Plastic Free at Real Foods


Did you know that Real Foods have been serving customers in Edinburgh for over 40 years? This advert (right) published in the Scotsman in 1976, mentions our first store on Morrison Street which opened in 1974. Our Morrison Street store is no longer there, but we’re still going strong on Broughton Street and Brougham Street and as you can see from this advert, we are still selling some of those staple whole food products which had a place on our shelves all those years ago. We still believe in eating well without breaking the bank! For ideas on following a plant-based diet on a budget, check out this article.


Real-Foods-Plastic-Free-shoppingWe sell organic cotton bags to carry your shopping for a mere 99p! Or our 5p carrier bag (made from biodegradable plastic, find it here) with artwork from a local artist showing our Broughton Street store. We also offer a bag recycling service so people can donate unwanted carrier bags and you can pick them up for free.

We sell our organic fresh fruit and vegetables online and in store. They are sold loose, although you do have the option to use paper bags to carry them in. On occasion plastic is used for fresh fruit and vegetables packaging for online orders, however many customers choose to be as free from plastic as possible and pop a note in the comments section of their order so we reduce the amount as much as we can.

We also sell fresh bakery products and snacks in our stores, again these can be bought loose or popped into brown paper bags if required.

There's a range of unwrapped soaps available from Faith In Nature - find them here.

Real Foods have sold food loose from sacks and in pre-packed smaller sizes since our inception in 1974. It ensures that we provide the food at its peak of freshness and in sizes that will suit everyone. It also means that our prices are extremely competitive, basically the more you buy, the more you save, so if you buy multiple sacks of goods you’ll receive a discount, but likewise if you only need 50 grams you won’t be paying over the odds for it. For the full range of wholesale goods, please check out our wholesale page here.

The majority of our pre-packed foods are sold in cello bags. These are biodegradable bags made from plant-based cellulose. We sell many of our superfoods in plastic tubs, this is because the cello bags are porous and do not work as well with powdery products, so flour is often also sold in plastic tubs or bags. Of course, if you’re buying in store you can bring along your own container and we’ll simply charge you for the weight of the goods.

These are the products we sell loose from the sacks in our store


1. Organic Porridge Oat Flakes - As Samuel Johnson famously described them "A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland appears to support the people"! Very sensible of us Scots we think since oats are high in potassium, have useful amounts of calcium and are also a fair source of protein. High in both soluble and insoluble fibre (insoluble fibre is great for healthy digestion and soluble fibre has been proven to help lower cholesterol).

These oats are perfect for porridge; be traditional and have them with salt and water, or liven them up with some berries, seeds, preserves or cream. Organic, healthy and serious value for money, what's not to love!


2. Organic Jumbo Oats - Organic Jumbo Oat Flakes are high in potassium, have useful amounts of calcium and are also a fair source of protein. They are high in soluble fibre (proven to help lower cholesterol) and also insoluble fibre (useful for healthy digestion). They are also moderately rich in B vitamins, B1, B2 and especially inositol, and their carbohydrates provide a long slow delivery of energy to our systems. They can be useful in preventing heart disease and maintaining healthy circulation. They also contain beta glucans which boost the immune system.

Organic-Pre-Packed-Oat-Bran-Real-Foods3. Organic Oat Bran - Oat bran can be added to any food, like soups and casseroles, simple add enough liquid (around 3 times) to let it swell in cooking. You can also add it to many baking recipes. For instance, try swapping one quarter of the flour in recipes with pulverised bran. It needs minimal cooking time, 2-3 minutes is all that's necessary. Many people enjoy adding a small amount to their porridge or muesli for extra nutrition, add to muffins or breads while baking, or stir into smoothies for extra fibre.


4. ORAC Super Fruit & Nut muesli - Raisins, apples, pecans, walnuts and pistachios are added to pumpkin, sunflower and flaxseeds for that extra omega and mineral boost. And to add even more goodness of antioxidants and flavour, we've put a pinch of cinnamon in! This muesli is wheat free although it can contain traces so is not suitable for those with severe reactions.

ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) is a measurement of the antioxidant rating of different foods. Antioxidants fight against harmful free radicals, known to be one of the main factors of the ageing process and also associated with the growth of cancerous cells. Although antioxidants are produced naturally in the body, the number decline with age, hence the need to acquire them from our diet.

6.       Deluxe muesli - Real Foods Deluxe Muesli is designed to our own delicious recipe. An organic mix of healthy oats, wheat and barley, with the added Deluxe-Muesli-From-Real-Foodscrunch of hazelnuts, walnuts and sunflower seeds. The sultanas, dates, raisins and currants sweeten this muesli naturally with no added sugar. Excellent as a source of fibre, vitamins and minerals the slow release of energy is ideal to start your day with.

7.       Healthy Start Muesli 1310

8.       Coarse Oatmeal 1448

9.       Exotic Delight Muesli 1321

10.   Wheat Free Muesli 1328

11.   Fine Oatmeal 1332

12.   Oats Jumbo 1340

13.   Medium Oatmeal 1333

14.   Oatmeal Pinhead 1335

15.   Porridge Oats 1342

16.   Wheatgerm 1348

17.   Organic Wheatbran 1305

18.   Organic Italian Arborio Rice 1344

19.   Italian Arborio Rice 1414

20.   Italian Organic Long Grain Brown Rice 1405

21.   Italian Organic Short Grain Brown Rice 1408

22.   Italian Long Grain Brown Rice 1403

23.   American Long Grain Brown Patna Rice 1406

24.   Brown Basmati Rice 1401

25.   White Rice Basmati from Pakistan 1417

26.   American Long Grain White Patna Rice 1421

27.   Berrymeal Flour 1616

28.   Italian Short Grain Brown Rice 1407

29.   Italian Short Grain White Rice 1423

30.   Doves Organic Malthouse Flour 1603

31.   Doves Org. BioBake Strong White Flour 1608

32.   Doves Org. BioBake Wholemeal Flour 1606

33.   Doves Wholemeal Ext. Strong Stgd. Flour 1607

34.   Extra Strong White Flour 1623

35.   Peanuts Birdnuts Whole 1136

36.   Wild Bird Food Mixed 1151