Although I think it's ideal to eat the majority of your food from a local farmer, there are items that I love to have on hand that make modern eating much easier and more delicious.
Real Food Meal Plans
Whether you’re stuck in a rut for inspiration or just can’t get organized to cook, this is a game-changer. Real Plans is a meal planner with super powers. It creates a custom plan to suit your family’s size, busy schedule, and ever-changing needs. You can set up your account to be traditional, paleo, aip or vegetarian and even choose preferences (like, no tomatoes, no onions, etc). Real plans then generates recipes and shopping lists for you from your favorite bloggers like Nom Nom Paleo, Wellness Mama, and Melissa Joulwan. This is so much more than a PDF of weekly meal ideas. Check it out – I recommend it to everyone I run into!
Thrive Market: Get Healthy Groceries Up to 50% OFF Delivered to You!
Thrive is an online marketplace delivering natural foods to you at a huge discount. I’m all about supporting your local veggie farmer, grass-fed cattle rancher, and buying other local products, but for pantry staples, you just can’t beat Thrive. They have all of the products I LOVE at a huge discount from what I used to pay. It’s convenient and simple to shop, and I love their commitment to giving back.
- Register for free to browse the Thrive catalog, see member savings, and receive 15% off your first purchase.
- With your first purchase on Thrive, you’ll start a free 30-day membership trial. See how much you save. Cancel any time.
- Join Thrive for just $59.95 and save on the world’s best healthy products for a full year. With your membership, Thrive will sponsor a low-income family.
Pete’s Paleo – Healthy & Delicious Meals, Shipped Right to You!
I’m a big fan of Pete Servold and think there’s no better way to guarantee that you’ll be eating delicious, healthy, and farm-fresh meals than to give his meal delivery service a try. I highly recommend Pete’s Paleo to all of my busy friends and clients – and if you know a new mom or have a busy friend who needs help with meals, this service makes a terrific gift!
Want fresh paleo meals delivered to your home? Let Pete’s Paleo help you! Using a paleo food delivery service can help improve your life no matter who you are. From athletes to busy moms, why not free up some of your time and still eat healthy, seasonal, organic meals, all for less than eating at a restaurant or shopping at your local health food store. Allow Pete’s Paleo meal delivery service to plan, shop, cook and deliver fresh paleo meals to your door!
Epic Hunt & Harvest Mix
The EPIC Hunt & Harvest Mix is an innovation on how we conceptualize the time tested “trail mix”. In a truly EPIC fashion, we combine 100% grass fed, organic beef jerky with nutrient rich berries, nuts, and seeds. Each Hunt & Harvest Mix is packed with an EPIC serving of protein, low in sugar, gluten free, grain free, and absent of both soy and dairy. The end result is a perfect combination of animal and plant based superfoods.
Epic Bites Sampler
EPIC Bites are better for you, shareable, snacks that fit into a category of their own. More similar to jerky, EPIC Bites are created by combining whole animal muscle meat with flavor forward spice combinations. We take it to the next level by adding superfood seeds and fruit. These savory bite sized energy bombs are a perfect option for those looking for high quality animal protein on the go. EPIC Bites are rich in protein, low in sugar, gluten free, grain free, and absent of both soy and dairy. Eat how you live, wild & free!
Ultimate Epic Bars N’ Bites Box
Say hello to The Ultimate Epic Bars n’ Bites Box! This box is the perfect way to sample ALL 9 Epic Bar flavors and ALL 4 Epic Bites flavors conveniently! CONTENTS: • 1 Bacon Bar • 1 Bacon Bites • 1 Beef Apple Bacon Bar • 1 Beef Cranberry Sriracha Bites • 1 Beef Habanero Cherry Bar • 1 Bison Bacon Chia Bites • 1 Bison Bacon Cranberry Bar • 1 Chicken Sesame BBQ Bar • 1 Chicken Sesame BBQ Bites • 1 Chicken Sriracha Bar • 1 Lamb Currant Mint Bar • 1 Pulled Pork Pineapple Bar • 1 Turkey Almond Cranberry Bar
Epic Bar – Variety Pack (9 Flavors)
EPIC Bar, the original meat, fruit, and nut bar, is a savory high protein snack designed to inspire your most EPIC adventures. Consistent with the simple yet powerful diets consumed by our ancestors, the EPIC Bar is packed with the highest quality animal meat available. Each bar is rich in protein, low in sugar, gluten free, grain free, and absent of both soy and dairy.
Whole30 Classic Kit
This Whole30 approved kit has everything you need to jump start your road to success. Makes a great gift to yourself or to support your buddy who is taking the plunge. I’m a huge fan of the program and love all of the products included here. Sold by Barefoot Provisions.
