The ‘Expo Manger Sante’ is my favorite trade show as I can explore new interesting items that help me meet my goal of improving my health. Whether it is to taste new organic products, pickup coupons or the actual products on sale, learn new delicious recipes, learn about new services offered or how I can make certain things at home, I can easily spend several hours browsing through the stands.
The ‘Expo Manger Sante’ is a health food (much of it organic) and beauty/cleaning products tradeshow. This year, it was held last month at the Palais des Congres again in downtown Montreal.
Check it out here: www.expomangersante.com
I decided that each year I will post some of my favorite new finds at this show. What is great is that whatever stage I’m at in terms of improving my health, this show helps me along to the next stage, so the finds that I typically pick each year also reflect where I’m at in my journey. I am very thankful for this show because I’m also a very picky eater and sometimes by tasting a product at the show I am surprised by how delicious it is and the fact that I would’ve never bought this product at a store otherwise.
Another great thing is that my husband, who is at a completely different stage than me, will also pick up new things and this just promotes our collective family health.
You can check out my last year’s blog which lists the items that I found interesting last year, these were also present at this year’s show.
Here are my favorite picks this year:
- New Vegan Restaurants: several new ones opened their doors recently in downtown Montreal, why don’t you check them out: Invitation V (vegan bistro – www.invitastionv.com), Resto Vego McGill (www.restovego.ca ), Aux Vivres (resto vegan and juice bar – auxvivres.com). And besides restaurants check out this authentic Japanese store that provides natural, organic and macrobiotic food: www.koyofoods.com.
- Organic Matress!: Currently I’m shopping for a new mattress so I thought why not go organic, I did a lot of research on this topic already (will reserve that for another blog), and narrowed it down to 2 companies: My Essentia (the only organic mattress containing memory foam) and Literie Provinciale (using latex, no memory foam, but much cheaper). Both have showrooms in Montreal!
- Service to Set up and Help Maintain Your Own Organic Garden: this one blew my mind a little bit: you can book a consultation with this company who will come to your house and give you an estimate on planning and building your garden, planting heirloom seedlings, and even periodically coming to weed and feed your garden and harvest your vegetables! I find this is amazing for those that have a yard and don’t have time to do their own gardening. The company is called Urban Seedling: www.urbanseedling.com.
- Free Vegetarian Cooking Course: Go to aimschq.com and sign up for their free vegetarian cooking course that is coming up in May.
- The Hippocrates Health Institute: this is a sort of the resort that offers a “life transformation program” by following the Hippocrates philosophers mantra “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. They say they provide guidance to transition you to a healthier lifestyle. They do this by encouraging pure enzyme rich, organic vegan cuisine, a positive mental and emotional attitude and the appropriate physical activity essential to optimizing one’s health. Many cancer patients and people with other health problems have gone to this Institute. To check it out go to www.HippocratesInstitute.org.
- Pasta: there are so many varieties of pasta nowadays made without wheat. Each year I pick up new kinds made with quinoa or another type of grain and flavored with herbs, vegetables, even nuts like turmeric, beats, spinach, hazelnut etc. They are so delicious that I cannot get enough of them. Some of my favorite brands are: Primeal Pasta and Go-go Quinoa.
- Emulsified Vitamin D: emulsification is a process of creating smaller molecules so that the product is better absorbed. I believe that here in Montreal the majority of people are largely deficient in vitamin D, which is actually important in many chemical processes in your body and affects so much more than just your bones and teeth. For example I believe that vitamin D deficiency is linked to autoimmune diseases. During spring, winter and fall, I supplement daily. The brand I picked up to try is Omega Alpha, I got at 2 for one deal and it tastes good!
- Omega 3 Supplements: I also believe that we have a huge imbalance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 in our bodies which results in promoting unwanted inflammation, I supplement daily. My favorite brand is Nordic Naturals which uses fish oil from only very small fish (= minimal amount of mercury).
- Organic White Miso: miso is one product that I thought that I would never ever buy. I had bought the black miso paste one time, didn’t know what to do with it, tried to make something that ended up tasting horrible and decided that I will never buy it again that it’s not for me. Here I am at the show tasting some dip that was prepared to be eaten with raw vegetables and finding it absolutely delicious. Bought the container of white miso and scored the recipe for this delicious dip. What is also really great is that at this point I’m trying to eat more fermented products because I want to increase my intake of probiotics. Because probiotics are so finicky, I don’t really believe that supplementation through pills is good enough because I feel like a very tiny percentage of the probiotics will actually survive and do good in my stomach. Somewhere I read that the gut is like your second brain and maintaining good bacterial culture is crucial. I don’t supplement probiotics every day, only if I know that my stomach is vulnerable (i.e. if taking antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs).
- Tempeh: tempeh is a soy-based fermented product. I don’t believe that regularly eating soy is healthy however occasionally, it’s fine for me. The fact that tempeh is a fermented product adds bonus points. Again another product that I would typically never buy but at the show there was a chef that had just opened his new organic restaurant and was making stir-fry tempeh. As you can guess it tasted delicious (I find it more palatable than tofu). I bought some and he even gave me vegetarian tzatziki for free, which incredibly enough, tasted just like the real thing.
- Cleaning Products: I like the brand Biovert, which has expanded its line of products since last year and added a few items including a laundry stain remover. However since last year, my favorite brand for cleaning products has become: The Honest Company. Although this brand is not found at the show, I must mention it here as it is absolutely amazing. It was created by Jessica Alba, it has none of the bad ingredients and all of the good ones – it can be purchased online.
- Organic Alcohol: this is becoming more and more common, we picked up an aperitif cider from Saragnert.com.
- Spices and Tea: I found a cool place with really interesting products: Les Jardins de la Mer. They have a variety of mixed spices and salts that contain algae. Algae are really healthy however I’m trying to stay away from any products purchased from the Pacific Ocean due to the Fukushima radiation poisoning. However this company harvests their algae from around New Brunswick. They also have some really interesting teas, which I’ve never seen before. The one I bought contained dried Labrador tea, nettle, yarrow and fir tree leaves, it tasted and smelled amazing!
- Mosquito Repellent: I’m trying to find one that actually works and doesn’t stink to be honest with you. I’m trying out this new brand I found at the show called Bohemia.
Overall an amazing show, that’s for sure!!!