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5 Processed Foods You CAN Eat

I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about the various food products I use on a regular basis. While of course I’m all about eating whole foods with few additives and artificial ingredients, I realize that there are times when you’re forced to eat boxed cereal or canned vegetables. We all have busy and stressful lives, myself included. And sometimes it’s overwhelming to look at a whole shelf of food and pick the right product. I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 “processed” food products I consume from time to time. These foods are relatively low in ingredients, organic, and offer essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

Top Processed Foods I Recommend

1. Nature’s Path Cereal

This is a cereal company that prides itself in being GMO free. Because I follow a gluten-free diet, I’ve found this to be one of the only companies that make organic cereal that actually tastes good! Their whole grain (wheat-based) products are also are great choice, especially if you have children and are looking for a brand that’s not full of preservatives and other artificial ingredients. Sometimes they tend to be on the pricier side. I look for deals on this cereal and stock up when I can.

2. Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread

Even before I went on a GF diet, I was addicted to Ezekiel’s sprouted grain bread. I cannot stress the importance of consuming organic whole grains. Why? Because organic whole grains are one of the best ways to naturally get more minerals in your diet. While vitamins are pretty easy to get through eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods, minerals are a different story. Your best bet for getting minerals is consuming products (i.e. grains) that have been grown in mineral rich soil. Therefore, organic grain products are one of the best sources of minerals, because the soil used to grow the grain is rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous.

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3. Trader Joe’s Organic Marinara Sauce (no salt added)

My mom suffers from chronic vertigo attacks. She was recommended by her doctor to follow a reduced-sodium diet, and how this is supposed to lessen the frequency and duration of her episodes. It made my mom realize not only how much sodium was in everything, but how much processed food she was consuming! While it was quite a hunt to find reduced-sodium versions of the foods she loved, Trader Joe’s Marinara Sauce (no salt added) soon became a staple to my pantry. This sauce makes a great base to meatballs, bolognese sauce, and many other tomato-based recipes!

4. Navitas Naturals Supplements

If you’re a regular reader, surely you’ve heard me rave about the importance and benefits of superfoods! My favorite brand is Navitas Naturals. I’ve worked with this company in the past, and they’re one of the friendliest food companies I’ve spoken to. Whether you like goji berries, raw cacao powder, or chia seeds, these powders and supplements are great to throw into smoothies, teas, and other cereal recipes. I highly recommend superfoods if you’re looking for the biggest bang for your nutritional buck.

5. Vitamix

Okay, so this last one isn’t an actual food. But I couldn’t resist taking another moment to gloat about my beloved Vitamix! I’ll admit that I use my Vitamix at least once every day, usually for my morning green smoothie. Don’t think that you can only make smoothies in this high speed blender. Use it to make comforting pureed soups and sauces. You can also use your Vitamix for dry ingredients like nuts and cereal. I’m notorious for blending rice cereal in my Vitamix and making my own home-made gluten free breadcrumbs.

These five items are by far some of the best products. I use them on a regular basis and attest that they are some of the most important foods to incorporate into a healthy diet. What are some of your staples that you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments section, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter! Can’t wait to hear from everyone!

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