Let's Stock Your Plant-Based Kitchen!
Setting Up Your Plant-Based Kitchen
Welcome to the Choosing My Health Resources page, a curated list of personally tested products I use in my plant-based kitchen (minus a few on my wish list). Some are kitchen staples (can’t live without them) and others I use occasionally. I recommend them because I find value in them. Please note that you don’t need to purchase all of these items at once. I collected these items over many years on this journey, and will continue to add to my pantry (and to this page) as needed.
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Products I Use
Many have asked what products I use and what tools help me to be more efficient in the kitchen. So, you’ll find a little of everything from versatile food items to quality vitamins and supplements, to practical kitchen tools and appliances.
Some grocery stores carry many of the food items listed but some are limited in product offerings so I hope you find this list of direct purchase links convenient and helpful. Though not an exhaustive list, this guide is sure to help get your plant-based kitchen needs on the right track!
Nuts & Seeds
Flaxseeds provide a whopping amount of omega-3 fatty acids–a fabulous egg replacer for baking, and a nutrition booster in smoothies.
Tiny and mighty! An excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals. Great for chia seed pudding.
A good source of B vitamins and anti-aging. Nice in smoothies, and Asian cuisine recipes.
Pumpkin seeds provide omega-3, omega 6, iron, magnesium and zinc. Love them in salads.
Rich in B vitamins and magnesium, sunflower seeds are versatile and add a nice crunch to salads.
High in protein! And perfect in a smoothie bowl.
A powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, this creamy nut is a must for amazing plant-based cheese sauces!
Raw Organic Walnuts
The omega-3 king! I eat a few everyday.
High in Vitamin E, I love mixing pecans into pie crusts, bars, and nut loaf.
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Coconut is uber healthy, super versatile, and a delicious treat! I always go for unsweetened.
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (larger bag)
This is a larger bag for the coconut lovers.
Excellent for bakes, frozen pies and nice cream (also known as banana ice cream).
Quinoa is a gluten-free grain-like seed, that’s high in protein, contains all 9 essential amino acids, and is super versatile.
Tri Blend Quinoa
Tri blend quinoa contains white, black and red quinoa for a healthy, colorful dish.
Organic Carob Powder
Carob is a highly nutritious, non-caffeine-free alternative to chocolate.
Red lentils are uber nutritious and they’re commonly used in Indian cuisine for amazingly delicious curries.
High in folate and protein, lentils cook super fast and make wonderful soups, lentil loafs, and more. Always smart to have lentils on hand.
Great Northern Beans
Great protein source with a slight nutty flavor. Beautiful in casseroles, soups, and stews.
A beautiful blend of legumes, perfect for soups, stews, and chili!
Green Split Peas
Scrumptious split pea soup anyone? These peas are non-GMO and non-irradiated, making them healthier than an average non-organic option.
Super versatile, and protein packed. Perfect buttery texture for hummus lovers! They also make a lovely snack when roasted. Non-GMO and non-irradiated, making them healthier than an average non-organic option.
Brown Rice Pasta Spirals
Love using brown rice pasta for pasta dishes! Also gluten-free.
Chickpea Pasta - Penne
Banza makes a variety of pasta shapes out of chickpeas for an extra boost of protein! Check out their angel hair pasta for spaghetti night 😉
Chickpea Pasta - Elbows
Chickpea elbows for plant based mac & cheese, please!
Relatively high in protein, millet is an excellent gluten-free grain for breakfast porridges, soups, and dense whole grain breads.
Buckwheat is a gluten-free, grain-like seed that’s wonderful for breakfast porridges, and a rice alternative. I use it in some granola recipes.
A super nutritious gluten-free grain that tastes great as a hot porridge and in soups.
Organic Gluten Free Oats
Amongst hot porridge, and oatmeal cookies, oats can also serve as a binder in many veggie burger recipes.
Organic Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats
If you enjoy steel cut oats, you’ll find this gluten-free option pleasing.
Flours & Baking
Gluten Free Baking Flour
I like this GF blend for pancakes and waffles—also for baking.
Packing tons of nutrition, I use chickpea flour to make chickpea pancakes/ omelettes, quiches, and more. Excellent grain-free flour alternative.
In some circles, it’s called the “Holy Grail” of gluten-free flours because it’s highly nutritious, allergy friendly and can easily replace wheat flour.
Teff is a small gluten-free grain high in nutritional benefits–including loads of fiber. It’s a wonderful alternative to wheat. I use it to make pancakes, cookies, or pie crusts.
Excellent grain-free flour with a sweet tinge, perfect for breads, crusts, and cookies.
Low in carbs and high in protein. I like to mix this into my flour blends.
Brown Rice Flour
Gluten-free, very versatile, and easily used to replace wheat flour in recipes.
Date syrup is the perfect syrup for pancakes and waffles–and just happens to taste good on everything else, too! I love that it’s low glycemic.
Blackstrap molasses is iron rich and is a nutritionally dense sweetener derived from sugar beets or sugar cane. I use it to make BBQ sauce, and occasionally drizzle it onto my breakfast porridges.
Other Food Items
I use this as a thickener to make block cheese I later shred, or slice for sandwiches 😉
A naturally pink rock salt sourced near the Himalayas in Pakistan. Slightly saltier in taste than table salt, so you don’t need as much–so less sodium! Also less artificial than table salt.
Indian Black Salt
Sourced from mines in South Asia, black salt has a pungent, sulfurous smell, and tastes similar to hard boiled eggs. Awesome in chickpea scrambled eggs.
