I have been on the search for healthy breakfast foods that are organic, all natural, from grass fed and cage-free animals and so on.
THIS IS NOT EASY.
One thing I haven’t been able to do yet is get to the winter farmer’s market in my town. I feel like I will have a more easy feeling about what I am buying once I am there. In the grocery store, I have learned one thing: “All Natural” or “Organic” does not necessarily mean that.
You have to get to know your product. Which means the dreadful, inevitable RESEARCH. If you have read my posts before or know me well enough you know that all the reading I do is for entertainment. I like me some fiction. But minimal research must be done for the cause. Lord, help me.
Here are some things I found out about milk, (dairy is the staple of my life and ALWAYS included in my breakfast.) First, The Organic Cow:
Sounds great. Looks great. There is one piece to the puzzle that does not fit into the plan. It is in the list of what they feed/how they treat the cows.
“A healthy diet of only certified organic grains and hay”
If you watched Food, Inc. you would know that corn and grain ARE NOT what you feed a cow. I am not going to get into that whole bit, but it made what looked and sounded perfect, not so. Too, bad. The flowers and pretty blue carton were nice. (If you haven’t watched the film yet you REALLY should, check out the trailer I linked on here.)
Stonyfield is the only dairy brand that has so far proven themselves. They are all organic, REALLY. Their cows are grass fed and living in clean natural fields. They also make a banging greek yogurt which has now taken Chobani’s place.
I will continue to buy Stonyfield brand yogurt and milk. The yogurt isn’t priced much different while the milk is killer. I am currently researching the organic brand that BJ’s carries because that will be easier on the wallet. I also need to get to a farmers market to get local, in season, organic fruits. I have always bought organic, cage-free eggs which are not that hard to find.
To complete my everyday breakfast I will have to find granola, bread, and most likely give up my serious need for cereal! WAH!
I have some fun creative food ideas on the way so keep your fingers clicking on here and I promise to try to update more often!
Lesson Learned: Labels Lie.