Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our recommendation of random things that we've actually spent our own money on. These are the things we buy regularly or really like, things we'd actually tell our friends about. And now we're telling you.
Like any self-respecting neurotic New Yorker who's continually paralyzed by the crushing enormity of, oh, everything, I take my fair share of pills. So I'm a pro at downing whatever tablets and capsules you throw at me and, because I'm always in a rush and too absent minded to take anything at night, I take my daily cocktail all at once in one big gulp. But I can only do this for up to four pills; if a fifth comes into the mix, I choke (on occasion, literally) and can't down them smoothly. Yes, I know there's a simple solution to this problem, but I hate taking two rounds of pills. I try to own my crazy, but that taking two separate gulps of pills — even if that includes my birth control or whatever — makes me feel a little too crazy. (Just me. If you take six mouthfuls, go with it. This is about my weird issues. You're awesome.)
So as an adult I've never taken vitamins. They'd be the dreaded fifth pill, and they tend to be fucking huge and smelly with a nasty aftertaste. If I try to take one solo, I tend to gag from the odor; but even the comparatively innocuous One-a-Day pills are too much for me. It's not like you're going to die if you don't take vitamins or anything, but given that I live on frozen dinners and alcohol and am not getting any younger, I've figured that a multi-vitamin probably wouldn't hurt. Too bad I can't swallow them and am a stubborn lady with issues.
But a friend recently alerted me to the fact that I can, in fact, take a vitamin without gagging or feeling weird, because adult gummy vitamins actually exist. Enter VitaCraves, from the mass-market folks who make all those One-a-Day vitamins.
And? They taste good. I often find myself resisting the urge to snack on them like they're actual gummy bears. The daily dose is two gummies a day (double the yum!) and the pills come in a few different versions, like bonus omega-something-something, etc. I stick with the basic kind, and they taste like fruit punch. They make me happy.
If you care about an extra 10 calories or 3 grams of carbs/sugars, then they're probably not for you. But if you've got pill/vitamin issues like me, these are full of win.
One-a-Day VitaCraves Complete Adult Multivitamin, $17.99 at Drugstore.com.
Worth It only features things we paid for ourselves and actually like. Don't send us stuff.