The holidays are behind us, so it’s time to hit the refresh button and kickstart the new year with a fresh perspective. For some, that means losing weight through dieting and detoxing, and for others, it means gaining mental clarity through yoga or beautifying with nourishing products. We’ve collected some fantastic health-conscious finds from the Magic City’s best shops, boutiques and exercise studios.
WORKOUT APPAREL & CLASSES
‘Believe’ tank top
This Kiva Hot Yoga tank top with a motivational “believe” graphic is perfect for wearing to a hot yoga class where the sequence of poses is tailored for beginners, as well as the most masterful yogis. Enjoy weight loss, stress relief and mental focus as you stretch, strengthen and restore health to muscles, joints and organs. Find this tank for $18 at Kiva Hot Yoga, where new students can enjoy an introductory special of one month unlimited yoga for $55.
Splits 59 workout outfit
The sleek look and calming colors of this Splits 59 gray and white workout ensemble will keep you feeling cool and confident as you enter that first workout class of 2016 in style. Find the top for $80 and the leggings for $128 at Gus Mayer.
Neighborhood Barre tank top & leggings
Don a tank top with the sleek Neighborhood Barre (NB) logo and black leggings by Beyond Yoga for your next trip to drip with sweat at NB’s Lakeview studio. There, your first class is free and new clients can enjoy a 30-day special for $100. Find the NB tank top for $34 and the Beyond Yoga black leggings for $80 at Neighborhood Barre.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Smart Skin Collagen Complex & Oxygen Infusion
Nourish your skin with Smart Skin Collagen Complex. This advanced solution has peptides and proteins that restore collagen to the skin, reducing wrinkles. Then treat your skin to a breath of fresh air with Smart Skin Oxygen Infusion, a serum that revitalizes and brightens the skin. Find the Collagen Complex for $70 and the Oxygen Infusion for $45 at Smart Skin Med Spa.
Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox
This 12-day herbal cleanse provides a complete detoxification of the liver, colon, kidneys and lymphatic system. Follow the dietary instructions and take the herbal formulas to flush the toxins and maintain the good bacterias for renewed health — a perfect way to hit the reset button! Find it for $23.95 at Organic Harvest.
Aveda soothing aqua therapy
Create an in-home spa by drawing an aromatic bath infused with botanical essences and Dead Sea salts, world-renowned for their therapeutic benefits. This soothing aqua therapy will melt away the tension and have you ready to take on the new year with a clear-eyed sense of calm. Find it for $28 at Tonya Jones SalonSpa.
Cottage Industry Soap Co. sugar scrubs
Prattville-based Cottage Industry Soap Company’s Rae Ann Wright has mixed up some downright delicious sugar scrubs, such as Rubba Dubba Mocha Sugar, which includes ground coffee, shea butter, and turbinado and white sugars. Or try Tranquility, a foaming sugar and green tea scrub fragranced with an essential oil blend, and Rae Ann’s Grapefruit Cream and Sugar Scrub, a foaming sugar scrub fragranced with grapefruit essential oil. These scrubs will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. Find them for $10 each or two for $19 at the Cottage Industry Soap Co. Facebook page or Etsy shop.
Iron City Trading Co. 15 for Skin
This gluten-free, unscented moisturizer contains 15 oils and butters. Made by a husband-and-wife duo in Huntsville, you’ll be supporting local artisans while you treat your skin. Perfect for those who need lasting and deep nourishment for the skin, 15 for Skin is a blend of olive, coconut, rice bran, jojoba, macadamia nut, apricot, almond, avocado, sunflower, grapes and castor oils with mango, cocoa, shea and kokum butters. Find it for $13.76 at Iron City Trading Co.
Mighty Minty Mineral & Herbal Multi-Vitamin Tea
Created by a local clinical herbalist of Deep Roots Apotheke & Clinic, this minty tea includes herbs selected for their high mineral content, such as alfalfa, marshmallow root, horsetail, nettles, self heal, chickweed, red raspberry, cilantro, plantain leaf, dandelion leaf and peppermint. This plant-based, mineral-packed tea will fortify your immune system and replenish your nutrients for a revitalized glow! Find the 32-ounce Ball jar for $17 and the pint jar for $10 at Deep Roots Apotheke & Clinic.
These triple-insulated, stainless steel canteens keep beverages icy cold for 25 hours and piping hot for 12 hours. They come in an array of colors and three beautiful finishes. Ranging in size from 9 ounces to the 25-ouonce Vinnegabo edition, Corkcicle canteens will keep you hydrated all day long. Find your favorite style and size Corkcicle canteen, starting at $19.99, at The Pants Store.
PrAna Eco Yoga Mat
The PrAna Eco Yoga Mat is made of recyclable materials by a toxic-free manufacturing process, so that your yoga practice is not only healthy, but also earth-friendly! It’s got a great cushion and slip-free surface for excellent grip and a “closed cell construction,” which prevents germs from absorbing into the mat. Find it for $48 at Alabama Outdoors.
One-day juice cleanse
This one-day cleanse includes six raw and unpasteurized Sprout & Pour juices that are not only delicious, but have myriad cleansing properties, ridding your body of unwanted toxins and leaving you feeling lighter, and more alert and focused. You’ll enjoy flavors such as beet-nik, a fusion of apple, beet, carrot, spinach and celery, or cashew milk, a subtly sweet and creamy mixture of cashew milk, agave, cinnamon and vanilla. Find the one-day juice cleanse for $41.94 at Sprout & Pour.
Iz all-natural granola
Start your day with a flavorful, all-natural granola, rich with omega-3 nut varieties, loaded with fiber and made fresh in Vestavia Hills. Support local business while treating your heart to a healthy breakfast or afternoon snack! Find this 12-ounce bag for $8.99 at Iz Cafe.
These sun-dried cherries are a terrific, low-calorie snack that is not only rich in vitamins and minerals but is also certified organic, vegan and non-GMO. They come in an earth-friendly bag and a percentage of ALLGOOD Provisions’ sales are donated to 1% for the Planet foundation, supporting environmental responsibility. Find these ALLGOOD sun-dried cherries for $5 a bag at The Pantry.
Bare Naked Noodles and marinara sauce
When starting a new health routine, you have to allow yourself a treat or a “cheat day,” and you can enjoy the full flavor of a big pile of spaghetti that is also healthy, all natural and made with local ingredients. Bare Naked Noodles’ handmade, low-carb linguine with soy flour comes in a variety of flavors and has half the carbs and twice the protein. Top with their homemade marinara sauce for a delicious, guilt-free meal. They also create a diverse array of frozen pastas, such as cracked pepper and goat cheese gnocchi, sweet potato gnocchi, spinach and herbed goat cheese tortellini or classic three-cheese tortellini, among others. Special orders can be placed by calling (205) 837-7276. Find the low-carb linguine, $11 per package; gnocchi, $11 per pound; tortellini, $11 per pound, and marinara sauce, $15 per 32-ounce jar at Bare Naked Noodles.
Here’s to a healthy 2016!