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Top 10 Healthy Food Picks!

                                                                    WELLNESS SHOPPING RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR!

In times where you want to shop from the convenience of your home and skip the lines at the shopping centers to support reducing the risk of spread of microbial infections here are our quick-fix wellness favorites. The bonus is that they can come right to your door! Easy-Peasy! Shopping Tip – always add smaller items you’ll need as add-ons to an order due to the higher cost of shipping relative to the prices on the package especially when it comes to food. Happy Shopping & Health!

  1. Roasted Chickpeas

Sometimes you want something crunchy and good for you! These little pops of goodness have got you covered, one serving has as much protein as almonds, as much fiber as two cups of broccoli ? and as much folate as three cups of spinach ?spinach.


 2. Fatso Cocoa Butter 

Hmm This Keto-Friendly Nut Butter is the perfect combo of peanut butter and chocolate!!!! High Performance Natural Peanut Butter w/ Unsweetened Chocolate Flavour & Plant Based Superfats – MCT Oil, Avocado Oil, Flax, Sweet Tapioca & Chia. Yum!!!!


 3. Banana Chips by Banana Joe 

Handmade- wafer thin banana ? chips made from fresh, green young “Hom Thong” bananas, otherwise known as the golden fragrant bananas. Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 that is needed to convert tryptophan to serotonin your happy and sleep hormone.


  4. Hemp Hearts 

Good things come to those who hemp! In comparison to chia and flax seeds, these small, but mighty hemp seeds have two times the protein, 40 percent more Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, significantly less carbs, and 70 percent more iron. One serving gives you 10g of protein; 12g of omegas, plus its keto friendly, gluten free, vegan, whole 30 friendly, and non-GMO.


  5. Organic Black Rice

Black rice or also known as “forbitten black rice” is a beauty when it comes to nutrition. Once reserved only for the Chinese emperor to ensure his health and longevity, and forbidden to anyone else. Because it doesn’t undergo any refining or processing, it is able to retain its antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fibre. A serving size contains 25% of your daily value of magnesium for energy and zinc for immunity. Enjoy in your next Buddha Bowl or try ours Power Foods 101 page 253.


  6. Konjac Pasta 

This organic Konjac pasta is made from organic Konnyaku flour from the Konjac plant. Low carb, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Super easy to use as you don’t have to cook it! I love it with old fashion plant powered Thyme Roasted Mushroom Chili on top – page 250 in my Power Foods 101 Nutritional Tool Kit Recipe Book.


   7. Beans and Rice 

Beans and Rice is a simple but classic meal that provides plant ? powered protein right from your pantry! I like to dress it up with chopped red, yellow, and red peppers ? then garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

SHOP NOW Black Beans 

SHOP NOW Brown Jasmine Rice

  8. Organic Tomatoes 

These fire-roasted organic tomatoes are bursting with flavour for your favourite curries, spaghetti sauces, or chili dishes. Try our Power Foods 101 10 Minute Tuscan Tomato Soup – Page 234 and swap out the fresh tomatoes and sundried tomatoes and use these! Just one half cup gives you 50% of your daily value of Vitamin C to boost your immunity, collagen production for glowing skin and joint health and energy.


  9. Kimchi Pepper Sauce

Why not kick a little spice into your life and DYI kimchi! Kimchi is a probiotic rich fermented food that supports digestion, mood, immunity, brain health and much more! Try our Power Foods 101 Quicky Kimchi page 230 and swap ½ cup+ of this sauce for the kimchi paste and you’re good to go!


  10. Crisp Bread

Ok this one is a bit of an indulgence relative to the price, but oh so worth it! Love putting a dollop of pesto, cashew cream cheese (garlic and dill), then a slice of avocado and tomato for a super-duper snack on top of this crispbread! You can also make your own version using our Power Foods 101 recipe Nature’s Fix Crackers page 220 or on my Instagram feed @DrJoelND.



      Juniper Therapeutic Essential Oil

Juniper oil can be used for sore throats, respiratory infections, fatigue, muscle aches, and arthritis. In fact, for years French hospitals burned juniper and rosemary to help protect patients against lingering bacteria and infections.

 How to use it:

 Diffuse – add to your humidifier to keep it clean or in your diffuser to help keep the air clean

 Topically – dilute always in a 1:1 ratio with a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil and apply directly to the skin after blending with the carrier oil.

                                       Internally – only with high-quality therapeutic-grade oil check manufacturer label to ensure that it is food grade.

                                       Caution– This one is not noted as food grade so check your local health food store for internal use options. Do not use juniper berry oil if you are pregnant, breast feeding or if you have a kidney or liver condition.

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Diffusers are great to dispense essential oil vapors into the air to purify and diffuse a pleasant aroma into your room. I liked this one, although a touch more expensive as pineapples are a symbol of welcome, celebration, and hospitality something that we can all enjoy! Other less expensive options are available on line for a budget-friendly fix. Note- although they do increase humidity in the air, it is not enough to be significant. For increasing room humidity, a humidifier is recommended.



Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which can benefit people with respiratory symptoms or dry skin, and diffuse essential oils for an added benefit. Humidity helps reduce the risk of spread of viral infections by thinning mucus allowing the epithelial cells called cilia to move mucus to promote the clearance of pathogens and particles that enter the respiratory system. Ideally your room should be 40-60% humidity to reduce the risk of infections. I like this one because it’s 6L large capacity works in an office, bedroom or small living room and has a warm and cool mist option.


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