My Favorite Pantry Items
NOTE: All of the images below are linked to Amazon, but often items are cheaper on thrivemarket.com.
Why is that? Thrive Market is my favorite online store because it sells all the top organic and healthy products at wholesale prices (25-50% off) and ships straight to your door!
Read my complete review of Thrive Market, click here.
Ideally, we’d eat whole, unpackaged foods all of the time. However, sometimes convenience is key! I always keep these pantry items on hand, most of which are vegetable/seed oil-free, preservative-free, low-sugar or sugar-free, “natural” flavors-free, and gluten-free:
Wild Alaskan salmon is where it’s at in terms of taste and health benefits, and canned salmon is often much cheaper than fresh! Make salmon salad using Primal Kitchen mayo, diced celery, chopped apple, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil. Yum 🙂
Is your coffee organic? It should be! There are many varieties out there, but I like this brand’s mission: “Tiny Footprint Coffee is the carbon negative, earth positive coffee that takes sustainability to the next level…”
Good news! Bubba’s Fine Foods doesn’t just make addictive snack mixes…they also make addictive granolas! Their granolas are oat-free, but they’re taste-filled. I actually like this coconut flake granola more than the traditional oat varieties.
My Favorite Health Boosters
Pasture-raised protein, fruits, and especially veggies will give your body most of the nutrients it craves. However, if you’re looking for that extra boost, look no further:
Ever heard of propolis? I hadn’t. Here are the facts from the Beekeeper’s Naturals site: “With over 300 beneficial compounds, propolis is nature’s ultimate defender and a powerful superfood for prevention, treatment and fighting off free radicals during periods of stress. Use bee propolis daily for bulletproof immunity and to get a dose of high-grade vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Bee propolis is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and a must-have for anyone who trains hard, travels hard or suffers from colds, flus or sore throats.” I take 4 sprays of propolis daily to ward off sickness.
Do you consume enough omega-3 fatty acids? I try to consume wild-caught fish about 3 times each week, but I keep this high-quality fish oil supplement on hand for the weeks that I don’t. Read why omega-3s are so important in these posts:
The powerful antioxidant astaxanthin may help protect your skin from the inside. I take astaxanthin year round, but I up my dose in the summer months. For more information, read this post:
Pure Vitamin Club’s products “contain absolutely no added ingredients , fillers, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, or any other ingredients above and beyond the actual nutritional supplements in the formula. The only additional ingredient is the capsule itself, which is made from cellulose, a vegetable-based product.” This daily multicap is the best I’ve found, and I take it daily.
As previously mentioned, Pure Vitamin Club’s products “contain absolutely no added ingredients , fillers, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, or any other ingredients above and beyond the actual nutritional supplements in the formula. The only additional ingredient is the capsule itself, which is made from cellulose, a vegetable-based product.” I take magnesium each night to improve my sleep and digestion.
As previously mentioned, Pure Vitamin Club’s products “contain absolutely no added ingredients , fillers, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, or any other ingredients above and beyond the actual nutritional supplements in the formula. The only additional ingredient is the capsule itself, which is made from cellulose, a vegetable-based product.” I take Vitamin D3 daily since I don’t get too much sun exposure.
My Favorite Green Smoothie Ingredients
One of the best ways to achieve any health goal is to incorporate a green smoothie into your daily routine. (See the post “Recipe: Make This Cheap Green Smoothie With Any Blender” to learn more.) These additions give any smoothie that extra zest and nutrient boost:
In addition to all of the fresh and frozen veggies I put in smoothies, I like to add this 3 Grass Blend for an extra nutrient boost. Read more about the health benefits of frozen fruits and veggies here:
Hemp seeds are a great source of healthy fats and essential fatty acids. Also, they’re “a great protein source and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.”
All Artisana nut butters are organic and free of additives, peanut, gluten, dairy, preservatives, added oils, GMOs, salt, and pesticides. I love to put cashew butter in smoothies because it gives them a creamier texture.
Consume collagen to say goodbye to fine lines and hello to healthy joints and bones: “Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and has many roles, including the promotion of healthy and youthful looking skin. Some of the other potential benefits include better joint and bone health, improved digestion, reduced inflammation, increased metabolism, better brain function, and a deeper sleep.”
My Favorite Fridge Staples
I always have an abundance of berries, vegetables, and pasture-raised meat + eggs in my fridge, as well as the following:
I used to think sauerkraut was gross, but that was a judgment based on never, ever tasting it. I was wrong, and now I see the error of my ways! The best sauerkraut only contains cabbage, salt, and possibly some spices. If you like salt and spices, you’ll like sauerkraut! It’s so good for you because it’s naturally probiotic. Probiotic supplements can be pricey. Thus, it’s ideal to get probiotics (and all essential vitamins, really) through whole foods…like sauerkraut! For more info, check out this post:
Like sauerkraut, kimchi is a great natural source of probiotics! I like Madge’s because there’s no sugar added. This version is spicy, but they also make a regular, mild flavor. For more information, check out this post:
I love the unsweetened varieties of Malk cashew and almond milks because they’re organic and only contain the most basic ingredients, not the unnecessary sugars and additives (like carrageenan) that you find in most non-dairy milks. Currently, Malk is not available on Amazon, but you can find it at Whole Foods and other specialty stores.
