Last updated June 12, 2020
Looking to source quality foods, supplements, and nontoxic home products? This shopping list put together by The Healthy Home Economist can help!
I am constantly checking, reviewing, and adjusting the listings on this page as sourcing of raw materials and quality of products can sometimes change over time. I strive to ensure that the recommendations on this page meet the highest standards. Moreover, these products (some are affiliate links) are ones I have researched and chosen to use in my own home and represent reputable companies that I believe in.
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Real Food, Supplements & Green Living
I regularly use coconut products of all kinds in my home for a variety of dishes.
Coconut flour is an excellent alternative to grains for baking and there are many recipes on this blog that use it.
Coconut ghee, coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut flakes/chips, and coconut butter are other products I find useful for baking. I recommend sourcing coconut products from Radiant Life or Perfect Supplements (use coupon HEALTHYHOME10 to get 10% off).
I recommend this brand and this brand of expeller-pressed, lightly refined coconut oil for low temp cooking and baking as it does not impart a coconut taste to the food like VCO can. I do not recommend fractionated coconut oil (sometimes called “culinary” or “liquid coconut oil”) for any uses whatsoever as they are heavily adulterated.
Healthy Fats & Oils
Olive Oil: Most of the olive oils on the market are blended with (unlabeled) cheaper vegetable oils so I buy this extra virgin olive oil by Jovial Foods which is organic and 100% authentic. I have personally toured the facility where it is made in Italy. It is delicious on salads with a drizzle of pure balsamic vinegar.
Ghee also called clarified butter is a traditional cooking fat from India and a wonderful option for those with dairy allergies as all the milk proteins have been removed leaving only the nonallergenic butter oil. Different types of ghee are available depending on the culinary need including plain, cultured, spiced or coconut ghee.
Sesame Oil a great oil to use for making mayonnaise as it does not solidify when refrigerated. “Mary’s Blend” named after Dr. Mary Enig, co-author of Nourishing Traditions cookbook, is recommended for cooking or making mayo and is 1/3 sesame oil, 1/3 extra virgin olive oil, and 1/3 coconut oil.
Fats to avoid include grapeseed oil, rice bran oil, hemp seed oil, canola, peanut oil, safflower oil, pumpkin oil and sunflower oil (unless cold-pressed and high oleic). Walnut oil is a wonderful source of plant-based omega-3 fats for salad dressing.
Premium Option: The Organix line of IntelliBED mattresses is made with the patented IntelliGel and organic cotton cover. It is recommended by hundreds of osteopaths and chiropractors as the best, safest, and most nontoxic sleep technology on the market today. Intellibed has the lowest mattress return rate in the industry and a 20-year guarantee.
Try the IntelliBED for three months risk-free, using coupon code HealthyHomeEconomist to get 10% off, a free mattress protector, and a set of organic cotton sheets ($600 value). Free shipping and white glove set-up included.
Budget-Friendly Option: My Green Mattress is an excellent, quality option for tighter budgets. All mattresses are GOLS and GOTS certified organic, made to order, and delivered within two weeks or less. The Hope mattress (my favorite) has no metal innerspring for those sensitive to EMFs. My Green Mattress offers a 120 Night Sleep Trial guarantee.
Sheets: We use organic bamboo sheets that are totally luxurious, sustainable, and made of all-natural materials. They wash and dry with the convenience and wrinkle resistance of a cotton blend, but have the feel of high thread count, 100% Egyptian cotton sheets without the pilling and maintenance issues.
Magnesium Oil: Great for calming, headaches, and deeper sleep, this gentle magnesium lotion won’t burn or itch. Great for children as well as adults with sensitive skin. Designed by a physician.
Near Infrared Sauna: While sauna is a traditional and highly effective way to safely and gently detoxify, be aware that not all sauna technology is safe. I only recommend and personally use the SaunaSpace near infrared (NIR) sauna (far infrared is high in EMFs and flicker stress from the LED lights).
