Note: This post first appeared on my foodie blog, mum-eats.com, on 22 November, 2014. With a heavy heart, I have decided not to renew it when it expires this July as I can no longer maintain and update is as often as I would like to. Instead, I decided to add a new category here on the blog for the food-related posts under the name, Mum Eats. I hope you will enjoy reading these delicious articles as much as I enjoyed reliving my foodie adventures, as well as sharing foodie tips and tricks, through these posts.
Purchasing food at your local supermarket should include a complete look at the nutrition facts to ensure that you are eating the highest-quality meat and food products.Nowadays, most foods are laden with additives and unnatural ingredients that the human body has trouble breaking down. Fortunately, all-natural stores have taken measures to provide convenient, affordable food choices so that everyone can enjoy the very best food available.
Meat and Poultry
Not all meat is created equal. It is important to choose all-natural and organic meats to ensure that the animals have been fed an all-vegetarian diet, have been well cared for, and can provide your body with the nutrients it needs. Most consumers can also taste the difference that natural foods can provide.
It is important to look for the following on your next purchase of meat or poultry:
- No antibiotics are used
- The animal is fed a strictly vegetarian diet with no animal byproducts
- The animals are humanely raised in a cage-free environment or organic farm
- USDA process verified
- Fruits and Vegetables
Shopping for fruits, vegetables, and produce shouldn’t be a complicated process, but it can be. When you are choosing produce, look for a PLU code containing 5 numbers, beginning with the number 9. These are completely organic and do not use pesticides, growth hormones, or any other artificial ingredients or additives that can damage your health.
Shop the Market Perimeter
There are substitutes for everything. The next time you visit the market, spend your time in the perimeter of the store. This is where you will find the whole foods that your body craves.You can also enjoy a fun trip to the farmers’ market for unique food finds that are natural and full of flavor. This can also provide you with more affordable options that can get you out of your comfort zone with food. These farmers tend to care more about the food they are growing or raising and you can taste the difference. You can also shop online at stores like Harvestland for quick, healthy meats with fast, no-hassle preparation for a busy weeknight.