The 20 Best Organic Foods

Organic is the best food you can buy, hands down. But which organic foods taste the best? Our taste testers trolled the aisles for these 20 must-haves.

September 12, 2011
Why Organic Matters
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 book, Organic Manifesto. Sadly, not buying organic food is a mistake that you can no longer afford to make. According to more and more 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.

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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
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
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

Read More: The Truth About Your Natural Cereal
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
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.")

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

Read More: Truly Healthy Eggs: A Quick and Easy Guide
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
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
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

Read More: Guide to Buying Grass-Fed Beef
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)
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

Read more: 4 Cooking Oil Alternatives That Belong in Every Kitchen
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

Read more: Why Healthy Milk Comes from Less-Gassy, Longer-Lived Cows
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
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
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

Read More: What Food Companies Are Hiding With Food Dye
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
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
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

Read More: Our Organic Coffee Taste Test
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
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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