I believe that we are our own best advertisers! This is a list of must-have items (food and non-food related) which continues to evolve.

FOOD (my staples)

Fridge (these items are in my fridge at all times!)

Organic 1% milk (Horizon)

Unsweetened Almond Milk (Trader Joe’s or Almond Breeze)

Greek Yogurt (Fage 0% or 2% plain)

Skyr (Siggi’s plain)

Friendship No-salt added 1% cottage cheese

Egg whites

Free-range organic eggs


Westbrae Stoneground mustard

Reduced Fat Veganaise

Butter (Icelandic and Organic Valley Whipped)

Twin Oaks tofu

Veggies: Romaine lettuce, Mixed greens, Arugula, Tomatoes, Carrots, Eggplant, Squash (various), Onion, White button/Crimini mushrooms, whatever is seasonal

Fruit: Fuji apples, bananas, lemons (when in season: Strawberries, peaches, melon)


Veggies: Spinach, Sweet corn (Cascadian Farm)

Fruit: Wild blueberries, strawberries, bananas, peaches

Chicken breasts Bell & Evans or local free-range organic

Ground Beef (local from Hedgeapple Farm)

Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread (Sesame, Cinnamon Raisin)

Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Tortillas

Trader Joe’s flat bread and whole-wheat naan

Ice cream/fro-yo (So Delicious, Arctic Zero, Julie’s organic)


Canned Pumpkin (Farmer’s Market)

Muir Glen Fire-roasted (no salt-added) tomatoes

Oats (Country Choice Organic Multigrain)

Oat Bran (Bob’s Red Mill)

Cold Cereals: Nature’s Path Smart Bran, Kamut and Millet puffs

Grains, etc: Brown rice, White Jasmine rice, Short grain/sushi rice, Quinoa (red, black, white), Bulgar, Amaranth

Dried Beans/Legumes: Black beans, Chickpeas, Red Kidney beans, French lentils, Cranberry beans

Flours: Coconut, Peanut (I can’t find this in stores and order it online through Byrd Mill), Oat, Whole Wheat, White,  Pastry, Garbanzo & Fava, Masa Harina, Cornmeal,

Protein Powder: Vega Health Optimizer, Jay Robb Egg White or Plant Fusion

Bars: Clif (Clif Bar, Mojo, Z-bar, Crunch, Luna), Green’s, Kashi (Chewy, Crunchy, Cereal, GOLEAN Roll)

Raw Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews, Sunflower Seeds


Nut butters: Sunflower (Trader Joes or Sunbutter), Almond (Whole Foods ground in-house!!), Peanut, Justin’s Almond butter packets


Coco Pop rice cakes

Boulder Canyon Balsamic Vinegar and Rosemary chips

Trader Joe’s Skinny Fries

Celestial Seasonings Tea (Mandarian Spice, Green, Peach, Strawberry, Decaf Chai, Roastaroma)


Dandy blend

Coffee (caf and de-caf)

Spices, etc.

Bragg Liquid Aminos

Vinegar: Balsamic, Apple Cider, Red Wine, Rice, Sherry

Grinders from Trader Joes: Pink Sea Salt, Flower Pepper, Everyday seasoning, Lemon Pepper, Sugar Chocolate Coffee Bean


Bourbon Vanilla extract

Sweeteners: Stevia (Whole Foods’ 365 brand French Vanilla and Plain), NOW Xylitol Plus, Agave Nectar, Honey, Raw Sugar

Baking powder

Most common dried herbs/spices: Garlic, Dill, Red Pepper flake, Oregano, Rosemary, Cumin, Coriande

Favorite brands (edible): Arrowhead Mills, Bob’s Red Mill, Kashi, Amy’s, Food for Life, Horizon, Nature’s Path, So Delicious, Clif, Celestial Seasonings, Spectrum, Vega

Favorite brands (non-edible): Tom’s, Burt’s Bees, Mineral Fusion, Alba, Jason, PrAna, Oulikai, The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardware


One Comment on “Must-Haves”

  1. Babs says:

    Love your list have you tried the freekeh from it’s fab

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