Inside this article: The wellness industry is on fire in Canada right now - from Bro Doughs to Chiwis, there are so many Canadian health food brands that are popping up on the market and offering something really unique. Here are some of our favourite.
Summer is kicking in, and we're not too sure about you, but being in quarantine for the last year has made us really examine our overall mental and physical health.
We want to have energy and feel amazing all summer long, and one way to do that is to hit up some of these amazing Canadian health food brands. Brands that not only taste amazing, but are also nourishing and packed with nutrition.
Let’s dive in!
Check Out These 10 Canadian Health Food Brands that Are Killing It Right Now
Maple syrup - does a product get more Canadian than this? For many years, long before sugar came with the fur trade, the Indigenous Peoples of the First Nations harvested the savoury sap from the maple trees of Canada. With healing and nourishing powers, maple syrup has been cherished by First Nations Peoples for centuries. Wabanaki Maple is a 100% Indigenous female-owned brand committed to helping to preserve the environment and helping Indigenous communities thrive.
Learn more about Wabanaki here.
The first ever Health-Canada approved gummy containing adaptogens that are traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help increase resistance to stress. Adaptogens are non-toxic herbs that allow our bodies to sustain an adaptive response and minimize some of the harmful effects that a prolonged stress response can cause. Get ready to feel what it’s like to wake up after real restoration!
Check out Adapt Daily here.
The Gut Lab
Sisters Danica and Lexi’s mission is to educate, empower and inspire you with their simple and nourishing blends designed to elevate your elixirs, smoothies, special snacks and desserts, as well as all your kitchen creations. Since 2016, the gut lab’s superfood ranges are mindfully crafted using only the highest quality, responsibly sourced powdered roots, herbs, fruit and healing mushrooms.
Our favourite is the Green6 Blend, check it out here.
Skuta Pumpkin Seeds
Skuta Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are an all natural Paleo, Ketogenic and Vegan friendly snack your whole family will enjoy! If you have kids, these are a great addition to the lunch box. This immune boosting, antioxidant rich snack is great to bring anywhere.
Skuta is actually here in our backyard in South Western Ontario. Check out their story here.
Laid Back Snacks
Snacking can be both healthy and satisfying. Laid Back Snacks is a healthy snack food company that uses whole ingredients in fun and delicious ways, hence their 80/20 nutritional philosophy: 80% whole grown goodness, 20% earned indulgence as a reward for making smart decisions. They believe in healthy snacking options we can trust, with no compromise on great taste.
This Wasabi-me blend is delicious. Check it out!
HOLOS Overnight Oats
What better way to start the day than with a delicious breakfast to fuel you for an unstoppable day. HOLOS Overnight Oats wants to encourage people to play a proactive role in their health, and in the health of the planet. Live a holistic way of life, be grateful for what you were born with and live every day to the fullest — that’s the HOLOS way.
Learn more about HOLOS here.
If you haven't tried dried kiki, Chiwis is a snack you are going to want to get behind. Founded by a nutritionist, Sarah has always tried out different ways to make healthy snacks taste awesome; she started to use her dehydrator and experimenting with kiwi is what led her to create this delicious snack!
You can grab Chiwis here, the Tropical blend is amazing!
The healthiest spread for all, with one-third less sugar than jams and preservatives. Crofter’s Organic is a family owned Canadian company specializing in low sugar fruit spreads since 1989. Located in Parry Sound, Ontario, the abundance of clear waters and wildlife - including bears - are an everyday reminder of the impact taking care to support regenerative practices in agriculture and manufacturing can have on the planet.
Crofters is also our favourite jam for kids - learn more here.
Rviita Energy Tea
Our friends over at Rviita have managed to create a delicious and nutritious alternative to energy drinks that contain a lot of sugar and unwanted ingredients. Rviita uses tea, organic honey, real fruit juice and vitamins and minerals to deliver a pack of nutrition, as well as hydration in a super fun tetra pack. It's like Capri Sun, but for adults... and we are packing them in our summer bags with us everywhere we go.
Check out some flavours here.
Founded in 2014, Drizzle was created by an urban agriculture researcher that led sustainable rooftop beekeeping projects for culinary honey.
Through these projects, Aja learned all about beekeeping, the honey industry and why it is so important to support local farmers and entrepreneurs. This honey is not only raw and natural, but there are so many flavours like this Cinnamon Spiced Honey that take your honey recipes to the next level.
So, as we transition into summer, remember - be extra kind to yourself during these months. Go to bed earlier, stay active and make sure you’re enjoying yourself. Fall into healthy habits with us and practice self kindness and self love. Don’t forget this is the perfect time to embrace seasonal superfoods and buy them fresh from Farmers Markets Across Canada to boost your immune system and try some healthy swaps in your favourite recipes.