Leanne’s Best of the Best

So my favorite articles in my favorite magazines tend to be the ones titled the “Best of the Best” or “Best of 2010” (or whatever year just ended), or “Best of Beauty” or “Best in Health.” You get the idea. I love articles that tell me what the “best” is. This means I have new beauty/fitness/food stuff to buy and try, and I can feel a little better knowing that it comes highly recommended. I have decided that I should create my own little “Best of the Best” list. It’s like the ultimate Friday 5 Faves. There is a good chance a lot of my list will include food. Girl likes to eat. It will be healthy stuff though because that’s how I roll. And I have supplemented the plethora of edible things with fitness/exercise related things. Without further ado…
“Best of the Best According to Leanne”

Best snack foods: Clif Bar Minis, Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds, hummus w/ cucumber slices

Best protein bars: Clif Bar (regular size) in the Blueberry Streusel and Chocolate Chip flavors, Kashi Go Lean Roll in the Caramel Peanut flavor, LaraBar in the Cherry Pie flavor

Best healthy treat: mug cake (mix 3 heaping spoonfuls of favorite cake mix with a little water in a coffee mug until smooth and nuke for 50 seconds), Back to Nature Madagascar Vanilla Wafers, microwave s’mores (place 1/2 graham cracker sheet on plate, place 10 mini chocolate chips on top and then top that with a jumbo marshmallow, nuke for 15 seconds, top with other graham)

Best “when I need a splurge but don’t totally want to blow my diet” treat: vegan peanut butter cookie from Whole Foods bakery, Rice Dream Mint Chocolate Frozen Pie

Best cereal: Kashi Go Lean Crunch Berry, Special K Cinnamon Pecan, Cascadian Farms Fruitful O’s or Cinnamon Crunch

Best on the go meal: packet of Justin’s peanut or almond butter with whole grain bagel

Best bang for your buck at Starbucks: grande coffee with 1 pump mocha, 1 pump peppermint and soy milk (a skinnied up and cheaper version of the high calorie $5 Peppermint Mocha latte)

Best exercise move: the plank

Best exercise equipment: kettle bells (using these bad boys for 20 min is equivalent to running a 10 minute mile for the same time)

Best website for healthy recipes: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com or http://www.hungry-girl.com

Best health/fitness related magazine: Health

Best face moisturizer: Garnier Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV Lotion or Jergens Natural Glow Daily Facial Moisturizer

Best everyday facewash: Garnier NutriPure Cleansing Towelettes

Best exfoliator: St. Ives Apricot Scrub

Best eye cream: Clinique All About Eyes

Best “tool”: Garnier eye roller (Clinique makes a good one too, but this guy is only $7!!)

Best self tanner: Hempz Touch of Summer Daily Moisturizer

Best body lotion: Dove Cream Oil

Best body wash: Bath and Body Works Shower and Bath Gel in the Brown Sugar and Fig scent

Best drug store skin care line: Garnier

Best department store skin care line: Skinceuticals

Best splurge: Skinceuticals Phloretin CF serum

Best lip gloss: Smith’s Rosebud Salve

Best blush: Tarte Cheek Stain

Best mascara: Maybelline Grow Luscious

Best powder: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Original SPF 15

Best concealer: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Well Rested for Eyes

Best shampoo/conditioner: Loreal EverPure Sulfate Free line

There you go. Now time to go buy stuff.

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