My Favorite Cooking Oils, Lard, and Ghee
You can cook absolutely any recipe with healthy fruit oils, lard, and/or ghee:
Are you still cooking with canola oil?! Just stop! Avocado oil is much healthier and has a high smoke point, so you can cook with it at higher heat. However, if you heat it too much, “the oil will be damaged and begin to form harmful compounds, such as trans fats and other harmful compounds.” Here’s a chart showing the max smoke points for avocado oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and ghee. To learn more about fruit vs. veggie oils, read this post:
Some olive oil is not as pure as the label would like you to believe: “Fake EVOO, in the worst-case (and illegal) scenario, is diluted with a cheap soybean or seed oil or mixed with lower-grade olive oil that’s been chemically refined.” Good news: “…one of the best-tasting olive oils you can get for your money comes from Costco.” (If you don’t have a Costco membership, you can also find Costco’s Kirkland Signature olive oil on Amazon by clicking the image above.) Read more about the health benefits of EVOO here:
Coconut oil is great for cooking, baking, and moisturizing! (That’s right: You can use it on your skin, especially throughout the dry winter months.) Again, see this chart to determine the smoke point of coconut oil. Basically, only cook or bake if you’re using low or medium heat.
My Favorite Spices
Not all spices are created equally! (Did you know there’s actually sugar in most table salt?) I’ve done a lot of research, and these are some staples I trust:
My Favorite Food and Drink Storage Containers
Plastic is so 2017! When it comes to food and beverages, think glass and stainless steel!
My Favorite Toxin-Free Household Cleaners
When choosing household cleaners, it’s important to consult Environmental Working Group’s (EWG’s) Guide to Healthy Cleaning. If you don’t want to go through the effort of searching, rest assured knowing each of these products has an “A” rating:
You’ll need some paper towel for cleaning, but skip the traditional one-use disposable kind and opt for these reusable, machine-washable Bambooee paper towels instead! By buying these, you’ll not only do your part to save the environment…you’ll also save money! I like these so much that I wrote an entire blog post about them:
My Favorite Toxin-Free Skincare
Before I buy any skincare product, I consult EWG’s Skin Deep database to be sure it has a “safe” score. (For reference, I don’t buy any products that are rated higher than a 2.) These are the all-natural products that have revolutionized my skin:
Alitura’s products are my faaaavorite. Since I’ve been using their 100% natural skincare line, I’ve experienced zero breakouts, fewer blackheads and fine lines, and smaller pores.
To start, their clay mask is the best I’ve found. I mix the powder with one part apple cider vinegar + one part water and apply it to my face twice each week. It doesn’t smell great because it’s the real deal (it smells like the sea!), but works wonders for reducing fine lines, brightening skin, and reducing any discoloration. (Note: If you use apple cider vinegar in your mixture like I do, your skin may turn a bit red. Don’t be alarmed! The redness fades after an hour or so.)
Alitura’s facial cleanser is incredible: “This creamy cleanser uses an ancient Chinese beauty secret of Pearl Powder, a micro-exfoliator that is packed with calcium and magnesium to immediately brighten and leave your skin smoother. Carefully sourced, cutting edge ingredients such as Marine Collagen, Wildcrafted Tremella Mushroom (nature’s highest source of hyaluronic acid) Organic Panax Ginseng, Colloidal Silver and Organic Green Coffee to stimulate and “wake up” tired skin cells.”
Alitura’s night cream is thick and hydrating. It contains 10% hyaluronic acid; research suggests that “HA [hyaluronic acid] homeostasis exhibits a distinct profile in intrinsic skin aging, which is totally different of that in extrinsic skin aging.”
My Favorite Toxin-Free Makeup
Similar to skincare, it’s important to consult Skin Deep to be sure your makeup products are toxin-free. I have been using these basics for years and love them. (The brands obviously make additional products and different shades/colors.) I don’t wear much makeup (as evidenced below), mostly because I choose to invest in high-quality skincare instead. Better skin = less of a need for makeup! If you’re interested in finding additional trustworthy, toxin-free products that aren’t listed below, visit my favorite brand W3LL PEOPLE’s Amazon page or my favorite nontoxic makeup blog. Also, see my post “Nontoxic Makeup Exists…And It’s Incredible!”
My Favorite Toxin-Free Shower + Bathroom Cabinet Essentials
At this point, you know the drill! Consult EWG’s databases before purchasing anything that you’ll use on your skin, teeth, and hair.
I’ve tried several (I repeat: several) natural shampoos, and most don’t lather or clean my hair sufficiently. EVOLVh’s Ultra Shine Moisture Shampoo is a real game-changer! It’s a bit on the pricey side, but you barely need to use any. Also, it cleans my hair so well that I can wash it less frequently. One bottle of shampoo lasts me 3-4 months.
You’ve probably heard of the importance of healthy gut microbiota, but have you heard of the oral microbiome? Many of the standard mouthwashes act as bombs, killing “good” oral microbiota. Therefore, it’s important to find a mouth rinse—like Dr. Brite!—that allows the “good” bugs to survive and thrive.
I’m not an avid user of deodorant, but my husband likes this brand. Antiperspirants usually work better, but at a cost. It’s not great to prevent your body from sweating; thus, a natural deodorant is better.
My Favorite Toxin-Free Dishwashing Products
Why buy less-safe, toxic products when there are excellent alternatives?
According to Scotch Brite’s website, 50% of the scrubbing fibers of each sponge are made from agave plants, 100% of each sponge is made from plant-based fibers, each sponge is made from 23% recycled materials, and one sponge can outlast 30 rolls of paper towels.
My Favorite Toxin-Free Laundry Supplies
Make the switch from dryer sheets to wool dryer balls! They’re chemical-free and reusable:
My Favorite Cookware
I rest assured knowing none of these products will leach harmful chemicals into my food:
This cheap steamer basket will revolutionize your life! Simply fill your saucepan with about an inch of water, add the steamer basket, toss in your chopped veggies, cover the pan, and voila! Within minutes, you’ll have perfectly steamed veggies. (Note: You may need to add a tad more water mid-steaming. If you don’t the basket can burn!)
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