Near infrared saunas with analog lamp bulbs, on the other hand, are completely safe even if a person is very sick or frail. Saunaspace doesn’t get too hot (stays comfortably around 100 °F/ 38 °C) or scatter dangerous EMFs inside the sauna while a person is using it like popular far infrared (FIR) sauna technology.
* If you would like to try any Saunaspace model risk free and see for yourself how gentle detoxification improves health dramatically, use coupon code HEALTHYHOME for 5% off (valid for 1 use per person). You can read my infrared sauna review at this link which compares near, far, and full-spectrum sauna models.
Getting started with fermented food and beverages is an important step to incorporating Traditional Diet in one’s home. There are over 20 videos on this blog that teach you how to make various fermented foods and drinks, but in order to get started, you need the proper cultures!
For kombucha and Jun tea cultures, starter liquid, fermentation vessels, and other supplies, I recommend Kombucha Kamp.
For all other fermented food starters and supplies including dairy and water kefir, vegetable starter cultures, yogurt, kefir, sourdough, vegetables and cheese, I recommend Cultures for Health. Free shipping is available. Use the banner below to get 20% off your first order.
Bread, Flour, Grains & Legumes
Einkorn: I use both plain and sprouted einkorn flour for baking as it is nonhybridized heirloom wheat which is higher in nutrition and more digestible and well-tolerated than any other type of wheat. If you have a grain grinder, you can purchase einkorn berries for the freshest flour or alternatively, high-extraction flour for general baking needs.
REAL Sourdough! Looking for real sourdough bread with no yeast, sweetener or additives? Try this family-owned bakery that ships fresh to your door! I order a half dozen loaves of the rustic sourdough every 2-3 weeks and freeze what I won’t use right away. They thaw perfectly!
Use coupon code MYFIRSTORDER at checkout to get 10% off. Free shipping available.
Other real sourdough products I buy from this bakery include:
For gluten-free baking, it is best to mix your own flour, but if this is not possible, this organic, sprouted gluten-free flour blend is available.
Grain Free Flours: Coconut flour is wonderful for grain-free baked goods. Arrowroot is a healthy grain-free thickener. Sprouted almonds and other nuts also make great flour for baking when finely ground. Another option is cassava, similar to arrowroot with many health benefits as outlined in the linked articles.
Sprouted Pasta and Grains: Sprouted flour is ideal for cookies and quick bread. I used to have to sprout all my grain myself, but thankfully, you can make homemade sprouted grain flour or buy quality sprouted flour online, which eliminates the need for this time-intensive process.
Sprouted pasta is a much healthier and digestible alternative to standard pasta.
Oats and Other Grains: Oats are often heat-treated prior to grinding into flour or rolled for oatmeal which can inactivate heat-sensitive food enzymes while leaving enzyme inhibitors like phytic acid intact. Sprouted oats eliminate this problem as they are untreated. Simply grind them on a coarse setting in a grain grinder, soak and cook as usual.
Other grains for cooking and baking include spelt, quinoa, basmati rice, and barley. We use these other grains soaked and cooked for side dishes, breakfast porridge or as an addition to soups. They can also be ground fresh into whole-grain flours as needed. It is best not to buy grains from bulk bins as grains tend to go rancid quite easily. Best to buy in sealed packages or buckets.
Beans and Other Legumes: My favorite legume is lentils due to their high phosphorus content. You can also buy sprouted lentils to avoid the work of soaking lentils prior to cooking. Lentil soup is a staple during the wintertime in our home. I also use red and white kidney beans for chili on a frequent basis. Dried beans are best sourced organic with navy beans the lowest in starch if you are low carb (also GAPS friendly).
If you prefer jarred beans instead of dried, this line of organic chickpeas and beans in glass jars packed in water and sea salt by Jovial Foods is produced on small farms for the best quality. No soaking needed first! You can proceed directly to cooking using these quality legumes. This article explains why soaking beans and other legumes prior to cooking helps with digestion and nutrient absorption.
