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The Granary has expanded again, giving our customers even more ways to conveniently travel their own path to great health. Now you can shop online from the comfort of your own home, or anywhere else you find yourself online!  Our new web-store is offering customers a growing selection of top quality supplements and body care. Choose your essentials or try something new and have it shipped directly to you.  We are offering free shipping on orders over 100$ across Canada (additional charges apply to our friends south of the border!)

Just find the SHOP button located on every page of our website or save www.shop.granary.ca as one of your favourite websites! Use the Promo Code SHOPGRANARY to save 5$ off your first online purchase.


Kefir vs Yogurt

So you want to eat fermented foods.  That’s great.  Go to the fridge at your favourite local health food store, The Granary and side by side are two great options, Kefir and yogurt.  You’ve likely had yogurt in the past, but whats kefir? Both kefir and yogurt are cultured milk products but they contain different types of bacteria. Yogurt contains transient beneficial bacteria that keep the digestive system clean and provide food for the friendly bacteria that reside there. A healthy choice. But kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract, a feat that yogurt cannot match. Kefir contains several major strains of friendly bacteria not commonly found in yogurt, but it also contains beneficial yeasts, which dominate, control and eliminate destructive pathogenic yeasts in the body. Because the curd size of kefir is smaller than yogurt, it is also easier to digest making it a great choice for children, seniors and people with digestive disorders.  Kefir is often called the “Champagne of Yogurt” as it has a much more sour taste with a “zing!”. If it is not to your taste try using it as buttermilk in recipes, to make sourdough or in your favourite smoothie.

Making kefir is relatively simple and has been done for centuries. Add a teaspoon of kefir grains (available at The Granary!) to one cup of milk in a class jar.  Cover loosely with a lid or cheesecloth and let sit in room temperature for a minimum of 24 hours or until desired thickness is reached. Strain the kefir grains from the thick liquid to reuse and enjoy your creamy kefir treat! Over time the grains will multiple and you can share them with your friend, spreading the joy of good health!


Fermented for Health

By now you must have heard something about fermented foods.  They are making a come back in popularity, with good reason.  Foods that are naturally fermented are a good source of probiotics – the healthy bacteria that aid in overall gut health, digestion, immunity and much more. They also supply the prebiotics (the food to feed the probiotics) . Our grandparents  and great-grandparents consumed fermented foods regularly as they were much more available and common in everyday life.  These included unpasteurized milk, beer, yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles and more. Then came along regular pasteurization and the use of vinegar to pickle, eliminating the naturally occurring probiotics.

Many options are again available to the health conscious consumer that would like to eat their way to great health!  At the Granary we sell a wide variety of ready to eat fermented foods including organic yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kombucha and more.  If you want to take it to the next step, try fermenting your own foods.  Pick up started kits for water and dairy kefir, vegetable fermentation cultures, kombucha scooby’s and more now available at The Granary.

Try one of our favorites – locally made artisan Komb
ucha from our friends at Agape Gardens. For a perfect snack try it with their homemade kale chips!!


Back to School, Back to Routine

The days are getting cooler and the leaves are starting to change colour, marking the beginning of fall and another school year. Lazy summer days are over and it’s time to get back to school and back to routine. We’ve put together a list of essential supplements to include in your morning routine to keep your energy up while adjusting to the busy fall season.

1. Fish Oil

Fish oil contains DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) an essential Omega-3 fatty acid, which is very important when it comes to brain health. Nerve-cell membranes in the brain, which are responsible for all of our cognitive functions, are made up of fat. By supplementing with healthy fats, specifically DHA, you can keep these membranes limber in order to maintain and even improve cognitive function.

Studies indicate that DHA can help improve attention, focus, memory and the efficiency of information processing, which are all important factors when returning to work or school.


2. Probiotics

It’s no secret that probiotics, or the “friendly bacteria”, are important when it comes to digestive health, but these microorganisms do more than just maintaining and replenishing intestinal flora, they are also a powerful immune booster.

Immunity starts in the small intestine, where up to 80% of the immune system is produced. Therefore the health of your small intestine is directly linked to the health of your immune system. This fall you can beat back to school bugs, while improving your digestive health, by supplementing with probiotics.


