6 Smart Swaps from the Healthy Shopper to make the Fall season healthier

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Healthy Shopper is revealing its top natural and organic Picks, this time for fall 2014. For six seasons now, the health  conscious duo of Andrea Donsky, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and Healthy Shopper co-founder Randy Boyer, have helped Canadians weave natural and organic into their lives. For fall, the focus isn’t on fat and calories, rather healthy ingredients, and they show us how to make simple switches from conventional products to organic and natural ones.

Their first choice is Olympic Dairy’s new Chia yogurt, the first yogurt on the market with chia seeds. “It’s not only innovative and a “must try,” but it’s delicious,” said Donsky. Adding chia to its yogurt is in keeping with food trends that advocate including chia in all sorts of food,” she adds. 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 3oil, important for heart and cholesterol health, and is now recognized as a weight-loss helper too. Olympic yogurt also contains pre- and probiotics for an extra immunity boost. Flavours include strawberry, vanilla, plain and pandan.   Now that's a yogurt I'll gladly feed to my family.

Made Good is a genius product!  Have you tried it?
A new favourite is the second pick on this season’s shopping list, 
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. “They’re really delicious tasting and your family won’t even know that they’re so good for them,” says Boyer. Flavours include chocolate banana, chocolate chip, strawberry, apple cinnamon, and mixed berry.

Next up is Pamela’s Products and its wheat and gluten-free Sugar Cookie Baking Mix and All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend. “This season we’re featuring Pamela’s Sugar Cookie Baking Mix because these cookies are a great tasting treat for the entire family. You can roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to create fun shapes and decorate with your favourite frostings and decor,” says Boyer.  "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.”

Sauces & Pasta
Simply Natural makes the best sauces.  Their BBQ sauces are the BEST!
The Healthy Shopper has also revisited Simply Natural and this time chosen the top four best-selling organic Pasta sauces because they’re low in sodium, gluten-free, non-GMO and such great value. “At $3.99 you can’t say that they’re too expensive because they’re organic. They should really be a household staple because they save so much time,” says Donsky. “They’re so delicious that you don’t need to make your own.” The top four include Tomato and Basil, Tomato and Roasted Garlic, Fra Diavolo(really good if you like spice!) and Vodka Cream Pasta Sauce.

Natural Medicine & Homeopathy
I am all about natural remedies and I love the idea of using garlic!  Check out what is said about Allimax. Something new to try this season.
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 Allimax, a high-quality herbal supplement designed to help maintain a healthy natural defense system. Allicin 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.
Finally, this season The Healthy Shopper has chosen 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.
The Healthy Shopper encourages Canadians to put healthy and organic options in our shopping baskets.  Today, parents want less and less artificial ingredients and more natural when it comes to feeding their families, with 58% of them purchasing natural and organic.  So, The Healthy Shopper Picks have become a much anticipated and trusted resource for educating consumers on finding healthier organic alternatives to some of our favourite products. 

Visit the Healthy Shopper on {Facebook} for more info and great articles.

Have you heard of The Healthy Shopper? Which of these amazing items do you think you'll pick up when you go shopping next?

Give the gift of health with @WholeLifeExpoTO & enter to win tickets

Whole Life Expo is one of my favourite expo's that come to Toronto and I'll be giving away a pair of tickets so one lucky winner can head over and do some amazing Christmas shopping.

Create your own gift basket or purchase something from their gift guide pictured below:

I was sent a beautiful exhibitor basket for review and the products were amazing.  I discovered Nud Food, Pure+Simple Kapha Body oil, Sleep by Florence, Coconut Jam and so much more.

Download the show guide and plan your trip to the Whole Life Expo!

The expo is at the Toronto Convention Centre from Npov.28-30, 2014.  Enter today to win a pair of tickets!

Give the gift of personalization. @LandsEnd monogramming #2014ChristmasGiftGuide

Monday, November 24, 2014

I never appreciated monogramming until I had the opportunity to receive this little gift from Lands' End.  Now I want to get more monogramming done.  I love the elegance and old school style of adding that touch of elegance for an extra $7.
The CashTouch Plaid Scarf($33.95)  makes for a perfect gift for anyone on your list but I think this would make a brilliant teachers gift.    

