Sunday, November 11, 2012
A few of you have been wondering what brands of certain foods we buy, and what qualities we look for in our non fresh foods. There are three main factors that affect whether I purchase a particular food item…is it organic, is it non-GMO, and is it void of any chemical ingredients. I do not necessarily buy all organic, for cost and availability reasons, but I do try to buy things that are not genetically modified. That is extremely important to me. But the MOST important quality I look for in our food…Is it FOOD. Meaning, is it of the earth (food), or created in a lab (scary junk).
I am not perfect, and every one in a while we do eat something that is not so nutritious ( I am a sucker for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and ice cream from the Schwan man)…but I do make sure 95% of what we put in our body is providing energy and promoting health.
Here are a few of our favorites…
Now…in this house we consume A LOT of peanut butter. I have found that Once Again makes a great product. Plus, they are an employee company and named on a bunch of “Best Organic Company” lists.
Coming in a close second is Field Day Organic Smooth Peanut Butter. Field Day is kind of the generic brand at our local Co-op. We buy a ton of products from this company.
Beans, beans, the musical fruit…Haha! Got a little side-tracked;)
Anyway…I LOVE Eden Organic! They make superior quality products, and they are based in Michigan (whoop, whoop!). I am also fond of the fact they use BPA FREE cans.
Some more Field Day Organic…
Spectrum oils and mayo are the best I have tasted. Most of them are either organic, or non-GMO.
As for tuna, we like Natural Sea. It is low in mercury, and the fish are caught sustainably.
Lily and Gabe like to have a little treat in their lunches. Nature’s Path makes great granola bars. They are organic, low in sugar and high in fiber. And they taste de-licious. We also purchase Nature's Path cereals and granolas.
Lastly (and most importantly in this girl's book), baking ingredients. My favorite brands are King Arthur Flours, Bob’s Red Mill grains and mixes, and Florida Crystals sugars.
If you are having trouble finding these products, I have discovered that you can purchase most of these brands online…Amazon and Vita Cost are good sources. Also, Eden Organic ships their products by the caseload (and offer coupons!!).
These products are not inexpensive, but they are superior quality, and I will pay for quality.
I will be posting a continuation of this post this week, including our refrigerated products.
I hope this helps those of you who are struggling in the grocery store aisles.