In the Spring, I had the pleasure of being introduced to The Healthy Shopper, and avid label readers, Randy Boyer and Andrea Donsky. For 6 seasons now, Randy and Andrea have been helping Canadians cut the harmful ingredients out of their diets, their household cleaning products and have been teaching us the importance of being more aware of what we are putting in our bodies.

The Healthy Shopper encourages Canadians to put healthy and organic options in our shopping baskets.  Today, parents want less and less artificial ingredients and more natural when it comes to feeding their families, with 58% of them purchasing natural and organic.  So, The Healthy Shopper Picks have become a much anticipated and trusted resource for educating consumers on findinghealthier organic alternatives to some of our favourite products.

The Healthy Shopper recently revealed it’s top natural and organic picks for Fall 2014, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity the picks here with you.

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Their first choice is Olympic Dairy’s new Chia yogurt, the first yogurt on the market with chia seeds. “It’s not only innovative and a “must try,” but it’s delicious,” said Donsky. Adding chia to its yogurt is in keeping with food trends that advocate including chia in all sorts of food,” she adds. The addition of chia seeds makes Olympic yogurt even healthier and completely surpasses other yogurts that contain artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. Chia is also considered a super food and is a source of protein and fiber. It’s the richest plant-source of healthy Omega 3 oil, important for heart and cholesterol health, and is now recognized as a weight-loss helper too. Olympic yogurt also contains pre- and probiotics for an extra immunity boost. Flavours include strawberry, vanilla, plain and pandan.

A new favourite is the second pick on this season’s shopping list, Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Granola Minis. They’re nut-free, making them a school safe lunchbox essential and each bar or package of minis is made with whole grains and a vegetable powder equivalent to the nutrients found in one serving of vegetables.  This yummy snack meets a minimum of 20% of an adult’s required daily intake of vitamins A, B1, B6 C, D and E coming from the vegetable sources. Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Minis are non-GMO, wheat-free, vegan and Kosher. “They’re really delicious tasting and your family won’t even know that they’re so good for them,” says Boyer. Flavours include chocolate banana, chocolate chip, strawberry, apple cinnamon, and mixed berry.

Next up is Pamela’s Products and its wheat and gluten-free Sugar Cookie Baking Mix and All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend. “This season we’re featuring Pamela’s Sugar Cookie Baking Mix because these cookies are a great tasting treat for the entire family. You can roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to create fun shapes and decorate with your favourite frostings and decor,” says Boyer.  “Pamela’s wide selection of baking mixes are all free of gluten and suitable for a variety of individuals with multiple food allergies. The All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend can serve as a one-for-one replacement in any of your recipes and no one will know the difference.”

The Healthy Shopper has also revisited Simply Natural and this time chosen the top four best-selling organic Pasta sauces because they’re low in sodium, gluten-free, non-GMO and such great value. “At $3.99 you can’t say that they’re too expensive because they’re organic. They should really be a household staple because they save so much time,” says Donsky. “They’re so delicious that you don’t need to make your own.” The top four include Tomato and Basil, Tomato and Roasted Garlic, Fra Diavolo and Vodka Cream Pasta Sauce.

This fall, if you’re looking for a way to prevent and treat colds and influenza, bacterial, fungal and viral infections, The Healthy Shopperselected and recommends Allimax, a high-quality herbal supplement designed to help maintain a healthy natural defense system. Allicin found in garlic, is the ‘mother’ substance and responsible in total or in part for many of the properties attributable to garlic. The sophisticated refinement process of Allimax allows allicin to be captured and delivered to where your body needs it.  Allimax has all the benefits of garlic locked in an odour-free, 100% vegetarian capsule.

Finally, this season The Healthy Shopper has chosen Hyland’s  Homeopathic Baby Tiny Cold Tablets and Baby Cough Syrup.  Its Baby Tiny Cold Tablets instantly dissolve in your baby’s mouth. Ideal for cold sniffles, runny noses and congestion, and of course parents can be assured that they’re natural.  Hyland’s Baby Cough Syrup is naturally sweetened and a safe way to soothe babies six months and up, by relieving the harsh symptoms of coughing.

My absolute favourite products from The Healthy Shopper Fall Picks for 2014 have been the Made Good Granola Bites and Granola Bars in chocolate banana. They are addictive, and I love that you reap the benefits of consuming many nutrients when you eat these granola bars. Perfect snack for a busy Mom who may not have time to pull together a snack or meals easily over the day.

