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What to Look for when Shopping for All-Natural Foods

food musings, food tips + tricks

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 like Harvestland 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.

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fruits, fruits, fruits!

fruits, comfort food, food musings

Fruits are my ultimate comfort food and I cannot go an entire week without having a few servings of my favorites. That is why I was rather relieved to finally be able to go to the grocers recently to stock up on some items in our pantry. I have been craving for some fruits for a while now so I made sure I stop by the fruits section to check out the items available there. And yes, I did not leave empty-handed as I was able to get a bunch of fresh fruits to bring home.

I got a couple of these big oranges, a number of kiwi, a medium-sized papaya and this big guava. I needed the Vitamin C boost, plus am hoping my little man will finally take interest in them. He needed it, too, so he won’t suffer another nerve-wracking asthma attack. I really wish I can begin juicing soon. It would be great to be serving freshly-made juices to my son regularly at home! I just hope I can save enough to get me a nice juicer soon.

Anyway, can I just add that it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas? Why, you’d ask? Because of the lovely Christmas ornaments on display and the current sale that is happening in the grocers and the entire mall. A lot of interesting items are up for a much cheaper price at the mall’s department store, including those huge LCD monitors, this excellent bt-105 and a lot of other items. If I am not pressed for time and needed to be home much earlier, I would’ve taken a look around to see if I can get something nice for myself or the little man. Oh well, maybe next time!

Anyway, what fruits did you buy for you and your family recently?