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Now that the holidays are over it’s time to get back on track with our health goals and self-care routines. Whether you’ve made a commitment to better eating, more exercise, positive mental health or being kinder to the environment, here are some genius products that will help you stay on track in 2020.
A tool that does all your dicing and slicing
Everyone knows that prep work is one of the biggest drags of doing your own cooking. But if cutting back on takeout and eating more plant-based foods is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you can’t go wrong with a food processor. It slices or shreds all of your veggies, fruits and even cheese, plus it’s handy for making cauliflower rice or a variety of bean-based dips or sauces.
Black + Decker Food Processor, $46 at Amazon.
Something to help with portion control
If portion sizes are your weakness, having a digital scale in the kitchen is an essential. Especially one that not only weighs your food, but tells you how many calories and nutrients you’re consuming at the same time. You may still have to work on your willpower, but at least this takes the guesswork out of it.
Digital Nutrition Scale, $30 at Amazon.
A gratitude journal
Learning to embrace gratitude is said to be good for your physical, mental and spiritual state of mind—it’s no wonder Orpah does it. If you want to take some time to be more thankful for the things in your life this year, invest in a journal where you can write about all of the big and little things that bring you gratitude.
The One-Minute Gratitude Journal, $9 at Amazon.
A book inspiring happiness
Or, if you need a little motivation to get going on your 2020 gratitude project, consider Moorea Seal’s brilliant follow-up to the 52-List Project. This hardcover journal helps you create one inspirational list every week of the year, sparking creativity by posing specific questions about things that bring you joy or asking you to reflect on how your loved ones would describe you. It’s the perfect mix of self-reflection and gratitude that everyone needs in their life.
52 Lists For Happiness, $16 at Amazon.
A glowing water bottle
Did you know we’re supposed to drink half our body weight in ounces of water daily to stay hydrated and healthy? It’s no secret most of us know we should be drinking more water in 2020 (or any year). Make it a bit easier to remember that H20 with a new smart water bottle, perhaps one that glows when it’s been a while since you’ve taken a swig.
Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle, $80 at Amazon.
A magnet that lets you plan all the things
If meal planning is a thing you want to do more of in 2020 then you’ll want to use your fridge in more ways than one. We’re talking about this awesome fridge magnet that doubles as a menu-planner and comes with a stash of colourful markers. As a bonus, you can also write down any reminders you need for the week and even your grocery list. Genius.
MoLo Magnetic Menu Board for Kitchen Fridge, $20 at Amazon.
A budgeting tool
Keeping track of your finances can be such a pain, especially for those of us who still need to see everything written down. And while yes, there are apps out there that can help us all to be a bit more financially savvy, having a physical journal that’s dedicated to budgeting—and only budgeting—can also be very helpful. This specific journal, when used properly, even comes with a money-back guarantee that it will keep your finances organized. Ka-ching!
Clever Fox Budget Planner, $31 at Amazon.
A personal meditation assistant
There are many proven benefits to daily meditation and practicing mindfulness, but that doesn’t make the act of actually sitting down and getting your brain to focus easy. Enter this personal meditation assistant, which comes in the form of a high-tech headband and is designed to help measure your mind’s activities. Then, it translates those brain waves into appropriate weather sounds, ensuring you can always get your zen on when needed.
Muse: The Brain-Sensing Headband, $160 at Amazon.
Bags that help the environment
If you want to be more eco-conscious in 2020 and reduce your carbon footprint a bit, these mesh, reusable bags are the perfect thing. Bring them along to the grocery store the next time you’re shopping, and leave those giant roles of flimsy plastic produce bags where they belong—on the shelf.
Reusable Mesh/Produce Bags 12 Pack, $20 at Amazon.
And a delicious vegan cookbook
You can shrink that carbon footprint further by focusing on a plant-based diet in 2020, and what better way to stay motivated and inspired than with a new plant-based cookbook filled with all the delicious things? Lauren Toyota is one of our faves with her simple but universal meals, which are perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike.
Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics, $29 at Amazon.
A robot vacuum
Unless you’re Monica Geller from Friends we’re going to bet that cleaning isn’t your favourite activity. Ours neither. But if you’ve pledged to be a bit tidier in the new year, there’s nothing wrong with calling in some help. The iRobot isn’t as pricey as a cleaning service and can take one thing off your to-do list permanently. This vacuum sucks up everything from pet hair to dust, and is perfect whether you have carpet or hardwood. Then, once it’s done its cleaning, the little miracle-worker moseys on back to its docking station, where it goes ahead and charges back up.
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum, $480 at Amazon.
Something to help you get your sweat on
One of the reasons we tend to fall off our new and exciting workout regimens as the months tick by is that they can be so… regimented. That’s why this fun dice and cards kit is pretty genius. Not only can you take your workouts with you anywhere, but the 5-15 minute mini-workouts are designed to give you your best results yet. No two workouts are ever the same, so basically keep calm and sweat on.
Stack 52 Quick Sweat Fitness Dice, $27 at Amazon.