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Posted by: AKArtlover, Thursday, May 20, 2010, 3:26pm
I would like to start a thread for quality whole food sources (especially for hard to find or specialty foods).

Here are the guidelines I propose:

1) You have to be using the product and be satisfied

2) The product has to be organic or "clean"--explain if necessary

3) Consider value, but this is about quality--no comments from others about things being "too expensive"--leave it up to others to decide for themselves.

4) Raw ingredients best, least processed (there are many different food paths here, let's keep it simple)

5) List your link and brief comments. Of course your endorsement is no guarantee, buyer beware.

6) Keep this thread basically a list so we have a clean resource for the future.
Posted by: AKArtlover, Thursday, May 20, 2010, 3:40pm; Reply: 1
Goji berries, wolfberries
Very pleased with these.

Somewhat Raw Noni fruit leathers
Taste is kind of strong to me, use a 2inx2in square blended in a smoothie or just chew it up and get it over with. Sometimes can be swallowed like a pill if you fold it up well.

Dried Persimmons
My husband says these taste like sugar cookies.

Just tart cherry juice
Delicious. I use just a few ounces at a time. Has a lot of the skin in it, very fine. I get it at Whole Foods.

They carry this at Whole Foods. I get a better price at the health food store. Have in case on Amazon.
I like the response they gave to my email. They gave all the right answers beyond what I asked about what the cows diet consisted of.  I know you can make this, but I like the convenience. About $10 for large 13 oz jar.

Crunchie Sweet Peas
I was so surprised at how good these were. Got about 4 servings out of the bag. Nice little protein pick me up. Love the texture. Much prefer these to any other peas I've tried. Found these at my local health food store only a little cheaper. Superfood for me.

Pure Organic Cranberry Juice
I kept looking for one without sugar, other added juices, and not from concentrate. Finally spotted at Whole Foods. Often add this to a smoothie or hold my nose and down it as I am a supertaster.
Posted by: AKArtlover, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 2:09pm; Reply: 2
Yuca Crackers
Ok, every now and then I recheck the packaged foods. I found these Garlic Tribal Stone Crackers that contain only Yuca, garlic, sea salt, and cracked parsley. Superfood delight for me. I can't believe they are made by Explorer's Bounty--I thought this was a sign to take a closer look. Says 6 servings/box, but I get about 2 (packaged in two small wraps so very handy). I found them at the health food store in the gluten free section. About $3.50 per box. This post is more specific to one diet than I meant to be with this thread. I was so delighted with this find, I felt the need to share. ;)
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 4:04pm; Reply: 3
Posted by: MileHighRob, Thursday, June 24, 2010, 2:41am; Reply: 4
Quoted from AKArtlover
They carry this at Whole Foods. I get a better price at the health food store. ...About $10 for large 13 oz jar.

Realizing how fortunate we are here in Denver.  I pay $7.95 for the same brand/size.  

Competition rocks!  
Posted by: AKArtlover, Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 8:37pm; Reply: 5
Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds
Really enjoyed these, just right amount of saltiness. Great texture. Found at Whole Foods. My husband also enjoyed the Pumpkin Bar (and chips) which are compatible with his SWAMI. Want to sprout my own, but these will be good on the road when traveling. As far as other simple foods with no avoids, it looks like they have pure sprouted flax as well and a flax, sesame, tomato combo that would work for my O hubby.
Posted by: AKArtlover, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 8:42pm; Reply: 6
Trader Joe's Rice Pasta
Found this while shopping for the food drive. Great find. It's about half the price of Tinkayada. Tried the spaghetti today-- cooks in less time and turns out a little lighter (finer noodle). They also have a penne. :)
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 9:04pm; Reply: 7
Trader Joe's Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter, Salted or Unsalted  $2.99/lb.
I like the unsalted on lightly salted rice cakes.  WW likes the salted.

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 8:10pm; Reply: 8
I took a look in Costco today, and wrote down all the organic foods they carried. I don't know if all Costcos will carry the same products at the same prices- I know that stock can vary from one week to the next, but I'm not sure if prices are standard around the country or not. Fresh produce varies in availability a lot more than other products.

