PANTRY STAPLES

I often get asked my recommendations for on-the-go packaged snacks. Here are the products I keep on rotation in my pantry. 

 

BETTER SNACKING

Most packaged products have an element of processing, so I won't say these are "healthy." Instead, let's stick with "less processed" and they tend to include better ingredients than conventional snacks.

JACKSON'S HONEST SWEET POTATO PUFFS

Jackson's Honest Sweet Potato Puffs are just about the cleanest "puff" out there, with just 5 ingredients. They also now come in Spicy Cheddar and Cheesy Cheddar Grain Free Puffs

LESSER EVIL PALEO PUFFS

I'm a huge fan of Lesser Evil Paleo Puffs for the sole reason that all the ingredients are much easier to digest than the typical "puff". 

I also like that the "cheese" flavor comes from nutritional yeast, because most other "cheese" flavored snacks have milk cultures, which adds another element of processing. 

GOOD HEALTH VEGGIE STRAWS

While I dislike the use of the word "veggie" in anything that is not a vegetable, I am more okay with the Good Health brand of Veggie Straws

They also include a good dose of vegetable powders that adds *some* nutritional value. 

LARABAR WITH SUPERFOODS

These Organic LaraBars with Superfoods have a 5-bar (top-rating) from the Cornucopia Institute. Take note that this rating applies to these specific "Superfood" Larabars. 

DON'T GO NUTS GRANOLA BAR

Don't Go Nuts is also a school-safe option. This company has not yet been rated by the Cornucopia Institute, but for now, it is certified organic and non-GMO. 

SIMPLE SQUARES NUTRITION BARS

Simple Squares also have a 5-bar (top-rating) from the Cornucopia institute and come in a variety of flavors. 

SIMPLE MILLS CHEDDAR CRACKERS

These Simple Mill crackers are a great replacement for cheeze-its, but they do contain nuts. They also come in rosemary and sea salt. 

SIMPLE MILLS SPROUTED EVERYTHING CRACKERS

These Everything Crackers are nut-free, made with Simple Mills' Seed Blend (flax*, sunflower, hemp, chia), Cassava Flour, Tapioca Starch, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Onion, Organic Garlic, Sea Salt, Citrus Flour, Rosemary Extract (for freshness).

UNIQUE SPROUTED GRAIN PRETZELS

Unique Pretzels are one of the few brands that does not have added sugars and uses sprouted grains. You already know that I love me some sprouted ingredients. 

INKA PLAINTAIN CHIPS

My kids and I love dipping Inka Plantain Chips in hummus or guacamole. 

LATE JULY CHIA & QUINOA CHIPS

We love Late July chips. I mean, chia and quinoa must mean they are good for me, right? 

SIETE FOODS GRAIN FREE TORTILLA CHIPS

Siete's entire line of chips are amazing, but the lime is our family favorite. 

Ingredients: cassava flour, avocado oil, coconut flour, ground chia seeds, sea salt, citric acid, lime oil.

JACKSON'S HONEST SEA SALT POTATO CHIPS

If you are craving that salty potato chip crunch, ditch the Lay's and get these. Jackson's Honest are cooked in coconut oil. 

MADEGOOD SOFT BAKED MINI COOKIES

MadeGood's soft baked cookies are my current obsession and I do love them. The sugar content is 6g per pouch which is not bad compared to most "snack food" in a pouch.  

MADEGOOD GRANOLA MINIS

MadeGood also has these granola minis, which are organic and non-GMO verified in a MadeGood Variety Pack

An added bonus is that they include vegetable powders and are one of the few packaged snack brands that have nutritional value. 

MADEGOOD VANILLA CRISPY SQUARES

MadeGood has a variety of products that I keep stocked as "treats" in the kids' lunchboxes.

This is a GREAT replacement for the other Krispie Bar out there, which include corn syrup, monotriglycerides, datem, and a number of other suspect ingredients. 

WOODSTOCK ORGANIC PEANUT BUTTER

Woodstock Peanut Butter has no sugar added and this huge jar lasts us quite a while, mainly because we rotate our nut/seed butters. 

