“Don’t Feel Bad, It’s Organic”

“DON’T FEEL BAD, IT’S ORGANIC”

“Don’t feel bad, it’s Organic” is what many people tell themselves when they are devouring a full bag of organic potato chips or eating a whole pint of organic ice cream. I have heard this line more times than I can count. Many people link organic to healthy when in reality the terms healthy and organic are completely unrelated. Above all, organic is a term for how something is grown while healthy is a term for whether or not something is good for you.

For the past few years, there has been a lot of discussion in the news that organic is not any nutritionally different from its conventional counterpart. When that article came out about three years ago, I had an outpour of emails and phone calls from my family telling me this news. I just shook my head because it should not have even received as much attention as it actually got. I mean of course it isn’t any different, an apple is an apple, a chip is a chip, and ice cream is ice cream. The only difference is how it is grown and maybe a few different ingredients.

People give themselves the right to overindulge in all these organic goodies by telling themselves “Don’t feel bad, it’s organic” when in reality it is still going to cause weight gain or other health issues if it is not under control. Many people assume organic is low calorie, sugar free, and fat free for some unknown reason which of course is not the case at all. Another reason is that you are eating snacks and treats with cleaner ingredients but it doesn’t change the nutrition facts. Sometimes my family will say to me, “Sara, this is organic so it must be healthy.” They do say it in a funny sometimes sarcastic tone but there are many people who actually believe this.

Like everyone else, I personally do not feel as bad eating desserts and sweets that are organically made. Because organic foods are made with better, cleaner ingredients, I don’t feel as bad but that doesn’t mean that they are healthy. However, I do not overindulge and I portion control almost all of my food and desserts. When people see me bring out measuring cups for my cereal or ice cream they usually are in shock. Also, I love to make organic desserts!  I am constantly baking up a storm. Even though I use all organic ingredients in my baking which make me feel better about what I am indulging in, I still do eat very small portions of the desserts I make. When I tell others about my portioning of desserts they usually are surprised or tell me they do not have the strength or control. Let me tell you, it took a long time for me to learn how to portion control. Trust me, you can learn how to as well. I do not “diet” but I have significantly changed my lifestyle. With that, I told myself that I could eat anything I wanted but if I was going to do that I must learn how to eat smaller portions. And like many of you or any average person in their twenties, I have my fill of chips, ice cream, cakes, cookies, chocolate, and cupcakes. Even with all of those indulgences, I balance it out with healthy meals and I control the portions. I usually allow myself one small dessert a day which fits with my lifestyle.

Life is all about balance and moderation which is the key to a healthy and happy lifestyle. Just remember to always read nutrition labels and never assume that just because it is sold in a health food store, or that it is organically made that it is healthy.

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All sweets, ice cream, and snacks in this picture are all organic and non-GMO. Don’t feel bad, they are all organic, but they are unfortunately not healthy.

 

So as a reminder, DON’T FEEL BAD, IT’S ORGANIC, just don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting. 🙂

 

Love,

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

 

 

Organic Avocado Salad

Organic Avocado Salad

Organic avocado salad is one of my favorite easy mini salads to make. It is full of color, nutrients, healthy fats, and flavor. This organic avocado salad is like guacamole but without being all mashed together in a molcajete (Mexican mortar and pestle). I like to eat it as a salad or sometimes I will dip my favorite organic chips in it like an avocado salsa. This recipe is super fresh and it is so delicious. I sometimes will eat this as a pre workout snack or after the gym. You can have this as a side with any meal, put it on top of eggs, eat it with chips, or just as a regular salad. This is a great recipe to serve to guests when you have parties like football Sundays, Super Bowl, barbecues, gatherings, and 4th of July. This is a great cooling salad so it is great to eat in the summer when you need a cool down. But the best part is that everything in this salad is always in season so you will always be able to find the ingredients.

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Organic Avocado Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 half of medium avocado cut in large chunks
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. First chop the avocado, tomato, red onion, and cilantro. Then add the avocado, tomato, and red onion in a small mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Squeeze the half of lime on top. Mix all together and serve right away.

Notes

Because Avocado ripens so fast this recipe is not good the next day or made ahead of time.

Feel free to add any color tomato you want. I added half of a small yellow tomato and half of a small red tomato.

If you don’t have red onion, you can use yellow onion.

This recipe doubles and triples very easily.

http://sarasorganiceats.com/organic-avocado-salad/

I hope you all enjoy this delicious organic avocado salad!

Love,

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

Organic Baked Carrot Fries

Organic Baked Carrot Fries 

I make organic baked carrot fries all the time as a side dish to many meals. Not only is it super easy to make but it is also healthy and low carb. This recipe is also full of flavor. This is also a delicious and fun way to get a serving of veggies in your diet. You can make this recipe as a side with burgers, veggie burgers, or with pretty much anything. Carrot Fries pairs well with many dishes. I have made this recipe several times when we have barbecues, family gatherings, and just any normal dinner during the week. Most of the time when my family or guests look at it, they think it is sweet potato fries. Even though it does look like sweet potato fries, it of course is carrots but everyone ends up loving them. You just feel so much better eating carrot fries than you would regular potato fries. On top of that, they are baked and not fried. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, soy free, and paleo.

