Last week, I was invited to attend the CHFA (Canadian Health Food Association) event by the lovely Karen from my favorite granola brand “Grandma Emily”. She thought it would be a great experience for me to discover new brands and meet like minded people… And she was right! I spent nearly 5 hours mingling and discovering, to the point where my feet were killing me and my voice had gone. It was such a great feeling to see all these amazing people displaying their products, all with the same goal: a healthier future. I would say that over 50% of the products were vegan, which I think is pretty awesome. People are realizing more and more how healthy veganism is and that it is no longer just a “hippie” trend… We’re mainstream guys!
Here are my favorite discoveries from the event:
- New Roots Herbal
This brand really speaks to me and I can’t believe I didn’t know about them. Natural health products… Over 335 of them! I was especially intrigued by their fertility supplements, as it’s something that can speak to so many people, including Andrew and I. I never really talked about it before, but I will be writing about it in the near future, as many people suggested.
You can find more about them and where to find their amazing products by clicking here.
Those of you who know me are aware that my two pups are my babies and I refuse to give them anything chemical, unless absolutely necessary (ie: antibiotics). When it comes to tick and flea protection, I had an especially difficult time finding a natural option here in Canada. I have heard (and experienced) so many bad things when giving Bravecto and other toxic treatments to Chester that Andrew and I were driving to the US in order to buy the natural equivalent.
You can therefore imagine my absolute joy upon seeing this little kiosk! This product is totally new and I’m so eager to spread the word. You can read more about it here.
- Union Coffee
If you know me, you also know that I love coffee. I knew about this brand before without really knowing about it. Let me explain: I bought a bag of coffee from them and even sent one to my good friend in the US (we love to do coffee exchange). When I saw their kiosk at the show, I spent time to talk with James and learned a lot about their products. I promise I will write more about it at a later date but until then, go check them out here.
Here’s another brand that I knew of but didn’t really know about. I spent time discovering the company while at the show and was eager to find out more. I have therefore tried several of their vegan probiotics following the event and I am 100% behind them. You can read about them here.
This kiosk was the first one I visited upon entering the event and it really set the tone to what was going to be an amazing day. I spent a good 15 minutes talking to Sylvain, the owner. SURO is North America’s first and largest organic producer of elderberry-based products. I didn’t know what a superfood elderberries are and I am quite excited with this discovery. Are you curious too? Well, you can read all about it here.
Another yummy discovery: raw vegan chocolate. Processed as little as possible and produced at low temperature, it really brings the delicious cocoa taste to the front in a unique manner. I took a bite, and was fell in love with it. If you like chocolate and are looking for healthier version with only good ingredients, I recommend you try this. You can read more about it here.
- Grandma Emily
You probably all know that Grandma Emily is my favorite granola brand. Low in sugar, vegan, yummy, crunchy… You name it. They have paleo granola, organic ones, lots of different flavours and even offer bars. While this brand wasn’t a discovery from the CHFA, I really wanted to feature them on here. Without Karen’s invitation to the event, I never would have had the chance to meet all these people and try their products. US friends, you can now buy the granola in your country! Find out all about them here.
Stay tuned as I will be publishing more details on each brand in the near future. After all, they truly all deserve to be discovered, tried and adopted.