We are proud to present the fourth BeautyMNL Awards: an eleven-part event that celebrates this fabulous year in beauty and wellness. After comprehensive discussion—and a whole lot of road-testing—the girls at the BeautyMNL office have listed the Best Products of 2019.
In the fifth installment of our 2019 BeautyMNL Awards, we’re whetting the palate with the Best Food and Drink Products that have earned a permanent spot on our grocery lists. You’ll find healthy swaps for guilt-free snacking and pantry essentials to round out your diet with all the nutrients you need. In between, there are good-for-you beverages that are sure to quench your thirst. Make room in your shopping carts—these winners are 100 percent worth it.
7Grains Company Organic Edamame Protein Pasta, P160
“As a lover of carbs, it’s hard to just take it out of my diet. This helped me lessen my consumption of regular pasta and noodles by using this instead. Doesn’t feel like dieting at all. In my opinion, this is best with Asian flavors.” - Nyra S.
7Grains Skinny Protein Aminos (300ml), P120
“Hard vouch it really tastes like Kikkoman without all the bad sodium and cholesterol. My whole family are now converts because it tastes just as good and is much healthier than normal soy sauce!” - Sam K.
Amazin’ Graze Banana Bread Granola (250g), P399
“Favorite quick breakfast idea! I super love all the flavors, but this one is my favorite.” - Bea C.
Amazin’ Graze Coconut Kaya (Coconut Jam) Granola (250g), P399
“I love the taste of sweet coconut, so this granola variant is perfect for me! It has just the right mix of granola, pecans, almonds, dried cranberries, pandan leaves, shredded coconut, and chia seeds. What I like about it is that it’s not too sweet. It’s perfect as a breakfast option (when mixed with milk) or a snack on its own.” - Angie G.
Amazin’ Graze Hazelnut Black Forest Granola (250g), P399
“This is my ultimate fave! I’ve tried almost all of the Amazin’ Graze flavors, but this one is the best! It has a rich chocolate taste, which goes perfectly with the hazelnuts and dried cherries. It’s so good, I always have to stop myself from finishing the entire bag in one sitting.” - Alex B.
Amazin’ Graze Salted Gula Melaka (Salted Caramel) Granola (250g), P399
“I’m not the biggest fan of granola in general because I usually find that it tastes bland but I super love this one! It tastes really good, is filling, and makes the perfect as a snack by itself or as a topping for ice cream, yogurt, and more.” - Kaila R.
Basilur Vintage Collection, P495
“I’m addicted to tea and I order this by the dozen. The mix of flavors is so unique and it keeps me in the Christmas spirit all year round.” - Ina G.
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Latte (180ml), P40
“It’s a great “creamy” coffee alternative and, when chilled, is super refreshing to have during afternoons and even at night, because it doesn’t leave you hyper with the usual caffeine hit. I also tried this recently with the Super Scoops Vanilla Caramel Pecan Ice Cream and sprinkled in a bit of sea salt and I swear, you can’t tell it’s dairy-free. An absolute godsend for my cravings pre-shark week.” - Claire C.
Cornitos Nacho Crisps Cheesy Sour Cream & Onion (60g), P65
“My go-to snack every time I feel like stress eating. Perfect for snacking!” - Mabel G.
Daddy Mikks Garlic Crunch (130g), now on sale at P162 (limited time only)
“A winner through and through! Sprinkle a bit of this on anything and you won’t be disappointed. I like that it’s affordable and adds to the eating experience. I literally do not know anyone who has not been converted to a Daddy Mikks fan after trying this product out.” - Frankie C.
“I love this product! For someone who loves spicy ingredients and add-ons, this is definitely a must. I love adding it to my rice, veggies, or anything else that needs a bit more flavor and spice. This literally makes me excited to eat!” - Kim H.
Earth Desserts Vegan Dark Choco Sea Salt Granola, P180
“Delicious, dairy-free, and 100% vegan—what more can you ask for in food? Perfect for mid-day snacks and munchies, its sweet and salty flavor makes it the ultimate guiltless snack.” - Danna P.
