What does it really mean to follow a kosher diet? In Hebrew, “kashrus,” from the root kosher (or “kasher”), means suitable and/or “pure”, thus ensuring fitness for consumption, according to the Badatz Igud Rabbonim KIR, which is one of the largest kosher certification organizations.
For those following kosher diet guidelines, finding what they need in the local grocery store can be a challenge. Many stores don’t have kosher sections, leaving shoppers to wander aimlessly up and down the aisles hoping to find what they need.
But Vitacost has gathered together high-quality kosher foods in one virtual shopping section to help you stay on your diet easily and healthfully. Here are some examples of what to consider:
- Bread is the staff of life. For your health, seek bread products that contain fiber and are trans-fat free. For example, Light Rye Wasa Crispbread contains just 60 calories in a 2-slice serving, with three grams of fiber.
- Love to bake? How about a brownie mix that’s both kosher and gluten-free? That’s what you’ll get with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Brownie Mix, which produces brownies that are so fudgey and delicious that you’ll want to stock up.
- Cereal can be a challenge. You want to start your day with a breakfast that contains protein and fiber, yet provides you with a tummy-happy flavor. We found the solution with Food For Life Ezekiel 4:9 ® Cinnamon Raisin Sprouted Grain Cereal, which contains 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.
- Ask any mermaid (or mer-man): Salmon is one of the healthiest fish in the sea with its dose of good-for-you fats and protein. It’s also important to make sure that it’s caught based on sustainable fishing principles. So we went fishing for the ideal product and found Wild Planet Wild Pacific Sockeye Salmon. It’s boneless, skinless, kosher and sustainably Caught, with an impressive 2,100 milligrams of omega-3 EPA/DHA per can.
- A day without chocolate is a day without cheer. Let us cheer you up with our favorite kosher chocolate treat: Chocolove Dark Chocolate Bar With Cherries And Almonds.
- Shopping at your local Farmer’s Market is a great idea. You’ll support the local economy and get the best of fresh produce. But what are you going to put on those veggies? Try Bragg Organic Vinaigrette Healthy Salad Dressing, which combines organic apple cider vinegar with organic olive oil for a fabulous flavor.
- Got kids? Then you gotta get cookies! We love Kinnikinnick KinniKritters Gluten-Free Animal Cookies and Barbara’s Bakery Snackimalsâ„¢ Chocolate Chip Animal Cookies.
Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.