How to Choose the Best Jerky

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When eating paleo, protein is a priority. Jerky makes a great protein snack for post-workout fuel, to satisfy hunger between meals or for healthy, on-the-go snacking just about any time! As jerky’s popularity has grown, so have the flavors and types of meat. Besides beef, look for chicken, pork, bison, elk, venison, turkey, salmon and more. Healthy Living - Choose the best jerkyJerky gives you more nutritional bang for your buck. It’s made with lean cuts of meat so it will dry out properly. This makes it a healthy protein choice because it’s low in saturated fat. Paleo jerky has many nutritional benefits over conventional jerky—without sacrificing taste. For example, the sugar content of paleo jerky is usually 2 grams or less, whereas conventional jerky ranges from 5–9 grams of sugar per ounce.

Benefits of choosing paleo jerky over conventional jerky

  • Lower in sugar
  • Lower in sodium
  • All-natural ingredients
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • Higher meat quality standards (grass-fed, organic, hormone-free)

How do you know which jerky to choose?

Here’s what to look for on the nutrition facts label:
  • Serving size: 1 oz. (about 28 grams)
  • Less than 400 mg. of sodium
  • Less than 5 g. of sugar
  • 9 g. of protein or more
  • Nitrate- and MSG-free; no artificial flavors or colors (i.e. caramel color)
  • Paleo or Paleo Friendly certification logos
  • Certified Paleo FriendlyCertified Paleo

This article was brought to you by our friend, Jill West, RDN, at Caveman Foods.

Erythritol

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Healthy Living - ErythritolA bit of a mouthful, erythritol, (sounds like air-rith-rih-tall), is a sweetener you may have seen listed among other ingredients for things like chewing gum, baked goods and beverages. While it sounds new, erythritol was discovered by Scottish chemist John Stenhouse in 1848. This sugar alcohol occurs naturally in some fruits like watermelon, pears and grapes, as well as some fermented foods like wine, sake and soy sauce. Even though small amounts of erythritol are present in nature, for mass production, it is generally made from cornstarch. It is about 60–80% as sweet as sucrose (sugar) but is nearly non-caloric. And, unlike sugar, it does not cause spikes in blood sugar, because the body doesn’t break it down like a sugar, making it a great option for those seeking an alternative sweetener.

Something to Smile About

Other sugar alcohols you might know include sorbitol and xylitol. Like its sweet brethren, erythritol supports dental health because it can help suppress the growth of bad bacteria and acids, two things that can lead to tooth decay—that’ll give you something to smile about!   Did you know: Even though erythritol was discovered in the mid-1800s, it wasn’t used as a sweetener until 1990.

Cookie Ice Cream Bowl

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  Give into that sweet tooth craving- thank us later. Pile on scoops of gelato for a sweet, melt-in-your-mouth kind of bite. This is a fun way to get kids involved with cooking and an even better way to save time on dish washing, because you’ll be eating the bowl!

Ingredients:

Tools needed:

  • Wooden spoon
  • Mixing bowl
  • Set of measuring spoons
  • Mixer (optional)
  • Muffin tin
  • Cooking spray
  • 5-inch round disk cookie cutter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Using a hand mixer or wooden spoon, blend butter until smooth. Add egg and Organic Chocolate Chippy Cookie Mix and continue blending mixture until dough is formed.
  3. Grease bottom of muffin tin. Roll out dough on floured surface to 1/3 inch thickness. Cut 5-inch round disks from dough. Cover one disk over the bottom of each muffin tin, pressing to form smooth surface.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  5. Cool on pan for 10 minutes, then carefully loosen bottom edges of cookies from pan using spatula. Allow cups to cool completely on wire cooling rack.
  6. Fill up cookie cups with Sprouts Organic Vanilla Gelato, and drizzle with your favorite chocolate sauce. Enjoy!