The Hyland’s  Homeopathic Baby Tiny Cold Tablets and Baby Cough Syrup were a close second favourite. Cold and flu season is here, and while we have taken precautions and gotten out flu shots… it doesn’t necessarily mean my 8 month old can easily seek relief from common colds. It is comforting to know I can turn to a homeopathic product like Hyland’s whenever the need arises.

Giveaway!

Would you like to try out the products from The Healthy Shopper’s Fall 2014 Picks? Here’s your chance! Enter for your chance to win a gift bag full of The Healthy Shopper Fall 2014 Picks below!

* Giveaway ends December 7, 2014. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (excluding Quebec).
Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are those of my own.

101 Comments on 6 Smart Swaps to Look for This Fall to Make the Back-to-School Season Healthy

  1. Lynda Cook
    November 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m very interested in trying the Chia yogurt, I bet it tastes very good!!!

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  2. Judy Cowan
    November 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to try the Simply Natural Pasta Sauces!

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  3. Jeannie
    November 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm (3 years ago)

    I am really looking forward to trying the Simply Natural pasta sauces.

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  4. Angela Mitchell
    November 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m most excited to try the Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Granola Minis.

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  5. Dream24
    November 12, 2014 at 1:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Most interested in try the Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Granola Minis first

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  6. SueSueper
    November 12, 2014 at 1:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I am looking forward to the Granola Minis

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  7. Julie Bolduc
    November 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I would like to try the Simply Natural pasta sauces.

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  8. Stephanie LaPlante
    November 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m most interested in trying the Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Granola Minis.

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  9. Ashleigh Swerdfeger
    November 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I am interested in trying the chia yogurt- it sounds sooo good.

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  10. l p
    November 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Simply Natural pasta sauces. thanks

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  11. Susan T.
    November 12, 2014 at 6:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m in comfort food mode so the pasta sauces sound perfect!

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  12. suzi
    November 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Pamela’s Products for sure!

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  13. Athena
    November 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm (3 years ago)

    The Pasta

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  14. Brandy
    November 12, 2014 at 10:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Definitely would love to try the Made Good granola bars and bits! But the chia seed yogurt sounds good as well.

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  15. Dayna Wilson
    November 12, 2014 at 10:54 pm (3 years ago)

    The granola bars!

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  16. Victoria Ess
    November 13, 2014 at 8:10 am (3 years ago)

    I’m interested in trying the Made Good Granola Bites.

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  17. lori b
    November 13, 2014 at 10:38 am (3 years ago)

    the pasta sauce for me

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  18. Angie Andrews
    November 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm (3 years ago)

    the granola bars

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  19. Pam
    November 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm (3 years ago)

    I am most interested in trying the pamela’s baking mixes.

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  20. Wayne Lecoy
    November 14, 2014 at 4:28 am (3 years ago)

    I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win the Gift Bag of The Healthy Shopper Fall 2014 Picks.
    In response to your question of
    What product(s) are you most interested in trying from the 2014 Fall Picks?
    I am most interested in trying the Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Granola Minis.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!

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  21. Lori Bazan
    November 14, 2014 at 7:10 am (3 years ago)

    Simply Natural Pasta Sauces are what I really want to try. Their BBQ sauces are amazing I just know the pasta sauce will be yummy too!

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  22. Gillian Morgan
    November 14, 2014 at 7:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to try the Tomato and Basil pasta sauce

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  23. Erin McSweeney
    November 14, 2014 at 9:23 pm (3 years ago)

    can’t wait to try the Granola Minis

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  24. Suzie M
    November 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I want to try the Chia yogurt

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  25. Belinda McNabb
    November 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm (3 years ago)

    I would like to try the Organic Granola Bars

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  26. Carol M (Lushka S)
    November 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm (3 years ago)

    The pasta sauces

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  27. Doris H.
    November 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm (3 years ago)

    I am very interested in trying the Simply Natural pasta sauces.

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  28. tanyab79
    November 16, 2014 at 1:56 pm (3 years ago)

    The made good chocolate banana but the simply natural pasta sauce also catches my eye.

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  29. MrDisco
    November 16, 2014 at 10:51 pm (3 years ago)

    simply natural pasta sauce for me

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  30. J
    November 16, 2014 at 11:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d love to try the Made to Good treats (Granola bars and bites)!

