Smart Swap: Ketchup


Ketchup. I love it so much, I could eat it plain. Seriously. Sometimes I make things just so I can have an excuse to eat ketchup. Yes, it’s that pathetic! I even eat it on leftover turkey sandwiches from Thanksgiving. Mmm. You can’t knock it till you try it! :)

However, regular ketchup has high fructose corn syrup in it, and that’s gross! Check out my blog post on it here: 

Here are a couple of all-natural and organic ketchups I recommend:

All-natural options:

Heinz Simply Heinz Tomato Ketchup

Hunt’s 100% Natural Tomato Ketchup

Organic options:

Tomatoes have one of the highest pesticide residue levels. Buying organic will help ensure you don’t ingest those nasty chemicals!

Heinz Organic Tomato Ketchup

Annie’s Naturals Organic Ketchup


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! :)