I'm now taking extra time in the grocery store to read every label, and do my research, and evaluate all things anew, because you never know what is in the thing till you read the label...( deep breath )
The stores are full of things I would not eat... now that I have read the label information.
So, I want to flip my frustration around and ask a question!
I'm trying to broaden my gaze here, so I can 'see' foods that are not obvious to me now. Thanks!
Yes!! Great question. I've been trying to reduce the amount of packaged/processed foods too, but some things are just convenient and/or tasty :)
Pesto -- rare but sometimes you'll find fresh pestos that are only olive oil, or even no oil. Babaganouj too.
Trader Joe's salsa -- I ran out so I don't have the jar on hand, but they have one or two kinds in the jar that are paleo-perfect. They also rock for things like hot sauce, mustards, sundried tomatoes, etc.
Hooters extra hot wing sauce -- whodathunkit?
Sunset Valley Organics blueberry jam -- sweetened with erythritol
Zevia cola -- erythritol/stevia
Stock by Kitchen Basics -- the only paleo-friendly stock I've found in the grocery store
Deli meats -- if you look really hard for ones without extra crap in them
A bunch of stuff in the raw/vegan section, which is not one I would have veered anywhere near if not for my paleo-induced appetite for food information, like raw "seed crusts" (eg. http://www.maukfamilyfarms.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MFF&Product_Code=RMRC&Category_Code=) and similar cracker-ish things.
I also find I've been buying things that aren't exactly 1-ingredient items, but aren't really a finished product either -- like tamarind, chipotle, and anchovy pastes. Amazingly, I now have the ingredients to reconstruct worcestershire sauce without the junk in it :)
Not quite perfect but close enough to be treats/condiments to me:
Clemmy's sugar free ice cream at Safeway
Westbrae unsweetened ketchup (not even sure how bad maltodextrin is anyway, but from corn so I'm sure it's not good)
LÄRABARS; a yummy trail snack consisting mostly of dates, sometimes with nuts, some flavors with peanuts, and mostly having only a handful of ingredients with no preservatives or "flavorings". Aside from my homemade pemmican, it's become my standard hiking fuel.
Salsa and some tomato sauces. The ingredients include things like tomatoes, onions, vinegar... nothing weird. There is a small amount of sugar or "organic evaporated cane juice" (so you know it's healthy, because it's organic! ha!) in the tomato sauce. But my local store even carries tomato sauce made "locally" in my state.
I generally don't buy anything with labels on them, though. It makes things SOOOO much easier. I don't have to spend time reading labels because... there are none.
No, and sorry to go off-topic but I had to share. The opposite of this happened to me yesterday. I was at my local seafood shop, saw a big display of salmon jerky and thought, "Great! A snack! I can eat that!"
Then I read the ingredients:
Salmon Sugar Wheat Soybeans
No joke, and no exaggeration, those were the first four ingredients. WHY?!?
I was very happy to see that trader joes was carrying 100% grass fed hamburger. Score! Not much else has surprisingly pleased me though. Some tomato sauces are kinda OK but still sadly contain some sugar. Cheese can often be done well. But so far, no major pleasant surprises other than stuff I already heard about on paleohacks.
Trader Joe's does have a canned spaghetti sauce that is primal. It also carries raw milk and grass fed hard cheeses, like New Zealand cheddar, as well as certain meats (the grass fed beef mentioned by Eva as well as New Zealand lamb, the frozen chicken lime and bison burgers, and nitrate/nitrite free and sugar free deli roast beef.)
For me, two big common foods now are olive oil packed sardines and olive oil packed sundried tomatoes. And baba ganoush-yes, I know tahini isn't the best, but in small doses it adds an excellent flavor punch. I have a hell of a time finding canned beets that are ONLY canned beets instead of beets+HCFS/other added sugar. WF store brand are a good option :)
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