I went to a great little local natural foods store today, and stocked up on a bag full of organic grains, etc. At least one of them I don't even know what to do with, but I'll figure it out! I know that this site is a great source for recipes and info.
As an aside, Galloway's is a wonderful little place that was selling natural foods long before they became popular, and which I remember back to my childhood in the 1960s. When you enter the store, you're greeted by a wonderful aroma of spices and dried fruits. The shelves are stocked top to bottom with a HUGE array of items, including natural, organic and raw items, and specialty items from far-away places. You can have natural peanut butter made right in front of you with their peanut grinding machine. They stock everything from a whole wall of spices in little packets, grains, legumes, nuts, dried fruit, etc. as well as some commercial specialty items. Need buckwheat groats or triticale flakes or adzuki beans or kamut flakes? They'll have it! I guess the store is special for me because I remember it from childhood, and it hasn't changed much since then, which is very refreshing in today's world of big-box stores.
- Kamut flakes
- Organic chia seeds (I just got a recipe for 'overnight oatmeal' that called for these)
- Organic wheat berries
- Raw cashews
- Raw pumpkin seeds
- Organic dried banana slices
I'm going to tried the 'overnight oatmeal' recipe, and maybe try putting some of the kamut flakes in along with the oat flakes -- I can't see why that wouldn't work.
I need to find healthier breakfasts to take along to eat at work than the Vector bars that are currently my staple. They're probably better than some other granola-type bars, as they do have quite a bit of protein and some nutrients, but they're still 'processed food' and probably have a lot of sugar-type ingredients to make them taste so much like a candy bar!
Any recipe ideas any of you have for meals or snacks using natural ingredients would be great -- it's always nice to try a recipe that someone has suggested.
I have always thought of non-organic foods being affected mostly by sprays, and have not typically bought organic much until recently, when I have started gradually choosing organic items more often. But recently it hit me that non-organic foods are also likely grown in soil with toxic chemical fertilizers. I heard recently that potatoes are one of the worst vegetables to eat from non-organic sources.
So I think I've become a convert to organic foods. I'm not going to be rigid about it, and won't worry if I'm at a restaurant, and will probably still sometimes buy non-organic items for convenience or if they're a really excellent price --- but I'm sure going to start making the main part of what I eat organic. I'm also going to try to reduce by a lot the number of processed foods I put into my body, and to eat more natural foods.
Hope everyone is having a good day -- happy weekend!