In this blog post, I share 5 favorite grocery store finds this month. Lately, I’ve been obsessing over local products. Supporting small and local businesses is a huge value of mine. And, finding good, quality food is like hitting the jackpot. And, I felt like I hit the jackpot this month.
what happened this month?
This month was busy! I completed my first New Food November Challenge, celebrated my golden 2-9 birthday on the 29th, and found some amazing new foods at the grocery store. I’m the type of person that shops at multiple grocery stores. Depending on what I need, I will rotate between Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, and Shaw’s. Trader Joe’s is another favorite, but the one location is far from my house.
Over the years, I’ve noticed small, local companies often have some of the best food products made with high quality ingredients that are good for our bodies. One of the reasons I became a Registered Dietitian was because of my love for whole, nutritious food and the influence it had (and still does) over my mind and body. I still buy food packaged or wrapped in plastic, but my choice of company and food product(s) mostly depends on the source of food, ingredients, and the company’s mission.
Here are some amazing food products I found at my local grocery store. Some are local to Rhode Island or the Northeast area, while others are from small businesses that make amazing products.
My Latest Grocery Store Finds
1) Sweet Possibilities
Locally made right here in Rhode Island by a trained chef from world renowned Johnson and Wales University! The ingredients say it all: almonds, raw honey, organic gluten free oats, organic flaxseed, unsweetened coconut, organic raw cacao nibs, Mediterranean sea salt. Unlike some protein bars, this is a perfectly balanced energy bar to eat as a snack, take with you on a long hike, or just have in your purse for any hangry moments.
Their tag line is “real food from Italy.” Handpicked and handmade, you’ll get a taste of Italy right from your local Whole Foods grocery store (I’ve only see it at Whole Foods) without hopping on a plane. Plus, it’s made in the region of Italy called Modena (it’s where balsamic was invented). You won’t find caramel coloring or thickening agents in this product. It’s the real deal. You’ll know what I mean when you taste it. I’ve added it to salads, toast, pasta, and pretty much anything else I eat. It’s that tasty.
Recently, there has been an influx of healthy, wholesome peanut butter companies entering the market. Justin’s peanut butter is one of them. Made with a few simple ingredients, these are my favorite to have on hand. Stuff them in your purse, lunch box, or bag cause these snack packs are so easy to bring just about anywhere.
If you have a little bit of time, I recommend making homemade peanut butter. You’ll save a few bucks and help out our planet. Plus, I made a video to show you how super simple it is to make! Also, did you know peanut butter can help with weight loss?
4) Sidehill Farm
This small, family-run food company started in Vermont in 1970, and are the leading jam makers in the industry. The jam is made the old-fashion way – boiled down fruit and sugar, handmade, and hand stirred. They don’t use pectin or artificial ingredients. Now, that is real jam.
My favorite flavors are wild blueberry, red raspberry, and strawberry rhubarb. The company also makes seasonal jam flavors, fresh fruit butters and curds, and more.
5) Real Pickles
Real Pickles use 100% organic, local vegetables from Northeast family farms. If you live some place other than the Northeast, you most likely won’t find this product at your local grocery store. That’s because they believe in a regional food system. Fermented and raw, you’ll get the health benefits of probiotic cultures, intense flavor, all locally sourced. It’s almost like “medicine” in a jar…almost. The health benefits are extensive including improved gut flora, enhanced immunity, and more.
Have you tried any of the November Grocery Store Finds? Please share if you’ve tried any of them and what do you think?