NEW ITEMS! More Keto-friendly Food Items

What’s New at Health Essentials This Spring: More Great Keto-Friendly Food Options!

Are you following a ketogenic diet? Are you trying to keep your diet low-carb? Do you simply appreciate great sugar-free and no-sugar-added food options?! Well, then you’ll LOVE that we have more keto food options in this last month or so!

Laird Superfood Creamer – Dairy-free & Unsweetened

This awesome Superfood Creamer is simply amazing as an on the go addition to coffee, tea, smoothies or yogurt! It’s packed with nutritional ingredients including flavourful coconut milk powder, saturated-fat rich coconut oil, and Aquamin, derived from a red marine algae for added calcium and 72 other bio-available minerals! This blend was formulated by world-renowned big-wave surfer, Laird Hamilton. ¬†He is a fitness guru who has spent years perfecting ways to pack tons of nutrients into his busy, fitness filled days for sustained and focused energy! Each packet contains only 3g of total carbohydrates!

Suzie’s Goodfats Bars

These ridiculously delicious little bars are the perfect snack for long, busy days on the go, or as a treat after a long work day! PLUS, with less than 5g of net carbs per bar, no need to worry about falling out of ketosis. Believe us, you’ll be surprised at how much they taste like a treat. Available in Coconut Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Almond Chocolate.

Barbecue season anyone? These next items are must haves for keto-friendly barbecues.

Crazy Mooskies – No Sugar Added Original or Spicy BBQ Sauce

Wait, you mean I can have BBQ sauce on a keto diet? YES! This one. With less than 1g of carbs, and 0g of sugar, this tasty gluten free barbecue sauce will have your burgers, steaks or chicken breasts tasting mouth-wateringly delicious!!

Crazy Mooskies Gourmet Tomato Ketchup

First BBQ sauce, now ketchup?! Um, yup. This DELICIOUS ketchup is actually a game changer. Who didn’t grow up thinking ketchup was the best sauce around? We sure did. Until we learned the amount of sugar in a serving of conventional ketchup. Let’s just say that this is the best darn thing we’ve seen in a while. Sweetened with stevia, this awesome natural ingredient ketchup has just 1g of naturally occurring sugar per 2 tbsp serving. #yes

Suzie’s Organic Yellow, Spicy Brown & Dijon Mustards

And of course, what good BBQ is complete without mustard?! We don’t think there’s any! This extremely clean and organic mustard has 0g of carbohydrates per serving, and it’s SO delicious. Plus, it’s made with all local ingredients from the Northwest, so you can feel great about supporting this awesome company, while also enjoying some of the best mustard we have ever tried!

NEW Icebreaker Spring 2018

New Icebreaker Spring 2018 Has Arrived!!

NEW Icebreaker Spring 2018

Time to say goodbye to the old, and hellloooo to the new Icebreaker Spring 2018… and might we say the AMAZING. We seriously cannot get enough of all of the new Icebreaker pieces we have this season. More of the same premium quality that we all know and love, but with new styles like we have never seen from them before!

Just in case you’ve never heard of merino wool here are just a few reasons why we love it:

  • This natural fibre is extremely soft unlike more traditional wool clothing.
  • Naturally antibacterial and odour resistant!
  • Totally anti-wrinkle – perfect for packing on trips or in gym bags
  • It absorbs up to 40% of its own weight in water (or sweat)
  • It stays warm when its wet!!!
  • Its naturally thermoregulating, so you’ll be warm when its cold, and the same pieces will keep you cool in the heat!!! #magic
  • It dries EXTREMELY fast – perfect for our wet west coast climate in spring time!