Whole30 MEGA KIT
Are you starting a Whole30 or do you know someone who is? If so, then here is a great gift to yourself or to support your buddy. It features a great assortment of clean snacks like bars, nuts, seafood and jerky curated by Barefoot Provisions. I am a big fan of the Whole30 AND I love everything in this kit.
Primal Palate Organic Spices
This high quality line of organic herbs and spices are fresh and packed with intense flavor. I’m especially a fan of the blends! The Adobo Seasoning, Barbecue Rub and Meat & Potatoes Seasoning are all you need to add to your dishes to bring a normal weeknight side dish or meat to a whole new level. Buy them for yourself or send them as a gift. I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do!
These are delicious – the best tasting “emergency protein” sticks on the market. I keep a bunch on hand in case I am caught in a situation where I can’t easily find a good meal. They source their pork from pasture-raised pigs, don’t add chemicals, and have really done a great job perfecting their recipe.
The Roam Maple Bacon Snack Sticks from Singing Prairie Farm deliver both a delicious flavor and exceptional nutritional content you just won’t find in traditional meat sticks. The maple bacon flavor is the perfect marriage of sweet and savory, but it’s the nutritional profile of the stick that will amaze you.
The Roam sticks are:
- All Natural
- 100% Pasture-Raised, Forage-Fed Pork
- Raised on a Farm that Follows Organic Practices
- MSG and Gluten Free
- Extremely High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- No Nitrates/Nitrites
Sea Salt Toasted Coconut Chips
You see the label: “dang”. You smile a little, thinking, “that’s cute”. You tear open the bag and pull out a piece or two and give them a chomp. Ok, now the smile is bigger, and you think, “this name is perfect!”. That’s pretty much what it is like to first try Dang Toasted Sea Salt Coconut Chips. Everyone has the same reaction – we all go into it thinking they’ll probably be good. But…. dang! They’re dangerously close to being worthy of a habit. With just two ingredients and no added sweetener, there’s nothing getting in the way of the pure coconutty flavor and toasty crunch. Sold by my partners at Barefoot Provisions.
The first time I tried one of these, I couldn’t believe how amazing they were. They taste like “if butter was a nut”.
Hustle to make room in your nut hatch for Pili Nuts, the best thing to hit your tongue since that first childhood macadamia straight out of the gift box from your aunt’s trip to Hawaii. You see, there’s a nut spectrum that you might not fully realize. At one end are starchy things like chestnuts, progressing through peanuts and cashews and almonds to super fatty macadamia. But wait: we’ve all missed one. “Excuse me,” says the Pili Nut, “my amazing texture and flavor put your macadamias in their proper place as just a pretty good nut.” The Pili is a rare and wonderful treat, so buttery it seems deep-fried, so smooth you’ll never smile at those cashews again. Sold by my partner, Barefoot Provisions.
Kuzu Root Starch
This is my go-to thickener for sauces and stews. Eden Organic Kuzu Root Starch is a versatile, superior thickener that doesn’t separate after cooking like others. Great for sauces, pie fillings, gravy, desserts and soups. Kuzu is a long valued health food for soothing the stomach.
Organic Coconut Flour is a delicious, healthy alternative to wheat and other grain flours. It is very high in fiber, low in digestible carbohydrates, a good source of protein and gluten free. It lends baked goods an incomparably rich texture and a unique, natural sweetness.
Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate 85% Dark
If you’re as serious about your chocolate as I am, then this is your bar. It’s intense, smooth, and Fair Trade Certified. Perfection. I eat a square of this on a daily basis!
SeaSnax (12 pack)
These are a fantastic and delicious way to get some iodine into your diet. When you ditch the industrially processed salt and switch to sea salt, it’s important to include some seaweed into your diet to support your thyroid. These taste so great and even my kids can devour an entire package in one sitting. They don’t last long in my house, which is why I buy them in bulk.
Dried Shitake Mushrooms
Dried mushrooms are a great thing to have in the cabinet to add a little umami to a weeknight dish. Rehydrate them and add to meatballs, sauces or soups. I usually keep a bunch of different varieties on hand, but shiitakes are my go-to favorite.
Great for a snack, these sardines are an excellent source of omega-3’s and calcium. My kids gobble them up! Try them on a sandwich, on a salad, or mixed with your favorite pasta sauce over zucchini noodles.
Organic Coconut Oil
I love to sear a piece of pork in coconut oil, and use it frequently with vegetables too. I also love to put it on my skin when I first get out of the shower. It’s easily digested by those who don’t have a gallbladder because it’s a rich source of MCTs. This brand also has a fantastic flavor.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This stuff is great as a culinary ingredient but also as a health aid. It can help improve digestion when taken in a small amount before meals. I also use it with marinades and salad dressings.
