It’s mid-May and you know what that means, right? FBG party!
Which also means it’s award season here in the Fit Bottomed World.
For us, that includes the Fitties, Mommies, Noshies, and Zennies — AKA the best products we tried over the course of the last year. And, since our redesign last year, it makes sense that all the awards are in one spot, right? Right! (And, yep, we love some of these so much that we’ve become affiliates — meaning, if you decide to try something out, a portion goes to supporting this site. Thanks!)
Now let’s get on with these coveted honors!
2019 Fitties: The Best in Fitness & Health
2019 Fitties: Apparel & Kicks
Best running socks: Elite Collection by Feetures. With superior comfort, performance and durability, the Elite Collection by Feetures is, well, elite!
Best athleisure coat that seriously keeps you warm and cozy: Free Country’s Women’s Vanguard Parka Jacket. Not only do we love how it looks, but it’s also so warm, so comfortable, and — best of all — it’s machine-washable, cuts the wind, and has a really flattering fit.
Best walking/athleisure shoes: Easy Spirit Garabi Walking Shoes. Great with jeans, great with leggings, great at the park, great on a walk, these are our go-to everyday athleisure shoes.
Best workout hoodie: Fly-By Hoodie. It’s cozy, it’s comfy, it holds your cellphone and has a headphone anchor zipper pull. Plus, it’s crazy warm without being overly bulky. Did we mention it’s cute, too?
Best running shoes: Brooks Ghost 11. We always love a running shoe that feels comfortable right off the bat — and doesn’t quit after miles and miles. The Ghost 11 does all that, and looks great to boot!
2019 Fitties: Fitness Buys & Tech
Best fitness app: Aaptiv. Since originally writing about our experience with Aaptiv, our love of this app has only increased. It’s like having a coach by your side for running, weights, meditation, and more.
Best kayak for solo outings: ORU Kayak The Beach LT: One of the biggest barriers to getting out on the water for many people is the fact that it’s hard to transport and load up a boat or board alone. Once you get the feel for setting up this lightweight, foldable kayak, though, you can easily head out on your own!
Best way to get TSA’s attention: The Original Worm. This versatile massage product works wonders both at home and on the road … but, we learned last summer that it’s something you might want to pull out of your suitcase before you go through security. TSA tends to have questions. Still, totally worth it to have it upon landing!
Best gym bag: Go Dash Dot Go Tote. Where’s a girl to put all her awesome beauty stuff, plus work and life and on-the-go stuff? IN THIS BAG.
Best non-diet self-love approach to being healthy: Love Your Body. Love Your Life. Not that we’re biased or anything …
2019 Fitties: Beauty
Best natural deodorant spray: Miss Doyle’s Soapery Inspire Bath. Be Bold is our favorite scent, but they all rock. And, they all give back to a good cause. (Learn more in this podcast episode.)
Best sports bra addition: Honey Cloudz. Seriously, these are such an upgrade to the pads that come with most sports bras. They provide additional coverage and they stay put. Also great in your swimsuit!
Best post-workout hair refresher: Kerabotanica Slay and Play. Made with a natural blend of coconut oil, sweet almond oil and blue agave extract, it moisturizes, refreshes and revitalizes, all while making your locks smell like French bergamot and sweet South Africa freesia.
Best daily moisturizer: FRÉ Revive Me. The daily treatment serum keeps skin hydrated and nourished with minerals and vitamins — and it even combats the short and long-term damage, such as premature aging, dryness and skin fatigue, caused by harmful environmental conditions. Plus, it’s actually formulated for skin that sweats.
Best night cream: Willing Beauty Sleepover Replenishing Night Cream. Take your beauty sleep one step even more beautiful with this night cream that has a moisturizing mix of antioxidants and brightening fruit acids that help encourage cell turn over and the stimulation of collagen. It feels so great on.
Best daily facial sunscreen: colorescience Daily UV Protector Whipped Mineral Sunscreen. We’re very particular about our sunscreen, and we absolutely love how light and airy this goes on. With just a hint of color, it also gives you a little bit of coverage without being nearly as heavy as a foundation.
Best beauty box: FabFitFun. With a mix of beauty, fitness, and fun, it’s always full of surprises — and new faves for us!
