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Why would a company offer both organic and non-organic versions of the same product?

In Budget Organic Food,Natural Foods,Organic,Organic Foods,Organic Product Reviews,Organic vs Non-Organic,Reading Ingredients and Labels,Reading Nutrition Labels,Toxic Chemicals in Food,Toxic Food Additives on April 3, 2011 by organicconversion Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

Cheese & Garlic Croutons

Cheese & Garlic Croutons


Fresh Gourmet:

Same company, same product

organic vs. non-organic

Read and compare the ingredients!

by Kristina Blasen (2011)

This all started a few months ago when I got sucked into a buy 2 for $4 sale at the grocery store on, of all things, croutons. I mean, how many croutons do I need? I had been making some great salads all week since I was trying out new dressings so I ended up with two bags of Farm Fresh Cheese & Garlic Croutons since they were on sale. Apparently I’m a sucker for a sale because this week when I was checking out the manufacturer’s website I noticed that their “suggested retail price” was $1.99 a bag. (…So I paid $.02 extra for my “sale”).

Keep in mind, these weren’t organic, I only found out they offered an organic line of croutons on the manufacturer’s website today. Then, when I checked it out at the store I found the “Organic Ceasar” croutons made by Fresh Gourmet separated from all of the other croutons made by Fresh Gourmet even though the rest have a huge display in the produce section! These were the same price as the non-organic, $1.99 for a 5 oz. bag.

This struck me as a strange move for a company, to continue to offer non-organic versions of the same product that you are able to produce organically and offer at the same price.

I haven’t tried the organic croutons (after all I still have more than a whole bag left of the others), but after I read the ingredients list of the regular, non-organic croutons compared to the organic ones I’m just disappointed in the company itself.

Check it out for yourself:

Fresh Gourmet Cheese & Garlic Croutons (Not organic) INGREDIENTS:

Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Canola and/or Sunflower oil, High Fructose Corn Syrup, 2% or less of Yeast, Salt, Wheat Gluten, Corn Syrup Solids, Whey, Romano chesse solids from cow’s milk, parmesan,cheddar and blue cheeses (Pasturized Milk, cheese cultures, saly, enzymes), maltodextrin, calcium propionate (preservative), calcium peroxide, calcium sulfate, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, sodium stearoyl lactylate, autolyzed yeast, garlic powder, dehydrated parsley, cultured whey, autolyzed yeast extract, food starch modified, vinegar solids, cream, nonfat milk, natural flavor, citric acid, annatto and turmeric (color) and TBHQ (to preserve freshness).

Organic Caesar

Organic Caesar

Fresh Gourmet Organic Ceasar Croutons INGREDIENTS:
Organic Seasoned variety: Organic wheat flour, organic sunflower oil, organic cracked rye, organic cracked wheat, salt, 2 % or less of the following; organic sugar, organic wheat gluten, organic garlic, organic onion, organic parsley and yeast.

A lot of people think “organic” is always more expensive, in this case it wasn’t. Some people think they add weird ingredients. (I think the “regular” ingredients are much weirder in this case).

The biggest lie companies tell is that they can’t produce the same product without including all those dangerous additives that are known carcinogens and mutagens, like TBHQ (above) or BHT. Looks like they can, and at the same retail price too.



7 Sprouted Grains Bread- Organic and Alive!

In Natural Foods,Organic,Organic Foods,Organic Product Reviews,Reading Ingredients and Labels,Reading Nutrition Labels on April 2, 2011 by organicconversion Tagged: , , , , , , ,


7 Sprouted Grains Flourless Bread

7 Sprouted Grains Bread

Organic Breads

by Kristina Blasen (2011)

If you look in the freezer section of your local grocery store where they keep the tiny shelf of frozen organic foods you will probably find Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread and 7 Sprouted Grains Bread (made by Food for Life). Both of these are organic and tasty, but you can expect to pay $1-$2 more than you’d pay for bread from the bread aisle.

These breads are more dense than a white bread for sure, and little thicker and heavier than your typical multi-grain, so don’t expect it to look, feel and taste exactly the same as the bread you may be used to.

Once you are over the “it’s different” feeling, you (or your body anyway) will soon be addicted to this bread! It fills you up and it is full of vitamins, minerals and protein. Check out the ingredients.

Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread

Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread

Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread (

INGREDIENTS: Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat, Water, Organic Honey, Molasses, Organic Sprouted Whole Rye, Organic Sprouted Whole Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Oats, Organic Sprouted Whole Millet, Organic Sprouted Whole Kernel Corn, Organic Sprouted Whole Brown Rice, Fresh Yeast, Soy Lecithin, Malted Barley, Sea Salt.