Tahini paste is made from sesame seeds, used a lot in Mediterranean cuisine, and makes great salad dressings and falafels.
A nutritious alternative to soy sauce, except sweeter. Excellent in Asian inspired dishes, sauces, and more.
Nutritional Yeast Flakes
Nutritional Yeast is full of vitamins and minerals, with a nutty/cheesy-like flavor. It’s the star in many plant-based cheese recipes. A must!
Powerful anti-inflammatory seasoning with potent medicinal properties. Awesome for making golden milk.
If you’re gluten free and allergic to nuts, this is an excellent cereal option made with beans.
That's It - Apple Strawberry
Nutritious fruit bar with minimal ingredients.
Cacao butter (also known as food-grade cocoa butter) is a nutrient-rich ingredient used to make chocolate and is caffeine-free. I use it to make homemade carob/chocolate chips and top them on ice cream, oats, brownies, or use in any recipe that calls for chocolate.
Medjool dates are plump and moist–the perfect sweetener for just about anything. The uses are endless. Also low-glycemic.
VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS
Hemp Protein Powder
Hemp is an amazing complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. Hemp seeds are grounded to make hemp protein powder. This one is free from fillers, and I use it in my morning/post workout smoothies.
Powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Awesome for smoothies.
Super energy here we go! Loads of health benefits. Nutrition booster in smoothies.
Buffered Vitamin C
Very helpful for immune health, and an important antioxidant in the body.
Essential! B12 helps keep your nerve and blood cells healthy. To avoid B12 deficiency on a plant-based diet, I supplement. This sublingual spray works well for children, too.
Vitamin D is a common deficiency, even with daily sun exposure. To fix this, I supplement. Maintaining healthy Vitamin D levels is critical, especially in the winter.
One of the best probiotics I’ve found for digestive health and overall improved wellness.
I use this after workouts, or for better rest.
This is one of my kids favorite multivitamins. We use the strawberry, but it also comes in other flavors too. Of course, it’s vegan AND sugar free.
This Vegan Vitamin B Complex is great for hair, skin, nails, and energy. It is sublingual, which makes it easier for your body to absorb. I love the tart cherry flavor and I get my B12 too!
Excellent multivitamin, made with organic whole-foods, with no chemical solvents.
SMALL KITCHEN APPLIANCES
My best friend in the kitchen! Smoothies, baby food, soups, flours, ice-cream, and more! If you’re considering taking your kitchen skills to the next level, this is an awesome investment.
The containers for the NutriBullet work great to prep smoothies overnight, and blend in the morning. Perfect for on-the-go.
I love juicing! This centrifugal juicer has worked perfectly for my fresh green juices, and 3-day reboot juice fasts. If you want speedy health at your finger tips, invest in a juicer!
Interested in getting the highest nutrient density out of your fresh juices? A masticating juicer is the way to go!
Chop, slice and shred! Also great for whipping up some taco meat, veggie patties…even purees. A kitchen staple.
Belgium Waffle Maker
This waffle maker is more dear to the kiddos than you’d imagine. I love that it’s non-stick, evenly spreads waffle batter, and stores easily.
One of my favs! Changed my life (no joke)! This bestselling, multi-functional kitchen machine pressure cooks, slow cooks, sterilizes, makes rice, yogurt, and more. If you want to up your chef skills and cut your cooking time in half, consider investing in one of these.
Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
A dear Christmas gift a few years back, and a wonderful addition to my kitchen. Pizza crust game changer! Baking boss!
If you love to make soup purees, then you’ll love the immersion blender for convenient one-pot/one-dish cooking.
A powerful blender that can replace up to 8 kitchen appliances, including the food processor.
I love this convection oven because it has tons of features and is super affordable as far as these products go. Plus, it’s super sleek and easy to operate.
KITCHEN TOOLS & ACCESSORIES
Pots & Accessories
Cast Iron Stove Top Grill
Love this! I use it to grill veggies and even fruit. Grilled peppers, pinapple slices, zucchini…the options are limitless.
In case you need a good one, here you go!
Stainless Steel Colander
I love this colander. It’s easy to use and clean, and the handles make it easy for draining into other containers or the sink.
4-Quart Covered Casserole CorningWare
CorningWare dishes are great because they can be used from the oven to the table to the fridge. This large size is perfect for casseroles.
Round CorningWare Set–10-Piece
A variety of sizes makes this set desired and lid options help with storage. I’ve had my set for almost 10 years, and use them all the time.
Fine Mesh Strainers
Filter small particles out of your sauces or use to sift flour for baking. I also use these when straining fresh herb teas.
Mixing Bowls with Lids
Stainless-steel mixing bowls are non-toxic, lightweight and durable.
Glass Mixing Bowls with Lids
Glass mixing bowls are non-toxic and a must in any kitchen. Covers make these practical for food storage.
Super handy in the kitchen to get that garlic prepped and ready. I like to pound it but when I’m in a rush, this is my go-to.
Just another kitchen tool that makes baking especially easy. Cool cookies in no time with these handy sheet.
Berkey Water Filter
The Berkey is a superior filter system scientifically tested and proven to remove chemicals and bacteria to levels higher than 99.9%, while still leaving in essential minerals your body needs. We have the big Berkey for our family of four, which we’ve outgrown. I’m saving up to get the Crown Berkey.
Other Kitchen Items
Turn smoothies into ice popsicles! Loads of healthy fun for the kids.
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