Healthy Shopper Spring Picks

I love the Healthy Shopper. They leave no stone unturned in an effort to find Canadians healthy, organic, and wholesome products to nourish our families with. I’m always excited to see what goodies they have lined up for each season. The Spring Picks for 2014, are beyond delicious and nutritious and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Earth Balance makes the tastiest peanut butter in the world. I am not kidding you! I had no idea they had created a Coconut & Peanut Spread. It’s honestly the best spread I’ve yet to taste. The two main ingredients, coconut and peanuts, blend so harmoniously with each other to create a supreme flavor and creaminess that will change the way you feel about peanut butter. It’s very sapid with jelly, fruit, on noodles, pancakes, muffins, and in dessert recipes. I added some to my famous Oatmeal Cookies and my family raved at how delicious they were. Be daring! We love both the crunchy and smooth.

We also really dig their Natural Peanut Butter with Flax. This product also comes in a crunchy or smooth variety. This spread is an excellent and yummy way to get your Omega 3s. I love flax seeds and usually grind some up and put it in my smoothies or in various recipes. Kids do not really care for it as it doesn’t really have a lot of flavor according to them. I love its nutty flavor and Earth Balance has cleverly added this abundantly healthy seed to its scrumptious peanut butter. The whole family loves this peanut butter. All their spreads are vegan, gluten-free Non-GMO Project Verified, 100% Natural, Expeller-Pressed Oils, Sweetened with Agave, and has 0g Trans Fat. They are also no stir. If you’ve purchased organic peanut butter, you’ll know there’s a thick layer of oil floating on the surface, which is challenging to stir in. With these peanut butter’s you can dig right in. That’s everything a mom want’s to hear.

While all oils are pure fats, not all are created equal, their beginnings can be from plant, animal, and synthetic sources. Maison Orphee offers Canadians the best cold pressed, organic, and unrefined oils on the market. I like to use oils for frying, baking, salad dressings, sauces, and soups. I got to try out their tasty unrefined organic virgin sunflower oil, extra virgin olive oil, and virgin coconut oil.

Each of the oils has their own unique flavor and glorious color. Organic oils just taste better and add a nice richness to the foods being cooked or prepared. I love to use sunflower oil in baking, olive oil on low heat for making stir-fries and I like to shake it up with balsamic vinegar for a salad dressing. I like to use coconut oil for everything else, in fact, I put a big tablespoon of coconut oil in my smoothie every day, it has such a true coconut flavor. If you have dry skin, apply a little coconut oil, it will leave it soft and supple. All of these oils are high quality and it’s very evident by their distinct and awesome taste.

Now that the weather is warming up, we can get into the groove for some welcomed chillin’ and grillin’, finally, barbecue season is upon us. Simply Natural knows Canadians love to barbecue and they’ve created three new mouthwatering barbecue sauce flavors, Organic Tangy, Smoky flavor and Honey. Everything tastes so much yummier with barbecue sauce and these sauces will definitely help you achieve memorable flavors with so many different dishes during our sizzling summer. Their uses and potential are endless.

Aside from coating foods to be grilled, we’ve thought of dozens of ways to make unforgettable meals with these three superb BBQ sauces. They add so much spark and personality to any meal. Want to zing up your pizza, then add some Simply Natural Tangy BBQ sauce to your pizza sauce, it adds a wow factor. Toss a cup of Honey BBQ sauce into your chili and you’ll be delighted with the rewarding flavor. I love hummus and I thought I’d kick up a notch by adding 1/2 cup of the Smoky BBQ sauce to create a whole new dish. It tastes so awesome, even the little kids ate it. These chorus kicking condiments will have your family singing a whole new tune!

Restoring and keeping the natural flora in your intestines and stomach requires probiotics. You can take supplements for this or you can indulge in the ambrosial products made by Olympic Dairy. They are the makers of natural, 100% organic yogurt, cream cheese, and sour cream. A few of my family members love to start their day off with fruit and yogurt and the Olympic Vanilla flavor yogurt is a huge hit. It’s rich, dreamy and creamy and goes with any fruit. You can also add yogurt to salad dressings and sauces, or use it as a sandwich spread. I add 1/2 cup to my cake or muffin batter and these treats come out so moist they melt in your mouth. Did you know they have a coconut flavored yogurt? It’s a winner too!

The Olympic Cream Cheese is one product that I have a hard time keeping in my home since it’s been introduced to my family. It’s Canada’s first probiotic cream cheese and contains 1 billion live probiotics per serving. There really isn’t any dish that you cannot add this product too. It’s rich and delicious flavor adds a cozy and satisfying creaminess that’s so pleasing. We like to add a dollop to homemade borscht. We also use it as a topping for muffins and squares. It’s a healthier alternative to sugary products.

The Healthy Shopper has done it again, they’ve made oodles of moms and families happy with their salubrious choices. I personally am overjoyed!

Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.