3 Ways to Go Organic

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Start simple with these tips... 
by VERGE Staff | Food and Home | Saturday, October 13, 2018

Going organic makes you happier and healthier. It also benefits you, your family, your community and the planet. Choosing to buy organic can also be easier than you think.

To be USDA-Certified Organic, food must be grown without toxic synthetic pesticides and herbicides, genetically engineered ingredients (also called GMOs), antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. 

“Simply put, organic is better for you and the environment. When you’re eating organic foods, you’re keeping harmful chemicals and GMOs out of your body and some studies have shown that organic farming produces more nutrient-dense crops,” says Arjan Stephens, executive vice president, sales and marketing at Nature’s Path. “Organic farming supports a healthier planet by not adding chemicals to the air, water and soil, as well as keeping them away from you and future generations.”

"When you’re eating organic foods, you’re keeping harmful chemicals and GMOs out of your body..."

-Arjan Stephens, Nature’s Path

Going organic is simple; you can start small and feel good knowing that every time you choose organic it benefits you and the environment. Here are three easy ways you can go organic:

Look Inside Your Pantry: Fresh fruits and vegetables may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about organic, but don’t forget about your pantry. Staples such as flour, sugar, vegetable oil, peanut butter and more can be swapped out for organic options, and make it easier to have organic food as part of every meal. 

Start with What You Eat Everyday: A good place to start is with the foods you consume every day. If you and your family start each morning with a bowl of cereal, try eating organic cereal like Nature's Path, which has an extensive line of cereals (as well as waffles, granola, oatmeal and granola bars) that are all USDA-Certified Organic. 

Think Outside the Cart: You may think that organic food costs more, but you can find less expensive options by shopping at your local farmer’s market, comparing prices online, buying in bulk (which is better for the environment) and even growing some of your own food.   

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Try this tasty, organic recipe for an Oatmeal Latte:

Oatmeal Latte Recipe food and home VERGE Magazine


Oatmeal Latte
Ingredients:
2/3 cup water
1/3
cup vanilla soy milk
1/2
cup Nature’s Path Original Hot Oatmeal
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1-2
shots espresso, for topping
1/2
cup warm vanilla soy milk, for topping
Nature’s Path Flax Plus Vanilla Almond Granola, for topping
pinch of cinnamon, for topping

Cooking Directions: In small saucepan, bring water and soy milk to simmer over medium-high heat. Add oats and salt. Turn heat to medium and cook until oatmeal reaches desired consistency. Stir in brown sugar and transfer to bowl or mug.

Using steamer, milk frother or whisk, froth warm milk until foamy. Top oatmeal with espresso and frothed milk. Stir gently. Top with granola and cinnamon. 

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Source and Oatmeal Latte recipe and photo courtesy of Nature's Path. Top photo credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto


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