If you value your health, then eating good food is non-negotiable.
Food is the fuel that powers our body and mind, and when it comes to quality, taste, and environmental impact, there’s no room to compromise.
Conscious consumerism is thinking about where the things we consume or buy, whether it be food or fashion, come from, and the environmental impact it has on the planet.
In a nation where so many run on processed food filled with preservatives and GMOs, it's no wonder disease and illness are on the rise. In a world where unsustainable farming practices destroy environments, it’s no wonder consumers are calling for radical change.
To be part of the change, it’s all about being conscious about where your food is coming from, how it is harvested, and how it's packaged before arriving to you, the consumer. Of course, the first step is doing your research and ensuring the companies you buy from subscribe to the same values as you when it comes to conscious living.
Here at Nature’s Garden, we’re all about transparency in our sourcing. We pride ourselves in using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients available, ethically sourced from farms right here in the USA and abroad. This is what makes a snack from Nature’s Garden savvy, going above and beyond a healthy snack that simply tastes delicious.
These three simple changes will help guide you in learning more about your food and its origins, and how you can make better decisions as a conscious consumer.
BUY LOCAL WHENEVER POSSIBLE
There’s something to be said about supporting your community whenever possible – and buying local produce, meat, and dairy is a great place to begin. Buying local is a feel-good way to contribute to your community and support local jobs. It helps local farmers and growers thrive, allowing them to continue offering only the freshest and healthiest foods to you and your family.
For inspiration, check out your nearest farmer’s market, find the “locally-made” section in your grocery store, or do your research for local organic stores, greenhouses, or growers near you. Eat what’s in season and give your body the love it deserves by feeding it from the land you’re a part of.
WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE FARMING
Earth’s population is growing at a rapid rate and to feed the population, global food production must increase by at least 50% over the next 30 years. The problem here is that we need more room to grow and that means taking away from forests and wilderness areas. Doing so damages the environment in ways beyond repair, a devastating reality for future generations.
Be selective about where you’re spending your money when it comes to supporting sustainable farming. Whether it’s in some or all of their products, any brand that is moving towards sustainable practices is making a difference.
EAT MORE PLANT-BASED AND DAIRY-FREE FOODS
We love this one – because who doesn’t love goodness powered by plants? Dairy farming requires more land and water than farming for plants. In fact, according to the World Wildlife Foundation, the livestock industry generates nearly 15% of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions.
Moderating your intake of animal products is as easy as committing to a weekly vegetarian dinner each week. Try selecting 1-2 nights a week to start cutting back on your meat consumption. Once there, look at alternatives to your snacking habits that could change. Swap the beef jerky and pepperoni for something hearty and plant-based, like a functional trail mix.
What is functional snacking?
Functional snacking is snacking that goes beyond satisfying your hunger cravings and taste buds. It’s snacking that fuels your body and mind with nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that contribute to a healthier, happier you.
Here at Nature’s Garden, we’re all about functional snacking – that is, snacking with purpose! For savvy snacking inspo, browse our new collection of functional trail mixes.
So here’s your challenge for the week – try out one of the three tips we provided to become a more conscious consumer of food. If you already incorporate each of these practices into your lifestyle, that’s amazing! The key to consciously living is to share your practices with more people to make a greater impact.Share this blog post on your social networks and be sure to dive into Nature’s Garden and our new collection of conscious, savvy snacks including artisanal nuts and functional trail mixes. We’re proud to be a company dedicated to consciously creating delicious food that’s good for you and the planet. Join us in our mission by shopping and hitting share.