As a child, I literally lived on Goldfish. They are so easy to just pop in your mouth and who can resist the parmesan flavored ones? Then, I grew up and learned how to read the ingredient labels on food. And that ended our love affair. Sigh…..
I was thinking of writing about Goldfish the other day when a friend of mine sent me this article. (Shout out to Diana!!) It just clarified everything I thought about the ingredients not only in Goldfish but in Pepperidge Farm in general. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against Pepperidge Farm. I think I have definitely bought my fair share of their products. I just feel, in this day and age, they need to look at their ingredients and begin to see where they can add more natural ones.
Look at this label from their Golden 3-Layer Cake.
I don’t even know what half of the ingredients are, let alone pronounce them. My motto: If you can’t pronounce it or you don’t know what it is, don’t eat it. These ingredients are literally damaging our bodies each time we eat them. When you read the article it says that the founder of Pepperidge Farm originally started this company to make food without additives because her son had an allergy to commercially baked products. What happened to this brand?!?!
Goldfish ingredients are not quite as bad but they do contain GMOs.
According to the article I mentioned above, Goldfish is being sued because they claim on their product that it is natural and no artificial ingredients. Several of the ingredients are GMO based. So sad :(. I love these crackers.
So, what is a girl to do? You need friends who watch out for you! And my friend Diana sent me this recipe for homemade Goldfish crackers!! I have yet to make it but it seems pretty straightforward. The writer shows how to make the fish shape out of an aluminum can. That seems like too much work for me. I would honestly use any small cookie cutter I had to make these. It is the taste that I miss the most!
I definitely plan on making these real soon. I hope you try them as well :).
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Sometimes it can be very overwhelming eating clean. I read about the dangers in regular food and it just gets me thinking about other things in my life that could be posing the same hazards. It got to a point the other day where I was even researching how to make my own shampoo since there are chemicals in most store purchased products. I found a really easy recipe, which I hope to try soon and pass on to you the results.
Where was I? Oh yes, eating clean can be overwhelming. But when I put clean food into my mouth, I always feel so much better and the stress disappears. I mentioned NON-GMO foods in my first entry and I would like to discuss a little bit about that now. It is sad, but many of the packaged foods sold in stores have GMOs, or genetically modified organisms (you will also see GMI, which are genetically modified ingredients.). I found this on the NON-GMO Project website http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
So, basically, the GMOs are fake. They are not from nature. To me, that just means I am eating nasty chemicals. I try to replace what I call our “heavy hitters” with NON-GMO certified foods. The heavy hitters are the foods we enjoy eating a lot. Here is a list of companies that are approved by the NON-GMO Project: http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/ .It is a handy tool to use.
One heavy hitter in our household is yogurt. Unfortunately, most brands that are sold in stores are made out of GMOs. I have been using YoBaby yogurt for my son, which is organic but not on the NON-GMO list. I have heard a lot about Brown Cow Greek Yogurt. I have yet to try it since it is only sold at Whole Foods. The next time I make a trip there, I will surely be stocking up. I also found this recipe for making yogurt in a crockpot. It seems super simple and I cannot wait to try it!! Have any of you tried this yet? Can anyone recommend any other NON-GMO yogurt brands? Please comment below and let me know :).