Veganism: Where to Start

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If you’re new to veganism, avoiding animal-based products might seem fairly straightforward. However, there are a few things you’ll want to pay special attention to. We’ll help you navigate through these ingredient lists so you can steer clear of some potential hidden animal products that may surprise you.

Whey

Often used in baked goods, whey is one of those words you may or may not be familiar with—it’s the watery part of milk that is leftover after curds are formed in the cheese-making process. Because whey contains much of the lactose and about 20% of the protein in milk, it has become a valued byproduct. (It used to be something that got thrown away!) Whey powder is a mainstay in many non-vegan protein powders. Combined with other ingredients in processed foods, whey conveys a host of desirable properties—for this reason, you might find it listed in the ingredients for baked goods, beverages, dressings and a myriad of other products.

Casein

Another milk-based protein is casein. One of the two primary proteins in milk, it accounts for 80% of the protein in cow’s milk. You may also see casein in the ingredient list as caseinate or lactic acid which sometimes contains casein. Some foods where you might also see casein listed are margarine, non-dairy coffee creamer, cheese-flavored chips and snack crackers, as well as baked goods.

Vegan Marshmallows View RecipeGelatin

Created from the skin, bones and connective tissues of (typically) cows and pigs, gelatin can be found in things like candy (think gummy bears), gum, capsules used for supplements and marshmallows. A vegan substitute for gelatin is agar-agar. A flavorless gelling agent, agar-agar is derived from cooked and pressed seaweed. Whether you want to gather ‘round a campfire and roast marshmallows, or just sneak a few from the pantry (we won’t tell) you can try this Vegan Marshmallow recipe—you’re friends and family will love them!

Natural and Artificial Flavorings

You might want to err on the side of caution with this phrase when you encounter it in an ingredient list as it can be either animal- or vegetable-sourced. Listed in the FDA’s Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, natural and artificial flavors are both described as able to include “meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof”—a pretty wide window!

Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamins and supplements are a part of many people’s healthy living journey. As a vegan, you’ll want to pay a little more attention to the labeling. Found in many multivitamins, vitamins A, D and B12 can be derived from animal products. Additionally, many supplements come in capsule format, which may be made of gelatin. When shopping for vitamins and supplements, it’s best to check the label and look for those that are labeled as vegan. 

Vegan Worcestershire Sauce View RecipeWorcestershire Sauce

Worcestershire sauce seems to show up in loads of recipes that you may want to convert to your new plant-based diet. The ingredient that will kick this condiment from your fridge, however, is anchovies. But fret not—here is a vegan version you can whip up in no time!

Beer and Wine

It might come as a surprise that some wines and beers may not be vegan. After all, wine is made from grapes, and beer from hops and barley—all plants! Yet, some beers and wines might be made with non-vegan-friendly ingredients like dairy or honey. There is also the question of process: Animal products are often used in the filtering and fining, or clarification process of both wine and beer making. These include things like isinglass (from fish), sea shells, albumen (egg whites) and gelatin. Luckily, this website contains a comprehensive list of well over 35,000 beer, wine and spirits, showing whether they’re vegan-friendly or not.

Carmine

A naturally sourced red dye used in food and drink, the most surprising thing about carmine is its source—a bug! For centuries, red dye has been created from the cochineal bug that lives on the pads of prickly pear cacti. Rich in history, this bug-centric colorant eventually made its way into modern-day food production. Some other names you might also see carmine listed as include cochineal, carmine lake or natural red 4.   Did you know? Broccoli, bok choy, chinese cabbage, collards and kale are all great, non-dairy sources of calcium.

Sprouts’ Whole30 Approved® Foods & Shopping List from Melissa Hartwig

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Article by Melissa Hartwig, co-creator of the Whole30 program If you follow me, you know I love shopping at Sprouts. While my first stop is always the fresh-cut flowers, the rest of the store is FULL of Whole30-friendly products. So many of you have asked me about my Sprouts hauls, so I’m here to share my personal Sprouts Whole30 shopping list. But first, in case you haven’t heard of our program yet … what IS the Whole30, anyway?

