Agar-Agar: A thickener that comes from sea plants. Use instead of gelatin which is an animal derivative.
Agave: This sweetener comes from the same plant as tequila! It is a honey like syrup that can be used to substitute sugar, honey or other syrups. It also absorbs more slowly into your blood so wont give you a “sugar high”
Almond Butter: same idea as with peanuts, made from organic raw almonds
Apples: for juicing, find a crisp and juicy type. As granny smith, braeburn, egremont russet or discovery. They are great bases and have a lot of health benefits from vitamins and minerals to detoxifying, lowering cholesterol and helping your skin.
Apricot: Ripest and sweetest at the end of summer they should be soft to the touch. The riper they are the higher the beta-carotene. Dried apricots are a great snack.
Apple cider vinegar: Please buy RAW! This can be used in numerous recipes. It is a mineral and has a lot of potassium, acetic acid. This acid is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals. It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
Bragg’s Liquid Aminos: is a non-fermented liquid amino made from soybeans.
Cacao Nibs/powder: Both of these come from the cacao pod which is the fruit of the cacao tree. It is a superfood and it’s where our favorite dessert, chocolate, comes from. The seeds are dried to produce the nibs and ground to make the powder. It is one of the best sources of magnesium and can help with depression.
Carob powder: this is a coarse powder from carob, a pod-shaped fruit. It is used as a chocolate substitute and has no caffeine.
Cherry: yum! I love these summer berries. They are rich in antioxidants and alkaline and are great for arthritis.
Coconut Water: found inside a coconut it is full of nutrients. It is full of electrolytes and minerals and has become quite a craze in the U.S.
Coconut Oil: Made from the meat of the coconut, it can be used in food, as an oil substitute, or even on your skin. The wonderful thing about it is that it melts when hot and hardens when cold, so you can use it to make frostings and other tasty desserts!
Flax seed: a small brown seed full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Can be used to thicken recipes or to replace items in baking. There IS a substitute for fish omegas!
Ginger: a spice root common in cooking. It is also one of the oldest remedies for health issues as it is a strong anti-inflammatory and is anti-viral. Herbal sites list a slew of ailments that this wonderful root is said to cure.
Grapefruit: Coming in white, pink and red in order of sweetness and like all citrus they have vitamin c. Even though most don’t eat the pith, that has the bioflavonoids, which is the antioxidants, so don’t peel that off when juicing.
Goji berries: This little red berry is one of the richest in antioxidants on the planet, and one of the least known! They contain 18 different amino acids, trace minerals and are rich in vitamin C, that is they have 500x more than oranges!
Hemp protein powder: made from seeds this powder is rich in protein and fatty acids, aminos, vitamins minerals and antioxidants.
Hemp seeds: Found in the hemp plant this is a small seed that has a lot of vitamin E. They have lots of antioxidants and have lecithin which helps your internal organs. You can add them to smoothies, dressings, or in granola bars.
Kale: Green leafy vegetable. Rich in minerals and a part of the cabbage family!
Maca: this root comes from south America and can help the body when stressed, balance hormonal systems and regulate your endocrine systems. It can also help with fertility, energy, and your sex drive. It can be added to smoothies, juices, cereals or bars.
Mango: There are several varieties, the most common from India. Be careful when choosing as they are a fussy fruit. Pick one that yields to the touch and smells sweet. They will add beta-carotene and magnesium to your diet.
Nama Shoyu: Unpasteurized soy sauce. Less salty that traditional soy sauce.
Nutritional Yeast: YUM! A yeast product full of b-vitamins and protein. It can add a cheesy flavor and is used in drinks as well as on popcorn, or in tofu “eggs”.
Oranges: Everyone loves this citrus fruit. They are famous for vitamin c, but help your immune system and are very cleansing.
Peach: High in beta-carotene they help with skin, lung and digestive issues. Pick one by its peachy smell and tenderness to the touch. An under ripe peach will hardly smell at all.
Pear: Juicy, ripe pears are best for juicing. They hare a range of vitamins and minerals. They come in so many varieties, and almost all yield a lot of juice.
Pineapple: a summer time favorite has a great alkaline substance we know as bromelain, which helps digestion and is an anti-inflammatory.
Quinoa: a grain from South America, it is one of the highest protein grains available!
Raspberries: summer’s berry is great in a smoothie. They have a lot of nutrients, including antioxidants.
Tahini: This is a nut butter made from ground sesame seeds. Make sure you get the raw kind, not roasted and it has a good source of calcium and fatty acids.