Supplements & Superfoods
I don’t recommend a lot of supplements – only a few that are whole food based and nutrient-dense. Here is a list of the ones I recommend and that my family and I take on a regular basis.
High Vitamin Fish Liver Oils: Fish liver oil extracted using no heat or solvents to preserve delicate nutrients and co-factors is the ideal supplement to supply natural Vitamin A and D and omega-3 fatty acids to the diet.
Our family uses raw, Icelandic extra virgin cod liver oil available in both plain and flavored liquid or capsules.
Dropi is also available here in all flavors. Use coupon code HEALTHYHOME10 to save 10% off your entire order.
Testing results for quality CLO brands can be found here.
Butter Oil: High-vitamin butter oil is the perfect synergistic companion to high vitamin cod liver oil based on the research of Dr. Weston A. Price for maintaining optimal dental health. Find it here. If you have a dairy allergy, emu oil is recommended instead of butter oil. Emu oil is actually higher in the X-Factor (Vitamin K2) than even butter oil for the perfect synergy with the Vitamin A and D in cod liver oil. Find it here in capsules or liquid. See this article on the benefits of butter oil for more information.
Raw, Desiccated Liver: Liver is a traditional superfood, and extraordinarily rich in B vitamins, folate, and vitamin A. Liver capsules are great for traveling and for those who have trouble consuming liver once or twice a week. Beware of some brands that denature the liver powder into a fractionated food by defatting it! Where to find whole food-based liver powder and capsules.Probiotics: In addition to consuming a wide range of fermented foods, my family and I also consume a therapeutic-grade BioKult probiotic to help support ongoing gut health. We have consumed this brand for over 10 years with fantastic results.
Oral probiotics are helpful to reduce the frequency of ear, nose, and throat infections and to improve the health of the teeth and gums. This brand has the best ingredients I’ve found, and it is a chewable, great-tasting tablet good for both kids and adults.
Vitamin C: Most vitamin C on the market is synthetically derived as ascorbic acid from GMO corn. Make sure you source only whole food based vitamin C. Here is where I buy mine (I personally like to rotate these quality whole food sources).
Gelatin: Gelatin greatly supports skin and digestive system health. Powdered gelatin is a healthier choice than protein powder and can be added to smoothies for a natural protein boost. It can also be used in soups and desserts or as a thickener for sauces. We use high-quality grass-fed beef gelatin in our home that is tested for purity including glyphosate residue.
Collagen Hydrolysate (peptides): Collagen is great to use as a whole foods protein supplement to add to cold foods like a smoothie. You can also add it to baked goods and other foods. I prefer to use pasture-raised collagen peptides tested by a third party.
Be sure to ONLY buy grass-fed collagen from brands that have independently certified that the collagen is free of glyphosate residue, which is a huge problem for these types of products that concentrate animal tissue. Currently, only one brand meets this criterion.
Natural Antibiotic/Antifungal/Antiviral: My go-to supplement for natural anti-viral, antibiotic, antifungal and antiparasitic needs is Allimax…pure allicin extract from garlic. One capsule is the equivalent of consuming 34 raw garlic cloves. Won’t harm good flora and acts as a prebiotic for the gut too. I haven’t ever come across anything this stuff can’t knock out in a hurry!
Baby & Child
Homemade Baby Formula: Breastfeeding is best for Mom and baby, but when logistical or medical challenges make this goal impossible, a nourishing homemade baby formula fills the gap much better than any commercial formulas – even organic!
I recommend this one-stop shop for purchasing the homemade formula kit to get started quickly as babies don’t wait. Piecing the ingredients together is very difficult otherwise.
Please note that once your ingredients arrive, there are videos on this blog to show you exactly how to make homemade formula yourself (one 36 ounce batch takes about 10 minutes).
Organic Bone Broth
Bone Broth: Homemade bone broth simmered properly for 24-48 hours with organic vegetables and loaded with colloidal minerals and gelatin is a superfood essential to good health and maintenance of a healthy digestive system.
