Who has time to read food labels? One of the reasons I became a vegetarian is because I got tired and disgusted of reading labels with things I couldn’t even pronounce. Seriously, what the hell is formaldehyde and why would it be good for me if it can be used to embalm people?
Ingredients matter. Despite what the “industry leaders” say, pesticides, GMO and other chemicals have absolutely no place in our food chain. I’m no scientist, but I full-heartedly believe many of our illnesses, allergies, mental dysfunctions etc. are directly related to our food sources. You only get one body. Treat it kindly, and it will return the favor.
Plant-based, seasonal and local ingredient meals do a body and the community good. When whole foods are digested, they go straight to work, where they are needed. Consider them taking the express lane to improving your health. The more chemicals and by-products, the longer, if ever, it takes for you to get the nutrients you need.
If you must source food that comes in a wrapper or packaged, the less ingredients, the better. Note to self, if you can’t read it, don’t eat it. Each week, I’ll share products (and some recipes) that are comprised of 10 clear and readable items or less. I’ll share my finds; you share yours! Today, I’m sharing…
Better Bean Company’s five flavors of refrigerated beans. This new product is the first of its kind in the refrigerated section of the grocer and was recently picked up by national chains like Safeway and Whole Foods. The idea for the beans originated with the founder’s college visit to Mexico 30 years ago where he fell in love with the refried beans in a cone. He returned to Oregon and recreated the recipe using vegetarian ingredients (no lard) and served them to his family. A few years ago, Keith and his daughter Hannah decided to package the refried beans as Uncanny Refried Beans and developed other flavors including:
- Three Sisters Chili
- Cuban Black Beans
- Roasted Chipotle Bean Dip
- Skillet Refried Red Beans.
The beans are gluten free, non-GMO, skillet-sauteed in Portland, Oregon and packaged in BPA free tubs. The beans are refrigerated and fresher than cans and ready to eat for busy people looking for more protein and a clean ingredient list. The beans can be eaten as a snack right out of the tub or used in any recipe calling for pre-cooked beans! No soaking overnight or buying cans.
Simplicity expert, A.Michelle Blakeley showcases the educational, informational and entertaining side of being a vegetarian enthusiast via vibrant flavorful and seasonal recipes; clean food products, chef interviews, restaurant reviews, farm to fork events, public markets, etc. Being a vegetarian is a lifestyle. It’s purpose and principles transcend food. You have one mind and one body, feed them well. Connect with her on Twitter at @vegaficionado and be sure to flip through her new online magazine, The Vegetarian Aficionado