“I’m a snackaholic, and sometimes I get guilty when I indulge in too much snacks. More often than not, I crave savory snacks over sweet ones, but I’m so happy I came across this because it’s the best of both worlds—it’s not too sweet, it’s slightly salty, and it’s healthy!” - Maia M.
Founding Farmers Wasabi Roasted Edamame, P80
“I love edamame and wasabi so it was a no-brainer I’d love this one. The wasabi isn’t too much that it burns my nose and the sweet edamame flavor balances out the spice. Plus, it’s so easy to snack and eat because they’re bite sized and practically mess-free!” - Sam K.
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee With Lion’s Mane (Box of 10), P780
“I discovered Four Sigmatic through my favorite Youtube beauty vlogger, Gothamista. What really sold me enough to buy a box of my own was the coffee’s focus-boosting benefits. Being a fan of Moon Juice, I sort of knew what to expect in terms of taste: coffee at the core but more nutty and earthy because of the ground mushrooms in the mix. I drink this about twice a week when I have big meetings to attend and really need to get my creative juices flowing and want to be hyper-focused. The first time I drank it, I thought what I was experiencing was just the placebo effect. But now that I’ve gone through about two boxes, I can honestly feel my mind become clearer, sharper, and noticeably more productive whenever I take my Mushroom Coffee.” - Steph C.
Kaffea Coffee With Coco Sugar (12 Sachets), now on sale at P225 (limited time only)
“A healthier alternative to your ordinary coffee! If you’re planning to live a healthier lifestyle but cannot survive without coffee, Kaffea is the way to go. It has several health benefits and makes use of coconut sugar which is a natural sweetener. Plus, the taste is not compromised by the health benefits unlike other healthy coffee products. Kaffea is ready to drink—perfect for people like me who are always on-the-go.” - Mabel G.
Laurin Coco MCT Oil (500ml), P800
“I’m a true believer of MCT Oil! Ever since I started putting it in my morning coffee (and the occasional spoonful in my salads) I’ve noticed how it helped suppress my appetite and improves my concentration. If I don’t take it for awhile, I usually experience brain fog and snack a lot. It’s now a must-have in my morning routine.” - Angie G.
Lorenz Balsamic Vinegar Potato Chips (100g), P75
“Yes, they’re potato chips, so they’re not exactly the poster product for “healthy living.” But I think these are 100% worth indulging in. I don’t even know how to describe the flavor, but it’s super savory and just the right amount of sour—I can finish a whole bag in one sitting and be game for seconds. Plus, I love that these chips aren’t greasy at all. Such a unique experience!” - Ayana T.
Lorenz Rosemary Potato Chips (100g), P75
“Ever since I tried this potato chip, nothing has ever come close. I love the flavor, the texture, the smell, EVERYTHING!” - Frankie C.
Made by Maxine Cacao Hazelnut Almond Butter (225g), now on sale at P324 (limited time only)
“This has been around for a long while, but it’s only recently that I’ve come around to it. It tastes similar to Nutella, and is just as versatile as plain nut butters. Personally, I like spreading it over green apple slices, or mixing a spoonful into my yogurt. Since buying a jar, I’ve found so many new ways to enjoy it, the almond butter in pantry is starting to collect dust!” - Dani C.
Manuka Health Manuka Honey MGO550+ (250g), P3,600
“It was my mom who recommended that I start taking Manuka honey because I’m one of those people who’s always battling a cold. I use this as a foolproof way to fight a sore throat and keep it from morphing into the inevitable cough/cold hybrid at the end of the week. My recipe: mix a tablespoon of Manuka honey and equal parts fresh calamansi juice, then drink it like a shot, twice a day. The honey is expensive, for sure, but when I consider all the money I save on prevention versus cure, it’s worth it.” - Steph C.
Mushterrific Mushroom Chicharon in Garlic Parmesan (100g), P150
“It really is mushterrific! Was pretty surprised with how good this is and would totally snack on it any day.” - Tati G.
