Fit Find | Fiordifrutta™ Organic Strawberries & Wild Strawberries Fruit Spread

Fiordifrutta Organic-Fruit-Spread-StrawberryHere’s the perfect companion to Nuttzo™ Seven Nut & Seed Butter! It’s Fiordifrutta™ Strawberries & Wild Strawberries Organic Fruit Spread made by Rigoni di Asiago®I have been on the lookout for a high quality strawberry fruit spread for over 25 years and finally found a winner!

Fruit spreads (a.k.a. lightly sweetened puréed fruits), are a healthier alternative to sugary sweet jams and jellies. Fiordifrutta™ makes a fruit spread that is truly “all natural”, simple and delicious. This one contains:

  • No high-fructose corn syrup
  • No sugar
  • No artificial sugar
  • No artificial flavors or colors
  • No preservatives

Ingredients: Strawberries*, apple juice*, wild strawberries*, pectin. *From organic farming. (Pectin is a soluble fiber found in plants and is used as a thickening agent in most jams and jellies.)

Compare some of the following ingredients in other brands. Notice the first and foremost ingredient:   Continue reading “Fit Find | Fiordifrutta™ Organic Strawberries & Wild Strawberries Fruit Spread”

Fit Find | Aunt Patty’s® Date “Sugar”

Date sugarAunt Patty’s® Date Sugar is a tasty way to sweeten your food naturally. It’s made entirely from certified organic dates that have been dehydrated and finely ground. There’s nothing else in it but pure dried fruit –no artificial colors, flavors, additives, or preservatives.

Dates are high in fiber (both soluble and insoluble) and antioxidants, and are an excellent source of potassium. But don’t expect to get a significant dose of these nutrients in a one-teaspoon serving or by dusting it lightly over your food.

The 11-oz. shaker bottle makes the date sugar much easier to sprinkle on an individual bowl of oatmeal or yogurt. But to sweeten your baked goodies, you can buy it by the pound. Be sure to refrigerate after opening.

Date sugar has a texture similar to brown sugar and has a rich, caramel-like flavor. You can use it in:   Continue reading “Fit Find | Aunt Patty’s® Date “Sugar””

When Organic Produce Pays Off

Organic vs. Conventional - How do you choose?
Organic vs. conventional – Is is worth the price?

Fresh fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber and a special treat at any time of year.  However, fruits consistently top the list of produce that are most contaminated by pesticides.

Buying pesticide-free produce is the best choice, but they’re generally more costly or may be unavailable. Knowing when it’s smart to buy organic and when to go conventional, you’ll save yourself some extra money.    Continue reading “When Organic Produce Pays Off”

Got Milk? Which One is Best?

MilksWhole milk, 2% fat, 1% fat, nonfat, soy, almond, rice, coconut, and chocolate. With so many varieties of milk to choose from at the supermarket, it’s no wonder shoppers are so confused. Get the nutritional facts and find out which milks are the best, acceptable and the worst.

The Best Milk

Organic Skim Cow’s Milk (a.k.a. fat-free or nonfat): Skim milk is rich in key nutrients with none of the saturated fat that’s in 1%, 2% and whole milk. Milk is an excellent source of:   Continue reading “Got Milk? Which One is Best?”

Frankenfood: Eating GMO Foods

GMO greenhouseGMO stands for genetically modified organisms which are specifically, genetically modified (GM) or ‘biotech’ crops, used to produce genetically modified foods. These GM plants are created in a laboratory by altering their genetic material (DNA). Scientists can introduce various modifications into the genes of crops, dairy products and animals.

So why and how do GMOs get into your food? Are they safe to eat? Here are some tips to avoid them if you choose to keep them off your plate.

How Crops Are Modified

Genetic modification (GM) is usually accomplished by adding one or more genes to a plant’s genome using genetic engineering techniques. GMO foods are generated using various methods to transfer foreign cells into animals and plants, such as: 1) Gene guns (particle guns) which inject cells with genetic information or 2) Bacterial carriers (a benign bacterial or viral infection).

Why Foods or Food Crops are Genetically Modified

Foods are modified to:   Continue reading “Frankenfood: Eating GMO Foods”