Fresh Ingredients are Key!
Creating food that is healthy and delicious really depends on your desire to cook and most importantly the right ingredients. We have found that locally grown organic foods, such as fruits, vegetables and squash are much more delicious, because they are harvested at the right time, are not mass-produced, or treated with wax to make them more appealing or sprayed with pesticides. The same is also true for meats, fish and poultry.
We choose to buy grass-fed organic beef, lamb, wild fish and seafood, and organic chicken that have not been fed with growth hormones or corn meal. Just as we are not designed to digest corn, so aren’t cows either. They eat grass. We try to buy organic foods whenever possible, especially locally grown. There are many local farmers’ markets around cities; you just have to look for them. Google farmer’s market and you’ll find many in just about every city. As an example here’s a link to some in the Phoenix metro area. AZ Farmers Market They are fun and there is always something going on. Kids love them, people bring their dogs, and everyone is usually in a good mood. People are typically not in a rush, and are always happy to tell you about their products. Isn’t farmer’s market stuff more expensive? Actually not. The prices are very competitive and you have to remember, that you are getting really healthy foods that will change the way you feel and experience food.
OUR PHILOSOPHY ON EATING CLEAN
The real understanding of the power of food which fuels us, only truly manifests when we pick them out with an intention of creating a meal for ourselves and our families. Feeding ourselves properly and nutritiously is not an inconvenience, rather it is a necessity and should be a beautiful experience. Eating healthy and becoming healthy cannot really be mandated by anyone other than you. It’s a conscious decision, a mental leap if you will. There is no cheating; you have to stick to your decision to eat clean and healthy. When we travel, we try not to eat processed foods, but if we don’t have any other choices, we choose only minimally processed and organic. Usually we just opt for raw foods if the other choices are processed. Remember it is a conscious decision to eat “Clean and Truly Healthy” not a cleansing or a diet that you try for 30 days. Eating clean is a choice not a sacrifice, you’re really not giving anything up, you’re gaining strength, vitality and balance by choosing a gluten and grain-free way of life. Don’t just eat to overcome hunger, instead celebrate your food. You have to cook and eat for life!
Meats & Seafood
Best Seafood that we’ve encountered and exclusively buy from: Alaskan Pride Seafood
We buy whole steers, pigs, and amazing chicken from: Date Creek Ranch
- Organic Honey (preferably local honey – works great against allergies).
- Coconut Crystals from Coconut Secret are a great option for those who are still looking for a little bit of sweet. We use these as sprinkles on desserts. Low GI of 35, gluten-free completely organic, just wonderful stuff.
- Glucose, we prefer using Brown Rice Syrup, very sparingly.
We do not recommend the use of Stevia due to the fact that it is extremely processed. We also have stopped using Agave due to over-processing and very high fructose.
- Celtic sea salt, Pink Himalayan, Redmond All Natural sea salt. They contain all the necessary nutrients and minerals needed. Sea salt is so much better overall and the best part is that you actually need less.
Baking, Breading & Other
- Agar: Eden is a good brand. It is a gelatinous substance derived from seaweed, we use it primarily in baking.
- Almond flour: Blanched almond flour is the way to go, absolutely. Everything else turns out lumpy.
- Coconut flour: Tropical Traditions has a great consistency
- FuFu Flour has become our favorite for frying. (Fufu is a staple food, common in many countries of West Africa and the Caribbean. It is often made with cassava and green Plantain Flour. Other flours, such as semolina, maize flour or mashed plantains may take the place of cassava flour.)
- Arrowroot: It is a binding agent. We use it in a variety of dishes ranging from baking to cooking – a little goes a long way.
- Cacao powder: We use Organic Cacao Powders, but prefer Dagoba Organic Cacao Powder, both are great and are unsweetened.
- Chocolate: We use Lindt and Dagoba Organic Dark Chocolate. Both are over 73% cocoa, and are better due to the low sugar content.
- Coconut flakes: Tropical Traditions Organic
Vanilla extract: Mmmm, who does not like vanilla… 🙂 I use it in many dishes as well as baking. Buy the pure gluten-free kind and vanilla bean that you can grate as well, look for it in health food stores, or order it through our store.
Coconut Aminos: We use it instead of soy; when the coconut tree is tapped, it produces a highly nutrient-rich “sap” that exudes from the coconut blossoms. This sap is very low glycemic (GI of only 35), is an abundant source of amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, broad-spectrum B vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH. It is wonderful, you should pick some up from Coconut Secret.