If you’ve heard of merino, but never Icebreaker Merino.. here’s a few areas where it stands apart:

  • Icebreaker works directly with small farms in New Zealand to source the best quality merino from the most ethically treated sheep and sustainable farming possible!!
  • No sheep are harmed in the processing of the wool! They actually really love it… Merino don’t naturally shed their wool so its quite a relief once a year to get it sheered!
  • The farms that Icebreaker works with are committed to providing a stress-free environment for the sheep.. the quality of the sheep’s life = the quality of the wool ūüôā
  • The wool that is produced from Icebreaker Merino Sheep specifically is softer than most other commercially available merino
  • Icebreaker core spins a number of their clothes to ensure durability
  • Their socks are all guaranteed for LIFE!!!¬†

Sneak Peak of What’s New This Season:

NEW womens Icebreaker Spring 2018


  • Perfect for all weather conditions!! Brave the west coast wind and rain and look stylish while you’re doin’ it!
  • With patented cool-lite technology, you’ll be kept cool while being protected from the elements.
  • 100% merino wherever it touches your body, for added comfort, breathability, sweat wicking and warmth!




NEW womens Icebreaker Spring 2018


  • Who couldn’t use a little black dress addition to their wardrobe?!
  • This amazingly comfortable and form fitting dress can be dressed up or dressed down in all occasions!
  • With cool-lite technology you’ll be kept cool in the heat which is a huge bonus when wearing black in the sun!!




mens merino wool


  • We really can’t get enough of this one!
  • Comfort meets style with this loose fitting and extremely stylish hoodie for men
  • With a large hood and a side zip to help you easily get in and out… this is the perfect cool-weather outer layer




mens Icebreaker



  • With MerinoLOFT‚ĄĘ technology panel and hood for added warmth and protection from the elements
  • Entirely merino wherever it touches your skin!!
  • This stylish and extremely functional half zip is perfect for the spring, and can definitely be worn anytime of year on the west coast





For more information on why we love Icebreaker merino wool, check out this page.

The Ultimate Sleep Solution

The Ultimate Sleep Solution

Do you have troubles sleeping?

More and more people are having issues surrounding sleep. ¬†Whether it be a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking in the morning feeling like you haven’t slept at all. Melatonin production could be the culprit. Learn more about the ultimate sleep solution in this article.

What is Melatonin?

Melatonin is a hormone that signals your body to sleep.¬† This hormone is converted from another hormone called “serotonin”. ¬†Serotonin is produced at the onset of blue light exposure in the morning when we wake, and it signals us to stay awake and alert all day. ¬†Serotonin is converted to melatonin during the later hours of the day when the sun sets and our body gets ready for sleep.

The Importance of Light Exposure

We definitely need blue light exposure during the day Рhence the sun gives off a LOT of healthy blue light.  The counter to this is that we also need an absence of blue light in the evenings Рhence, sun sets give off a soft amber glow that allows for normal melatonin production.

The problem we face today: We live in an age of electricity¬†and a culture that depends on the use of digital devices. ¬†Unless you’re lighting your home exclusively with fire or red light bulbs when the sun sets and turning off your computer, phone and TV, you’re probably exposing yourself to mass amounts of blue light in the evening hours. ¬†This acts like an artificial sun and signals the body to wake up, thus disrupting the natural circadian rhythm of the earth.

A Practical Solution

Blue-blocking glasses can be a great solution to the problem that we face in our modern day society.  The use of glasses that filter out a portion, or all, of the blue light spectrum can help to mitigate some of the negative effects of evening blue light exposure and help regulate your circadian rhythm!  This can allow you to use regular lighting in your home, watch nighttime television, or work on the computer in the evening without disrupting your sleep quality.

Glasses Options

LowBlue Glasses offer 100% blocking of the blue light spectrum! These awesome glasses come in many styles, including fit-over wrap arounds!

Kelly and Hank with blue blocking glasses at Health Essentials Victoria


Spektrum Glasses offer a range of blue-blocking lenses. There are more discrete styles that block 50% of the blue-light spectrum, which is great for reducing eye strain even during the day, and look like entirely normal glasses!! These styles are great for students who study at school the evenings, people who work night shifts, or anyone who works on the computer during the day.







