If you’ve been following along on my 2016 goals, you’ll see I am continuing on the less is more, simpler lifestyle…
2015 was all about eliminating processed foods from our diets (okay not ALWAYS, sometimes a dirty water dog in Central Park is necessary).Then we looked into removing chemicals – from dish soap to shampoo. Then we started removing plastics and adding bamboo to cooking utensils and trading in our teflon skillets for healthier options for both us and the environment – cast iron.
So, now that we’ve got a pretty good handle on understanding food, it’s time to figure out WHERE that food is coming from. We all know that fair trade is great for coffee and chocolate, but a new word emerging on the market? SINGLE ORIGIN.
WHY SINGLE ORIGIN
I just LOVE what the The Real Co. is doing and more food retailers should take note. It is a global food company that partners with farmers and growers around the world who don’t have an established mainstream route to distribute their produce, allowing them a way to share their commodity with the world. Growing up as a farmer myself, I can appreciate the need for a direct line of food to consumer like this. Think about it:
- you’re receiving non-gmo, organic and/or vegan and fair trade certificated products
- you’re supporting a local farmer, who can offer the minimum standards of living and working conditions for their staff.
- you’re helping them utilize their land and local environment in an ethical and sustainable way.
- you’re supporting their local community, whether it be through the creation of jobs, tourism or any other tangible means.
WHAT TO MAKE
Using simple single origin ingredients mean you can use less in your cooking – because they help flavor food in a natural way. Whether it’s raw sugar cane in your coffee, pink rock salt to season your stir fry or non-gmo basmati rice, these staples in your pantry will make a difference in your meals, the environment (since they are sustainable!), and in the lives of small farmers worldwide.
My favorite dish lately is concocting rice bowls. Pairing plain rice with protein-packed toppings can make for a fulling, healthy and satisfying dish, especially in the winter when you want something hearty! Right now my favorite way to top them is with brussels sprouts (in season!) and black beans to even out greens, carbs and protein. I like to add organic, raw local cheese since you know I am a dairy lover, and depending what else is in season like avocados, herbs we grow in-house (like cilantro!) or even fruit. Listen, brussels with cranberries and rice is phenomenal and all in-season!
WHERE TO BUY
You can get all of The Real Co. products directly online as of now. Come on, you’re ordering your food online anyways! Plus, the prices are competitive with anything you would buy at your local store. The Real Co is also available nationwide in numerous stores in every state (The Market in California, Natural Grocers, ShopRite, Fairway Market, Westerly Natural Market, Kings, Balducci, Kroger and Healthy Goodness), and also on Amazon.com; Healthygoodness.com.
A full list state by state is available at TheReal.co.
TRY FOR YOURSELF
Want to taste test the difference in single origin ingredients? The Real Co. has graciously offered to send one loyal reader a stacked package of goods including:
- The Real Co Organic Raw Cane Sugar, x2 8 oz Bag
- The Real Co White Basmati Rice, x2 16 oz Bag
- The Real Co Himalayan Pink Rock Salt, x1 20 oz Shaker.
Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment below on which item you’d love to try first and why.
- Tweet this: Learn why #singleorigin foods are better for you (and Earth) AND win a package of @therealcous w/@Missstephanieb http://bit.ly/1RUJyxN
- Follow @missstephanieb and @TheRealCoUS on Twitter
- Follow @missstephanieb and @TheReal.Co on Instagram
- Extra entry: leave a comment on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/FootballFoodandMotherhood/posts/660511180718542
Winner will be chosen on Valentine’s Day – February 14th. You must be 18+ and live within the United States to qualify to win.