People always want to know: “what should I buy” or “what should I look for at the store”? You will find the answers here!
Here is your grocery list. These are foods and brand names to look for. I will add to this list with more and more recommendations for everything from food to books. I will also include personal care and household cleaning products because these products often contain chemicals that put stress on our bodies and/or contribute to endocrine (hormonal) disruption and/or have negative neurological affects.
Please bookmark this page and refer to it when you are thinking about buying healthy foods and products. http://nourishingresults.com/buy-better-brands/
Got Celiac? Choose “GFF”.
If you have celiac or gluten sensitivity, purchase food that comes from a dedicated gluten-free facility. I will identify products that to my knowledge are produced in a dedicated Gluten-Free Facility (GFF).
Gluten-free (GF) grains such as, quinoa, rice, oats, GF flours, and GF breads, crackers and pastas, along with dried fruit, nuts, and seeds are often processed on equipment with wheat or in facilities with wheat and this trace amount of gluten exposure will keep the digestive tract inflamed. For foods on this list, if you have celiac or gluten sensitivity, do not eat foods that are not from dedicated gluten free facilities.
Keep this list handy and enjoy the ease of knowing exactly what to buy.
Choose dried fruit that is unsweetened, does not have food dye and preferably without sulfites. Also prioritize organic for fruit that is highly contaminated with pesticides, which includes: apples, blueberries, raisins, peaches, prunes and strawberries.
Newman’s Own Organic raisins and other dried fruit (GFF)
Sunmaid plain raisins (organic is available) and Zante Currants (GFF)
Trader Joe’s Organic Raisins (GFF)
Trader Joe’s dried fruit, variety of options, including many organic and unsulfured
I recommend that you eat at least 1 small handful of nuts or seeds every day. Choose raw or natural without added oil or sugar. A little salt is okay, but often the salt is “stuck” to the nut with unhealthy oils. Look for lightly roasted without oils if you don’t like raw.
Buy nuts and seeds in bulk and store in the freezer.
Blue Diamond Almonds Whole Natural, 16-Ounce Bags (Pack of 3)
Blue Diamond Raw Almonds (GFF)
Green Valley Pecans (GFF)
www.Nuts.com (Certified GF is available)
Kirkland pistachios (GFF)
Kirkland walnuts, almonds, pecans and pine nuts
Trader Joe’s Roasted Slivered Almonds (GFF)
Trader Joe’s nuts, variety of organic and unsalted options, also in individually wrapped packets
Bob’s Red Mill Ground Flaxseed Meal (GFF), buy in small packages rather than large
Nut & Seed Butters
Read the ingredient list. Better natural nut butters are simply nuts or seeds and salt. That’s it.
Look for natural nut butters that do not contain added oils or sugar, particularly not high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. Palm oil and evaporated cane juice are alternative types of fat and sugar that are added to nut butters, and should also be avoided.
Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter
Don’t see your favorite products? Wondering about their gluten free status or if they are good for you? Please post a comment!
Runner’s World provides a nice grocery guide too! Check it out: Runner’s World Grocery Run.