Switcheroo Sunday-Peanut Butter

Today's Switcheroo Sunday came in the form of a question from my friend Tina, shout out to her.  She asked me a few weeks ago what brand of peanut butter I buy.  My text back to her was, I don't buy peanut butter.  I buy almond butter and cashew butter instead.  Let me tell you why.

You might be surprised to find out that peanuts are not actually nuts, they're legumes.  Did you know that?  Kind of strange right.  I mean why would they call it a nut if it's not?  Here is why I don't think peanuts are good for you.  They can be quite toxic and cause inflammation.

Here's a great explanation I found from Whole9Life blog.  "When peanuts grow, they can harbor carcinogenic mold called an “aflatoxin“. This goes for conventional and organic peanuts. The longer they sit (during shipping, for example), especially in warm temperatures and high humidity, the more mold grows. And as it’s nearly impossible to buy peanuts “local”, as they are only grown in a few Southern locations, more likely than not, even your organic peanuts, are suspect.  The far bigger concern, however, is that peanuts contain lectins which are believed to have inflammatory and atherogenic potential. Most plants contain lectins, some of which are toxic, inflammatory, or both. Many of these lectins are resistant to cooking and to digestive enzymes, and some have been scientifically shown to have significant GI toxicity in humans. Lectins from grains (especially wheat) and legumes (including peanuts and soybeans) are most commonly associated with aggravation of inflammatory and digestive diseases in the body. (As an aside, dairy from cows fed grain-based diets can also contain these grain-derived lectins.)

So instead of this......


Switch to one of these......

There are actually quite a few alternative nut butters.  In our home we use almond butter, for the girls and Brian and cashew butter for me.  If you live near a Costco, you are in luck.  You can buy a big jar, 26oz, of Maranatha Almond Butter for around $7.  That's a great deal.
 
 
I love cashew butter.  My favorite way to buy it is at Whole Foods fresh from the grinder.  Just cashews.  No oils added.  Unfortunately, they don't always have cashews for fresh cashew butter.  So I buy the Whole Foods brand.  Although I've decided I'm going to use my Vitamix to start making my own from scratch.  It just makes sense.  We always have cashews on hand at the house and it would be so easy to make and so much cheaper.
 
 
Another great option is Sunbutter from sunflower seeds.  I haven't personally used sunbutter but I have many friends whose kids can't have nuts and they use this and love it.
 
 
As you can see, you have so many great options for healthy protein and healthy fats.  It's just experimenting and finding one that's right for you.  Here's a tip. Did you know you can buy anything from Whole Foods and if you don't like it or aren't satisfied with any of their products, you can take it back, no questions asked?  You don't even need a receipt.  They have fantastic customer service and I can't tell you how many things my family has tried, that we didn't like, and they are always so kind and helpful.
 
If you can't let go of your peanut butter and you just have to have it, make sure it's organic and made only of peanuts.  That's it.  No sugar and no added oils and try to limit how often you eat it. 
 
Have you tried any alternatives to Peanut Butter?  What is your favorite?
 

Switcheroo Sunday-Baking Powder

I wanted to give you another easy and inexpensive switch this Sunday.  Today we are going to take on Baking Powder.  If you bake anything at all, you have this ingredient in your pantry.  Have you ever looked at the ingredients?  More than likely, no.  If you are like me, you probably bought whatever was on sale.  Just a few months ago, I had to do my own Switcheroo.  You see I had this brand in my pantry.

 
I love the packaging on this baking powder.  What I don't like are the ingredients.  In particular, cornstarch and aluminum.  Let's start with cornstarch.  It is more than likely genetically modified corn.  Yucko.  Then there is aluminum.  Let's be honest, this ingredient doesn't belong in food.  Enough said.  Some studies show that aluminum is linked to Alzheimer's.  I don't want to find out.  It's an easy switch to this:
 
 
These two baking powders are actually made by the same company, Clabber Girl.  Rumford, however, is aluminum free and non-GMO. A win, win.  I don't have the cost breakdown on the two, but I know it was maybe 50 cents more.  To me, totally worth it.  You should be able to find the Rumford brand at any market.  Just make sure the can says non-GMO on it.  Mine does, but I've heard others say that it wasn't labeled on their can.  If it's not labeled, I wouldn't buy it.  Keep looking until you find a can that says, non-GMO.  This means they have used corn for their corn starch that is not genetically modified.  Corn is one of the worst for being GMO.

There you have it.  A very easy Switcheroo for you.  Is this a switch that you need to make?  Drop me a comment and let me know. 

Switcheroo Sunday-Ketchup

I'm back with my Switcheroo Sunday posts.  I've had many friends ask my opinion about switching the foods that they eat.  They feel overwhelmed and have no idea where to start.  So I hope this will help you all out.  Instead of trying to change your whole pantry or fridge all at once, choose 1 item every week to change.  Buy the time Fall rolls around, you will have switched about 20 items.     

I think most homes in America have this condiment in their pantries.  It's really an American staple, is it not?  I mean, a hot dog or french fries just don't feel complete without it.  What you might not know, is that in this bright red bottle lurks a dirty little word, HFCS, aka, High Fructose Corn Syrup.  I'm sure you have heard the debate over HFCS through the years.  Some say it's no worse than sugar and others say it's a man made chemical that should be avoided. 

I have to agree with the later.  Here's why.  HFCS is made from corn, Genetically Modified corn.  Unlike real cane sugar that grows from a plant, HCFS is engineered in a lab.  There is research that shows that the more you consume HCFS, the more likely you are to be overweight?  That can go for sugar as well, but my rule of thumb is to eat as close to how God created things to be. 

The second reason to switch your ketchup is because the tomatoes are not organic.  What does that mean?  It means that they are heavily sprayed with pesticides and more than likely, are GMO, genetically modified organisms.  I'll go into further details about GMO's in a later post.

Heinz ketchup contains tomato concentrate made from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, spice, onion powder, and natural flavors.

Tomato Paste (Made from ripe tomatoes), Liquid Sugar, White Vinegar, Salt, Orion Powder, Spices Salt, Sugar, Lactose Syrup, Red Ripe Tomato's, Onion Pepper, Spice's, and Natural Flavouring.

This switch is super easy.  You can even stick with the same brand, Heinz.  I know around our house, Heinz is the only brand my family likes.  I tried a different brand of organic ketchup years ago and no one would eat it.  I can honestly say, you cannot tell the difference between Heinz organic and non organic ketchup.
Organic tomato concentrate made from red ripe organic tomatoes, organic distilled vinegar, organic sugar, salt, organic onion powder, organic spices, natural flavoring.

So what is the difference between the two?  The organic version uses organic tomatoes and organic sugar.  The original version uses HFCS and pesticide ridden tomatoes.  Yes, there is still sugar in the organic version, but I would much prefer my kids to eat organic sugar than the HFCS.  I don't worry that much about the sugar in ketchup because we don't eat alot of it.  Primarily because we don't eat alot of processed foods.  I think we've had the same bottle of ketchup for about 6 months.  I better go check the expiration date.

So how does the organic version compare to the original version in price?  At my local Publix, the original 14 oz bottle of Heinz ketchup is $1.79.  The organic version is $3.19.  To me, it's worth it to spend more for better ingredients.  Of course you could always use coupons or wait until it goes on sale and stock up.  I try to do that all the time with organic food because it is more expensive.

I hope you have found this week's Switcheroo helpful.  Do you have a product you would love for me to Switcheroo?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  If you'd like to check out more Switcheroo Sunday's, click on the tab at the top of the page.

 

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