Whole30: A Reset, Not a Diet

Think of the Whole30 like pushing the reset button with your health, habits and relationship with food. For 30 days, you’ll eliminate the foods that are commonly problematic in one of four areas:
  • Cravings and habits
  • Blood sugar regulation and metabolism
  • Digestion
  • Immune system/inflammation
During the elimination, you’ll pay attention to what changes in the absence of these potentially problematic foods: energy, sleep, focus, mood, bloating, digestion, cravings, skin, aches and pains, and more. At the end of the 30 days, you’ll reintroduce those foods one at a time, like a scientific experiment, to identify the foods that may not be working well for you. You’ll use that information to create the perfect, sustainable diet for YOU—grounded in new healthy habits, keeping you looking, feeling, and living your best.

Shopping Guide

Fresh veggies, fruit, and herbs; meat, seafood, and eggs; natural fats; and pantry staples make up the bulk of your Whole30 shopping, but Sprouts makes it even easier!

Melissa’s Picks

DNX Bars

Meat sticks with grass-fed beef, veggies, fruit and healthy fats

Applegate

Natural and organic chicken sausage and hot dogs

Primal Kitchen

A variety of salad dressings and cold-pressed avocado oils

Tin Star Ghee

Now in one-ounce travel sizes for camping, Airbnb travel, or on-the-go keto-coffee

More Whole30 Approved® Brands at Sprouts

  • Big Tree Farms coconut aminos
  • Bonafide Provisions bone broth
  • Cece Veggie Noodle Co.
  • Crio Bru roasted cacao beans
  • EPIC meat bars, bites and strips
  • Farmhouse Culture sauerkraut
  • Hint water
  • Kettle & Fire bone broth
  • LaCroix sparkling water
  • Nick’s Sticks meat sticks
  • Pederson’s pork products
  • Safe Catch tuna and salmon
  • Seasnax seaweed snacks
  • Vital Proteins collagen peptides
  • Yai’s Thai curry sauces
VIEW WHOLE30 APPROVED BRANDS AT SPROUTS

Sprouts Brand Whole30 Favorites

  • Yellow mustard
  • Grass-fed ghee
  • Tahini
  • Kosher dill spears
  • Almond butter
  • Shredded coconut
  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Coconut milk
  • Organic balsamic vinegar
VIEW SPROUTS BRAND WHOLE30 FAVORITES And more! Sprouts Brand products are often great budget-conscious Whole30 options—just read your labels to make sure the ingredients are in line with the program rules.

For More …

For a step-by-step guide to the Whole30 rules, what to expect during the program and how to prepare, plus more than 100 compliant recipes featuring ingredients found at Sprouts, pick up a copy of The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.
Melissa Hartwig

About Melissa

Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. She is the co-creator of the original Whole30 program (whole30.com), and a five-time New York Times bestselling author. She has been featured by Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and CNBC, and ranked #27 on Greatist Top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness in 2017. Melissa has presented more than 150 health and nutrition seminars worldwide, and is a prominent keynote speaker on social media and branding, health trends and entrepreneurship. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Whole30 Logo

Meatless Recipes w/ PlantBasedonaBudget

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Each summer is filled with picnics, parties and barbecues. Whether you eat plant based regularly, take part in Meatless Mondays or simply want to know how to incorporate more veggies into your diet, Toni from Plant Based on a Budget has two easy and delicious summer recipes to share. Gardein is 100% plant based. Their products offer great texture and taste to every dish. Chick'n Pesto Salad Overhead

Chick’n Pesto Salad

Ingredients:
  • Gardein Chick’n Strips
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. Sprouts Vegan Basil Pesto
Instructions:
  1. Pan dry the Gardein Chick’n Strips according to package instructions.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the romaine lettuce, red onion slices, cherry tomato halves and cucumber slices together.
  3. Add pesto and chick’n strips to lettuce mixture. Toss until evenly coated.
Beefless Tips Kabobs Layout  

