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Read a Nutrition Label | Peter Rubi Style

We have totally been there.

You're walking through your favorite grocery store and you spot a really delicious looking snack. You see the word 'Natural' printed in colorful letters across the top of the box and curiosity sets in. 

But as you turn the box over, you quickly realize that the word natural has no significant meaning compared to the actual ingredients. You're overwhelmed by confusion as you try and decode the grams of fat vs the grams of sugar. You can't remember if carbohydrates are good or bad. Does anybody even remember what a carbohydrate actually is? 

We have totally been there.

The newfound chaos of choosing the healthiest food items possible is what inspired Peter Rubi to create the safe haven that is our store. We do the hard work for you, so you can just enjoy the best part of grocery shopping...eating!

But just in case you find yourself out and about and not near your favorite plant based market, feel free to use our cheat sheet for tips and tricks on choosing the best foods for your body.

Rule #1: Fiber MATTERS over Protein, Carbohydrates and Fat

What makes a plant based diet so beneficial to the human body is the naturally high fiber content. Though most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules, fiber cannot be broken down into sugar molecules, so it passes through the body undigested. Fiber helps regulate the body's use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check without overwhelming your liver or kidneys. Fiber is the gasoline to your body's digestion. The human body requires 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day. Finding the fiber amount on a product can help you determine just how processed the product is. The higher the fiber count - the better the food actually is for you. 

Rule #2: Ingredients should NEVER be mysterious

If you would not eat an ingredient within a product as an individual food item - chances are it is not a pure or natural ingredient to begin with. 

Example A: Honey, Walnuts, Brown Rice, Coconut Oil, and Sea Salt.

Each ingredient is considered a food item even if it were to stand on it's own. Your food should always be made from other food.

Rule #3: Pay attention to Potassium

Potassium may be at the bottom of the nutrition label, but that does not define it's essential role in your diet. Potassium is one of the most important minerals in the human body. It helps regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and even your nerve signals. Deficiency in potassium may also affect how your body uses nutrients overall. A snack high in potassium can also help with water retention and inflammation. If you're looking for the perfect post work out snack, pay close attention to potassium. 

Rule #4: Do not judge a snack by its cover

Anything written on the front of a product is simply to grab your attention. It is extremely important to remember that all proper and correct information for a food item will always be listed on the nutrition label. So do yourself a favor and flip the package over the second you see it - it will save you time, calories, and nutrition!