So, with my friend Katie and I’s Valentine cookie baking extravaganza under way, I am a little tardy on my Merchandise Mondays post, but eh, no bid deal. Merchandise Tuesday will have to do for today We actually baked 275 cookies on Monday. And we only ate 3 of them. Amazing, I know.
My last 2 MM (Merchandise Monday) posts have revolved around the littles, but today’s post revolves around food, yum! Ben would probably rather have a colonoscopy than go to the market with me. He says that he could dig a trench and backfill it by the time I make it down one aisle (spoken like a true man). In other words, I browse. A lot. Some people like to go into the store, grab their necessities, and haul their tail home. I, on the other hand am one of those browsers. The kind that kneel down reading labels while you strategically post up behind me and subtly cough so that I look up, say sorry, and scoot over, hauling my buggy, and baby with me. I’m that person. To the core. I love grocery shopping. Crazy, I know. The more I browse, the more new products I find. With Americans transitioning towards cleaner diets, supermarkets are also transitioning their merchandise to reflect this change. Every week, new items are added to the shelves. Sometimes, these items are ones that I’ve had to purchase out of town, or ordered online, and other times these products are ones that I wasn’t aware of before, but am so excited to have available at my local market (aka grocery store. I like saying market better). I shared quite a few of my local clean eating/paleo favorite products in my paleo posts (here and here). These are two that have been added to our local shelves since then, and I’m so excited to share, especially in case you aren’t aware of their existence!
First up is the beautifully packaged, Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter.
If you read my paleo posts you know that I am not against dairy. I love dairy products. I would be quite depressed if I couldn’t eat dairy, and then I would start to eat other bad things to ward off my depression (like lots of chocolate, specifically Rocky Road ice cream), so it’s better all around if I just let myself have dairy. However, I stick to dairy that I know is nutritionally better choices. Ex-nay on the Velveeta (is that even cheese though…?) Butter is best enjoyed when it’s clarified (ghee) It’s also best when the cows that the milk is pulled from have been solely grass-fed (since grains, hormones, and preservatives from their diet enter their milk supply and ultimately enter your food) Our bodies actually digest grain fed, and grass-fed products differently (obviously the grass fed products come out on top) You can clarify the Kerrygold if you want to remove all of the milk proteins (if these seem to bother you). Otherwise, it is an amazingly better choice than oily margarine, or cheaper versions of real butter. I had read about it many times, and when it finally showed up on our local Wal-Mart’s shelf, I was ecstatic. I find it on the top shelf of the sticks of butter, right by the Horizon brand butter (Horizon and Challenge are good 2nd options-hormone free). Lately, they seem to run out quickly, but the price sticker remains, so I keep hoping that they restock, so that I can load my dairy drawer up again!
My second new favorite product is the Hormel Naturals brand deli meats!
This product actually showed up at a pivotal time, because the Deli at my local Wal-Mart seems to have stopped carrying my prized Harvestland Uncured Ham. I am sure that the short shelf life has something to do with it. Hormel Natural’s line now offers pre-packaged turkey and ham. You can find it in the packaged deli meats next to the wieners and lunchables. It is uncured, and nitrate and nitrite free. The shelf life of this meat is a lot more appealing than the Harvestland ham, and they also pass the taste test! My mom pan fried a few slices of the ham for breakfast with some eggs for me this week, and it was extremely yummy! Try some out on your next grocery trip!
I hope that this post can offer some new advice to those of you who try to use clean products in your recipes/meals. Happy shopping! And if you pass a little blonde kneeling on the floor reading labels, please don’t run into me. Or roll over my skirt. Just cough, I’ll apologize and move