22 Health-Boosting Products We're Hooked On

Need a new snack, sneaker, diet plan or natural pain-reliever? Out of all the healthy things that cross our desks, these 22 are our favorites

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Slimming Spirits

Trying to lose weight? You can still enjoy a cocktail or two with TY KU Soju ($25.99; trytyku.com). This low-calorie Asian spirit contains half the calories of vodka and no extra flavors or sugars. Its smooth, versatile flavor results from small batch distillation and cold filtration, using 100% premium barley.

TY KU Soju

Go Greek

Greek yogurt lovers rejoice! The gods over at Stonyfield have just released Oikos ($4.49; stonyfield.com) in honey, chocolate, blueberry and vanilla. Each deliciously creamy pint of organic nonfat Greek frozen yogurt contains zero grams of fat and more protein than your average pint of ice cream.


Get Strong and Lean

Half the work of exercising is getting to the gym. That's why we love Gaiam's Fit Body Yoga DVD ($11; gaiam.com). It brings Gwen Lawrence, yoga coach to the New York Giants, into our living room. Do all three of her 20-minute workouts at once for a total body routine or focus on your upper body, lower body and core individually. The Fit Body Yoga DVD also includes a bonus, 10-minute express toning download for days you're short on time.


Low-Carb Cheesecake

A diet that lets you eat cheesecake? Sign us up! Recipes from The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook ($12; amazon.com) are low in carbs and, most importantly, easy to make. This fool-proof Crustless Ginger Cheesecake with Lime Sour Cream Topping contains only 4 grams of crabs per serving, but tastes absolutely decadent.




Makes: 12 servings
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes


20 ounces (2½ eight-ounce packages) cream cheese, at room temperature
⅓ cup granular sugar substitute
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks


1¼ cups sour cream
2 tablespoons granular sugar substitute
2 teaspoons freshly grated lime zest


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line bottom of a 10-inch springform pan with parchment or wax paper. Wrap outside of pan tightly with aluminum foil.


2. For the cheesecake, combine cream cheese, sugar substitute, vanilla, and ginger in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. One at a time, add eggs and egg yolks, beating on low speed until combined. Transfer to springform pan. Set springform pan into a roasting pan; carefully pour in hot water to reach 1 inch up the side of the springform pan. Bake until just set in the center, about 20 minutes.


3. Meanwhile, for the topping: combine sour cream, sugar substitute, and lime zest in a bowl; set aside.


4. When cheesecake is just set, spread sour cream mixture evenly on top. Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1½ hours before serving.


Holistic Help

Our digital director lost 53 pounds on the Accu Weight-Loss program, which combines Asian and American weight-loss concepts to gain big results. By placing beads on accupressure points behind her ears (which she rubbed to stimulate her hypothalamus, a part of the brain that controls hunger) she was able to stick to the strict, low-calorie diet. She says she never would have been able to do it without the amazing support of her AW counselor, who held her accountable week after week.

Accu Weight-Loss

A Better Bar

When our stomach's growling and there’s no time to stop, a Think Thin bar ($1.99; thinkproducts.com) is our savior. Each of the 12 flavors contains a healthy dose of energy-revving carbs and 15 to 20 grams of satiating protein.

Think Thin

Get a Ballerina-Like Body

Lift your butt, and tone your thighs, abs and arms with Pure Barre classes. Founded by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr, Pure Barre uses small isometric movements to target troubling areas and create long, lean muscles. Clients see results in just 10 55-minutes classes. Pure Barre not offered near you? Shop the online store for DVDs and equipment.

Pure Barre

21st Century Medicine

Keep taps on your heart with the iHealth blood pressure dock ($99.95; ihealth99.com), which turns your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a blood pressure monitor. The kit comes with an arm cuff and a portable, battery-powered dock that doubles as a battery charger for your iOS device. The accompanying app (free; get it here) tracks your blood pressure levels, creates easy-to-analyze graphs and makes it simple for you to share your results with family, friends or your doctor.


Dirty Talk

Eliminate 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria from your toothbrush with Zapi Toothbrush Sanitizer ($34.95; violight.com). The small, egg-shaped device uses UV light to work its magic in six minutes before automatically shutting off. It also doubles as a storage case to keep your toothbrush protected and ready for use. Zapi comes in five colors and an array of designs from cute pandas to fighting ninjas.


