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Seven Criteria for Food Selection

At the Simple Social Kitchen we follow guidelines for the kind of food we like to buy and prepare. Keeping these 7 criteria for food selection in mind can help make smart decisions about the food you buy and what we eat. Thanks to Annemarie Colbin for her development of these criteria.

1-     Food should be WHOLE, as nature provided it with all their edible parts in tact.  The body is smart and if there are nutrients missing from the food we eat, it is likely we’ll crave what’s missing and try to get them in other ways. Missing nutrients in fragmented foods means you’re missing what was left out.   This means:

  • Whole grains
  • Beans
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables and Sea Vegetables
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Eggs
  • Shellfish
  • Mussels, Clams, Oysters
  • Small Fowl
  • Whole Milk
  • Full fat yogurt

2-     Food should be FRESH and NATURAL/Natural whenever possible not canned and frozen, where oxygen is lost and thereby taste and flavor is lost and 20-80% of nutrients are lost and salt and additives are added to replace flavor. If you want to preserve food, you want to pickle it, ferment it or dry it. Pickled and fermented use friendly bacteria to preserve and dried foods become more nutrient dense.

3-     Food should be REAL, the opposite of fake. We avoid “artificial” sweeteners and “fake” meats. When we use substitutions based on dietary restrictions (removing meat for vegetarians, dairy for vegans) if we need to replace proteins or richness that might be lost, we’ll use other real ingredients to do so.

4-     We use SEASONAL/ LOCAL/ ORGANIC/ NON-GENETICALLY MODIFIED produce. Whenever possible we source ingredients direct from farmers using CSAs (community supported agriculture), greenmarkets, farmstands, and other small local businesses. We aim to cook according to the seasons following the traditional schedule of planting and harvesting.

5-     Prepare foods that are in HARMONY WITH TRADITION.  We are inspired by the traditional cuisines of many different parts of the world and recognize that food many times can spark a memory of ones history either via family or travel. We aim to remind our guests of these memories, and inspire new ones through our food.

6-     Food should be BALANCED in flavor, texture, color, and flavor and in the way it makes us feel.

7-     Food should be DELICIOUS.  The body is a system of information; taste brings information to the body. If taste isn’t good, normal reaction is the body doesn’t want that anymore, and that is worthy of listening to.

  • http://www.simplesocialkitchen.com/2010/09/27/gluten-free-meal-plan-suggestions/ Gluten Free Meal Plan Suggestions | Simple Social Kitchen

    [...] is a sample meal plan for those who wish to follow a gluten-free diet. It is based on my favorite whole foods principles and full of vegetables and proteins. For those who also follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, a [...]

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