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Photos by Ana Gambuto
Edited Chelsea Leeds

WHEN IT COMES TO STOCKING MY FRIDGE FOR MY FAMILY, I grew up with the one big haul approach, a massive (and probably wasteful) stocking up of everything and everything. Now as a mom of two, I tend to lean towards the European approach of grocery shopping every day to independent grocers for certain things that they do best. For fresh produce from Heermance Farm or the farmers market we need on the daily for juicing, salads and cooking veg-based meals. I’ll get specialty ingredients like tahini, olive and avocado oils, hot sauce, spices from Bonberi on Bleecker or specialty stores like Kalustyan’s and all my health food needs like non seasonal organic produce, apple cider vinegar, grains like quinoa and basmati rice, lentils, alt flours, kombu, almond milk from East Village OrganicHealth and Harmony or Lifethyme in the West Village. Eataly has my fave selection of raw goat and sheep dairy and we source occasional wild salmon and seafood from Vital Choice, bone broth and meats from Hudson and Charles. It’s a constant schlep but part of our routine and we waste less, use more. On days when I can’t make it to the shop, I love Max Delivery who sources tons of organic produce and delivers in an hour in the city (not spon just love it!) but most nights I’ll look at my fridge and get creative. When it comes to produce, this is what I always try to keep stocked in the fridge:

Romaine
Arugula
Persian Cucumbers
Avocados
Large carrots
Lacinato Kale
Celery
Green & Fuji Apples
Lemons
Stone fruits (if in season): nectarines, plums and peaches
Watermelon
Cherries
Yellow Onions
Garlic
Ginger
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Japanese Sweet Potatoes

See below for more of my pantry picks!

Bread

Food for Life Sprouted Ezekiel Bread

The act of sprouting grains breaks them down and makes them easy to digest. How can you tell? Try it and see how you do! I find this particular bread is one of the only ones that does not leave me bloated at all, even if I have a few pieces in one sitting! I love to toast it up and pair it with smashed avocado, sprouts, arugula and tomato, maybe with some dijon and kraut for a yummy sandwich. The kiddos love it too.

As featured in: White Bean Tomato Toast

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Lundberg Basmati Rice

I prefer white basmati, it leaves the system super quickly and is easy to digest! It also contains all eight essential amino acids, which doesn’t hurt either!

As featured in: Spinach Dill Rice

Groceries

Mt. Sterling Creamery Raw Goat Milk Cheddar
For those who have a hard time digesting cow’s milk, goat’s milk is a nutrient-rich alternative that’s easy on the gut and far easier to digest. Just remember to always pair with raw leafy greens/non-starch veggies.

As featured in: Portobello Personal Pizzas

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Kerrygold Grass-Fed Butter

I often cook with grass-fed butter and like to add a dollop to rice dishes or even Ezekiel toast. Since it has no protein, it acts as a neutral in food-combining.

As featured in: Butternut Squash Alfredo

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Avocado Oil Spray

Since olive oil has a low smoking point, I primarily use olive oil for dressing salads where as avocado and coconut I use for cooking. These sprays are great for baking and roasting and are aerosol-free.

Coconut Oil Spray

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Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a great way to add a punch of flavor to a dressing and balance out the fat from the oil. Unlike other vinegars, this has an alkaline effect on the body but if you are sensitive to candida, use sparingly and see how your body responds

As featured in: Caper Shallot Vinaigrette

Organic Tamari Soy Sauce

I use tamari in many of my dishes for an earthy seasoning flavor but it can do more than add the umami flavor you’re seeking, but provide you with some B3 and manganese.

As featured in: Japanese House Ginger Dressing

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Eden Organic Sesame Seeds

I use these a lot for garnishing Asian salads and soups. It lends a light nutty texture and crunch.

As featured in: Quick Massaged Kale Salad

Bragg Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional Yeast is rich in B12, an important vitamin for bodily functions. Just a quarter of a cup contains seven times the amount of B12 adults need each day!

As featured in: Cashew Ricotta

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Celtic Sea Salt

No additives here! Unlike other blue-bottle versions 😉

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Organic Capers 

Capers serve as fun neutral “extras” for salads!

As featured in: Herby Caper Aioli Dip

Jeff’s Naturals Greek Peperoncini

I love adding this neutral pepper to Greek and Middle Eastern salads!

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RAO’s Roasted Garlic Sauce

By far my fave jarred marinara! I could eat it out of the jar.

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Tinkyada Brown Rice Penne
Brown rice and lentil pasta saves the day when a pasta craving comes on. It’s satiating, full of fiber, and protein. If you want to add cheese to your pasta, I would stick with the red lentil or brown rice for starch meals.

As featured in: Baked Ziti with Spring Vegetables

Jovial Gluten Free Capellini

Felicia Organic Red Lentil Pasta

As featured in: Lentil Pasta Veggie Minestrone

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Jovial Brown Rice Caserecce

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Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt 

I use an entire bag of this per bath when I’m doing a detox bath. Keep the bath super hot and just soak and sweat for 20 minutes minimum. When the kids are sniffly or sick, I do the same.

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Dr. Bronner’s 18-1 Hemp Peppermint Soap

Literally the only body wash I use 🙂

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Boiron Teeth Relief

A lifesaver for teething babies!

Naturade Children’s Expec Coughing Relief

When the little ones get those nagging coughs that don’t seem to disappear.

Hyland’s Baby Tiny Cold Tablets

Also a lifesaver on those runny-nose days.

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Heermance Farm Moroccan Olives

High in vitamin E and antioxidants, olives often find a place in my pre-dinner plate and a number of dishes.

As featured in: Vegetable Tangine

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Heermance Farm Homemade Chips

Love a homemade chip.

As featured in: Fully Loaded Vegan Nachos

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