Known for their passion for quality and value, Lands’ End believes there’s something special about a gift with the recipient’s name on it. The CashTouch scarf is a perfect.  My son loves touching it because it's so soft. The cashmere-like microsueded fabric is not only warm, but soft and lightweight just in time as the temperature begins to dip.
Lands’ End also offers personal monogramming on a variety of apparel and home décor items. From storage and organization to blankets and throws, Lands’ End aims to be a one-stop holiday shopping destination and it truly is a great site to shop on.  I am a big Lands' End fan for the quality of their products.  

Do you have anything monogrammed? What are your favourite items from Lands' End.
Stay tuned next week for a $50 Lands' End Gift Card giveaway!

Give the gift of design from Impressions Design #2014ChristmasGiftIdeas

With Christmas approaching a lot of my posts this month will be great gift ideas and Impressions Design is sure to give you some unique gifting ideas.

About Impressions Designs
A graphic design company, Krystal Sandler creates beautiful cards, invitations, art prints, growth charts and so much more.  All made in Canada.  In fact take a look below at some of her beautiful creations.  You're sure to find just the right item for your home and a keepsake for the kids.

What I loved and recommend!
But what I loved most of all was my beautiful Personalized Wood Print.  Using Canadian birch I love the smoothness and originality of this style of print.  I was tired of the usual canvas style so I wanted something truly unique to go with the theme of their room which was natural, clean, simple yet magical in design.   An excellent gift for a new or growing family.  I am so happy I have something like this.  Moms don't usually think of this so take note friends and family.

My girls are my stars and I just adore this print!

To purchase your very own print or whatever your little heart desires visit
Visit ImpressionsDesign on {Facebook}

Do you have personalized art at home for you or your children?
What would you gift from Impressions Design?

The RBC Avion Holiday Boutique- Your little haven at Yorkdale Mall from Nov.22-Dec.31/14 #AvionVIP

Saturday, November 22, 2014

If you are an Avioner card holder with RBC- families head to Yorkdale Mall starting today, Nov.22 and enjoy the Avioner perks!  Trust me.   Just show your Avioner credit card. Think parking will be a nightmare?  Don't worry.  YOU get FREE valet. 
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and shop in style, courtesy of RBC® Avion®. Visit the Avion Holiday Boutique at Yorkdale Mall from November 22 to December 31, 2014, to enjoy a host of complimentary premium services, exclusively for Avioners, including valet parking, coat check, gift wrapping service and more. It’s our way of saying thank you for being an Avioner. 

Simply present your RBC Avion card to access these complimentary services*.But wait!  There's something for those who don't have a Avion RBC credit card.  Read through....You can enjoy some of perks of the Avion Holiday Boutique as well.

I had the pleasure to experience this first hand and let me tell you.  You will love this.  After a day of shopping to be able to put your feet up, have a warm beverage (YES! Please) to relax and unwind it was glorious.   I dropped off presents to get wrapped and caught up on all my social media thanks to the free WIFI.  You can see my Tweets for a closer look inside.
I think husbands will like to hang out there as there are soft leather lounge chairs.  Drop him off and go shop in peace ;) Here's a map so you know where to go once you drop your car off.

You can find the Avion Holiday Boutique at Square One, Yorkdale Mall , Coquitlam Centre and a mini pop up Avion Boutique at the Halifax Shopping Centre.  I sure hope in the future as the Holiday Boutique grows there will be one in every Province.  This is their 2nd year.  Enjoy this video and see how being an Avioner can have it's advantages.  I thought I'd be doing my shopping online this year but I think I'll head to Yorkdale Mall!
Best yet-This ends Dec.31 so you can enjoy Boxing Day sales and then stop and relax at the Avion Holiday Boutique.  


Don't have a Avioner RBC Visa?  Don't worry! Individuals who do not own one can access the gift wrapping and coat/parcel check services, provided they pay the set fee established by the mall for these services. The proceeds collected from these services will be donated to SickKids Foundation. However access to the VIP lounge, Café and valet parking service are not available to these customers.
Not an Avioner? Not a problem.  Visit the greeters at Valet or at the Avion Holiday Boutique and apply on-site for an RBC Avion card – and start to experience the benefits too!

I wish you a happy shopping experience this Christmas.  I hope you'll enjoy the Avion Holiday Boutique as much as I did.  If you do be sure to Tweet me and use the hashtag #AvionVIP

Disclosure: I am part of the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

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