SUNBUTTER SUNFLOWER SEED BUTTER

Sunflower Seed butter is a great nut-free alternative for school items. I've made banana sushi rolls with it, sb+j muffins, and used it as a base for eggroll dipping sauces that I need to send to school. 

BARNEY BUTTER ALMOND BUTTER

I love both the smooth and crunchy versions of Barney Butter

I use smooth almond butter for much of my paleo baking and the crunchy almond butter for when I'm feeling crunchy. Just kidding. I really enjoy it as a topping for Thai carrot-ginger soup. 

WILD FRIENDS PEANUT CASHEW SUPER BUTTER

Wild Friends Peanut Cashew Super Butter is my son's favorite nut butter. I definitely keep this on rotation in our house. 

VEGGIE GOS FRUIT+VEGGIE STRIPS

Veggie Gos Fruit+Veggie Strips have no sugar added and are made with whole fruits. Be sure to get the ones with *some* veggies like Berry, Apple, & Spinach

HUNGRY BUDDHA COCONUT JERKY

Hungry Buddha's Coconut Jerky is a filling snack that is flavorful. It is chewy like "jerky" and comes in a variety of flavors: jalapeno, teriyaki, and cacao

GO RAW SPROUTED COOKIES

Go Raw Sprouted Cookies come in a variety of flavors: choco crunch, ginger spice, lemon pie and spiced chai

GIMME ORGANIC SEAWEED SNACKS

Gimme Organic Seaweed is one of my kids' favorite snacks. They have started crushing them over their homemade "sushi" bowls and we love doing poke bowls that way now. 

EPIC Sweet & Savory Bison & Uncured Bacon Bites

EPIC Sweet & Savory bison bites are probably the most tender out of the three EPIC products I buy (Bison Bites, Sesame Ginger Chicken Bites, and Sriracha Tender Beef Steak). 

Ingredients: Natural Bison, Uncured Bacon (Pork, Water, Salt, Vinegar, Celery Powder), Golden Raisins, Chia Seeds.

The New Primal Grass-Fed Beef Stick

The New Primal Grass-Fed Beef Sticks have been the kids new favorite lately. 

Ingredients: Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished Beef, Honey, Lemon Peel, Sea Salt, Encapsulated Lactic Acid*, Celery Juice (Celery, Sea Salt), Garlic, Onion, White Pepper, Ginger, Black Pepper, in Collagen Casing. *Derived from non-gmo source, not from dairy.

Chomps Grass-Fed Beef Stick

Chomps Grass-Fed Beef Sticks are similarly packaged, but seasoned without honey or sweeteners. My kids do like this one a lot and it has come in handy for car rides. They are not as hard to chew as actual jerky - they are much more tender. 

Ingredients: 100% grass-fed beef, water, sea salt, lactic acid, celery juice, black pepper, red pepper, garlic powder, coriander, stuffed in a collagen casing.

PROTEIN POWDERS

Plant based protein powders.

NUTIVA PLANT BASED VANILLA PROTEIN

I keep Nutiva Plant Protein Vanilla and Chocolate flavors in my pantry because I like alternative flavors depending on my mood. 

I like putting a tablespoon or so of this in the kids' smoothies for the additional vitamins.  

 

NUTIVA PLANT BASED CHOCOLATE PROTEIN

I love combining Nutiva Plant Based Chocolate Protein with peanut butter and nut/hemp milk for a superfood smoothie. 

 

COOKING OILS

My choices for cooking oils.

AVOCADO OIL

This is my go-to cooking oil for high-heat cooking. It has a very high smoke point and the flavor is not noticeable in cooking. I like Chosen Foods Avocado Oil, Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil, and the Avocado Oil Spray (by Chosen Foods). 

CHOSEN FOODS AVOCADO OIL

Costco offers Chosen Foods Avocado Oil at a better price point (and larger bottle). 

GHEE

I make my own ghee with Organic Valley Pasture Butter or Kerrygold, but if you need ready made ghee, Pure Indian Foods is rated 4 (Excellent) on Cornucopia Institute's Dairy scorecard for their GrassFed Ghee

COCONUT OIL

I have been using Nutiva unrefined coconut oil for years now and keep extra jars stocked for cooking and baking. 

