During our extensive research to find the hottest trends and coolest products, we come across up-and-coming brands that we just have to introduce you to! Some of the brands below you’ll find at our networking event on January 21st (get tickets here), others are simply products our team can’t live without. Let’s take a look at what’s trending in the HBC Recommended Edit this week.

Bol Foods Salad Jars

Globally-inspired, natural food brand BOL Food’s collection of four fresh and healthy Salad Jars are vibrant, nutritious and, most importantly delicious: perfect for busy people on the go. Inspired by the healthy California lifestyle, they combine exotic flavours and vivid colours, layering healthy grains, green leaves and good fats, resulting in a meal that is packed with natural ingredients and bursting with wholesome goodness. Developed in collaboration with top TV chef Alex Mackay and renowned nutritionist Ian Marber (The Food Doctor), each salad jar is vegetarian and under 350 calories.

Perfect for… Staying healthy on-the-go. Simply dress, shake and enjoy.
Pick it up at… Available online and in store at Tesco, Waitrose and Ocado

Upbeat Active Whey Protein Drinks

Upbeat Active is a delicious whey protein drink that fuels your 657 muscles so you can stay healthy and active for life. The family-run company believe that every muscle matters – from your heart to your glutes. Upbeat Active is also the proud sponsor of The Muscle Help Foundation; helping draw attention to the importance of muscle health and raising funds for those living with muscular dystrophy. On January 17th, the two companies joined forces to launch the #657challenge; 2017’s version of the Mannequin or Ice Bucket challenge. Their Upbeat dairy drinks are made with just the right amount of whey protein from British milk that’ll make you feel energised and generally awesome.

Perfect for… Getting 20g of whey protein in one delicious dairy hit.
Pick it up at… Available in store and online at Tesco, WHSmith, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Ocado and Holland & Barrett

Heck Chicken Sausages

Is there such a thing as a healthier sausage? HECK yes! The Brits love a banger, that’s a fact, but the words sausages and healthy eating don’t always go hand in hand.  That was until HECK came along. This young, Yorkshire food company is taking some of our favourite foods to healthier heights with its delicious gluten-free sausages, burgers and meatballs made with minimum 85% lean British meat. Healthy innovation is at the heart of HECK, a family & friend run business, on a mission to make good food with a healthier twist. One example is their lean and light chicken range. Containing 70% less fat than regular versions, they’ve raced up the pecking order to become the nation’s favourite, good-for-you, gourmet bangers. 

Perfect for… A lighter and healthier alternative to the traditional sausage.
Pick it up at… Buy online from Heck Food and most major supermarkets nationwide.

Gryo bars Cricket & Hemp Protein Snacks

Gryö is an environmentally friendly health food brand currently making snack bars made from alternative proteins. The proteins used are either cricket powder or hemp powder, the latter is suitable for vegans. The idea is to get people to eat food which is better for you and for our planet without compromising on taste. As a result, they come in three unique and delicious flavours: Dark Chocolate & Pistachio, Apricot & Thyme and Ginger & Fig. All the bars are gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar free. 

Perfect for… An eco-friendly, all-natural protein boost whilst on-the-go
Pick it up at…  Gryo have just launched successfully in the Bon Marché in France and are also exclusively available online at www.gryo-bars.com in the UK.

Green People Beauty Boost Skin Restore

Discover luminous skin brilliance with this organic Beauty Boost Skin Restore product. It is a luxury at-home facial treatment and intense skin booster, created to plump and re-charge the complexion, restore brightness and banish dull skin. Replacing traditional peel off masks, this innovative and time-saving leave-on variation is designed to be used twice weekly. Innovative Wakame maximises cellular energy and stimulates collagen formation. Everlasting Flower has an intense soothing action and Avocado enriches skin with vitamins A, C, D and E. The Green Marine Macro Algae provides major hydration whilst mood-lifting Ylang Ylang and Mandarin leave the skin beautifully scented, balanced and refined. Beauty Boost is set to become the go-to product to banish dull skin and revitalise skin tone. 

Perfect for… Getting that ‘fresh out the salon’ feeling without leaving your home.
Pick it up at… Available at GreenPeople.co.uk, Planet Organic, Wholefoods and all good independent health food shops. RRP: £19.00.

Abel & Cole Nourishing Kits

Abel & Cole deliver nourishing subscription veg boxes to your door for the ultimate convenient health food delivery. Alongside their boxes, they have created three invigorating kits which include all of the ingredients and recipes you need to make four portions of nutrient-packed nosh. Choose from digestion-aiding fermented Krautchi, warming Golden Chai, and the perfect soup and stew addition – the Comfort & Spice Pesto Kit. Starting at £4 these are a great way to add a healthy boost to your shop this new year. Pick and mix these little bundles to boost your health and culinary happiness. Each bundle includes a recipe card and all ingredients needed to make four delicious and nutrient-rich portions.

Perfect for… boosting your health as well as your culinary skills.
Pick it up at… Available to buy online from Abel & Cole.