Do you ever wonder where to buy items to go along with your healthy, real food lifestyle?
If you are reading this, my guess is, you do and you trust my opinion! I truly value your trust so I have compiled this shopping guide or list of products, I use in my own kitchen. Products such as quality herbs, kombucha scoby, grass fed meats, olive oil… can be difficult to find and, when you do, how do you know which ones to trust? The following alphabetical list of products all come from companies I trust and recommend to my readers and friends.
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Almond Flour – An alternative flour for those on the GAPS diet or those avoiding grains and gluten. Find almond flour here.
Bones – Used for making nutrient dense bone broths and soups. Not only do bones from grassfed animals supply flavor but also nutrients and gelatin beneficial to your overall health. Find bones from grassfed animals here.
Butter – While we make our own butter you can find local raw milk dairies in your area at RealMilk. When local, raw, grassfed butter is not available, you can often find grassfed butter at a local health food store. Two quality brands available online are Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter and Allgau Grassfed German Butter – both of these are unsalted butter which is higher quality but salted is also available.
Coconut Butter – A good substitute for nut butters and also used as a moisturizer in lotions, soaps and sunscreens. Find Coconut Butter here.
Coconut Flour – Rich in fat, protein and fiber, coconut flour is a good alternative for those choosing to avoid grains and gluten. Find coconut flour here.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil’s high content of fatty acids makes it a great choice for baking even with high temperatures. Also used for making sunscreen and lotions, coconut oil is thought to support a healthy immune system as it contains lauric acid. Find organic virgin coconut oil in quantities from 32 oz – 5 gallons. Use refined coconut oil for food uses and unrefined coconut oil for cosmetics and soaps.
Cod Liver Oil – High in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and D, fermented cod liver oil is considered a superfood. Find fermented Cod Liver Oil here. Find Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil here. I have used both but prefer the butter oil/ fermented cod liver oil in chocolate creme – Dr. Weston Price found that the blend of butter oil and fermented cod liver oil provided the factors necessary for the fatty acid absorption and balance in our bodies.
Cosmetics – We often get consumed with the foods we eat that we forget how important what we put on our skin is also important and can be a source of questionable, carcinogenic or at the least unnecessary chemicals. The skin is your largest organ and anything you put on it is in your blood stream in 26 seconds! Faster than food gets to the bloodstream! So, safe, toxin free cosmetics are a must! This entire line is free of over 1,500 chemicals which are normally found in other brands – Find safe, toxin free cosmetics.
Essential Oils – When it comes to essential oils, quality is very important. When used topically, they are absorbed quicker than the food you eat! To be taken internally, they also need to be pure and of good quality. I use one brand and although I do not “sell” it, here is a link to someone I trust that does.
Fermented Vegetable Culture – Fermented vegetable like Sauerkraut and Fermented Carrots provide valuable probiotics for intestinal health. While a couple of spoons of kefir or yogurt can be added as a starter culture in a recipe, I have also used a starter specifically for vegetables. Find starter culture for fresh vegetables.
Ghee – Clarified butter or Ghee is used in certain cuisines as well as for people who cannot tolerate butter. When on the GAPS diet, ghee is a recommended way to introduce dairy into the diet. Indian Foods produces a quality ghee found here: Grassfed Organic Ghee and Grassfed Organic Cultured Ghee.
Grassfed Meats – While we raise and butcher our own cattle, you may find local suppliers of grassfed meats at Eatwild. Otherwise, find beef, bison, lamb, poultry, pork, rabbit, duck and wild caught seafood.
Herbs and Spices – I buy organic, non-irradiated herbs and spices in bulk. I organize my spices in wide mouth pint jars with plastic lids. The herbs and spices that do not fit in my jars (because I buy larger quantities), I store in plastic buckets in a cool dry closet. Find quality organic, non-irradiated herbs and spices here.
Honey – Raw local honey is a good source of enzymes and B vitamins. Raw is essential since heating in the pasterization process kill any nutrients found in the honey. You may find local sources by asking at your local farmer’s market or health food store. Find raw honey here.
