Wednesday, 17 February 2016
The Best Online Health Food Shops
Day to day the ingredients I use in my cooking are all things you can get in your local supermarket - an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, tahini, potatoes, beans, lentils, pulses, brown rice, spices, tea, quinoa, oats, coconut oil, nuts, seeds...it is all easy to find, but there are some things that you can't pick up in your local shop and I often get asked where you can find the ingredients I use in baking and where to find healthy ready-made snacks. A lot of it can be found in health food shops, which seem to be popping up all over the place, but there are brilliant online stores you can shop at too so I thought I'd share with you my favourite sites.
I absolutely love Goodness Direct as you can find all the specialist ingredients on there, as well as amazing different things like dairy-free milks, raw chocolate, healthy snack bars, plant-based snacks, coconut yogurt, yummy hummus, falafels, superfood powders, unsweetened dried fruit and all sorts of other things! The first time I found the site I spent hours browsing at all the things they stocked and ended up making rather a large order. The other thing that's brilliant about Goodness Direct is their delivery service - it's super speedy, you get a text before they deliver and everything is packaged really well. I couldn't recommend them enough!
I especially suggest getting Luke's Organic crisps, Conscious raw chocolate bars, Clear Spot organic tofu, Coyo coconut yogurt, Biona bread, King Soba buckwheat noodles and Whole Earth baked beans.
Ocado is a more commonly known online shop, but it's pretty amazing. The amount of different products you can find on there is mind-blowing, there's practically everything you could think of including chia seeds, healthy soup (soupologie is fab!), coconut yogurt, gluten free healthy muesli & granola, Biona bread, brown rice pasta, snack bars (pulsin and beond are a must try), nut butters, organic beans, apple puree and so much more! Ocado has loads of deals too and their customer service is exceptional. There is a minimum spend of £40 for delivery but seeing as you can get everything on there you could do your weekly shop, plus if you spend over £80 you get £20 off your first shop.
I don't shop on Planet Organic too much as their delivery charge is slightly higher than alternatives and you can't get chilled products delivered unless you live in London, but they have some amazing stock. Their selection of raw chocolate is the stuff of dreams (hello Ombar and Raw Halo), their buckwheat flour is the cheapest I've found and they do some delicious gluten free pasta, noodles and spaghetti as well as crackers, bread, cookies and baking goods.
Amazon is my go-to when I order superfoods because I get free delivery on most products with Amazon Prime and you can find anything on the site - cacao, baobab, mama, hemp powder, bee pollen, hemp seeds, brown rice powder, pea protein powder, chia seeds, flaxseed, etc can all be found on Amazon at the cheapest prices. Amazon is also great for bulk buying things like nuts, seeds, oats and flour.
Holland & Barrett
I don't recommend Holland & Barrett for purchasing superfood powders, nuts and seeds because they are much more expensive there but for stocking up on nut butter (I buy Meridian 1kg almond butter), organic dates and teas they're really good. They also often have good deals on so it's worth signing up and getting a rewards card so you can be kept in the loop, you also get money off coupons with this which are always handy!
So, there you have it! Have a browse at these websites and I assure you you'll come across amazing products that you'll love.
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