How to Stock Your Whole Foods Kitchen
Stocking a Whole Foods Kitchen isn’t too much different than stocking food for eating Gluten Free and Dairy Free. You will want to buy organic, GMO-free, on sale, in season and learn to read labels. It’s easiest to just get rid of the food pantry items that are not on your food list and start fresh. The suggestions below will help you get started.
The Dirty Dozen
It can be expensive to buy everything organic. When buying produce, familiarize yourself with the Dirty Dozen which have tested positive for over 47 different chemicals! The following Dirty Dozen should be bought ORGANIC if at all possible:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
The Clean 15, have limited traces of pesticides and are listed as safe to consume non-organically. These products you can feel more comfortable with not buying organic and buy conventionally.
When organic is not an option, choose locally grown whenever possible. Many communities have farmer’s markets, food cooperatives or community supported agriculture.
Grass-fed meat is pricier than conventional meat but it’s important to choose it as much as possible. See where you can cut back in other areas, or add more vegetarian meals to your diet. Conventional meat contains additives, chemicals, hormones and other drugs they are given. The poor diets that feedlot animals are typically subjected to does not provide us with healthy meat.
In the Pantry – Grains
- Rice – brown, black and wild
- Gluten Free Breads – Sprouted breads
- Gluten Free Pasta
Vegetable, Chicken or Beef Broths
Raw nuts (if you live in a warm climate, you may want to refrigerate or freeze these) and Nut butters
Canned wild-caught salmon and tuna
Dried, unsweetened and un-sulfured fruit
Extra virgin olive oil ( EVOO )
Organic spices – a wide variety helps
Free-range eggs and chicken, organic
Deli meat (Applegate deli meats are popular on a whole foods diet)
Mayo (homemade is best but if you are unable to do this look for Paleo brands)
Potatoes (organic only)