Solve the reusable water bottle's cleanliness conundrum with an Alex Bottle. It's stainless steel, opens in the middle for cleaning and packs inside itself. The 20-ounce size is $26; a 32-ounce size is $30 at alexbottle.com.
It's not nuts
Nutrition-packed sacha inchi seeds (Plukenetia volubilis L.) from Peru have been dubbed SaviSeeds by the team at Sequel Naturals. We enjoyed snacking on the trio: natural with sea salt, coated with dark chocolate and sugar glazed. They're $10 (5-ounce bag) or $3 (1-ounce packet) at saviseed.com.
Need a change from gooey-sweet nutrition bars? Journey Bars start with a mix of oats, amaranth, flaxseed and millet, then go tasty with parmesan-romano or coconut-curry flavorings. Super-sturdy, the 1.8-ounce bars are designed to survive rigors of a backpack. Each flavor comes in a 12-bar box ($19). A limited-time special: 2-bar pack (one of each flavor) is $3.50 at journeybar.com.
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