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The Healthy Shopper Picks for Fall 2013

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.

I’ve been sharing The Healthy Shopper Picks for Spring and Fall for a couple seasons now. Today I’m going to continue on in that tradition and share with you The Healthy Shopper Picks for Fall 2013 !

The Healthy Shopper formed in 1999 and has since become the #1 coupon book for natural and organic products in Canada. You know it’s a quality product if its on the list. Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer, co-founders of The Healthy Shopper, knew that it costs more money to purchase natural and organic products so this coupon book lets you save money on healthier alternatives. I’m grateful for their coupon book because I do often shop in the organic section of our grocery store and the prices are higher. I also tried out many new products that I now use on a regular basis thanks to a recommendation by The Healthy Shopper.

The Healthy Shopper Fall 2013 Picks 

Here’s a peek at the picks for Fall 2013!

The Healthy Shopper Picks for Fall 2013

Pamela’s Products Baking & Pancake Mix: Pancakes aren’t just for breakfast! There’s been many a night where I’ve whipped up a batch of pancakes for supper. Pamela’s Products Baking & Pancake Mix is the number one gluten-free pancake mix and after trying it, I can easily see why. They are light, fluffy and simple to make with an egg and water.  They also have no preservatives, artificial colours or flavours and have 8 grams of whole grains per serving. You can also make other recipes using this mix including waffles, crackers and donuts!

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Pamela’s Products Chocolate Cake Mix: Chocoholics will enjoy this rich and sinfully sweet chocolate cake mix. It’s gluten-free, wheat-free and non-dairy. I whipped up a batch of cupcakes the other day. I was going to make the chocolate icing, but instead opted for some whipped cream and topped with a cherry. You could use non-dairy whipped cream if dairy is an issue for you. They were gone faster than you can say chocolate. There’s a list of chocolate recipes you can use this mix for on Pamela’s Products site.

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Pamela’s Products Artisan Flour Blend: For your gluten-free baking, try Pamela’s Products Artisan Flour Blend. It has no dairy, no nuts, no salt, no leavening, no corn and no soy. It works with most recipes though they suggest adding more liquid if you need to. You can find lots of recipes including buns, fried chicken, macaroons and more on their site.

Simply Natural Condiments: I tried their ketchup, yellow mustard, Dijon mustard and Stone Ground mustard. All their condiments are organic, fat free and do not contain high fructose corn syrup. I always avoided regular ketchup because of the high sugar content. I’m glad that Simply Natural has a healthier alternative that doesn’t include one of the Scary 7 ingredients. If you’re curious, this is the full list of the Scary 7 ingredients to avoid according to The Healthy Shopper: High-Fructose (also known as glucose/fructose in Canada) Corn Syrup, Artificial Sweeteners, MSG, Artificial Flavors, Trans Fat, Artificial Colors, and Preservatives.

Kiju Juice Boxes: I love these! They are organic fruit juice that have no sugar! The sweetness comes naturally from the fruit. I normally avoid juice because of all the sugar and when I want a cold drink, I reach for a glass of water. It was nice to sip on a Kiju juice box guilt free. I looked at the ingredients and thought it’s just like eating a piece of fruit. My favourite flavour is Pomegranate Cherry.

Oreganol: I used to take drops of oregano oil years ago on a recommendation from my Naturopathic doctor. She said it’s helpful for so many conditions including the one I was battling at the time: yeast. I have an uncle who swears by oregano oil and takes it daily. I like that Oreganol is in a gel cap form. I used to take it as a drops in a glass of water and it was REALLY hard to get down. The gelcaps make it so much easier because it is such a powerful tasting supplement. North American Herb & Spice Company’s Oreganol is made from wild oregano that’s handpicked from the mineral rich soil of the Mediterranean.

Hyland’s Cold ‘n Cough 4Kids: It’s that time of year again for colds and coughs. I have Hyland’s Cold ‘n Cough 4Kids which is a homeopathic medicine that contains no dyes, artificial flavours or sugar. It’s recommended for children age 2 through 12.

Olympic Krema Greek Style Yogurt: I’ve already been buying this particular yogurt because its so thick, creamy and decadent! 100% natural ingredients without preservatives, gelatins or gluten. I buy the plain flavour, but it also comes in Lemon, Caffè Latté, Coconut, Mango, Black Cherry, Vanilla, Strawberry, Honey and Maple Syrup.

The Healthy Shopper coupon book is FREE and you can pick one up at store that sells the products on their list. There’s a list of stores that have the coupon book on The Healthy Shopper site so have a look and see which one is closest to you. The coupons in the book don’t expire till March 31, 2014 so you have ample time to pick up the products and save money. Who knows maybe you’ll find that you enjoy some of the healthier alternatives more than your regular brand?

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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