3. Multivitamin

No matter what age, it’s always important to ensure that we are receiving adequate levels of nutrients through our diet. This is especially important for children, who are at risk of developing negative effects on brain development if they lack the proper nutrition. If you’re a picky eater or you’ve encountered one, you know it’s not always possible to ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients you need through your diet, which is where a multivitamin comes in.

By including a multivitamin in your back to school routine you can not only instil healthy habits in your kids, but you can ensure that they’re getting the right nutrients to support bone health and immunity, while improving cognitive function and increasing their energy. Don’t forget to take your own multivitamin as well!


4. Greens

Greens pack a whole lot of nutrition per serving and are an important part of a healthy diet. Not only are they full of minerals and vitamins, especially the dark leafy ones, they also contain powerful antioxidants.

Everyone knows it’s important to get enough greens in your diet, 4-6 servings for children and 7-10 for adults, but sometimes it’s difficult to meet these recommendations. If you’re not getting enough greens try adding a Greens supplement to your diet. Disguise it in a simple fruit smoothie, the perfect breakfast for providing the energy needed for a long day at school at work.


5. Protein

Protein, which is made up of amino acids, is essential for repairing, building and maintaining cells in the human body. Protein is essential for growth and development during childhood, adolescence, and pregnancy.

Make sure you’re getting enough protein by adding it to your morning smoothie in the form of a powder. With a variety of flavours and a smooth texture you’ll hardly notice it while ensuring that you’re getting enough protein throughout the day.





cc licensed flickr photo by Luke Detwiler

New Product: New Roots Chaga

Littering the forest floor or growing on the side of a tree, mushrooms and other fungi are an integral part of our ecosystems that can be found almost anywhere. About 75,000 species of mushroom have been identified, although scientists believe that there are about a million yet to be discovered. While a handful of species of fungi are poisonous, there are several which boast impressive medicinal properties and have been used in alternative medicine for thousands of years, here are a list of 7 species provided by New Roots, that are worth trying.

cc licensed flickr photo by Luke Detwiler

cc licensed flickr photo by Luke Detwiler

New Roots Chaga

Chaga is a charred-looking fungus with a cork-like consistency that grows 20 feet in the air, on mature birch trees. It is also sustainably grown on birch logs in a climate-controlled environment.  This fungus taps directly into the bark and the tree’s core, creating betulinic acid, with powerful theraputic benefits.

Benefits include:

  • contain 40% polysaccharides*
  • supports immune health
  • powerful antioxidant with antiviral properties

New Roots Cordyceps

This rare fungus grows in high altitudes, specifically the Himalayan mountain range and Tibetan plateau. This unique mushroom grows within a caterpillar host, although it can also be grown in a climate-controlled greenhouse in order to meet current demands.

Benefits include:

  • contains 30% polysaccharides*
  • anti-aging properties
  • enhanced libido
  • enhanced strength and stamina
  • benefits respiratory and renal (kidney) performance

New Roots Coriolus Versicolor 

Commonly called “turkey tail” this mushroom is grown in a shade free, climate controlled environment.

Benefits include:

  • contains 40% polysaccharides*
  • immune strengthening qualities
  • may protect against the side effects of radioactivity/chemotherapy

New Roots Lion’s Mane

This mushroom can be found throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In order to reduce the strain on the natural supply, it can be grown in shade-free, climate controlled green houses.

Benefits include:

  • contains 40% polysaccharides*
  • promotes nerve regeneration
  • improves memory and mood
  • supports cognitive and neurological function

New Roots Maitake

  This mushroom grows in northeastern Japan and North America. It grows in clusters, greyish brown in colour, and can be found in as big as 20kg masses on trees and fallen wood. They can also be grown in shade-free, climate controlled greenhouses in order to meet demand without straining the natural supplies.

Benefits include:

  • contains 40% polysaccharides*
  • improves immune health
  • hypoglycemic and anti-diabetic

New Roots Reishi 

  Deep red in colour and shaped like a saucer, this resilient mushroom thrives in both temperate and tropical environments. While it grows at the base of hardwood trees in nature, it can also be grown in fully shaded greenhouses in order to maximize potency.

Benefits include:

  • contain 40% polysaccharides*
  • increased energy and stamina
  • stress resistance
  • maintains cardiovascular health

New Roots Shitake

This well-known mushroom is native to East Asia and contains a wealth of health benefits. It can be grown in climate controlled greenhouses in order to maintain potency.