Natrue Oat Drink (1L), P129
“This is a pure oat drink with a really mild flavor that I like. I chose to switch to oat drink out of all other plant milks since oat is the most sustainable to grow, and this doesn’t disappoint!” - Sabby R.
Oh So Healthy Mango Sweet Potato Banana Fruit Crisps, P95
“It’s the only fruit snack I enjoy since it never tastes fake or like it’s filled with additives. Where most snacks would leave you feeling unhealthy and greasy, eating this isn’t like that at all even if you go through a whole bag!” - Celine V.
One Bar Birthday Cake (60g), now on sale at P143 (limited time only)
“Dieting is always a nightmare for dessert monsters like myself. Having to significantly cut down on my favorite sweets seemed horrific until I found One Bar’s Birthday Cake Protein Bar! I can now curb my sweet tooth cravings with this bar and also reach my minimum protein requirement, which is essential to my weight loss journey.” - Nisee L.
Quest Mint Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar (60g), now on sale at P158 (limited time only)
“My favorite flavor in a protein bar! Really loved the taste and texture of this bar. The taste is very balanced.” - Joe B.
Rose’s Kitchen Cinnamon Almond Cashew (200g), P370 “This is, hands-down, the most hardworking nut butter! I’ve tried so many kinds of nut butter from all over the world, but this one tastes amazing. It’s a MUCH healthier version of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter that’s both organic and proudly local. I have it for breakfast practically every day on toast, and stock up at least 2 jars in my pantry so I never run out! It’s that good.” - Ann G.
Silk Almond Milk Dark Choco (946ml), P189
“I love chocolate milk, but I’ve been trying to avoid dairy, so I tried this one out as an alternative—and I’m so happy I did! This tastes so rich and chocolaty which I love. This has completely replaced all the dairy milk in our fridge!” - Carli D.
Snack Box Triple Chocolate Brownie Crunch, P88
“The cheaper alternative to Shiela G’s Brownie Brittle. It’s super good and it’s not too sweet.” - Andi A.
“I am obsessed with this! As someone with a huge sweet tooth, I super love this for snacking!” - Julia D.
SOZO Natural Shirataki Rice (200g), P150
“I love rice and can eat copious amounts of it, but I know it isn’t the best for my health and my weight. When I started counting my calories this year, I would replace my white rice with quinoa but it was never quite as satisfying. Imagine my excitement when I discovered shirataki rice! The texture is similar to rice, maybe a bit gummier, but with ZERO calories! It’s perfect for anyone on Keto or just looking to cut back on carbs. It’s easy to prepare and honestly, super yummy!” - Patty G.
The Green Tummy Organic Chia Seeds (500g), P450
“It’s a really easy way of incorporating superfoods into your daily meals! Plus it’s affordable, and the packaging makes it easy to store with its built-in seal.” - Celine V.
The Green Tummy Sugar Coated Cacao Nibs (300g), P399
“I love chocolate and eat this as a healthier alternative. Cacao is filled with antioxidants but I don’t seem to enjoy the plain/raw ones so I like this variant that’s coated in a bit of sugar. You can pulverize this also, mix it with milk, and make a nice yummy but healthy hot chocolate!” - Erika G.
The Healthy Choice Super Foods Quinoa & Wholegrain Rice Blend with Buckwheat (500g), P295
“This is one of the best things I’ve ever tried that came from a box. It’s fragrant, nutty, good for you, and pretty fast to cook, too! I would gladly replace all my white rice meals with this.” - Sabby R.
The Superfood Grocer Matcha Green Tea Powder (50g), now on sale at P338
“As a non-coffee drinker, matcha is my go-to when I need to be perked up.” - Carla F.
Take Root Dark Chocolate Banana Chewies, P195
“Probably my best healthy snack discovery this year! I really waitlist for this product so that I can hoard when this is back in stock. I don’t like eating fruits and this is probably the only way to get me to like it. It’s not too sweet but still super satisfying!” - Joanna T.
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