Walmart: a Giant Hidden Gem

Sorry for the break in posts. It’s been a little crazy this week trying to organize the contents of our life that is scattered everywhere in my parent’s basement. Even though we rented our condo fully furnished there is still a lot of stuff to pack! We move back into our place in downtown Toronto tomorrow, and I am excited!

That being said, we’ve spent quite a bit of time in the suburbs lately staying with our parents in Ottawa & Newmarket, and I have to share a giant hidden gem (I think that’s an oxymoron?) that I’ve discovered: Walmart Superstore.

I don’t know if all Walmart’s are like this now, but the “Superstore” ones are amazing. They have the usual Walmart stuff, but also groceries! Here is a list of things that I like to get when I’m in the burbs and make a trip to Walmart Superstore:

1. Ocean Jewel Wild Pacific Salmon: I was skeptical at first, but the frozen wild salmon available at Walmart is only $10 for 6 fillets, and is MSC certified, which means it’s free from antibiotics, chemicals & pink dye, and is sustainably caught. It looks a little lighter in colour, but it’s wild, and looks how nature intended it to look & taste (it’s really good). It’s a great source of lean protein, and omega-3s (good for your brain & prevents pre-mature aging).

2. Bert’s Bees products: lately I’ve been trying to avoid shampoos, lotions, soap, make-up, etc. that include tons of crazy chemicals & dyes that can have negative effects on your health (print David Suzuki’s Pocket Guide to help you shop for healthy beauty products!). Bert’s Bees has a bunch of great products that I’ve started to use because they’re 100% natural. I use their lip gloss, lip balm and face wash, and it’s cheaper when you buy it at WalMart vs. the pharmacy. I’ve discovered some other great companies that make all-natural beauty products that I’ll share with you in another post. 

3. Local produce: like I said, the Walmart Superstores now have groceries, but not just frozen foods & pantry items; they have produce! I walked in the other day, and they have a local Ontario section where they were selling local, in-season produce like peaches, sweet potatoes, zucchini, and grapes (concord from Niagara). And, it’s cheap!

4. Cheap everyday stuff: if you’re ever in the burbs and need to stock up on cleaning supplies, coffee, Brita water filters, paper towels, TP – you name it, Walmart has it for less.

No, I’m not being paid by Walmart, I simply want to share a joy of the suburbs with my fellow city dwellers.

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