Currently there is a big push to EAT basic HEALTHY foods and buy locally. I definitely agree with that mantra but lets face it, sometimes convenience foods come to the rescue when you just can't manage it all. My main objective is to find prepackaged foods that are not full of sugar, salt, and chemicals that you can't pronounce. The least number of ingredients and natural ingredients. If it says Yogurt, then milk better be the first ingredient and I avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup. The most heavily used ingredients are listed in the first several slots in the ingredient list on the package.
Here are a few of my very favorite convenience foods that you might want to try. I would love to know what you can't live without that doesn't contain a bunch of horrible ingredients ... leave a comment!
Silk Dark Chocolate PureAlmond Milk. It is different but pretty darn good. Coconut Milk is all the rage now and is basically equivalent in baking, but check the fat % before buying, sometimes it can be higher than Almond Milk.
The Greek Gods Honey Flavored to be the absolute most delicious yogurt on the market. It does have a higher fat % than some other comparable yogurts but this is my daily indulgence. I pile it on my Oatmeal each morning and it is like butter on a cake. It is my last dairy based item because I have yet to find anything non-dairy comparable.
I discovered several frozen faux meat products that even my husband loves! My favorite veggie burger is Morningstar Farms Mushroom Lovers. I've tried it seems every brand of frozen faux burger on the market but this is the only one that holds up on the grill and tastes BETTER than a grocery store meat burger. If you like a big huge pile of meat, this will not satisfy you, but if you like a thin burger loaded with condiments, then this is the ticket. The other Morningstar varieties are not as tasty.
Gardenin Crispy Tenders and Quorn Grounds, and Quorn Chikin Cheese Cutlets are abfab. When you are enjoying your dinner, you can be relieved that this was never a factory farmed chicken or cow in a prior life.
I often match my faux meat with a side of homemade beans, salad, or to save time, grill some colorful veggies right in the pan with the frozen meat.
Making wise shopping decisions is your first step to improving your health and our planet. Some faux meat products contain way too many weird ingredients so look at the label before purchasing.
May be eating meat free is new to you, so start with "Meatless Monday" and give some of my suggestions a try and comment on my blog as to what you thought!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
|My Gus and Cesar fresh from the Animal Shelter.|
I Pledge to never purchase a pet through a Pet Shop, Breeder, or Online Seller. I exclusively will adopt from a reputable Animal Shelter, Rescue, or by "discovery". For the sake of not making this post too long, I am going to talk specifically about dogs but I feel even more strongly about cats.
|Wonderful hound, a typical breed found in local shelters.|
I have seen first hand the misery caused by Puppy Mills. While the Director of a Humane Society located inside of a county owned kill Animal Shelter, there were many instances of abuse as a direct result of Puppy Mills and irresponsible Breeders. Personally, until there are no more pets killed in U.S. shelters, I choose to not adopt from responsible Breeders as well. It's simple economics... Why would I trade the life of a shelter pet for one purchased from a breeder? I wouldn't.
|A "vicious" shelter Pitbull & PCHS Pres. Rita.|
A growing trend is to hide the cruelity by selling pets on the internet masked by cute or heart wrenching websites. You may think that "others" are doing their part and picking up the slack for your decision to adopt from an unknown online dealer -- NOT... According to Wayne Pacelle, CEO and President of the HSUS, only 1 in 5 owned pets are adopted from a Shelter or Rescue. More people need to face the facts and the numbers that animals are dying directly because of their purchase decisions.
|My sweet doggie Simba, my first shelter pet.|
While I was in the midst of pet madness as Humane Society Director, I often wanted to scream at the top of my lungs (and actually did) for people to take this issue seriously and NOT PURCHASE A PET but ADOPT instead! Irresponsible breeding takes such a physical and mental toil on the good souls that are trying so desperately to help our little furry babies. Kindness and love has totally disappeared from the souls of Puppy Mill breeders... it's time they were put to a stop and you can help by making thoughtful and humane purchase decisions.