Beefless Tips Kabobs

Ingredients:
  • Gardein Beefless Tips
  • 6 pre-soaked wooden skewers
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 12 cremini mushrooms, stems removed
  • 1 cup Sprouts BBQ sauce
Instructions:
  1. Thaw Gardein Beefless Tips for ten minutes.
  2. Preheat the broiler.
  3. Thread the skewers, alternating between tips, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, red onion and mushrooms.
  4. Create a single layer of kabobs on a baking sheet and drizzle with BBQ sauce.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
 

Plant Based on a BudgetAbout the blogger, @plantbasedonabudget:

Toni Okamoto is a purveyor of the plant-based lifestyle. She aims to spread awareness through her blog and has over 100,000 followers total. Toni has a plethora of recipes that can be found on her website and even more in her book, The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook. You can find her on YouTube as well, showing What I Eat in a Day videos and grocery hauls. Check her out!

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Natural Grill Cleaner

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How to Clean a Grill in Three Steps

This natural and non-toxic grill cleaner produced by food journalist, Kate Kordsmeier of Root + Revel, is a must during summer! Homemade grill cleaner is not only safer and cheaper, but also makes a perfect Father’s Day gift. You just need four natural ingredients (no harmful ammonia) to clean your grill grates, improve taste, reduce gas expenses and prevent rust!

  How to clean grill

You’ll need:

  • 1 Tbsp. Baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
  • 1 Tbsp. Cleaning vinegar (can substitute distilled white vinegar)
  • 1 ball Aluminum foil, or grill brush if preferred)
  • 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Avocado Oil Spray

Instructions:

  1. Fill a shallow tin (I recommend an aluminum baking tin) with boiling water and stick it in the lit grill. Close the lid and let steam for 10 minutes to loosen any dirt, grime and stuck on food. Remove water pan and turn off heat when ready to clean.
  2. Meanwhile, combine baking soda and Sal Suds with 12 ounces of warm water. Pour into a glass bottle fitted with a sprayer and add vinegar. Gently swirl to combine. Spray cleaning mixture onto grill to thoroughly coat the grates. Ball up aluminum foil until it’s the size of a baseball and scour the grill to clean. If you prefer a grill brush, that works great too.
  3. Once the grill is clean, spray avocado oil onto a paper towel and give your grill a quick wipe over to stop it from rusting and season it for future use.
   
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Meet Our Food Blogger

Kate Kordsmeier is a food journalist and restaurant reporter turned real food expert after her own chronic health issues (PCOS, Hypothyroidism + IBS/Leaky Gut) catapulted her into a long journey of trying to heal her body naturally. Today, she blogs full-time over at Root + Revel, a natural living site helping people strike the balance between good and good for you. Root and Revel logo

DIY Father’s Day Gift Baskets

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Still searching for a last minute Father’s Day gift? Check out these DIY gift baskets your dad will love!

Father’s Day is coming up fast, and you may still be looking for the perfect gift for dad. A gift basket personalized just for him is a great, practical gift any dad would be excited to receive. Get some inspiration from these easy, DIY gift basket ideas created by our friends at Fresh Mommy Blog; Food, Pleasure & Health; and Root + Revel!

The Manly Pampering Gift Basket by Fresh Mommy Blog

While dads might not purchase pampering items for themselves, it doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy a manly pampering gift basket, or a “man-pering” basket! Impress dad with natural products that smell incredible and give him the gift of taking his morning routine up to the next level.