OLIVE OIL

I love Kasandrinos olive oil, but I've only been able to purchase it online. I usually stock up with tins when they go on sale, but I also use Lucini, which is available in many stores and is QAI certified

CALIFORNIA OLIVE RANCH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

California Olive Ranch is likely the most bang for your buck olive oil that is readily available in most retailers. California Olive Ranch also scored well* in the UC Davis Study, which evaluated the quality of olive oils. *I think it is important to disclose that California Olive Ranch also was one of the financial backers of the study. 

THRIVE ALGAE OIL

I recently started using Thrive Algae Oil after reading about its high Omega-3 levels (compared to many cooking oils with higher Omega-6 levels). It has a mild taste and a high smoke point for tempering. 

NUTIVA ORGANIC SHORTENING

I use Nutiva Organic Shortening occasionally, when a recipe calls for shortening or when I'm looking to replace butter in a recipe. 

CHAI SUPPLIES

Making chai is an art, but making dairy-free chai is a magical process. My Instagram Story Highlights has a step-by-step guide on how I make dairy-free chai that won't curdle your alternative milk.

DAVIDSON'S ROOIBOS LOOSE LEAF CHAI

This herbal Davidson's Rooibos loose leaf chai has cardamon and spices mixed in for a great flavor. I combine it with Wagh Bakri when I am brewing the water portion of my chai. 

AYURVEDIC CHAI MASALA

This is my favorite chai masala.  The ingredients are a blend of Organic Ceylon Cinnamon powder, Organic ground Ginger, Organic ground Cardamom, Organic ground Nutmeg, Organic ground Clove, Organic ground Black Pepper.

BALL MASON JARS W/PLASTIC LIDS

These 24oz Ball Mason Jars come with plastic lids (instead of metal, which rusts easily). I really like these - they are dishwasher safe and also great for storing homemade nut milks. 

GRAINS

We try to limit our grains to healthier options at home, so that we don't feel so bad when we splurge when we eat out. For home, we typically have organic rice, pasta & breads.

LUNDBERG FARMS BASMATI RICE

Lundberg Organic Basmati Rice is a great option for those who are worried about avoiding arsenic in rice. I've used this rice for spanish rice, keechdi, jeera rice and it has always come out great. 

LOTUS FOODS ORGANIC BASMATI RICE

When I can find Lotus Foods Organic Basmati Rice, I definitely stock up. Their Forbidden Rice and Red Rice is also delicious and a fun way to change it up and get the kids excited about new dishes! 

ALTER ECO HEIRLOOM QUINOA

Alter Eco Pearl Quinoa is one of my favorite quinoa brands and I use it as a partial substitute for rice in traditional rice based recipes (idli, dhokla, handvo, etc.) and it comes out great. Be sure to soak and drain the quinoa to remove the bitter saponin. 

ONE DEGREE SPROUTED WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR

I love all One Degree products, but their Sprouted Whole Wheat Flour has allowed me to bake things like cinnamon rolls, cookies, and muffins without the guilt of eating processed, refined flours. We also use this flour for roti and it comes out thin and soft! 

ONE DEGREE SPROUTED SPELT FLOUR

One Degree's Sprouted Spelt Flour is also a staple for us. Spelt is lower in gluten, so for those that have gluten sensitivities, you may find that you can digest baked goods made with spelt much easier than whole wheat. 

ARROWHEAD MILLS ORGANIC ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR

I rarely keep All-Purpose Flour in the house, but if I do need to use it for a recipe, I will use this Arrowhead Mills All-Purpose Flour (unbleached). Arrowhead Mills also makes a Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour

King Arthur's Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour is also a great option and easy to find in stores. 

GRAINBRAIN ORGANIC WHITE WHEAT

If you absolutely cannot stand whole (red) wheat flour, this GrainBrain White Wheat flour can be used for making bread and muffins without that "wheat" taste. 

