Choosing products that are certified organic and without added salt, oil, and sugar are core values of the NHA, so when we come across products that touch all of those bases, we like to give them a shout-out!
Finding golden raisins and dark sweet cherries for eating and baking that meet the NHA standards of being organic and oil- and sulphur-free is extremely difficult. A great source we love for beautiful organic golden raisins (and a boatload of other dried fruits and nuts!) is the legendary Jaffe Bros. of Valley Center, CA.
For those organic dark sweet cherries, we have found none more plump and delicious than those offered by Bella Viva Orchards of Denair, CA.
A great product at one of the best prices we have seen is Organic Almond Butter from Whole Foods, made from 100% organic almonds. Organic almond butter is typically one of the highest-priced nut butters and hard to find without something else added. Of course, if your store offers freshly ground butter, that is another a great option!
When you’re looking for a delicious marinara or a chunky pasta sauce complete with savory mushrooms and fresh basil, look no further! Well Your World’s Magnificent Marinara and Mushroom Basil pasta sauces have all the real food ingredients you will love without any of the added junk. Get these healthy staples and other wonderful, SOS-free products online at WellYourWorld.com.
Mustard is one of those staples of an infinite number of dressings and recipes, and the only one we have been able to find that meets the NHA’s gold standard of being organic and SOS-free is Westbrae Natural’s Organic Stoneground Mustard. If you can’t find this wonderful condiment in your local organic grocery, you can always find it online. We are still looking for a Dijon version; if you have discovered one, please let us know!
Looking for a high-quality, high-protein, health-supporting alternative to add to your favorite recipes? Try this organic plant-based tempeh from the Lightlife brand! It’s chock-full of protein, fiber, iron, and other key nutrients. With its firm texture and nutty flavor, it can be used in a variety of recipes, such as stir-fries, salads, sandwiches, and more. It’s nutritious, pretty simple to find locally and online, and is relatively economical.
As we all know, beans are packed with nutrition and should be staples of our exclusively whole-plant-food diet and lifestyle, as recommended by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Dr. Michael Greger. If you prefer the convenience of a canned or boxed product, though, you need to be careful, because even when advertised as certified organic and even when marked “low sodium,” the added salt levels in prepared beans can be really high. Two wonderful options that meet the NHA gold standard of being organic and SOS-free are the entire lines of beans offered by Eden Foods and by Whole Foods 365 Organic. We particularly love the 365 boxes since they are amazingly affordable and come in convenient packages that are easy to open.
Indulge in the wholesome deliciousness of Manna Bread®! Made from sprouted, whole, organic grains and baked at a low temperature, this unique cake-like bread is unlike any other. Packed with all-organic and kosher ingredients like whole wheat, whole rye, seeds, nuts, and dried fruits and without added sugars, Manna Bread® is moist, flavorful, and perfect for toasting. Enjoy it plain with soups and salads or pair it with nut butter or fruit spreads.
These terrific soymilk products offer a delightful combination of deliciousness, anticancer benefits, and nutritional value. Made from just organic soybeans and water, they are free from all the additional ingredients that are used to thicken, sweeten, and fortify most other plant milks–and they’re higher in protein, too!
Try one of these naturally smooth and creamy, unsweetened soymilk products for breakfast, baking, and wherever you use plant milk.
Introducing the Sunflower FigBar from WellBean, a sponsor of the 2023 NHA Conference and woman-owned business with an interesting backstory! Experience a burst of natural energy and delicious flavor with every bite. Made with wholesome ingredients including sunflower seeds and flavorful figs, this delectable, guilt-free, nutritious snack is the perfect on-the-go treat.
If you love to make sauces, soups, stews, and more, like we do, then you know that diced tomatoes are a staple. However, like so many other options on grocery store shelves, it is hard to find ones, even when organic, that don’t have added salt. One of our favorites is Muir Glen’s Fire-Roasted Organic Diced Tomatoes. Make sure you read the label to be certain you have the one that says “No Salt Added” since those with and without salt look a lot alike, and it’s easy to mistake them. Enjoy!
Looking for a cheesy, nutty flavor of all-natural, gluten free, and kosher Non-Fortified Nutritional Yeast Flakes? Look no further! Enjoy flavorful, pure “nooch” without all the added supplementation in your homemade sauces, on popcorn, or sprinkled over your salads, soups, pasta, and more! Here are two recommendations (from Well Your World and Dr. Fuhrman) we feel great about sharing!
If you’ve been searching for a flavored vinegar to pump up your meals, try Dr. Fuhrman’s Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar. The superfruit blends perfectly with balsamic vinegar to create a memorable, distinctive taste. Use it to intensify the flavor of soups, salad dressings, and sauces or to create a simple and elegant salad of mixed greens, pomegranate kernels, nuts, and seeds. It’s all natural, vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. Yum!.