I recommend ONLY two sources: Epic bone broth in shelf-stable glass jars or Bonafide Provisions if you have refrigerator/freezer space. Bonafide broth is the best choice as it gels at room temperature, indicating a higher quality product. It is also cooled before packaging so hot broth never comes in contact with the container.
Decent snacks are a must for lunchboxes and on the go in the car. Here are a few of my favorites that never equal homemade but are high enough quality that I feel good enough about to purchase.
Nuts: These sprouted nuts of all kinds make for filling and highly digestible snacks.
Snack Bars: I purchase 3 types of jerky – buffalo jerky, grass-fed beef jerky, and free-range turkey jerky. We’ve tried many brands and these are my children’s favorites as well as ones that are free of MSG, chemicals, and additives.
Another super delicious snack idea is the PaleoValley grass-fed beef sticks (turkey sticks too). They are so tasty and the ingredients are perfect! I even sliced one up very thin and it made an excellent pepperoni on a homemade pizza! My son eats one or two for a quick breakfast in his college dorm room.
Crackers: These 3 flavors of Jovial Foods’ sourdough crackers literally have perfect ingredients. There isn’t another cracker on the market that is as delicious or healthy, and I’ve examined dozens of brands. It is the only commercially made cracker we use in our home.
Cookies: I am very picky about the cookies I will purchase for my children, preferring homemade if possible. If I must purchase, here are my three current favorites: this brand which offers a good selection of mini cookies, this brand of butter shortbreads and these delicious quinoa cookies.
Chips: Most brands of chips even if organic are unacceptable due to the inappropriate and unhealthy frying oils involved. I do purchase these potato chips made with avocado oil for my children’s lunchboxes on occasion. I also purchase these sprouted pretzels and sprouted pretzel puffs. Another option is Sea Snax which is a crunchy, tasty alternative made with kelp.
Raw Honey: Local raw honey is the healthiest of all sweeteners and most preferred in my home. Don’t ever heat it though as it destroys many of the beneficial properties. If finding a local source that you trust proves difficult, quality raw honey is available online.
For medicinal purposes, choose manuka honey that is raw and certified 15+ for maximum potency. More on the benefits of manuka in the linked article.
Date Syrup and Sugar: Next to raw honey, date syrup is my favorite sweetener as it is 100% fruit and loaded with minerals. Date syrup is fine to use in any type of dish, heated or not.
I recommend sourcing from the Date Lady website. Use coupon code healthyhome to get 15% off your first order, and use coupon code healthyhome2 for a 5% discount on all reorders. Free shipping available too!
Unrefined Maple or Cane Sugar: Unrefined maple sugar or cane sugar are a better choice than white sugar because the beneficial minerals remain. They can be substituted in most recipes 1:1 for white sugar and will add an additional level of complexity to the flavor that is very enjoyable. I purchase it in bulk from a local co-op but if this isn’t an option, unrefined cane sugar is available online.
Jaggery: Jaggery is a traditional sweetener from India and South America made by evaporating raw sugarcane or coconut nectar juice without separating any minerals from the crystals. Jaggery is a truly delicious and healthy alternative sweetener! Source palm jaggery here and cane jaggery here.
Organic White Sugar: I recommend using organic white sugar for making kombucha only. The sweetener feeds the culture during the fermentation process and is almost entirely used up in the process. I don’t recommend nonorganic white sugar as this is many times from genetically modified (GMO) sources unless it specifically states that it is 100% cane sugar.
Coconut Sugar: Coconut sugar is an all natural, mild tasting and low glycemic sweetener produced by dehydrating the nectar produced from coconut buds. It can be used at a 1:1 ratio for regular cane sugar. It can also be used in liquid form as coconut nectar instead of maple syrup.
