The cooking and wellness items you need this summer

Summer has something that rejuvenates you in all aspects – mind, body and spirit. Indulging in long weekends and spending more time outdoors in the sun (and hopefully in the sand) means that unlike the cold winter months, you’ll just feel better. This newfound revitalization also often inspires us to take better care of ourselves. Aside from possibly a few extra workouts – going to the gym isn’t that bad if you don’t have to wear a parka to get it – we pay extra attention to what we put into our bodies. From CBD-infused tea to strawberry rose vinegar, discover the cooking and wellness staples that our staff are using over and over again this summer.

Jess Teves, Head of Content

Strawberry rose

Quite simply one of the most vibrant and delicious foods I have ever eaten. I’ve been dribbling this on salads, cereals, fresh vegetables, and more lately and can’t tell you how alive the food tastes – it’s a really healthy prebiotic addition to cleaner warm-weather dishes, too.

Acid League

9 x 13 “baking dish

My goal is to roast the fresh summer vegetables that I pick up from the market every week, and this Made In white porcelain baking dish is fabulous – and incredibly chic! It’s so durable, but not too heavy either, and while I love a solid non-stick baking pan, I’m totally focused on the ease of summer entertainment and love to put this gorgeous dish straight out of the oven on the table.

Made in

Multicollagen protein

I recently switched to Ancient Nutrition’s collagen protein and haven’t looked back. I add a spoonful to my morning coffee and smile because I know I can effortlessly get a daily dose of clinically fermented collagen, which promotes hair thickness and skin elasticity, while made from non-genetically modified sources on willow.

Dr. Ax / Ancient Diet

Caroline Dunn, partner coordinator

Evening ritual mix

This CBD-infused tea is everything on a lazy summer evening. As an upgrade to your classic chamomile, the Evening Ritual Blend is so soothing and goes perfectly with a book (or the new episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and is my favorite way to end the day.

Empress teas

Cool relief roll-on

All I can say about this roll-on stick is OMG. The warmer months mean that I switch away from the spinning wheel and more into the outdoor routine, training different muscles and bringing on all the sore muscles that come with it. This CBD-infused roll-on is a miracle worker and instantly soothes any sore spots – the BEST.

Original hemp

Detox water drop drop

I started adding Sakara’s Detox Water Drops to my daily routine about a month and a half ago as a preparation for summer, and I’ve decided that they are now an integral part of my life. I’ve generally just found that I’ve been feeling better overall since using Detox Water, on top of the taste (if you like green tea you will love this one). I’m so glad I took the step and tried it!


Nick Papa, Brand Partnership Manager

Calm meditation pillow

I have spent more time than ever practicing mindfulness and meditation in the past year and a half. This pillow makes the sessions even more enjoyable by adding a degree of comfort regardless of the length of the exercise. It also has a super-handy side handle so you can take your practice with you anywhere!

Tuft & needle

Unflavored collagen peptides

Collagen has been part of my everyday life for several years. After trying a few different types, I was recently introduced to Dose & Co. and have been addicted to it ever since. Not only are the ingredients natural and sustainable, but the packaging is completely sustainable too. I usually add two teaspoons to my morning coffee, and when I’m looking for a flavor boost, I go for the Vanilla Dairy-Free Creamer, which offers the same benefits. PS: If you decide to subscribe, you will save 25 percent!

Dose & Co.

Trade a coffee subscription

Speaking of morning coffee … this subscription is everything I’ve ever wanted. It’s the most flexible and personal subscription service I’ve ever used and it supports small businesses across the country. After signing up, you’ll go through a quick quiz so they can choose the perfect coffee for you. From there, they suggest coffee from small batch roasters and ship it according to your desired schedule.

Trade coffee

Ama Kwarteng, beauty editor

CBD drops

I have to be honest, it took me a minute to get behind the CBD madness – at least until I tried these CBD drops from Rae Wellness. But the broad spectrum CBD oil in the formula is so high quality that I’ve noticed a difference in my mood since adding it to my routine. At first I wondered if that feeling was the placebo effect at work, but the wellness and anti-anxiety benefits of CBD oil are supported by multiple studies. Turns out it’s not just hype.

Rae wellness

1 pound bangles

I am a woman of consistency, especially when it comes to my workout routine at home. Nine times out of 10 I do some form of Pilates or yoga-inspired workouts. And nine times out of ten I have one of those slim, weighted bangles on. They can be worn either on the ankles or on the wrist and are available in weights from 1 to 2 kg. Don’t underestimate them, however – these bangles add more intensity than you might think and instantly take any workout up a few notches.


Toilet vinegar – Mediterranean edition

By adding a Mediterranean twist to the brand’s iconic Vinagre de Toilette and incorporating soothing notes like lavender and rosemary, Diptyques multi-purpose fragrance has one goal in mind: relaxation. You can use it in a bathtub or as a body toner after a shower, but I prefer to use it as an oil diffuser in my bedroom to create an atmosphere of lightness that helps me relax.


Leya Kaufman, Head of Sales & Brand Partnerships

More chill

I love multitasking and tend to overwhelm myself as a full-time mother of two boys under the age of three. At the end of the day, I’m usually dehydrated, stressed out, and don’t have time to care for myself. Enter: Health-Ade Plus Chill. I look forward to the occasional mindful moment with a drink like this that is as multitasking as I am.

Goodbye to health

Willo Farm Membership

This personalized membership-only subscription plan could become my newest health obsession. I can’t think of a better way to double up on nutrients and discover new varieties of vitamin-rich products. I’ve been stuck in a spinach recipe for far too long and can’t wait to behave like a cook at home with veggies like Toscano Kale, Mizuna Red, and Komatsuna.

Willo farm

Supporting brownie batter with collagen

I swear this batter gives me a glow. While I’m always tempted to buff the entire glass, a few spoons of this vegan collagen-based treat can also temporarily stifle my voracious sweet tooth. Sign me up for any snack that doubles as a skin care supplement.

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