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We tend to use our local Holland & Barratt store in Nuneaton when they have their sales as you can really grab a bargain!
Holland & Barratt literally sell every kind of vitamin or herbal remedy for anything you could imagine! We often have cod liver oil and when you see how many different kinds of cod liver oil there is you will be amazed!.
They can be slightly overpriced but if you hold on for a sale you can buy huge tubs for a bargain price which can last you up to a year!
The isles are tiny in Nuneaton and you have got no hope of getting a push chair around, but it is only a tiny store so if you know where the item you want is it will only take a second to get to.
It can give you a bit of a headache trying to find something because there are so many boxes, tubs & packets of the same thing but different types that you often find yourself rubbing your eyes trying to focus! But the staff are friendly enough so if you are stuck they will gladly help.
Generally I'm not I big believer in vitamins and supplements but due to health reasons I was advised to go on a complex diet and was given a long list of supplements to take. Having never had to buy these before Holland and Barrett was my first port of call I just never thought about anywhere else. So I visited one of their shops, from the off I wasn't impressed the store was dead despite being a Saturday and as soon as I walked I was shot a don't dare ask look from the cashier.
There did not seem to be any clear order to shop I spent ages trying to figure out what sections things would be in after a while I saw an employee stocking a shelf so I asked them where I could find these certain items, he just looked at me and said "over there of course" I felt it is was obvious that I'm am not the normal sort of clientele is suppose they have more health enthusiasts (which I don't quite have the figure to pull off) but I would of thought they would also have customers interested in herbal remedies, which I am now very interested in that an alternative therapies.
So after a lot of searching I finally found all if the things I was looking for but the one thing I wasn't anticipating was the price it is extortionate I nearly chocked when I saw the total it was way more than I would spend on food! I thought there has to be a better way so I choked online which is should of done first anyhow and found all the products I wanted faster and cheaper. The only possible advantage I can see to this store is there is no deliver wait, I would only use it if you needed something you couldn't anywhere else immediately.
Holland and Barrett are a chain of health food stores which offer a large variety of health foods, vegan and vegetarian foods and of course vitamin and herbal supplements.
My local shop is one of the smaller ones but I like how they are organised. The bagged foods such as dried fruit, nuts and cereal are all in one aisle, with vitamins and supplements grouped together under section such as digestive health, vitamins and bones/joints. This makes it easy to find products for any ailment you have.
The best thing about Holland and Barrett is they have the best selection compared to other shops. They have so many different supplements and their selection of vegan products is impressive containing different cheeses, ice creams and other products. This may not seem so great but when you live in a rather small town like I do these products are extremely hard to find!! Holland and Barrett are also dedicated to helping the environment and support conservative efforts so you know by shopping there you are doing your bit for the environment. They also charge you for paper bags which can be a bit annoying if you ever forget your own, but for only 4p I wasn't too bothered by it.
The biggest disadvantage is definitely the prices. Holland and Barrett's own supplements are good quality and therefore worth paying the extra money for, but their prices on other products are considerably higher compared to supermarkets. For example, dairy-free ice cream from there is £2.69 when the exact same brand and tub is only £1.99 from Sainsbury's. This is quite a significant difference to me, so I only buy from Holland and Barrett products which I cannot find in supermarkets. However, they do often have some good deals on such as at the moment (May 2010) they have a massive sale on their most popular products so can save a fair amount of money.
I will definitely keep shopping at Holland and Barrett because of the good selection they have. However, if these products were available in supermarkets then no doubt I would buy from supermarkets instead to save some money.
First of all let me apoligise for this being in the holland and barrett review, it's meant for one of their products but i couldn't find it so i opted for the shop instead.
This review is for nature's Harvest- Little Herberts.
These are 40g packets of dried-out mixed fruit that are supposed to be an ideal sweet treat for children's lunch boxes, but i love them and find them handy for dieting, as they fit in your handbag. So when you have a sugar craving these are perfect as they are extremly sweet but a healthier option to sweets.
They are completly delicious and they come in 5 different varieties.
You can buy these from holland and barrett- with the deal of 4 packs for a pound, which if your on a budget (like me), that's quite a good bargin.
The varieties are= *Sultana and dried apple mix
*Orchard fruit mix
*Raisins and apricots
*Raisins and sultanas
My favourite pack is sultana and dried apple mix, and also Raisins and apricots.
So here's the nutritional information on those two=
*Sultana and dried apple mix-
Ingredients: Sultanas (70%), Dried apple (29%), vegetable oil, preservative:sulphur dioxide.
(Allergy warning- contains sulphites)
Storage: Store in a cool, dry place and once open, consume within two days.
Nutrition Information: Per 40g pack= Energy- 533kj, 125kcal/ protein- 1.0g/ carbohydrate- 29.9g/ of which sugars- 25.3g/ fat- 0.2g/ of which saturates- trace/ fibre- 2.4g/ sodium- trace.
*Raisins and Apricots-
Ingredients: Raisins (50%), Dried Apricots (49%), rice flour, vegetable oil, preservative: sulphur dioxide.
(Allergy warning- contains sulphites)
Nutrition Information: Per 40g pack= Energy- 494kj, 116kcal/ protein-1.4g/ carbohydrate- 22.2g/ of which sugars-23.1g/ fat- 0.2g/ of which saturates- trace/ fibre- 2.3g/ sodium- trace.
All packs have the warning that they may contain the occasional fruit stone or stem.
Holland & Barratt, as advertised by that nice Kim Wilde, is one of those places not usually patronised by people addicted to McDonald's or fried Mars Bars. The accent is firmly on the 'healthy' alternative to anything that hardens your arteries within a proximity of about 500 metres.
The range of foodstuffs and supplements is quite extensive, including some grub in the frozen food section usually down near the bottom end of the store. That includes things like Quorn sausages and other types of meat substitute, which may be palatable for some hardy souls, but I confess to not liking it very much.
There's more to H & B than that of course, including a comprehensive range of health foods supplements like various types of multi vitamins, Gingko Biloba, 'sexual health' products, proteins, fish oils including the now ubiquitous Omega 3, and suchlike.
H & B seem to be on a more or less permanent stock clearance programme, with 'better than half price' offers on things like 'cleanse your colon' and 'fat metaboliser' tablet products and so on.
So, if you're health conscious and want to lose or, gain! weight, then they have something for you. Including the redoubtable Farmer's Honeyblend herbal smoking mixture for cancer stick addicts trying to kick the habit. What more do you need?