Quinoa $9.35 for 4 lbs
Lundburg organic short grain rice $13.99 for 12 lb (I don't use this product- I buy grains in smaller quantities.)
Agave $7.75 for two 23.5oz  bottles
Heinz ketchup (no corn syrup, does contain vinegar, and I've used this product from the supermarket before, but not from Costco. Right now I'm well stocked up on Ketchup from Passover and don't need more.)$6.99 for two 45oz bottles.
Dried spices: oregano ($3.49 or 2.5oz,) basil ($2.74 for 2.85oz,) rosemary ($3.69 for 3.5oz.)
peanut butter (I don't use this since we're Os and Bs in my family) $7.96 for two 28oz jars.
strawbery jam $6.75 for 42oz
Flax Plus Granola (ingredients are pretty good for O secretors, if you don't mind the soy oil) $6.99 for 35.3oz
instant oatmeal (some flavors are more compliant than others) $9.89 for a box of 55 assorted flavors
eggs $6.29 for 2 dozen organic brown eggs (disclaimer: I buy the non-organic eggs for $8.35 for 7.5 dozen.)
frozen organic mixed vegetables (contains corn; I can't buy it but it might be a good choice for an A) $5.99 for 5 lbs
frozen organic green beans $6.19 for 5 lbs
frozen broccolli (not organic) $5.49 for 4 lbs
organic carrot juice (I haven't tried this) $6.99 for 3 quarts
organic baby carrots $5.79 for 5 lbs
organic "grown up" carrots $5.99 for 10 lbs
organic spring mix (lettuce) $4.49 for 1 lb.
Posted by: kauaian, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 8:47pm; Reply: 9
I buy a few of the above, but @ higher prices. :-/
Posted by: Frosty, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 11:20pm; Reply: 10
Costco offers and organic almond butter here.  I am also able to get organic raspberries at Costco in season and at Sam's club year round. :)
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, November 4, 2010, 1:15am; Reply: 11
Wild Planet has a line of canned salmon, sardines and tuna.  Very low mercury and high Omega 3's.  Real extra virgin olive oil in their sardines;  sea salt instead of cheap 'salt'.
Their products are at most natural food stores and many big grocery stores, or through their website.  They have a retail store finder on their site.

Wild Planet workers take delivery of the fish right off the boats, and many of the boat owners are shareholders in our company. This gives us the advantage of being one of the very few packaged seafood companies that oversees selecting only the highest quality fish from the catch, directing quality control in the packing of the product and offering the product to our customers. With this hook to shelf oversight, we are able to assure that our products are the best tasting possible and in compliance with our mission.

At Wild Planet we seek to:

    * Produce the finest wild seafood only from fisheries that are sustainable and free of wasteful by-catch and habitat destruction.
    * Develop new standards of seafood safety that assure consumers protection from potentially harmful contaminants both natural and man-made.
    * Supply consumers with quality enhanced products that provide greater essential nutrition, promoting superior health and wellness.
    * Become an example to the seafood industry of finding sustainable balance in both the use and preservation of precious marine resources.
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, November 4, 2010, 4:08am; Reply: 12
Dried spices down here in costco all contain some form of an anti caking agent corn derived, unfortunately......lucky you!
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, November 4, 2010, 11:50am; Reply: 13
Quoted from Frosty
Costco offers and organic almond butter here.  I am also able to get organic raspberries at Costco in season and at Sam's club year round. :)

The almond butter at my Costco isn't organic, which is why I didn't include it in my above list (or write down the price when I was in the store.) The only ingredient is roasted almonds, it's a 26oz jar, and I think it was about $5. I forget the exact price because I didn't write it down and I really don't feel like digging up the receipt from a month or two ago when I last bought it.
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, November 6, 2010, 7:50am; Reply: 14
Posted by: Frosty, Saturday, November 6, 2010, 1:40pm; Reply: 15
Every Costco is different, each club stocks different things.
Posted by: AKArtlover, Saturday, November 6, 2010, 9:11pm; Reply: 16
Raw Carob Powder
Ordered this and have used sprinkled over some quinoa, apples, and maple syrup and added to a smoothie. Replacing chocolate (neutral for me) with this superfood. Flavor is not as strong as chocolate.
Posted by: 10384 (Guest), Thursday, November 18, 2010, 1:09pm; Reply: 17

Have not found a better source for high-quality salmon.  Can't beat their free shipping for orders over $99.
Posted by: Constantine, Thursday, November 18, 2010, 6:01pm; Reply: 18
The Weston A. Price Foundation prints a yearly shopping guide that has many categories (and tons) of foods (and sometimes supplements) that meet your guidelines for sure.  Each category has "Best", "Good", and "Avoid" lists of products.  I trust it; it's never let me down.