Fresh Mommy Blog

 

Supplies:

From the grocery section:

  • Lucky Jack and Sumptown Cold Brew Coffee
  • Tillamook Country Smoker Beef Jerky

From the body care section:

  • Cologne – Dusk by Herban Cowboy
  • Aftershave – Dusk by Herban Cowboy
  • Beard Oil – Bull Dog
  • Soap –The Grandpa Soap Pine Bar
  • Razor – Every Man Jack
  • Deodorant – Dusk by Herban Cowboy
  • Body brush or natural sponge – Bass Brushes

From a craft store:

  • Bucket

Instructions:

  1. Start with a color theme! Choosing a color theme really completes the overall look of the gift. While browsing the bath and personal care aisles of Sprouts, the masculine, neutral color theme of black and brown popped, not only because so many of the men’s products fell into this color range, but I truly loved the packaging and the scents.
  2. Gather any items that would make dad feel special, and don’t forget the little touches that he might not purchase for himself. A cologne is a top gift for dads, as well as shaving products. Add some soap and deodorant, as well as a body scrubber, to complete his pampering routine.
  3. Next, it’s time to add a few extra treats. I stuck with a masculine theme, and our color scheme as well, and went for beef jerky.
  4. Don’t forget something to drink! What does the dad in your life love to drink? You could find a good beer, and I love that Sprouts stocks their beer section with local brews, so there’s always something new to discover. Is dad a coffee drinker? There are some amazing cold brew available, too. Whatever you choose, try and stick with the color theme.
  5. Choose an unexpected container to use as a gift basket! A tool box or wooden tool chest, a cooler or an ice bucket… the list goes on and on. A great container is like a gift in itself.
  6. Once you’ve settled on a container, load it up with the goods and some shredded paper, which helps with the natural masculine feel, keeping in mind height and placement.
  7. Give dad his gift and watch his face light up!
 

Grilling Guru Gift Basket by Food, Pleasure and Health

Surprise your dad with a gift basket filled with essentials for both indoor and outdoor grilling.

Food, Pleasure & HealthSupplies:

From the grocery section:
  • Sprouts Original Barbecue Sauce
  • Sprouts Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
  • Colgin Liquid Smoke Natural Hickory Original
  • Sprouts Avocado Oil
  • Sprouts Grapeseed Oil Spray
  • Organic Sprouts White Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Farmhouse Culture Zesty Garden Veggie Kraut Krisps
  • 2 boxes Sprouts Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese
  • LaCroix Natural Lime Sparkling Water
  • Pamela’s Honey Grahams Graham Style Crackers
  • Sprouts 54% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Sprouts Toffee Caramel 33% Milk Chocolate Bar
  • Cabo Fresh Authentic Guacamole
  • Mocajete Salsa Roja Cup
  • Sprouts Broccoli Slaw
  • Mix of veggies, like bell peppers, squash, onions
  • Fresh ground chicken breast
  • Butcher Shop boneless, skinless chicken breast
  From the body care section:
  • Everyone Lavender & Aloe Lotion
  • Everyone 3-In-1 Lavender & Aloe Soap
From a craft store:
  • Basket or galvanized tub
  • Cardboard
  • Tissue paper
  • Fabric
  • Cellophane bag

Instructions:

  1. Gather all the supplies from your favorite craft store such as basket, galvanized tub, cooler, riser, tissue paper or fabric for décor.
  2. Purchase all the groceries including produce, meat, condiments and personal items from your local Sprouts.
  3. Lay the basket or galvanized tub flat on a floor and put empty cardboard box or riser for height.
  4. Cover the riser/cardboard box with tissue paper or fabric.
  5. Arrange the non-perishable ingredients – think about color combination and height to make it visually appealing.
  6. Cover with cellophane bag, bows or other decorations as desired.
  7. Add ice to the cooler and pack it with perishable items like produce, raw meat, etc.
 

Mindful Man Gift Basket by Root + Revel

This Father’s Day, instead of picking just one gift for your mindful man, how about putting together a fun collection of delicious, yet healthy, foods and practical personal care products that he is bound to love?