Best option for waxing newbies: Parissa Wax Strips. Legs, brows, underarms, and more — if you’re looking for an at-home DIY waxing product that isn’t scary, start with these.
Best race-cation: KLM Curaçao Marathon. It was EPIC — although, truth be told, so was this. And this. We might just love traveling for races …
2019 Mommies: The Best in Moms, Kids, & Families
Best way to upgrade your me-time in the bath tub: Eden’s Garden Salt Soaks. These blends include Epsom and sea salts with essential oils. Not only do they smell heavenly, but they feel heavenly. And if you’ve got sore muscles, bonus! The Epsom salts totally help with that.
Best sheets: Eucalypso Sheets. While these 100-percent organic and hypoallergenic eucalyptus sheets can’t guarantee your little one sleeps through the night, they are designed to help you prevent breakouts, regulate body temperature, and give you a great night’s sleep (as long as no one is crying). They feel fantastic, too — soft and luxurious — and they even help the environment, as they’re 10 times more sustainable than cotton bedding.
Best pregnancy and post-partum nutrition powder: Protiva. Protiva is the first and only collagen protein drink proven safe and effective for pregnant women and new moms. Plus, it tastes great!
Best swim lessons franchise: Goldfish Swim School. With a focus on water safety, this swim school not only teaches your kiddo to swim safely, but they have fun while doing so — and it totally builds confidence in and out of the water.
Best educational toys for bathtime: Baby Bibi. With waterproof books and letters, these make bathtime extra fun — and an opportune time for learning words, letters, and numbers.
Best new line of kid-friendly convenience foods: kidfresh. With nothing artificial in them, this line of freezer foods sneaks veggies into foods kids love. We’re particularly fond of the tots!
2019 Noshies: The Best in Food & Nutrition
Best way to quickly make a smoothie: SmoothieBox. They’re filling. They’re tasty. They’re full of organic fruits, veggies, and collagen-rich protein. And, they’re convenient. What’s not to adore?
Best way to drink less coffee: Four Sigmatic Coffee With Lion’s Mane. With half the caffeine of a normal cup of Joe, this is a great way to tone down how much coffee you’re drinking without really even noticing it. Plus, Lion’s Mane mushrooms can help with focus, productivity, creativity and focus.
Best prepackaged way to drink cold brew coffee: Wandering Bear. The flavor of this cold black coffee is smooth, rich, dark and with hints of chocolate, wood and vanilla. Without being sweet, it feels so decadent — almost like dessert. A seriously delicious cold brew that’s by far the best we’ve ever had on-the-go.
Best new twist on collagen: Vital Proteins Original Matcha Collagen. Vital Proteins has basically taken two superfoods here — matcha green tea powder and collagen — and put them together into one delicious powder that is delicious and refreshing.
Best foodie surprise: The breweries of Virgina’s Blue Ridge. Who knew you could hike the AT right into a beer lover’s paradise?
Best frozen convenience food: Daily Harvest. Every time we’re struggling to come up with a healthy lunch and remember that we’ve got a smoothie or harvest bowl waiting for us, it’s a win.
2019 Zennies: The Best in Mindful Living
Best line of yoga apparel, period: KiraGrace. Don’t try to make us pick a favorite piece. They’re all amazing — and continue to be so, season after season and look after look.
Best blanket to get your hygge on: Free CountryButter Pile Fleece Oversize Throw Blanket. It really is buttery soft, super cuddly, and warm. It’s all oversized, so you can share with your fave peeps and pets on the couch.
Best om-themed subscription box: YogaClub. Everyone loves getting packages in the mail. And packages that contain a full, beautiful yoga outfit, curated by a stylist just for you with your specific needs and likes in mind? We call that winning. Big time.
Best eco-friendly way to journal / take notes / anything written: Everlast by Rocketbook. With a classic pen-and-paper experience and feel, this notebook is actually reusable and via an app can take your handwritten notes and save them to your favorite cloud services (it can even transcribe them!).
Best multi-purpose yoga towel: LEUS Suede Microfiber Yoga Towel. Not only is this yoga towel absolutely striking, but it’s also really absorbent, and, because it doesn’t have a nubby back, it easily doubles as a regular (but super lightweight) non-yoga towel. Beach yoga and a swim, anyone?
And there you have it … 2019’s Fitties, Mommies, Noshies, and Zennies! Congrats to all of our winners!