Thursday, November 4, 2010

My Brand Recommendation for Extraordinary Foods: Condiments, Snacks, & Beverages

Well, we've done it! Today wraps up the Extraordinary Food List, and my recommendations! Next on the lineup are the Average foods, followed by the Trouble foods.

Here are my recommendations for brands for the condiments, spices and seasonings, snacks, and beverages from on the Extraordinary Foods List.

This food list is taken from page 60 of the Great Physician's RX for Health & Wellness, by Jordan Rubin:

Condiments, Spices, and Seasonings: (Organic)
  • Salsa (fresh or canned) There is nothing better than homemade salsa! We personally prefer the Mexican style organic salsas, like Pace Picante's organic version, or La Preferida Organic
  • Tomato sauce (no added sugar) Woodstock Farms is my favorite brand.
  • Guacamole (fresh) We buy organic avocados and make our own guacamole with a little sea salt!
  • Soy sauce (wheat free, tamari) Buy the real stuff, that's been fermented a long time- like Kikkoman's Organic.
  • Apple cider vinegar Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is my favorite!
  • Herbs and spices (no added stabilizers) Frontier Organic herbs and spices are the best that I have found.
  • Herbamare seasoning (Herbamare is an organic seasoning blend, it is amazing, you can get it at any health food store)
  • Real Salt Our family loves Real Salt! We get it at Whole Foods or our co op. Check out their website.
  • Sea salt As stated above, Real Salt is my favorite brand.
  • Mustard Woodstock Farms makes the BEST mustard!
  • Ketchup (no sugar) Ketchup is kind of hard to buy perfectly in the organic world. The best bet is to make your own. Westbrae Naturals makes a juice-sweetened variety, but it is not certified organic. Most other ketchups contain sugar. At least look for a brand with organic evaporated cane juice. Our personal favorite is Woodstock Farms.
  • Salad dressings (no canola oil) Bragg's Vinaigrette is the only one on the market that I will buy. I usually just make my own! Nourishing Traditions has some great recipes!
  • Marinades (no canola oil) Again, I always make my own.
  • Omega-3 mayonnaise Spectrum Naturals has a great organic omega-3 mayo!
  • Umeboshi paste I honestly don't even know what this is. Has anyone ever used it? :)
  • Flavoring extracts such as vanilla or almond (alcohol-based, no sugar) Frontier Organics makes my FAVORITE vanilla extract! They have just about every other kind as well.
  • Healthy whole food bars Garden of Life's food bars are the only ones I buy. They are the only bars I've seen containing sprouted grains and nuts. They are amazingly filling! Dr. Mercola sells some great cocoa ones as well.
  • Goat's milk protein powder Garden of Life used to make an excellent goat's milk protein powder, but it was discontinued. Stay away from cheap, processed protein powders. I now LOVE Garden of Life's Raw Protein, and have it in a smoothie very morning!
  • Flaxseed crackers Foods Alive is a great brand, otherwise check your local health food store to find out what they carry!
  • Jennie's macaroons Jennie's macaroons are one of my favorite treats! They have only three ingredients: egg whites, coconut oil, and honey!
  • Healthy trail mix (with sprouted nuts) Check out Nourishing Traditions for some great recipes for healthy trail mix!
  • Organic cocoa powder Rapunzel organic cocoa powder is the BEST!
  • Organic chocolate spreads Ok, I've never tried this brand, but I've had difficulty finding a chocolate spread without agave nectar. Check out Rawtella Chocolate spread, a true artisan product!
  • Carob powder Frontier Organics makes a good carob powder.
  • Purified, nonchlorinated water We love spring water.
  • Natural sparkling water, no carbonation added (i.e. Perrier) Gerolsteiner is my husband's favorite sparkling water.
  • Unsweetened or honey-sweetened herbal teas (green tea, black tea, white tea, red tea, oolong tea, mate, and herbal infusions) Choice Organic Teas are one of my favorite, although there are many fabulous organic brands!
  • Raw vegetable or fruit juices These are virtually impossible to buy in stores. We make our own in our beloved Champion Juicer.
  • Lacto-Fermented beverages Kombucha is my favorite lacto-fermented beverage, and G.T. Dave's is my favorite brand!
  • Coconut water One Natural Coconut water is my favorite brand, because it doesn't come in aluminum cans!


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