365 EVERYDAY WHOLE WHEAT SPAGHETTI

365 Everyday Whole Wheat Spaghetti cooks great and is a less processed option compared to enriched flour spaghetti and even most gluten-free options. 

BIONATURAE PASTA

Bionaturae Pasta in general has a minimally processed rating from the EWG, so any of their organic pastas are good options. I try to stick to whole grain at home, since restaurants rarely offer it. Their gluten-free varieties are also great. 

TRU ROOTS ANCIENT GRAIN PASTA

TruRoots Ancient Grain Pasta comes in a TruRoots Pasta (variety bundle). I've tried the fusilli (spirals) and it came out great! 

TOLERANT LENTIL PASTAS

Tolerant Lentil Pasta is pretty easy to find in most grocery stores. I have tried a few lentil based pastas and Tolerant cooks well without turning into mush. 

ONE DEGREE SPROUTED OATS

One Degree Sprouted Rolled Oats and Quick-Cooking Oats are a staple in my pantry. I love that this brand is one of the least processed brands of sprouted grain products I've been able to find. 

365 OLD-FASHIONED ROLLED OATS

If I can't find One Degree, I would use 365 Organic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats. The EWG's glyophosate testing results for this brand were "ND" (none detected). 

ANCIENT HARVEST QUINOA FLAKES

I used Quinoa Flakes as a "baby cereal" base when introducing solids to my kids. I would experiment with all sorts of mix-ins (cinnamon, blueberries, peaches, etc.) and even savory mix-ins such as peas, carrots, tempered mustard seeds, cumin, etc.).

SWEETENERS

The sweeteners I keep in stock are local raw honey (which I use daily), liquid monk fruit sweetener, coconut sugar, maple syrup & jaggery (gaur).

LAKANTO MONKFRUIT SWEETNER

This Lakanto MonkFruit Sweetener is the closest thing to tasting like real sugar I have found. I do want to point out that it has the ingredient "Natural Flavors". If you are looking for a cleaner option, I recommend Julian Bakery's Pure Organic MonkFruit Sweetener. It's one of the few monk fruit powders I have seen with ZERO added ingredients. The main caveat I would warn about is that monk fruit tends to be VERY sweet. Although the packaging says 1:1, I recommend putting only a very small amount to start. 

BIG TREE BROWN COCONUT SUGAR

One bag of this Big Tree Coconut Sugar also lasts me about 4-6 months. I also like Madhava Coconut Sugar, Wholesome Coconut Sugar, and all three of these brands bake well. 

COOMBS FAMILY FARMS MAPLE SYRUP

I buy this Coombs Family Farms Maple Syrup in bulk when it goes on sale because it stays in the fridge and can last our family nearly a year. They also make a maple sugar that I have used in baking and it is great! 

WEDDERSPOON RAW MANUKA HONEY

I keep this Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey for eating raw & unheated. Manuka honey has antimicrobial benefits, but those enzymes are destroyed if heated, so I like to mash this raw with berries and create a "jam" or just have the kids take a teaspoon with turmeric if they are getting a sore throat. 

JUST DATE SYRUP

I like to keep Just Date Syrup on hand for when the kids ask for syrup on a waffle or pancake. They mainly like to see a little "drizzle" of something, so this works without shooting up their sugar levels. 

If you are looking for an organic date syrup, check out The Date Lady's Pure Organic Date Syrup (but it is in a jar, not a squeeze bottle).  

LOCAL RAW HONEY

I understand this is just an image of a jar of honey. I suggest you get some local honey from your nearby farmer's market!  Use this Local Honey Finder to find local honey near you. 

WHOLESOME DARK BROWN SUGAR

I like Wholesome! Brown Sugar. I keep regular sugars in stock (typically around the latter half of the year), when I tend to do more conventional baking (schools are a nut-free zone, so I don't send treats with nut flours for teachers). 

 

WHOLESOME CANE SUGAR

One Wholesome Cane Sugar package lasts me probably the entire year. That is mainly because we are using other sweeteners at home for the most part. That DOES not mean, however, that we are not consuming refined sugars elsewhere (refined sugars are in many packaged foods and restaurant foods we consume). 

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