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Wash and peel the carrots

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After you peeled the carrots, cut them into sticks. Place them in a mixing bowl with the oil and seasonings. Then, put the cut carrots side by side on a foiled baking sheet and bake them in a preheated oven of 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.

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This is what they look like after they are done baking. They come out crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I also can’t forget to mention that they are super delicious! 

Organic Baked Carrot Fries

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 4-5

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of carrots, cut into medium sticks
  • 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp himilayan salt or sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic n herb spice (Simply Organic brand)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Wash and peel the carrots and cut them into sticks. Put them in a large mixing bowl with the olive oil and spices. Mix until well coated. Place the carrots side by side on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Cook for about 40 minutes until they are lightly crisp.

Notes

Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your liking.

http://sarasorganiceats.com/organic-baked-carrot-fries/

I hope you enjoy this recipe for organic baked carrot fries!

Love,

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

 

How I Broke Up With My Love For Coffee

How I Broke Up With My Love For Coffee

 

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On January 7th, 2013, it was the end of an era for me. It was the day I decided to cut coffee out of my diet cold turkey, FOR GOOD this time. How do I remember the date so well? It was the first day back to college after a long winter break and it was also one of my roommates 22nd birthday. It was also the first day of my last semester of college. I was so tired in the afternoon after my first two classes and we were going out later that night for her birthday so I decided to have a coffee to wake me up. It was an organic coffee that I drank before so I don’t understand what happened. But it is a day that is still so vivid. Here are the events that led up to the infamous January 7th. Continue reading “How I Broke Up With My Love For Coffee”

New Sprout Organic Farms

New Sprout Organic Farms

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit New Sprout Organic Farms in Black Mountain, North Carolina. On a whim, I decided to take a road trip through South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia to find organic products, restaurants, and places to write about. My main objective was to visit Asheville, North Carolina because of the prevalence of organic the city contains and I always wanted to go there. I looked online to find an organic farm I could visit while in Asheville and I found New Sprout Organic Farms. I called on the phone and spoke to Andrew, who is the Marketing Development Manager, and he said he would give me a tour when I came into town. I was so excited because I have never seen an organic farm or taken a tour of any farm in that matter.

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First Post of 2016

First Post of 2016

This is my first post of 2016 and I can’t wait to share more new posts, videos, and information on all things organic with you all. It also marks my first year anniversary of Sara’s Organic Eats and I could not be happier. Last year around this time I finally purchased the domain and quickly got to work. Although I did not officially announce my website to everyone until the beginning of September, I had been working on building this website since January 2015.

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To reintroduce myself a bit, I am Sara and I have the biggest passion for all things organic. You can also read my first blog post “50 fun facts” to learn a few fun facts about me. You know when you talk to people about the things they are passionate about and their eyes glow, well that’s me every time I talk about organics. I am currently 25 years old and I changed to an organic lifestyle when I was 18. While changing my eating habits, something bigger sparked inside of me and I became fascinated with all things organic. I did not just change my lifestyle, I wanted to become the lifestyle. I wanted to know everything there was to know about this industry, the products, the people behind the products, and so much more. I spent my last two years in college not only studying hospitality, which was my major, but also spending most of time at Whole Foods Market studying organic products.  Although I graduated with a Hospitality Management degree, I wanted to have a career in the organic industry.

My specialty is changing conventional recipes into organic ones. I also have a tremendous knowledge on organic products. I still spend most of my spare time at the grocery stores, specifically Whole Foods Market, reading and studying the products. I never stop learning new things about the organic industry. Although I currently reside in South Florida, I travel often to different cities to find organic restaurants, grocery stores, and products which is an expertise of mine. One of my ambitions is to visit as many Whole Foods Markets as I can. I have no clue where that came from but I have had that desire since 2010.

My goal of Sara’s Organic Eats is to help others who want to change to an organic lifestyle and don’t know how. I want to share my knowledge, recipes, information, and personal stories with you all. I also want to bring a young vibe and show you all that you can eat everything you want just in organic form. There is almost every conventional item in an organic counterpart. Organics are coming to the mainstream, which is awesome, but I still feel like there is a need for a young millennial like myself to show you everything there is to know. Like I mentioned before, organics are no longer about Kale, Quinoa, and Tofu. There are so many amazing organic products in this world that I will recommend to all of you to try.

I want to thank you all for giving me this amazing first year and I can’t wait for many more years to come. I love having the opportunity to share my passion with you all. If you ever have any questions please feel free to contact me through my contact page or comment on my posts or social media accounts. I love helping others especially with questions about the organic industry or products.

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Thank you so much again and I wish you all a Happy 2016! 

 

Love, 

Sara, “S.O.Eats”