Some things of note: This is not a sprint, this is a slow, and mindful transition. This is an exhaustive list of things I have found over many years. This is in no way a "starter" set. You do not need to have everything here to make high quality food. My suggestion is to replace things with these high quality items as you run out of what you use currently.
Though these links run your purchase through my amazon affiliate association, the cost to you is the same. If you do have prime, and don't feel like hunting things down this is a great way to go. If you can find them more affordably elsewhere, I highly encourage it. I am happy to answer any questions, please send me an email.
This delicious cold pressed, minimally processed monounsaturated oil is a favorite to sauté or stir fry at high temps. Neutral flavor makes it a great alternative to coconut oil for many applications.
Virgin Coconut oil is so versatile. Cook with it at high temps for a delicious plant based saturated fat. This size is great to divvy up into smaller pots and use in the bathroom and even in the bedroom ;)
Cold pressed oils are free from weird toxic practices that infuse the oils with harmful solvents. Dark colored bottles ensure that the delicate nature of these monounsaturated oils is in tact. Use this to dress salads or as a finishing oil.
This is an incredible tasting source of Essential Omega 3 fatty acids. Cold pressed, pure flax seed oil supports your bodies ability to anti-inflame.
Tahini is sesame butter. You can use this to make dressings, hummus, dips, spreads and more. This brand is particularly great because it is made in a facility without other allergens, and it is made traditionally - grinding the sesame seeds by stone, without the use of machinery and solvents which denature the oils.
A little goes a long way, add it into your marinades or towards the end of cooking your stir fry- this oil packs a huge flavor punch.
This is a nutrient dense saturated cooking fat to use for high heat cooking. It is mild in flavor, and carries the same rich profile as butter- but without the dairy. Anything that calls for ghee gets swapped out for this instead at my house.
This has replaced any kind of nut butter in my life. I'm obsessed with it, and you'll soon know why. It is naturally sweet, rich and full of healthy saturated fat. Put it on fruit, or in between layers of Pascha chocolate for a homemade coconut butter cup that is everything.
These little tiny seeds pack a big nutritional punch. They are rich in Gamma Linoleic Acid- a necessary component for your body to build the anti inflammatory hormone type substance called prostaglandins. Hemp milk is my favorite milk alternative, no soaking required.
Snack on them raw, or top salads or stir fry's with them- they add crunch and a rich nutty flavor to your life. I make vegan cheese using these, and it is magic.
Kali and I finish these packs off quicker than I'd like to admit. They are perfect for scooping, rolling, and vesseling any number of delicious creations. The key with this brand is that they do not use any weird funky fillers or oils- seaweed, olive oil and salt. Also check out the larger nori sheets- perfect for burrito-ing.
These are nature's candy, and pack a serious sugar rush, so proceed with caution. Just one little date packs a hugely nutrient dense daily profile of fiber, potassium, magnesium and B6. Perfect to add a pinch of sweet to your homemade dairy free milk, or to treat yourself by drizzling in coconut butter. Great to balance acidity in dressings, marinades and sauces.
This stuff is as pure as it gets. No soy, no sugar, no vanilla. Just 100% Cacao mass. Its strong, and bold and the perfect building block to create homemade keto cups. You can add your own preferred sweetener (Monk Fruit Sweetener) and flavor (almond) to create something perfect for your tastes and objectives.
I can't tell you how delicious these are- you really have to try for yourself. Love picking up the original flavor at Trader Joe's- but our household favorite is Cranberry! I have to be honest with you guys. Even though I stay true to my values and won't ever yuck your yum, Epic bars and many other portable meat snacks are just NOT my bag, baby. Chomps sticks have great ingredients, flavors and the texture is on POINT.
Even though life is all about moderation, I do not have a moderation setting when it comes to some of these snacks. Made with coconut oil, salt, potatoes, AND LOVE- this family business created an entirely new way to cook these chips without denaturing the oil. Low and slow kettle cooked potato chips with no junk ingredients from their families to ours. For those indulgent moments- snack on these instead of their hydrogenated and toxic counterparts.
It was love at first cracker. You know how much I love to entertain? Now that I've gotten the best fancy AF grain free crackers and the hang of making diary free cheese, (Thanks to Vegan Cheese by Jules Aron) I am all over the dairy free, grain free but on-point cheese platter. No deprivation over here, thank you very much.
These are also incredible and serve a different purpose in my house. These are the grain free 'saltine' substitute- great for enjoying with soups, stews and scooping up dips. I highly recommend the sea salt flavor, not too fond of the other flavors.
Salty Snacks, Yes please! These are good for a clean (corn free) chip made with avocado oil. for all your dipping needs. I personally, am not into the other flavors, we stick with the sea salt.
Learning to love and embrace the lettuce wrap, collarito (collad wrapped burrito) and coconut wrap is essential (and easy IMO). But, sometimes you just need a legit taco. Don't deprive yourself, because eating in this way isn't sustainable if you do. Buy the tortilla, make the taco, and enjoy every minute.
