I was recently at a party and met a friend’s friend for the first time. When he asked me what I did for a living he said, “I bet you don’t eat anything that comes in a package.” Actually that’s not the case. I try to eat as many whole, fresh foods as possible, but for me, it’s just not realistic to NEVER eat ANYTHING that comes in a jar, bag, box or can. But I do have extremely high standards for what I call “short cut” foods.
Here are five I buy regularly. Each has earned my seal of approval because they’re made simply from the ingredients I’d use if I were to whip them up in my own kitchen – no artificial additives, no preservatives, nothing that reads like a science experiment, just real food (by the way, I have no affiliation with any of these brands – I just like them a lot!):
Complete Ingredient List (Coconut Cream Pie flavor): Dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews, organic extra virgin coconut oil
Calories per bar: 220
Amy’s Organic Chunky Vegetable Soup
Complete Ingredient List: Filtered water, organic tomatoes, organic spinach, organic carrots, organic green beans, organic corn, organic peas, organic onions, organic baby lima beans, organic celery, sea salt, organic cracked black pepper
Calories per can: 120
Bearitos No Oil, No Salt Microwave Popcorn
Complete Ingredient List: Organic popcorn
Calories per bag: 220
Ezekial Food for Life Corn Tortillas
Complete Ingredient List: Organic sprouted whole kernel corn, filtered water, sea salt, lime
Calories per serving (2 tortillas): 120
Complete Ingredient List (Klassic 3 Seed variety): Organic whole wheat flour, organic wheat flour, filtered water, organic oats, organic sunflower seeds, organic flaxseeds, sea salt, organic sesame seeds, yeast, organic barley malt syrup
Calories per serving (8 crackers): 120
When you’re at the market, what criteria do you use to determine if a food deserves a place in your cart? Do you read ingredient lists? Please share your thoughts!