8-week Summer Challenge: Follow along with our RHN

Don’t let summer fun prevent you from achieving your wellness goals. Give your wellness goals equal importance this summer by hopping on board the 8-WEEK SUMMER CHALLENGE – featuring 8 Habits over 8 weeks designed to leave you looking and feeling great.

The 8-Week Summer Challenge, from Lorna Vanderhaeghe Health Solutions is a 3-pillar approach, designed to improve your mental health, nutrition and hormones for a balanced approach to well-being.


Dandelion Foods’ in-house Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Morgan, has accepted the 8-Week Challenge and you can too! Here’s how:

  1. Pick up the 8-Week Summer Challenge guide in-store at Dandelion Foods
  2. Join the Facebook group (optional)
  3. Visit this post for your Weekly Habit (Mondays)
  4. Visit this post for Morgan’s weekly recap (Thursdays)
  5. Ask questions via email, in-store or on this post

By visiting this post, you’ll be able to follow Morgan’s journey through the Challenge. You’ll learn the 8 Healthy Habits alongside her. You’ll see victories and struggles. And you can ask questions along the way!

Whether it’s a chance to re-boot our current health habits, learn new ones or deal with a medical condition, we all have different reasons for wanting to prioritize our health. So what is Morgan’s reason for doing the challenge?

Hi! My name is Morgan. I am excited to incorporate new habits and share my story over the next 8 weeks. I became an RHN at 43 but after 40+ years of learned eating behaviour I’ve faltered during high stress times suffering from hormonal issues and regained weight. I am very excited about this summer challenge!

Join us here each week as we journal the whole process. PLUS, we’ll be giving away a new prize each week, and announcing winners here. So tune in!

In-Store Demo

Dried ready to go meals, just add hot water! Melanie started @wokfreshcanada as an alternative to the package-heavy, nutrient void meals for camping and hiking. Soon, customers were picking them up for work, home, school and beyond. They’re delicious, 100% compostable, vegan, dietitian approved, locally sourced and made here in Ottawa!

Come meet Melanie and sample for yourself on July 13th from 11 to 2.

Don’t miss our July Health First flyer!

Our July Health First flyer is live and it’s chocked full of savings on your favourite Canadian health food and wellness brands!

There are so many Canadian companies making amazing products and doing amazing work at strengthening Canada’s already strong economy, creating green jobs, reducing our environmental footprint, and giving back to communities. Do you shop Canadian-made products? If you love
Canada, buy Canadian!

Look out for the maple leaf “on sale” tags throughout the flyer to find products manufactured in Canada.

Featured Product: Salad Turnips

Our produce department is bursting with fresh, locally-grown, organic vegetables including salad turnips, from Terramor Farm.

Unlike the classic turnip, it’s soft enough to cut with a butter knife. It is sweet with a touch of a bite like the classic turnip. And the greens are great to eat, too!

Salad turnips can be eaten as you would a radish. Slice thinly and toss in a salad, sprinkle with salt and add to a sandwich or wrap. Or, try a simple recipe like this, adapted from Things I made Today.

  • 1 lb salad turnips, cleaned and cut into 1 inch thick wedges, and greens chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter/avocado oil/coconut oil
  • salt
  • splash of white wine vinegar

Melt butter or oil in a heavy pan. Add turnips and cook until nicely browned on all sides. Toss in turnip greens until wilted (couple minutes). Remove from pan and add a dash of salt and vinegar.

Introducing: The Unscented Company

We’re beyond excited to now offer fill-your-own bulk cleaning products from Montreal’s The Unscented Company. We have all-purpose cleaner, liquid dish soap, dish tabs and laundry liquid.

All @unscentedco products are fragrance-free, cruelty-free, vegan, biodegradable and phosphate free. Plus they are a B Corp.

The Unscented Company was born from the belief that clean doesn’t have to smell like lemons, berries, oranges or mountain forest, for that matter. They believe clean can simply smell fresh and that we could all be better for it.

The Unscented Company expands wellness beyond the traditional spectrum. Everyone loves a clean home—that satisfying and comforting feeling of freshness. But they think goodness isn’t just a result; it has to be at the source of our well-being, in the very fabric of the products we use, and the impact they have on our lives.

Come in and see the line!

Producer Spotlight: Ilias and Sons Greek Olive Oil

A recent study by Portugal’s Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests has revealed that millions of birds are killed by large scale olive oil production in the Mediterranean basin. Read the full story here.

Ottawa-based Ilias and Sons, specializes in producing organic non-GMO olive based products. They take pride in being a small, quality-focused olive grove. Their trees are some of the oldest in the region and range from being 30 to over 1000 years old.

When asked about their harvesting methods, they replied:

“We do not harvest at night nor do we have these expensive harvesting machines being used in large scale production.  We do everything by hand.”

You can find their oils and olives on our shelves. See more about their production methods here.