Wrap it uppppp. These are super high quality, and really satisfying for those same cravings. No, it's not bread- but it is bomb. AF.
Last salty snack, I promise. These are way cheaper at select Whole Foods. They are DELICIOUS. Super thick, and crunchy and perfect to satisfy a nacho craving?
This organic magic powder dusts most of my food. It's salty, slightly crunchy and full of umami power for all things from eggs to stir fry.
Wake up that stomach acid first thing in the morning with a few tsp's in your water. Unless you are hard and can swig it straight- which I NO can do. Kudos to you, friend. This is also clutch in your broth for breaking down those bones and releasing the minerals and nutrients.
These little bad boys are dangerous, in the best possible way, of course. If you are going to indulge- this is the way to go and they are my favorite movie theatre purse snack.
This saucy, sweet, earthy, umami mother-of-goodness is essential in your gluten free pantry. This brand is the best, IMO. It is thicker and more flavorful than the brand you'll find in stores.
Get over your aversion to the strong smell and buy it (unless you are allergic to fish, of course.) It will up the flavor ante in anything. I use it in my stocks, stews, soups, stir fry's and anything else saucy and savory that starts with an "s".
This collection will give you everything you need to get going in the kitchen. The small size will be great to be introduced to various flavors and profiles, without committing much space (or too many funds) to a full sized bottle. I can't wait to help you get better acquainted, and more comfortable mixing, matching and blending these to help support your health gaining journey!
This stuff is tasteless, odorless, and a really powerful supplement. Mix it into your water, coffee, broth, tea...anything liquid. It has done wonders to help me heal and seal my leaky gut- because a girl can't drink bone broth all day erryday. This is a great way to help rebuild the integrity of your intestinal lining.
I love having this on hand to make an awesome (refined sugar free) sweet and sour sauce, or any kind of fruit based marinade or simmering sauce. This is also delicious in peanut butter and jelly fat balls.
TBH I just copied and pasted it from their website, because I couldn't say it better myself- but I will add that it tastes damned good. . Real Salt is the only brand of sea salt harvested from an ancient, pristine ocean near Redmond, Utah. We bring it to you exactly as nature created it – unrefined, ancient sea salt with a complete blend of minerals and a subtle, sweet flavor unlike any salt on earth.
The best ONE flour to have in your pantry.
This is great to make egg free deserts because this will act like a binder in many recipes. It is also fantastic supplement to add to soups, broths, smoothies, and essential for making gut healthy gummies!
You do not need fancy frills to make that good good. It can make things easier, and more enjoyable for the long haul. Every trades(wo)man needs tools- and these are mine.
This cookware is my favorite. It is all hand crafted by Columbian artisans. The families of La Chamba have been producing this non-toxic clay earthenware for over 700 years in the same manner. It cooks super evenly, retains heat beautifully and is equal parts cookware and serve ware. Gorgeous and timeless, this is what I used on the daily in my kitchen.
This tool is a mainstay- I use it nearly everyday. Sweet smoothies, savory soups and sexy sauces - there is literally NOTHING this beautiful baby can't do.
This is the best spiralizer on the market, and trust me I've tried them all. Don't cheap out on this because you can trust this design to take on projects such as butternut squash noodles- which might take off a finger on the other models.
You could go with a fancier model, but this trusty girl does all the good tricks.
This is my preferred brand of stick blender. My Oma insisted on buying me this brand for my wedding because she had been gifted one 60 years ago. She claims had she not misplaced it, it would still be working. Good enough for me!
Super practical, and functional- glass bowls are a must have in your home kitchen.
I love this knife. I've since invested in a few other brands- but this is a trusty go-to home knife.
Glass Tupperware is crucial for storing and reheating your meal prep. You can stick these in the oven, making it both a storage and serving vessel in one.
Perfect for brothscicles, egg muffins, chocolate coconut butter cups, and a million and one more things- I use these on a regular basis.
You are learning to be active in the kitchen- and part of that means activating your senses. Touch your salt, taste your food and learn how to have a hands-on approach to nourishing yourself.
Wood Chopping boards are the safest for food safety, and knife safety. They also make wonderful serving trays for appetizers.
These are ideal for all your stashing needs. I use them for everything from snacks, prepped ingredients, and securing travel toiletries. In my effort to reduce my personal plastic use, these have become indispensable in my kitchen. They have a new half gallon size and it perfect for marinading all the goods.
This machine is incredible if you want to preserve food. I make all sorts of vegetable /fruit leathers/crackers, along with drying herbs, fruits and vegetables.
These will help set your standards as you learn how to improvise and wing it a little in your kitchen.
These straws are clutch for your plastic free drink consumption game. Stick it in your iced coffee, tea or smoothie for a conscious culture alternative to disposable.
These wide mouth ball canning jars are incredible for holding anything from dressings, to broth and beyond. I also stick freshly picked flowers in them, because why not?
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