Check our best sleep solution products


Everything You Need to Know About Ghee

everything you need to know about ghee

Do you have some slight intolerances to dairy products, but would love to be able to reap all of the healthy benefits of grass-fed butter? Are you looking for a high-fat & highly nutrient dense superfood to add to your diet? Would you LOVE to be able to cook easily and safely with a healthy fat source?  We have your answer, and we would love to share everything you need to know about ghee!

What is Ghee? How is that pronounced?



Ghee is termed as “clarified” butter. ¬†It is made from butter that has been simmered for an extended period of time in order to separate and remove the milk solids, and essentially render the fat alone. ¬†Due to the high fat content and purity of this amazing superfood, ghee does not perish as¬†quickly as butter does and is actually shelf stable. ¬†It also has an amazing nutrient content¬†and is generally well tolerated by¬†dairy-sensitive people!

History of Ghee.

Ghee originated in Asia and has¬†been used in India and Southeast Asia –¬†near the equator – for centuries! These cultures heavy reliance on dairy as a source of healthy fats dates back thousands of years! ¬†It makes sense that the first people to¬†clarify butter were of this hot climate. ¬†Dairy tends to spoil VERY quickly in the heat, and it barely stood a chance in the humid climate of Southeast Asia, especially before fridges!! What the traditional cultures of these regions found, was that it wasn’t the fat that went bad, but rather the milk constituents of butter. Clarifying these parts out, enabled the people of these humid regions to¬†store this precious fat source for longer, without the immediate risk of spoiling!

What makes Grass-fed Ghee a “superfood”?

It has an amazing nutrient density!

Although science had not evolved to the point that it has in recent decades, it is evident that the traditional cultures, YET AGAIN, had it intuitively right! Butter and ghee are both high in healthy fats, fat soluble vitamins & other important nutrients. ¬†When compared side by side, however, it is clear that ghee “takes the cake” for nutrient value! What began as a tactic to keep butter from perishing, actually rendered a super-butter, so to speak :)!

Check out this awesome side-by-side comparison by Dr. Axe, comparing butter and it’s clarified derivative!


More Facts You Need to Know About Ghee:

Ghee is well tolerated by most people.


Ghee is almost completely free of dairy constituents, including casein, whey & lactose.  Although it does contains trace amounts of dairy, often ghee is tolerated by those who have intolerances!


High-heat cooking oil.ghee-2500Ghee is a fabulous cooking oil because it has a smoke temperature of 450 degrees. It is important to make sure that the oil you use for cooking has a high heat tolerance so that none of its properties are destroyed when you cook with it.


Rich, delicious flavour!




Ghee has a butter-like flavour and a similar consistency. ¬†It definitely has a richer flavour than regular butter, but is the perfect alternative for anyone who can’t have butter! It’s also a great way to enhance the flavour profile of your food!


We’re excited for¬†the brand-new Bulletproof Grass-fed Ghee! Bulletproof sources their ghee from grass-fed cows, which ensures high nutrient density and an amazing nutrition profile. ūüôā ¬†Check out this video for everthing you need to know about Bulletproof Grass-fed Ghee!


NEW – Upgraded DARK ROAST Coffees

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Come and try our newest additions to the Bulletproof Coffee Line up
Wednesday, August 10th from 11am-1:30pm

Wes from the Bulletproof team will be¬†demoing the Original Bulletproof Coffee, blended “Bulletproof”-style, with Grassfed butter & Bulletproof Upgraded Oils. We will also have¬†samples¬†of the¬†two *NEW*¬†dark roasts – “French Kick” & “The Mentalist” to try!

If you’ve ever been into Health Essentials, visited our website, or spoken to any of our staff…

you’ll know that we LOVE¬†new¬†things, we LOVE¬†coffee, and most importantly¬†we LOVE Bulletproof.