Healthy Chewing Gum: My family’s favorite all natural chewing gum is Simply-Gum which contains no synthetic or artificial anything. It comes in six flavors to choose from: maple, cinnamon, mint, ginger, licorice, and coffee. Our family enjoys the cinnamon, mint, and licorice flavors the best
Nuts, Nut Butters and Seeds
It is important to prepare raw nuts and seeds by briefly soaking in brinewater and then low temperature drying as practiced by Traditional Societies in order to eliminate anti-nutrients that can cause digestive distress and gastrointestinal discomfort. There is a video on this blog on how to prepare nuts properly, but if time is a factor in your kitchen routine, presoaked and dehydrated nuts, nut butters and seeds can be purchased online. For another line of quality soaked nut butters, click here.
Unfortunately, peanut butter cannot be purchased soaked as far as I know – at least not yet! As a result, organic is the best that you can buy. Here’s the brand of peanut butter I purchase.
Meat & Seafood
Grassfed Meats: If a reliable producer for pastured meats is not available in your area, try shopping online at US Wellness Meats offering quality products from vetted family farms.
Safe, Wild Seafood: It’s important to source low mercury seafood that comes from as clean water as possible. In our home, we use sustainably caught, light tuna from Portugal (packed in BPA free tins) as well as sardines, mussels, anchovies, and mackerel packed in pure olive oil and wild salmon for our emergency food pantry.
Jerky: I purchase 3 types of jerky – buffalo jerky, grass-fed beef jerky, and free-range turkey jerky. We’ve tried many brands and these are my children’s favorites as well as ones that are free of MSG, chemicals, and additives.
Sauces & Condiments
Tomato products: Next to making yourself with fresh, local, heirloom tomatoes, this line of organic tomato products from Jovial Foods is the best quality on the market. They are packed in glass and produced on small farms.
Condiments: There are numerous recipes and how-to videos on this blog for making healthy condiments yourself. However, if time is an issue, many can be purchased for reasonable cost such as organic ketchup and mustard. For ethnic cooking, I recommend an additive-free fish sauce and a traditionally brewed, unpasteurized soy sauce (source).
For those allergic to soy or avoiding grains, coconut aminos are the best alternative. Fermented coconut aminos (source) and unfermented coconut aminos (source) are available both with excellent ingredients.
Grass-fed Dairy & Beverages
Click here to find a local, grass-based farm near you.
Hydration drinks: For lunchboxes or after sporting events, my family enjoys this brand of coconut water instead of sodas or additive and chemically laced sports drinks which have been shown to damage children’s tooth enamel and are loaded with sugar.
Tea & Herbs
White, Green and Black Teas: I make my homemade kombucha with 50% organic white tea, 25% organic green tea and 25% organic black tea. This produces the optimal flavor according to my family’s tastebuds!
Turmeric: This traditional spice from India is quite possibly the most beneficial of all herbs. Used to treat a variety of disorders as well as to maintain general wellness, turmeric can be taken as a supplement or used for cooking. Source quality organic turmeric here.
Salt & Spices
Fresh Cinnamon: I have recently discovered fresh, real cinnamon and I love it. The only place to get it (all varieties) is the company Cinnamon Hill, and it comes with a special cinnamon grater that you won’t cut your fingers using! If you’re wondering about the various types of cinnamon and which is best for health, this article on cassia vs Ceylon cinnamon can help.
Sea Salt: It is important to use only unrefined sea salt for cooking. Of these, I recommend land based sea salt to avoid issues with microplastics contamination.
Hair Care: Using organic oils is a natural, chemical-free way to repair hair and infuse moisture to locks that are dry or damaged. This brand is excellent.
Sunscreen: The brand I recommend is this all-terrain, broad-spectrum performance sunscreen with 100% safe ingredients and 40 minutes of water resistance between applications. Use coupon code HealthyHome10 for 10% off your entire order.
For younger ones, consider this nontoxic baby sunscreen. Note that all-natural, completely safe sunscreens require more frequent application, and you will likely need to put on a shirt/hat/get out of the sun sooner than if you used one of those spray-on, toxic nano-chemical sunscreens that are difficult to completely remove even with soap and water in the shower.
