Wednesday, June 8, 2011

There ARE Coupons for Healthful Foods!

Today on The Little Red Plate, I am serving up SAVINGS! Since some organic/natural/healthful foods can be a bit heavy on the pocketbook, and I have mentioned the printable coupons I have found for some of them in my recipes, I am dedicating this blog post to sharing them with you. Now, you know I am not a dietitian or any sort of food scientist/expert, so I cannot vouch for the true healthfulness of any of these items or the practices of any of the companies, but I am sharing them because they are typically marketed as healthful.

Whenever I come across a brand I am interested in purchasing, I check out both their website and their Facebook page to search for coupons and do a Google search as well. If you don't see anything, ASK! Be sure to follow these companies on Facebook so you will be kept informed of new savings and promotions. Don't forget to keep an eye out for coupons in the inserts that come in your Sunday paper as well--you might be pleasantly surprised to find coupons for nuts, dairy products, whole wheat pastas, cereals and breads, etc.

For some of these, you will have to sign up to receive the coupon(s), but that will ensure you are alerted to any future savings as well.

Organic Valley: Four coupons, $.50 off omega 3 milk/half & half/soy creamer/yogurt. There was also a coupon for $1.00 off any Organic Valley flavored or regular half & half and soy creamer in the coupon inserts that came with the Sunday paper this past week (June 5th). Organic Valley produces organic dairy products, juice, eggs, produce and meat. Their CEO is actually an organic farmer who was one of seven Wisconsin farmers who started a local organic crop share program that grew into Organic Valley.

Muir Glen: $1.00 off any tomato product. Muir Glen produces organic tomato products (salsa, canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, etc.) and soups. Their tomatoes are grown and vine-ripened using certified organic practices, and all of their products are certified organic by the USDA.

Smart Chicken: $1.00 off any product. Smart Chicken chickens are raised without the use antibiotics, animal by-products or hormones (hormone use in chickens is banned by the USDA). They are Certified Organic (check labels on individual products) and Certified Humane. They have a large variety of organic and veg-fed chicken cuts as well as sausage products.

Mom's Best Naturals: $.75 off any product. Mom's Best Naturals uses high quality ingredients in their line of breakfast cereals and oatmeal. No artificial ingredients, no saturated fats, no hydrogenated oils and no high fructose corn syrup. They also keep costs low, and I can buy a box of cereal for well below the price of the sugary stuff. With this coupon, I also got a canister of their oatmeal for $.25!

Horizon: Choose $1.00 off of 2 half gallons organic milk with DHA or $.75 off three 8 oz single serve milk boxes. Horizon produces organic dairy products and eggs and strives to be a socially and environmentally conscious company.

Smart Balance: Two coupons, $.75 off Smart Balance Milk or $.75 off any Smart Balance grocery item. Your choice of coupons may depend on your zip code. Smart Balance produces a wide variety of products, a few of which are buttery spreads, milk, microwave popcorn and peanut butter. Their products are made with no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, so they contain no trans fat. They also add calcium, protein, plant sterols, vitamins, calcium and Omega 3s to their products.

Garden of Eatin': $1.00 off one bag of Garedn of Eatin' chips. Garden of Eatin' produces many products including tortilla, veggie and pita chips, backed snacks and taco shells. Their products are made with organic and natural ingredients, and some are certified organic.

Stonyfield Farm/Oikos: Several coupons offered. I can no longer view them since you had to sign up to get them, but there were quite a few offered for YoBabby/YoToddler/YoKids in different individual sizes plus the multi-packs as well as some for their Oikos Greek yogurt. Stonyfield Farm uses organic ingredients in their yogurts and takes pride in being a socially and environmentally responsible company. Join their myStonfield Rewards to enter codes from specially marked products and earn points toward free Stonyfied products as well as products from several other companies.

Chobani: $.30 off one 6 oz Chobani Greek Yogurt and $.50 off one 32 oz Chobani Greek Yogurt. Chobani produces low fat and no fat Greek yogurt made with all natural ingredients. It's available in several flavors and sizes. They make their yogurt with real fruit, five live and active cultures, including three probiotics, and there are no artificial flavors or preservatives. It has twice the protein of regular yogurts and is a good source of calcium. It is also gluten-free and Kosher.

Kashi (and many others): Okay, this one gets a little more complicated. Kashi does have a link to coupons on their page, and I did print some out a couple of weeks ago, but now there are no coupons listed. I will keep checking here though. I am a member of Recyclebank, a website at which you can earn points for completing quizzes and tasks related to recycling, going green, environmentally-friendly products, etc. In the first two days I was a member, I put in very minimal effort and earned enough points for two printable coupons for $2.00 off any Kashi product (there is a limit of one per month). The great news is that you can also redeem your points for coupons for other products from companies like Earth Bound Organic, Back to Nature, Dagoba Organic Chocolate, Green Mountain Coffee and Happy Family.

I am still constantly on the lookout for new savings opportunities and will hopefully be doing many of these types of posts in the future!

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