Many times I talk to people about the type of food I like to eat - for example - locally made chocolate that's $6 for just one bar - they look at me like I'm crazy. Most people don't want to spend any extra money on food - even if an organic can of soup costs just $1 more than Campbell's. But I believe quality is better than quantity. When a product is made with all-natural ingredients and being locally made on top of that - you seriously can't beat that combination. You are benefiting both your health and the community when you buy local products that are made with love and no fillers. So I want highlight some of the products that I love to buy in Denver.
Elevation Ketchup is so darn good. It's not like a liquid Heinz ketchup - it has texture - you can tell it's made with real tomatoes. Made and created in Denver - Elevation has several varieties of ketchup. I usually get the Original Recipe which consists of organic tomato paste, purified water, organic vegan cane sugar, organic vinegar, sea salt and organic spices. No high fructose corn syrup or preservatives - just straight fresh organic ingredients. You can find it at Natural Grocers, Marzyck's Fine Foods, NOOCH Vegan Market and buy through its website.
Pablo's Coffee is one out of the many great coffee roasters in the city of Denver. I had been buying coffee from the grocery store and asked myself - why am I not buying from one of these local producers that put a lot of love and quality into their coffee? Coffee is huge for me and I'm always venturing to different coffee shops - so I decided to try out Pablo's ground coffee by the pound. I always get the Danger Monkey variety which is the most popular - a delicious dark roast. If you buy at one of their stores - they give you a punch card and you can get a free bag after you buy six.
Binnie's Coconut Butter made just north of Denver in Thornton - makes delicious coconut butter spreads. One of the reasons I love Binnie's is because when I was a kid - I would go to my grandma's - and she would always make toast with butter and sprinkle cinnamon on it - it was so good. When I put my Cinnamon coconut butter on toast - it tastes very similar to that - but it's healthier which is nice. It's a little pricey - but it lasts a long time and I don't use a whole lot - just whenever I want some toast with a little bit of sweetness.
The bread I use for the coconut butter - and everything else I eat - is Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free Bread. Made in Johnstown, Colorado - this bread is so good you won't miss gluten. Every other gluten-free bread I've had has never tasted this good. It has the same firmness as regular bread and comes in several varieties like 7-grain, mountain white, cinnamon raisin and more. I like to use it to make avocado toast - and almond butter with banana toast. It is made with all organic ingredients - and they make bagels, too! This isn't a super local product because it's sold all over the country - but it's made in the state I live in and I know I can trust it.