Finding an SOS-free breakfast waffle is nearly impossible, but fortunately that’s not the case when it comes to pancakes, thanks to our good friends at Well Your World! Their amazing Banana Pancake Mix is not only 100% SOS-free; it’s also gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan! Learn more about this and other amazing products at the Well Your World website.
Meet Trufflebert Farm South, a wonderful legacy company in Eugene, OR, that grows, harvests, and distributes the most premium, organic Trufflebert Farm Hazelnuts you will ever find. Enjoy them on oatmeal, in baking, or just as a snack. They are delicious!
If you want to make chocolate chip cookies or another baked good with that special chocolate flavor, it is nearly impossible to find cacao chips that are 100% cacao, let alone organic. Fortunately, Pascha offers a wonderful option that is not only organic, but also vegan, completely free of sugar or other sweeteners, and free of soy, gluten, and GMOs.
Try these smooth, bright, pure, and wonderfully intense cacao chips in your next batch of cookies! You can find them on Amazon and at other online retailers.
Dr. Fuhrman’s award-winning vegan mayonnaise substitute, Nuttynaise, is crafted from cashews, sesame seeds, and dates, offering a wholesome option for dips, salad dressings, or condiments. Like all of Dr. Fuhrman’s offerings, this product is created with no added sugar, salt, oil, artificial flavors, or preservatives and only uses organic whole foods and spices.
It is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free—an ideal addition for your favorite recipes!
An Almond Fudge Brownie bar from WellBean is a decadent yet nutritious way to snack, with each bar offering half a serving of beans and fruit. Chewy with a light crunch, it may just be the healthiest chocolate bar ever! The bars have no added sugar, oil, fiber, or processed protein, and all the fiber, protein, and sweetness comes entirely from whole foods. Eat your beans!
Feeling lazy but in dire need of gravy? Here is the mix for you—Well Your World’s Mushroom Gravy Mix. This mushroom gravy base is fast, easy, and delicious. It’s made with shiitake mushrooms, russet potatoes, onion, celery, garlic, black pepper, rosemary, thyme, sage, marjoram, parsley, and Well Your World’s very own nonfortified nutritional yeast. Enjoy it on just about anything!
We know you are always looking for healthy, convenient travel foods, and there are many fine options out there. Among the best are the fully cooked and ready-to-eat rice packages. As with so many other “healthy” products, take time to carefully read the labels to make sure there is no added salt, oil, or sugar.
Two wonderful options that meet the NHA’s gold standard of being organic and SOS-free are Lundberg’s Organic Thai Hom Mali Brown Jasmine Rice and Jasberry Organic Superfood Rice. They both have a wonderfully nutty flavor, are very affordable, and come in a convenient size. If you have other preferred brands, please pass them along for us to share!
In the March 23, 2023 newsletter we noted that stone ground mustard is one of those staples in an infinite number of dressings and recipes, and the only one we had been able to find that meets the NHA’s gold standard of being organic and SOS-free was one from Westbrae.
However, when we recently tried to order some, we discovered that it is temporarily out of stock from most suppliers. The good news is that we were pleased to discover another great option from Organicville, which appears to be readily available. Just be careful to purchase the one that is salt free!
Kicking the coffee and caffeine habit can be a real challenge, even for those who have embraced the conversion to the SOS-free diet championed by the NHA. One great alternative you might want to consider is the tasty option made available by our good friends at Dandy Blend. Their wonderful organic, caffeine-free herbal beverage and coffee alternatives are crafted with only four ingredients—and without added salt, oil, or sugar. As the company proudly advertises, you can enjoy the rich, bold, and creamy flavor of real coffee without the jitters!
Discover the pure and wholesome goodness of Three Trees Organic Nut Milks. Indulge in the simplicity of their Original Almond Milk—just almonds and water, no additives, no gums, no oils. Certified organic and non-GMO, this almond milk boasts four times the nuts of other leading brands, delivering 4g of protein per serving. Experience the natural richness of a nut milk, where separation signifies its authenticity—simply shake and savor. The Oatmilk with Seeds and the Vanilla Bean blends also have no artificial ingredients and offer a genuine taste of organic purity that meet the NHA gold standard. Elevate your nutrition with Three Trees nut milks! Learn more about their great products by visiting their website, click the link below.
If you love kale chips like we do but want to continue to adhere to the NHA-preferred standards of being organic as well as salt-, oil-, and sugar-free, the best place to shop is at DrFuhrman.com. There you will find them in three amazing flavors: Turmeric Curry, Cashew Cream and Onion, and Zesty Pizza.
These wonderful snacks are neither fried nor baked, but instead are dehydrated at a low temperature to prevent acrylamide formation. They are almost too good to be true!