Garlic Powder – TJ

I often get granulated garlic at Costco, but Trader Joe’s also carries smaller containers of it.

Curry Powder – TJ

Curry powder is a bit different from brand to brand and chef to chef – as it is a combination of several spices and herbs. My favorite to use in my Curry Zuna recipe is Cost Plus World Market. It is a bit smoother and has a slight hint of sweetness that Trader Joe’s curry powder is...

Cayenne pepper, ground – TJ

Trader Joe’s has a small selection of very reasonably priced spices including several used in my spice blends in The Foodie Bar Way.

Tea – Hibiscus – TJ

Hibiscus tea packs a punch when it comes to antioxidant power! Learn more about it in this article I published in the newspaper.  Experiment with my recipe for Timaree’s Tropical Splash, or other options from the Flavored Water Foodie Bar in The Foodie Bar...

Mint – Fresh (organic) – TJ

In my opinion, Trader Joe’s has the best fresh mint! It is less expensive and seems to last much longer than organic mint purchased anywhere else.

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea has an amazing ability to boost the antioxidant level of your blood within minutes! Be sure to make Timaree’s Tropical Splash (recipe in The Foodie Bar Way and on my website – www.TheNutritionProfessor.com) – it couldn’t be easier – no heat needed! Any tea with “hibiscus” as the first ingredient on the label will work – I like the “zinger”...

Turmeric – fresh and dried

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.

Poultry Seasoning – dry spice

Poultry seasoning is 100% poultry-free! It is simply a combination of several herbs, namely sage, that give it a characteristic flavor.

Paprika – Smoked – dry spice

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 – whole or ground spice

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.

No-Salt Seasoning – 21 blend (organic)

This my favorite no-salt seasoning blend – as it has a bit of zip to it and combines 21 organic ingredients. It is nearly a pound (14.5 oz) and sells for less than $9.00 at Costco. I use it in many recipes, when cooking whole grains for savory dishes and when I want to make...

Curry Powder – dry spice

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 you, try a variety of curry powders until you find one that you really...

Cumin – ground dry spice

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 – ground dry spice

Cloves are an amazingly potent antioxidant able to protect our cells, even when only a pinch is added to a dish!

Cinnamon – Ceylon

Ceylon cinnamon is considered “true cinnamon” and some research suggests that it may be the most healthful. I buy this online as cinnamon sold at stores is most often of the Cassia (Chinese or Saigon...

Cayenne pepper – dry spice

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 – ground

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!

Ancho Chili Powder – dry spice

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 – dry spice

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...

Chipotle Chili Powder

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...

Parsley – curly – fresh

I buy the biggest bunch of parsley I can find each week for my Crazy Salad Base (in The Foodie Bar Way or on my website www.TheNutritionProfessor.com). When I get it home from the market, I plunge it into a big bowl of ice water and then remove the large stems and use my salad spinner to remove excess moisture before wrapping it in paper towel and puttin it into a produce bag. Italian parsley (flat leaves) also works in nearly any recipes that calls for parsley. The exception that I can think of is Tabouli (see video of me making it on TV) – I have only made that with curly parsley, as it has a lighter texture when finely chopped than does Italian...

Marjoram – dried herb

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.

Italian Seasoning – store-bought

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...

Oregano – dried herb

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!

Mint – fresh herb

I buy fresh organic mint every week, either at the supermarket, or at Trader Joe’s (if I am planning a trip there). I pop open the containers and am careful to get the best looking leaves, as some have molded in the packages. The organic mint that I have purchased at Trader Joe’s always seems to last longer, esp. when I keep it in the crisper drawer in the garage...

Basil – dried herb

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.