Heads up -- I don't receive any type of compensation from any of these companies for advertising their products (if that changes I'll let you know). Additionally, most, if not all of the products I post are oil-free, sugar-free (or little sugar) and contain zero to no refined grains. Companies do however change their ingredients without notice. That being said, it is YOUR responsibility to always read your labels. Just because I've found a product to be worthy, doesn't mean you shouldn't look yourself. That is how you learn to take control yourself, which is the ultimate goal.
If you have a product you'd like to add to the list, please contact me and tell me the name of the product, what you do with it and where in the world you found it!
Ezekiel 4:9 Original Cereal
Grape Nuts Cereal -- I enjoy adding chunks of apple, cinnamon, raisin and honey to make this otherwise plain cereal come to life.
Italian Tomatoes, D.O.P. stamped and sealed: The Italian certification D.O.P. roughly translates to 'protected designation of origin.' Why should you care? Well, D.O.P. tomatoes have to be picked and canned at perfect ripeness which means, they have no added sodium or citric acid. Their only contents -- tomatoes and sometimes basil. These are more expensive than other canned tomatoes but you can honestly taste the difference. D.O.P. sealed tomatoes are top quality and taste delicious!
Canned Pumpkin, Trader Joe's organic: great for pumpkin pie or pumpkin smoothies
Re'fried' beans by Trader Joe's: TJ's canned refried beans are oil and sugar free and are perfect when you're in a time pinch. More flavorful than regular black beans, the texture of these beans (very spreadable) are perfect for making my '10 minute Tostadas.'
Southern Peach White Balsamic Vinegar by JD Gourmet. This vinegar is amazing! It's delicate sweetness masks the traditional intensity of balsamic vinegar and is perfect as a dressing on its own. I love putting it on my Sweet Mango Salad.
Lifehouse Salad Herb Blend: A girlfriend introduced me to this sauce this week and I love it. As well as tahini, it has spices and lemon juice already in it so when you're making my hummus sauce from above, you don't have to fidget with pressing garlic and adding additional spices. And, it tastes great too. Be cautious though… tahini is a high-fat plant food, so use it as a condiment to help you eat more legumes, whole-grains, veggies and fruits to avoid over-eating on fat calories.
- Whole Foods sells an oil-free hummus (which I don't personally like)
- Karam's Roasted Garlic and Chives Hummus: this hummus is delicious! It is a local, North West product, which I found at Natural Grocers
- Sunneen Health Food's Garlic Hummus made in Allentown, PA
- The Wild Pea Vampire Slayer Hummous
- Moshe's Roasted Garlic Hummus made in Philadelphia, PA
Prepared polenta rolls: I love prepared polenta rolls. They're typically oil-free, made of whole-foods and you can also buy them pre-spiced. But the best part -- you can turn the polenta roll into easy and quick appetizers or use it as layers in a polenta lasagna. Ask your supermarket if they carry pre-made polenta rolls. Most all of them do!
Learn how to make my Mexican and Italian Polenta Pie Bites here
Soba Noodles: soba noodles are made from buckwheat and wheat flour (and sometimes yam too) and the best part -- they cook in 5 minutes! Find these in the ethnic section of your grocery store or an Asian food market. Make my vegan veggie soba noodle salad with this recipe.
Be sure the read the ingredients, fiber and especially sodium levels of the soba noodle package. Some brands have astronomical amounts of added sodium while others don't add any. Go with the lowest sodium and highest fiber choice when possible.
West Soy Organic, Unsweetened Soy Milk: This Westsoy soy milk is made of just organic soybeans and water. Nothing else! If you want to know why I'm not scared of eating soy (and why you shouldn't be either!) watch this episode of Take Control Tuesdays titled '4 guidelines for eating soy and the surprising science behind them'. I talk about quite a few studies!
Trader Joe's Tahini Sauce: A girlfriend introduced me to this sauce this week and I love it. As well as tahini, it has spices and lemon juice already in it so when you're making my hummus sauce from above, you don't have to fidget with pressing garlic and adding additional spices. And, it tastes great too. Be cautious though… tahini is a high-fat plant food, so use it as a condiment to help you eat more legumes, whole-grains, veggies and fruits to avoid over-eating on fat calories.
Nature's Promise Salsa: available in different spiciness levels and flavors, this is a salsa that is consistently yummy.
Dr. McDougall's Boxed and Dried Soups: I've found these soups in most grocery stores on both the east and west coasts so there's a good chance you can find them near you ;) If not, you can buy them in cases online on Dr. McDougall's 'Right Foods' website or on Amazon.
I love these products because for a boxed soup, they taste good AND I can take them hiking, stash them in the office, in my car and take anywhere so I ALWAYS have something healthy and filling to eat. This way, I'm less likely to be tempted to eat other foods I shouldn't.