7 Sprouted Grains Bread made by Food for Life (

INGREDIENTS: Organic Sprouted Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Rye, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Oats, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Sprouted Corn, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice, Fresh Yeast, Organic Wheat Gluten, Sea Salt


Tasty Organic Tea- Numi Organic Tea Honeybush, Bushmans Brew

In Natural Foods,Organic,Organic Companies,Organic Foods,Organic Product Reviews,Reading Ingredients and Labels on March 31, 2011 by organicconversion Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Honeybush tea

Organic Honeybush tea

Numi Organic Tea Honeybush, Bushmans Brew

by Kristina Blasen (2011)

This stuff is so tasty, it is addicting! It has a very mild sweet taste. No sweetener needed. It has caffeine and a low amount of tannin (that is the stuff that makes your black tea a dark brown color and also what gives strong tea a bitter taste). It is rich in antioxidants, phytoestrogens and essential minerals, so it’s good for you!

I love this because it is widely available, I found mine at the local grocery store here in Minnesota, but you can also find it in the health food or natural food stores as well. It runs $5.49-$6.99 a box though and never seems to go on sale, so, like most organic products, that is a big drawback.

Numi makes a whole line of great organic teas, a few years ago friends gave me a sampler pack for Christmas and the only one I can’t recommend is the Gunpowder Green- that one tastes EXACTLY like a stick from a campfire in a cup! It has a strong smoke flavor that might be useful for marinating vegetables or something, but since I grabbed it without looking at the package and added milk and honey then drank it in the car on the way to work…well, I’m sure you can imagine what a shock that was when I took a sip! Tea everywhere and me teaching in a wet shirt. Eww, I can still taste it just thinking about it!

Honeybush Plant

Honeybush Plant

Stick with the Honeybush, it’s wonderful!


Earthgrown Organics- Coconut, Walnut and Almond rolled dates

In Minnesota,Natural Foods,Organic,Organic Companies,Organic Foods,Organic Product Reviews on March 30, 2011 by organicconversion Tagged: , , , , ,

Earthgrown Organics

Earthgrown Organics

Coconut & Walnut Rolled Dates

by Kristina Blasen (2011)

Amazing, heavenly and wonderful. An all natural candy bar replacement. I got the Earthgrown Organics variety pack with unsweetened coconut rolled dates, almond rolled dates and walnut rolled dates to try it out. Ouch, the pack I got had a pound of fruit and was $6.99, there were probably 12 bars in there to start. (Ha, ha! I don’t know for sure because I ate some of them!)

I found these in the produce section at the local grocery store. Earthgrown Organics is a local company headquartered here in Minnesota too.

Walnut Date Rolls

Walnut Date Rolls

These date rolls have 110 calories each, so you get two for the caloric price of a candy bar, but trust me, these taste WAY better and they actually have some nutrition in them.

Dates have protein, fiber, ash, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, vitamin A, and niacin – and a chemical-laden chocolate bar has what??

Dates are kind of neat actually, instant energy from all that natural fruit sugar, but the fiber made me feel full even though it was a tiny amount of food and the energy boost lasted all afternoon. No 4:30 p.m. nap, at least only one for baby and not for me too!


The Organic Conversion

In Budget Organic Food,Healthy Organic Recipes,Minnesota,Natural Foods,Organic,Organic Beauty Reviews,Organic Companies,Organic Foods,Organic Product Reviews,Organic vs Non-Organic,Reading Ingredients and Labels,Reading Nutrition Labels,Toxic Chemicals in Beauty Products,Toxic Chemicals in Food,Toxic Food Additives on March 29, 2011 by organicconversion Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

What's in Your Food? by Bill Statham

What's in Your Food? by Bill Statham

Hi! Welcome to the “covert” organic, a little blog about converting from the processed foods and products full of chemicals and other unhealthy junk to natural foods and organic products- all while eiking by on a tiny budget and using my brain to research chemicals and pick good alternative products.

This is really a snapshot of the ongoing story chronicling my slow conversion from buying the average everyday brand name foods, bath and beauty products, laundry and cleaning products that I grew up with to buying organic in order to reduce my exposure to toxic stuff.

I’m checking the labels and researching what those crazy chemical names mean on the back of the label and with some help from a great book called “What’s in Your Food?” by Bill Stratham. Research has shown that those chemical names that we assume are okay since they are in the food and products that we buy at the local stores aren’t always “okay”.

Sometimes those long names tacked on at the end of the list of ingredients are just the formal name for a vitamin and not something that is bad for you, but sometimes those names are hiding chemicals that are known carcinogens or mutagens.

Like a lot of people, I’m on a budget and besides finding all the hidden chemicals that are in pretty much everything, I’m finding it hard to buy organic because it costs so much more than all those chemical-laden brand name products that are on every store shelf and I have to look a lot harder and research more to find out which organic alternatives are the best and where to buy them.

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Soap

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Soap- Basil

I’m trying out different natural products as I replace the “old” brand name chemical-laden stuff I always bought before because it was cheap and widely available and seeing what works and what is the most cost-effective.

Luckily, I read a lot of great articles that point me in the right direction of products and chemicals to watch out for, then I go and do my own research so I call tell the real from the quacks.

So, that is what this blog is going to be about…I think. 🙂

by Kristina Blasen (2011)