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  31. angela m
    November 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I want to try the Simply Natural Pasta Sauces

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  32. Amy C
    November 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m most interested in trying the Granola Bars and Granola Minis.

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  33. amber y
    November 17, 2014 at 7:31 pm (3 years ago)

    i’m most interested in trying the Simply Natural pasta sauces as we eat a ton of pasta

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  34. Lee-Ann
    November 17, 2014 at 10:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Since we eat a lot of pasta – the [pasta sauce!

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  35. Amy Brown
    November 18, 2014 at 11:47 am (3 years ago)

    I’d love to try the Simply Natural pasta sauce!

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  36. Holly Messana
    November 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm (3 years ago)

    The organic pasta sauce sounds like something I would love to try.

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  37. Viv Sluys
    November 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m most interested in trying the Made Good Chocolate banana Organic Granola Bars

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  38. Louise Gilbert
    November 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm (3 years ago)

    I would like to try the Simply Natural pasta sauces.

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  39. l p
    November 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Simply Natural pasta sauce. thanks

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  40. jan
    November 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm (3 years ago)

    the Made Good Organic Granola Bars

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  41. 409cope
    November 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I am most interested in trying the organic pasta sauces.

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  42. Karla Sceviour
    November 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm (3 years ago)

    I am most excited to try the pasta sauce,,looks yummy!

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  43. heidi c.
    November 18, 2014 at 9:44 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to try the chia pudding.

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  44. Silvia D
    November 18, 2014 at 10:36 pm (3 years ago)

    would love to try the All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend

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  45. Erin W
    November 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm (3 years ago)

    The Chia yoghurt sounds amazing, and I think that my daughter would really like it too.

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  46. Sunshine G
    November 18, 2014 at 11:26 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d like to try their pasta sauce – always on the hunt for the perfect one!

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  47. Jenn
    November 18, 2014 at 11:27 pm (3 years ago)

    I am most excited to try the Made Good Organic Granola Minis – I love granola in my morning yogurt!

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  48. Sabrina Tong
    November 19, 2014 at 12:17 am (3 years ago)

    The Made Good granola bars have piqued my attention and I’d really like to try them 🙂

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  49. Soozle
    November 19, 2014 at 6:46 am (3 years ago)

    I am excited to try the Pamela’s products

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  50. SweetPanda
    November 19, 2014 at 10:41 am (3 years ago)

    I am most interested to try the Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Granola Minis

    Reply
  51. Juliee Fitze
    November 19, 2014 at 10:47 am (3 years ago)

    I am most interested in trying Pamela’s Products like that they are gluten free.

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  52. caryn s
    November 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to try the Simply Natural Pasta Sauces!

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  53. Treen Goodwin
    November 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm (3 years ago)

    I wanna try the Organic Granola Bars and Granola Minis .. thanks for the chance :0

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  54. kathy downey
    November 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m very interested in trying the pasta sauce

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  55. Erika Belanger
    November 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I love to snack, so I would like to try the Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Granola Minis

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  56. Jennifer P.
    November 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm (3 years ago)

    I am most interested in trying Pamela’s Sugar Cookie Baking Mix – it is perfect for this time of year, especially since we have several friends and/or their children with gluten sensitivities.

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  57. Anna W
    November 19, 2014 at 4:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I would like to try the Made Good Organic Granola Bars .

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  58. charityk
    November 19, 2014 at 4:43 pm (3 years ago)

    olympic dairy’s chia yogurt sounds great

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  59. Erika E
    November 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m really interested in trying the Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Granola Minis.

    Reply
  60. Tina L.
    November 20, 2014 at 2:42 am (3 years ago)

    The pasta sauce.

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  61. Rhonda W G.
    November 20, 2014 at 8:48 am (3 years ago)

    The Simply Natural pasta sauces stand out!

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  62. Dreena
    November 20, 2014 at 9:45 am (3 years ago)

    For me, the Allimax.
    Cheers.

    Reply
  63. Debbie W
    November 20, 2014 at 9:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Simply Natural Pasta Sauces

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  64. roger simmons
    November 21, 2014 at 2:17 am (3 years ago)

    The Sugar Cookie Mix

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  65. missbobloblaw
    November 21, 2014 at 2:26 am (3 years ago)

    I’m curious about the Olympic Dairy’s new Chia yogurt- sounds interesting!

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  66. leanne
    November 21, 2014 at 11:43 am (3 years ago)

    I would like to try the pastas.