Only problem is you have to be a member to get it.  It's only like $40/year and you get their quarterly journal.  Maybe there's a copy of the the Guide online somewhere for free....
Posted by: AKArtlover, Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 4:43pm; Reply: 19
Choice Organic Liquorice Peppermint Tea
Enjoying my first cup. Fairly mellow with a mild minty bite on the end. Two diamonds in one tea for me. Can't beat that with a stick. Glad I like it, a bulk purchase of 6 boxes of 20!
Licorice how I spelled or mispelled. I'll leave this here for searchers.  ;)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 6:31pm; Reply: 20
I'm not too happy with the WAP Foundation, because of their stance on infant feeding. They seem to promote their formula recipe over helping moms succeed with breastfeeding, and promote too many solids too early, which can also interfere with breastfeeding.

Don't get me wrong- I'm very happy that formula exists for those babies who need it, but I'm very much against misinformation that puts babies on formula when breastmilk is available. And I won't support any organization that disseminates this mis-information.

I wonder what direction the WAPF will take when Sally Fallon retires. I can assure you that Dr. Price didn't find any cultures who didn't breastfeed!

Other than that, they have a lot of good information about food quality, but still fall for the old "one size fits all" ideas about nutrition. And Sally Fallon in particular promotes dairy products way too much.
Posted by: AKArtlover, Monday, September 3, 2012, 10:26pm; Reply: 21
Sprouted Flours I have not tried these yet, but I wanted to add this to the source list. Blue Mountain Organics seems to have a lot of raw organic choices. My understanding is that sprouted flours digest easier and retain more enzymes (if you are making dehydrator type raw recipes).
Posted by: Joy, Monday, September 3, 2012, 11:36pm; Reply: 22
When the Trader Joe's opens here on September 7th I will probably be there at least once a day for a week or so.  

I have to take a look at Yuca Crackers (love crunchy crackers and 100% compliant).

Crunchy peanut butter (AB Joe) recommends.  *There's that word again - crunchy!

Edenfoods Just Tart Cherry Juice - I've tried this first at WF but it was darn expensive.  Some of the local grocery stores carry it so maybe TJs has it for less.  Half a glass before bedtime helps me sleep through the night.

Raw Sprouted pumpkin seeds - sound yummy and who would have thought they are very mourishing.
I sure didn't.  

That's just a few things.  I have this uncomfortable, embarassing premonition that TJs will be ready to close the store for the evening and find me in one of the aisles standing there with three different brands of rice pasta reading the ingredients and comparing price, etc. for Tinkyada, TJs rice pasta, and Jovial oblivious to the hour and the meaningful looks of the employees who have put in a full day's work.  


P.S.  Thanks  AKArtlover for starting this post.  I have a feeling that there will be alot of contributions entered.  I know I have a few but I have to think about it for a little while.

Posted by: AKArtlover, Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 12:09am; Reply: 23
You're welcome, Joy. I think the company that makes the yuca crackers went out of business. I could no longer find them and got excited when I found them online, but later got an email that they were no longer carried. For ease of reference later, I would like to stick to a list format if we could agree to do so.
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 12:16am; Reply: 24
I am surprised more people don't make their own ghee, it's so easy and it can then be put straight into a glass jar and used when you need it.