Diet Food on Demand

Don't want to splurge on delivery? Now you can make The Fresh Diet's healthy recipes at home with their first cookbook, A Fresh Take on Diets ($24.99; amazon.com). It features 99 recipes, such as Walnut Crusted Apricot Chicken Roulade, from their executive chef's kitchen.

Cute Cover-Up

Nau's take on the bubble jacket is downright chic. Made with 100 percent recycled polyester and 850 fill goose down, this lightweight stole (currently on sale for $139; nau.com), makes the perfect post-workout wrap.


Portable Breakfast Pick

For the health nut on-the-go, Dunkin' Donuts Egg White Turkey Sausage Flatbread ($2.99; dunkindonuts.com) is the perfect low-calorie, yet filling fuel. Its 19 grams of protein keep us guiltlessly going for hours.

Dunkin' Donuts

Triple Trigger Point Therapy

Soothe and relax sore muscles with NordicTrack's 3-in-1 Foam Roller ($29.99; nordictrack.com). This space-saving device nests a firm massage stick and two foam rollers (one low-density, one high) to help you release knots, increase flexibility and improve postural alignment. It also comes with an instructional DVD and exercise guide. 


Smart Snacking

These may look like nuts, but they're actually an ancient Incan superfood called sacha inchi seeds. Covered in sea salt, carmel or dark chocolate, Sequel Natural's SaviSeed ($2.29; saviseed.com) are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids (7000mg per one-ounces serving), protein (8 grams), vitamin E and fiber (5 grams).


Guilt-Free Sweets

Why have a spoonful of ice cream when you could dig into an entire pint! Each Arctic Zero ($4.49; arcticzero.com) container has only 150 calories and 14 grams of whey protein. The consistency is considerably less creamy than regular ice cream, but it satisfies a sweet tooth just the same.

Artic Zero

Convenient Training Tool

Our editor in chief fell in love with TRX ($199.95; trxtraining.com) while on a business trip. It’s easy to see why. The suspension training system stashes easily into a suitcase and can be used anywhere there is a suitable anchor point (ie: a door or tree branch). Originally developed by Navy Seals, TRX allows you to get a full-body workout by harnessing the resistance of gravity and your own body weight. See it in action here.


Fancy Feet

We’ve been wearing Shimano’s WR-61 women’s cycling shoe ($149.99; shimano.com) to spin class, but the ample footbed is so stiff and comfy we’re thinking about making it our go-to road biking shoe as well.


Top-Notch Tee

Under Armour’s HeatGear Touch Shortsleeve T-Shirt (29.99; underarmour.com) has quickly become the workout top we grab first. Besides being ridiculously soft, this sweat-wicking tee features a feminine cut that hugs curves and stays out of your way way while you run, jump or lunge.

Under Armour

Best Foot Forward

When the mercury drops we pull on Drymax Cold Weather Running Socks ($15; drymaxsocks.com). Three layers of fiber insulation run along the front—the wind tends to hit your shins first—keeping your legs warm but dry. In fact, these socks’ moisture removal is so good, independent tests show they stay up to 25 times drier than socks made with wicking fibers like polyester, acrylic, nylon or wool—key for preventing blisters.


Adventure Seekers

If you have a thirst for trails, let Vasque’s Velocity 2.0 GTX ($139.99; vasque.com) accompany you. These breathable Gore-Tex-equipped running shoes are stable enough to safely carry you over the gnarliest roots and rocks. 


Cozy Yoga Wear

We're obsessed with Lululemon's super flattering Astro Pants ($98; lululemon.com). Their unique gusset design (diamond-and-triangle-shaped pieces of fabric sewn between the legs) prevent the stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric from riding up. Plus, if you order a pair online and they're too long, you can take them to any Lululemon store and a tailor will hem for free!


Re-energize Naturally

Regardless of whether you’re vegan, Vega Sport’s complete plant-based protein bar is a delicious post-workout recovery snack. The Chocolate Coconut flavor ($3.49; myvega.com) contains high-quality ingredients, such as pumpkin seed butter, dates and sprouted whole grain brown rice protein.


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First Published January 23, 2012

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