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    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    The 20 Best Organic Foods


    Walk into an average grocery store and you face a choice—47,000 choices of products, actually. And their labels advertise terms such as low fat, high fiber, free range, and organic. Some matter, some don’t. But those labels aren’t even the most confusing part: Many scientists say organic is more nutritious than conventionally grown food, while others say it’s not. The back and forth is enough to make us “eat what’s available when we’re hungry and try not to think too much about it because it’s all so disheartening and confusing,” writes Maria Rodale in her new book, Organic Manifesto. Sadly, not buying organic food is a mistake that you—as a man—can no longer afford to make. According to new studies, eating organic foods can help you build more muscle and burn more fat, not to mention protect the environment from harmful pesticides and increase your chances of siring healthy offspring (sons in particular). Here are 20 top organic foods to get you started. Add them to your grocery list to upgrade your diet, strengthen your body, and help heal the planet.

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Yogurt

    Best Yogurt

    Stoneyfield Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt with Honey

    Sweetened naturally (and organically) without added preservatives.

    5.3 oz container:
    120 calories
    13 g protein
    18 g carbs
    0 g fat

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    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Sweet Snack

    Best Sweet Snack

    Newman's Own Organics Champion Chip Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

    Indulge your chocoholism without overeating.

    4 cookies:
    160 calories
    2 g protein
    21 g carbs (1 g fiber)
    8 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Coffee

    Best Coffee

    Stumptown Coffee Roasters Organic French Roast

    "Direct trade" means the roasters buy directly from growers and then ship this dark, rich coffee to you.

    1 cup:
    2 calories

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Crunchy Snack

    Best Crunchy Snack

    Newman's Own Organics Honey Wheat Mini Pretzels

    Not too sweet. Amazing with peanut butter.

    20 pretzels:
    110 calories
    2 g protein
    22 g carbs (3 g fiber)
    1 g fat

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    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Fiery Snack

    Best Fiery Snack

    Eden Organic Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

    Seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, and cayenne, these put spicy chips to shame.

    1/4 cup:

    200 calories
    10 g protein
    5 g carbs (5 g fiber)
    16 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Fruit Snack

    Best Fruit Snack

    Peeled Snacks Much-Ado-About Mango

    Only one ingredient: dried organic mangoes.

    Per bag:
    120 calories
    2 g protein
    28 g carbs (2 g fiber)
    0 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Wine

    Best Wine

    Scribe 2008 Pinot Noir

    Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, in Berkeley, California, gives it the thumbs-up. We second.

    3.5 oz:
    84 calories
    0 g protein
    2 g carbs
    0 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Beer

    Best Beer

    Samuel Smith Organic Ale

    Consider this balanced, full-bodied ale your new warm-weather brew.

    12 oz:
    150 calories
    2 g protein
    15 g carbs
    0 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Milk

    Best Milk

    Stonyfield Organic Reduced Fat

    It's creamy, without the calories of whole milk.

    1 cup:
    130 calories
    8 g protein
    13 g carbs
    5 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Cooking Oil

    Best Cooking Oil

    Spectrum Organic Grapeseed Oil

    Use this for medium-to-high-heat cooking.

    1 Tbsp:
    120 calories
    0 g protein
    0 g carbs
    14 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Spice

    Best Spice

    McCormick 100% Organic Cayenne Red Pepper

    After you hit your steak with salt and pepper, ratchet up the heat with a shake of this.

    (0 calories)

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Meat

    Best Meat

    Full Circle Bison Ranch Organic Grass Fed Buffalo (Rib Eye)

    This steak outranked all the organic beef brands we sampled.

    3 oz:
    150 calories
    25 g protein
    0 g carbs
    5 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Postworkout Recovery Drink

    Best Postworkout Recovery Drink

    Organic Valley Reduced Fat Chocolate Milk

    Stocked with the protein your muscles need to rebuild quickly.

    Per cup:
    170 calories
    8 g protein
    24 g carbs
    5 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Frozen Meal

    Best Frozen Meal

    Amy's Roasted Vegetable Tamale

    It's satisfying enough to stave off hunger, but sanely portioned to prevent a gut bomb.

    Per meal:
    280 calories
    9 g protein
    46 g carbs
    7 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Eggs

    Best Eggs

    Vital Farms

    Scrambled, fried, or poached, these heart-healthier eggs cook up flavorful and fluffy.

    One large egg:

    70 calories
    6 grams (g) protein
    0 g carbs
    4 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Condiment

    Best Condiment

    Annie's Naturals Organic Dijon Mustard

    It has no calories, tons of flavor, and goes great with our pretzel pick. (See "Best Crunchy Snack.")

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Deli Cheese

    Best Deli Cheese

    Applegate Farms Organic Mild Cheddar Cheese

    Serve your next grilled cheese without a side of hormones.

    1 slice:
    85 calories
    5 g protein
    0 g carbs
    6 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Cereal

    Best Cereal

    Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits, Cinnamon Harvest

    One serving is nearly 20 percent of your daily fiber, and it doesn't taste like the box it came in.

    2 oz:
    180 calories
    6 g protein
    43 g carbs (5 g fiber)
    1 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Lunch Meat

    Best Lunch Meat

    Applegate Farms Organic Roasted Turkey Breast

    Try some of this lean, luscious protein rolled and slathered with pesto.

    2 oz:
    50 calories
    10 g protein
    1 g carbs
    0 g fat

    The 20 Best Organic Foods: Best Bread

    Best Bread

    Bread Alone Bakery Organic Whole Grain Health Loaf

    Sweetened with honey and topped with sesame and sunflower seeds, it's the perfect slice for sandwiches.

    1 slice:
    140 calories
    5 g protein
    27 g carbs (4 g fiber)
    2 g fat

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