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  67. Yuen C
    November 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm (3 years ago)

    I like to try the chia yogurt

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  68. Doris Calvert
    November 22, 2014 at 6:22 am (3 years ago)

    I am intereted in the wheat and gluten-free Sugar Cookie Baking Mix and All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend.

    Reply
  69. sarah w
    November 22, 2014 at 9:26 am (3 years ago)

    I want to try the Made Good Granola Bites!

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  70. ivy pluchinsky
    November 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm (3 years ago)

    The Simply Natural Pasta Sauces would be cool to try

    Reply
  71. Wanda Tracey
    November 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm (3 years ago)

    It would be great to win the Gift Bag of The Healthy Shopper Fall 2014 Picks.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!!
    In response to your question I would love to try the Simply Natural Pasta Sauces.

    Reply
  72. Brenda Penton
    November 23, 2014 at 7:17 am (3 years ago)

    I am most interested in trying the Olympic Dairy Chia yogurt

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  73. Vesper
    November 23, 2014 at 10:35 am (3 years ago)

    The Olympic Dairy’s Chia yogurt

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  74. Karry Knisley
    November 23, 2014 at 11:39 am (3 years ago)

    I definitely want to try the Chia Yogurt

    Reply
  75. cheryl hodgkins
    November 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm (3 years ago)

    I am interested in trying the Granola Minis

    Reply
  76. Wendy hutton
    November 23, 2014 at 3:11 pm (3 years ago)

    would love to try the pasta sauce

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  77. Jeff Skidmore
    November 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm (3 years ago)

    The pasta sauces seem tasty!

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  78. Toby
    November 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Definitely the Sugar Cookie Mix. One of my favorites!

    Reply
  79. Tammy Dalley
    November 24, 2014 at 7:21 am (3 years ago)

    I most interested in trying the pasta sauces

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  80. Ira
    November 24, 2014 at 5:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Definitely the Chia yogurt

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  81. Sean McKnight
    November 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm (3 years ago)

    I want to try the granola bars

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  82. Allie f
    November 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm (3 years ago)

    The chia yogurt! Yum!

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  83. rose langill
    November 25, 2014 at 9:50 pm (3 years ago)

    I want to try the granola bars

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  84. KellyPC
    November 26, 2014 at 12:48 am (3 years ago)

    I’d love to try the Made Good Organic Granola Bars!

    Reply
  85. Eldon L
    November 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm (3 years ago)

    Made Good Organic Granola Bars

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  86. Kristi Renout
    November 26, 2014 at 11:12 pm (3 years ago)

    The simply natural pasta sauces sound yummy!

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  87. Kayla Gilbert
    November 27, 2014 at 12:38 am (3 years ago)

    I am most excited about the Made Good Organic Bars.

    Reply
  88. Josh S
    November 28, 2014 at 12:58 am (3 years ago)

    I am really interested in trying the Made Good granola bars

    Reply
  89. Rebby
    November 28, 2014 at 4:20 am (3 years ago)

    I’d love the pasta sauce!

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  90. Jenny
    November 28, 2014 at 8:49 pm (3 years ago)

    The Chia yogurt for me!

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  91. dawn rader
    November 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm (3 years ago)

    I am interested in trying the pasta sauces. but the chia yogurt sounds good too!

    Reply
  92. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    November 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm (3 years ago)

    the Simply Natural pasta sauces.

    Reply
  93. Susanne Scheper
    November 29, 2014 at 11:42 pm (3 years ago)

    chia yogurt

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  94. Monique L.S.
    December 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I am most excited to try Pamela’s Sugar Cookie Baking Mix and All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend. I have recently started a gluten-free diet, so this would be a good start to letting me still eat things I enjoy.

    Reply
  95. kristy e
    December 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm (3 years ago)

    The pasta sauces

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  96. Elizabeth Vlug
    December 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Would love to try Made Good Organic Granola Bars and Granola Minis. And then all the rest 🙂

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  97. David
    December 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm (3 years ago)

    The Pasta

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  98. Tanis
    December 5, 2014 at 12:37 am (3 years ago)

    The Chia yogurt sounds delicious!

    Reply
  99. Miriam Wilton
    December 7, 2014 at 2:09 am (3 years ago)

    i’m really excited about the granola and the chia yogurt

    Reply
  100. angie
    December 7, 2014 at 11:05 pm (3 years ago)

    The chia yogurt – I haven’t tried anything chia yet.

    Reply

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