While out one night on a riyalin hopping adventure with my friends in Oruba Street, we stumbled on Nutrition Corner, an organic store sandwiched between two huge riyalin (2-riyal) stores in that area. I’m not exactly an organic food person but I know that there are some Riyadhizens who are looking for these so when I saw it, I went inside despite the near empty shelves of the store and took photos of the products that are available. So if you’re looking for particular items or brands, check this photo list and hoard! Haha!
Looking for a particular oil? I was not surprised to find Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil but Black Seed Oil, and… Cactus Oil? Wow, what is that for? Notice that the cactus oil said “for hair” while the blackseed oil is “for here”. I wonder what’s “for there”? Haha! I googled cactus oil and now I know that it is said to prevent hair loss, promote hair growth, heal broken hair and split ends and promote shiny hair. I have to suggest this to my brothers who are worried about their hair loss problem. They said they’re losing hair at a faster rate now and blamed it on the harsh water of Saudi Arabia but I said they’re probably just aging. Hahaha!
Tired of the usual white sugar and brown sugar? Try organic sweeteners such as 100% pure and natural honey and natural date syrup. I’m curious with the latter but not enough for me to buy it. I have no idea what to use it for right now.
If you’re ever in need of unfiltered apple cider vinegar, you can find Bragg, one of the most popular brands here. This is one product worth your SR 20. It has a lot of nutritional value and health benefits. It can lower glucose levels and is considered as a weight loss aid. It had me at weight loss. Haha! Apart from eating and drinking the vinegar, you can also use it as a cleaning spray absorbing odors and has antibacterial properties. I cannot believe I wrote “eating, drinking, and cleaning” to describe one product in one sentence. Anyway, this vinegar can also help in your hair and skin care. It can also serve as a deodorant! C’mon, best product to spend your SR 20 on right?!
Soymilk or soya milk, a plant milk produced by soaking dry soybeans and grinding them in water, can also be found in Nutrition Corner. And also a drink made of rice, presuming that’s what Rice&Rice Drink means. There’s also almond milk.
Various organic tea brands are also available starting with this Numi Organic Tea considered as the “Starbucks” of the tea-dom. Yah, I made that up. Nevertheless, this is organic and if you’re into organic stuff then might as well. What caught my attention though is this:
I’m not sure this works because I don’t think babies will like the taste of tea. When I was a baby, I’m sure it has always been milk that I wanted but they didn’t let me taste tea back then so who knows? Haha! But if you want your babies to start early, then this 100% biological tea might be the right fit.
The “miracle juices” are also here: Noni and Aloe Vera. They got pretty popular way back because they’re said to cure a lot of ailments when you drink them continuously.
I remember a time that wheatgrass is all the rave in the Philippines. They prepare shots or put it in drinks. You can grow your own on little pots or you can just avail of this powder concentrate instead.
I also found some Japanese food stuff here like the Organic Japanese Brown Rice Miso and Japanese salt plums Umeboshi from Clearspring.
Here are more stuff that you can find in the store:
There are some seeds considered as the healthiest things in the planet. Look at Chia seeds, or Salvia hispanica, for example. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which we always hear from commercial of “healthy” food on tv. For more of chia’s healthy benefits, you can check ’em HERE. The most important of them being Fiber.
There’s wheat flour too.
If you’re too lazy to start from scratch, then try these ones:
But if you do not have any liking to the process that is baking, then buy it as breads already!
I’ve been talking to a friend about gluten-free food and I cannot wrap around my brain on the fact that people can be allergic to gluten, a substance found in grains like wheat, barley, and rye. Being a rice person (most Filipinos are btw), it’s hard to eliminate grains in my daily consumption so I salute those who can. The gluten-free diet is mainly used to treat celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine.
There’s also… uhmn what’s this?
Eating organic is a bit more expensive than the usual fare. However, there is nothing wrong with going all-organic or maybe mixing and matching stuff depending on your diet. I don’t have much experience in eating organic food that’s why you better check this article out for more information on organic foods and how they compare to food that are grown traditionally: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/organic-food/art-20043880.
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