Welcome to my Blog about Food and Well-being!

I am often asked to share my knowledge of food and recipes. After changing my diet four years ago from a typical "Western" diet to a mostly whole-foods and plant-based diet, I have seen incredible changes in my health and well-being. I have spent countless hours researching and love helping those who are ready to feel better. The underlying theme? YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. Read on to find out more.


Here is a working list of things you should try to keep in your pantry, fridge, cabinets or counter. 

  • Organic cereals that contain fewer than 8 grams of sugar (2 tsp) per serving
  • Organic rolled oats (for oatmeal and homemade granola recipes)
  • Milk alternatives, such as unsweetened almond, hemp, soy or rice (or make your own!)
  • Organic granola bars with fewer than 8 grams (2 tsp) of sugar per serving
  • Sulfate-free dried fruits, preferably unsweetened
  • Variety of nuts (should be stored in freezer if not used within a few weeks)
  • Organic popcorn kernels (heat grapeseed oil in pot, toss in kernels, cover and pop!)
  • Organic, cold-pressed, unrefined oils (olive, coconut, walnut, grapeseed)
  • Natural sweeteners (honey, agave, brown rice syrup)
  • Vinegars (unseasoned brown rice, unseasoned rice wine, balsamic, apple cider, red wine, white wine, umeboshi)
  • Organic canned beans (garbanzo, black, cannelini, kidney, adzuki)
  • Organic grains (quinoa - both regular and red, amaranth, millet, brown rice - both short and long grain, sushi rice)
  • Organic pasta (I prefer black rice, brown rice or quinoa pastas)
  • Organic dried lentils and beans (black, adzuki, pinto, etc.)
  • Organic flours (should be frozen if not used within 6-8 weeks, so buy sparingly in bulk) (whole wheat pastry, buckwheat, quinoa, corn)
  • Dried seaweeds (nori, kombu, dulse, wakame,arame, kuzu, agar agar)
  • Organic soy sauce/shoyu and/or tamari
  • Chia seeds

  • Organic creamy almond butter
  • Organic creamy peanut butter
  • Organic tahini
  • Sesame oil (sesame seeds turn rancid quickly, so store seeds and oil in fridge)
  • Umeboshi plums or umeboshi paste (purchase at Whole Foods or other similar store)
  • Organic, free range eggs (preferably from a local farm)
  • 100% real maple syrup
  • Organic sweet white miso
  • Dijon mustard
  • Vegainase (vegan mayo that has no egg yolks, so less fattening too)
  • As many fresh, organic (preferably locally grown) veggies you can fit into your fridge!
  • Organic apples, oranges, pears and any other locally-grown fruit (preferably not tropical)
  • Sesame seeds (dry roast and fill a glass jar)
  • Ground flax seed

  • Seeds and nuts (if not eaten within 2 weeks)
  • Flours (if not eaten within a month or so)
  • Organic edamame
  • 100% juice popsicles, preferably homemade with organic juice, fruit and/or yogurt
  • Organic, whole grain bread
  • Organic tortillas
  • Organic, homemade pancakes and waffles (for quick breakfasts)

  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Onions

  • Stainless steel pots and pans with NO NON-STICK FINISH
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Enameled cast iron stock pots and skillets
  • Quality knives that are kept sharpened (I take mine twice a year to Breed's Hardware)
  • Different sized glass and stainless steel mixing bowls
  • Wooden cutting boards
  • Glass and/or porcelain baking dishes
  • Stainless steel baking and cooking sheet pans, and muffin tins
  • Stainless steel vegetable steamer basket
  • Wooden and/or stainless steel spoons
  • Stainless steel wire whisks
  • Garlic press
  • Stainless steel zester (for garlic, ginger and citrus zest)
  • Tongs
  • Natural-bristle baster brush (great for brushing oil onto skillets)
  • Quality blender
  • Quality food processor
  • Immersion blender (for pureeing soups in the pot)

  • Garlic powder
  • Quality sea salt
  • Kosher salt
  • Peppercorns
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground mustard
  • Ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • Chili pepper flakes
  • Ground chili powder
  • Dried herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary)
  • Smoked paprika
  • Cinnamon
  • Fresh nutmeg (not in jar, but whole that you can grate on zester)
  • 100% vanilla extract (not imitation)
  • Quality cocoa powder
  • Non-aluminum baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Muffin liners
  • Toothpicks


BandDSheffield said...

Wow, what a great, comprehensive list. Thank you for posting. Which oil do you use in baking (for muffins)?

Lindsay said...

Be sure to go to the archives and find the blog entry all about oils. I recommend grapeseed oil for most baking, although coconut oil is a delicious and healthy twist for cakes, cookies, muffins, quick breads, pancakes/waffles, scones, etc. If you just want a hint of coconut, you can use 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 grapeseed oil.