other foam rollers, but I can assure you it certainly feels more than 10 times as effective. With just 30 seconds of rolling my calves, IT bands, and quads, I felt a *significant* difference (and I foam roll several times a week). The brand claims that using the Vyper 2 can improve your mobility by up to 40 percent, so I'm definitely going to be using this all the time now." — DA

Creative Recreation Carda Hi White Leather

"I dress almost exclusively in athleisure and am always on the lookout for sporty options that will also look appropriate in the office. Right now, I'm obsessing over Creative Reactation Carda Hi White Leather Shoes ($90). These dress up my leggings but also make me feel super cool. I want to wear them all of the time, but also want to keep them white. White shoe struggles." — GF

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