So many things claim to be healthy for you, but are they really? We are told to eat lots of fruits & vegetables, because they are healthy for us. However, most people pick the fruit & vegies from their local grocery store. If they are not organic, then they are full of chemicals and pesticides. Corn and corn meal are in so many products, and things I have heard lately is it is almost impossible to get corn that is not GMO, even seeds. We are told to drink lots of water because it is good for our bodies, but I have seen so many reports that say the water is tainted with chemicals like chlorine and fluoride. Prepackaged food are high in salt or fat. Our meat is feed GMO corn feed, and shot up with antibiotics. Many foods contain high fructose corn syrup, which is another product they claim is bad for us. Soda has become a staple in many people’s diets, even the caffeine free and diet can still dissolve rust off a car battery and does an excellent job at cleaning toilets. Shampoos, make-up, body washes, diapers, wipes, dish and laundry detergents, and even plain old soap. They all have ingredients that are bad for us. It seems like everything out there is bad for us. Where do we draw the line? How do we keep ourselves and families safe from all of the bad things that seem to be in everything we eat?
I realize I cannot keep my children safe from everything, but I have made gradual changes in the products we use. It wasn’t an overnight change, but as we started running out of things, I started purchasing natural cleaning products, soaps, shampoos, foods that do not have high fructose corn syrup, and more organic fruits and vegies. We also plant a garden each spring to grow some of our own fruits & vegies.
So my question for you is… have you altered the products you use or the food you buy to natural products? Do you clean your house with vinegar or some other safe solution? Do you have a specific shampoo or toothpaste that you absolutely love? Do you only purchase organic? Tell me some of the things you do.
Product Review: Bakery on Main Oatmeals
I am very happy to introduce you guys to Bakery on Main!! They are a great company located in Connecticut. They began as a small bakery, making all of their products in small, careful batches. They started with the simple idea that those with gluten issues should not be restricted from delicious foods! They have since expanded their company, but still hold true to their original ideas, making yummy gluten free foods in small batches, with amazing results! All this brought to you with great prices and an easy to navigate website (click their logo to visit!). On their page you will also find their store locator, or, you can order products directly from them, with a really easy to use order form!
I was invited to try their line of instant oatmeals, and I was super excited! Oatmeal is always a favorite here… especially with the little ones. Living a gluten free lifestyle usually means that oatmeal that is safe, is typically hard to come by…and good luck if you want something instant! Bakery on Main has managed to solve both of these problems! An awesome array of flavors that are made with a blend of Chia, Flax, Amaranth , and Quinoa. They are also free from dairy, casein, wheat, gluten, and on top of all that are NON-GMO!! Mix that with the fact that they only take 60 seconds in the microwave and you really have a great find!
The company was kind enough to send me a total of 6 flavors: Apple Pie, Blueberry Scone, Maple Multigrain Muffin, Strawberry Shortcake, Traditional, and Carrotcake. Four of the flavors are currently available and can be purchased either in stores or on their website. The two that are no currently in stores (but will be soon) were the Carrotcake and Blueberry Scone.
We tried the Strawberry Shortcake first, and it was amazing! You could taste the strawberries, the nuances of the shortcake, and it had just the right amount of sweetness. The Apple Pie was equally amazing, and tasted remarkably like the real thing! My husband even commented that he felt like he should put ice cream in it! Maple was also really good, and we loved that it was just the right amount of maple, while still being able to distinguish that nice multigrain taste. Carrotcake was very true to flavor, and tasted just like a carrot cake. I was very surprised, because any time I have tasted other Carrot cake items, I have been very disappointed with the artificial type taste they have all had. That is why this one was so different, and I will definitely be buying this once its available! The Traditional was another great option. I am one of those people who love to add fresh fruits, nuts, and other things to my oatmeal, and this was a great way for me to do it! I divided it in half, added a nut mixture to one half, and a fruit mixture to the other. The oatmeal flavor stood up well against the mixtures that I added and worked as a great base. And I can only imagine how great this would be a base for some Gf oatmeal cookies! And last but not least…. our favorite…..
The Blueberry Scone flavor!!! There were plentiful pieces of blueberry that were perfectly sweet and ripe. I seriously felt like I had just tossed in some fresh picked ones from my garden! That is an amazing flavor to get in an instant oatmeal. On top of that… there was a great undertone of scone flavor…something I miss very much since eliminating gluten. It reminded me of sitting at my favorite coffee shop, bakery treat in one hand and a coffee in another. The kids also loved this one, and for both of my kids to actually agree on a flavor is a feat in itself. I promised them that as soon as this flavor hits the stores, we will be purchasing it, more than likely in large quantities!
This review was one that I had a lot of fun with, and Bakery on Main is a company I would trust again and again to provide my family with great tasting food that I know is safe. Check them out in the links below and help support a company that knows what it means to our community to have safe and great tasting foods!
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**Disclaimer** Bakery on Main provided me with free product in exchange for my honest opinions in this review. These opinions are my own, and I was in no way financially compensated for this review.