Ideally, we would all eat local, organic and in season. Where do we even begin? This site lists Farmers' Markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA's) across the United States. Often, getting to know the ranchers, farmers and markets in your area is the most reliable and economic way to eat well.
Needing ideas to go dairy free? Whether making dinner or trying to figure out a dessert without dairy, allrecipes has lots of ideas. Use it to give you some ideas... remember, not all recipes are healthy just because they lack dairy! Use your best judgment, and be mindful of the sugars/starches too.
Wow! Now this is a website with a lot of nutritional information. Whether you would like to look for specific foods- high in one nutrient, low in another- or see the nutritional breakdown of entire recipes, this website is a valuable tool. While not all whole foods are in their database, it continues to grow. The best part is the price for access to this vast amount in information is right, it's entirely free. So, for those that like to know the nitty-gritty details of their food choices, or those just curious to know just how bad the caloric content of Aunty Mae's cookies really is, this website will help.
One of the problems with eating animal proteins is that they are only as clean as the environment they grew up in. Water contamination around the globe is a problem, with many hot spots of contamination from environmental disasters or poorly controlled industry nearby. Fish is a perfect food, containing easily digestible protein, beneficial fats and no simple carbohydrates. Vital Choice is a company that sources their supplies ethically, which means both sustainable and from uncontaminated waters. Their website is growing, with nuts and other foods also available. Check them out if you are looking for a source of seafood without worrying about dioxins, heavy metals or other contaminants.
We are lucky here in Eugene to have one of the best sources for teas, oils and other botanical goods you can find. Mountain Rose Herbs is located right here, but anyone can access them on their extensive website. For those in the Eugene area, you can bypass the shipping fee by picking up your order in West Eugene. For everyone else, they have a streamlined and efficient shipping department to take care of your needs. Their teas and dried herbs are among the best we have found anywhere. We especially like the Sencha (green) tea and the Firefly Chai (decaf)!
Local foods can now be ordered online. Delivery is done throughout the week at various locations in the area. This website not only lets you go online and order produce, meat, cheeses, fermented vegetables, etc., they also have a section where you can get to know the growers. Small farms are again viable, thanks to community supported agriculture (CSA's), farmers' markets and innovative ideas like eugenelocalfoods.com.