Who has time to read food labels? One of the reasons I became a vegetarian is because I got tired and disgusted of reading labels with things I couldn’t even pronounce. Seriously, what the hell is formaldehyde and why would it be good for me if it can be used to embalm people?
Ingredients matter. Despite what the “industry leaders” say, pesticides, GMO and other chemicals have absolutely no place in our food chain. I’m no scientist, but I full-heartedly believe many of our illnesses, allergies, mental dysfunctions etc. are directly related to our food sources. You only get one body. Treat it kindly, and it will return the favor.
Plant-based, seasonal and local ingredient meals do a body and the community good. When whole foods are digested, they go straight to work, where they are needed. Consider them taking the express lane to improving your health. The more chemicals and by-products, the longer, if ever, it takes for you to get the nutrients you need.
If you must source food that comes in a wrapper or packaged, the less ingredients, the better. Note to self, if you can’t read it, don’t eat it. Each week, I’ll share products (and some recipes) that are comprised of 10 clear and readable items or less. I’ll share my finds; you share yours! Today, I’m sharing…
Low processed products recommended by NYC/LA trainer Holly Del Rosso
Lundberg wild rice cakes
Ingredients: organic whole grain brown rice, organic wild rice, sea salt
This is a great product as a snack topped with 1 tbsp fresh ground peanut butter, cinnamon, and banana.
Natures Path Qi’s Superfood: chia, buckwheat and hemp cereal
Ingredients: Chia seeds*, buckwheat groats*, hemp seeds*, raisins* (coated with sunflower oil*), freeze-dried apples*, cinnamon* – *Organic
This is a great way to start the day with a fiber and fruit filled breakfast!
Newman’s Own Organics honey wheat pretzel rounds
Ingredients: Organic unbleached wheat flour, organic whole wheat flour, organic honey, organic sugar, organic sunflower oil, salt, yeast, sodium bicarbonate
Great alternative to bring to the movies with you for your next snack session at the theater.
A few years ago, there were sixteen countries that had total or partial bans on GMOs. Now there are at least twenty-six, including Switzerland, Australia, Austria, China, India, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, Mexico and Russia. Significant restrictions on GMOs exist in about sixty other countries. (Source: www.thenation.com)
The United States is NOT one of them.
Simplicity expert and purveyor of provocative vegetarian cuisine, A.Michelle Blakeley is the curator of the new online magazine, The Vegetarian Aficionado. Being a vegetarian is a lifestyle. With a focus on plant-based seasonal and local fare, vegetarianism is a harmonic balance between your mind, body and soul that gives rise to an appetite for life. Connect with her on Twitter at @vegaficionado or Instagram at vegetarianaficionado