I read somewhere that kerrygold butter is quite good for ghee but have not had a proper reply from the company yet.
Posted by: AKArtlover, Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 11:31am; Reply: 25
Applegate Farms Organic Turkey Burgers Sometimes it pays to relook in a section of the store you have already dismissed. Found these in the frozen meats section of Whole Foods. Two ingredients, organic turkey raised right from small farms and organic rosemary extract.
Posted by: yaeli, Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 9:24am; Reply: 26
Cranberry Concentrate

Black Cherry Concentrate
Posted by: BHealthy, Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 10:55pm; Reply: 27
In return for the excellent link to Blue Mountain Organics sprouted flours (I buy their nut butters, which are excellent, but didn't know they sold sprouted flour, too) here are my favorite online sources: sells the best ghee I've ever tasted, made from Strauss Family Creamery butter (organic pasture raised).  They only make it when the moon is full.  It smells so good I could eat it with a spoon.  Their cows eat some grains in the winter, including soy, so I buy my ghee in the summer. sells pasture-raised beef and poultry including soup bones.  I placed my first order with them last month and was beyond pleased.  It was exceptionally well packed, each piece was shrink wrapped and labeled, and the meat had been properly cleaned.  The chicken breasts were tender (unlike the ones from our local co-op which were like leather) and the bones made a delicious stock.  Our Whole Foods sells grass-fed beef but only a few cuts, no bones, and they don't sell pastured poultry so I will be shopping here from now on. sells high quality nut, seed, and olive oils including some of the more unusual ones recommended in my SWAMI, like black cumin seed oil, and all are in GLASS bottles.  They also sell a delicious quinoa/rice pasta that is not as starchy as pure rice pasta is. sells Heaven Mountain goji berries, the best I've ever eaten -- soft and juicy, not hard and crunchy.  They also have the best quality raw cacao products and their Noniland honey is out of this world. sells everything!  I buy most of my nut oils (raw, organic, unfiltered, cold pressed, in GLASS bottles) and many of my spices and herbs from them.  They also sell organic versions of many of the ingredients used in Dr. D's supplements, like bladderwrack and milk thistle,  which you could use to create your own.  You can either just stir them into a smoothie or encapsulate them yourselves.  Amazon sells an encapsulator and empty capsules. sells the best nut-milk bags I've found AND they have a jumbo version that can be used to strain soup stock if you don't have a chinois.  They also sell truly raw cashews and almonds, which are had to find (most 'raw' almonds are irradiated and most cashews are heat-treated), and baby pine nuts. sells organic gluten-free extracts we use to flavor our home-made selzer. We don't sweeten ours but you could make your own soda using compliant sweeteners. offers the best pricing on bulk Himalayan salt.  I buy 5# packs for $19 and refill the salt pig and shakers for pennies.!/product_info.html sells Himalayan salt in single serving packets which I carry in my purse. has a large selection of organic herbs and spices.  I buy our hot peppers here as they have the biggest, and hottest (!), selection.

If peppercorns are not an avoid these: are the cheapest and best quality organic corns I've found.

Leaving the BEST FOR LAST, is the first place I go for any of my raw organic food needs.  They have a loyalty program which will get you 14.5% off every order ON TOP of the numerous at-cost specials they offer every month.  

The only problem I have with The Raw Food World is that they are sometimes slow to ship as they are a small organization with a huge inventory.  If I need nuts in a hurry, is a better source.  Their raw organic macadamia nuts are the best I've found.

Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, September 20, 2012, 12:59am; Reply: 28
Quoted from BHealthy sells the best ghee I've ever tasted, made from Strauss Family Creamery butter (organic pasture raised).  They only make it when the moon is full.  It smells so good I could eat it with a spoon.  Their cows eat some grains in the winter, including soy, so I buy my ghee in the summer.

I buy Strauss Family Creamery butter at my health food stores and make my own ghee.  It makes the best ghee (for texture, color, flavor and density) in my opinion.  Most butter brands yield much less ghee by weight than the amount of butter I start with, due to the high water content which evaporates.  I get almost as much ghee as I started out with butter.
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, September 20, 2012, 1:04am; Reply: 29
Quoted from Victoria

I buy Strauss Family Creamery butter at my health food stores and make my own ghee.  It makes the best ghee (for texture, color, flavor and density) in my opinion.  Most butter brands yield much less ghee by weight than the amount of butter I start with, due to the high water content which evaporates.  I get almost as much ghee as I started out with butter.

