One of the highlights of running this blog is getting to try and review new grocery products and pass our experiences onto our wonderful readers.
Each year we learn about new products and smart ways to improve our health and diet.
We had the pleasure of reviewing the Healthy Shopper Fall picks. I will review each item and my thoughts.
1. Olympic Dairy’s new Chia yogurt, the first yogurt on the market with chia seeds.
The addition of chia seeds makes Olympic yogurt even healthier and completely surpasses other yogurts that contain artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. Chia is also considered a super food and is a source of protein and fiber. It’s the richest plant-source of healthy Omega 3 oil, important for heart and cholesterol health, and is now recognized as a weight-loss helper too.
I tried this and I am slowly learning that adding chia adds much needed fiber (for the 24 g per day that you need).
2. Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Granola Minis.
They’re nut-free, making them a school safe lunchbox essential and each bar or package of minis is made with whole grains and a vegetable powder equivalent to the nutrients found in one serving of vegetables.
This yummy snack meets a minimum of 20% of an adult’s required daily intake of vitamins A, B1, B6 C, D and E coming from the vegetable sources. Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Minis are non-GMO, wheat-free, vegan and Kosher. Flavours include chocolate banana, chocolate chip, strawberry, apple cinnamon, and mixed berry.
This was incredible, the bars were small (under 100g) but packed incredible flavour and natural sweetness. It was very addictive eating the granola minis (these are perfect for school lunches and snacks).
3. Pamela’s Products wheat and gluten-free Sugar Cookie Baking Mix and All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend.
Pamela’s wide selection of baking mixes are all free of gluten and suitable for a variety of individuals with multiple food allergies. The All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend can serve as a one-for-one replacement in any of your recipes and no one will know the difference.
We used their All-Purpose Artisan blend and had success with a pizza recipe we did. In the past using Robin Hood Gluten-free blend did not provide any good results.
4. Simply Natural Tomato and Basil, Tomato and Roasted Garlic, Fra Diavolo and Vodka Cream Pasta Sauces.
I am Italian and I have a sixth sense when it comes to sauce (my mom made it from scratch my whole life). These are fantastic as they compare to other top pasta sauces as they’re low in sodium, gluten-free, non-GMO and such great value.
My favourite was the Fra Diavolo (so spicy)!
I think these are a perfect addition to any pantry and the jars are perfect mason jars to be re-used for canning!
They have four flavours: Tomato and Basil, Tomato and Roasted Garlic, Fra Diavolo and Vodka Cream Pasta Sauce.
5. Allimax, a high-quality herbal supplement designed to help maintain a healthy natural defense system.
This fall, if you’re looking for a way to prevent and treat colds and influenza, bacterial, fungal and viral infections, The Healthy Shopper selected and recommends Allicin.
This is the compound found in garlic, is the ‘mother’ substance and responsible in total or in part for many of the properties attributable to garlic.
The sophisticated refinement process of Allimax allows allicin to be captured and delivered to where your body needs it. Allimax has all the benefits of garlic locked in an odour-free, 100% vegetarian capsule.
I did try this but to be fair I am an avid garlic eater (although I am sure many people do not eat garlic because of the bad odour).
6. Hyland’s Homeopathic Baby Tiny Cold Tablets and Baby Cough Syrup.
Its Baby Tiny Cold Tablets instantly dissolve in your baby’s mouth. Ideal for cold sniffles, runny noses and congestion, and of course parents can be assured that they’re natural.
Hyland’s Baby Cough Syrup is naturally sweetened and a safe way to soothe babies six months and up, by relieving the harsh symptoms of coughing.
Fortunately, I have not had to try this yet as my youngest is really healthy!