Who has the time or the willingness to stop and read every single label in every single food item they buy?
Well, maybe a personal shopper, but sadly I don't have one, and I'm willing to bet you don't either.
In the last few days before we get rid of corn for however long you're choosing to participate, it's important to get familiar with a handful of products that are easily accessible, non-perishable, and won't completely break the bank. After all, we can't buy everything at the farmers' market.
The photo below is of some handy items that I found at Star Market. (Most of them were hidden away in the health food corner, but still.)
Costing, on average, about a dollar more than their less healthy counterparts, they certainly do add up on your final bill, but with the money you're saving on soda, it might just work out. In no particular order, they are:
7) Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Crunch Granola to snack on at work while everyone else has doughnuts. (It's nut, gluten, soy, and dairy free to boot!)
6)Erewhon Rice Twice Cereal from Attune Foods. If you're out of grass-fed milk, mix some of this up in a bowl with raspberries, diced walnuts, and maple syrup.
5)Cape Cod Potato Chips are not cooked in corn oil. Hooray!
4)Annie's Naturals Organic Ketchup. Yes, this is the same Annie who taught us that macaroni and cheese tastes better if it's shaped like a bunny. Her ketchup is an easy way to sneak some corn-free goodness into that 4th of July cookout.
3)Amy's Premium Organic Pasta Sauce. This was one of the pricier items on the list, at least compared to the store-brand stuff, but for those of us whose default meal when we're not feeling creative is pasta, it's an important one. Most tomato sauce brands have naughty sweeteners and preservatives and such in them. This one seems to be in the clear.
2)Earthly Choice Quinoa is corn-free, as is most pasta and rice, but quinoa has the advantage of also being a complete protein, which is very useful for people trying to avoid conventional protein sources. You can do pretty much anything with quinoa that you can do with rice. My favorite way to serve it is in a salad with some diced fruits and vegetables and...
1)Wild Harvest Organic Black Beans. You might think that a can of beans would only have one ingredient, but unfortunately most brands have about six. Wild Harvest has three: water, organic black beans, and sea salt. Sold.
Hope this helped. Let me know your favorite corn-free convenience food!