Healthy Options at Shangri-La Mall carries a terrific selection of nutritious and delicious snacks, drinks, supplements, and nice sundry items that make for a pleasurable shopping experience. It was the first time my mom and my sister have visited this branch. They’re happy to find so many amazing local, natural, organic, vegan, and gluten-free products in different categories (well, especially my mom whose life is pretty much centered around her quest to feed us well and keep us healthy). Healthy Options is a natural food purist’s shopping nirvana! 🙂

We can’t argue the fact that prices at SM Supermarket, Hypermarket, Savemore, Puregold, and other mainstream/average grocery chain stores are cheaper. However, goods offered at Healthy Options are incomparable in terms of value they provide. Ultimately, it all comes down to making healthier choices a top priority.

In this post, I’m sharing the products we purchased this month plus a tour around our favorite sections in the store.

Healthy Options Shopping Haul (April 2016)

Personal Care

Do you believe that taking the best care of yourself and the environment doesn’t have to be a sacrifice? We do. Personal care products at Healthy Options are formulated with premium quality natural and organic ingredients. From essential oils for aromatherapy, shampoo and conditioner for thinning hair, body and hand lotion, soaps, and cosmetics, these natural personal care products are good healthy alternatives to synthetics.

The Personal Care section was our first stop and we felt like being a kid in a candy store. There’s so many scents and variants to choose from! In the end, we got Nature’s Gate Revitalizing, Jojoba + Sacred Lotus Shampoo (18 fl oz/532 ml), Nature’s Gate Enriching, Biotin + Bamboo Conditioner (18 fl oz/532 ml), A La Maison Sweet Almond Solid Bar Soap (8.8 oz), and Herbatint – Herbal Haircolor Permanent Gel 4N Chestnut (4.5 oz).

Nature’s Gate Revitalizing, Jojoba + Sacred Lotus Shampoo was a repurchase. I bought my first bottle last November and it lasted about three months. Nature’s Gate is a trusted brand and this shampoo is ideal for thin/dry hair. What I love most about it is that just a little bit can create great foam. It smells so good and cleans well. Highly recommended! It’s vegan, paraben-free, soy-free. It does not contain chemicals such as sodium lauryl/laureth/coco sulfates, phthalates, butylene glycol, artificial colors.

Nature’s Gate Enriching, Biotin + Bamboo Conditioner is the best-selling conditioner with a mindful blend of conditioning botanicals. Biotin helps strands of hair feel thicker, fuller and more abundant. This product is also vegan, paraben-free, soy-free, and does not contain chemicals mentioned above. It has a nice peppermint smell and it gives the scalp a cool fresh feeling after washing. Think of it as the feeling of leaving toothpaste in your mouth. 🙂

We chose A La Maison Sweet Almond Solid Bar Soap because of its pleasing scent. It’s absolutely heavenly! Unlike other organic soaps in the market, this one lathers well and indeed attracts moisture to the skin as it’s made with olive oil and shea butter. It’s quite pricey at PhP 200+, but the bar is about the same length and width as a normal bar of soap but twice the height or thickness. It’s also okay to use for those who have sensitive skin.

Completing our Personal Care selected items was the Herbatint – Herbal Haircolor Permanent Gel 4N Chestnut that’s specially formulated from herb extracts. Herbatint has been the undisputed market leader for more than 40 years. This permanent hair dye uses rosemary, cinchona and walnut husk to gently deposit color. It’s worth to note that it’s ammonia free. I’m excited to try this one and post a review of it as well. 🙂

Supplements

Ah, this is my mom’s favorite section. Healthy Options, I think, is most famous for supplements. Mom has been experiencing difficulty to sleep these days. Taking melatonin supplements is not enough. Hence, she took interest in trying the HOS Ultimate Sleep Formula (50 c) to help maintain calmness and relaxation and overall support sleep quality.

She also has a problem with bowel movement. To aid with constipation, she researched on the best available food supplement for adults and found Solgar Advanced Acidophilus Plus which contains 500 million microorganisms per serving. Suggested intake is one capsule two times daily preferably with meals. I hope this product will be effective in making her intestinal flora healthier.

