This Brand of Canned Beans is Hiding a Surprising Ingredient

Refried bean burrito

  My husband went to the store a few weeks ago to pick up the fixin’s for a week’s worth of dinners: eggs, cheese, broccoli, bread, and beans for burritos. He came back with two cans of La Costena brand beans. And while he was scanning the ingredient list for non-vegetarian ingredients (Thanks honey, no […]

How to Tell a Natural Food by its Label

Ingredient list on package of oatmeal breakfast biscuits

This week marked some big news in the world of US food labels – the first proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel in 20 years. Ingredient lists and nutrition facts (listing the number of calories, macronutrients [carbohydrates, protein, fat] and some vitamins and minerals) are supposed to help consumers – that’s us – make […]

Swap-out Sunday: Peanut Butter

Oatmeal swirled with Peanut Butter & Blueberries

Peanut butter may be off your radar lately because of food allergies, but if you do still enjoy some good old-fashioned PB (as I do on my oatmeal each morning), this post is for you. I first heard the phrase “natural peanut butter” when I was in high school, circa 1999: one of the girls […]