Discovering that you have a food allergy, not only changes what you eat but how you view food in general. Before discovering I had celiac disease, I was game to try anything and everything. If it look appetizing, I would eat it! I love discovering new and interesting flavours and trying foods that are rare to western cuisine. When I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I began to examine food more closely. It wasn’t until I was forced to read labels to discover the contents that I realized that food contains a ton of hidden ingredients. High sugar content and high fat content are among the two most shocking discoveries. As a result, when I serve a new product to my family, I tend to stick to organic, natural and whole foods whenever possible. When Healthy Shopper approached me to review their Spring picks for 2014, I jumped at the opportunity.
Who is the Healthy Shopper?
The Healthy Shopper began in 1999 as a coupon source for natural and organic products in Canada. The co-founders, Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer, were trying to live a healthier lifestyle on natural and organic products but found the cost was astronomical. As a solution, they created a coupon source that would allow Canadians to live this healthy lifestyle while saving money. In 2007, they added their money savings Canadian E-coupons to their website and rose to the #1 Coupon source for natural and organic products in CANADA. Their coupon books introduces people to new products and enable them to try things they would never have tried before using their coupon book. Many times, these introductions turn in to staples in a family’s household.
They are more then just coupons! The Healthy Shopper Website includes:
- Product reviews
- Health and Wellness information
- Recipes the whole family will love
- Food and Nutritional information to guide better eating choices
- A Service Directory to point out qualified service providers
- A Month e-newsletter
- and of course FREE E-Coupons!
The Healthy Shopper Picks for Spring 2014:
- Organic Virgin Sunflower Oil
- Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Masion Orphee is a family run business established in Quebec. They pride themselves on making quality oils, mustard and vinegar from Canadian produce. Made with state of the art equipment, the oil is created through a cold extraction process to retain both the natural nutrients and rich flavour. Both of these products were fresh, viscous and delicious. They were amazing to cook with and you could taste the quality of the oils in your final product.
Earth Balance Natural
- Organic Peanut butter (creamy and crunchy)
- Organic Coconut Peanut butter (creamy and crunchy)
- Organic Buttery Spreads, Sticks and Shortening Sticks
Earth Balance creates a delicious line of buttery spreads, shortenings, nut butters, coconut spreads and snacks. Earth friendly and plant based, makes this company one of my favorites. The smooth texture and creamy flavour makes it delicious on its own or as a substitute for your favourite recipe. Since Earth balance is 100% plant base it is vegan, non-GMO, lactose-free, egg-free, casein-free and most important in my life, Gluten-free!! This season’s top pick includes Organic crunchy and creamy nut butter and coconut nut butter. In the past, I have found organic nut butters to be pasty and dry. The flavour is usually bland and not very appetizing. When I first tasted Earth Balance nut butter, I was in heaven! It was rich, velvety and flavour was bold. My favourite was the unique flare of the coconut nut butter. The tropical aroma of the coconut oil intensified the flavour. It was a nice addition to my gluten free bread in the mornings!
- Organic Tangy BBQ Sauce
- Organic Smoky BBQ Sauce
- Organic Honey BBQ Sauce
With BBQ season about to begin, it isn’t surprising that BBQ sauce is one of the top picks for spring. What I love about the Simply Natural line is that it is created with the freshest ingredients and expert recipes. All of their products are made without the use of preservatives, chemicals, additives, food colouring, and genetically modified ingredients. The BBQ sauces contained a bold flavour with the right amount of zip, tang and sweetness to satisfy all your taste buds.
- Olympic Dairy (milk, cream cheese, sour cream and yogurt)
Olympic dairy is a Canadian farm based company that has been manufacturing natural and organic dairy products for the last 32 years. Products such as yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, milk and soy-based products round out the delicious, organic line that they specialize in. They are committed to value, quality and innovation and it shows in their food.
To put these products to the ultimate test, I used them in this week’s Food Friday recipe!
Peanut Chicken Stir Fry
|Peanut Chicken Stir Fry||
- 1 can tomato puree
- ½ cup smooth Earth Balance nut butter
- ½ cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon curry powder
- 1 pound of chicken breast cut into chunks
- 1 pinch salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup water, or as needed (optional)
- 2 cups of cooked rice or pasta
- In a small bowl, mix the tomato puree, nut butter, orange juice, soya sauce and honey.
- Add in the ground ginger and curry powder.
- Add the olive oil to a hot frying pan on medium high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and added it to the pa. Brown on either side (approx 3 mins).
- Add tomato mixture to browned chicken.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer mixture for 30 mins.
- While sauce is cooking, cook noodles or rice to accompany meal.
- If sauce thickens too much add water.
- Serve sauce on top of a bed of rice or noodles and garnish with cilantro.
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for freeing the hopes that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.