What’s on My Plate


The holidays are over, and now it’s time to settle in and enjoy the winter ride. I have outdoor plans because I’m a firm believer in being active all winter … just like we do in summer!

Staying healthy—free from the flu, that pesky common cold, and assorted viruses that chilly weather seems to bring—is the challenge. And on that note, I want to introduce you to our Wellness Category Manager (CM), Amanda Bradley.

Amanda’s story is the kind I love. As she’ll tell you, she “grew up at Healthy Living,” and her journey is so inspiring. Take it away, Amanda!

Finding My Place

Having just celebrated my 10-year anniversary with Healthy Living, I truly feel like I’ve grown up here. When I started, I just had a “failed” move and was really struggling to find my place in the world. When I applied, I was simply looking for a job, but I found SO much more.

I interviewed for a back-of-house position, but I like to think they noticed my spark for hospitality right away and instead put me on the Guest Services Desk at our Saratoga store. I had the opportunity to make our guests happy and eventually lead the team as a Front-End Supervisor. I also had the chance to learn the ins and outs of every department—and that led me to Wellness.

Growing at Work (and at Home!)

While working here, I started on my own Wellness journey. When my husband and I decided to expand our family, Healthy Living’s product standards really took on a whole new meaning. I knew I could get everything I needed to keep myself and my future son healthy right from my place of employment—I mean, how cool is that?!

When I returned from maternity leave, I was offered the CM position (my dream job in the company) and eagerly accepted. Now, I get to make decisions that honor our shelf standards so our guests can make confident decisions about their health, no matter where they are on their own wellness journeys.

Additive Free, Guesswork Free

Our standards are rigorous, and it’s not something that I take lightly. I want every guest to know we are taking the guesswork out of choosing great products; that they can purchase any product on our shelves and know that it’s free from artificial and unnecessary additives, fillers, or preservatives.

We make sure there are responsible practices from field, to bottle, to shelf and we take pride in offering products from companies that stand for both people and planet. And I’m so grateful I get to bring the best of the best to all of you, our guests.


Katy’s Picks:

Urban Moonshine Immune Zoom
A great-tasting way to boost your immune system. I love this stuff!

Solaray Liposomal C
Vitamin C is a must this time of year, and this one is more easily absorbed by the body.

Weleda Skin Food
My favorite moisturizer for the dry, rough skin we all get in the winter.

Amanda’s Picks:

Vermont Mountain Elderberry Syrup
A wellness essential. I love this stuff, and my son does too!

Our Assorted Zinc Supplements
An immune-boosting staple, zinc promotes healthy skin* and is my go-to winter supplement.

Ursa Major’s Alpine-Rich Cream
A new face cream that’s even richer than their Golden Hour cream—perfect for northeast winters!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.