Immersion Blender – I highly recommend the Bamix Gastro Professional immersion blender which I use daily for kefir smoothies. The Bamix blends frozen fruit amazingly well! It is also great for blending soups right in the pot – I no longer have to transfer the soup on batches to my blender and best of all, I don’t have to clean my blender!
Juicers – I inherited a Champion Juicer which does a good job especially for peanut butter. But, after purchasing the Breville Juice Fountain Plus, I really like it better for fruit and vegetable juices and the champion juicer is reserved now for nut butters.Update: After using the Juice Fountain Plus, I decided to upgrade to the stronger Breville Juice Fountain Duo which has 1200 watts of power compared to the Juice Fountain Plus with 850. The Juice Fountain Duo also has less plastic and more stainless steel which I feel holds up to the demands of a large family!
Kefir – Milk kefir is a fermented probiotic drink that is also easy to make and delicious plain or blended with fruit and honey to make a kefir smoothie. To make milk kefir, grains are needed that are similar to the kombucha scoby. Find milk kefir grains here.
Kombucha SCOBY – Kombucha is a naturally fizzy probiotic drink made from tea. It is easy to make and can also be made using a continuous brew method. To make kombucha, a SCOBY – Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast – is needed. While dehydrated scobies can be purchased, the results are better with a fresh scoby. Find Kombucha Scobies here.
Lard – Since lard is a product of animal fat and toxins are stored in the fat of animals, it is important to use lard only from grassfed animals. This pork lard is rendered pork fat that is not bleached, deodorized, hydrogenated or altered. Find Pork Lard here.
Olive Oil – There is a lot of information about the adulteration of olive oil so, I recommend brands that are labelled extra virgin olive oil that has been cold pressed. The cold pressed method ensures that the temperatures in the refining process do not destroy the nutrients or taste of the oil. There are several brands available and you can find extra virgin cold pressed olive oil here. I normally use extra virgin cold pressed olive oil.
Probiotics – While eating a variety of fermented and cultured foods provides the necessary probiotics for gut health, there are times when supplementation is necessary. I have used a therapeutic grade probiotic supplement while on the GAPS diet and when we travel. Find therapeutic grade probiotic and therapeutic grade probiotic.
Salt – I use coarse sea salt which is solar evaporated. It is good quality and filled with trace minerals so I don’t worry about our salt intake! Find coarse sea salt here.
Skin Care -It is easy to become consumed with what we put in our bodies and forget that the soaps, lotions and potions we put on our bodies daily, are just as important! Your skin is your largest organ and anything you put on it is in your blood stream in 26 seconds! Faster than food gets to the bloodstream! This entire line is free of over 1,500 chemicals (which are normally found in other brands) that can be a source of questionable, carcinogenic or at the least unnecessary chemicals. Find safe, toxin free skincare.
Sourdough Starter – Although I have tried to begin a wild sourdough starter, I have had better success using a packaged starter. People who bake sourdough bread are normally glad to share so, don’t be shy about asking friends. Find sourdough starters here.
Spices and Herbs – I buy organic, non-irradiated spices and herbs in bulk. I organize my spices in wide mouth pint jars with plastic lids. The spices and herbs that do not fit in my jars (because I buy larger quantities), I store in plastic buckets in a cool dry closet. Find quality organic, non-irradiated herbs and spices here.
Tallow – Like lard, tallow is a product of animal fat and toxins are stored in the fat of animals, so, it is important to use tallow produced from pastured animals. Lamb tallow and beef tallow can be found here. I buy it in bulk (5 gallons) and freeze it.
Yogurt Starter – Yogurt is another fermented probiotic food supplying beneficial bacteria needed for your intestinal health. Yogurt is easy to make and is delicious in a yogurt smoothie. A starter can be obtained from yogurt purchased containing live bacterial cultures. You can also find yogurt starter here.