If you are just joining us, be sure to read Understanding Organics Part One: All Natural Does Not Mean Organic and Understanding Organics Part Two: Organic Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy.
One of my biggest pet peeves is that people “knock it before they try it,” when it comes to organic foods. There seems to be this mindset that organic means things like “gross,” “health nut,” “foodie,” or food that tastes like cardboard. If you read the first part of this series on understanding organics, then you know that organic means that something is free of pesticides and chemicals. That is hardly a qualifier for grossness. In fact I would venture to say that if your food isn’t organic and contains things like fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and sewage sludge, then I would definitely cry out GROSS!
Organic seems to be associated with terms like “healthy” and “diet”. Organic food isn’t diet food, meaning that it’s not always lacking in flavor, salt and fat. It’s not like fat-free foods, that I will admit usually do not taste good. As you learned in the previous post, organic doesn’t always mean healthy, so it’s time to separate in your mind what organic exactly means. It means free of pesticides, chemicals, genetically modified organisms and so on and so forth…
If you still don’t believe me, or have a friend that you are trying to convince. Here are five yummy organic food items to try. If they don’t convince you that organic doesn’t mean gross, then nothing will!
1. Organic milk doesn’t taste any different than regular milk. If anything, it has a richer and more wholesome flavor.
2. Annie’s Homegrown Organic Fruit Snacks. Just the other day my husband took some of these with him to work and someone commented “gross” to the idea of organic fruit snacks. They are fruit snacks made with real organic fruit juice, and they taste just like other fruit snacks (if not better). Sweet and oh so yummy!
3. YummyEarth Organic Lollipops are the best tasting lollipops I have ever had, and we keep a bag of these in our stockpile year-round. It’s definitely not an every day item, but we do have the occasional sweet tooth around here.
4. Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Crunch Cereal is not an every day staple in our house, but we do enjoy it occasionally for a quick breakfast cereal. This is especially true for my husband who grew up on sweet “junky” cereals.
5. Newman’s Own Organics Creme Filled Chocolate Cookies are the perfect organic substitute if you are an Oreos fan. I rarely buy these cookies, because they disappear way too quickly!
By no means am I recommending that you eat all of these sweets, but these are just some examples of organic foods that are in fact tasty. Just remember that to stay healthy, sweets should be eaten in moderation.
What will you find when it comes to the taste of many organic foods? Most of the time you will find items that aren’t as sweet as regular processed foods. This is because there isn’t high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and chemical sweeteners like splenda, aspartame and sucralose added into everything. And with today’s obesity and diabetes statistics, it’s time to be moving away from these anyway!
What are some of your favorite tasty organic food items?
I am not a health professional and this post is not meant to give medical advice. Seek a health professional before drastically changing your diet.