Stay Cozy and Welcome Spring With Our March Must Haves
This month| we’re welcoming Spring with open arms| but staying cozy while we do. We’re gearing up with fun crops and light jackets to layer up during our workouts| then taking in a few fun outdoor events that celebrate the season. Check out our must haves for March!
| S’well Water Bottle
I’ve been keeping this S’well Sparkling Champagne water bottle ($45 for the 25-ounce size) in full view to make sure I drink enough water every day. Not only is it pretty to look at| but it keeps my water cold and holds 25 ounces| which means fewer trips to the watercooler during office hours. It’s not all workhorse| though u2014 the large size means this shimmery bottle is big enough to hold an entire bottle of wine when the weekend hits. Spring picnics| I’m ready for you.
u2014 Leta Shy| editor
| Coola SPF Sunscreen Spray
After a lifetime of slathering on whatever sunscreen I could find laying around| I have become a brand loyalist to Coola’s Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen Spray ($32). While some may balk at its higher price point| it’s an investment I’m OK paying and completely worth it when it comes to protecting my skin from the sun’s harsh rays.
Made from 70-percent organic ingredients| I love that Coola goes on without leaving the sticky film that most spray sunscreens tend to do. And while the unscented sunscreen spray is my favorite| Coola also offers scented sprays in piu00f1a colada and citrus mimosa for those days when you need a little tropical-infused aromatherapy. Water resistant for up to 80 minutes and quick to go on| it’s the perfect accompaniment to an outdoor workout. It’s just an added bonus that it’s also made with ingredients that help hydrate the skin and have antiaging benefits.
u2014 Michele Foley| senior editor
| Yuve Protein Powder
If you’re looking for a plant-based protein powder that is seriously delicious| pick up a tub of Yuve Raw Chia Seeds & Cocoa ($50). The texture is completely smooth| and the flavor is mildly sweet and chocolaty u2014 not at all chalky or artificial tasting like some brands can be. It’s dairy- and soy-free| non-GMO| and is made with a combination of real ingredients| including pea protein| brown rice| kale| goji berries| chia seeds| flaxseeds| spirulina| spinach| broccoli| and cocoa. Amazing| right? Each 155-calorie serving offers four grams of fiber and 16 grams of protein. I usually add half a serving to my regular smoothie recipe| but you could also mix a whole serving with coconut water or almond milk for a delicious post-workout snack.
| Vimmia Splice 3/4 Legging
It’s time to shed full-length running tights and show some ankle! I am digging the slight compression feel I get from the Splice 3/4 Legging ($110) by Vimmia. The wicking fabric is soft but a bit thicker than most running capris to provide a little extra support for my hardworking legs. With a zippered pocket on the back of the thick| comfortable waistband| these have quickly become my go-to running capris. The strategically placed seams make this legging stylish and flattering.
u2014 Susi May| content director
| GapFit Breathe Tee
For the warmer yet blustery Spring days| when a jacket is too heavy and a tank top leaves you too exposed| this Breathe long-sleeved tee ($24| originally $30) from GapFit provides the perfect amount of coverage. Made of incredibly soft| lightweight wicking material| the tee keeps me comfortable on runs both long and short. I am always a sucker for thumbholes on any running top| but I appreciate the large cuffs on this shirt| which help keep the sleeves in place when I push them up my arms as I heat up midrun. This tee is flattering too and just long enough to provide coverage without restricting motion.
| Epic Jerky Bites
When these brand-new Epic Jerky Bites first arrived on my desk| I was hesitant to taste| but from my first bite of the Epic Uncured Bacon Bites ($7 per package)| I was in love. Chewy| smoky| and satisfying u2014 six of these Paleo-friendly protein-packed pieces are just 100 calories with no sugar whatsoever. I ended passing them around the office| but now I’m wishing I had held on to them for myself| so I could grab a handful right now. Luckily| these bites will be available to buy online this month| so I won’t have to wait too much longer for another taste.
| Lunchbots Bento Cinco
Just like gym bags with tons of pockets| I love me a good lunch container with lots of compartments| and the Lunchbots Bento Cinco ($35) fits the bill. It’s the perfect container for those who love variety in their lunches from home| and it also helps with portion sizes if you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight. Made of dishwasher-safe stainless steel| it offers two larger sections and three smaller ones| perfect for cut-up fruits| fresh or roasted veggies| whole grains| protein-packed foods| and salads. Just know that this container is not water-tight| so skip wet foods like soup and yogurt| and pack dressings and dips separately.
u2014 Jenny Sugar| contributing editor
| Asics Adjust Bra
I’m not the bustiest girl on the block| and I’ve always opted for cheap| stretchy sports bras with just a little support. That all changed when I wore Asics Adjust Bra ($42) for the first time. It was incredibly comfortable while providing a ton of support| and the molded cups made me feel even more confident in my workout gear. Instead of throwing this bra in my hamper after wearing| I washed this baby immediately| so I could rock it the following day. If that’s not a resounding endorsement| I don’t know what is.
u2014 Lizzie Fuhr| associate editor
| Los Angeles Marathon
As an Angelean transplant who’s lived in San Francisco for close to a decade| I’m excited to go back to my hometown to run the Asics Los Angeles Marathon on March 15. I’ll admit| the thought of running in always-hot LA is a little intimidating| but I’m welcoming its flatter terrain| especially since I’m used to hillier courses (even better: I’ll be participating in the relay portion| which is half the course instead of the full 26.2 miles). For running daredevils| it’s not too late to sign up| but if last-minute marathon racing isn’t your thing| check out the course u2014 which winds its way from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica u2014 so you can cheer on the runners if you live in the area.
| Wine| Women| and Wellness Weekend
Living in San Francisco has several benefits| one of which includes a quick drive to wine country. But if you’re not careful| a day of wine tasting can wreak havoc on next-day plans| as you spend the entire day sleeping off Zinfandel. That’s why the annual Wine| Women| and Wellness weekend (beginning on March 6) is such a treat. It combines my love of wine with fitness| making for a health-inspired girls getaway. The weekend is spent tasting some of Napa’s greatest wines (all made by female winemakers in the region)| but each morning kicks off with a workout| which helps set a healthy tone for the rest of the day.
What I am especially excited about is the inclusion of a nutritional seminar led by Sophie Jaffe of Philosophie. A longtime fan of Sophie and her products| I can’t wait to hear all her tips for detoxing and recharging the body in a natural way.