Smart Swap: Sour Cream

A former student of mine makes these to-die-for tamales. Quite honestly, I wasn’t much of a tamale fan until I tried hers. I like to purchase a dozen or two at a time, especially if I am bringing them somewhere to share.

Although the tamales are quite delicious by themselves, I like to eat mine with sour cream to balance out the spice. Unfortunately, most of the standard grocery-store sour cream options are not clean ones. What a bummer! Luckily however, there are a few good options out there. I always suggest if you can buy organic, go for it. If you aren’t able to find any organic options at your local store, no worries, there are other good all-natural options out there as well.

Here are my suggestions for organic and all-natural sour cream options:

Best Organic Options:

1. Kalona SuperNatural Organic – my personal favorite!









2. Organic Valley







3. Horizon Organic









4. Nancy’s Organic Cultured









Best All-Natural Options:

1. Daisy









2. Tillamook








3. Breakstone’s







Let’s do a comparison:

Kemps Cultured Sour Cream Ingredients: Skim Milk, Cream, Corn Starch-Modified, Guar Gum, Sodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Sodium Citrate, Locust Bean Gum, Cultures, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative)


Daisy Sour Cream Ingredients: Grade A cultured cream

Hmm…why all the extra ingredients?

Hooray for all-natural sour cream! :)


  1. Woo Hoo! I’ve been buying Daisy for years and never looked at the label!!!!

  2. Why don’t you sway out plain non-fat greek yogurt for the sour cream? Tastes the same and you get more protein and less fat.

    • Nicholsonk says:

      I love using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream! However, I did this post to give people healthier options if they are dead set on using sour cream. I know some people don’t like Greek yogurt (or are weary to try it!). Thanks so much for the comment!

  3. Is it better to do the regular vs. light and fat-free when choosing clean sour cream?

    • Nicholsonk says:

      Hi Nicole! Thanks for the comment :) I would choose a regular sour cream over light or fat-free. Usually light versions have more ingredients added to compensate for less fat (especially in the case of yogurt). However, Daisy’s Light Sour Cream is still all-natural and organic light sour cream is a good choice too. I like to go with the full-fat versions as lower fat dairy products typically have less nutrients! Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with!


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