Last fall, I had the opportunity check out the Healthy Shopper picks for the season. It was really neat to see/test out new products and share them with you all. I was really excited when they asked if I would like to do it again.
Here are the Healthy Shopper's Picks for Fall 2013.
This year, the kids helped me test out the products.
First, and timely, was Hyland's Homeopathic Cold N Cough 4 Kids. When the box of stuff arrived, 3 out of 4 kids (and maybe an adult or 2) were laid out flat with a wicked cough that kept us up all night. I had JUST run out of our usual kid-safe honey-based cough medicine, so we gave this a try. Little finally slept all night and that was amazing. They did say it tasted bad, but following the dose with a shot of water solved that without much trouble.
The other health product is Oreganol P73 capsules from North American Herb & Spice. In my family, we have a running joke that my mom smells like spaghetti. After she had a horrible sinus infection that has left her with intermittent hearing loss - she has been a firm believer in the power of Oregano in helping her heal, and has long spoken highly of this product.
Foodwise, this year's picks include Pamela's products - a company that has been a pioneer with gluten-free foods for 25 years! I know that a lot of my friends are currently gluten free so these are perfect for their kitchens. We used two of the products to do some tests.
First - the pancake mix. Pancake dinners are a regular thing here, so I was eager to see if my kids would notice a difference when I used pamela's mix. They didn't. The only thing I was worried about was the flecks that showed up in the batter, so I added some chocolate chips and everything turned out tasty!
We also tested out the cake mix - but since I wasn't up fpr cake, I scoured through Pamela's online recipes and we made cake mix cookies instead! Admittedly, the cookies were a mixed reaction - some fans and some not. They had a bit of a strange taste, that I think we'd get used to if we moved to gluten-free. But knowing how easy it is to make a better treat for my gluten-free friends is great!
The Kiju juice boxes were gone almost right away. These are all 100% certified organic juices. We LOVED the Mango Orange juice. (I wish it had been bigger!)
Lastly, we tried out some products from Simply Natural - some ketchup and mustards. They instantly gave us hamburger cravings, but I did dive in and try the Stone Ground prepared mustard in a chicken recipe I found online for Maple Mustard Baked Chicken Thighs. Mmm. It turned out delicious! :)
Be sure to stop by the Healthy Shopper website to get the 2013 coupons for these and other products (They expire in March 2014!) get recipes, tips for healthy living, and reviews.