I discovered a health food market a short time ago in my area. It’s still a small drive. But compared to the distance of Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, anything is better then nothing. 16 minutes? Or 1 hour? *weighs options* It’s a given right? I have to admit, I was impressed and underwhelmed. I had somewhat high hopes it would be bigger then what it was. But the vegan options were still impressive. Finding vegan ice cream, imitation cheese, even some popular skin care brands like Mychelle and Dr. Hauschka’s. I didn’t want to go crazy in there though. But I was happy to see some things that I know are product staples.
Dr. Bronners: Fantastic brand. I had the Mild Baby Soap in bar form before. These are multifunctional soaps that could be used for anything. But I wanted the mild soap for cleaning my makeup brushes, washing my hands, and a few other small things. The hemp almond soap…oh, fuck yeah! People, I love almond scented anything. When I opened it, and whiffed it, I got far too excited.
Earth Paste: The only toothpaste I want to use ever again. 100% natural. My gums are far too sensitive for the heavier ingredient brands out there.
Similasan Dry Eye Relief: This is pretty important to me. I spend most of my day (if not all day) in front of a computer. I remember seeing that commercial on tv that if you spend your day in front of a computer you blink 60% less? That must be true. My eyes are incredibly irritated by the end of the day. Not to mention my eye site is poor as it is. I wear glasses to be able to see beyond 4 feet in front of me. I just wanted decent natural drops that alleviated the irritation from my eyes midway through work.
Traditional Medicinals Hibiscus Tea: I’m trying my best to kick the soda cravings. Sweet tea’s are the best way to go about it. And this brand is my favourite for my bagged beverages. I also have the peppermint, and Nighty Night one too. When I find brands that work, and that are enjoyable, I stay dedicated to them. Whether it is food or beauty. If my husband and I ever plan on changing our mind and want a kid, I will probably have the Raspberry Leaf tea for if that time comes.
Vega Sport Recovery Acceleration: This was a total experament. I hate soreness after working out. My friend James from Newfoundland mentioned this brand. Then my best friend. Then a Youtube Gal. So I thought “Why Not”. Even if it does work, I am unsure as to whether or not I want to pay the price point. I heard chocolate milk of all things helps recovery. So I may try chocolate almond milk to see if it’s equally as effective.
Healthy Thymes Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins: I couldn’t find dark chocolate covered almonds. This was the second best thing. I’m a snacker that goes in for the kill. So, I thought these would help for small snacks.
Orgain Organic Nutritional chocolate Fudge Shake:I actually bought this for my husband. It’s not vegan friendly. Unfortunately. But either I misread the description on the site, or I was mislead on the sites to think it was a vegan friendly product. I’m sure I misread it. Because it contains milk. But if you are vegetarian, you are going to get some good protein. I ended up getting this for my husband because he expresses interest in gaining some “muscle weight” as he says. and he needs protein.I almost qualify him as a vegetarian. Because he seems to only eat 1 meat meal a week now.
Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese: I don’t have a ton of experience with imitation cheese products. Mock meats are something less intimidating for me. But I have been having oatmeal every morning, and I wanted to change it to a half a bagel with a smear of this stuff instead of my Earth Balance. I won’t lie. I’m nervous about it. I’ll do a first impressions video for breakfast one day.
Daiya Shredded Cheddar Cheese: Bought this to make my avocado quesadillas. Haven’t tried it yet. But I am excited to try it. Looks like the real thing. But might be totally different.
Almond Dream Ice Cream Bites: This. shit. is. fucking. delicious! I don’t have a big sweet tooth in general. But vegan ice cream tastes so much better then regular ice cream. And I friggen love this shit. I was never a ice cream girl before. I went back to being vegitarian for a little while, and I tasted my first straight up vanilla regular ice cream for the first time in awhile. And I almost feel they had a fist full of sugar in it. I ended up not touching it.Vegan ice cream is sweet but it doesn’t taste the way Turkey Hill does, or Friendly’s. Almond Dream, Rice Dream, Coconut Dream, it’s all friggen worth trying. I have The coconut milk, and almond milks as well. This brand is 100% worth it. At least it is to me anyway.
I hope this gives people a good idea of whats inside local health food stores. I know some people are really dedicated to Whole Food’s and Trader Joe’s. But places like Sussex County here in NJ don’t really have places that close by. I’d rather support small health food stores like Healthy Thymes Market and keep them around instead of only sticking with bigger names. Other wise places like Shoprite and Stop & Shop get more attention. Those places don’t really have a high demand of vegan products. Or health products in general.