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7 Healthy Living Products You Want to Know About

Alexandra Williams, MA
Louis van Amstel at his LaBlast booth

Our dance BFF Louis van Amstel with his LaBlast program

We are just back from the annual IDEA World Fitness Convention with some products and info that should interest you. This post will focus on food and products, while Kymberly will write later this week on trends she discovered.

Though there were hundreds of vendors in the Expo Hall, I shall share seven that grabbed my attention.

Beyond Meat

The founders wanted to make a substitute that tasted like meat, and they’ve achieved their goal. Free of gluten and cholesterol, the 100% plant protein beef and chicken products are also non-GMO. Great flavor. The ingredients list for the beef crumbles: Water, non-GMO pea protein isolate, non-GMO expeller-pressed canola oil, beef flavor (yeast extract, maltodextrin, natural flavoring, salt, sunflower oil, onion powder), rice flour, tomato powder, caramel color, contains 0.5% or less of: calcium sulfate, evaporated cane juice, potassium chloride, oregano, dried marjoram, ground basil, lemon juice concentrate, citric acid, black pepper, salt, dried thyme, dried rosemary, red chili pepper flakes, onion extract, garlic extract.

posture apparel by Intelliskin

IntelliSkin Sports Bra


Cute compression fitness apparel that assists with posture support and pain relief. As we mentioned in one of our six posts about posture, it’s important to “zip” down the back as well as up the front. When I stopped at the IntelliSkin booth, they emphasized this aspect too. Technology truly is being woven into our clothing, just as predicted in this 2007 article about the fitness facility of the future.

picture of Gerolsteiner mineral water

Gerolsteiner mineralwasser comes to the U.S.

Gerolsteiner Mineral Water 

My very first aerobics job was in 1983 in West Berlin, and this is the mineralwasser I drank when I lived there. So to me, Gerolsteiner has been around for a long time, though it is definitely new to the U.S. In the 80s, I drank it because I liked it. Now I know about its health aspects too. No calories, no sugars, and no preservatives, it’s even sold in glass bottles, as plastic bottles are known to have phthalates. With over 2,500 mg/ minerals per liter (yup, the Germans don’t do quart measurements), the three main minerals are calcium (bones, teeth), magnesium (metabolism, muscle & nerve function), and bicarbonate (regulates acidity). Even though it’s the world’s #1 sparkling natural mineral water, Gerolsteiner is just now coming to the U.S. so you might have to request it from your local grocery store. And I don’t think they’ll mind if you pronounce it wrong.

picture of Workout Wypes

Ready to wipe sweat off any machine in sight (or a shopping cart)

Workout Wypes 

If you don’t want to leave your workout machine to get some wipes, you no longer have to, as this is a packet of wipes that attach to an arm band. The sales crew at the booth had me at “helps prevent staph infections” because my son got staph when he wrestled in high school, and it was serious. The website is under partial construction, as the Wypes are brand new, but don’t let that deter you from spending $3.79. Total deal.

Tree Nuts

Okay, nuts aren’t new. But I did learn that peanuts are not a tree nut. The nine that are: Brazil, almond, hazelnut, walnut, pistachio, pecan, cashew, macadamia and pine nuts. The council had research papers that I grabbed, knowing you’d be interested in the health findings. I read that tree nuts are inversely associated with both metabolic syndrome and obesity, and total and cause-specific mortality , plus associated with decreased health risk factors for cardiovascular disease. I happen to love almond milk, and am glad it’s working with me and my body. I still hate Brazil nuts.

pic of Ahnu Shoes

Come to Mama, little Ahnus.

Ahnu Footwear

As the owner of four pairs of Ahnu Shoes, I was stoked (70s organic-y, surfer expression) to see them at the Expo for the first time, showcasing their super attractive footwear. We even got to meet the co-founder, Jacqueline van Dine (a good Dutch name if I ever heard one). Now owned by Deckers (conveniently based in our town of Santa Barbara), Ahnu has a catalogue full of cute shoes. We even got a sneak preview of their upcoming line, which made us drool a little bit on ourselves. And they follow the Ethical Supply Chain Guidelines.

picture of Lily weights from Bling Fitness

The “Lily” floral pattern for the Bling Fitness weights

Bling Fitness

With a mission to “provide style choices for women that spark interest in fitness and promotes healthy lifestyles in mind, body, and spirit,” this company makes dumbbells and kettlebells that are cute and colorful. Not just a single color – boring. These weights come in pink camo, floral blue, cheetah, zebra and hope. I had fun playing with these at the booth. And I like their tag line – Strength Comes in Many Colors.



ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
One last thing – I’ve seen the various celebrity ice bucket challenges (fundraisers for the fight against ALS) going around, and saw a big one live at the convention, when the founders of IDEA joined up with some of the fitness industry’s leaders for a group ice-freeze, but had no interest in doing one myself, especially here in drought-stricken California. But this morning my nephew wanted to tag me, so I agreed because I believe in the project (if not the waste of water) and couldn’t say no to a kid. Known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is well known to the fitness industry, due in large part to our long-standing relationship with Augie Nieto, founder of Life Fitness and Augie’s Quest. I hope you watch my video and go tag three people with your own video. Of course, the point is to raise money, which seems to be working.

Go forth and be healthy! Challenge yourself to something new today.

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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19 Responses to 7 Healthy Living Products You Want to Know About

  1. Yum Yucky August 18, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Workout Wypes. My first thought is that they were for butt crack sweat. Ooops.
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  2. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta August 18, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    How did I miss the Beyond Meat booth? I am even on their blogger mailing list. Darn! If I hear they had samples I’d be even more sad that I missed them. And I loved the Bling Fitness gear. So cute (and I don’t often say that about dumbbells and kettlebells).
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  3. Beyond Meat August 18, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    Thanks for stopping by at IdeaWorld Alexandra. This was our first time at the expo and it was great to see all of the other amazing vendors there. Gerolsteiner kept us hydrated throughout the expo so we’re glad to see they made your list as well!

    Looking forward to being back next year and we hope to see you there too :)

    • AlexandraFunFit August 18, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      Thanks for the comment and for cheering up Debbie. Yes, I’ll be there next year. I’ve been to almost all of them since the they started in the 80s. Sometimes I’m a presenter, sometimes I’m a writer, sometimes I’m a blogger, sometimes I’m helping a brand at a booth, and all of the time I’m an enthusiastic participant. L.A. in 2015!!
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  4. Jody - Fit at 56 August 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    What great shares!!!!!! Curious about Intelliskin so eager to hear more. I prefer to try to do this on my own but really interested in what you think. Always like wipes – I need them even when not exercising! :)

    I have been seeing the ALS challenges everywhere! I would give the money! ;)
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  5. Elyse F. August 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Ahh I loved the beyond meat!!! I didn’t get to check out the intelliskin booth but now I wish I would’ve!
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  6. Linz @ Itz Linz August 18, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

    haha i like the bling fitness!
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  7. Coco August 19, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    I like the Bling too, although sometimes I feel kind of badass using my chipped grey weights.
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  8. Pamela Hernandez August 19, 2014 at 5:00 am #

    I need those workout wipes! It was soooo good to see you again!
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  9. Renee Benda August 19, 2014 at 5:43 am #

    I’m still heartbroken I wasn’t able to get to Ideafit this year. This is a great list. I love the pretty weights.
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  10. Kris Olsen August 19, 2014 at 6:25 am #

    Sounds like a great conference! So many great products out there! Always looking for a great water to try. Will have to look into the mineral water!
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  11. Suzanne @WorkoutNirvana August 19, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    So damn jealous! But thank you for the “wrap up” – felt like I was there :)

  12. GiGi Eats Celebrities August 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    Workout WYPES !!!! I need them. Sometimes my gym runs out of wipes and it drives me bananas because I get so grossed out – the machines look super sweaty, EW! Who knew machines actually sweated? Oh wait, it was the GROSS PEOPLE BEFORE ME!!!!!! I bring clorox wipes with me just in case actually.
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  13. bodynsoil August 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    I’ve opened a few links to check out, InteliSkin is on of the and of course the page on tree nuts, which I love..
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  14. Clara October 13, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    Wow….Ice Bucket Challenge!
    You live very strong. Thank you sharing
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