Flexibility and freedom are key components in living a healthy lifestyle. Alyssa feels that, with guidance toward living a healthy lifestyle, choosing foods that meet even just one of these categories is the way to sustaining a way of life that is sustainable, and fulfilling. Therefore, Alyssa Approved brands are those that meet at least one of the following standards. (And in many cases, Alyssa's favorite brands exceed the standards).
Closer-to-Nature foods have undergone minimal to no processing. The closer an ingredient is to its natural state, the better it is for us. Ingredients that are synthetic including colors, flavors, sweeteners, emulsifiers and preservatives are ingredients that can harm our body and are not closer-to-nature.
Organic products exclude the use of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics. These contaminants used in food have shown to threaten compromised health.