Swanson Health Products Blog

Enter the 45 Healthy Foods Giveaway! (Hurry, Time's Running Out)

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Ben H

Since 1969, Swanson Health Products has been “Bringing Wellness to the World” and doing so as a locally owned and family run business right here in Fargo, ND.

This July marks our 45th Anniversary, so we thought it was high time for a celebration... which for us Swanson bloggers, Facebookers, Tweeters, Pinners and Instagrammers means GIVEAWAY! More specifically, a Healthy Foods Giveaway!

If you want to skip right to it, click here to enter now for a chance win a HUGE 45 Healthy Foods Prize Pack + a $500 Swanson Shopping Spree. It’s a pretty sweet grand prize, but there are also 25 more prizes being given away and several ways to enter. So go now!


The Grand Prize...

Because the grand prize is so huge (45 of our favorite, hand-selected healthy foods), it was hard to get everything in one nice picture... so here they all are, grouped very nicely by breakfast, lunch, snack, supper and dessert—that's over $400 in healthy foods. Are you salivating yet?

“You Can’t Win if You Don’t Play”

There are a lot of prizes up for grabs and a lot of ways to enter... but you can’t win if you don’t get your entries in on time! Go now to get your name in the drawing.

Good luck to all! Click here to see complete rules for our 45 Healthy Foods Giveaway. 

45 Bloggers, 45 Chances to Win, $45 Shopping Sprees!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Jenna M

45 Blogger Giveaway!

45 Chances to Win $45 to SwansonVitamins.com!

In honor of our 45th Anniversary, we're going big... no, HUGE! As if the 45 Healthy Foods Giveaway isn't enough, we decided to offer even more chances to win!

We have paired up with 45 fabulous bloggers to host $45 giveaways on their blogs all this week. (Okay, there are actually 49 bloggers. I got a little carried away.) Each blogger is giving away one $45 shopping spree to SwansonVitamins.com.

If you're new to Swanson, take a look around our site. We sell all kinds of natural health products, like:

Swanson Health Products' 45th Anniversary

#Swanson45Giveaway Bloggers:

Thank you to all of the wonderful bloggers for participating! Make sure to check out their blogs after signing up for the giveaways, as they all have delicious recipes and fantastic health tips to share with you.

Unless otherwise noted, each giveaway will run Monday, July 21st, through Sunday, July 27th.

An Organic Wife

Cook Eat Delicious

Equally Yolked

Erickson and Co.

Natural Chow

The Fit Cookie

My Food & Fitness Diaries

Daily Pea

My Name Is Yeh

Lift Pray Love

Delights & Delectables

The Real Life RD

Living the Before

The Little Honey Bee

Perfection Isn't Happy

Salted Plates

Simplify, Live, Love

The Fueled Athlete

Beautiful Mommies

Eats From The Oil Patch

This Beautiful Frugal Life

Run Bake Blog

The Big Man's World

Running with Spoons

Beauty Baseline

Livy Loves to Run

Dine, Dash & Deadlift

Predominantly Paleo

Multiply Delicious

Neon Is My Color

London, Like the City

Nutrition Nut on the Run

Live Fit Love Chocolate

Treble In the Kitchen

The Fit Fork

The Workout Mama

Fit, Fed and Happy

Girl Gone Veggie

Barr & Table

The Healthy Beauty Blog

Hungry Healthy Girl

Clean Eats, Fast Feets (Begins July 22nd)

Fitful Focus (Begins July 22nd)

Hummusapien (Begins July 22nd)

Clean Eating Veggie Girl (Begins July 22nd)

It's Progression (Begins July 22nd)

Jill Conyers (Begins July 22nd)

Jessie Loves To Run (Begins July 23rd)

Keep Calm & Carry On (Begins July 24th)

You Betcha: 45 Fargo Facts You Need to Know

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Jenna M

Think you know Fargo? Think you know what makes us tick? Ohhh, yaaa, suuure ya do! Read up so you can spot a true Fargoan next time you find one of us!


1. Up here we call casseroles “hot dishes.” And hotdish isn't an adjective. It's a noun. Sometimes a proper noun. Say it loud. Say it proud. "I'm bringin' Hotdish!" 


2. BBQ can sometimes mean sloppy joes. Be prepared to eat either when arriving at a potluck.


3. In Fargo, dinner means supper and lunch means dinner. Don’t confuse us.


4. Brunch is also a big deal in Fargo. We basically just love food here.


5. People in Fargo receive emails about going to the Sons of Norway for lunch because it's liver and onions day... and they are actually excited to go.


