Shopping healthy in YXE

By in Sports & Health

Part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is knowing where to find the health foods and other products that you need. The Sheaf  has compiled a guide to finding the options that work for you right here in Saskatoon.

Beginning with the food you eat can be a good first step down the road to building a healthier lifestyle. Fresh foods and plenty of vegetables are the foundations of a good diet, so it is useful to know where you can buy fresh foods.

There are options at pretty much every major grocery store for a variety of fruits and vegetables of course, but with the recent movement towards more locally sourced foods, you may prefer to go to a farmer’s market and get your produce closer to home.

Local health food vendors show off the fruits of their labour.

One option is the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, which offers a place for local vendors to sell their wares. These vendors are available from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Sundays and from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Alongside this market, the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market also offers in-house restaurants and a health and specialty store open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday to Friday and at the same times as the vendors on the weekends.

As an added convenience for university students, the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union and the U of S Office of Sustainability have partnered with the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market to bring a taste of the market to the U of S. This market is held in upper Place Riel once a month. For those wishing to attend, the remaining dates for this term are Mar. 16 and Apr. 6 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

However, this is not the only option for fresh foods on campus, as the USSU Food Centre also provides fresh food to students through their weekly Fresh Food Market, which aims at bringing these foods to students for an affordable price.

The Food Centre is also a supply location for CHEP Good Food Inc., an organization focused on providing food security, allowing students to also purchase fresh foods from them through the Food Centre. These foods come in a variety of options, from a set of about 12 types of fruits and vegetables to a snack pack consisting of a single serving of fruit and vegetables. Students are able to place orders through the Food Centre every second Monday, with their orders arriving the following Wednesday.

Off-campus options also exist for those looking to find healthy alternatives. One such shop, located on Broadway Avenue, sells herbal supplements in addition to healthy foods. This is the Herbs N’ Health Foodport, which has been locally owned since 1985. The herbal supplements offered include minerals, vitamins and other related products.

Customers are also able to purchase freshly made soups, gluten-free muffins and quinoa salad from the in-house kitchen, available as either a dine-in or take away meal.

For other options in supplements, there’s a variety of retailers in Saskatoon, such as GNC, Sangster’s, Dad’s Organic Market and Popeye’s Supplements, to name a few of the stores in the city.

Overall there is a large selection of sources for healthy foods in Saskatoon, allowing for students with all sorts of needs to have access to healthy alternatives.

Jack Thompson / Staff Writer

Photo: Jeremy Britz / Photo Editor