Plant-based. Sustainability. Clean ingredients: These enduring food trends were highly visible at the Canadian Health Food Association’s (CHFA’s) Connect virtual trade show in September. Here are nine intriguing products that I discovered, and would love to try.
Boreal wild herb tea
Indigenous owned and operated Boreal Heartland Herbal Products sustainably harvests and hand gathers herbs in Northern Saskatchewan’s boreal forests. Their wild herb teas are caffeine free and made with traditional herbs used by First Nations for their health benefits. Wild herbs in the four tea blends include fireweed, wild mint, Labrador tea, nettle, goldenrod, sarsaparilla root, rosehip, bearberry and birch leaf.
Buck buckwheat beverage
Move over oat milk, there’s a new kid in town! Plant-based, dairy-free Buck beverage is a Canadian innovation milked from buckwheat. Although not nutritionally equivalent to cow’s milk, Buck contains 17 amino acids necessary to support bodily functions. It is shelf stable with a shelf life of nine to 12 months. Buckwheat is a gluten-free pseudocereal with remarkable environmental benefits, as it needs less water to grow compared to oats, soybeans and almonds, and doesn’t require herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Saint Michael Foods in B.C. also makes dairy-free Buck gelato in four flavours.
Three Farmers roasted fava beans
Canadian prairie-based Three Farmers adds fava beans to their lineup of roasted pulse snacks. The sea salt variety has just three...
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