5 Benefits of a Pet-Friendly Farmer’s Market
Promote healthy living for your family, exercise your dog, and support your local farmers by going to a pet-friendly farmer’s market.
2. Avoiding GMO's
3. Avoiding Excessive Sugar Intake
After watching the movie, Fed Up on Netflix, I was appalled that you will not find a percent daily value of sugar in your nutritional facts.
It took some digging of my own to even find the daily requirements for sugar on the internet.
The recommended daily sugar intake for women is 6 teaspoons according to the American Heart Association (AHA) which is 24 grams a day.
Many other sources reported that 20 grams of sugar a day is the AHA daily requirement of sugar for women.
The AHA daily sugar intake recommendation for men is 9 teaspoons of sugar a day, or 36 grams a day.
In one can of Pepsi there are 25.6 grams of sugar.
I found it shocking that even orange juice, apple juice, and Nesquick chocolate milk have more grams of sugar in one drink than is healthy for my heart for one day according to Sugar Delirium Blog.
My next trip to the grocery store was pretty sad. I came to the realization that the grams of sugar per serving on the back of snack and frozen foods that were meant to be healthy meant they were actually horrible for my health.
While things were labeled as “Low fat”, or “Light in calories”, the sheer amount of sugar in the product made it very unhealthy.
What I remember most from the movie is a study on lab rats that proved that sugar was more addictive than crack.
It helps me understand that those sugar cravings I get are not entirely my fault.
4. Spoiling the Pet
On our latest trip to a pet-friendly farmer’s market I met three girl scouts who were “manning” the farmer’s market booth for the day in order to achieve their badges.
Any questions that we had about the pet-friendly farmer’s market could be answered by these knowledgeable young women.
They pointed to a bowl of water for pets that was set out. The sun was beaming so it was nice to know that our furry friend was covered.
Many pet-friendly farmer’s markets even have booths that sell homemade dog treats.
5. Support Americans
Interacting with those who personally worked to grow and make our food is for me, a very positive experience.
My husband and I make a point to go to a farmer’s market as often as we can.
I feed my sugar addiction by buying fresh fruits for smoothies.
Sometimes I splurge on goats milk or goat cheese for healthy and creamy smoothies or salads.
- Finally, I buy fresh vegetables that can also be used in salads or cooked for dinner.
- There are also often booths with homemade salsa, pickles, bread, sweets and meats.
- Lately I have even seen booths selling vegetarian burgers!
I always feel better after coming home from a pet-friendly farmer’s market.