Supplies: Root + Revel

From the grocery section:
  • Hope Foods Buffalo Blue Hummus
  • Sprouts Organic Blue Corn Chips
  • Surf Sweets Organic Candy
  • Sprouts Organic Pink Salt Popcorn with Coconut Oil
  • Sprouts Organic Salt + Vinegar Chips
  • Sprouts Organic Teriyaki Beef Jerky
  • Sprouts Thai Chili Beef Jerky
  • Wild Tonic Blackberry Mint Jun Kombucha
  • La Colombe Draft Latte in Vanilla and Mocha
From the body care section:
  • Dr. Bronner’s Shaving soap
  • EveryOne soap for Every Man
  • EO Lotion for Men
  • Badger Anti-Bug Balm
  • Badger Beard Oil
  • Sprouts Salt Stone Deodorant
  • Gaia Herbs Male Libido Supplement

Instructions:

  1. Rather than using a girly gift basket that the Father in your life will likely toss or forget about entirely, wrap all these healthy goodies up in something they’ll actually use. I opted for a veggie grill wok because what dad doesn’t love to grill?
  2. Gift and watch dad enjoy all his goodies!

Cooking Up Goodness with Vital Farms

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Matcha Butter Latte

Whether you’re looking for a breakfast booster, coffee alternative or an afternoon pick me up, you’ve found just the right drink to hit the spot! This drink will be a new favorite of yours. It works great as a latte and is even refreshing when blended with ice. 

Benefits of matcha:

  • Can boost energy, mood and metabolism, all while tasting good!
  • Is packed with antioxidants
  • Supports higher levels of concentration

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. matcha
  • 1 Tbsp. Vital Farms Butter
  • 1 Tbsp. MCT oil or coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. collagen powder or vanilla protein
  • 1 squirt vanilla Stevia
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 6-8 oz. unsweetened coconut milk

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together until blended into a puree.
Tip: Remix your drink by adding ice to make it a little cooler or add another teaspoon of greens powder for an easy way to get those greens in!

Egg Fried “Rice”

This is a simple recipe you can use to improve your vegetable intake. It provides a very satisfying alternative to the typical starch base, using a sweet potato instead of rice!

 Ingredients:

  • 2 Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Eggs
  • 1 medium sweet potato or 2 small/medium parsnips
  • 1 Tbsp. Vital Farms Butter
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • Dash of Himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat a medium-sized sauce pan on medium-high.
  2. Rinse and chop potato or parsnips. Use a food processor to chop into rice-sized pieces. It works best to pulse about five times for about two seconds each time. A subtle shake can help break the pieces up evenly. Depending on the size of your processor, you may need to do a couple runs.
  3. Toss chopped vegetables into the sauce pan and use with a wooden spoon to slightly toast without oil or butter for three minutes.
  4. Add butter to pan and continue to toss for three minutes.
  5. Add seasonings and eggs. Scramble eggs into veggie mixture. Stir for two additional minutes to prevent sticking.
  6. Add more seasonings, if desired.

Optional Add-Ins:

  • Leafy greens, like spinach or kale
  • Hot sauce or broth to sauce pan with chopped veggies
  • Hemp hearts for protein and fiber
  • Fermented vegetables
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Sliced avocado before serving

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World Fair Trade Day

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As a consumer, every purchase you make is a vote within the market place. You have the ability to influence not only which products you see on shelves, but also where those products come from and how they’re made. When you choose fair trade products and ingredients, you help improve the lives of farmers, farm-workers, producers and their families. World Fair Trade Day is May 12th this year. A global celebration of fair trade, it brings together thousands of people who are committed to building healthy and sustainable communities worldwide. Vote for positive change this May and every day when you purchase dedicated fair trade brands. World Trade Day

10 Principles of Fair Trade*

 
  1. Opportunities for disadvantaged producers
  2. Transparency & accountability
  3. Fair trade practices
  4. Fair payment
  5. No child labor, no forced labor
  6. No discrimination, gender equity, freedom of association
  7. Good working conditions
  8. Capacity building
  9. Promote fair trade
  10.  Respect for the environment
*Courtesy of the World Fair Trade Organization website

Did you know?

The Fair Trade movement started in the United States in 1946. You can read more about the history of the Fair Trade movement on the World Fair Trade Organization website.