All the favorites that I keep in my fridge and pantry. These are the products I rely on for nutrition, health and a non-toxic lifestyle.
4th & Heart Grass-Fed Ghee — I love this brand of ghee for it’s smooth, creamy, never-gritty texture. It’s made from grass-fed milk and is lactose-free, casein-free. Grass-fed butter and ghee is high in fat soluble vitamins A, E and K, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids, CLA and butyric acid. I also like cooking with ghee because it has a higher smoke point than butter and most oils (485°F).
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil — Coconut Oil is the primary cooking oil in our house. I love this brand for it’s flavor and quality. It’s cold-pressed, unrefined, Organic, non-GMO, and certified fair trade. And it comes in a glass jar. I turn to the whole kernel version, which has a rich and nutty coconut aroma, 90% of the time. If you’re game for coconut oil but prefer a mild, neutral scent, go for the delicate white kernel version.
Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate — This was the first brand of collagen powder I started using, and I still use it. I put into my bullet coffee, frothy blender teas, smoothies, velvet gravy and sauces. It’s a hydrolyzed form of gelatin, meaning it slightly thickens things but doesn’t fully gel. Collagen Hydrolysate is great for supporting gut health, skin health and muscle health. It’s also flavorless.
Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin — Here’s the gelling version of gelatin…ha! I use this for my Magic 2-Layer Coconut Jelly, gummies, in soups, and in Coco’s dog food.
“Mylks” aka. Plant Milks:
Aroy-D 100% Coconut Milk — This brand of coconut milk is my jam. I use it in my morning tea and coffee, add it to sauces instead of cow’s milk, pour it over paleo granola…it’s our house staple. I’ll open a box and then pour it into a 32 oz. Narrow-Neck Mason Jar with a plastic cap. My method ensures easy morning pouring down to the last drop.
Aroy-D Pure Coconut Cream — I use this coconut cream in curries, creamy vegan sauces, puddings, and chocolate pots de creme. Coconut cream is richer and thicker than coconut milk, because coconut cream uses a 4:1 ratio of coconut to water, vs. coconut milk’s 1:1 ratio.
Almond Mylk — Once you make your own almond milk, or other nut and seed milks, it’s hard to go back to the boxed or bottled stuff. They just taste so…off. So I highly recommend making your own. I’ll be posting a from-scratch tutorial on this in the future. For now, here’s the quick way: Blend 1 cup of water with 1 tbsp of almond butter until fully incorporated. Use as you would any other milk. No straining needed!
Four Sigmatic’s Reishi Mushroom Hot Cacao — I like to bring this on the road and mix it with coconut milk, froth it, and drink it hot for a delicious, relaxing pick-me-up.
Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Coffees are also bomb. FYI – For those who are wary on mushroom flavor, but are interested in experiencing the immune and mood boosting properties of medicinal mushrooms, there’s nary a hint of mushroom flavor in any of these products.
Spindrift Sparkling Water — When I need to crack open a cold one, it’s usually a Spindrift or a LaCoix. I like Spindrift because they’re flavored lightly with fruit juice, non-GMO and devoid from weird “natural flavors” or additives.
Traditional Medicinals’ Seasonal Sampler Teas — Four great teas to support you during a cold, cold-season, or if you want respiratory support. My favorites are Breathe Easy and Throat Coat, and I’ll drink either of these after a long day/flight/talk for extra soothing.
4th & Heart Chocti Chocolate Spreads — Absolutely delicious and just as clean as their ghee, these chocolate spreads are made of cacao, ghee and dates. Use it as a fruit dip, roll some up with nut butter in a coconut wrap, or honestly, have a pick-me-up spoonful straight from the jar.
Sky Valley Siracha Sauce — My absolute favorite siracha sauce, hands down! It’s super flavorful and the ingredients are clean. I also appreciate that it’s fish sauce-free. I like fish sauce, just not usually in my siracha.
Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil Mayo — When I’m not making my own mayo, I’m snapping up Primal Kitchen’s version. It’s super creamy and rich, and made with quality, clean ingredients. Their chipotle lime version is bomb, too.
Primal Kitchen’s Avocado-Oil Salad Dressings — Just like with mayo, I usually make my own salad dressing. However, if I’m in a pinch, I turn to PK’s dressings. There’s Ranch, Greek and Honey Mustard and they’re all winners.
4505 Chicharrones — Finally, quality chicharrones made with clean ingredients and well-raised pigs. I’ll choose these over chips any day of the week.
Seaweed Love’s Coconut Oil Roasted Seaweed — I grew up snacking on roasted nori seaweed, and I still love it. Most brands use adulterated oils and add MSG or weird additives. Not this brand! Their’s is non-GMO, soy-free, corn-free, gluten-free and just made of seaweed, pure oils, and sea salt. I love the coconut oil version, but have tried and approve of the olive oil and sesame oil varieties too.
Wild Planet’s Wild Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil — Give sardines a chance! They’re sustainably caught. High in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron and potassium. Low in mercury, PCB’s and other toxins that accumulate in larger, longer-living seafood. Mix them up with chopped shallots and parsley, squeeze over a lemon, add some salt and pepper, and wrap in romaine leaves for a super-satisfying lunch that takes all of 5 minutes to make!
Omica Liquid Stevia — I like Omica’s stevia because it’s smoother and not bitter at all. Like anything else, I use stevia judiciously. I like a little in my coffee or tea, or sometimes will add some in a 1:1 ratio with other sweeteners to achieve the sweetness level I desire without all of the sugar. They also offer a Stevia Powder, too.
Really Raw Honey — I’m a firm believer in the healing powers of raw, unfiltered, enzyme-rich honey. Local is best, so if you can find a good purveyor of local, raw honey, go for it. Really Raw Honey is the next best thing. Whenever I’m feeling under the weather, or itchy from allergies, I’ll make a cup of tea from Traditional Medicinals’ Seasonal Sampler and once it’s cooled down to just above room temperature, I’ll stir in a spoonful of raw honey. This simple combination soothes, uplifts and supports healing.
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