The excitement is real when it comes to our coffee consumption, especially when it’s new upgraded,
low micro-toxin coffee.¬†Oh, how we have awaited this…¬†it’s finally here!

We are ecstatic to now be carrying the newest additions to the Bulletproof coffee selection at Health Essentials.

A medium-dark – “The Mentalist” & a¬†full-dark¬†– “French Kick” Bulletproof Coffee option! YUM!

Just like the Original Bulletproof Coffee, these upgraded beans are of the highest quality,
sourced from beans that are grown in a high elevation climate, hand picked at the perfect ripeness,
& tested for the lowest level of micro-toxins!

As far as benefits goes, dark roast beans actually tend to be naturally lower in micro toxins than medium roasts,
as well as lower in acidity levels…So, like your taste-buds, your mind & body can feel GREAT about these choices.

– Medium-Dark
–¬†Dark cocoa and vanilla top notes
open to a full-bodied coffee with
cherry sweetness and finishing
notes of almond and caramel.

– Full-Dark

– Smooth and sweet dark roast with
smoky baking chocolate notes,
medium body, and a clean finish.

We hope that this was useful for helping you decide which coffee is best for you… decisions are hard! Rest assured though, whichever option – new or old, medium or dark – that you choose you’ll be upgrading your mental and physical performance¬†effectively, and without risk of harmful toxins!

dark roast bulletproof - wes demo


New Product: Runa Energy Drinks

Have you seen our new Runa energy drinks?!

These drinks are made with guayusa, an Ecuadorian tea. This super leaf tea offers a focused clean energy with the same amount of caffeine as coffee and twice the amount of antioxidants as green tea!

Not only does Runa produce an excellent clean product, they are committed to making the world a better place by respecting cultural traditions, supporting small farms, and helping the Amazon rainforest thrive!

An energy drink you can feel great about ūüôā


Turn your Brain On – E3Live

Needing some extra brain power? E3Live is back! E3Live + PowerON helps to enhance focus and promotes mood balance with the active ingredient from wild harvested AFA blue-green algae. It also has a bioavailable extract of Phenethylamine (PEA) (also known as the “love molecule”) which is found in chocolate and known to brighten mood and enhance cognitive function.

Blue Majik is a certified organic proprietary extract of a nutrient dense aqua botanical Arthrospira platensis. It is a stunning blue pigment and made up of mostly Phycocyanin which is a powerful antioxidant that can quench free radicals and has been shown to be a natural COX-2 inhibitor.

New Item: Gut Shots

Having a hard time sticking with eating fermented foods daily? Check our our new Gut Shots!!

These guys are probiotic rich drinks that you can take as a shot or add into food such as salad dressings. They are made from pressing the juices filled with live active cultures from fermented organic veggies. There are a lot of savoury and bold flavours to choose from too! Such a great way to keep your gut happy and balanced.


New: Primal Kitchen Paleo Mayo!

We have a new delicious PALEO mayo!!

This mayo comes from Primal Kitchen and has the cleanest ingredients!!

No canola oil, sugar, gluten, soy, and dairy free.

It is made with only avocado oil, organic cage-free eggs, organic egg yolks, organic vinegar (from non-gmo beets), sea salt, and rosemary extract.

It tastes great too!

Click to get it here!

New Product: Kaslo Sourdough Pasta

The world’s first sourdough pasta is here!! It is made right in Kaslo, BC too!

Kaslo Sourdough Pasta is made at a second generation family sourdough bakery in the West Kootenays of British Colombia. They have been baking sourdough bread for over 22 years and have put their knowledge, skills, and experience into making this pasta! They believe in buying local, organic when possible, quality ingredients directly from the farmers.

The sourdough pasta is easily digestible with it’s natural fermentation, and the nutrients are more available for absorption. Naturally fermented grains can even help alleviate and/or eliminate gluten sensitivities and intolerances! Kaslo Sourdough Pasta takes less time to cook too, approx 5 mins!

Everyone is certainly loving it so far!