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Jenn’s Top Picks: February 2020

Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD

My favorite products, or top picks, is back this month after skipping January. I’ve brought an eclectic mix for you today. I hope you find something you like here!

As always, let me know if there are any product recommendations you are looking for!

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Benifuuki Japanese Green Tea

So this is kind of a weird one but bear with me for a second…

When I was in school, I took a course on complementary and alternative medicine. One of our assignments was to do a “self-study” on any topic we chose within the alternative medicine space.  I have pretty bad allergies, so my first thought was to try taking local honey. But as I researched this topic, it became clear that that wasn’t a good idea for my location, as we get pollen blown in from all directions. Somehow I came across a study on benifuuki tea. 

This is a “breed” of green tea that has a very slightly different composition of the EGCG that green tea is well-known for.  This different composition makes it much more readily absorbed, and small studies show great improvement in allergic symptoms.

And the results, for me, were incredible.  I don’t love the taste, but it’s not the worst either. I drink it in the morning with some lemon juice and ground ginger, which improves the taste and the effectiveness of the tea.  Just like any other allergy medication, if I drink it for a long time, the effectiveness wears off. But it works for a longer time and with better effect than any allergy medication I have used. After a couple of days, I can usually stop taking other medications altogether! 

The linked tea is the exact product I use. I haven’t come across it anywhere else.

Obviously, everyone’s results will vary.  But I’d love to hear yours if you decide to try it.

Annie Chun’s Organic Seaweed Snacks

Seaweed snacks are one of those foods that tends to weird people out.

But they’re good, I promise. These packs have only 25 calories and are an excellent idea for when you want to snack on something, but aren’t super hungry. They have a crispy texture and there are four different flavors: salt and vinegar, sea salt, sesame, and wasabi.

If you’ve never had wasabi before, I would recommend trying the other flavors first! I love wasabi, but the flavor definitely isn’t for everyone.

Comfee’ Slow Cooker

If you haven’t checked out my unboxing video on this product, go check it out. I hope to get a quick video review of this product up on Youtube soon.

We bought this slow cooker because the one I had just randomly quit working and this one popped up on the Amazon deal of the day.

It has more features than a regular slow cooker. It has settings for white rice, brown rice, steaming vegetables, chili, pasta, oatmeal, and sauteing. You can keep it warm when you’re done cooking and can pre-set your cooker up to 24 hours in advance.

The lid doesn’t detach, which is a small inconvenience. Also, the vent puts out a lot of steam when you’re in rice cooking mode, so be careful!

As far as how it works, I don’t have any complaints. Brown rice comes out perfect with very little effort on my part. My chili comes out perfect. I still have a bit of experimenting to do, but I’ve been very happy with this purchase so far.

Copper Crisper Tray

I bought a copper crisper tray after the millionth client asked me about an air fryer. These were marketed as a cheaper option to the more expensive air fryers that were flooding the market at the time.

I do appreciate the cheaper price, but a love the easy storage of this product. I don’t have the counter space for appliances, and my storage space for these items is precious. A glorified convection oven isn’t going to make the cut.

This is a simple idea that does a good job. By bringing the food off the baking tray, the heat is more evenly distributed, making for a crispier product. It really does make a difference, and many times I’ve wished I opted for the large version of my tray. 

What do you think?

Would you try any of these products?

Do you have any that you think I should try? Let me know in the comments!

Jenn in a grey and white half sleeved shirt in front of a beige wall and a abstract city painting

Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD is a registered dietitian, mom, wife, and vegetarian in North Texas. She has dedicated Dietitian Jenn to be a source of information, ideas, and inspiration for people like her, vegetarians that live with people with different dietary beliefs and/or needs in a multivore household.

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