If you have ever purchased natural and organic products, you would have noticed that they are typically more expensive. I remember being on a tight budget about 5 years ago where I wished I could afford to eat more organic products, but had to go with their cheaper counterparts. My doctor had put me on a gluten-free diet to see if that would help my chronic pain and I had to look for more natural alternatives. I wish I had known about The Healthy Shopper back then! It would have saved me some money and allowed me to try out more organic products than my budget would allow.
The Healthy Shopper was founded in 1999 by Randy Boyer and Andrea Donsky to help Canadians wanting organic alternatives save money. It’s a free coupon book for natural and organic products- the first and only in Canada. I think its a fantastic idea because it let’s Canadians try out new healthier products that they may not have purchased without that money-saving coupon. I know I’ve purchased products many times because I have a coupon and wanted to try it and then have completely switched brands because I liked it so much!
I think you will be impressed with The Healthy Shopper picks for fall. I’ve actually tried a few of the brands and have been using them for years!
I started using Natracare products almost 7 years ago when I developed a chronic pelvic pain condition. They are the only pads I can wear comfortably. I don’t wear anything else! Natracare’s Regular Natural Ultra Pads with Wings and Natracare Organic Cotton Intimate Wipes are both fall picks. Not only are the pads super comfy, but they are also made of certified organic 100% cotton and are chlorine-free. The are perfect for me the self-proclaimed chemical-phobe. The wipes were new to me though. They are made with calendula and chamomile which I know to be calming and healing. They are 100% cotton cloth and free of all the nasty chemicals that I won’t put anywhere near that area. Natracare products are available across Canada at Loblaw’s, Whole Foods, Metro, London Drugs, as well as many other natural retailers and online at well.ca.
Ecover is The Healthy Shopper’s recommended brand for cleaning supplies. I’ve used both their dish detergent and dishwasher detergent in the past. Ecover’s Pomegranate and Lime Dish Liquid is effective for soaking my greasy pots and pans and I love the fresh fruity fragrance! We have a dishwasher now so I don’t wash many dishes by hand anymore, but I still use dish soap for handwashing and soaking extra dirty dishes.
Ecover ZERO Laundry Powder is also a keeper. I love how it has all the nasty chemicals removed (fragrance, phosphates, dyes, etc). I prefer to use unscented products for laundry detergent because of my sensitive skin. It does a good job of getting the clothes and can be even used on baby clothing.
I hate cleaning toilets, but I know it has to be done. Ecover Baby Breeze Toilet Cleaner has a pine scent and is effective at getting the job done.
Ecover products are available at Whole Foods, Choices, Donald’s, Amazon, etc.
For my diet, I often eat bland foods. I’ve gotten used it, but I have to say that it’s so much better to cook with flavour! I’d never tried San-J products before but now that I have I’m sure they will become a staple on my grocery list. I tried the Gluten-Free Teriyaki on my steak and it was delicious. It’s actually won awards one of which is Best Gluten-Free Suace in the spring 2012 issue of Delight Gluten-Free Magazine.
The Gluten-Free Orange Sauce is perfect for chicken dishes while the Gluten-Free Tamari Soy Sauce is a healthier alternative to season your rice. It is made with 100% soybeans.
The Tamari Peanut Asian dressing adds an exotic flavour to a regular tossed salad. It’s different than anything I’ve ever tried before.
San-J products can be found at major grocery and health retailers across Canada.
The Healthy Shopper Fall line up has a HUGE selection of salad dressing! I’m definitely set for a long time! I received a whopping 11 different flavours of Simply Natural Organic Salad Dressings! I have tried these already and am a fan. I’m very picky with my salad dressing. I always read the labels. I think it’s because I eat salad almost every day and I like to know what I’m putting into my body. I’m happy to report that Simply Natural dressings are processed without hormones, pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, insecticides, genetic manipulation or antibacterial radiation. Now that’s a mouthful!
They have a wide selection of flavours as you can see below. My favourites are the Goddess Dressing (made with Tahini) on my salad and my salmon fillets and the Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette on my Caesar Salad. Pick them up at most major retailers across Canada (only $3.99 which is not a bad price at all!).
For a good informative read, pick up a copy of Unjunk Your Junk Food by Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer. You will see both the good and bad product alternatives as educating you more about what is in the food we eat every day. Some of the selections surprised me and I had no idea that some of these so-called healthy junk foods weren’t actually healthy at all.
To learn more about The Healthy Shopper and the coupon book, visit their website. It’s full of information about healthy products, recipes and living!
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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.