Benefits include:

  • contain 40% polysaccharides*
  • high antioxidant profile
  • helps fight cold and flu and fight infection

*What are polysaccharides? 

Polysaccharides contain the active ingredients within fungal compounds. The hot water-extracted method in critical in order to obtain a high quality and effective mushroom product. In the mushrooms, polysaccharides are bound by chitin, an indigestible fibre found in the fungus cell wall. Chitin must be dissolved through hot water to release the medicinal properties. Grinding the mushrooms is an inferior method, as it may cause damage to the polysaccharides and fails to remove the chitin, limiting the theraputic quality of the product.


Mushrooms. (n.d.). Retrieved July 15, 2015, from http://newrootsherbal.com/category/32/Mushrooms-




A jar with the BNTO lunchbox adapter is perfect for this salad in a jar
Photo courtesy of www.cuppow.com

Foodie Friday: Southwestern Salad in a Jar

Foodie Friday

If you find yourself running out the door in the morning without grabbing anything for lunch, today’s recipe is perfect for you. Not only is it healthy and filling, but you can prep multiple portions at once and it can be customized to your liking. Here’s one of many possible salad in a jar recipes for you to try! We like using BNTO lunch box adapters to separate our salad and dressing. This means our salad won’t get soggy!

Southwestern Salad in a Jar

This recipe was adapted from this MJ AND HUNGRYMAN recipe.


A jar with the BNTO lunchbox adapter is perfect for this salad in a jar Photo courtesy of www.cuppow.com

A jar with the BNTO lunchbox adapter is perfect for this salad in a jar. More colours are available at The Granary!
Photo courtesy of www.cuppow.com


  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 or 5 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 diced bell pepper (colour of your choice)
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup of corn, fresh or canned
  • grated cheese of your choice (optional)
  • crushed tortilla chips (optional)
  • grilled chicken or protein of your choice (optional)
  • 2 cups mixed greens

Chipotle Lime Salad Dressing 

  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • a dash of chipotle hot sauce (to taste, we like it spicy so we added a couple dashes)
  • roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste (optional)


Begin by layering your ingredients into your jar. First, add the beans, followed by your tomatoes, peppers, avocado and corn. Top that off with cheese, tortilla chips and chicken if you’re adding it. Finally fill the remaining space (leaving room for your BNTO lunchbox adapter) with mixed greens. Set this aside and whisk together your salad dressing ingredients. Pour that into your BNTO lunchbox adapter and seal with the lid. Store in your fridge and grab and go whenever you need to!

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Use This Not That: Plastics

Plastic is everywhere and while it has its practical uses, it also accounts for about 10% of the total waste generated worldwide. The plastic we throw out can end up in our oceans, resulting in the deaths of up to one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals annually. Not only is the environmental impact significant, but plastic requires a large amount of energy to produce. Not to mention the potential danger plastics pose to human health.

The good news is that replacing the plastics you use in your everyday life has never been easier! We’ve compiled a list of great products that are so useful, you wont even realize you’ve stopped using plastic!

Use a reusable, stainless steel water bottle instead of plastic ones

Bottled water is overpriced, so why not save yourself some money by purchasing a reusable bottle? You can also rest assured that you’re doing your part to reduce your environmental footprint. Our favourite water bottles are the S’well bottles. They’re stainless steel and double-walled, ensuring your water stays cold for 24 hours, and this is no exaggeration! In 3 sizes and a huge variety of colours, there’s a perfect S’well bottle for everyone.

Use onyx stainless steel straws instead of plastic straws

For the smoothie and juice lovers out there, and everyone else who just likes to drink out of a straw, it’s time for you to discover the biggest breakthrough since the bendy straw! Onyx stainless steel straws come in several lengths and widths for every drink, and there’s no need to worry about cleaning since they come with perfectly-sized cleaning brushes.

sandwhich bag

Use machine washable, reusable sandwich bags instead of plastic bags

Colibri, a Canadian company owned by sisters Sandra O’Malley and Lori Hawkins, produces eco-friendly, BPA, lead and nickel free reusable snack pouches. Their bags come in a variety of sizes perfect for sandwiches, wraps, fruits, veggies, nuts and any other snack you could think of! They’re practical and fun!
plastic wrap

