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170Chad Winter 2018

Angela

CV Sciences PlusCBD Oil Gold Softgels

Packing 15 mg of CBD per softgel, these are great for those of us who need a slightly high dose. I have found this dose of CBD to be most effective for my anxiety, and I have been able to quell migraines using a few capsules. I don’t leave home without it!

 

Maria

ICU Sunglasses

These glasses are amazing. I love them so much I don’t like taking them off. They’re stylish and made to stand up to daily hard use. They are just plain fun to wear. And if that isn’t enough, the pair I purchased are carbon neutral in manufacture and transportation, made from recycled materials, and fully recyclable. What’s not to love about them!

 

Sarah

Garden of Life Chocolate Raw Organic Meal

When I’m in a hurry or recovering from a good workout and want something nourishing with a little more oomph to it than a regular protein powder, I reach for this product. In addition to its 20 grams of plant-based protein per serving, it’s rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. It also includes a fruit and veggie powder blend, and greens blend, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. I also like the flavor and that it tastes more chocolaty than sweet. You can add it to smoothies, but I normally just throw it in my shaker cup with some soy or almond milk and go!

 

Mel

Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Mineral-Enriched Natural Deodorant

This. Stuff. Works. AND it is aluminum-free AND cruelty-free. AND it has a light, clean scent. It lasts a long time too, so it’s worth the price. It also goes on fairly dry, so it doesn’t do weird things to my clothes. If you’ve tried every deodorant under the sun, like I have, and you’re still shopping for just the right one, give Schmidt’s a try!

 

Jodeci

Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask

I LOVE this product. My pores have never been so exfoliated and clean. Using positive and negative ionic pulls from the clay and dirt in your skin is what cleans your pores. I personally pair this product with the T.N Dickinson’s Witch Hazel. It counteracts the redness you will have at the end. This redness is universally going to be inevitable but it does not last long. 

 

Evan

Bulldog Skincare Products

Not strongly scented and works wonders for men and women.

 

Sara

LüSa Hey You. Shoo. Natural Insect Repellent Essential Oil

LüSa uses simple, safe ingredients in this natural insect repellent. It’s made with aloe vera juice, witch hazel and a blend of essential oils; Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil—a natural oil that is as effective as DEET is for discouraging insect bites (in preliminary research trials); Rose Geranium essential oil—an effective tick repellent; Cedarwood essential oil—works wonders at keeping black flies at bay. I love this product, I even spray it on my dogs to help repel ticks.And it’s made locally, right in Viroqua, Wisconsin!

 

Bjorn

Quorn Chik’n Patties

Being a carnivore myself I was very surprised by how darn good these are, if I didn’t know what they were I could swear that they were real chicken. But in reality they are a fungus which is a GREAT alternative meat for vegetarians!

 

Liz

Angelic Bakehouse 7-Grain Flatzza®

This makes a great thin-crust pizza. Just pile on your toppings as you normally would, bake for a few minutes, and you’ve got almost-healthy pizza!

 

Hallie

Green Mountain Gringo Roasted Garlic Salsa

Perfectly mild, and not overpowering with garlic. My spice-hating toddler and teen both enjoy this—it’s a crowd pleaser! Great price, too!

 

Leah

Beets

Beets are delicious! I like to roast them cut up with other root veggies for a side dish, or roast them whole to pop in the fridge for a cool beet salad. They add great color to your plate and are best when simply seasoned with some salt and pepper! 

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are some of my favorite “get as a treat” produce items. I love cooking with them, adding them to soups or sautéing them with other summertime veggies.

 

Liz

Fizzeology Kimchi

It’s delicious! It puts a different twist on your standard brat and kraut, or it’s a great snack with cheese and crackers.

 

Amanda

RP’s Tortelloni

I wish I had time to make fresh pasta at home; this is the closest to homemade pasta! They do all the work for you and this is awesome for a quick meal!

 

Katie

Fage Plain Greek Yogurt

This fabulous yogurt wins for taste and it’s a great source of protein. I can add it to smoothies, have a bowl with fruit for a meal or substitute it for sour cream in cooking healthy dishes.

 

Amy

Mountain Valley Sparkling Water

I enjoy the “sparkle” in my water as a treat every so often. Keeps me hydrated. Keeps me away from sugared sodas. Keeps me fancy-free!

 

Amy

Kalona Super Natural Organic Whole Chocolate Milk

Best Chocolate Milk I have EVER tasted! So rich. So creamy. Perfect Treat!

 

Anna

Just Coffee Cooperative Runner’s High

A delicious blend of two medium roasts. It’s SO good!

 

Kirsten

Gail Ambrosius Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Fancy enough to feel like you’re eating something special, but casual enough to just snack. Goes great with a coffee porter or stout.

 

Joe

Siete Family Foods Cassava and Coconut Tortillas

Grain-free tortillas!

 

Angela

Baraka French Atlantic Grey Sea Salt

Best neti pot salt I have ever tried! I have used other ones and could never get the sting away, no matter how much salt or baking soda was in it. This one feels great, dissolves well, and tastes great.

Equal Exchange Love Buzz

This coffee is just classic. Always makes a good, strong cup - Dark and Smooth, just like it says on the tin. It’s my go-to when I am not up for trying something new. And, I can’t say the name without getting a certain Nirvana song stuck in my head.

 

Megan

Crossroads Community Farm Sweet White Onions

We have to keep these super sweet onions refrigerated because they have so many natural sugars and won’t keep at ambient temperatures. Since they’re not displayed with the rest of their onion brothers and sisters, they often get skipped over by folks shopping for onions - which is a real shame because these are the PERFECT summer onion for grilling, burgers, potato salads, and so much more.

 

Patrick

Beet and Kale Salad

Awesome new salad. Shredded beets and carrots with a perfectly balanced tahini dressing. Hemp hearts!

Willy Street Co-op Oatmeal Fudge Bar

You’re going to love this one. If the Sheba Bar is our favorite chocolatey crunch, the Oatmeal Fudge Bar is its chewy, gooey cousin.

Willy Street Co-op Espresso Swirl Brownie

Gluten friendly (but we bet you can’t even tell!). Dense and moist with notes of espresso.

 

Jesse

Willy Street Co-op Summer Lemon Iced Tea

A nice, basic iced tea, but oh-so-refreshing when you need to grab a drink on the go.

 

Jamie

Willy Street Co-op Potato Corn Chowder

Amazing. And Vegan. And Amazing. Hearty soup thickened with potatoes and coconut milk, just the right amount of dill and corn to balance the “cream.”

Willy Street Co-op Orange Chocolate Raspberry Muffin

This muffin will make you think about life in a new way. Moist and delicious! Perfect with you morning coffee, fill a bag and bring them to a meeting!

Willy Street Co-op White Bean, Mushroom and Artichoke salad

Marinated fresh mushrooms, high-protein white beans, and refreshing

artichokes with a zesty dressing.

 

Jack

Brunkow’s Brun-uusto Bread Cheese

The best camping treat since pudgy pies! Wrap in foil and warm for 20 min. then slather with honey or jam and feast around the fire.

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