What did I do before Vitacost?

december 2, 2015 | by: mercedes | filed under: alternative health + lifestyle, nourish, fitness

If you aren’t already initiated, Vitacost is an AMAZING warehouse-y kind of site that has insane inventory across tons of different categories (beauty products, household products, food, et cetera) and carries tons of great brands at very low prices. I’ve been shopping regularly on the site for at least a couple of years now, and I make 1-2 orders a month (free shipping after $49 and your order comes within like two days). They often run amazing deals on top of their already low prices, and there are often coupons floating for 10-20% off, yadda yadda yadda. Basically it’s like the online equivalent of couponing for me. Oh, AND you can add Ebates onto your order too, which is another 4% – 8% cash back! [shameless plug, if you’d like to sign up for Ebates or Vitacost through my “affiliate links”, you can here and here ! 🙂 ]

So I just got a smallish order in the mail last week, and no other online shopping orders in sight so not enough to do a Mercedes Shops on YouTube – so I thought I’d just give you a quick peek on here:IMG_1140

I stocked up on the Vega Sport Recovery Accelerators because they were on sale ($17.99 a box, they’re usually $27.99!). I mix one of these packets into a blender bottle of water after I lift and it feels replenishing and hydrating. I’ve been forgoing the Vega Pre-Workout supplement in lieu of just having a single espresso shot prior to working out – cheaper, and just as effective.


I just finished up burning the Aloha Bay Money (red/root chakra) energy candle and needed another around so I went back to the Aloha Bay Love (orange/sacral chakra) energy candle. It’s burning right now as I type this, and j’adore.


I avoid regular gum because of the artificial flavors and fake sweeteners but I do like having Spry around for when I need a refresh. It’s sweetened with Xylitol, and while it’s probably not perfect, I think it’s a hell of a lot better than Trident.


Then I needed some Ceylon cinnamon (apparently if you frequently consume cinnamon, ceylon is better than what many of us would consider “regular” cinnamon which is another variety and can apparently be somewhat toxic? I read this somewhere years ago and it stuck. Ceylon also reminds me more of Mexican cinnamon so it makes me feel nostalgic and I enjoy) and maple syrup. The organic versions on Vitacost were significantly cheaper than at my Whole Foods, so when that’s the case I’ll buy things like this on Vitacost. I have the Vitacost app on my phone, so yes I often compare prices while at the grocery store…like a suburban stay-at-home mom.


And then I just stocked up on my favorite Macrobar flavor (Sesame + Date) and the two flavors of the Nothin’ But snack bars I hadn’t yet tried (Peanut Butter Banana Chunk and Lemon Ginger).

Already getting my cart ready for my next order!