When making the change over to Eco friendly and Organic options I have adopted a gradual approach. It’s the easiest way to discover what products work well and fit seamlessly into our lifestyle. Not only that I have to be very conscious of how much I spend on products so by gradually introducing them I can make changes to my budget as needed. Having a reliable source of information regarding which new products are the best is important and its nice to that The Healthy Shopper is there to provide exactly that.
The Healthy Shopper’s Co-founders Randy Boyer and Andrea Donsky, are committed to taking the guess-work out of finding the best Eco friendly and organic products available in the Canadian market and helping you save money too. The Healthy Shopper offers the first and only free coupon book in Canada that feature green and organic manufacturers. I was sent a selection of this years featured picks to review and I am impressed with the diversity and quality of each of the brands.
Included in my bundle were:
- Kiju 100% certified organic juices – These are pure juices made from 100% certified organic fruit blends, and boy are they ever good. We have enjoyed a number of the flavours over the past few years and they are still something I regularly buy. Priced at between$2.99 and $3.49 for a box of 4 200ml boxes they aren’t much more expensive than other, less healthy options. Since juice is an occasional treat and not a regular thing this is one area where it’s easy to make the switch. I also love that I can pick up Kiji at one of my regular grocery stores, Metro.
- Simply Natural Organic Ketchup and Mustard – Lately GMO’s have come to the attention of the mainstream media, and for good reasons. With Simple Natural products you are getting the best flavour possible without the use of preservatives, chemical additives, food colorings, irradiation, or genetically modified ingredients.
- Pamela’s – In honor of its 25th anniversary Pamela’s has created some easy-to-make recipes that add a healthy twist to school lunches and afternoon snacks, as well as some delicious fun-to-make recipes for Thanksgiving and Halloween baking. My kids were the most surprised about these goodies in the bag. My oldest daughter is just discovering how much fun it can be to bake and Pamela’s cake, pancake and bread mixes offer us so many options that not only taste great and are easy to use, they are also gluten and wheat-free. I have been wanting to move to gluten-free options to see if it helped solve some of my health issues and these are a great way to still enjoy all the things I enjoyed before.
- Hylands’s Homeopathic Cold ‘n Cough for Kids – With cold and flu season knocking on our door I’m happy to have this in my medicine cabinet. I have had success treating a variety of ailments with homeopathics and Hyland’s has long been our brand of choice. Hylands’s Homeopathic Cold ‘n Cough for Kids contains all natural active ingredients that soothe sore throats, loosens congestion and eases sneezing without stimulant side effects. Safe for children 2–12 years old, it’s sugar and dye free and contains no Aspirin, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Pseudoephedrine or Dextromethorphan.
- North American Herb and Spice Company’s Oreganol gelcaps – I have been shouting the praises of Oil of oregano for the past few years after I successfully got rid of a persistent and antibiotic resistant sinus infection just by taking oil of oregano orally for a week. It wasn’t pleasant, oregano is seriously spicy in its concentrated form, but it was effective. I’m actually excited to see if I get the same results from a gelcap. I’m not saying I’m looking forward to getting sick, but I am happy to have a treatment option that I know works for me.
- Olympic Krema Greek Style Yogurt – Greek yogurt has become a fixture in our refrigerator. The thicker texture and creamyness is perfect for replacing sour cream in many of my favourite dishes. I love that it’s high in protein and lower in sodium. Olympic Krema Greek Style Yogurt uses only 100% natural ingredients without preservatives, gelatin or gluten so it’s also a good option for lacto vegetarians.
These are just a few of the many products featured on The Healthy Shopper website. If you are looking for a resource book that will help you figure out healthier alternatives to your favourite junk foods, Randy Boyer and Andrea Donsky’s book “UnjunkYour Junk Food,” is available to purchase on their website.
Do you try to work in healthier and greener options into your lifestyle?
Disclosure – I was provided with samples to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.