Because of aging, my mom now has to take calcium supplements but these won’t work when she does not have enough Vitamin D in her body. We learned online that Vitamin D3 is the form of Vitamin D that stimulates the absorption of calcium and helps build strong bones. She got Healthy Options Vitamin D3 400 IU. Suggested intake is one soft gel daily with food.

My sister and I have high stress levels and our hemoglobin levels are normal but quite low. To have more iron in our blood stream, we need Solgar Gentle Iron (25 mg) for tissues and muscles to function effectively. Iron plays a role in normal red blood cell production and supports energy utilization. This as a dietary supplement supporting women’s health and primarily menstruation. I

Farm Produce

Making a commitment to healthy eating with these natural farm produce is a great start towards a healthier life. Beyond eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and good fats, there is the question of food safety, nutrition, and sustainability. Healthy Options promotes food that are free of pesticides and hormones. The farm produce section offers organic vegetables that do not have chemical additives. Mom was delighted to find wheatgrass and also other beautiful fresh veggies.

Groceries

The Grocery section looks so colorful it’s almost tempting to get everything that catches our fancy. The shelves are filled with products that range from breakfast cereals, chocolate and chips, condiments and sauces, whole grains, nuts and seeds to ground coffee, teas, milk, juices, and more. It will be worth to spend time reading the food labels (nutrition facts). Need help? The staff are accommodating to provide tips and recommendations to suit your needs. Healthy Options has bountiful of ingredients that you can combine into tasty, good-for-you meals. Its YouTube channel features recipes that you can follow for healthy cooking.

We like snacking on chips that are not overly salty and thought Good Health Glories Kettle Sweet Potato Chips (1 oz) would satisfy our craving. These sweet potato chips have a nice crunch, not too greasy, and they are GMO-free. We also got my super-favorite Popcorners Snack Cheesy Jalapeno (1.1 oz) which I have repurchased for the fourth time. 🙂 These corn chips were popped with real corn, no trans fat, and no cholesterol. Every bite makes me guilt-free. The cheddar flavor meets with heat of jalapeno. Yummy!

Mint and chocolate make a great match. Nothing steals my heart away quite like this combination. Salem Cookie Moravian Mint (8 oz) is a must-try for fans of chocolate cookies with mint. Angel who sits beside me in the office has already finished two packs! 😛 I can’t blame her though. Featuring a delicate natural mint flavor with artisan chocolate, these thin cookies are addicting.

If you like interesting flavor of pop corn, Pop Art’s Thai Coconut Curry Popcorn is an awesome grab. Made with a unique blend of savory spices mixed with creamy coconut milk, these buttery, bright yellow popcorn are crazy good. The list of ingredients includes curry powder, lemongrass, coconut milk, curry spices, mustard, lime, turmeric, and more. A handful can quench your thirst for the taste of Thailand, as it achieves a total food sensation and somehow makes you feel as if you are really eating curry.

From the beverage section, we just wanted to try the Dream Latte Caramel (11 oz). Coffee and almond must taste good together. 🙂

Frozen

My sister and I were still looking for personal care items to put in our shopping cart when we heard our mom almost screaming with delight from the other end of the store. Turned out, she saw frozen vegan products in the refrigerators. The Frozen section consists of poultry, meat, vegetarian, vegan, ice cream, yogurt, etc. The imitation meat by Vegetarian Plus are made with 100% vegan ingredients. Just to appease our curiosity, we got the Frozen Veggie Chicken Orange (10.5 oz). If this one tastes good, we will for sure buy the other variants month after month.

Wrap Up

After over an hour, we filled our cart with products we’re all thrilled to bring back home. We certainly don’t expect everyone to always choose organic this or grass-fed that, but it can happen one step at a time. To wrap up, I think one key takeaway from this post also for readers is that Healthy Options does not only sell supplements but also grocery, personal care items, and a lot more. Healthy Options has a vision of a healthier world where people enjoy longer, richer, more fulfilling lives by taking control of their health. Thanks to the product allowance we’re privileged to have monthly, I am able to share the value Healthy Options delivers. 🙂

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68 Responses

  1. Kathy Lacuna

    Healthy Options has always been one of my favorite shops to buy health items. Being health buffs, my husband and I always look forward to new items that we can try. You’ve featured here some very interesting items that we plan to head to Healthy Options soon.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Great! In the store, you can find healthy everyday food which are wholesome alternatives to refined ingredients. Healthy food now have a broad appeal, from parents looking for new and healthy recipes to eat with their family, to the modern foodie, who is well travelled and places just as much importance on their health, as they do on taste.