Use Abeego beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap

This all-natural food wrap is perfect for keeping food fresh. Not only is it self-adhesive, making it the perfect replacement for plastic wrap, but it also allows your food to breathe, which improves the flavour, slows down the rate of decomposition, and leads to less food waste. Malleable at room temperature, Abeego stiffens when cooled, holding the shape you’ve created. It’s easy to clean, simply wash your Abeego in cold water with an eco-friendly dish soap and allow it to dry!

lunch boxes

Use onyx stainless steel containers instead of tupperware

Durable, airtight and BPA-free onyx stainless steel containers are perfect for kids and adults! Not only do they have lunch boxes, you can also get stainless steel ice cube trays and popsicle molds, just in time for the summer season!

What’s your favourite plastic alternative? Stay tuned, later this week we’ll be sharing a great lunch for on-the-go that will minimize your plastic use!

Grand Re-Opening Celebrations

We have been busy planning our 2 day Grand Re-opening Specials and they are huge! Join us Friday June 12 and Saturday June 13 as we celebrated your local health food store.  Some of the highlights include……

– Spend a minimum of $50.00 and get a chance to pop a prize balloon.  Prizes include gift baskets, coupons, free product and 1 “Win your Purchase” voucher to be used that day!

– Win a Traeger Pellet Grill.  Every purchase from now until June 13 is a ballot.  Draw to be held at 2:00 June 13.

– Seed to Sausage BBQ, Henna Artist, Demos, Samples, Gift Baskets and More!

– Official Ribbon Cutting at 2:00 June 13th

– Huge Savings on some of our Favourite products including Now Essential oils, Progressive products, Giddy Yoyo Chocolate and Green Beaver to name a few!

Check out all the specials in our Granary Grand Re-Opening Flyer



cc licensed flickr photo by    Vicky Brock

10 Health Benefits of Raw Honey

Honey has been a staple in many cultures throughout the years. Its health benefits have earned it a place among traditional medicines and today, research is proving that it can hold its own when it comes to modern medicine as well.

cc licensed flickr photo by    Vicky Brock

cc licensed flickr photo by Vicky Brock

What is Raw Unpasteurized Honey?

Raw Unpasteurized honey has not been heated, or processed in any way, although it undergoes a straining process to remove debris before being sold. This is beneficial because there is no enzyme or nutrient degradation. This ensures that you receive the most out of your honey.

Not only is the honey sold at The Granary raw and unpasteurized, it is local as well. You can enjoy your honey, and its health benefits knowing that you’re supporting local farmers. We sell it in bulk, so feel free to bring in your own jar for us to refill.

10 Health Benefits of Raw Honey

  1. Source of Vitamins and Minerals – There are a variety of vitamins and minerals in honey. Interestingly enough, the type of vitamins and minerals and their quantity depends on the type of flowers the pollen was harvested from. The most common components are Vitamin C, calcium and iron.
  2. Healthier Natural Sweetener – Because raw honey has not been processed, as white sugar is, it contains enzymes that have been filtered out of traditional sweeteners. Honey is also much sweeter than table sugar, which means you can use less of it.
  3. Low on the Glycemic Index – Raw honey has a GI score of anywhere from 35 to 48, which is much lower than table sugar. This means that the bonds, which provide energy when broken, are broken slower, providing energy over a longer period of time.
  4. Weight Loss – There are numerous recipes meant for weight loss that include raw honey, such as the very popular cinnamon, honey mix. When raw honey is consumed with warm water, it helps in digesting the fat stored in your body.
  5. Improves Athletic Performance – Honey may be valuable in boosting the performance of athletes. It’s a great way to maintain blood sugar levels, promotes muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout.
  6. Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties – Honey is often used as a natural antiseptic in traditional medicines, thanks to these properties.
  7. Antioxidants – Nutraceuticals, which are effective for the removal of free radicals from the body, are present in raw honey. Thanks to this, the body’s immune system is improved. It may even prevent cancer and heart disease.
  8. Treats Wounds – Honey is effective in treating skin rashes, burns and abrasions, thanks to its ability to reduce inflammation, kill bacteria and germs and provide a protective barrier. It may be covered with a bandage or sprinkled with cornstarch to reduce stickiness.
  9. Powerful Moisturizer – Honey can be applied directly to the skin and washed off with cold or warm water to leave skin as soft as a baby.
  10. Treats Colds and Coughs – Honey is capable of coating the throat to prevent pain associated with coughs and colds. The antibiotic properties are especially helpful in relieving irritation.