6. When summer arrives in Fargo, it goes a little something like this:


7. Alas, summer doesn't last long in Fargo.


8. Winter is coming. For real.


9. When it hits, expect multiple layers.


10. You may also find people combining coats with shorts, because logic.


11. Socks are acceptable year-round. Yes, even with sandals.


12. It's normal to switch from air conditioning to heat in the same day.


13. Think your car is safe outside in winter? Think again.


14. Plan on waking up at least 10 minutes early on those icy mornings.


15. Snow day in Fargo? Indeed.


16. Zero degrees is a “little chilly” or “not bad without the wind" in Fargo. Anywhere else, well...


17. While summer weekends are dedicated to going to the lake, winter weekends are for sleeping.


18. Or disappearing from people, because doing anything with anyone would involve someone going outside.


19. Or travel. We really like to get away when it's cold outside.


20. That's why our tiny airport (seriously, five gates) consists of non-stop flights to places like Orlando, Las Vegas and Phoenix.


21. But don't worry, we don't all hate winter in Fargo. In fact, some of us rather enjoy it.


22. Tell strangers you’re from Fargo, and they say, “Do you put people in wood chippers there?"


23. Speaking of wood chippers, both the movie and TV show "Fargo" were/are filmed primarily in Minnesota/Canada, but that doesn’t stop people from believing it’s all “based on a true story."


24. Bill Clinton admitted to regularly watching "Fargo" on Air Force One during his presidency. He told a crowd of Fargoans this once, clearly not knowing about #23 above.


25. Just to be clear, Fargo is located in NORTH Dakota. Not South Dakota.


26. Not Minnesota.


27. Not Montana.


28. And definitely not Canada. We're in the USA, people.


29. Like Canadians, Fargoans give vowels more syllables. It’s not “oh,” it’s “ooOOOh.”


30. We regularly use "oh for" (pronounced "oh fer") in conversation. Oh for cute! Oh for funny! Oh for nice!

31. We use the classic "Uff Da!" and "You betcha!" when appropriate. It's okay if you don't know what those mean.


32. Canadians end their sentences in "eh”; we end ours in "then." For instance, "Let's go to the store, then.” Also, "Are you going, then?”


33. If you're "headed out" somewhere (to the mall, for example) and invite someone else along, you simply ask "Go with?"


34. It’s bEg, people, not bAg. I don't care how you spell it. It's not what it looks like.


35. We basically have our own language.


36. “Rush hour” is another way of saying it took us an extra 5-10 minutes to get home, but we still get plenty annoyed!


37. Fargo is the only place on Earth that has a herd of painted bison. (Fun fact: the artist behind "Tigalo" works at Swanson!) 


38. Deer opener is considered a minor holiday and an excuse to miss school.


39. You can leave your purse, phone and car keys at the table when you go to the restroom without any worry.


40. In Fargo, a stranger will gladly help you shovel out your car, fix your flat tire or give you a jump. But don’t try to tip him for his trouble. That would be offensive.


41. Our relatives start juicy bits of gossip with the phrase, "Well, of course you know ____" or "Of course you heard about ____". These stories are almost always pointless and have nothing to do with anything, but let them tell you about it anyway. They feel accomplished, and that's what counts.


42. Fargo residents love striking up conversations with strangers. Come prepared with stories and hugs.


43. A true Fargoan can pick out a random stranger and instantly become “old friends” by working through which relative’s neighbor’s babysitter happened to date your cousin’s fifth grade teacher from “back home.”


44. It’s easy to become friends with a Fargoan. Just say hello. We’ll handle the rest.


45. Seriously, we're really nice here.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You... for 45 Wonderful Years!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Lee Swanson
Swanson Health Products Turns 45

Dear Friends,

This month Swanson Health Products is celebrating our 45th year in business, and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for making it possible. As I look back now, it’s hard to believe how far we’ve come since the days when my father founded the company and I was our only paid employee.

Back when it all began, my father made customer service our number-one priority, saying “the satisfaction and goodwill of our customers is our most important asset.” Based on that philosophy, he pledged to provide the world’s finest dietary supplements at the lowest possible prices with honest, outstanding customer service and a 100% unconditional, money-back guarantee.

A lot has changed since then. The Internet has dramatically changed the way people shop, and made the industry more competitive than ever. Other companies have come and gone, merged, consolidated or went out of business, but we’ve been fortunate enough to survive and thrive as an independently owned company. Today we employ more than 450 people and serve millions of customers worldwide, but we’ve never strayed from the fundamental principles instilled by my father back in 1969. And I think that’s the main reason we’re still around.



In honor of the occasion, we’re featuring several 45th Anniversary specials in this month’s catalog and on our website to say “Thank You” for your business and support throughout the years, including 45 cent shipping on all orders over $45. And don’t forget to enter our online sweepstakes, where you can win a $25 or $100 Swanson gift certificate or the Grand Prize, a $500 gift certificate with a 45 Healthy Foods prize pack.

Lee Swanson at Swanson Health Products

Once again, I want to thank all of you for making our first 45 years a great success, and we look forward to serving you with the same commitment to quality, value and exceptional customer service that you’ve come to expect from Swanson.

As always, I wish you the very best of health,