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      • Gloria Ribultan

        hello, I’m interested w/supplements.,,do they have a herbal medicine for women who’s planning to have a baby & also multivitamins for men..thankx

  2. R U S S

    I love love shopping in Healthy Options and I’m glad that they’ve started to offer more products that are usually difficult to find. I get my vitamins & supplements from Healthy Options.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Glad to hear that! 🙂 Apart from supplying a good variety of supplements, Healthy Options satisfies the ever-increasing demand for food that is not just beautiful to look at and delicious to eat, but good for you too.

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  3. Elizabeth O.

    Who said that we have very few choices for healthy food! There’s just so much to choose from, from organic ingredients to snacks! That’s really amazing. It pays to switch to a healthy lifestyle, but it’s definitely worth it.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Right. People now are also becoming more conscious about food labels. If you’re not sure about the ingredients, the customer advisers can be of help. 😉

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  4. Lana Slaybell

    I tried buying a soda in Healthy Options once. I drank it without eating anything. It didn’t make me feel so good. I vomited the next day. Got to skip my first class. Maybe it was because of the flavor. Haha. Maybe I’ll stick to their skin products next time.

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  5. Saminu Abass

    Sincerely there are thousand of healthy food out there. This makes lives worth living. Though some healthy stuff are somehow odds my body system. Thanks for this healthy orientation post.

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  6. Claire Marie Algarme

    I’ve bought some products at Healthy Options when I was based in Manila. But as I moved back to Bacolod, I found a wide array of healthy natural and organic products in our province – from fresh foods, to snacks, to ingredients, to skin care, and other products. I agree that we should make sure that the things we use must be good for our body.

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  7. Rosey

    So many great options here. I have tried almond soap before and it as just lovely.

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  8. Fred Erick

    I have never tried to check this place, but I have seen a lot of posts already about this over social media. I think this is such a good idea. I wanna buy some healthy snacks from there.

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  9. Bhushavali

    Now this is interesting. I’m a vegetarian and constantly in look out for products (food/skincare etc) that have no animal derivatives…

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  10. Amanda Love

    Wow this place has EVERYTHING!! I would love to visit here because I would be in there all day. BTW I’ve never thought of that option of popcorn that you have in your pic. I wonder how that tastes.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Interesting, right? There’s a lot more! The snacks section is relatively huge and I bet you can spend over two hours here without getting bored. 😀

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  11. nicol

    ive never really looked at the healthy options for beauty products. theres a lot of stuff there!

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  12. Erica

    I love Healthy Options. They remind me of a small version of Whole Foods Market back home, without the fresh produce. Butttttt they are so overpriced! But then again most healthy food and ingredients are ?

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      When you come to think about it, the cost of items here are more expensive than others in leading supermarkets, but the products are unique and not found elsewhere in the country. This brand has its own following and that makes it special. 🙂

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  13. Nickida

    It’s always great to have healthy options when it comes to shopping for food. I don’t like having to pay higher prices but sometimes it’s necessary to do just that. It looks like they also offer a wide variety of options as well.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      This branch of Healthy Options is one of my favorites because it offers a lot more than the smaller stores. There’s also a sofa inside where you can just chill and relax while reading books or waiting for your family. 🙂

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  14. Franc Ramon

    Healthy Options can really give us a lot of great meal ideas that’s better for our system. You are lucky to have an allowance for purchases at healthy options.

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  15. Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking

    I need to see if I have a Healthy Options store close to me. It looks like they have a lot of products that I would love. Eating healthy and keeping my body (as well as my family’s) in good shape is important to me.