I first found out about these from my buddy Michelle Tam and have been adding them to my morning eggs ever since she first served it to me. They are toasted, sweet, mild and crunchy pieces of organic garlic that can be used to top anything from salads and sushi to potatoes and popcorn.
Smoked Celtic Sea Salt
I love adding smoked sea salt as a rub for grilled meats or as an addition to potato or tuna salad. Tended for 60 hours over a slowly smoldering fire, the salt is full of the sweet and smokey flavor of orchard grown, red Rome beauty apple wood. It’s an unexpected twist to lots of recipes!
Celtic Sea Salt
I love using this salt. It has no additives and is not processed in any way beyond drying and grinding. It’s kosher certified, hand harvested, and certified Nature et Progrès, the highest level of certification allowed in France. Celtic Sea Salt products never contain anti-caking agents, bleaching agents, or additives of any kind. Unlike ordinary table salts, Celtic Sea Salt products provide potassium, magnesium and other important trace minerals.
Red Boat Fish Sauce
Don’t be scared of fish sauce! I use it all the time and my kids have no idea, I promise!
Red Boat “nuoc mam” is the secret ingredient in South East Asian cooking. The savory, sweet, and umami-laden sauce gives dishes a unique, rich and satisfying dimension. Red Boat is an all-natural, first press, “extra virgin” Vietnamese fish sauce. It does not contain added water, preservatives or MSG. Made from a two hundred year-old, chemical free, artisanal process, Red Boat uses only the freshest cá com (black anchovy), salted minutes after leaving the sea then slow aged for over a year in traditional wooden barrels. Red Boat anchovies are sourced exclusively from the crystal clear waters off the Phu Quoc Island archipelago. Whether you are a master chef or enthusiastic home cook, we guarantee you the highest quality product and the best results.
Safe Catch Tuna
Safe Catch is a trusted source for delicious and high omega 3 tuna. Their wild albacore tuna is caught with a pole and line the highest quality fish are hand selected and then tested for mercury. Each and every fish is tested for mercury and only those fish that meet their strict mercury standards for albacore three and a third times 3.33x less than the fda limit are allowed to be packed in their BPA-free cans. No salt or fillers are added. Safe catch albacore tuna is hand cut raw packed and cooked to seal in all oils vital to health. Case of 12. Capacity – 5 oz.
Primal Kitchen Mayo
One of the products I missed most when I changed my diet was store-bought mayo. Sure, I can make my own, but it takes time, makes a mess, and doesn’t keep long. There are a few mayos now that are made with good ingredients but this one is by far the best tasting. Primal Kitchen mayo is made with pure avocado oil, cage-free organic eggs and organic vinegar – no offensive blend of synthetic industrial seed oils or trans fats allowed!
Honey Mustard Vinaigrette by Primal Kitchen
I have to admit that making my own salad dressing sometimes holds me back from eating more salad. I just don’t always have the time, and used to miss pre-made dressing. This honey mustard dressing is a life saver! It’s delicious AND made with healthy oils so I don’t have to compromise on quality. Avocado oil forms the base, with lemon and mustard and a touch of honey merging into one perfect union with spices and salt. Brilliant. Sold by Barefoot Provisions.
Kasandrinos Organic Olive Oil
Kasandrinos olive oils are imported directly from the family olive groves where they are grown and cold-pressed in the Sparta region of Greece. Founded by Effi and Tony Kasandrinos, the company combines their passion for health and love for family in a pristine product that honors both their personal heritage and the family’s ancestral wisdom.
The majority of the olives used to make Kasandrinos olive oil are of the Koroneiki variety, known for having high levels of polyphenols, potent antioxidants that can boost overall health. By harnessing the ideal growing conditions of the region, the Kasandrinos family presses the ripe olives within 48 hours of harvest using only cold extraction methods. All olive oil is then stored in temperature sensitive stainless steel tanks to protect from light and heat and maintain the freshest tasting olive oils.
Kasandrinos olive oils are the perfect base for homemade salad dressings and marinades, and impart a flavor all their own to dishes. With Kasandrinos, olive oil is no longer relegated to the supporting cast – with such a dynamic flavor profile, it takes center stage.
Kasandrinos olive oil is available for purchase online along with Kasandrino’s olive oil-based skincare products, like Lush Lemon Rose Olive Oil Soap and Body Polishing Scrub.
Tanka Bar – Variety Pack of 6
I really enjoy these as a quick snack before the gym or for my kids, after school – I also love to pack them for when I have to travel.
- Includes Two 1-oz bars of each flavor: Slow Smoked Original, Spicy Pepper, and Apple Orange Peel
- 7 g Protein, 70 Calories, & 0 g Trans Fat per Bar
- Made by the Native American Lakota Tribe in South Dakota, from a traditional recipe
- Minimally Processed, No Artificial Ingredients
- No Nitrates, Hormones, Soy, or MSG, Gluten-Free