real: Not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory
food: Something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies
What do unfrosted Blueberry Pop Tarts, Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos, Fritos, Lay's Stax, and Nabisco Oreo Cookies have in common? They are all vegan junk food. So are many other prepackaged chips, dips, burritos, pizzas, nachos, burgers, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, chocolate, candies, and pies.
I know many vegans do it for the animals. For me though, it started more for health reasons. Then I became more compassionate and aware of what was going on. I wanted to be healthy and to avoid all those chemicals running through my body. Aren’t those chemicals just as toxic as animal products and byproducts? In my opinion, those pre-packaged “vegan foods” are good as transition foods or those to have once in a blue moon. But we should all try to be more mindful and make healthier choices. Yes, looks like Diet Coke is vegan (Carbonated water, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Aspartame, Potassium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Caffeine, Natural flavors). But is it healthy?
Of course I love crunchy snacks. But when I buy anything packaged, I try to choose items that have a short list of ingredients and that have ingredients that I know, that are real. Homemade popcorn, my asolute favorite (Prepackaged microwave popcorn is said to be toxic). I buy Organic Popcorn Kernels add coconut oil and sprinkle sea salt on top and it is SO good.
I also make these delicious homemade cookies using real ingredients: chopped macadamias, dark chocolate, crunchy peanut butter, brown sugar, flaxmeal, baking soda and water. I try to make everything at home; I like simple recipes. For example, homemade hummus, avocado sandwiches, pasta with cherry tomatoes, casamiento, chinese fried rice, cornbread, etc. There is nothing artificial in these foods and they are all SO good.
So why don’t we all open our fridge/ pantry and take a look at the ingredient list in our prepackaged foods?
Lets try to toss all the unhealthy processed foods for fresher, real alternatives. A bowl of fruit or a handful of almonds is a lot healthier than a can of soda and some crackers. Try making your own trail mix (using dried fruit, seeds and nuts) instead of store bought Chex Mix. And when you can’t make your own snacks, try to switch to healthier “convenience” foods.
These are some of the packaged foods I found in my pantry:
Walnut (Halves, Pieces) bought in bulk
Trader Joe’s Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
NuStevia™ White Stevia™ Extract Powder: NuStevia extract and natural flavors.
Trader Joe’s Veggie & Flaxseed: Tortilla Chips: Stone ground white corn, brown flax seed, tomato powder, garlic powder, onion powder, carrot powder, spinach powder, red beet powder, parsley flakes, sunflower oil or corn oil, sea salt, water, trace of lime.
Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Eden Foods Organic Popcorn Kernels: Popcorn, Yellow, organic
Pure Organic Chocolate Brownie Bars: Organic dates, organic walnuts, organic agave nectar, organic almonds, organic cashews, organic brown rice protein, organic cocoa. I’m not saying these are the BEST option, but they are sure better than a Traditional Blueberry Pop Tart.
Tell us what you find in YOUR pantry.