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  16. Heather

    Wow, what a post! I love all the ecofriendly options. Green beauty is my favorite. I would love to try Herbatint or anything by Nature’s Gate?⭐️

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Nature’s Gate unique combinations of natural, safe and innovative ingredients deliver effective results for your everyday beauty care regimen. 🙂

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  17. Jenn

    Looks like a great store! To find these items we have to drive to several different stores. Not one has them all. Our daughter using Nature’s Gate shampoo and loves it. She also uses the all natural soap, and soap nuts to wash her cloths. They work great. No need for harsh chemicals. I would love to shop for better quality produce, but we have to drive pretty far to find it.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I think we can all buy more stuff when they are available online. Delivery to our homes will make purchases hassle-free. This also saves us travel time. 🙂

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  18. Lori

    Many people try, nowadays, to choose healthy products. From beauty products to food, there are numerous options – indeed, more expensive. But it’s good to see a supermarket dedicated to these healthy options!

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  19. Cassie

    I wish that we had a store like Healthy Options where we live. Both my husband and I want to live a more healthy lifestyle (especially me since I have to be gluten free), but we are limited to a heaping helping of subpar options here. I’m so jealous that you get a place this to shop at!

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  20. Fred

    I like looking around Healthy Options because of its very interesting products. Unfortunately, the prices tend to be so high, we cannot really buy everything we want to try. I was so happy to receive a big box of HO products last Christmas and finally got to try a lot of goodies!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Wow! I have a friend who wished for a Healthy Options gift certificate from her Secret Santa (me). I gave her the PhP 500-gc and her smile was plastered on her face upon receiving it. 🙂

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  21. Jennifer Tammy

    I would totally have a hard time not buying everything in that grocery area. And you’re bang on – we don’t need to switch everything to organic or grass fed right away, but taking small steps and experimenting with different products within our budgets is something we should strive for. Sounds like a fun haul!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, I enjoyed writing this post as much as we did shopping for these items. Sharing these great finds can hopefully inspire more of you to try them and see if you can also be “converted” to patronize the healthy/earth-friendly stuff. 🙂

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  22. Katie

    Holy cow! Nature’s Gate is my all time favorite shampoo. What a coincidence that you have it in your store, too. I love the scents.

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  23. Amanda

    I have never heard of Healthy Options but I am sure that we have similar retailers to them in Chicagoland. I’m so glad that it is becoming more affordable to shop at places that have healthy options but I always struggle with finding beauty products that aren’t crazy expensive. Thanks for putting Healthy Options on my radar.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re welcome, Amanda. As more of us like to take control of nutritional choices on the often-challenging and confusing road to wellness and high performance, Healthy Options is a must-visit store.

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  24. Bites for Babies

    I’m in love with this place!!! I love how they have so many different products…and all in one space! I think I would be there every day…and probably spend way too much money too!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha. When I first came to Healthy Options’ branch in Glorieta 2, that was exactly how I felt. Looking around made me overwhelmed even more. There’s just way so many products that I wanted to bring home and have my family to try, too. 🙂

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  25. Shubhada

    So much too buy!! Loved this shop…many varieties of products. I always try n buy healthier food for my family.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Good to hear that, Shubhada. 🙂 When you visit a Healthy Options store, you will be amazed just how you can prepare real food that powers everyday life using safe ingredients.

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  26. Becca Wilson

    That looks like such an awesome place! I wish that we had something like this near me because I would be there seriously all the time. I love all the selection.

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  27. Wandering Carol

    I’ve never even heard of Healthy Options but I want to try them now. With all the chemicals in our environment right now, some healthier more natural products get more important to buy. Thanks for filling us in.

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  28. phyliciamarie

    Love everything that you got! The Poprcorners Cheesy Jalapeno is suuuuuper good, glad to have seen this one on your haul. I can’t wait for your thooughts on the vegan frozen orange chicken you got, sounds yum!

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  29. Leke Awonuga

    Everything looks so awesome. Making a choice on varieties of products to shop may be a grid-lock. However, it pays to ensure a healthy lifestyle in all ramifications.

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  30. Danessa Foo

    It’s great that more and more companies are putting a lot of thought and concern for the Earth and the environment when manufacturing products for us humans to use. I don’t mind paying a little bit more for healthier choices for the food and products I consume.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Jean, there are baby cereals available at Healthy Options but by different brands. For more details, please feel free to ask assistance from the customer advisers. 🙂

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