Organic Facts. “Health Benefits of Honey.” n.d. organicfacts.net. Online. 5 May 2015.

Photo supplied by Green Table Foods, http://www.greentablefoods.com/our-products/organic-ferments

10 Health Benefits of Kimchi

What is Kimchi?

Kimchi is a red, fermented cabbage dish made with a mix of salt, vinegar, garlic, chile peppers and other spices. These ingredients are mixed together and sealed in a tightly closed jar. This fermented food can be served with rice, noodles or soups. It boasts a ton of impressive health benefits, and after reading through the list, we’re sure you’ll want to pick some up.

10 Health Benefits of Kimchi

  1. Improve your Digestive Health – Lactobacillus is a probiotic required by the body in order to maintain healthy intestinal flora. You can find lactobacillus in several foods, including kimchi! It is a result of the fermentation process. In addition cabbage is known for its ability to detox and get rid of toxins and waste, which helps to clean out your intestines. There is also a significant amount of fiber present in Kimchi, which is essential for healthy bowel movements.
  2. Lower your Cholesterol – Kimchi is usually prepared with garlic, which is high in selenium and allicin. Allicin is useful in lowering cholesterol levels, therefore reducing the risk of certain cardiac disorders such as strokes and heart attacks. Selenium also helps protect the artery walls by preventing the build up of plaque. To experience these benefits, regular consumption of kimchi is required.
  3. Get your Antioxidants – Protect against oxidative damage and the effects of oxygen free radicals by consuming antioxidants, like those in kimchi, which contains antioxidants, phenols and flavanoids.
  4. Treat and Prevent Eczema – We already mentioned the presence of lactobacillus in kimchi, and its effect on digestive health, but it also has a positive effect when treating eczema. A study concluded that Kimchi contains beneficial bacteria that have the capacity to inhibit eczema by treating and preventing the inflammation of skin.
  5. Weight Control – The benefits of probiotics are endless, and here’s another one. Lactobacillus assists in weight control by controlling the appetite and reducing blood sugar levels. We also mentioned the fiber content as an important tool in healthy digestion, but it also aids in weight management by keeping you full and satisfied longer, which prevents over-eating.
  6. Strengthen your Immune System – Kimchi is packed with nutrients, in a range of flavanoids and phenolic components. Kimchi can be made with several ingredients, including garlic, ginger and peppers, all of which are known for their beneficial effect on the immune system. They are great at fighting infections and preventing and curing cold and flu symptoms.
  7. Benefit from Anti-aging Properties – With significant levels of antioxidants and vitamin C, it’s no wonder kimchi has anti-aging properties. A study revealed that kimchi helps regulate the inflammation that causes the aging process to speed up. In addition kimchi encourages collagen production in the body which improves skin elasticity and promotes healthy, young looking skin.
  8. Reduce your Risk of Developing Certain Cancers – Flavanoids, like those found in kimchi, are known to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  9. Soothe Gastric Ulcers – The lactobacillus bacteria in kimchi inhibits harmful pathogens from connecting to the human gastric cells, soothing and possibly preventing gastric ulcers.
  10. Supports Eye Health – Kimchi boasts 18% of your daily value of vitamin A, in just a 100-gram serving. Vitamin A is important in developing a healthy body and is helpful in the maintenance of clear and healthy eyesight.
Photo supplied by Green Table Foods, http://www.greentablefoods.com/our-products/organic-ferments

Photo supplied by Green Table Foods, http://www.greentablefoods.com/our-products/organic-ferments

If you’ve decided that you’d like to give Kimchi a try, we recommend Green Table Foods’, Organic Kimchi. It is non-GMO, wild lacto-fermented, vegan, gluten-Free, raw and contains no sugar, no fish, no sesame, no nuts or additives, no soy, no corn, no dairy, and no vinegar.


Maiquez, Lianne Martha. “9 Surprising Benefits of Kimchi That Will Make You Want To Try It Now.” n.d. lifehack.org. Online. 5 May 2015.

Organic Facts. “Health Benefits of Kimchi.” n.d. organicfacts.net. Online. 5 May 2015.