I have a similar experience using Organic Valley Cultured Butter. I get about 1 Tbsp less than a full pint of ghee from a pound of butter. :D
Posted by: krisaf, Thursday, September 20, 2012, 1:56pm; Reply: 30
I am upset after reading the Consumer Report article concerning Arsenic in rice products- especially the expensive Della brand organic brown basmati rice I have been getting at Kings ( a high end grocery chain). It had one of the HIGHEST amts! :o
It appears that the rice imported from India had the lowest amts. Archer Farms Organic-sold at Target- tested at a lower amt.-from India.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, September 21, 2012, 4:11pm; Reply: 31
here krisaf

Quoted Text
Dr D
The amounts are quite low, so a 44% increase in a low number is still a very small increase. Fact is, arsenic has been part of the human diet for all time, and low levels show more health benefits than liabilities. Governments are limited by what is called a 'linear no threshold model' when determining the health risk of a substance. In this case 'no amount is acceptable'. In reality most naturally occurring natural substances including most poisons, have a biphasic effect: low doses tend to stimulate native repair mechanisms while high doses do harm. Thus, unless you plan on eating a suitcase full of rice 5-6 times daily, you've got very little to worry about, and may in fact be better off with it.
Posted by: Joy, Friday, September 21, 2012, 4:20pm; Reply: 32
knowledge is power......

I'll bet alot of people reading Dr. D's explanataion about arsenic will be greatly relieved (including me).  

I heard this about apple seeds containing arsenic and I believe the same applies here.

Thank you, Lola for posting this vital information from Dr. D.

Posted by: C_Sharp, Friday, September 21, 2012, 10:09pm; Reply: 33
Apple seed contain very little arsenic.  Apple seeds contain cyanide.  Cyanide is not related to arsenic.
Posted by: Joy, Saturday, September 22, 2012, 2:46am; Reply: 34

OK, so it's not arsenic but cyanide.  Is that more dangerous than arsenic?  Is it the same concept?

I first read about some guy eating apple seeds and it cured his cancer.  Of course, that sounds so unbelieveable and phony and maybe it was.  But tell me what's what.

Posted by: C_Sharp, Saturday, September 22, 2012, 4:04am; Reply: 35
Well both are poisons and they do have some similar effects the two substances are very different.

Arsenic is a metallic element.

Cyanide is a combination of carbon and nitrogen

Arsenic disrupts the production of ATP. This leaves your body short of the energy it needs to power cellular processes. The disruption of neurological and cardiovascular systems is likely to result from consuming arsenic.

In Bangladesh high arsenic in rice produces these effects in older humans and results in increased infant mortality and low birth weight in children.

If the dose is higher arsenic poisoning can eventually cause multi-system organ failure, most likely driven by cell death and hemorrhaging.

Cyanide blocks  the action of cytochrome 'c' oxidase. This disrupts the electron transport chain and thus disrupts ATP production like arsenic.

Small amounts of cyanide are enough to shut down cellular respiration. Without cellular respiration the heart ceases to beat and the organisms dies.
Posted by: Joy, Saturday, September 22, 2012, 4:43pm; Reply: 36

I certainly can't say much to disprove what you are saying scientifically but I have read that eating a few apples seeds doesn't hurt a person.  I don't know whether this is true or not.

Let me just say that during their lifetime most people have consumed at least a few seeds of the apple (perhaps unwittingly)

Of course, it's always good to err on the side of caution.

Posted by: prunella, Sunday, September 23, 2012, 8:07pm; Reply: 37
A Russian friend, the daughter of an endocrinologist, claims that apple seeds are healthy. She always eats every bit of the apple, except the stem. She slices the apple horizontally. I have no idea how prevalent her habit is in Russia.
Posted by: ABJoe, Sunday, September 23, 2012, 8:17pm; Reply: 38
Quoted from prunella
She always eats every bit of the apple, except the stem.

Is there any other way to eat an apple?  Why waste the fiber of the core and the nutrients of the seeds?
Posted by: AKArtlover, Friday, October 5, 2012, 1:14am; Reply: 39
Luna Nori Crackers
Sprouted almonds*, carrots*, celery*, nori*, green onions*, flax*, dulse*, lemon*, Himalayan salt & <3.

About $8/box
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