Recently I received some happy mail - a box of (healthy!) goodies from The Healthy Shopper - their fall product picks. Among the natural and organic products I received were a couple of Pamela's gluten-free products. I have used and enjoyed Pamela's gluten-free Artisan Flour Blend before, so when I saw this recipe for vegan and gluten-free donuts, I knew that this flour would help me to create the perfect gluten-free donuts. And so it did. The donuts had a great taste and consistency and gave an authentic donut experience with much healthier ingredients.
I'm also eager to try Pamela's gluten-free sugar cookie mix. An optional way of making the cookies vegan is described on the package. Yay Pamela's! It's always great to have a shortcut for making cookies when you're tired or in a hurry. But many widely available cookie mixes are so unhealthy. So I'm thankful for this healthier option.
Another area for which it's difficult to find healthy options is nut-free school snacks. That's where Made Good organic granola bars and minis come in. They’re nut-free, making them safe for your child's school lunchbox. Plus 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.
These snacks are great for health-conscious adults too. They meet a minimum of 20 per cent of an adult’s required daily intake of vitamins A, B1, B6 C, D and E. Made Good granola bars and minis are also non-GMO, wheat-free, vegan and Kosher. Flavours include chocolate banana, chocolate chip, strawberry, apple cinnamon and mixed berry.
Simply Natural organic pasta sauces are a long-time favourite in this house. I like to pour the sauces over vegetarian cutlets, top the whole thing with vegan cheese and bake it in the oven. Simply Natural Sauces are low in sodium, gluten-free, non-GMO and affordable at about $3.99.
Unfortunately, at this time of year, cold and flu prevention becomes an important focus. I am always telling the kids to wash their hands in order to prevent the spread of germs. While hand washing is our top strategy, a product like Allimax can also help. It's made in the same way that allicin is formed from fresh garlic, so it captures garlic's active component. Garlic, known as "Russian penicillin" during World War II, has been found to have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Allimax provides the benefits of garlic in an odour-free, 100 per cent vegetarian capsule.
If you have a little one in your home, you may also want to try Hyland's Baby homeopathic cold and cough relief products. To be honest, I'll use them for my kids even though they are 10 and 12, because I know they are safe and free of artificial flavours, dyes and parabens. I once gave my visiting dad some children's homeopathic cough syrup because that's all I had. I didn't tell him it was for kids and he found that it helped relieve his cough symptoms. I have only ever once used a conventional cough syrup with my children. My daughter was coughing so badly I was worried about her breathing. To my surprise, the conventional syrup made the situation worse. She reacted very badly to it and became agitated. That's when I went back to trusting my instincts and said "never again" to those chemical-laden syrups. In fact Health Canada has said that cough syrups are not recommended for children under age 6. Baby Tiny Cold Tablets instantly dissolve in baby’s mouth, and are recommended for sniffles, runny noses and congestion. Hyland’s Baby Cough Syrup is naturally sweetened and a safe way to soothe babies six months and up.
For six seasons now, the health-conscious duo of Andrea Donsky, registered holistic nutritionist, and Healthy Shopper co-founder Randy Boyer have helped Canadians cut out the junk food and replace it with natural and organic products.
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