Deodorant: The most important personal care item you choose is underarm deodorant due to the close proximity to delicate breast and glandular tissue. This is the one my husband and kids use – completely nontoxic and it actually works! The
My favorite deodorant is an ozonated roll-on … the ozone kills and prevents odorous bacteria from forming. You can choose between an unscented ozone deodorant or one naturally scented with essential oils.
Makeup: Most ladies wear makeup frequently and it sits on your face all day long, so choosing a nontoxic brand is important. I use Zuzu foundation and have for years. It’s lightweight and the coverage is excellent.
Feminine Products: The data is ominous regarding the health and safety of repeated exposure to commercial feminine hygiene products due to pesticide and dioxin residues that come into direct contact with very thin reproductive tissues. Safe alternatives include a natural gum rubber cup or organic cotton pads and tampons.
Nontoxic Birth Control: Methods of natural birth control are always preferable to chemically based agents such as spermicides, contraceptive patches, and IUDs that emit synthetic hormones, or the contraceptive pill which decimates the balance of gut flora. Even IUDs that emit only copper instead of hormones to prevent pregnancy should be avoided as copper toxicity is a very real and dangerous side effect of using these devices. One safe option is nontoxic condoms made without the use of carcinogenic parabens, petrochemicals, spermicides or glycerin and made with natural rubber latex instead of synthetic materials.
Tooth Whitening: Avoid toxic tooth whitening strips, gels, and trays that can damage enamel. Use safe, natural activated charcoal instead. Simply swish or lightly brush with it (hold it in your mouth for several minutes) a few times a week (every day if the staining is severe).
Oral Care: I recommend the toothbrushes, tooth gel, and other oral care items from my trusted friends at Orawellness.
Home, Water & Cleaning
Water Filtration: The safest and best water in your home is obtained by a proper well or city water test plus a vetted kitchen, whole house, and gravity water filtration system. I recommend Radiant Life, who offers free phone consultations to get you started on the right foot.
Air Purification: We’ve used HEPA filters in our home for over a decade. The model I recommend and use is the Air Doctor. One or more of these units is essential to health especially if you live in new construction, have new furniture or recently had carpeting installed. This type of filter removes off-gassing VOCs and viruses and bacteria as well as all other airborne toxins, pollen, and dust.
Vita-Clay: I use the Vita-Clay as my safe, slow, organic cooker of choice verified by independent third-party testing to be toxin and lead-free. It cooks in half the time as a crockpot, is safer than a stainless steel Instapot for cooking broth and other acidic foods, and the food is much more flavorful. The slow, steady evaporation of steam from within the clay pot’s unglazed pores and the double-sealed lid is what makes this possible. It cleans up without scrubbing too! You can even make yogurt, rice, quinoa, and oatmeal using a Vita-Clay in addition to soups, stews, and other one-pot meals.
Click here to use coupon code WISE25 to get 10% off the Vita-Clay model of your choice. I use the large cooker above primarily for making bone broth and soups. It holds 6.5 quarts by volume and is thoroughly tested to be toxin-free (don’t believe astroturfed reviews online by competitors!).
The personal model I use for making raw yogurt. If you need more info, this article on clay pot cooking is my detailed review of the product plus my favorite soup recipe. This article on stainless steel cookware explains the scientific research on why clay is safer than stainless steel for cooking acidic foods like broth and tomato sauces.
Wondering which model is best for you? See my Vitaclay review.
Laundry and Cleaning: I use Eco-Nuts nontoxic, 100% natural organic laundry detergent and wool dryer balls. All Eco-Nuts laundry products are free of parabens and harsh chemicals. They are also free of hormone-disrupting synthetic fragrances, dyes, or allergenic additives of any kind. Yes, it is possible to get all of the effectiveness of commercial laundry products with none of the toxicity!
Using sustainable products in a home garden is very important to avoid exposure to dangerous chemicals while growing healthy food! Click here for a listing of supplies I have found helpful at our home.
Feeding our furry friends their natural diet is very important, but if you are not able to prepare a raw diet for your cat or dog for a period of time, at least source pet food that is grain-free and does not contain dangerous chemicals and additives.