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I love different types of vinegars. Here are a few of my favorites. Be sure to buy rice wine or rice vinegar that is labeled "natural" - seasoned rice vinegar has sugar and salt added to it.
Although every supermarket carries balsamic vinegar, my favorite is Kirkland brand (Costco).
Turmeric is an amazing root with a huge amount of research detailing the plethora of health benefits. It can be purchased fresh in the produce aisle (look next to the ginger root), or dried in powder form. The fresh root can be frozen.
Fresh shallots are in the produce area, usually right next to the onions and garlic, or dried in a jar.
While you can grow sage in your yard, it can also be purchased, ground in a bottle.
Smoked paprika should not be confused with "regular" paprika (bell peppers dried and ground), as the flavors are completely different. Be sure to have smoked paprika on hand, as it is a wonderful addition to many soups, marinades and several recipes in The Foodie Bar...
Nutmeg can be purchased whole and grated with a microplane, or purchased ground. The outside of nutmeg can be ground and is sold as mace.
This mesquite seasoning blend sold at Cost Plus World Market is one of the only that I've seen that does not contain salt on the ingredient list.
This is my VERY FAVORITE curry seasoning/powder. Since all curry powders are a blend of several herbs and spice, each taste a little different. This one has a bit of a sweet flavor, while other brands taste bitter to me. If you don't have a Cost Plus World Market near...
Cumin seeds can be purchased whole (and toasted in a dry pan before grinding for maximum flavor) or ground. If you are not fond of cumin, try ground coriander.
Cloves are an amazingly potent antioxidant able to protect our cells, even when only a pinch is added to a dish!
Cayenne pepper certainly packs a punch, so a little bit goes a very long way. Better to add it cautiously, little by little - tasting for heat as you go.
Cardamom seeds, that give Chai blends their characteristic flavor, are grown in little pods as sold whole or ground. The very best price that I have ever seen is at Cost Plus World Market (3x less expensive than the supermarket!
I buy Ancho Chili Powder in the grocery store (small bags/packets) or at Cost Plus World Market. Depending on the batch, it can bring a bit of heat.
Allspice is featured in my Chai Spice Blend (in The Foodie Bar Way and on my website www.TheNutritionProfessor.com) and I usually buy it at Cost Plus World Market (best price), but can also be found at the local supermarket and even in bulk at a co-op.
Dried onion last for months and can easily be added to dressings and soups, especially great for travel...
This Chipotle Chili Powder from Cost Plus World Market is very smoky and spicy - a little goes a very long way! I use it several recipes, including a special one: Austin's Smoky Spice Blend
Sesame seeds are one of the most nutrient dense sources of calcium! They can be purchased in bulk bins, bagged or in bottles. I keep them in my freezer and use them in a variety of recipes as well as in place of tahini (sesame seed "butter" - expensive). Black sesame...
Chia seeds provide protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, are flavorless and have the ability to thicken when stirred/blended with a liquid (in a dressing/sauce, to make a chia "egg", or in a smoothie). I use them in many recipes They are sold in bulk and bagged and...
Seaweed snacks made from nori are showing up at many stores, from the local supermarket to Costco. Sea vegetables, including "seaweed" are very nutrient rich, especially when it comes to minerals like iodine. Dulse is another type of sea veggie that can be found...
Bragg's Liquid Aminos and Coconut Aminos are flavorful sauces that are fun to experiments with. Coconut Aminos has a slightly sweet flavor, but 0 g of sugar, is made from coconut sap and contains ~113 mg of sodium per teaspoon. Bragg's Liquid Aminos contains 320 mg of...
I buy "regular" soy sauce or tamari, instead of low-sodium and simply dilute it with water (this is cheaper way to go). Both soy sauce and tamari are made from fermented soy beans, with soy sauce incorporating wheat and tamari made with very little to no wheat (check...
This is a very taste paste without any scary ingredients! A little goes a long way in a soup or other savory dish. Refrigerate once opened.
Whole grain rice comes in many varieties - including brown, red, black, purple and wild (I keep them all in my freezer).
My Pasta Foodie Bar includes many different noodle options - some of which are pictured below: Whole Grain (durum wheat), Edamame & Mung Bean, Edamame, Quinoa & Corn. Also look for noodles made from black beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and lentil. The...
My daughter and I love all different types of mustard! There is wonderful research that even just a pinch of mustard powder added to greens can boost the health promoting power! Be sure that you purchase a mustard without any food dyes. Trader Joe's has quite a...
Marjoram is a dried herb related to Oregano (but with a milder flavor). I typically buy it at Cost Plus World Market, but can also be found at a local supermarket.
Costco started selling larger containers of organic Italian seasoning. Although I typically make my own (recipe in The Foodie Bar Way and on my website www.TheNutritionProfessor.com), this is nice to have on hand.
I usually buy Thyme at Trader Joe's.
I buy organic oregano at Trader Joe's or Cost Plus World Market and sprinkle it on my salads, into dressings and in a bunch of other recipes!
I typically purchase dried basil at either Trader Joe's or Cost Plus World Market, very reasonably priced, though it is also available at local supermarkets, as well.
Ginger root can be purchased fresh in the produce aisle and kept in the freezer, or powdered in the spice/baking aisle.